I love sharing ancient teachings with my kids that are still so relevant today. These are the 42 Ideal of Ma’at off the temple walls in Ancient Egypt. Ma’at is the goddess of truth, balance, and order.
At the end of one’s life their heart is weighed against the feather of ma’at to see if their life had been well lived. Your heart could be no heavier than her feather of truth. This ceremony would determine whether or not your would be consumed by your own greed (eaten by Ammut- the crocodile headed God-of course that part I omit for kids) or pass through into a blissful afterlife.
There are 42 Laws of Ma’at which I will post in another article. However, I have found that these 42 Ideals are another way of relaying similar principles, but are more kid-friendly. Recite these ideals together with your children (have them repeat after you). Stop and speak about each of them individually (give them scenarios and examples of what they mean). It’s a pretty long list so I recommend going through the first half of the list one day and half the next day. You can also take one ideal per day – state the ideal, practice the principle and bring it up throughout the day.
These ideals are important for all of us to know and practice. When we live with Ma’at in mind (which is not only a Goddess, but a way of life), it lightens our hearts. Deepak Chopra always says, “Enlightenment just means getting lighter.” If we can teach our children self-regulation through awareness of their thoughts, feelings, and actions, we prepare them for a successful life.
1. I honor virtue (also translated as- goodness, kindness, and enlightenment)
2. I benefit with gratitude (I live in gratitude)
3. I am peaceful (non-violent)
4. I respect the property of others
5. I affirm that all life is sacred
6. I give offerings that are genuine -Give with a loving heart- without expecting anything in return-the reward is giving in and of itself.
7. I live in truth- Always tell the truth and be yourself.
8. I regard all altars with respect
9. I speak with sincerity (mean what you say, say what you mean, and don’t be mean)
10. I consume only my fair share
11. I offer words of good intent (all speech should be an offering of love)
12. I relate in peace
13. I honor animals with reverence
14. I can be trusted
15. I care for the earth
16. I keep my own council
17. I speak positively of others -No trash talking or talking behind backs.
18. I remain in balance with my emotions- Breathe, breathe, then breathe some more.
19. I am trustful in my relationships
20. I hold purity in high esteem
21. I spread joy
22. I do the best I can- All we can ask for is for is their best. Try not to compare your children to others, because they will start to do the same thing, instead of acknowledging their own unique strengths.
23. I communicate with compassion- Before expressing a thought, pass it through the 3 gates according to Dr. David Simon MD- Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind? If the answer is no to any of these questions-keep It to yourself.
24. I listen to opposing opinions- Listen with an open heart.
25. I create harmony
26. I invoke laughter
27. I am open to love in various forms
28. I am forgiving
29. I am kind
30. I act respectfully of others
31. I am accepting (non-judgmental)- Love everyone!
32. I follow my inner guidance- Before making a decision, teach them to ask their heart,” Is this going to bring happiness to myself and those around me?”
33. I converse with awareness
34. I do good
35. I give blessings
36. I keep the waters pure- both internally and on the planet!
37. I speak with good intent- If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.
38. I praise the Goddess and the God- In Kemet (ancient egypt) there are both male (Gods) and female (Goddesses)-honor both.
39. I am humble
40. I achieve with integrity
41. I advance through my own abilities
42. I embrace the All- We are all ONE!
I will be going into more detail with teachings from Ancient Egypt for children in other posts.