I perceive that priesthood was originally an inner experience of Divine Power and Presence in humans, a deep Realization when they subdued their egoic psychological “natural man” self in consciousness, and perceived their real Being underneath it in Glory, beyond words. I believe humans eventually organized this mystical experience, and the knowledge of it, instituting it into the “ordination” to an “office” of “priesthood,” meant to indicate those who had direct experience of God. Those who had greater or deeper experiences of God were ordained to higher priesthoods. Continue reading “What is Priesthood and Ordination?”
The SciShow Psych channel on YouTube published a video about near-death experiences, below. I’ve mentioned near-death experiences a couple times before in relationship to mysticism and visionary experience. They are very much related, it seems to me. Continue reading “SciShow Psych Video on Near-Death Experiences”
A kind reader reached out to me and asked me to elaborate how my writings about the nature of God work with Joseph Smith’s First Vision, since it seems that his vision was meant to “clear up the confusion” surrounding the nature of God, the prevailing idea that God “was not made with body, parts or passions.” Wasn’t “the point” of his vision to “define for the world who/what God was”? Continue reading “Didn’t the First Vision Reveal the True Nature of God?”
In my post yesterday I said,
The only God that we can find and perceive and know directly as such, I believe, is the one that can be found in the very center and heart of our own Self and Being and Consciousness. That is where God is. That is where God lives. That is God, in humanity.
Some may wonder, “But isn’t God a person, a human being? Doesn’t God exist somewhere as an individual person, as we’ve come to believe all our lives?”
I shared this account in my introductory paper about mysticism, but I think it should be shared as a stand-alone post as well. This is because it is so stunningly similar in many respects to Joseph Smith’s accounts of the First Vision.
This is a guest post by Ann Purcell. Ann has been teaching a technique of meditation called Transcendental Meditation (TM) since 1973. In this article she introduces what’s possible in meditation and some of the differences between TM and other forms of meditation.
I recently posted a guest article on my blog by Bryce Haymond about Joseph Smith, publisher of the Book of Mormon and founder of the Latter-day Saint movement. In his essay Bryce describes a life-transforming experience that Joseph Smith had at age 14 when he was praying in a forest. Continue reading “Can We Have A “First Vision” Experience?”