The Egyptian Heritage by Ann Lee Clapp
Now for an overview of the history of this period:
Ra Ta was a prophet and seer who was going to teach the Egyptians about the spiritual nature of man, his dream was to purify the race of contaminations. To do this, he established the temples. The Temples of Sacrifice can be compared to today's hospitals. Techniques such as surgery were used to remove appendages, diet was used for purification, and inspirational readings to lift the mind to higher consciousness and to redirect the mental forces away from the carnal that had gotten us into that trouble in the first place. The basic principles, we are what we eat and what we think, were taught. This, too, is relevant to the present. According to a reading in the 281 series, we, too, can purify our bodies and minds. If you went into the Temples of Sacrifice, you had to give up anything that was a hindrance to your relationship with God and your fellow man. Then, when you had been sufficiently cleansed, you were allowed to study in the Temple Beautiful, which was like a great vocational center. There people were trained to serve—to serve their nation, their God and their fellow man—not training to make money; it wasn't that. Their government was like communism, though it had democratic aspects; they also had a king. In this Temple Beautiful, people not only studied a vocation, but they continued in their spiritual studies: how to manifest in the world, to be in the world and yet not of the world.
We have a description of the initiation ceremony in the Temple Beautiful (reading 201-25) and a description of the Temple itself. It was pyramid-shaped with opalescent hues inside. On the ceiling were figures of the constellations; there were seven stations representing the seven endocrine centers of the physical body. We know from the Cayce readings that those centers are the points of contact with the soul. The people were taught about these spiritual centers, so this Temple represented the body beautiful. However, it doesn't exist any more, physically; it has disintegrated, but one reading says that it continues to live in our activity with our fellow man.
Ra Ta started these temples, and he traveled to Poseidia and Atlantis to study with those of the Law of One. While he was away, the Temples became corrupted. They brewed strong drink that set the fires of the body aflame. When Ra Ta returned, a turmoil arose. He chastised the people, cleaned up the mess and started over again. But some decided to plot against him. They planned to trick this priest and to discredit him. So they said, ―If you want to get on with your program of purifying the race, how about siring some children? You're so perfect. We'll present to you some of the more perfect forms and we'll get a pure line going here.‖ He thought about this, and as it went, he took another wife, Isris, a Temple dancer, the most beautiful in the land, who later became the first goddess of Egypt, Isis; and they had offspring. Except that Ra Ta had decreed that there be one spouse—monogamy—in Egypt. So, they had found fault with the priest. He was dismissed and sent into exile with others, into Nubia. This was the first break between church and state, for they had been one up until then.
Egypt didn't fare so well at this time; it was a period of turmoil and strife; three rebellions were taking place simultaneously. One was because of the Atlanteans who were arriving in a great influx at this time. They desired to take over Egypt and make it another Atlantis. These are the good guys, the good influence, the children of the Law of One. Specifically because of the Atlanteans' influence, the priest was recalled from exile. When he returned, it was discovered that he had become very decrepit. He was over 100 years old (which was young by those standards. Several readings state that people could live up to 1000 years, for they knew how to regenerate their bodies.) He rejuvenated his body in the Temple Beautiful and went back to work. We were told that King Araaraart, son of Arart, the first King, then began the true Golden Age of Egypt. This is called the period of the ministry (we're now in its continuation). An interesting thing happened then. These people laid aside their differences and thought as one. They had one ideal and worked together to form this great nation, this great heritage which is ours.
The Sphinx and the Great Pyramid are two structures contemporary to 10,500 B.C. According to the readings, the Sphinx was meant originally as a memorial to the Chief Councilor called Asriaio and it is his face that is on the Sphinx. The Sphinx also represents man's involvement in the animal kingdom—he’s part animal and part human. It was set as the sentinel of the records there. As you've heard many times, I'm sure, there is a passageway from the right paw of the Sphinx to this Hall of Records. There are many temples, halls and structures to be found there; not just one, but many. If you're interested in that phase, you can learn more in the Circulating File Archaeology 10,500 B.C.
The Great Pyramid was built in 100 years,from 10,490 B.C. to 10,390 B.C. as the initiation hall. It contains the history of mankind in its search for God, in its downfallings, in its upsettings. That history is there, for those who know how to read it, contained in the very structure, the geometry, the way it's put together. When Ra Ta came back from exile he became Ra and brought with him Hermes. The structure was Ra's concept, he was the director, but Hermes was the architect and Isis was the advisor. There were many Atlanteans who helped build it; in fact, I don't think it could have been built without their technology. The readings state that where the Great Pyramid sits today is the center of the earth as to the universal forces in nature and the spiritual forces. They knew that then and built it there. It is aligned with the stars, particularly Polaris.
The positive influences from that period were purposefulness, setting ideals and acting on them, as a group. We still know that ideal—it’s over the door of this building and on the cornerstone of that building on the hill: That we may make manifest the love of God and man. This requires the purification of the body and the mind through raising the creative energy within the body, in meditation. They learned to raise the emotions through the arts—music, songs, dance and chants, and interior decor. They had the incense in all the temples to raise the consciousness of the people. The raising of the energy is what changes the consciousness, not the song or the dance.
To conclude, I would like to share one last reading that was given to the Board of Trustees in 1928.
...for unto thy hands has been committed the keeping of those records—yes, those conditions that are as records—of the foundation of that upon which the better understanding of man's relation to the all-creative energy within self may be made manifest in the earth's plane at this period. Keep that committed unto thy keeping against that day when there will be said, ―Well done, according to that as enacted in this present experience. With the coming of the dawn many will call thee blessed. 254-43
Ann Lee Clapp, a graduate of Texas Woman's University with a degree in music, was for several years a choral director and music teacher in the public school system. Her interest in the Edgar Cayce readings covers a variety of subjects, including a special study of ancient Egypt and its effect on mankind. Members can explore the story of the priest Ra Ta, Edgar Cayce’s incarnation in Egypt at a time of enlightenment, turmoil, great teachings, and architectural monuments in the Member-Only section.