- Jul 25, 2000In a message dated 07/25/2000 4:27:20 AM Eastern Daylight Time, Susanne
>I think that you will get several different answers, depending on who you ask.
> Could someone please explain to me what the differences is between
> Seichim, Seichem, Sekhem and SKHM?
As I was taught, originally, Seichim, Sekhem, and SKHM are all different
phonetic spellings for the same thing. "Seichem" is the name/spelling which
was chosen, at one point, by Kathleen Milner, for her system, which is now
called Tera Mai.
Since I received my attunements/training, there has been a lot of
proliferation of different "schools", and, also, of different explanations
for the differences in spelling. Patrick Zeigler, the "founder" of the
system whose name has the sound which matches all these spellings, spells it
SKHM, on the premise that Arabic has no vowels and therefore there should be
no vowels in the English rendition. Because Arabic does have inflection
marks, which do indicate vowel sounds, Sekhem is chosen by some to indicate
the sound. It is used by Helen Belot and her students and "downline", for
her system, which was developed *on*, or *from*, as I have been taught, the
system which Phoenix Summerfield (nee Kathleen McMaster) developed from
Patrick's system. A number of other "schools" of Seichim/Sekhem/SKHM, most
of which use the spelling "Seichim", have grown out from the original system
which Patrick introduced. In recent years, a system called
Sekhem-Seichim-Reiki has been developed by Diane Shewmaker, who has written
the book, All Love, which is the only hard-copy book (I believe that there
are several e-books) which discusses Seichim/Sekhem/SKHM.
So, basically, the difference, I believe most would agree, would be the
"school" descended from the original SKHM (which I believe might have been
spelled another way) introduced by Patrick. Each school/system harks back,
in its own way, to the original system, while, at the same time,
incorporating additions which its developers have seen fit to include as
enhancements. Different systems may include different symbols and/or
I feel rather certain that others will have other explanations of the
differences. This particular one is based on what I was taught by my first
teacher and what I have come to understand through being initiated into
several other systems, as well as through experiencing a number of
discussions on the subject, all subsequently filtered through my own
I look forward to seeing the explanations of others.
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