Neteru, the eternal movements in us
To decipher the Egyptian pictorial messages, we have first to understand
the neteru ntr
(singular neter, plural neteru). This is possible only when we forget
their unfortunate translation into 'gods'—unfortunate because
they are not supernatural suprapersons,
but parts of ourselves, of every living being.
Their symbol is a waving flag. The flag is ourselves. And the eternal
movements in us which wave the flag are the neteru.
In fact they are all that moves us, on all levels of existence.
They move and connect the electrons and the stars, the lion and
the gazelle, deep sleep and awakening, in all the different spaces
Creation is not done on a potter's wheel. It starts as imagination,
the formation of an image, the image of a photon before there was
light, the image of a carbon ring before there was life, the image
of a synapsing neurone before there was mind, an image which is
pure vibration until it finds resonance in a world of matter.
The neteru, as the ancient Egyptians conceived them, are active,
projecting themselves into creation, translating a vibratory universe
into a corpuscular one. …
…We do not know the neteru, because we are under the illusion
that we are moving by our own free will; we think that our opinions,
our ideas, our likes and dislikes, our desires, our loves are ours,
expressions of what we call our individuality. But in fact we are
led and upheld and inspired, or blown, or ridden, or kicked around,
or torn apart by the neteru in us, their playground and their battlefield.
Yet there are free people; they have fought hard for their freedom.
They have conquered their kingdom, by meeting, recognizing, gathering
in themselves and embracing all the neteru. And the truth has made
them free - not just a truth, but the great common truth we all
In the meantime we are invited to become aware of the neteru in
us, to make their acquaintance, to become their friend, their brother,
Then, as in the German nursery song, "When I go to sleep at
night, fourteen angels stand aside...", these fourteen neteru
accompany me into a new morning.
From the tomb of Ramses VI.