• Be Perfect

    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 […]

  • Free(ish) Will

    Free(ish) Will

    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 […]

  • Through the Lens – D&C 76, part 2

    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 […]

  • Through the lens – D&C 76

    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 […]

  • Mormons and Magick

    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 […]

  • To the gods

    Do they have wifi in Valinor? Probably not. All the same, I don’t know how else us mere mortals can reach you, Valar and Valier. Manwë, perhaps you’re good with not being reached, seeing as how we’ve thickened the air with pollution, with profanities, with hateful words said aloud, behind closed doors, through radio waves […]

  • Through the lens: Joseph Smith Sr. and psychedelic suggestion

    Through the lens: Joseph Smith Sr. and psychedelic suggestion

    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 […]