A translation of Joseph Smith's insights, about the power of spiritual influence, and how it can easily be lost by ego.
I suggest that details in the accounts show that Joseph Smith experienced theosis or divinization in the First Vision, realizing his Oneness in God, or Christ living in him.
Is the human mind capable of comprehending any absolute? I suggest no. And yet, there is a way of "knowing" the Absolute.
The Christian Trinitarian formula has been expressed in many other ways throughout history, including in secular disciplines. Here are some possible correlations.
Many analogies can be used to help describe our nature, reality, the mind, and consciousness. Here are a few using waves.
What does it mean to see God's "face"? To see God "face to face"? Perhaps it is not the literal meaning that we often think it means.
The human mind itself may create the illusion of separation from God or Ultimate Reality, and all other dualities. But how? And why?
We seem to often think that Jesus always knew perfectly that he was One in God, and that this realization never wavered his entire life. But did it?
Mystical experience seems to reveal that there is no separate self. What implications does this have for free will?
This parable may have a better interpretation viewed through the lens of mysticism than the traditional "us versus them" approach.