Joseph's experiences seem to parallel those he "translated" in the Book of Mormon, perhaps indicating a deeper spiritual-mystical allegory and myth.
The experience of God is not all joy and laughter. It has often been terrifying to those who experience it. Why?
We will be discussing how we may reinterpret the ideas of Mormonism (and Christianity) in the light of classic mysticism, interspirituality, modern science, psychology, and other progressive and constructive approaches.
The "new" union-covenant with God is found inward, not outward.
Transcending dualism back to the nondual unity of the One, of the Singularity, is something which we may approach from scientific, philosophical, and mystical perspectives.
What masks do we wear? What roles do we play? What self do we think we are? It is probably not the true Self. Coming out goes deep within.
I suggest that Joseph realized Christ in himself in his First Vision, and I think this can be seen in many details in his accounts.
Jesus became a symbol of the "Lamb of God," the flip side of the "scapegoat" of the egoic enemy.
We often think that the "devil" is something or someone else, pointing fingers elsewhere, but what if we look within?
A tradition of a "heavenly book" runs through many traditions, including Mormonism with its "gold plates." What spiritual reality might these traditions be pointing to?