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.
Can we have one without the other? Possibly not. These may be polar opposites which only find expression when both are possible.
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?