Sa Sekhem Sahu Meditation

June 2012

Sa Sekhem Sahu is Sekhmet's mantra, describing a path of spiritual realisation and development, to put it in a well-understood term from a different spiritual tradition.

Sa is the divine breath, the spirit that breathes through all that is, Sekhem means power, and Sahu is the fully realised human being, the individual who has reached his or her highest potential. One could argue that Sekhem in the middle is the power we all have to attain that goal: moving from an unconscious, if divinely inspired being to a fully realised being. In the beginning of our spiritual journey the divine spark is within us, yet we may be all but unaware of it, but we can discover our power, hone our spiritual strength and become Sahu, the fully realised being that is not only of divine origin, but knows. Sahu is not just the divine spark, but the expression of it, is a conscious emanation of divinity, a channel for divine expression. In using its innate power to manifest itself, Sa has become an active shape in Sahu, it is there, it is manifest and it not only has Sa, the divine spark inside, but also Hu the expression of the divine.

This expression should be consciously unconscious, i.e. self-aware but not self-conscious, allowing the divine flow to come through you, but not kidding yourself that it is coming from you. You will do what is necessary, based on spontaneous inspiration, and our action will not always seem rational, not even to yourself, and again: don't be tempted to simulate that experience through random irrational behaviour and calling it divine. You may be able to kid some unfortunate souls around you – but if you have any conscience: DON'T! You will never be able to kid your higher self! You know when you are acting out the apparently irrational decisions of the divine, that don't even feel like decisions, but more like drifting with utter certainty in a direction that is inevitable, trusting, knowing all the while that it's right, can only be right. When you're in tune – and that will not be a constant state – you might find yourself doing things you didn't think you'd do, or omitting things that superficially seem like good deeds yet only serve to satisfy a self-important sense of virtuousness.

A couple of years ago I was given a meditation to charge my batteries in the morning and build up a strong energy field, ready to face the day: by breathing into my centre (just below the navel) from my feet and crown at the same time and then radiating the accumulated charge outward into my energy field.

Recently Sekhmet taught me a modified version of this meditation, invoking the power of Sa Sekhem Sahu. When I say 'taught' this means that the idea came quite unspectacularly into my head when meditating in front of her image following my morning Yoga practice. It went like this and took on a life of its own:

Stand in Mountain Pose (Tad Asana), ankles, knees and thighs touching, knees soft (slightly bent, not locked) with hands in prayer pose in front of your heart, think  the mantra as you breathe, one breath for each word (not syllable!), the number of three making for a rhythmic alteration between the coinciding of in- and out-breath with each syllable. I start with Sa on an outbreath, the outbreath always inducing a downward motion of energy pouring in through my crown, more or less passive in a Yin kind of way (Yin, the female principle in Chinese medicine and philosophy, being passive, creating – with the outbreath – an empty space for energy to enter), then I actively pull up the power of the earth, well grounded, with the inbreath on Sekhem. I find that my closed legs have a kind of capillary action at pulling up the energy of the earth. I finish on Sahu, entering my crown as I breathe out. Then I repeat the same, this time starting with Sa being pulled up on the inbreath from the earth, Sekhem entering my crown as divine power, the outbreath making space for it to enter, pulling up the wisdom and consciousness of Sahu from the earth and so forth.