*Previously published on 08/28/2016 – updated/edited today. I should say: I do not believe in the Atonement, capital-A, as taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints™. I do not believe in an Atonement where Jesus, God’s favorite and perfect son, is sent to earth to pay for a debt he did not […]Read more "I Do Not Believe In The Atonement"
What is the nature of that which is observing? The Waking Up App, Rupert Spira, The Nature of Awareness I am sitting on a train on my way to work. It is peaceful. Nearly everyone around me is either looking at their phone, a book, or eyes closed (resting?). Each individual is focused on his […]Read more "Reflections while on a train"
Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, Or your Father which is in Heaven is perfect. Lesser Words of Jesus; 3 Nephi Over the last few weeks (months?), the above quote has come to mind. Jesus delivers the quoted words to those survivors who are gathered in the land called Bountiful after […]Read more "Be Perfect"
For the last few weeks, I have been attempting to sort out whether or not men have free will. In short, no, we don’t have free will. We are extremely limited in what we are truly free to do, say, think, etc.. At best, we have free-ish-will. This is something akin to Compatibilism: we may not be […]Read more "Free(ish) Will"
It has been a minute since I’ve had the opportunity to put to paper a few thoughts I’ve had regarding Doctrine and Covenants 76. The more I have thought about it, the more I want to break it down. According to the written account, Smith and Rigdon were in the act of translating the Bible […]Read more "Through the Lens – D&C 76, part 2"
I believe that the Vision of the Kingdoms of Glory (Doctrine and Covenants 76) is due to an entheogenic substance. Or, at minimum, derived from an expanded state of consciousness through another modality (say, meditation, holotropic breathing, or something). My goal is to make that case, to the best of my ability. To the best of […]Read more "Through the lens – D&C 76"
Mormons, often unwittingly, participate in magickal ceremonies; also known as rituals. Don’t believe me? Allow me to illustrate. O God, the Eternal Father! We ask thee in the name of thy son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify This bread to the souls of all those Who partake of it. That they may eat in […]Read more "Mormons and Magick"
A couple of weeks ago, I met with a friend of mine who is a Mormon Scholar. We ate dinner and chatted about what we’ve recently read, learned, etc.. I told him about reading the book How to Change Your Mind and all the fascinating implications and uses that can come from psychedelic medicines. My friend told […]Read more "Through the lens: Joseph Smith Sr. and psychedelic suggestion"