Religious history often depicts temples as sacred places where God is present and is known. But what kind of temple?
Beliefs are not merely concepts in our mind, they actively shape our perception of reality, and even form that Reality.
Christ consciousness is a term that is often seen as New Age woo-woo, but it has deep and genuine mystical roots, and I think it is the future of Christianity.
We often have a literal conception of Jesus' return, but the spiritual-mystical realization infinitely outshines it.
For many people, religious language is failing. New words are being used to refer to similar religious ideas.
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.
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.