Increasing Pleasantness “First Vision” Account

Ann Purcell relates the following account:

“During the first few years after I started meditating, the experience of deep silence was absorbing and charming. I would see a dark vastness in front of me. In time this darkness sometimes transformed into a field of brilliant light. The experience was one of increasing pleasantness. I felt anchored to my inner depths, less tossed about by outer changing circumstances. Underlying insecurities started to dissolve, and I felt stronger and more accepting of myself as a person.”

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Suhrawardi’s “First Vision” Account

Shahab al-Din Yahya ibn Habash Suhrawardi (1154-1191 CE)
Persian-Iranian philosopher and mystic

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Suhrawardi

A narrative and a dream; For some time I was prey to an intense obsession. I ceaselessly practised meditation and spiritual exercises, since the problem of knowledge assailed me with insoluble difficulties. What they say about it in books brought me no light. Continue reading “Suhrawardi’s “First Vision” Account”

“Who Am I?” The Simulation Hypothesis Mindfully and Mormonly Reconsidered

I came across a passage several years ago that I blogged about. I thought I’d say some more about that passage today.

…it could very well be that we’re the products of an elaborate simulation… Moreover, we may not be who we think we are. Assuming that the people running the simulation are also taking part in it, our true identities may be temporarily suppressed, to heighten the realness of the experience.

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The Mystical Core of Mormonism: A Very Brief Introduction

Bryce Haymond

Abstract: The experience and concept known as mysticism and its practitioners, mystics, are largely unknown today in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. What are these, and what relationship might they have with the Gospel and the Restoration, particularly with Joseph Smith and his First Vision? The case is made that they may be vital to our communion with God, and our ultimate goal of returning to God. Many perspectives and concepts are discussed including personal experience, neuroscience, psychology, transhumanism, computer science, philosophy, popular culture, history of religions, psychology of religion, and contemplative practices, offering tentative associations and insights with Mormon concepts of spiritual experience, atonement, salvation, exaltation, the Second Comforter, calling and election, and theosis or divinization, becoming like God. Continue reading “The Mystical Core of Mormonism: A Very Brief Introduction”