“Thou shalt not bear false witness; blessed are all they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.” -Book of the Law of the Lord 1:9/3 Nephi 5:51 RAV, 12:4 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: Foundation
- Body part: Reproductive organs
- Color: Light blue
- Element: Water
- Associated with: El Shaddai “God Almighty”
- Herald: Noah/Gabriel “God is my strength;” the archangel who typically serves as God’s messenger, best known for announcing Jesus’ birth.
- Day of Creation: The sixth day. On this day the beasts and mankind are created. This allows us to ground ourselves in God’s truth to unilize spiritual power. It is the bridge between heaven and earth, allowing us to walk the narrow path.
Yesod is the foundation God has built the world upon. Because of this, it serves as a transmitter between worlds; the sephirot above, and the mundane reality below. It is placed in the center of the Tree, light of the upper sephirot gather in Yesod and are channelled to Malkuth below through one’s third eye. Yesod is associated with the sexual organs, the part of the body given the power of creation. While the floods drown in Noah’s time, so too did they bring life back into the world. Yesod collects the vital forces of the sephirot above, and transmits them to the world below and the earth is able to interact with the divine.