An Introduction to the Bryce Haymond Translation (BHT)

Several months ago I began to write my own new “translations” of key passages of scripture in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, and other scripture. I thought the original translations were not clear enough, and did not communicate the truth very well that I have experienced in recent months and years. So I began to rewrite them as I understood this truth, to try to better convey that truth to a modern reader. I’ve called this the Bryce Haymond Translation (BHT). This is a short introduction to this new translation. Continue reading “An Introduction to the Bryce Haymond Translation (BHT)”

Video Presentation: “The Mystical Core of Mormonism: A Very Brief Introduction”

This is recorded video of my oral presentation on 8 April 2017 at the Mormon Transhumanist Association Conference in Provo, Utah. It is an abridged version of my written paper, which can be read online at ThyMindOMan.com here. The written paper is about three times longer in content, with 72 endnote references and links. So this oral presentation is a very brief introduction, indeed. But watching it does have a different quality to it that some may prefer over the written text. Continue reading “Video Presentation: “The Mystical Core of Mormonism: A Very Brief Introduction””

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”

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”