Chapter 13

Egyptian Healing

"You will resort to the sacred medication of plants."
Elbers Papyrus

"I want to help people, I want to do something good for them. So when He (spirit) comes I have done something good, or I have saved somebody's life that way…all the blessings were given back to me many times over…these powers that were given to me, they can't be evaluated in terms of money. So I say thank you."
Wallace Black Elk, Lakota shaman

Egyptian medicine is the one field that Egyptologists see in some high regard because many translated papyrus reveal modern western medical knowledge and treatments. However, the Egyptians healing must be examined from their understanding, not ours. Greek medical father Hippocrates in the 5th century BC admitted a debt to the Egyptians, while Herodotus called the Egyptians “the healthiest race in the world.” Yet modern science still claims that all today is better than the past in medicine. Only recently and reluctantly have they been forced to accept things like Chinese medicine, which is scientifically undetectable.

When asked how the Egyptians obtained such medical knowledge the usual answer is accident, or trial and error (which is just a prolonged system of accident). Modern people do the same when they label something a coincidence. Saying Egypt was able to produce fabulous cures by accident is a way of brushing the real question under the table. We must admit that they, like a native shaman are not lucky. They are more advanced than everyone thinks. According to Clement of Alexandria the final stage of the priesthood process was to learn how to heal, not like today when people learn to do this at the start. To properly heal someone requires the wisdom of the universe, sound, number, astronomy, energy and the like. It also demands that one work through almost all of their own issues, pain, and blocks that we have had in our own life. This requires years of incredible effort to reach a stage where the heart is pure enough to see beyond the illusion and gain a connection to spirit to provide the proper healing. Only after years of fully healing themselves will someone be able to provide healing for others. On the way one can learn to help, but they cannot fully facilitate healing because they don’t even know if the condition should be healed. One must be able to connect fully with their patient’s higher self to “see” if the illness is their greatest learning experience. No ancient healer would heal someone of their greatest life lesson until they had learned it. In Egypt this training came in the temples and involved a combined understanding of physical and spiritual illness and cures.

Egyptian Healers

The Edwin Smith Surgical Papyrus mentions that every doctor/healer (called a swnw in Egypt) was a follower of Sekhemet and Tehuti. From Tehuti they learned the wisdom of connecting with spirit through gnosis to find the true cause of illness. Tehuti taught the sounds, herbs and stones to use. Sekhemet taught the energy meridians of the body and the chakras, and how to heal the ailments that were found. Like doctors in the 1950’s who made house calls, each Egyptian doctor had a box that they would bring their herbs, stones, amulets, and papyrus scrolls. The Egyptians kept very good texts on illness and ailments that could be consulted. The Elbers Papyrus is a text that acts like an encyclopaedia of various ailments. The main physical component of Egypt would have looked similar to modern Chinese medicine, with the use of herbs, reflexology, acupuncture, Qi Gong and Yoga.

The most well known Egyptian medical text is known as the Edwin Smith Papyrus, which lists the diagnosis and cures of different traumas. It shows 48 cases of injury to the head, face, neck, throat and spinal column. For each injury it gives a diagnosis, examination, prognosis and treatment. It even provides footnotes on the terms used. Many modern doctors agree with the diagnosis and recommended treatments provided. To produce such a piece of physical cures meant they must have had at least an equal knowledge of the body and its functions as medicine today. They had an advanced form of dentistry, contraceptives (using the bark of acacia trees), and sunscreen. Many Egyptian medical papyrus were originally laughed at when they were first found and deciphered in the late 19th century. Some called for using the dung of different animals for wounds and disease. German doctors called Egypt’s medicine by the mocking name, Drekapoteke (sewage pharmacology). Today science no longer laughs at Egypt’s cures with the discovery that animal dung contains anti-bodies similar to penicillin. Thus the use of the dung was a very excellent natural healing tool, something not again understood until late in the 20th century. They also laughed at papyrus that suggested women urinate on wheat to tell if fertile, today this is again known to provide information not only if one is pregnant but also the sex of the child.

The Egyptians understood the need of a proper diet in order to keep the body healthy. Only the most natural and healthiest of foods would be consumed, along with exercises for our whole being (like Qi Gong or Yoga). Muata Ashby calls this the food for the body, but like any dieter knows, just changing foods will do little for their overall condition. The Egyptians also understood of the need of food for the mind (proper thoughts and reading) and food for the soul (stilling the mind completely). From these three avenues only could true health arise.

The second nature of healing was never written down as the physical cures were. They understood that providing herbs, healing cuts, or mending broken bones was only the outer cure. There was a deeper reason these things were occurring. Just as today an outer illness is only a sign of an inner problem, the true healers of Egypt were able to see beyond the physical to address the spiritual cause. The Egyptians saw everything as related to the whole. Thus a part of the body that is sick is somehow related to the whole, not just that individual part. Some of this work including the saying of special magical words, that are thought of by Egyptologists as spells. They were less a magic spell, than a way of using the power of sound to create the proper vibration in the body to provide a shift of energy and begin healing. The songs of native shamans have a similar effect. They are not random words, but special words of healing power that heal simply because of the sounds spoken.

This type of healing was often referred to in the papyrus as destroying the demon that inhabited the body. Today such a notion seems the work of superstition and ignorance. However when one works with enlightened healing masters who still heal the ancient way, one understands the concept. The demons are not something that is created outside us; we create them. Can’t get a job, find a loving wife, always drinking, have a disease…it is because of a demon inside us. A demon that we created from our conscious mind. Thus to just change or heal an outer cause does nothing to halt our inner demon, and this is the nature of soul healing. Each of the inner demons we rid, the more we can use energy to reach our heart (true self).

Thus the true healer found what a person’s demon was, how it formed, then provide treatment to ease the physical symptoms. The physical healing helped to make the person stronger and full of energy. They would need this energy for the healer was also providing unseen healing that was helping to lessen the power of the demon, and at the same time pulling it out for the person to fight. They were like a boxing promoter, and gave us the gloves and the ring to defeat whatever inside ourself was making us sick. This allowed the cause of our problems to be faced by us, and defeated by us. Thus true healing require cures for the physical and cures for the spiritual. The cure was for the whole person, not just a part of their being. Fully and properly healed, the person would now be free to use the energy that was previously used to manifest problems, to now manifest one’s dreams. Ancient texts, including the Hebrew Bible, tell of their characters living for hundreds of years. It is quite possible that using proper healing methods and providing proper ways of living for people, that living to 400 years old in the past was not an unheard of thing.

Healing Temples

All of the temples of Egypt were places of healing for those that were aspiring to the mysteries. Most of these temples also included a type of hospital where healing of the general population could take place. Each town would have their own local shamans and Rhwt (Egyptian for wise women, who could heal using nature). They provided cures for basic aliments. At times the general population would be in need of more than these local people could provide, thus the need to go to the healing temple. Beyond deep cures, the temples also provided space where healing dreams could come during the night. Dream interpretation papyri (similar to our dream books) were given to the seekers. Statues were placed in these rooms that had healing properties (similar to the Sekhemet statue I mentioned earlier). Others had areas for healing baths. These were not simple spas, but linked to the healing of the native sweat lodge. The temple itself would be created to specific harmonic principles thus just being in a functioning ancient temple is healing in itself.

The actual teaching of Egyptian healing is far too involved to tackle any further in this introduction. These concepts will be one of the main components of my future books. Every one of us is suffering from some sort of great inner pain, challenges of the conscious mind, and the challenges passed on in our DNA. Thus all of us are patients waiting for true healing, and once we can truly heal ourself we can become a healer for others. That is the true reason why we must want to heal, not just for the health and freedom for ourself but to then learn the techniques of the ancient healing arts so that we can do the same for humanity and the planet.