bemThe Ground of Faith
*Between  Materialism and Superstition: Experience and Science

Our Eighth Year of Issue December 2010
Editor: The Rev. Michael Cocks Advisory Editors: The Rev. Victor  MacGill, ---Prof Darryl Bem                              and Michael Tymn Assistant Ed.: Nate Cull

See his landmark article below     * "Not as explainers and conquerors..."


Jung's “Collective Unconscious”

Experiences and Case Histories

Mysterious deathbed mists and light explained

When spirit entities take over the arm

Preposterous People: Gerard Croiset”

'Not as explainers and conquerors, but as conscious participants in the universe'

ASPSI The Spirituality of Carl G. Jung

ASPSI Some Steps in Learning Process Thought

Call to the Inland

Paul Cull

Articles on Precognition

Free Will in a Precognitive Predetermined World

Feeling the Future: Experimental Evidence for Anomalous Retroactive Influences on Cognition and Affect

Articles on Synchronicity

ASPSI Synchronicity: A Probabilistic Time Ordering of Events

License Plate Synchronicity: An Experiential Account and Analysis

From our Readers:

Other relevant e-journals, blogs and publications

Victor Zammit's Weekly Treasure Trove

Psypioneer Journal

Public Parapsychology

Electronic Voice and Instrumental Communication:

Jung's “Collective Unconscious”

*Is this journal acceptable to the Anglican church? Tellingly, fifty-five Anglican bishops have been receiving this journal for 6 or more years, and have not unsubscribed. (Other bishops have unsubscribed.)
*Is this journal Christian? To be scientific, we cannot prescribe our conclusions, but our studies will affirm the reality both of paranormal phenomena described in the Scriptures, and similar  events experienced at all times and all places.

tmobileSeason's Greetings to all...

Enjoy these videos....

Christmas Video from St Paul's Auckland
St Pauls in Auckland have produced this fantastic little video, narrated and told by their kids.   


In this issue we focus on the world of intuition, rather than on number-crunching parapsychology, and on convincing skeptics who do not want to know.
    In Karen Herrick's article on The Spirituality of Carl Jung, she writes, “Jung believed that the unconscious was always there – “a system of inherited psychic functioning handed down from primeval times”. (“Unconscious” means what is not conscious to the waking individual.”) Of the psyche or soul, Jung wrote that “By psyche, I understand the totality of all psychic processes, conscious as well as unconscious.” The Unconscious embraces spiritual processes common to much of humanity. “Thus one depends on the images one receives in dreams, hypnosis, art, etc. to connect to the images in ones’ subconscious mind.”
    And indeed we may ask where do the images come from that are to be discovered in the works of the great mystics and poets, than from the eternal and the collective? They seem to arise from what Jung termed the Collective Unconscious, rather than from the ratiocinations of a supposedly objective mind.     Healing of spirit and wholeness seems to occur as we contemplate and understand these images arising from this Unconscious.

    In this context Call to the Inland by Margaret Needham is most interesting. Over many periods of meditation, Margaret allows images into consciousness from who knows where, and receives healing and wholeness as a result

*See the section, " Not as explainers and conquerors"

Experiences and Case Histories

Mysterious deathbed mists and light explained

White Crow Michael Tymn

moodyIn his recently-released book Glimpses of Eternity, Dr. Raymond Moody, who is known primarily for his pioneering work in near-death experiences, explores the area of deathbed visions and shared-death experiences. In one chapter, Moody discusses a strange mist that is sometimes reported over a deathbed. They describe it in various ways, he writes. Some say that it looks like smoke, while others say it is as subtle as steam. Sometimes it seems to have a human shape. Whatever the case, it usually drifts upward and always disappears fairly quickly.

If you are interested in knowing more about this strange mist and lights often reported around deathbeds, click on the complete article

xavierWhen spirit entities take over the arm

White Crow Michael Tymn Author of "Running on Third Wind" and "The Articulate Dead" both available at

During his lifetime, "Chico" Xavier wrote 458 books that sold over 50 million copies. However, he donated the profits to charity and lived a very simple life. If you are interested in finding out the "secret" to his success, click on this link

croiset“Preposterous People: Gerard Croiset”

Dr. Keith Parsons

The man who established ESP as a fact was the American academic, Dr J B Rhine from Duke University. He used to conduct endlessly repeated guessing games with sets of cards with symbols on them. Zener cards, they were called....Over in Europe, a much more interesting approach came from Professor Willem Tenhaeff of the University of Utrecht in Holland. He preferred studying clairvoyants with talent. Preposterous people, you might say. He wanted to find out exactly what they could or could not do when emotionally involved in a project. Read the article

Paul5Healing in a Charismatic Context: Paul Cull

From the Editor: Spiritual Healing is another paranormal phenomenon that very much deserves our attention. And, once again, I draw attention to the healing ministry of Paul Cull in Sao Paolo, and recently in New Zealand. I am pleased to do this, because I know Paul personally, and believe him to be a genuine person, concerned to act ethically towards people to whom he ministers, and equally concerned to know whether healings are factual or not. The healings occur within a Charismatic or Pentecostal context, a context alien to some. But healings are healings whatever the context. Read his letters

'Not as explainers and conquerors, but as conscious participants in the universe'

  ASPSI The Spirituality of Carl G. Jung

Rev Karen E Herrick, PhD, LCSW, LMSW, CADC

herrickAbstract: “It is the prime task of all education (of adults) to convey the archetype of the God-image, or its emanations and effects, to the conscious mind.” (Jung, 1969, Collected Works, Vol. 9, p. 58, as cited in Fordham, 1953, p. 73).

We need not only the work of medical psychologists, but also that of linguists, historians, archaeologists, mythologists, folklore students, ethnologists, philosophers, theologians, pedagogues and biologists, which should throw some light upon the comparative anatomy of the mind…” (Jung, 1913, Letters 1, 29-30, as cited in Shamdasani, 2003, p. 19). For Carl Jung, psychology was the discipline to unite the circle of the sciences with that of religion and spirituality. Therefore, it would seem that members of the ASPSI need to understand some of the basics of his work and his beliefs. This author’s would like to help provide this for you with the following article and presentation.

The Unconscious Mind

Both Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung believed that the unconscious was made up of complexes. The first two complexes came from repressed issues regarding the mother and the father. Any other repressed material integrates into other complexes such as an inferiority complex, an incest complex, a religious complex, etc. (A complex is made up and represented by a habitual attitude.) Freud stated that the unconscious came into existence with the consciousness of the individual. Jung believed that the unconscious was always there – “a system of inherited psychic functioning handed down from primeval times” (Jung, 1969, Collected Works, Vol. 8, p. 350, para 676) and that it contained a mind of its own (Charet, 1993, p. 118). Read the whole study

Philosophical Discussion

synchronicity ASPSI Some Steps in Learning Process Thought

by Alan Anderson, PhD

Abstract: This article is a presentation of process New Thought. It is woven out of the raw material of my spirituality. It is a religion that combines: New Thought practices, including meditation, affirmation, visualization, consistent and persistent God-oriented attitudes toward life, for greater health, wealth, and happiness with a new, process-oriented understanding of the natures and relationships of God and ourselves. It is summed up with the expression “new every moment.” Read this lecture at the ASPSI annual conference

needhamCall to the Inland

Margaret Needham

She writes: “I was not trained as a Jungian analyst but began to resonate with Jung’s ideas as I tried to make sense of the deeper issues going on in some of the clients that I was working with. After several years of reading books relating to human consciousness, (also with a base in Jung’s ideas) I became more convinced this was the deepest and more effective way of working with clients who had not previously responded to the usual therapies.

And then came my own out-of -the blue experience. A synchronicity as I was in the process of withdrawing my energy from Baptist church membership. So I was wide open to a psychic energy shift! The intensity of it was all but overwhelming but at least I had some theoretical constructs in my head to cope even though I was totally bewildered by the force of the experience. So you can see that in my case this seemed like something happening to me from otherworld sources.” Read Call to the Inland.   

Read the whole of this letter

Articles on Precognition

bemFeeling the Future: Experimental Evidence for Anomalous Retroactive Influences on Cognition and Affect

Daryl J. Bem

Editor's note: Professor Bem's study is of great interest for at least three reasons: He has held prestigious positions in academic psychology for many years; his study demonstrates the phenomenon of precognition in a watertight way – he seems to have ruled out any accusation of methodological flaws; and his assertion that 66% of academic psychologists accept the possibility of psi-phenomena. Here are the positions that he has held: 2007- date: Cornell University: Professor Emeritus of Psychology; 1978-2007 Cornell University: Professor of Psychology; 1987-88 Harvard University: Visiting Professor of Psychology; 1971-78 Stanford University: Professor of Psychology; 1964-71 Carnegie-Mellon University: Assistant Professor to Professor of Psychology & Industrial Administration

He ends his study thus: 'Near the end of her encounter with the White Queen, Alice protests that “one can’t believe impossible things,” a sentiment with which the 34% of academic psychologists who believe psi to be impossible would surely agree. The White Queen famously retorted, “I daresay you haven’t had much practice. When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast” (Carroll, 2006, p. 166). Unlike the White Queen, I do not advocate believing impossible things. But perhaps this article will prompt the other 66% of academic psychologists to raise their posterior probabilities of believing at least one anomalous thing before breakfast.' Read the article.

Read this RAWSTORY article on Professor Bem Researcher offers scientific evidence people can see into the future

Or this link   Wikipedia on Darryl Bem  His website

MartyRosenblattFree Will in a Precognitive Predetermined World

Marty Rosenblatt

President Physics Intuition Applications

(Practical, Not Philosophical, Discussion)

Marty holds a B.A. and M.S. in physics from University of California at Los Angeles. He is now President of PIA (Physics Intuition Applications Corporation) and he writes the online magazine, "Connections Through Time".

Read Issue 34 of the p-i-a (Physics-Intuition-Applications) magazine:

Articles on Synchronicity

Philosophical Discussion

synchronicityASPSI Synchronicity: A Probabilistic Time Ordering of Events

by Robert G. Howard, PhD

Abstract:  The viewpoint is that synchronicity is an expression of psyche, which orders events. Definitions of terms are given.  Jung’s psychological model  and its connections to synchronicity are briefly noted.  Synchronicity is shown to be a psychic perception responding to the rise of science, which has displaced the human need for spirituality, and the functions of religion.  The contribution of synchronicity in ordering psychic and physical events is related to spirit. Read the lecture

benjaminLicense Plate Synchronicity: An Experiential Account and Analysis

by Elliot Benjamin, Ph.D. November, 2010


Synchronicity can be thought of simply as “meaningful coincidence” (Jung, 1955). However, more involved definitions of synchronicity are readily available in the literature. For example, Braud and Anderson (1998) defined synchronicity as “a subjectively significant coincidence between an inner state, usually of need, and an unaccountable outer event that corresponds to and/or answers the need.” (p. 143). Read this study

More Season's Greetings: listen and see

From our Readers:

bontingA Sermon preached by the Rev Prof Dr Sjoerd Bonting reinterpreting beliefs about "The Last Day"

Sjoerd Bonting, a Professor of Biology, as well as a theologian, and a prolific writer, presented this sermon which many readers will find interesting.
[For several years he has been a member of the panel of this journal, being most helpful with his comments.]

figueiredoLouis de Figueiredo writes:

In one of the two courses I did in Parapsychology we were taught that there is talent hidden in the unconscious and that that part of the mind could be tapped. The professor gave automatic writing as an example. The other course dwelt on Cryptomnesia, which lead to Fluornoy, who influenced Jung.

These points of view clash with what is called Psychography and there are people who believe that mediums/psychics can deliver messages from the dead … Read the letter

[We have previously published several of Louis de Figueiredo's scholarly articles on matters relating to the Turin Shroud.]

 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.

Victor Zammit's Weekly Treasure Trove

zammitVisit the archives of Victor Zammit's weekly newsletter at  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.

Psypioneer Journal

NEW LISTING! The PSYPIONEER Journal. In the archives of this journal one can find much original source material, which is drawn upon in much contemporary writing. This site deserves thorough exploration. Publication had ceased in 2002, but now an Australian site makes this valuable material available once more. then click on Psypioneer Journals.

Spend hours exploring these very important links

Debunking Common Skeptical Arguments Against
Paranormal and Psychic Phenomena;  
Winston Wu

Scientific Committee to Evaluate Pseudo Skeptical Criticism of the Paranormal: SKEPCOP

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

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:

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 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.”

Click for hours of fascinating reading

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