A translation of Joseph Smith's insights, about the power of spiritual influence, and how it can easily be lost by ego.
John 5:16-30 BHT: The Power to Act from the One
The Son's decisions and power to act come from the Father, the Source, the One.
On Lineages and Transmissions of Mystical Knowledge and Spiritual Power
Can mysticism or spirituality be transmitted from one person to another? I suggest yes and no.
The Kosmic One Endows Us the Energy to Be and to Act
Have you ever wondered where the energy that makes up your body-mind comes from, both bound in material form and free-flowing in "spiritual" form, and that this may be a deeper aspect of You?
What does it mean to be “a god”?
There are stories, legends, mythologies, folklore, traditions, histories, scriptures, and texts from all around the world which tell us of humans who have reached the stature of the gods. They have, in essence, become "a god." Some recognizable examples are people such as Jesus, Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha), and Muhammad. The process that these went through has been called theosis, deification, divinization, realization, awakening, and enlightenment. What does it mean to become or be "a god"?
What is Priesthood and Ordination?
I perceive that priesthood was originally an inner experience of Divine Power and Presence in humans, a deep Realization when they subdued their egoic psychological "natural man" self in consciousness, and perceived their real Being underneath it in Glory, beyond words. I believe humans eventually organized this mystical experience, and the knowledge of it, instituting it into the "ordination" to an "office" of "priesthood," meant to indicate those who had direct experience of God.