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Mystery of the Liahona

May 23, 2016

A March, 2011 post: “Analysis: ‘Fingerprints of the Gods’,” made first mention in this blog of the Book of Mormon (1830), the book considered by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) to be another testament of Jesus Christ. Fingerprints of the Gods, published in 1995, purports to reveal evidence for a prehistoric lost civilization. Thirteen years earlier, in April, 1982, I had inadvertently discovered in Peru solid evidence for precisely that, evidence yet to be made public. After returning from my literally vision-initiated expedition, I began seeking out sources of knowledge related to the geographic area of my find. I was led to the Mormon visitor center in New York City (at the location of today’s Manhattan New York Temple) where I was directed to LDS missionaries who supplied me with information about the Church’s archeological work, about the story of one Joseph Smith, Jr., and about Smith’s excavation and translation of the Book of Mormon from the “reformed Egyptian” language.

To be excessively brief, the Book of Mormon tells the otherwise undocumented epic story of the emigration of a group from Jerusalem to the Americas around 600 B.C. (a few years before the Babylonian invasion and captivity of the Kingdom of Judah) and tells the history of their descendants. Although not a Mormon or a defender of the LDS organization, I have taken a unique approach to extensively studying Mormon founder Joseph Smith, Jr. and essential elements of the history of the Americas as set forth in the Book of Mormon, and while my research and analysis over years subsequent to my Andean exploration would fill a book, my conclusion is that Smith was not a trickster perpetrating a fraud. Some of our earlier posts on Smith include: “Analysis: Joseph Smith’s ‘Jupiter Talisman’” (November, 2012), “Analysis: Joseph Smith’s Ring” (January, 2013), and “Analysis: Joseph Smith’s Seer Stone” (October, 2015). Mormonism is mentioned in some other posts as well.

The focus of this post is an instrument called the Liahona, a technological device mentioned in the Book of Mormon (e.g., Alma 37:38) that supplied precision guidance that allowed Lehi to identify the direction of travel from Jerusalem to the New World, to the continents that would not be pioneered until more than two thousand years later in the European Exodus from Roman Catholic oppression. The Liahona is described in the Book of Mormon as a “director,” a “compass,” and a “ball” (see Image File #63) within which communicative letters would appear. Many questions about this tri-functional gadget have been posed and their answers pursued by Mormon scholars who have published provocative books and papers about their analyses, opinions, and speculations. PluribusOne™ has approached the matter from the non-religious Noetitek™ new-science-based perspective. We have formulated and pursued answers to cornerstone questions, precipitating fresh insights and ideas in the process, as shared in the following paragraphs. First, the questions:

• Why was an instrument needed to direct them, considering that the group’s destination was revealed in a vision?
• Where exactly did the Liahona device come from?
• How exactly did the Liahona device operate?
• What became of the Liahona?

Question #1: Why was an instrument needed to direct them, considering that the group’s destination was revealed in a vision?

From experience I know that a place in space-time-mind can be seen in a vision as clear as a photograph or strip of motion picture film, and yet its location, the directions from the place the vision is received to the site that has been presented, and the means of transport, can all remain unknown at that point. Yet, also from experience, I know that when one has intense desire for knowledge of these further items of information, synchronistic breadcrumbs always appear in some form. Sometimes they emerge via additional visions, or they appear in dreams, or they arrive by messengers who are unaware of the messages or meanings of the messages they deliver, or they come by way of tangible symbols of various kinds, or they present themselves in the form of something solid and technological. In the case of Lehi (according to Nephi) the Liahona was discovered by him when he exited his tent one morning and “…to his great astonishment he beheld upon the ground a round ball of curious workmanship, and it was of fine brass. And within the ball were two spindles, and the one pointed the way whither we should go into the wilderness” (1 Nephi 16:10).

At bottom, I conclude that Lehi and his people were spiritually attuned but not at the highest level, a fact that becomes clear as the Book of Mormon story progresses. Dreams, visions, and synchronic breadcrumbs were not enough. They needed a technological crutch.

Question #2: Where exactly did the Liahona device come from?

The Book of Mormon says nothing satisfactory to a reasoning mind about the origin of the Liahona or how it came to be placed outside Lehi’s tent. It just says that the Liahona was “prepared by the hand of the Lord.” The word “workmanship” is used, so the object was not thought to have assembled itself from out of thin air—nor was it taken to have been inadvertently dropped onto the ground. It was logically assumed to have been placed there, and for obvious purpose.

Any number of unambiguous yet enigmatic breadcrumbs of all kinds can equally be attributed to having been “prepared by the hand of the Lord,” but to say this is to say little more than “I don’t really know but it arrived coincident with my desire and in accordance with the intent of some apparently benevolent entity having powers beyond my own.” A religious person understandably interprets the enigmatic benevolent entity in terms of his/her belief system. By comparison, a 21st century scientist might view the Liahona’s appearance as a fortuitous accidental encounter with a one-of-a-kind OOPART (out-of-place artifact) that fell from the sky or somehow worked its way out of the ground.

PluribusOne™’s Noetitek™-guided speculation is that the Liahona is an artifact that survived the prehistoric worldwide cataclysm, case for which was well established by the late psychiatrist and researcher Dr. Immanuel Velikovsky in his books: Worlds in Collision, Ages in Chaos, Earth in Upheaval, and Mankind in Amnesia. Beyond the scope of his extensive and meticulously documented research, there was unquestionably an Egyptian priesthood that functioned in the manner of later secret societies that preserved the ancient Egyptian knowledge and tradition. We surmise that the Egyptian priesthood, in turn, was built upon bedrock established by a priesthood central to the pre-Flood “lost civilization” hard evidence for which exists in the form of enduring megalithic stoneworks found around the world.

Consider the possibility that Lehi was a high-ranking member of such a priesthood/secret society, that he was entrusted with the Liahona, among other artifacts such as ancient writings (alluded to in the Book of Mormon), and that he had “inside information” indicating that the Babylonians would be invading in the near future. If so, he himself may have placed the Liahona outside of his tent just before “discovering” it. It is almost unthinkable that anyone would have left it outside on the ground and unattended for any period of time. In support of this idea that Lehi was a member of a secrets-keeping bloodline priesthood, in our reading of 1 Nephi 10:1 and 1 Nephi 16:38 it is revealed that Nephi, son of Lehi, was considered by others to have esoteric knowledge and that he had a natural inclination to assume leadership.

Question #3: How exactly did the Liahona device operate?

While one spindle/pointer within the Liahona (shaped like Earth itself) pointed the way to go throughout the wilderness journey, the function of the other spindle/pointer is not revealed in this (exoteric) Book of Mormon. Obviously, the two spindles functioned together, but one was primary in pointing the way. The common assumption—most likely correct—is that the second spindle pointed continuously north and south while the first spindle, as we see it, moved correctively to keep the people aimed at their destination over territory that presented obstacles to moving in a straight line. It is our speculation that the second spindle was mechanically connected—perhaps geared—to the first, such that it adjusted automatically as the journey progressed. Upon arrival at destination, the two spindles would, we envision, form a perfect “x.” But (for reasons we are withholding for now) the spindles were not enough to ensure arrival at the intended spot.

As barriers to progressing as-crows-fly were encountered, the third function (symbol-based advisories) would have come into play. Geophysical challenges were foreseeable, mappable, and trackable by something equivalent to present-day GPS. However, we speculate that the Liahona was non-electronic, and, in the right hands (or, perhaps, when held correctly), it was interactive with the natural energy-grid that surrounds the planet. For more about the earth-energy grid, see Bruce Cathie’s book: The Bridge to Infinity and others more recent. Noetitek™ tells us that this grid does exist and that it originates in (is an extension of) the three highest dimensions of Omniverse, the dimensions of Consciousness.

After returning from my 1982 vison-initiated and synchronicity-guided South America trip, I learned that the place where my spontaneous vision had occurred is on the same line of longitude as the location I had perceived. This factor could not have been the result of random chance. Later still, I became acquainted with the planetary energy grid, at which point this longitudinal alignment aspect of my experience felt less strange. Spirit-level “GPS” is not a wild idea, although it would have seemed so—i.e., required faith to accept—in Smith’s day. Consider too biologist Rupert Sheldrake’s morphic resonance theory and his studies of the abilities of animals to find their way in the wild with GPS precision and no high-tech tools. I conclude that they follow an invisible map that is magnetic and something more.

Question #4: What became of the Liahona?

A reasonably skeptical mind must wonder: If there was such an instrument, where is it now? An object of such value would have been preserved at all costs, and brass could easily have survived over millennia. Yet where is this object that would provide excellent evidence for the validity of the Book of Mormon and the veracity of Joseph Smith?

We speculate that the Liahona was buried in the stone box found by Joseph Smith, along with the book of golden pages and the instruments that helped him translate the book. In fact, given that the Liahona was, in part, a communications device it may have played an untold role in the translation process. We further speculate that the Liahona is presently in the possession of the LDS priesthood. If so, we hope that images of the device will eventually be shared with the public. We wonder whether the impressive replicas recently made available for purchase online are, secretly, based on that original.