Joseph Smith’s Mystical Christification in the First Vision

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.

The “Ahman Prayer”: Toward a Mormon Contemplative Practice

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.

Joseph Losing the “Plates” and “Interpreters” was Mystical not Literal

The "Urim & Thummim" were perhaps Joseph's own eyes, which in a mystical state of consciousness could "see" the visionary "plates." He lost these "gifts" for a time.

Early Secondhand Details about Joseph Smith’s First Vision in 1830-1833?

A late thirdhand account of the First Vision from John Alger in 1893 may be corroborated by some early secondhand (esoteric) references in some songs and hymns recorded in 1833, which may also have connections to a recorded revelation in 1830.

The Perennial Cycle from Mysticism to Religion to Politics

What is the relationship between mysticism and religion? It is perhaps a cycle, which begins in mysticism and ends in fundamentalist dogmatic religion, and politics, where it begins again.

An Introduction to the BHT Translation of Joseph Smith’s First Vision

I introduce a new translation of Joseph Smith's First Vision, giving some background to this interpretation of his mystical experience, the nature of translation, its pseudepigraphal nature, how it was done, and more.

On Lineages and Transmissions of Mystical Knowledge and Spiritual Power

Can mysticism or spirituality be transmitted from one person to another? I suggest yes and no.

A Mystical Reinterpretation of the Mormon (Christian) view of the Nature of God

This is my response to a recent video produced by the LDS Church on the nature of God. My reinterpretation moves away from the supernatural dualistic interpretation, towards a more immanent nondualistic interpretation of the Divine.