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“Nature” and Etymology

March 8, 2018

What is at the root of this word. Nature.



Many shamans and spiritual luminaries I have studied with, look to Etymology for clues to spiritual truths. The famous African shaman Credo Mutwa, brought this to my attention, when spending days sitting humbly with him, soaking up & receiving his Afrikan wisdom.    

Etymology is the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed throughout history. A chronological account of the birth and development of a particular word or element of a word, often delineating its spread from one language to another and its evolving changes in form and meaning.

The word “nature” originates from the Egyptian word for deity, the formative spirits or elementals, and the other than earthy realms.

Neter means Nature , simply put that before vowels(the corruption) existed it was Ntr . So The Neter Gods , Nature Gods The ancient Egyptian word “netjer,” sometimes also spelled “netcher” and, somewhat astray, “neter.” It is transliterated as nTr, where the “T” represents a prepalatal stop usually rendered in Western speech as a “ch” sound. 

Nature and being in nature is inexorably linked with spirituality, shamans have know this for tens of thousands of years before the Egyptians.

Wallis Budge, the great Egyptologist, recognized something fundamental about the word natura: "Another definition of the word [NTR], given by Brugsch, means 'active energy that produces and creates things regular recurrence; which gives them new life and gives them back their youthful vigor. 

Schwaller de Lubicz explains that in the ancient temple civilization of Egypt, our most ancient form of symbol, did not simply designate quantities but instead were considered to be concrete definitions of energetic formative principles of nature. The Egyptians called these energetic principles Neters, a word which is conventionally rendered as "gods.

The symbol or hieroglyph for this nTr was a banner or flag like character which was based on the banners placed outside the temples.

Being in nature may return us to our own true nature, show us the nature of things

Return us to our natural state, so being  close to nature, brings us close to spirit, close to deity, spirituality and our own true spirit

Nature Spirits and the Spirit of Nature, seems ever more a fitting descriptor for my little FaceBook page.

Tags: healing., nature, naturespirits, shamanism, spirits

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