This is an account found in the book The Supreme Awakening, by Craig Pearson:
Meditation begins as most do. I feel as if I am a small stone sinking into an ocean of filtered light. The light seems to be coming from all directions. I slow, almost pause, at certain levels before my specific gravity increases again, and I sink deeper into this ocean of consciousness—no real experience of having entered this ocean—just being there and going deeper and deeper. It is beyond peaceful, beyond serene.
Then something quite extraordinary happens. The ocean disappears. I mean it is just gone, and I am in an indescribable place. I am alone with my Self, and I have never been so clearly and entirely and fully awake. There is nothing but That—no ocean, no me, no anything, but totality. And I am fully awake to it.
I could saw the individual “I” had become the Cosmic “I.” But that is not quite it. Rather it’s as if there never was anything but the Cosmic I. The individual “I” never existed to begin with. The wave was never anything but the ocean. It felt as if I were floating in Brahman [totality]. But that expression suggests two things: Brahman and me. Yet there is only one thing.
I have had other experiences that seemed more divine in nature—light filled with love and bliss so intense it was astonishing. This was different—it was somehow more. It would seem to be impossible to have more. But this was more.
Source: Craig Pearson, The Supreme Awakening: Experiences of Enlightenment Throughout Time—And How You Can Cultivate Them (Fairfield, Iowa: Maharishi University of Management Press, 2016), 53.
Some similarities to Joseph Smith’s First Vision seem to include:
- Seeing a profound light
- Being enveloped in the light
- Feeling a tremendous sense of peace
- The experience being indescribable
- A sense of the realness of the experience, being fully real and absolutely clear
- Being in the presence of God (Brahman is the word used to describe the Supreme Cosmic Spirit, or God, in Hinduism)
- Feeling an intense love and bliss
Transcendental Meditation (TM) is one of many different forms and techniques of meditation. It focuses on mantras. Another well known method is vipassana meditation, which often focuses on one’s own breath.