Ground ofFaith

*Science without religion is lame: religion without science is blind."

Albert Einstein

15th year of publication

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For Exploration and Research:
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Dialectical Spiritualism
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Keith Parsons 

This Life, Next Life, An Overview
This Life, Past Life :
This Life, This Liffe
Can Spirits Materialise?
Surgeon From the Other Side
How old is psychical research ?
Mirabelli- Who?
 "A beautiful and compelling production. So many of the great moments in the history of psychical research have been collected here and brought to life by skilful narration and photography" Prof Stafford Betty.
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New Psi Encyclopedia

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Institute of Noetic Sciences
Encyclopaedia Britannica

White Crow Books
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The Academy for Spiritual and Consciousness Studies

debunking Sceptics 
Skeptical about Skeptics 
(many interesting articles.)

Psypioneer Journal

The Bridge: A Science and Spirituality Resource


Afterlife Data

Public Parapsychology
Near Death Experiences 
Your_Immortal_Self_coverAssociation Transcommunication
Electronic Voice Phenomena
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Sam Parnia on NDEs, broadcast over Radio New Zealand

Larry Dossey

Michael Grosso
consciousness unbound
Michael Prescott 
Dean Radin
Charles Tart
Stephen Braude

Robert McLuhan's blog Paranormalia
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Society for Psychical Research
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Sheldrake podcast

Alex Tsakiris
Skeptico podcasts
Access to recent podcasts

The Journal of Scientific Exploration

i-digital medium

Lois Isenman's


Elene Gusch:
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A Journal of Interest:  Caduceus Journal U.K.

Caduceus is a healing, spiritual magazine focusing on psycho-  logical, emotional, spiritual, ecological and environmental health, therapy and growth, including natural, holistic, energy and complementary medicine.

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The Artist God  ..  May 2018  



Editor: The Rev. Michael Cocks

Advisory Editor:  Michael Tymn

"To prescribe the conclusions is to preclude the research"

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We invite theolog ical and meditational contributions, for possible publication in  THE GROUND OF FAITH.  It is the hope of those producing this journal that preachers and teachers should have in mind the ever widening understanding of Spirit in their thoughts and communications      

Articles by the Editor, Michael Cocks

(Articles by  the  Co-Editor, Michael Tymn, find below)
   Michael specialises in writing case histories, past and present, of interactions with the world of spirit. Michael has a wide and enthusiastic following.

The artist God, the paint, and the picture 

On You Tube I have been recently fascinated by the British child composer Alma Deutscher.  At age 11, she has composed much music, including a piano concerto and an opera being performed in the Vienna opera house. She has been compared to Mozart, and in fact she started composing at an even earlier age than him.  You can view a video of her being given four notes at random, and then after a minute she composes and performs a flawless sonata in the style of Mozart, with depth of feeling one might only expect from an adult Read on
Being reincarnate a thousandfold: Stephen the Martyr

 The astronomer James Jeans wrote that, “The universe begins to look more like a great thought than a great machine”.  There is now wide agreement with those words. 

You and I similarly are thoughts within this Great Thought. If this is so, what is the distance between the thought…

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Stephen the Martyr on The Trinity

 Christians speak of God as a Holy Trinity, Father Son and Holy Spirit (Perhaps “Parent, Child, and Holy Spirit”).  When they say “son” they usually have Jesus in mind. But in this communication the spirit of Stephen asserts that in communion with God we can all say that we are part of the Holy Trinity, since we are all sons and daughters of God.  I am reminded of the words of Jesus in St John’s Gospel: “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, ...” John 14:12

Read on

The Void, Zero Point Field, and the Holographic Universe

Have you come across terms like these:
Plato's Ideal Forms, Bohm's Implicate-
Explicit Universe, Zero  Point Field Energy,
Holographic Universe, Fractals, and the 
Void?  How they attempt to described the
relationship between Spirit and the Physical
world? Youmay find the discussion helpful
 What  happens at the edge of  the  universe?
  Bernado Kastrup "Mainstreaming controversial philosophy

Skeptiko Interview by  Alex Tsakiris
 Editor notes:  Thks interview  addresses what challenges myself:  How to encourage spiritually minded people to enlarge their worldview to include the testimony  of universal human experience.
Dr Kirby Surprise  on   SYNCHRONICITY
Editor notes:  I have written on the phenomenon of  Synchronicity myself,   and I am much taken with what Dr Surprise has to say in this podcast. He helped me look again,  and  to learn more about how it can further our spiritual development
From Nate Cull: 

Hi Michael. Have you heard of the story of Barbro Karlen, born 1954, who claims past-life recall of Anne Frank? I think you might have but I don't recall (though I may well have heard it earlier... it was first talked about in the mid-1990s, and her book 'And The Wolves Howled'published in 2000)

This link  tells the story
   A useful video      Buy the book

How to become a quantum physicist in five minutes
a TED talk  "It all started when, in a field of clover, I shut my eyes and conjured up a four-leaf clover."

Engaging the Anomalous: Collected Essays on Anthropology, the Paranormal, Mediumship and Extraordinary Experience

Engaging the Anomalous: Collected Essays on Anthropology, the Paranormal, Mediumship and Extraordinary Experience 
Jack Hunter

Read about this book at WHITE CROW BOOKs

Alastair Bruce Scott-Hill,author of the prize-winning science book,

“The Paranormal is Normal”, The Science Validation of Reincarnation, Your Immortality and The Paranormal”.  

 has provided the article reproduced to the right...



The “Michael” channelled teachings purport to come from an “entity” who prefers to be known as “The Michael Group.” They were first published in 1980 in the books, Messages from Michael and More Messages from Michael by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro.

This summary is comprised of selected extracts from a subsequent book in the series, The Michael Handbook by Jose Stevens, PhD & Simon Warwick-Smith, 2013. Its purpose is to provide a few extracts, which exemplify the high quality of the teachings, some of which are thought to have particular relevance today.  Read the summary

  Articles by Michael  Tymnchael Tymn

   Biography at White Crow Books
Blog at White Crow Books
Many books and articles authored by Michael Tymn at White Crow Books
 hawking Did Stephen Hawking Fail to See the Forest for the Trees?   The militant atheists were running wild on the Internet recently. The death of physicist/cosmologist Stephen Hawking unleashed quite a few of them. Read more
 chapman Dead Doctor Continues Practice After Death  

 it possible for a deceased surgeon to continue treating and operating on humans after his or her death? Read more

English Professor Discovers a Different Reality

 Brought up in the Catholic Church, Dr. Frank Juszczyk, (pictured below with wife, Jean) a professor emeritus of English at Western New Mexico University, has explored Hinduism, Taoism, Buddhism, Quakerism, Unitarianism, Swedenborgianism, various Protestant Christian sects, Christian Science, and other… Read more

Were the Las Vegas shooter and Austin bomber possessed
Authorities involved with the investigation of the Las Vegas shooting massacre and the more recent Austin bombings are mystified as to what motivated such deviant, insane behavior.  Neither the shooter nor the bomber seems to have had anything in his past to suggest he was capable of such a horrendous act.  There is, however, a possible explanation that no authority dares mention, as the person would be ignorantly laughed out of his profession if he or she did.  I’m referring to possession, or even lesser influence by devious “earthbound” spirits.

Other articles of interest


Christian*New Age Quarterly

"Christians and New Agers often have very different beliefs, even disparate worldviews — but they also often share surprising common ground. Unless we talk together, in an atmosphere of mutual respect and goodwill, instead of talking about "the other," we can never fully appreciate the nature of our differences and similarities.   Read on 

Congratulations on the new NZ version of


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We are more than happy  to commend this open-minded  Christian  journal to our readers. It is open-minded enough to publish every five weeks something from The Ground of Faith.  

Our journal explores what is to be discovered about the world of Spirit from scientific endeavour and from human experience.  It focuses more on what the Mind can discover.

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Please write to the Editor at any time giving any suggestions aimed at improving this issue - they would be appreciated. Also, comments on any particular article would also be welcomed, and if thought beneficial, will be included in the next issue”


the Carnyx.
the Celtic war trumpet
" if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?" 1 Cor, 14,8
On one occasion, in the kind of Greek spoken by Celts in Thrace  and in Galatia, the Martyr Stephen called himself a Celtic War Trumpet, i.e. a Celt.

He said he was born across the river from  Ancyra (modern Ankara) in a small village called Seletar. He said that the name meant the Fourth Landing Place. (That is a possible translation.)

His words make good sense, if we accept his statement, that they were spoken to Joseph the parent of Jesus who  was a leader of a camp of the Nazarene sect of Essenes in Galilee.  

It looks as if Stephen had completed two years as a novice, and was about to be admitted as a full member through participation in the Messianic Communion service.
The former Bishop of Christchurch N.Z., the Rt. Rev. Dr David Coles writes:

"Michael is a retired priest in this diocese and has for many years explored alternative religious experiences. 

The book is certainly not mainstream but for those who wish to explore "other- dimensional" spiritual experience through the eyes of an Anglican priest focusing on the Communion of Saints, it will be of considerable interest.
The Rt Rev. Edward Holland, formerly Asst Bishop of Europe, and then Bishop of Colchester writes: 

"– I have been very affected by it.   What comes to mind immediately is:   

1. the sense of life after death being very close, very normal and not very intimidating;

 2. Stephen’s experience of being at first after his death very tied up with his identity as Stephen but later leaving that behind and only picking it up again in order to communicate with Thomas and the others;   

3. the way in which individuality becomes much less important but that nevertheless the ‘ego’ is not something to be avoided but something which contributes to this experience of being part of the whole."

 . . . . .

"It has to be said that most people do not really believe in God at a rational level, though probably most do at an emotional level.   This is why almost everyone fumbles over the resurrection of Jesus.   For most it's an impossible

 What Stephen confirms for me is that it is an entirely natural event, which if only they believed should surprise no one.   As Metropolitan Anthony Bloom, the great Russian Orthodox leader in this country who died a year or so ago said -  I paraphrase him: 

 'How strange to believe that life can die and not believe that life can live!' " 

Prof. Emerit. Mary Carman Rose:

“A wondrous book!  St Stephen is a fine spiritual director. I am grateful for the gaining of new insights into some centrally important Christian beliefs. My own gift of faith in eternal life has been given wonderful support in this volume.”
[She was Catholic, formerly professor of philosophy at Goucher College, Towson Md., and taught in a seminary for priests. She was  former editor of The Journal of the Academy of Religion and Psychic Research]