Building the inner being
Embarrassing for modern explainers is the ubiquitous djed column in
the Egyptian paintings and texts. It was not attached to a special
myth or legend and resembled nothing one could think of. In reality
its tying together and erection is the fundamental movement of Egyptian
psychosynthesis, an impressive scheme for personality building. The pillar of course is me.
To understand its symbolism we must
remember that Egypt was a country without trees or forests, though
there was plenty of swamp grass and cane. For building houses, Egypt
had to invent and rely on what we call today fibre technology: pillars,
walls, and roofs were made by tying reeds and canes together.
The hieroglyph for reed is also the word for 'I', 'me', the little
And now we come to the psychological meaning of the djed column.
Let us observe, as in the picture above, our self-awareness, like
a reed in the wind of events: a weak feeling of 'little me', an
awareness lasting a few seconds, then gone,
replaced by another reed. This is how the Egyptians represented
the 'fate' to which 'little me's' are subjected, a little chick
looking at a lake of flowering lotus' and reeds as opposed to the
sovereign self who uses the same winds to carry him to his destination.
By building its djed with its own reeds the 'chick' becomes an 'eagle'
and 'fate' becomes 'destiny'
What we call a soul or a personality or an individual is not a
single entity but a multitude of elements barely holding together,
if not openly fighting one another, making our putative oneness
a pure illusion. That such an agglomeration of contradictory elements
could last in eternity is a childish superstition. But the Egyptian
pictorial way shows us
how our disparate psychological constituents can be taken as building
blocks, carefully brought together, fitted into a harmonious whole,
tied and made into
a true individuality: a house in eternity.
This synthesis is to be realized on the four levels visible in
the physical, vital, mental, and overmind levels— for the
djed to become a ladder to heaven and an everlasting perfection.
Let us examine in more detail these four levels, starting with our
Does it obey us, is it well exercised?
And our vital immune system, does it work as a single force field,
Our mental being with all its ideas—does it function around
a centre like an orchestra of harmony and creation?
And the overmind, seat of our deepest aspirations and highest ideals,
does it maintain a continuous awareness of the timeless programme
of our soul?
And are all these levels of being the expression of a single fundamental
vibration, a single call, a single song: ourselves?
It is time for us to tie and erect our djed.