On this Memorial Day Weekend, in honor of my ancestral maternal bloodline, I remember. Still.
My inter-incarnate and pre-incarnate experience of continuity of memory and remembering awareness is a phenomenon that has, down through time, been experienced by at least a few human beings for a long, long time. Not only does the folklore of the Northern European Volva tell of it, but so does the Egyptian Book of the Dead tell of those who have experienced continuity of memory and remembering awareness as I have:
"I stand before the masters who witnessed creation, who were the authors of their own forms, who rolled into being, who walked the dark circuitous passages of their own becoming, who saw with their own eyes their destinies and the shapes of things to come." [Egyptian Book of the Dead, 1550 BCE, Normandi Ellis translation]
"Probably the most interesting aspect of the ancient Egyptian's concept of the (metaphysical) heart (the ib/jb, in contrast to the biological heart called the haty) is that their ancient beliefs remain with us today, not as science, but within the very fiber of our emotions, our poetry and our song lyrics. When we refer to our hearts in regard to love, or any other emotion, we are invoking a living memory of the ancient Egyptian belief system.
The Egyptians believed that the heart, rather than the brain, was the source of human wisdom, as well as emotions, memory, the soul and the personality itself."
It is the "ib" heart which is weighed against the goddess (divine ancestral archetype embodying truth and justice) Maat's feather of truth at judgment.
"The anatomical heart was the haty, the word ib referring to the heart as a metaphysical entity embodying not only thought, intelligence, memory, and wisdom, but also bravery, sadness, and love. It was the heart in its sense of ib that was weighed in the famous judgment scene depicted in the Ani papyrus and elsewhere. The deceased who was judged pure was introduced to Osiris (in fact, became an Osiris). The deceased who failed was devoured by the monster Am-mit, the “eater of the dead.”
"An important part of the Egyptian soul was thought to be the jb, or heart. The heart was believed to be formed from one drop of blood from the child's mother's heart, taken at conception."
"The Egyptian Book of the Dead, the collection of spells which aided a person in the afterlife, had the Egyptian name of the Book of going forth by day. They helped people avoid the perils of the afterlife and also aided their existence, containing spells to ensure "not dying a second time in the underworld", and to "grant memory always" to a person. In the Egyptian religion it was possible to die in the afterlife and this death was permanent."
The Egyptian Book of the Dead describes the process of how one is judged favorably in the Afterlife and "granted memory always."