May blessings abound for you & yours!
~ Nefer Khepri, PhD., R. M-T.
May blessings abound for you & yours!
~ Nefer Khepri, PhD., R. M-T.
What do I believe in? I get asked that question often by friends, family, clients, so I thought I’d explain a bit here.
Firstly, I believe in treating everyone as you yourself wish to be treated. I live by the Golden Rule. When someone doesn’t treat me as I treat them that’s when I walk away. We all have our own paths to walk & I never attempt to change another person. I figure they are the way they are because they need to attract certain lessons into their lives. So be it. I move on. I value myself too much to remain in a relationship where the other person is not treating me in the same manner I treat them.
My mom taught me this lesson, one of the most important lessons I have ever learned.
Secondly, I believe in what many consider to be the unseen world (note: unseen does NOT equal unreal). I believe in fairies, ghosts/spirits, angels, and the reality and power of the Egyptian gods. These are the reasons why.
I was raised Catholic & attended church fairly regularly from birth until the age of 14 when I was confirmed in the faith. I could see fairies in our backyard since I was a small child & I grew up with a playmate named George who was not imaginary. He was the ghost of a little boy from the 1920s, the reality of which was validated when a psychic lady came to visit my parents one day & saw him. She described George exactly as I had alway seen him, freaking out both my parents.
I grew up with a tremendous love & respect for Jesus Christ, for the great Teacher & Healer he was/is, and I firmly believe the time He walked this planet He was God Incarnate. When I was 9 I was in the hospital with a severe case of gastric enteritis. I saw Christ walk into my room. He sat on the edge of my bed and without saying a word He placed his left hand on my abdomen. The discomfort immediately left me as He gazed into my eyes. My entire body filled with a peaceful warmth I have never felt since. The next morning the doctor could not explain the reason I was suddenly perfectly fine. I insisted to everyone Christ had visited me and that during that visit He healed me. Unbeknownst to me at the time our family doctor was Jewish. He later converted to Christianity and would often say my experience was his inspiration.
Despite my strong faith and beliefs, I walked out of church on my confirmation day, turned around & informed a very shocked godmother & parents that I would not be returning to the Catholic Church – ever. I had done all that was required of me. I did not believe in how the Church ran things, so I would not be returning.
It was then that I embarked upon my spiritual journey.
During my senior year in high school I read the first of 2 books that changed my life: Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, by Scott Cunningham. I began practicing Wicca in 1980 & tried for several years to forge a relationship with the Egyptian deities, but They wouldn’t have me. I was told I wasn’t “ready.” Whatever “ready” was, I wasn’t it. I thought I was ready, I felt ready, but … In the meantime I worked with the Celtic pantheon, mainly the goddess Brigit. I was happy, but not completely spiritually fulfilled.
I have been drawn to ancient Egypt ever since I can remember. It was my love of Egyptian civilization that made me decide at the age of 9 to become an archaeologist after seeing the movie The Mummy, starring Boris Karloff. (A lot happened to me when I was 9 & that year was a major turning point in my life.) Coincidentally or not, this occurred a couple of weeks after I had been released from the hospital. After 3 universities and 3 degrees I became an academically trained archaeologist with a doctorate. At a far earlier age (2) I also became an artist & most of what I drew during the ensuing years was Egyptian-inspired.
Sixteen years later in 1996 during my Reiki master-teacher attunement I saw Isis herself in a vision. It would be the first of many times I would be blessed with a vision of Her. She said only 3 words to me:
“You are ready.”
I knew immediately what She meant & that began a spiritual odyssey that continues to this day.
It was a day or so after that when I began reading the second book that would alter my life, The Fingerprints of the Gods, by Graham Hancock. I read that book with the academically instructed mind of an archaeologist, but I came away with a very changed mind and fully realized that academia and mainstream science had much of it wrong where it comes to the ancient history of our planet.
A year later in mid-1997 I was receiving a healing from a friend and colleague. As she worked on me I slipped into a vision. I was in an underground cavern lit by some mysterious light source. There were stalagmites of various colors everywhere. I could see a large pool of water and in the center of the pool was a single column of what looked like pure quartz crystal that has been carved to strongly resemble an ionic Greek pillar. On top of the pillar was an amethyst crystal skull. I could see a white chevron in the center of the skull.
That white chevron is important.
The crystal skull spoke to me telepathically and relayed a message that completely changed the course of my life. I received validation that my chosen path of academia, the one I had worked so hard to embark upon and to remain upon, was NOT the path for me at all. And so, like the day I left the Catholic Church, I left my academic path and have never looked back.
After the amethyst crystal skull relayed its message to me the vision then changed. I was suddenly in a desert. A ten foot tall angel appeared in front of me, opened his right hand and within it revealed a strong and steady flame. He was the first angel I ever saw, but not the last. This angel told me telepathically that the flame would guide me where I needed to go next “in order to complete the process that had begun.” I figured the angel was referring to my visit to the cavern and the message from the amethyst crystal skull that still had my head reeling.
The angel took me by the hand and we flew up into the sky and across a vast desert. Once I saw the Giza Plateau on the horizon I knew the desert was the Sahara and that I had astral travelled to north Africa, and specifically to Egypt.
What happened next in a hidden chamber beneath the Great Pyramid is discussed in another blog post here. I suggest you read that once you’ve finished with this blog post.
As to the importance of the white chevron, that very same day I had this vision while a friend gave me a healing session, a shipment of rocks & crystals arrived at the new age shop where I worked at the time. I was basically the assistant manager and it was part of my job to process incoming orders. As I looked through all the pretty stones I was drawn to the amethyst not only because of the vision I had just experienced, but because purple has always been my favorite color; and, amethyst had been my mother’s birthstone.
I found an amethyst that contained a white chevon, much like the cheron that had been inside the amethyst crystal skull that had just been speaking to me in the vision. I purchased that amethyst for myself and for the past 18 years it has been a treasured part of my stone and crystal collection. More on the chevron at the conclusion of this blog post.
As to who or what the Egyptian gods and goddesses are, or were, well, it’s ARE – present tense. They never “went” anywhere, They are not gone nor are They dead. In fact, they are quite lively & wish only to help humankind spiritually evolve & “come into their own,” as they so often say to me.
As to where they came from, the ancient Egyptians long focused on the star Sothis (known to us as Sirius, the Dog Star) & its relation to the constellation of Osiris (known to us as the constellation of Orion) and the 3 stars of Orion’s belt, especially the central star. By the way, the Classic Maya civilization that I studied for my doctorate were also fascinated with that exact same star & believed that the god, First Father, came from that star. Coincidence? I don’t believe in coincidences, do you?.
In many channeling sessions over the years the gods have told me their physical home was that central star. They came to earth to teach & to heal. They have been to many other planets with intelligent life spreading their philosophy throughout innumerable galaxies, thus giving birth to countless religions, philosophies, and healing modalities. They would be considered extraterrestrials were they to visit earth today. Back then they were seen as Gods among men, & so They were. Great teachers. Great healers.
They still live today. They are immortal. They are powerful. They are loving and compassionate. They are approachable.
They still communicate with us if we would only listen, & they still wish to help us. For a brief time they were unwilling to have anything else to do with us humans, but something happened. I don’t know if it was the Sixties, or the advent of the Age of Aquarius, or maybe some astrological alignment they were waiting for, but the gods are ready now to help us advance along our path of spiritual evolution and enlightenment.
They ask two seemingly simple things of each of us.
Have a willing heart and an open mind.
Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Is it as simple as it sounds, though?
When you have what the gods term “a willing heart,” this means you are fully ready and willing to accept Them into your life. Once you allow the gods to enter your heart They also enter your psyche. Very deep changes occur on the soul level. Your perception expands. Your outlook on life is forever altered. Many aren’t ready for that. If you THINK you are ready, but you really aren’t, the gods will know and you will receive a sign accordingly.
If your heart is willing, what about your mind? Do you have what They would term an “open” mind?
By “open” the gods mean that you are not viewing Them from within the dogmatic construct of your own religious or spiritual upbringing. You are accepting the gods on THEIR terms, not yours, and not your religion’s, whatever that may be. The gods will also know if your mind is “open” and therefore willing to accept Them in Their True Form.
The process by which you accept the gods into your life will be discussed in a future blog post since I’m approaching 2,000 words with this post. Meanwhile, going back over all the things that happened to me when I was 9 that shaped the person I am today, there was one other event and it all has come full circle today while typing this post, thus validating to me the timeliness of sharing this information with you today.
When I was 9 I went on a class trip to the Sears Tower in Chicago. I purchased a stone display board on which had been glued the raw and polished versions of several stones, one of which was – yes – amethyst. My favorite. And yes, that is the reason I bought the display item in the first place. It hung on my bedroom wall until I graduated college and went off to grad school.
I packed the item away and did not take it out again until my daughter was in the third grade. She had to use it for some class presentation so I dug it out and allowed her to borrow it, but somehow it ended up never returning to me. I didn’t miss it. In fact, I have not given it a single thought – until today, that is.
As I was typing this blog post my daughter came into my office gleefully exclaiming she was cleaning her room, which about gave me a heart attack. My daughter cleaning? What was WRONG with her? She later returned saying, “Mom, look at what I found in my bookcase. Do you remember this?”
She handed me the cardboard with the stones still glued to it. The item I bought during my pivotal ninth year of life. The year I met Christ face to face & was healed. The year I decided to become an archaeologist. The year I fell and badly injured my left knee that resulted in a 39-year chronic condition. The year I set out on what was to evolve into my true life path and purpose.
Is it a coincidence that today of ALL days my daughter decided to clean her room, find this card of stones and give it back to me as I typed this blog post? Is it also a coincidence that I decided to google “amethyst crystal skull” to look for an image to use for this post and I found one for sale that just happens to contain a white chevron (and yes, I purchased it immediately and had massive chills doing so!)?
I don’t believe in coincidences. Do you?
UPCOMING: anniversary pictures in which some weird energy appears. Debunkers are welcome because I really want to know what it is or if my cell phone camera has a problem!
Thank you for reading & I welcome you to share this post with your friends.
Wishing you many blessings,
~ Nefer Khepri, PhD., R. M-T.
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I am one of the few lucky ones. I was raised by two open-minded parents. My dad came from a small mountain town in Michoacan, Mexico & was fairly superstitious. My mom was into Edgar Cayce, reincarnation, tarot & mediums. Dinner conversation often visited the topics of angels, ghosts, & whether or not extraterrestrials & Bigfoot are real.
Most aren’t so fortunate.
What do you do when your family just doesn’t understand? Worse, what do you do if certain family members decide to belittle or shun you? Believing in the paranormal or practicing Wicca or some other “new age” brand of spirituality can be self-ostracizing enough because the majority of society looks down its nose at such things. Most people deal with that by being quiet about their beliefs when out in mixed company. However, when that mixed company consists of members of your own family, what do you do?
Speaking from personal experience, I was very blessed to never run into this problem until I got married. Up until then my parents were fine with it & when I began to practice Wicca at the age of 18 after having been raised Catholic my parents looked at my books (Mom even ordered her own copies of the first two I read: Scott Cunningham’s Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, and Silver RavenWolf’s To Ride a Silver Broomstick) & said there was nothing evil or negative in them so to just be careful what I read & to not forget the morals & ethics with which I had been raised. My friends thought it was “cool” to have a “witch” as a friend so all was good.
Then I got married & things changed.
My husband comes from a very politically & spiritually conservative family here in Texas. He was raised born again Southern Baptist, which is as fundamental as you can get without actually being a Christian Fundamentalist. Now, when we began to seriously date I showed him my books on Wicca & Tarot. His response was simple, but to the point. I will never forget what he said:
“As long as you’re a good person & you don’t use this knowledge to hurt anyone, I don’t care.”
Why can’t everyone be like my husband? Here he is having been raised in a VERY conservative home, yet he was willing to see past all the stereotypes and really see ME THE PERSON, not the labels of “witch,” “card reader,” “Tarot reader,” “new age nut,” and so on down the list. Why is it others can’t be accepting of beliefs & spiritual practices foreign to them as long as they’re not being used to hurt or harm anyone? WHY?
I guess it mainly comes from fear. Fear of the unknown or fear of what people do not understand. Movies and TV sure haven’t helped. You don’t have to look far to find a lot of movies that have negative portrayals of witches, card readers, and so on. Religious society paints us all as being of the devil & love quoting that Biblical passage from the Book of Exodus (22:18 is where you’ll find the exact passage) “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.” The original translation was either “poisoner” (which was a real problem in Biblical times) or, it can mean someone who whispers spells, but in order to do harm (see link for further info). King James lived in the midst of the witch scare that is now known as the Burning Times. He and his panel of scholars revised the Bible (hence the King James version we have today) & inserted the word “witch” into this verse. Yet today, churches really go to town harping on this & claiming we are all evil. I won’t lie. Some are, but most of us aren’t, myself included. I have never performed any dark magic, nor will I ever. What I tell my clients is this: no matter how evil or how negative something is that was done or sent to you, it can ALWAYS be undone by POSITIVE magic, and that’s what I do.
So how do you get past all this crap with your own family? Well, I can only tell you what I did & share information based on my own experience. The issue was with my husband’s family, none of my blood relatives were ever a problem, I guess because I’m Mexican-American. The majority of Mexicans are raised Catholic, and people can say what they want about the Catholic Church (I’ve said plenty myself as I am not happy with them), however, you won’t find another more spiritually open religion than Catholicism. They venerate the Mother of Christ as the Mother of God, and the veneration of Mary is what lead me to Wicca in the first place.
My inlaws are both college-educated & my father-in-law is a former school district superintendent. They have a fine standing in their community. They are also very conservative and used to doing things a certain way, their way. So when I came along I realized immediately that I should not discuss my spirituality around them unless I wanted to end up in huge arguments that would only cause stress between myself and my fiance who then became my husband.
Over the years, however, it became increasingly apparent to them that my outlook on religion and spirituality is very different from their own. I married in 1994 and began working at a new age shop in 1996, then left there in 1998 & began my internet business, Magickal-Musings. When I began my business they were naturally curious since I wasn’t holding a regular 9-to-5 job. They also felt it was wrong of me from an economic standpoint to put all the financial stress on my husband, but if he was okay with it, I sure wasn’t going to argue with him since I am so NOT the type of person who can work 9-5 for someone else. I’ve
always been a free spirit in that regard.
As time passed & they checked out my site, they could see there was nothing negative there, yet they didn’t approve. I could see it in their eyes plain as day, but I have been blessed in that they have been very kind about it. They never blasted me, never told me I must change in order to fit their mold of what a good Christian should be (and I do consider myself a Christian, I love Jesus Christ, view him as GOD INCARNATE, & view Mary as the Goddess Herself Incarnate & I attend church fairly regularly), but once in a while they will joke at my expense, especially my father-in-law, who really does have an awesome sense of humor, but I don’t appreciate it when it’s directed at my beliefs.
My in-laws’ main concern was how would we raise our children? Would they be raised Christians? Wiccans? What? This really bothered my mother-in-law who would often ask me, especially after our daughter was born. I told her I was raising her in the most important way I knew how: TO BE A GOOD PERSON & TO BE A CONTRIBUTING MEMBER OF SOCIETY. I told her that was my primary concern as a parent & that religion didn’t factor into it at that point.
Now, as she got a bit older and could begin to understand what I was doing with all my candle lighting, spiritually cleansing our house, & talking to beings she could not see (years later she told me she would often see Archangel Michael with me as I spoke to him so I have stood corrected on my assumption of all those years ago that she could not see them!), I became concerned. A child raised with certain practices in their home considers that normal, however, I knew the rest of society at large did (and still does) not consider what I do to be anywhere close to the “norm” and it may never do so. I began to worry that as she got older how would she express her spirituality? Should I teach her myself? Start taking her to church?
My husband and I met in a Christian non-denominational church as members of a Singles Bible Study group (more than half the group members ended up marrying each other within a 3-month time span of our weddings so I’d say that group was VERY successful!!). I was not adverse to taking my child to church and I also realized she should probably have some sort of standard Christian religion to fall back on just in case years later religion became an issue at work or with her marriage. So when she was 8 years old we began attending regularly with both of us compromising and becoming members of a Lutheran church so it wasn’t too Catholic for me or for my husband, who still considered himself Southern Baptist. I did this so my daughter could have a firm foundation in an organized religion, while also pointing out to her where her mama and the church differed on certain points.
She is now 15 & this is her freshman year in high school. At the age of 13 she taught herself to read tarot cards. When I was pregnant with her for the first 4 1/2 MONTHS I was unaware (yes, really!) & was studying for my Reiki master-teacher attunement. My own Reiki master told me to practice passing attunements by placing the symbols in my abdomen with the intentions of Reiki 1st, 2nd, or 3rd degree. I was doing so repeatedly throughout the day not knowing my daughter was incubating in my womb, so my daughter is a Reiki 1st degree probably 50 times over, a Reiki 2nd degree around 20 times over, & a Reiki Master about 15 – 20 times over. When she thinks “reiki” and lays her hands on you, they can almost burn you because they get so hot. At the age of 7 she began giving her friends at school Reiki when they would fall on the playground and get hurt. Many of those kids over the years who have come to our house either to play or for Halloween have told me about my daughter’s “hot hands” and how much she has helped them.
As a mother I couldn’t be more proud. As a Reiki master-teacher who has not taught my daughter much directly about Reiki, I am stunned at how strong she is. Yet, she also knows about Wicca to a certain extent (I have not been actively teaching her, but will probably next year when she turns 16), is an excellent tarot reader (and now Lenormand!) herself, a Christian who loves Jesus, but MOST IMPORTANTLY, my daughter is a truly GOOD PERSON.
Being a good person should be everyone’s Number 1 concern. As long as your family sees you do good your religion, spiritual practices & beliefs should NEVER MATTER. If it does matter to your family members and has caused problems in the past, my advice is this:
Try to simply enjoy family gatherings and do not bring up your spirituality unless someone unjustly attacks you because of it, then by all means stand up for YOURSELF, but do not waste your time defending your spirituality to those who do not believe because until their own eyes are opened by a Power greater than you, they simply will never understand.
When your spirituality does come under attack, I know this is VERY difficult, but try not to take it PERSONALLY. Most of the time, these people are not attacking YOU, they are attacking what you believe & practice.
Know in your heart as long as you are not using your religion, spiritual beliefs or practices to harm or manipulate anyone, then you are DOING NOTHING WRONG. Pray for those who do not believe that they open their eyes and can at least become more civil towards you or even – in time – somewhat accepting.
Also, please realize that although your parents raised you & you spent a good part of your life with your siblings, the people who should matter the most to you as an adult are your children, grand-children and your spouse/significant other. I pray they are tolerant toward your beliefs, because in the end they are who really matters.
Mainly, please realize you are a person of worth, just like any staunch Christian, Jew, Muslim, or Hindu is. Stand firm in your beliefs, but also do not impose them on others although others most likely will certainly attempt to impose their beliefs on you. Walk your path with grace, harmony, and most of all LOVE so that you serve as a good example to others regardless of your spirituality or theirs.
Wishing you all many blessings,
Nefer Khepri, PhD., R.M-T.