The great sage Ptah-hotep said that no artist ever achieves the perfection of his craft. He also called his religious pattern the "Way of the Heart". Most of us who practice the classical Egyptian system refer to our religion as "Ma'at". Both of these terms, however, allude to honesty as a way of properly balancing correctness with fairness. Both Rev. Lita Reynolds of the CES and HH Ptahmassu of the Eternal Lotus Fellowship have (quite independently) emphasized to me the importance of the heart being "in the right place" as a requisite for bringing correct knowledge to bear successfully upon spiritual objectives. As a servant of Thoth, whose priesthood toils in the vineyard of obtaining the most reliable information possible for use by the followers of Ra, I understand why Crowley valued truthfulness so highly in working the will effectively upon reality. We may not be able to safely publish all the knowledge that we attain, but unless we are on the level with our colleagues, we can hardly ensure that our data is free of corruption.
Thus, we may perceive the hazard of a possible clash between rigid orthodoxy and a living, thriving, faith. There are time-honored ways of doing things, ways that modern man has been in danger of discarding, to his impoverishment. The religion that was practiced by the ancient Egyptians is foremost among these ways. Still, there is always an evolution in how beings in any space-time frame go about utilizing the timeless truths of ma'at, the Egyptian equivalent of dharma. Traditions are cherished modes of behavior and production. If exoteric modes are never modified, they become inert. If esoteric modes assert themselves in an improper way, they become false, or lead to an eruption, or both. Permitting a valuable mode of faith to fall into disuse for a time is not a thing to be taken lightly, or sanctioned for the sake of any arbitrary or simply convenient reason. Thus we must remember that religion of Egypt did not fall away because it had outlived its value to its constituents. It was legislated out of public practice by a hostile imperial government that had embraced a dogma designed to keep slaves under control at a great distance from its central authority. This is why I emphasize the value of an authentic approach. We cannot, however, ignore the fact that most of the servants of the Neteru are, at this time, not of predominantly Egyptian ancestry. Hence, we are obliged to proceed with pristine intellectual and moral integrity.