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?”
Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) was a Bengali author, poet, essayist, playwright, novelist, composer, and painter. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913, the first non-European to do so.
He recounted the following experience that he had while in Calcutta, India: Continue reading “Rabindranath Tagore’s “First Vision” Account”
Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was a Catholic writer, theologian, Trappist monk, and mystic. The following is from his book New Seeds of Contemplation, describing his experiences in contemplation: Continue reading “Thomas Merton’s “First Vision” Account”
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.
Prior to founding AA, Wilson was an extreme alcoholic, and was admitted to the hospital several times for it. At about age 39, on what would be his last visit to the hospital in 1934, he showed signs of delirium tremens, a condition caused by withdrawal from high intakes of alcohol. Similar to Joseph Smith, he found himself in an extremely distressed mental state. He later recounted: Continue reading “AA Co-Founder Bill Wilson’s “First Vision” Account”
Mysticism seems to be largely misunderstood.
It seems to be either thought of as a kind of dark, ethereal and vague mystery that can never be really known, or as an impractical and vain lofty exercise that can never truly be achieved, at least in this life.
For me, it is neither. Continue reading “Mysticism is Experience of the Real”
The following words come from Martin Buber (1878-1965), a Jewish philosopher, educator, writer, and translator from Austria. Continue reading “Martin Buber’s “First Vision” Account”