David Chaim Smith was born in 1964 in Queens, New York. His early career was as a visual artist throughout the 1980s. In 1990 he began an immersion into the root sources of Alchemy and the Hermetic and Hebrew traditions of the Kabbalah. In 1996 he abandoned visual art for a total dedication to spiritual practice, from which came a unique blend of practical mysticism and creative innovation. This blend coalesced while working with an obscure thirteenth-century text called The Fountain of Wisdom, which he mapped out diagrammatically in notebooks during his ten-year hiatus from visual art. The resulting symbol vocabulary served as the basis for his 2006 return to art, generating the content for several books. He currently lives in the suburbs of New York City with his wife, Rachel.
Millennia of religious literalism has led us to believe that Genesis 1-3 is a primitive mythological explanation of the human moral disposition. But by understanding the text as pure kabbalistic metaphor, David Chaim Smith reveals a complete model of Divine creativity that removes the concept of a Creator God, and allows a new mystical understanding of the fathomless depth of Divinity.
Author David Chaim Smith offers a guide to the practice of mystical contemplation and direct ecstatic revelation. He sets the process within the symbology of the kabbalah, introducing six stages or gates of contemplation, each illustrated by original works of art that elaborate the stage’s main tendency, kabbalistic implications, and symbolic functioning.
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