A 'Thing's" "Essence" is Certainty--i.e. What it was as it came into Being + "That it is" (its specificity, individuality, and 'here/nowness'). "Essence" came from the African goddess Auset (“endowed with spirit”; Greek Isis), related to aakhut (“wise instructional folk”) + Askhu-t (a name for Isis) in the sense of a "seat." Aus is like the Coptic "Es," the root of "Esse" (deity). The Essences were believed to be the religious Jewish tribe to which John the Baptist and Jesus belonged. Since Ancient Africans considered the Ether to be spiritual and equivalent to the “Soul”—the Cosmic Psyche (composed of differently arranged atoms, themselves composed of energy as modern physics has proven)--the idea of consuming any kind of substance assumes a strong spiritual meaning. This is because all of it is composed of the same underlying essences (Ashby, Book of Dead p327). Thus, every meal consumed is a communion with the Divine and that is why many people say a blessing and end with "Amen" (an honoring of the African God, Amen Amon). To avoid confusing this Spiritual meaning with the Soul and Mind of man, it was called Quality. When Ether was the cause of the conception of a thing (because the thing is invested in at least flimsy Matter, like an idea in ones mind) and/or when Ether was the cause of the existence of a thing in the Spiritual realms--or taste, smell, hearing, and feeling in Earthly realms--it was termed a Primary Quality (Star). If the Ether was just simply a supporting part of the conception or existence of something already in “Being-hood,” it was a Secondary Quality (Halo). Two ancient synonyms for Primary Qualities are Essence and Ultimate. In other words, the essence of a God-made “Seed” (Law, Principle) is Real and Truth.
Ancient Africans said the essential state of the Supreme Being is one in which Its energy/matter is not differentiated into things--implying “to be” is its most basic and indivisible state. One is born, they said, with Ignorance and to become 'Enlightened' (ones Real Self) is to see the essence of things and learn how each has a place in the Circle of Wholism. In other words, and more broadly, whether dealing with the Physical or Metaphysical, the Essence (“to be”)--the "What it is" of Critical Thinking--is the single most important thing to discover about anything on the path to Knowledge since from it come Principles for Thought Structures. To illustrate a Spiritual Essence, a human's Real Self is the God-Spirit (indwelling divine intelligence) which serves as a bridge between the Image of God and the remainder of that individual's Selfhood. A Metphysical/Physical example is a Symbol in a Proverb which stand for its own meaning and something more—similar to what happens from Synthesis and also is present in Allegory (a story within a story that embraces thoughts on multiple planes of existence). An expression crystallizing the essence of Symbols is: “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Thus, the words Ancient Africans chose in speaking to each other were heavily Symbolic. In addition, the speakers could imply extensions on the meaning of a symbolic word as well as get more meaning out of what was said and left unsaid. The process of seeing Essence as an abstract core of What a Thing Is resembles the way they reduced their folk wisdom into Proverbs.
A Physical Realm example occurred when the writing invented by interior Africans (77,000 BC) and brought to light in pre-Egyptian times became a most significant vehicle for those Africans who laid the foundation for all that is great in the world today (although this is deliberately hidden from the world). Next, their written language was expanded with a series of little pictures. The Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic system of writing in pictograms included signs which were essentially alphabetic in character, not unlike its interior African (including Ethiopian) predecessors. Besides each picture item standing for itself (the picture of a house meaning “house”), they also used the Rebus-Principle to construct words which could not easily be depicted. Rebus is a representation of words or a phrase in the form of pictures, letters, numbers, or symbols. For example, a tiny silhouette of a lion (labo in Egyptian) represented the letter L in the Egyptian alphabet; a reed leaf (aak in Egyptian) would be used for 'A'; a checker board (mene) for M; a picture of a cat on a log is a rebus for “catalog.” All of Egypt's civil records (inventories, bills, contracts) were written in Hieratic and Demotic phonetic script so its essences could touch business people's "Heads."
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