Sometimes “First Vision” experiences are more subtle than others, while still being profoundly moving and life-changing. These can happen quite spontaneously, in any place or situation. The following two accounts come from an archive of over 6,000 first-hand religious or spiritual experiences from all around the world compiled by Sir Alister Hardy and now housed at the Religious Experience Research Centre (RERC) at the University of Wales, Lampeter. Continue reading “All-Encompassing Light “First Vision” Accounts”
An addition to the BHT, where Jesus notes how God beloved the Cosmos. Continue reading “John 3:16 BHT, God Beloved the Cosmos”
Alain de Botton’s School of Life addresses the subject of Jesus as a philosopher of kindness in this short video. Continue reading ““Let Him Who Is Without Sin Cast the First Stone””
An addition to the BHT, on how we may come to know God through Love. (The painting above is “Saint Augustine,” by Philippe de Champaigne, c. 1645-1650, oil on canvas.) Continue reading “1 John 4:7-8, 16 BHT – We’d Love to Know God”
Saint Teresa of Ávila (1515-1582) was a Spanish mystic, Carmelite nun, and was canonized a Roman Catholic saint by Pope Gregory XV.
In her penetrating autobiography, The Life of St. Teresa of Jesus, she describes many of her ecstatic visions of the Divine, which should ring many bells for Latter-day Saints.
Here are a few selections, beginning with a vision of hell: Continue reading “Saint Teresa of Ávila’s “First Vision” Accounts”
Rupert Spira is a very wise man, among many. Let his words sink in deep.
“Love is the recognition that we share our Being.” Continue reading “What is Love? per Rupert Spira”
Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was a noted poet, essayist, and journalist, perhaps best known for his collection of poems titled Leaves of Grass.
He wrote of divine experiences on several occasions in his poems: Continue reading “Walt Whitman’s “First Vision” Accounts”