Didn’t the First Vision Reveal the True Nature of God?

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?”

Our Loss of Mystical Consciousness

God wants to speak to us. God yearns for it, and many of us yearn for it too. God wants us to know Him ourselves, in our Selves. This is the very definition of Eternal Life (John 17:3). But we must do our part. We must get out of our own way. We must surrender and submit our egos, our egoic mind and “natural man,” in order to allow God to speak to us. The Prophet Joseph Smith seems to have known how to do this, but we seem to have lost this ability today, even the kinds of practices that lead to it. Continue reading “Our Loss of Mystical Consciousness”

God’s Mystical Greeting in Joseph Smith’s First Vision

There is a curious detail in Joseph Smith’s earliest accounts of his First Vision that may teach us more about his encounter with Deity, and why there are differences between the accounts. It is when God greets Joseph. Please bear with me as I present the various firsthand accounts, and we will return to the curious detail afterwards.

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The Divine Light of a Lowly Farmer Boy

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Ann Purcell

Ann Purcell is the author of the book The Transcendental Meditation Technique and The Journey of Enlightenment, from which I’ve cited several “First Vision” accounts. Ann has a friend who is Mormon who sent her a note about my website, ThyMindOMan.com, and Ann contacted me. Through email exchanges I’ve come to know Ann better. She is a kind, wise, humble, and gracious person, who I am grateful to know and call my friend. Continue reading “The Divine Light of a Lowly Farmer Boy”

Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey

by William Wordsworth, 1798

Five years have past; five summers, with the length
Of five long winters! and again I hear
These waters, rolling from their mountain-springs
With a soft inland murmur.—Once again
Do I behold these steep and lofty cliffs,
That on a wild secluded scene impress
Thoughts of more deep seclusion; and connect
The landscape with the quiet of the sky. Continue reading “Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey”