David O. McKay: Meditate to Enter God’s Presence

Fifty years ago in April 1967, David Oman McKay (1873-1970), the ninth president of the LDS Church, gave a talk in the priesthood session of General Conference that was unique. It was entitled “Consciousness of God: Supreme Goal of Life.” (He did repurpose some material from an earlier talk he gave in April 1946 on the topic of the sacrament.) At the age of 93, just three years before his passing, President McKay was in deteriorating health, which is why he may have asked his son, Robert R. McKay, to read his talk for him.

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Sam Harris Talks Favorably of Jesus?

Sam Harris is a noted philosopher, author, and neuroscientist. He is known for often speaking quite negatively about religion, and has been called one of the “Four Horsemen” of the New Atheism, which also includes Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Daniel Dennett. Harris has often spoken very harshly of modern Christianity, among other religions, particularly in his books The End of Faith, and Letter to a Christian Nation. What I find fascinating is where he has spoken positively about it, and Jesus in particular. This is may be a key where I think the discussion should take place for there to be a constructive dialogue between science and religion. Continue reading “Sam Harris Talks Favorably of Jesus?”

How Meditation & Seer Stones Might Lead to a Clear Mind & Divine Revelations

I believe that meditation and other related contemplative techniques, including the use of seer stones, can help us become aware of the Divine and enter God’s Presence. This post introduces some concepts from psychology and neurobiology which might begin to help explain how this happens. Continue reading “How Meditation & Seer Stones Might Lead to a Clear Mind & Divine Revelations”

St. Augustine’s “First Vision” Account

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St. Augustine. (Painting by Justus van Gent, circa 1474)

St. Augustine, or Augustine of Hippo, was an early Christian theologian and philosopher, a Church Father, who was very influential in the development of Western Christian theology. This is from one of his most famous works, Confessions:

And being admonished by these books to return into myself, I entered into my inward soul, guided by thee… And I entered, and with the eye of my soul—such as it was—saw above the same eye of my soul and above my mind the Immutable Light. Continue reading “St. Augustine’s “First Vision” Account”