“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy; blessed are all they who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” –Book of the Law of the Lord 1:3/3 Nephi 5:57 RAV, 12:10 OPV
The 10 Sefirot (Hebrew for “emanations”) are the 10 attributes of God in Kabbalah, through which Ein Sof (the Everlasting name of God) reveals Himself/Themselves to humankind. There are a few different ways of using the Sefirot. Some Kabbalists study and grow from attribute to attribute, while others see them as an urim and thummim. As an urim and thummim, the right and left sides create a series of “lenses” for the natural eyes, while the center creates a series of “lenses” for the third or spiritual eye. Through this urim and thummim, God helps us see both the physical realm and the chain of higher metaphysical realms.
In Mormon Kabbalah, we do both; using the Sefirot for growth and as seer stones. We grow from Sefirot to Sefirot in Christ’s grace, and seeing the world through spiritual eyes by the power of the Holy Ghost. Here we will give a quick over view of each Sefirot and how one may grow their perspective with each as we grow closer to God.
- English: Wisdom
- Body part: Right eye
- Color: Green
- Element: Earth: wisdom
- Associated with: Yah, Shekinah, the Queen of Heaven, the Divine Feminine, God the Mother (Book of Remembrance 2:11)
- Herald: Melchizedek/Raphael “God heals;” also known as Raziel “Secret of God,” or “Angel of Mysteries;” or Galizur “Revealer of the Rock.” As the king of Peace in his earthly life, Raphael holds the keys of organizing God’s Churches on the Earth, giving to us the keys of offices of High Priests and High Priestesses. The archangel Raphael was the angel in the Gospel of John stirring the water at the healing pool of Bethesda.
- Day of Creation: Before the creation; She is the wisdom, the why of creation, representing the divine feminine granting us the keys of intuition, the light of Christ.
Chokhmah is the uppermost of the Sefirot of the right line or kav yamin (Hebrew for “Right Line”) in the Tree of Life. This Sefirot possesses two faces: the higher being the feminine half of Abba Ila’ah (“the higher father”), or in other words, our Heavenly Mother, the Queen of Heaven. The lower being the Mother of Yisrael/Israel, which is to say the mother of the Body of Christ, or the Church of God (Revelation 12:1-2). Chokhma is associated with Eden and the tree of knowledge of good and evil (wisdom, knowing right from wrong). This wisdom holds the keys to God’s light and must be “unlocked” by Da’at, knowledge (God the Father). Together, the male and female haves unite to create within us Binah; understanding, through the mercy of Christ and the fire of the Holy Ghost.
More than merely meaning wisdom, Chokhma breaks down into two words: koach (potential) and ma (what is). Just as God said in Genesis, “man has become like us, able to know good from evil), Chokhma sees the divine potential in us to, through Christ, inherit all that the Father and Mother have.