I suggest that the physical object that Joseph had in his possession was not literally ancient gold plates, but plates of his own creation which talismanically represented the "gold plates" of his visions, aiding his mystical translation of those visions.
Genesis 1 BHT: God’s Incarnation in Creation
A new translation of Genesis 1, updating many ideas in terms of modern cosmology, but also in mystical terms of God's own Incarnation in and as the cosmos, and in all Life as well.
Misattributed St. Francis Quote “The One You Are Looking For…”?
A quote often attributed to St. Francis doesn't seem to have a credible source, but it's still a good saying, and others appear to have said similarly.
The Problem with Traditional Proselytism: A Mystical Perspective
The traditional goal of proselytism is to convert people to an institution and its ways, but there is a deeper conversion that often gets overlooked and overshadowed that has nothing to do with institutions.
God “Pointed”/”Touched” Joseph Smith’s Eyes in the First Vision, Revealing the “Beloved Son” in Him
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.
Did Jesus Ever Doubt His Oneness in God?
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?
The Nuclear Family, Communal Breakdown, & Mysticism
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.
My Conversation with Glenn Ostlund about Mysticism
I have a chat with Glenn Ostlund about my journey from Mormonism to mysticism, and related mystical metaphysics and spirituality.
Temple or No Temple: Where does God Really Live?
Religious history often depicts temples as sacred places where God is present and is known. But what kind of temple?
Joseph Smith as Nephi: Parallels in retrieving the Gold/Brass Plates
Joseph's experiences seem to parallel those he "translated" in the Book of Mormon, perhaps indicating a deeper spiritual-mystical allegory and myth.