They would also represent it as food material as the ingestion would reinvigorate your levels of this energy. As we age this power within us wanes, we start to lose the ability to fight off sickness and disease, and our material bodies perish. The ancient Egyptians of course noticed this and with their ideas of duality constituting creation, and the division into male and female constituent parts, called the activeness of this energy Sekhem. The vitality of the energy, Ka, flows through you. In Greek mythology the closest connection seems to be the beautiful goddess Psyche.
Cupid and Psyche (1798) by François Pascal Simon Gérard
Ihy with Sistrum at the temple of Hathor in Denderah
A bundle of leaves known as a Chacapa
Horus at Edfu wearing Sekhemty
Reading Egyptian Art, Richard H. Wilkinson, page 183.
Seti I at Abydos with Sekhem sceptre
Hathor Rising, The Power of the Goddess in Ancient Egypt, Alison Roberts, page 57.
Sekhemet in hieroglyphics
Being full of this power, she is represented as a lioness; a raging source of animalistic energy that can create and also destroy. She rages; she brings pestilence and disease; and she can restore health to the sick. The great Pharaoh of the 18th dynasty, Amenhotep III, in his later years in seriously declining health, commissioned hundreds of statues of Sekhemet on the temple grounds, known as Isheru, of the goddess Mut at Karnak in order to gain favour with the goddess so that she would restore health and vitality back upon him. She is a reminder that the difference between medicine and poison is all in the dosage and a clue that the healing action of medicine is essentially targeted energy that directly affects the compromised life form. Sekhemet is the patron goddess of physicians and the priesthood dedicated to her were all accomplished doctors in their own right, thus the epithet of Sekhemet the "lady of terror" could become the "lady of life". When seated in a statue portrayal, Sekhemet is shown holding the ankh; the symbolism being she grants life by activating the Ka power inherent within all life forms thus animating creation. This would apply cosmologically on a grand scale or the power resident within you and I.
Sekhemet sitting at the Louvre
Kali dominating Shiva
Sekhemet standing with Papyrus sceptre
Seti I worshipping Ptah at Abydos
The Great Goddesses of Egypt, Barbara S. Lesko, page 273.
The greek god of healing Asclepius with serpent entwined staff
The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt, Richard H. Wilkinson, page 182.
Great Sphinx on the Gizah plateau
Book of the Sphinx, Willis Goth Regier, page 168.
The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt, Richard H. Wilkinson, page144.
The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt, Richard H. Wilkinson, page 178.
Akhet in hieroglyphics
Two felines representing mountains
It cannot be overstated how important was the power of this Goddess to the ancient Egyptians. Horus is representing the Ba in ancient Egypt, the born again soul to us, which is the actualization or coming forth of the light that is inherent in all of us engendered symbolically from the remembering of the slain Osiris and subsequent impregnation of his sister wife Isis.
The Great Goddesses of Egypt, Barbara S. Lesko, page 84.