In today's world we are becoming ever more fragmented and separated from one another. But it doesn't have to be this way. We can change it. We can connect again. I want to connect with you face-to-face.
We make a lot of products today just because we can, because it will make us a buck, but we are extorting people in the extreme, burying ourselves in unnecessary stuff, and raping the planet at the same time. How can we do better?
The communal structure that humans evolved in is fragmenting, from large family groups, to small nuclear families, with damaging effects. We're losing mystical communion and thus community as well.
Should we encourage patriotism in and for our country? What might mysticism say about that?
Did we live before our mortal lives? Was there a premortality? Do we bring God's children into the world? Yes, but not literally.
Are faith healings real? If so, how might they work deep in our psyche?
Beliefs are not merely concepts in our mind, they actively shape our perception of reality, and even form that Reality.
We often have a literal conception of Jesus' return, but the spiritual-mystical realization infinitely outshines it.
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.
There is no genuine contemplative practice in Mormonism, an inner meditative gaze deep in consciousness. I offer a possible format for a uniquely Mormon practice.