Meanings Lost in Time #3

Light Hearted

PICKING FLOWERSA familiar expression used to describe someone with an easy nature, kind, interested in others rather than themselves and good. Light hearted people are honest, thoroughly good eggs with a pure heart.

So why light hearted? Maybe these positive qualities come from a feeling in the heart, the vibrating resting place of love. Okay I can go with that but why light?

Light hearted is so familiar that the meaning now clings to the words without needing explanation but they do have an origin going back a long time. Several thousand years in fact, to ancient Egypt and the halls of judgement. No-one knows exactly when but more than 5000.

It’s natural to think that we continue after we die but the Egyptians invented the concept of earning your passage to the next stop by the sum of your actions when you were alive.

Sin added weight. Purity and truth brought a lightness of being. Who knows, maybe our Egyptian ancestors could levitate or walk on water.

(They certainly spent a lot of time in temples, tuning the heart.)


Answering for themselves took place in the halls of judgement where Maat, the Goddess of Truth and Justice presided over the balance where the heart was weighed against a feather.

Light hearted got you a ticket.

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About garth

I'm an indie author ardently writing fiction and you’ll notice a leaning towards Egypt. The book in the cooker right now is called The River Through. Hatsepsut features strong as an ancient enigma bringing her people back to pure after a sullying occupation by the Hyksos. I like these desert ancestors who dragged great chunks of stone for miles to build runways for god. Religion was a major preoccupation always. Magic was mixed in, sometimes called miracles. Christian and Hebrew testaments carried it over. Egyptians weren’t bothered with a history list based on sequential record keeping so there are numerous and bewildering gaps. A definite plus for the fiction writer. (Colouring in the spaces.) Bio: I am very tall and many people call me a freak (and laugh) so a slight chip on the shoulder but thick skinned - not impervious. Lots of short people out there who aren’t pleased to be little too. Given the choice, I’d keep length. Upbringing I am thankful because, during my life I have found many people who weren't so blessed so thanks mum and dad for pulling me out of the lucky dip. Two sisters and a brother, all of them cleverer than me or so they think. A wife who loves me - thanks Gill xxxx Two daughters, a yoga teacher and a nurse who don't quite hate me but we are moving in that direction as I tread heavier with advice. Lovely grandchildren who will develop into super beings if they maintain the current progress. A cat called Squeezely who has finally learned to evacuate his bowels outside. Buster the darling dog with a sensitive way and an over-exuberance for affection but we all let him take us down for licking. He's big. Occupation: Education first: Good military school that chased out the bad in me I can tell you. No-one put a polish on a boot better but it was enjoyable in retrospect. Not at the time though. Art college next and enlightenment - the world was a better place afterwards. Self employed antique furniture and restoration - very enjoyable and fulfilling but not overflowing financially. We did okay and we prospered.
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7 Responses to Meanings Lost in Time #3

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  2. Colette B says:

    As with ‘cat got your tongue’ it also makes me wonder if there’s another reason that saying survived the millenia, other than the mythological origin given here? that’s not really a request to share more gruesome squirmishlish generating rhetoric though Garth 😀


  3. Colette B says:

    Lol, I believe you are knowledgeable about such things to a more refined / well-educated level than I am. However none of us can possibly know or remember everything 🙂


    • garth says:

      I forget more than I remember these days I’m afraid. Someone told me about the benefits of this: you can read your favourite book over and over because you can’t remember the ending 🙂

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