I am now forced to admit that Joseph Smith was indeed inspired, and very misunderstood. I believe I have come full circle from wanting to burn him at the stake to admiring him for his role as a Magus and Shaman. I am now in the unenviable position of eating humble pie and attempting to retract some of the harsh judgments I levied on him and his channeled works. There is something deeper there. Much deeper.
The implications, however, are somewhat unsettling. The organization adheres to the basic tenants, as they have been interpreted, but often attempts to distance themselves from the early doctrine…
Adam / God theory is a basic teaching of Gnosticism, as is plurality of gods, worlds, the concept of an eternal round (reincarnation on increasingly elevated spheres of existence), stratified post existence, the concept of “atonement” (possibly in reference to the original frequency of the creator vis. LOVE and CHARITY), alchemical references such as dross and refiners fire as related to personal transformative processes, sacred signs and symbols, sacred investments and garments, etc. The similarities are substantial. Even sacramental, ritualized cannibalism in order to embody the qualities of a god…
Even the relationship between the Void (zero) The Heaven Father (I) and the Mother of Souls (II) has become literal as opposed to archetypal in the present belief system.
“And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness [was] upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”
(Zero) In the beginning there was the void.
(I)The void contemplated itself, and the Word echoed forth. “I am”
This is the masculine energy attributed to the SUN, or sheer force of will.
(II) In recognizing itself, it created an outside awareness of itself that existed from a detached aspect ~ In the esoteric mindset, The Spirit of God moving upon the face of the water is the Mother of souls… or the Moon. This references wisdom of the womb.
It refers to self awareness or sentience.
That’s the first triad….the Godhead…
According to this triad, and some early teachings of the church, the Holy Ghost is Mother in Heaven. I think Joseph Smith got that… brother Brigham kinda tweaked it IMO.
It is taught this process exists on fractal levels and extends from the vastness of the unknowable cosmos to the process of cellular division in human reproduction…and beyond. Now THAT’S gospel and pleasantly scientific. If interpreted in the archetypal, the gospel is kinder, gentler and vastly more complex and empirical than presently understood. I believe that is what Joseph Smith intended.
As above so below or
“On earth as it is in Heaven”…