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From Light into Darkness: The Evolution of Religion in Ancient Egypt Paperback – August 15, 2005
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About the Author
Stephen S. Mehler was born and raised in NYC. He received a BA in Physiology and Anatomy from Hunter College and holds two Masters degrees, from San Jose State in Human Ecology, and in Ancient and Prehistory. Since 1992, he has worked with Egyptian-born Egyptologist and indigenous wisdom-keeper Abd'El Hakim Awyan.
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For a total and well-rounded experience however, I would recommend first reading Stephen Mehler's first book "The Land of Osiris", and even perhaps watching some of his videos before reading this book. It will not disappoint. Thanks to Stephen and Hakim I can now explain what I have come to believe.
There's a lot of interesting historical possibilities brought to light in this book. Not the least of which is the great natural cycle of human consciousness that goes from complete conscious immersion in all that is to a deterioration of our perceptions so complete that it leaves only religious dogma, superstition and myth to remind us of what we once were, (and fortunately, will be again). And around and around we go. It makes so much sense that we're just now beginning to awaken once more. For humanity as a whole, it's been pretty dark for the last 5,000 years. But it wasn't once, and won't always be so. Call me a guarded optimist.
Great food for thought based on an ancient Egyptian oral tradition. It speaks well for the book that I read it in three days and plan on reading it again, as soon as the friend to whom I loaned it gives it back. If you're a student of higher consciousness, alternative history, and/or ancient Egypt, I think you'll really enjoy this one.
Generally I was looking for more info on KMT. I don't really care about what Freud thought, on any subject. I have no interest in possible ties between any Khemetian ruler, Moses, and the Israelites. Whether the masons or Rosicrucians or anyone have based their teachings on KMT (to greater or lesser degree) is of no consequence to me. (I am looking for the transmission of KMT in more a Hakim or Schwaller-esc style.) Of course, with Stephen coming from a Rosicrucian background this would be important to him. If you are fishing for gems from Hakim in here, they exist, but the fishing is kinda sparse, at least relative to the videos of Hakim out there and the content of the authors first book. And in trying to dig for the gems here, this is alot of sifting to do.
If you are new to KMT, then you can put this book down into the middle of your wish list.
Stephen for all his education does not know how to write. The style is verbose, repetitive, and poorly organized. In the book he mentions someone who had the same problem, and thought they could use far fewer words to convey their thoughts. Well everything that is important to know in this book could have been succinctly written in 50 pages. As others have said, I couldn't care less about the Rosicrucian order. Since he became disillusioned with it and parted company why bother mentioning it? All he needed to do is spell out what the KMT people believed. That would adequately cover both for the intent of the book. What he didn't need to present was a personal biography and spiritual quest.
For specific detail about their religion one could do quite well reading Rundle Clark's Myth and Symbol in Ancient Egypt. Obviously it doesn't contain the oral tradition, but Stephen and Hakim haven't said much about it. For claiming the world is awakening, they sure aren't facilitating it much with the content in his books.