The First Vision as Out-of-Body Experience and What That Means About the First Vision When we take the First Vision as a unique, personal experience, our understanding of it is limited to what Joseph Smith tells us about it. There are several indications that the Vision was an out-of-body experience. Once the Vision is framed as such, we can then apply what we know about out-of-body experiences to our interpretation of the Vision and greatly expand our understanding of it. Primarily, we discover a state of consciousness that is very responsive to the projection of inner beliefs as objective perception. Data about out-of-body experience is methodologically validated.
Robert W. Bushman