The Ankh

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There are many things in ancient history that have perplexed those who try to understand them. One of them is the Ankh. In all likelihood, you’ve seen the Ankh and because of its familiar cross like shape, you’ve probably just assumed its some derivative of the Christian cross. Well, it is I’d say but its something more than that. It’s a clue. Yet another clue and key to help us understand our current journey through this lifetime.

What is the Ankh?
Here’s what comes up when you just google, “what is the Ankh?”:

“an object or design resembling a cross but having a loop instead of the top arm, used in ancient Egypt as a symbol of life.”

Fair enough. “A symbol of life” doesn’t exactly explain much to me. Going further to the mainstream definition finds mention of it as meaning eternal life, or showing both male and female symbology(straight lines for male, curved for female), or that it shows the Sun setting over the horizon. Personally, I don’t believe the Egyptians would have held the Ankh in such high regard for simple reasons such as these. There are numerous paintings and sculptures that show sacred ceremonies where someone is holding an Ankh. Clearly, it was of immense importance to the Egyptians.

I found another seemingly out of nowhere reference and explanation of the Ankh in Aleister Crowley’s Book of Thoth. In describing the Magus card he writes, “in his left hand is the Ankh, which represents a sandal-strap, that is to say, the means of progress through the worlds, which is the distinguishing mark of the godhead. Similar to the Egyptians, Crowley didn’t just haphazardly say or write just anything. There’s meaning in everything he’s ever done.

What I did was purchase an Ankh(the one pictured). There are shockingly limited options online to buy a real metallic Ankh. I found one made out of brass and received it shortly after. The interesting thing for me is that its such a simple thing but you can’t help but look at it. It’s like you know its trying to tell you something, but you’re not really sure what or when. When I read things saying it was a “key”, that I can agree with. It is the key to something, but what?

It also reminds me of a pair of outstretched arms, like its reaching out to hug you. I find it comforting when I see it first thing in the morning.

Down the Rabbit Hole I Go!
Not surprisingly, my research took me to an old friend, Drunvalo’s work. Buried deep in The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life Volume 2 is a section on the Ankh. It’s actually somewhat bizarre how it just appears amidst talk of the chakra system. Even more shocking is that there’s a highly detailed sexual side to this story. Drunvalo rarely goes that direction so I found this to be very compelling.

Drunvalo talks of the Ankh actually being something that the Egyptians used related to the flow of sexual energy and that it tied into immortality. I have a sense that Drunvalo knows more about this than he divulged in the text and that this section of the book is merely to open the doorway for those who are ready to enter. Since the subject matter is rather difficult to assimilate, I’ll just summarize in general terms what he teaches.

In essence, he gives specific instructions for controlling the sexual energy of an orgasm. He draws parallels to how Tantra points to the fact that every time you have an orgasm, you lose a part of your life force. Let’s face it, for most an orgasm is a physical thing. Whether you’re male or female and whether you’re by yourself or with someone else, something physical is triggering the orgasm. You’re not led to consider the energetic component of it. I am by no means an expert on Tantra. As a matter of fact, I know very little. But I do know that those who are experts in Tantra speak of having full body orgasms that can occur with no physical stimulation. They also speak to how that is the key to not losing your life force, but prolonging it.

One of the basic teachings of Tantra is that when you have an orgasm the sexual energy shoots up your spine and is gone forever, IF you don’t control it. Basically, you have a finite number of orgasms and once you run out, you die. I don’t know about you, but that’s a pretty depressing thought! Fortunately, the Egyptians were a lot more fun that that! The Egyptians taught that you can control the flow of sexual energy so that it doesn’t leave your body, but actually continues to flow through you. Now we’re on to something, aren’t we?

It gets rather complicated from here but I don’t want to just leave you with a cliffhanger. There is mention of the Egyptian 13 chakra system. The traditional 5th chakra is the throat chakra, but in the Egyptian system, the 5th chakra is the universal heart and is located right at the bottom of the sternum. The universal heart is the love you have for all things everywhere. In the Egyptian system, there is also another heart chakra but that represents Earthly love for people and other living things. Back to the fun stuff…

Basically, in the split second before the moment of orgasm the energy shoots up your spine. You have to stop the sexual energy at your 5th chakra and force it to go 90 degrees directly out the back of your body. It then naturally flows up towards the top of your head but now in a loop similar to what an Ankh has. It loops back down the front of your body until it comes to the front of the 5th chakra, makes an abrupt 90 degree turn again and goes back to the 5th chakra. From there, it loops on its own around and around. If you do this right, you absolutely feel it. There is another component to this that I didn’t explain related to breathing. I’ll just say if this subject matter resonates with you then get a copy of The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life 2. It’s all in there in step by step instructions. But again, this is not easy to do.

I don’t believe this was taught only because the Egyptians were more fun. I know there was something more going on here. Perhaps it was a means of preparation for the ascension process. I’ve been involved in various forms of energy work for a few years now. In most cases, energy flow is subtle and you have to be really tuned in to notice it. But there’s nothing subtle about an orgasm. If we can learn to do this, why can’t we remember how to flow the energy of the Universe through us to where we move to the 4th dimension at the time of ascension? I believe its all connected. If you delve deeper into Drunvalo’s work, you also come to topics related to making a 90 degree turn into order to ascend. He doesn’t specifically get into how the Ankh ties in with that but maybe it does?

I started writing this a few months ago and have updated it here and there but for some reason it never seemed complete. I didn’t want to just throw a bunch of ideas out there and leave it hanging. This morning I had a moment of clarity and got a step closer to really understanding what the Egyptians and the Ankh are teaching us. I decided to meditate with my Ankh resting on my sternum right where my 5th(Egyptian system) chakra is. I don’t know why I decided to do this, but I did. As I meditated I was just drawn to notice my heart and the energy pulsating with each heartbeat. And then at some point I started to visualize the energy flowing out the back of my heart chakra and up around my back to the spot above my head and back around, just like the sexual energy. But this wasn’t sexual in any way.

I became keenly aware of the fact that in essence the energy was bypassing my head, bypassing the mind, the eyes, and most of the senses that make us human. Hmmmm. But in a bigger sense, the energy was bypassing the personal chakras in the Egyptian system. It bypassed even the third eye which many schools of thought will lead you to believe is the most important of the chakras. Maybe that’s it? Is this the key to ascension that many civilizations have learned but that we are still figuring out?

What’s the Big Secret?
There have been many times in my awakening process where I just said, “dammit, why can’t they just tell us?” Forget about who “they” is for a second. But seriously, if this stuff is so important then why hasn’t someone left us with specific instructions on it. Well, that’s the point. That’s the point of our human existence. We are here for lifetime after lifetime after lifetime to figure things out. Each time, we learn a little something and then come back to learn more and more until finally we’re done here. Some of us move on to other planets or galaxies or levels of existence. But ultimately, what every known religion and belief system teaches is that we want to get to “heaven”. Reflect back on what I found in Crowley’s work when he wrote that the Ankh represented, “a means of progress through the worlds”.

Another thing I would like to mention here is that I don’t believe there is only one way to make it to “heaven”. I keep using the word heaven just for familiarity reasons. We’re drawn to the path that is perfect for each of us. If this subject matter is striking a chord with you and you find yourself getting it and understanding it, then maybe this is the right path for you. But if its going way over your head, as it once did for me then don’t try to fight through it. This is a very intense topic with many layers and levels to it. Perhaps, its just not time for you to get it.


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  1. Reblogged this on Goldie Love and commented:

  2. I enjoyed this….. my sister brought me an ankh some years back from Egypt. I love it and wear it around my neck as a pendant. Yes, I have felt drawn to its familiarity. It has a definite sacredness.

  3. Wow!! AJ, I’m not quite sure where to begin with my response to this post – but suffice it to say that there are many layers of synchronicities happening, and I think we need to talk!! (Or e-mail, at least). 🙂

    Could you please send me a note at amanda {at} amandagalactica {dot} com? I have some pretty amazing information about ankh-related stuff that I’d love to share with you. This feels very important and cosmically significant! Exciting stuff!

    Hope to hear from you soon,

    ~ Amanda

  4. Fantastic. Love it, great to see so many drawn in by the Anhk and researching it in their own way. An amazing journey.

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