The common denominator between meditation systems, religions, spiritual initiation systems, yoga, psychoanalysis, education, positive thinking, affirmations, hypnosis, etc. is that they all aim at modifying behavior.
To ‘behave oneself’ originally meant literally to ‘have oneself in a particular way’ – ‘have’ being used here in the sense ‘hold’ or ‘comport’. The be- is an intensive prefix. For much of its history ‘behave’ has been used with reference to a person’s bearing and public dignity and the modern connotations of propriety, of ‘goodness’ versus ‘naughtiness’. The noun ‘behavior’ was formed on analogy with the verb from an earlier haviour, a variant of aver ‘possession’, from the nominal use of the Old French verb aveir ‘have’. Cognate Old English compound behabban meant “to contain, self restraint.” In other words, a person’s behavior is the reflection of their own [spirit] possession, their own self restraint, their containment. This is related to one’s demeanor:
A person’s demeanour is how they ‘conduct’ themselves. The word goes back ultimately to the literal notion of driving animals along. It is a derivative of the now virtually obsolete reflexive verb demean ‘behave’, borrowed in the 13th century from Old French demener. This was a compound formed from the intensive prefix de- and mener ‘lead’ , a descendant of Latin mināre ‘drive a herd of animals’ (whose original connotation of ‘urging on with threats’ is revealed by its close relationship with minārī ‘threaten’, source of English menace) de-menace.
African culture asserts that man/woman is made in the image and likeness of God or put another way that man/woman are vehicles/vessels for God to have experience in the world. Behavioral Modification Systems (meditation systems, religions, spiritual initiation systems, yoga, psychoanalysis, education, positive thinking, affirmations, hypnosis, etc.) are therefore suppose to be designed to cultivate one’s spirit and lead or domesticate the animal (wild) spirit into a refined divine being in order to be a vessel for God to enter the world and gain experience, hence a Divine Individual (God-man or God-Woman on Earth).
The use of animals, farming tools, metallurgy tools, masonry tools etc. are done so for analogy/metaphoric purposes of instruction and development of character building (modifying one’s behavior). Freemasonry claims to take good men and make them better by using a system of allegory and symbols. This is no different then all African traditions or religions from which it derives. The /rmT n kmt/ (Ancient Egyptians) used farming and metallurgy tools as allegories/metaphors for building character, behavior, spirit. This is evident of the multilayered use of the sesh medew netcher (hieroglyphs) and the mythoscientific text. The process has always been to take man/woman from an Animal > to a Human > to a Divine Being. Ancient Kemet is complete and developed a complete system of behavioral modification which focused on drawing out of the spirit its dormant talents and spiritual powers. Unlike Western education which seeks to teach people to make better THINGS, the African traditional educational system aims at making better PEOPLE (Divine Beings, Gods). (for more info see Amen:2014)