kleinbottleThe Ground of Faith
Exploring Science, Mysticism and Experience Together

June 2009

Editors: The Rev. Michael Cocks and The Rev. Victor MacGill

The Klein bottle and the Moebius strip

Contents

Editorial: The Journal and the Klein Bottle

An “Interview” with Vice-Admiral W. Usborne Moore

Revelation and Inspiration of Scripture. Dennis Bratcher

39 Rules for Being a Scientific Change Agent versus a Crackpot

The Biocentric Universe Theory: Life Creates Time, Space, and the Cosmos Itself

Discovering the Laws of Psychic Science

Igor Sikorski

ASPSI A Case of Possession

From our readers:

Paul Cull writes: (see article about him in our April issue)

Reviews

Medical Miracles: Doctors, Saints, and Healing in the Modern World by Jacalyn Duffin. Michael Grosso, reviewer.

A wonderful rant by Mary Midgely on Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion

Other relevant e-journals, blogs and publications

Victor Zammit's Weekly Treasure Trove

SurvivalAfterDeath.org.uk

Public Parapsychology

http://www.afterlifedata.com/

Near-Death.com

Editorial: The Journal and the Klein Bottle

kleinbottlemoebiusThe Klein Bottle (left) and the Moebius Strip (right). What do you notice? The outer becomes the inner, and the inner side becomes the outer. Outer and inner become one. We who produce this journal were debating how to picture what we were trying to accomplish. Klein Bottle/Moebius seemed to do it. This visual conjuring trick parallels the kind of conjuring that we are attempting, namely to investigate spiritual and physical as the outer-inner and inner-outer of reality. Not science versus religion. Not even two sides to the one coin. Not Bible versus the gamut of human experience, but how we can see the same process in the Bible and in human experience. Not physics versus the paranormal, but how they are aspects perhaps of each other. In this latter case is perhaps the QM mathematics a reflection of a pattern at a deeper level of reality? Or is this deeper pattern outpicturing itself in QM mathematics? Is universal consciousness/mind producing what QM investigates? Is it mind producing patterns of physical energy, or is mind and energy one continuum? Should we regard this matter with the cool eye of the scientist, or with the ardent joy of a mystic? Is it a matter of worship, or logical thought? To be learned and clever is great, and to spontaneously exult in the universe is also great.

It should not be surprising that physicists can be interested in meaningful coincidence or synchronicity. David Peat and Victor Mansfield are well known examples. Many leading physicists are Platonists, and as said, postulate a patterning at a deeper level of reality. So they observe highly meaningful coincidences and ask whether there is a deeper and more general ordering of physical and mental events. I believe that theologians too should address this issue of synchronicity, some examples of which they call answer to prayer, or guidance from the Holy Spirit.

4dRINGIf you want to explore the concept of synchronicity further, you might like to look at my article in the last issue of this journal. You might also like to read Michael Grosso's review further down in this issue.

One God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” Ephesians 4.6

usbornemooreASPSI Philosophical Discussion

An “Interview” with Vice-Admiral W. Usborne Moore

by Michael E. Tymn

When he wrote a small book titled The Cosmos and the Creeds, William Usborne Moore, a retired vice admiral in the British navy, attacked the teachings of the churches and expressed doubt as to the reality of a future life. “At the time I thought that such immortality as man possessed lay in the influence his actions, words, or writings had upon those who were his contemporaries, or who came after him; but that he himself, as an individual conscious entity, disappeared forever, not to be recognized again,” he wrote eight years later in his 1911 book, Glimpses of the Next State.

Soon after the first book was published, Moore, who had 35 years in the surveying branch of navy and had command of six surveying vessels when he retired, began to have misgivings about his agnosticism, as he had not investigated sources of evidence outside the narrow confines of the churches. Once he began investigating mediums late 1904, his views changed. “To be brief, I found that the deeper I went into the study of spiritism the more apparent it became that, whether he wished it or not, man’s individuality was not extinguished at death,” Moore, who went by his middle name, explained. “I read books, visited clairvoyants, and attended séances for materialization. Through all I was constantly reminded of the existence of a near and dear relative, older than myself, who passed away thirty-seven years ago in the prime of her life. Her
continued reappearances could only lead me to one conclusion: I was being guided to a reconsideration of the problem of immortality.”  Read the whole interview

Editor's note: In the last issue we were thinking about the paranormal and meaningful coincidence; we were also considering the action of Spirit in Pentecostal churches, in early Methodism, and at the beginnings of the Salvation Army.

The following site considers the activity of Spirit in the Scriptures.. Christians will of course agree in saying that we very much see the activity of Spirit there, central to Christianity that it is. But there are differing ways of perceiving Spirit in the Bible, and this site very ably explores some of them. You may not agree with what is said, but it is indeed thought provoking.

Revelation and Inspiration of Scripture. Dennis Bratchrevelationer

(Some Wesleyan Methodist Biblical and Theological Resources)

From an early paragraph:

“The concept of revelation lies at the heart of the Christian Faith (as well as Judaism). We believe that God has uniquely revealed Himself to humanity in the arena of human history. Christians do not believe that we seek God and then find Him (as, for example, in Buddhism). We believe that God chose to reveal Himself to us. Both Judaism and Christianity are responses to God’s self-disclosure in history.

It is important here to note that the content of revelation is not information or data, but God Himself (or, in philosophical categories, knowledge about God, although I would prefer to leave God as the subject of revelation rather than its object, or to leave it in relational categories rather than ontological ones). That is, it is a self-revelation, or self-disclosure, not revelation about things or ideas. Much of the early church following Augustine, who was himself influenced by neo-Platonic idealistic philosophy that saw the world in terms of absolute ideas, understood all knowledge to be revealed by God. This contrasted to Aristotle who held that some knowledge can be apprehended by the senses, as we do now in scientific research (interestingly enough, this was a view shared by the Israelites in the OT Wisdom traditions, e.g. Proverbs).” Read the whole article

39 Rules for Being a Scientific Change Agent versus a Crackpot

*Very relevant to us who produce this journal!

http://www.relativitychallenge.com/archives/597#more-597

crackpot ..... “how do you keep from being labeled a Crackpot and enhance your chances of being viewed as a Change Agent? First and foremost, you need to realize that from a strategic perspective, those in power get to make the rules. You might not like it, but it is how the world operates. This means that if you’re not in power, to a large degree, you have to follow the rules. Knowing when to follow the rules and knowing when to bend (or even break) the rules is largely an art form. However, when there are clear lines drawn in the sand, you will do well to stay on the safe side. (That is, at least until you’ve built your power base.)
    Tactically, there are several do’s and don’ts that you should be aware of, which are communicated as rules & recommendations. Rules should NEVER be violated or you will be labeled a Crackpot. Read the rules!

From “DISCOVER” May 2009 issue, published online May 1, 2009:

The Biocentric Universe Theory: Life Creates Time, Space, and the Cosmos Itself

Stem-cell guru Robert Lanza presents a radical new view of the universe and everything in it.

biocentric

Adapted from Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness Are the Keys to  Understanding the True Nature of the Universe, by Robert Lanza with Bob Berman, published by BenBella Books in May 2009.

The farther we peer into space, the more we realize that the nature of the universe cannot be understood fully by inspecting spiral galaxies or watching distant supernovas. It lies deeper. It involves our very selves.

 This insight snapped into focus one day while one of us (Lanza) was walking through the woods. Looking up, he saw a huge golden orb web spider tethered to the overhead boughs. There the creature sat on a single thread, reaching out across its web to detect the vibrations of a trapped insect struggling to escape. The spider surveyed its universe, but everything beyond that gossamer pinwheel was incomprehensible. The human observer seemed as far-off to the spider as telescopic objects seem to us. Yet there was something kindred: We humans, too, lie at the heart of a great web of space and time whose threads are connected according to laws that dwell in our minds.

Is the web possible without the spider? Are space and time physical objects that would continue to exist even if living creatures were removed from the scene?

Figuring out the nature of the real world has obsessed scientists and philosophers for millennia. Three hundred years ago, the Irish empiricist George Berkeley contributed a particularly prescient observation: The only thing we can perceive are our perceptions. In other words, consciousness is the matrix upon which the cosmos is apprehended. Color, sound, temperature, and the like exist only as perceptions in our head, not as absolute essences. In the broadest sense, we cannot be sure of an outside universe at all. Read the whole article

ASPSI Philosophical Discussion

Discovering the Laws of Psychic Science

multidimensionsby Robert G. Howard, PhD and Daniel R. Kelleher, MD

Abstract: The traditional method of discovering natural laws is described. This method is used to suggest laws of psychic science, conservation laws, symmetry laws, and field equations. The psychic faculty of perceiving in three dimensions of time is postulated to be a requirement for receiving information psychically. Six dimensions, three of length and three of time, are suggested to describe the psychic field.  

Read this article

Igor Sikorski

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Igor_Sikorsky 
http://www.sikorskyarchives.com/lord.html

"HALLOWED BE THY NAME"

sikorskiTHE SOLEMN and profound meaning of this sentence is felt inwardly rather than discussed in words. I believe that it is pronounced in connection with the present life and still more with the final destinies and the future higher order of existence. It also seems to have another meaning and purpose. By being permitted to call the Creator of the Universe, "Father," man may start to think about himself more than he is entitled to. This second sentence which man pronounces  reverently, lovingly, and by his own will, as if taking an oath for this life and for eternity, returns him where he belongs. That place is extremely modest compared with the position of the One to whom he pledges eternal reverence.
    It is my firm belief, based on logic and intuition, that men of this earth are by no means the only or the highest conscious living beings that pronounce a sentence of such nature. While a system of planets near a star must be regarded as a rare exception, yet in view of the immense multitude of stars in the universe, there is hardly any doubt that at least some must have a family of planets and it is probable that there may be other inhabited worlds besides our earth. As long as the subject of religion is understood not as a product of human imagination but as a supreme reality revealed by the Divine Power, it would be only natural to expect that living beings spiritually enlightened by the same Divine Providence and intellectually developed under the same fundamental laws of the Universe would express in a similar way their reverence to their Creator. 
    Religious ideas of all times indicate that besides our material kind of life there are also higher grades of spiritual beings that are believed to be immortal, to be free from all limitations and needs connected with our physical existence, to be independent of gravitation, capable of appearing wherever they want, or rushing through space faster than lightning. These higher beings, whose reality can only be an object of faith, because it can be neither proved nor disproved, do not pray about the kingdom to come because they already live in the Kingdom of God. But seeing and realizing the power and glory of the Divine heaven universe as we cannot even dream or imagine, they most certainly also express their reverent devotion in a way which, if reduced to the meager possibilities of human language, would probably best be expressed by the same words, "Hallowed be Thy Name." 
    In pronouncing the Lord's Prayer, we reunite ourselves with all the hundreds of millions of Christians of the earth and even with all of mankind because all men are in need of the objectives that are asked in the Lord's Prayer even though many do not realize it. But the words, "Hallowed be Thy Name," figuratively remove the limitations of our little planet. In pronouncing them, we feel ourselves to be members of some immense family of conscious beings of various grades that inhabit the Universe and are reunited by the act of expressing reverent praise to their common Creator and Father.

Case Report

ASPSI A Case of Possession

by Elene Gusch, DOM

Elene GuschAbstract: A healer encounters a patient who is possessed by a demonic entity, and finds herself utterly unprepared to deal with the consequences.

In 1999, I encountered a case of possession by a demon. This was probably the strangest and worst thing that has ever happened to me, and I hope nothing like this ever comes into my life again. For reasons that will become clear to you, I am not able to contact the person who was possessed and ask permission to include her story here, but it needs telling, so I’m telling it anyway. I’ll refer to her as Jeanne. It started innocently, with a referral from a Holographic Re patterning practitioner of my acquaintance. She had come to the conclusion that this patient needed acupuncture and that treatment with me would be the most likely thing to get her out of the awful situation she was in. Read this article <Gusch.jpg>

From our readers:

Paul Cull writes: (see article about him in our April issue)

Paul CullJust a quick update on my trip away last weekend. I ministered the "Wake up the Warriors" seminar in a small church in Curitiba, southern Brazil.

To make the most of the time, I ended up ministering to leadership on the Thursday night, the seminar itself started on Friday night, then Saturday morning, afternoon and night, and Sunday morning. We did evangelism on the Sunday afternoon and I preached on the Sunday night. On the Monday morning I ministered at a rehabilitation house before taking a midday flight back to Rio.
    There was a wonderful move of the Holy Spirit, and some significant physical healings, including an elderly lady who was able to walk unaided and a young man whose long-distance eyesight was healed. Many had experiences with him, including visions and one lad who heard the Lord speak to him in an audible voice, and there were other manifestations of the Lord's presence. Four teenagers were baptised in water on the Sunday night. Once again, I really enjoyed enjoyed seeing the young people ministering to each other and being powerfully used by the Holy Spirit.  I have put some photos on my site http://www.paulcull.org/paul/pmwiki.php?n=Pics.CuritibaApril2009

Since I have came back I've been working on a number of things, including translating the material for this year's "Internet Evangelism Day" (which is this Sunday). Trina and I had another wonderful evangelistic opportunity this week, and are praying for a young man to really make the commitment to follow Jesus.

Reviews

http://www.dailygrail.com/node/408  To read about Michael Grosso

Medical Miracles: Doctors, Saints, and Healing in the Modern World by Jacalyn Duffin. Michael Grosso, reviewer.  A co-author of Irreducible Mind, 2007.

New York, Oxford University Press, 2009, 285 pp. ISBM 978-0-19-533650-4

medical miraclesThe author of this book is a physician and historian of medicine at Queens University, Ontario. Drawing on Vatican archives and texts from the Vatican library, she has critically reviewed four centuries of testimony that bear on the topic of “medical miracles.” The idea of this research came to her after she was invited to examine the medical records of a patient in remission from acute leukemia. Only later did she discover this patient’s story was part of the canonization process of the first Canadian-born saint, Marie-Marguerite d’Youville. Unlike most previous studies of miracles, this book focuses on the truth value of miracle claims -- in this review, a term referring to a paranormal event in the context of religious belief. Read the Review <GrossoReview>

A wonderful "rant" by Mary Midgely on Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion

Mary Midgley is a noted moral philosopher.Read up about her in Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Midgley

http://www.metanexus.net/magazine/tabid/68/id/10323/Default.aspx

Excerpt “... the thought that removing religion would end such large-scale atrocities was a main reason for the rise of anti-religious regimes during the twentieth century. But, as it turned out, these included the governments of Nazi Germany, Pol Pot’s Cambodia and Stalin’s Russia. It is still not clear how it was possible for these regimes to commit, as they did, the three most monstrous crimes of the epoch. What does emerge, however, is that removing religion had not helped at all. The roots of great crimes plainly lie far deeper than the doctrines that people use to justify them. In any culture, rogues defend their actions by professing whatever standards their society respects. Until recently, of course, Christianity was the usual cover in the West, but when Marxism and Fascism were introduced they proved every bit as effective. Science too can easily be used, as it was by both Germany and South Africa to justify racism. Religion is not really relevant at all, unless we carefully define ‘religion’ in a way that links it necessarily with atrocities.”

http://www.newyorktimesbestsellerlist.org/archives/category/authors/betty-eadie

Other relevant e-journals, blogs and publications

Don't forget to visit these websites: Victor Zammit's site for instance, is updated every week with new material of great interest.

ZammitVictor Zammit's Weekly Treasure Trove

Visit the archives of Victor Zammit's weekly newsletter at http://www.victorzammit.com/archives/index.html  for hours of  fascinating reading.  When you open this website you have the opportunity to request that these emails be sent to you every week, something that we strongly recommend

SurvivalAfterDeath.org.uk

We strongly recommend this site, as a source of much interesting material.

http://www.survivalafterdeath.org.uk/

Public Parapsychology

Editors' notes: Public Parapsychology is one of an increasing number of web sites that we should be aware of.. and subscribe to. Try this url: http://publicparapsychology.blogspot.com

http://www.afterlifedata.com/

The Largest Database of Afterlife Description & Analysis on the Internet

“This web site is a compilation of information on the afterlife and other related critical concepts, such as the purpose of life and reincarnation, as they relate to souls here on earth. We have not created this site to convince anyone of the validity of this information, we simply invite you to read through the data, explore the sources we have used and visit other sources to learn more. Using spirit sources from Afterlife101.com and respected authors like Michael Newton, Allan Kardec, Jane Roberts and others, the results of our first investigations reveal 94.8% agreement on a variety of very specific topics. We believe this web site contains the largest correlation of spirit communications about the afterlife, all from respected sources, available anywhere. We will continue to expand this data as information is made available to us and our research expands.”

Near-Death.com

Click http://www.near-death.com/ for hours of fascinating reading

WilliamsGreetings! My name is Kevin Williams and I am the owner and webmaster of this website. Over the years, an increase in the public interest in near-death experiences (NDEs) has helped make this website very popular on the internet. My goal is to transform this website into the "Grand Central Station of NDEs." My mission is to help connect people with information and resources concerning NDEs and NDE research for the purpose of understanding death and thereby understanding life in a way that brings tremendous joy and love.

For people who want to know a little bit about me, I say, "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!" All joking aside, here is how I describe myself: middle-aged, computer scientist, cable news junkie, manic depressive, universalist Christian with Gnostic and Tibetan Buddhist leanings, former Montana cowboy, U.S. Army veteran, social liberal, economic conservative, single Californian, internet addict, and last but not least, NDE evangelist. I am also the author of "Nothing Better Than Death" on the subject of NDEs. Continue reading

Read also http://www.near-death.com/experiences/reincarnation08.html A long list of extraordinary coincidences between the lives of Abraham Lincoln and John Kennedy.

Electronic Voice and Instrumental Communication:

www.aaevp.com
http://evp-itc-australia.org/

http://austevp.com/

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