Ancient Egyptian Awareness

Self-Awareness — An Exercise from The Egyptian Book of the Dead

The Egyptian Book of the Dead gives directions on how to gain self-awareness, i.e. awareness of your body, movements, and essence.

Self-Awareness — An Exercise from The Egyptian Book of the Dead

Statue of the pharaoh Awybre Hor, ca. 1760 BC, with the Ka symbol on his head (The Egyptian Museum, Cairo)1

The Egyptian Book of the Dead gives directions on how to gain self-awareness, i.e. awareness of your body, movements, and essence. In The Chapter of Giving a Heart to the Osiris Ani in Kether-Neter, it states:

“I know how to use my heart. I am master of my heart-case. I am master of my hands and arms. I am master of my legs. I have the power to do that which my KA desireth to do.”

~ The Papyrus of Ani, p. 25 in this PDF translation.

Note that “KA” = the vital essence (one of five parts of the human soul in Ancient Egypt)


  1. By Jon Bodsworth [Copyrighted free use], via Wikimedia Commons 

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    • This comes to heartmath that works for me. Shift out of the head, and focus on the area around your heart. Keep your attention there for at least ten seconds. Continue to breathe normally.
      Recall a positive time or feeling you had in your life, and attempt to re-experience it. Remember, try not simply to visualize it, but rather to feel it fully.
      Ask a question from the heart: “What can I do in this situation to make it different?” or “What can I do to minimize stress?”
      Listen to the response of your hear.

  • Many times, I’ve heard the saying “follow your heart” / “Listen to your heart” and while this is one of the best advice there is out there, if I do not know how to listen or understand the guidance I receive internally through intuition or simple insights, it is very difficult if not impossible to ‘follow my heart’.

    I found that with self-awareness and by practicing it regularly, I can get in tune with seeing things the way they are and seeing myself for what I am. This in turns allows me to being able to understand and listen to my heart, it’s like little by little, I open myself to receive, feel and understand this guidance.

    So I really love and appreciate this little phrase
    “I know how to use my heart”
    from ‘The Book of the Dead”, because it truly speaks a million things for me…

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