We often have a literal conception of Jesus' return, but the spiritual-mystical realization infinitely outshines it.
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.
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?
I created a graphic to better illustrate the evolution (or devolution) from mysticism to religion to politics, and back again, as originally modeled by David Steindl-Rast.
Is it seeing a man with brown hair, a beard, and a white robe? Or is there much more to the "Christ" than this?
Was the vision of Moroni unique, or had Joseph experienced something similar before?
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.
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.