Harding's experience of having no head parallels Joseph Smith's First Vision experience in remarkable ways.
Beliefs are not merely concepts in our mind, they actively shape our perception of reality, and even form that Reality.
What can contemplation tell us about the speed of light or causality? Perhaps a lot, even All.
We often have a literal conception of Jesus' return, but the spiritual-mystical realization infinitely outshines it.
Joseph's experiences seem to parallel those he "translated" in the Book of Mormon, perhaps indicating a deeper spiritual-mystical allegory and myth.
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.
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.
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?
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.
The earliest known account of First Vision may not be the one in 1832, but many esoteric accounts in April-June 1829, in the Book of Mormon text itself.