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Test Everything. Hold to the good

Art directed by spirits

Studies in NDEs in NZ

Ave Roma Immortalis

The truth wears off

Robert Perry ACIM

Van Harskamp ACIM

Michael Tymn and Spirit Communicators

Michael Tymn and James Beichler
James Beichler: Apparitions R Us
Benjamin Zeller:Three physicists on religion.

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October 2011 "A Course in Miracles" and more.


Editor: The Rev. Michael Cocks 
Advisory Editors

Michael Tymn

The  Rev Victor MacGill
Asst. Nate Cull

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From the Editor :

      "Test everything. Hold on to the good." (1 Thessalonians 5:21) "Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God" (1 John 4:1) "Work out your own salvation in fear and trembling" (Philippians 2.12)  
        This is always very important advice, because each of us of necessity has to choose what to believe. It is no use repeating, "The Bible says" as if that proved something. The Bible does say, "An eye for an eye": the Bible also says, "Love your enemies".  "In fear and trembling" then, we have to choose.  
        Because of numerous other-dimensional experiences  especially in the 70s and 80s, I had to make sense of them, and choose.  My Christian faith helped, but I needed to find out about the experiences of others. I needed to think from a scientific point of view. That is how I came to have on my bookshelves several books of uneven value, dictated from the realm of Spirit, where I saw parallels to my own experiences: Gita Mallasz: Talking with AngelsPat Rodegast and Judith Stanton: Emmanuel's Book; Neale Donald Walsch: Conversations with God; Jane Roberts: Seth Speaks; and Helen Schucman's A Course in Miracles.
           Included in my personal experiences were almost 200 conversations with the spirit of Stephen the Martyr which are to be published in the middle of October. The closest parallel to this would be Conversations with God. Confirmation that it is the historical Stephen who is the teacher, comes from linguistic and historical data, but more especially from the quality of the teaching itself.              As always, readers have to make up their minds what spiritual food is to be tasted, and what left to one side.
           With regard to A Course in Miracles : I am in conflict about it. I am drawn to some of it, some I want to leave to one side.  Look below, for two articles, one strongly favourable to ACIM, the other strongly unfavourable. I would be interested to receive comments from readers.


arttreesArt directed by Spirits  

Michael Tymn

About 10 years ago, I met a woman I’ll call Hilda – the mother of an in-law – who told me that sometime around 1981, while watching television, she had the sudden urge to start writing a story – a story having to do with outer space.  She had no real interest in the subject and had no prior interest in creative writing.  “But I felt compelled to write,” Hilda told me. Words began flowing from Hilda’s pen, including many technical words that had no meaning to her.  Her husband retired for the night and when he awoke the next morning Hilda was still writing.  “I had lost track of time,” she explained. “I had no idea it was already morning.”  She did not know what she had written, and when she read it she didn’t completely understand it.  Read the rest of the article


Study of Near Death Experiences of hundreds of New Zealanders

Sociologist Dr Mary Murray and Psychologist Dr Patricia Tassell at Massey University, Palmerston North.  Reported on Channel 3 TV   View

ASPSI Ave Roma Immortalis
(Hail Immortal Rome)

by Trevor Hamilton

myersThe charismatic leading figure in the British Society for Psychical Research (SPR), Frederic W. H. Myers, died on January 17, 1901 in Rome. His was an unusually impressive, even noble exit (as his friend William James, who was in Rome at the time also receiving medical treatment, testified). It was a death eased by his conviction, through his long, indefatigable research into psychic phenomena, of individual post-mortem survival. After his passing, his close friend and fellow researcher, Margaret Verrall, tried to develop automatic writing to see if she could make contact with him. Read the Article



The Truth Wears Off 

Is there something wrong with the scientific method?

Jonah Lehrer

  Before the effectiveness of a drug can be confirmed, it must be tested and tested again. Different scientists in different labs need to repeat the protocols and publish their results. The test of replicability, as it’s known, is the foundation of modern research. Replicability is how the community enforces itself. It’s a safeguard for the creep of subjectivity. Most of the time, scientists know what results they want, and that can influence the results they get. The premise of replicability is that the scientific community can correct for these flaws.
But now all sorts of well-established, multiply confirmed findings have started to look increasingly uncertain. It’s as if our facts were losing their truth: claims that have been enshrined in textbooks are suddenly unprovable.  Read the article   Read more

*Physicists urge caution over apparent speed of light violation
 (a) Manchester Guardian  
(b)   Manchester Guardian


Two points of view with regard to A COURSE IN MIRACLES:

This journal would welcome correspondence and critiques of these articles.
Jime in  "Subversive Thinking," interviews

Perry  Robert Perry about "A Course in Miracles, synchronicities, coincidences, life's purpose,  God and Jesus of Nazareth."

"In my late teens I had been active in my Lutheran church,  realized I had no rational basis for believing what I did. So I became interested in questions of spiritual truth. I explored the areas that so many of us have—mysticism, comparative religion, parapsychology, near-death experiences—and concluded that whenever a person got an experiential glimpse of something beyond the physical, he or she saw roughly the same worldview" Read interview

rtargRussell Targ on  A Course in Miracles

Read what Russell Targ has to say

A modern Miracle..Or: The ruthless logic of A Course in Miracles

HarskampAnton van Harskamp, 

Bezinningscentrum Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

And seekest thou great things for thyself? Seek them not … (Jeremiah 45,5)

The increasing interest in this piece of writing - or ACIM as experts would say - might be called a modern miracle. This can be illustrated by looking at the origin and the nature of 'The Course’. It also appears from the central message of 'The Course': the uncommon optimistic belief that a perfect life is something that is within our reach. The questions I will address in this essay are the following: what is it that 'The Course' bases this belief on and does it also bring into practice an optimistic attitude to life?.Read the article

richardComment from Prof Richard Cocks (PANEL)

This passage from ACIM: " Like the Christian God, the Course’s God does create. But He only creates spiritual beings who are like Himself and one with Him. He did not create the physical world. In a characteristically bold passage, the Course reviews the painful and unloving attributes of this world and says, 'You but accuse Him of insanity, to think He made a world where such things seem to have reality. He is not mad. Yet only madness makes a world like this.'"
This is pure Gnosticism and is to be avoided like the plague. Read on...

TymnSpirit Communicators with famous names

Michael E. Tymn, our Advisory Editor contributes this extract from a forthcoming book.: Perhaps  some communicating spirits seek to commend their message, by adopting famous names. 


An Interview with James E. Beichler, Ph.D.

by Michael E. Tymn

Beichler’s primary fields are “history of modern physics” and the “physics of consciousness” but he also has a strong interest in cosmology, including dark matter and dark energy. He has developed a fundamental theory of physical reality called “single [operational] field theory,” or SOFT, which utilizes a five-dimensional Einstein-Kaluza space-time geometry as expressed in the general theory of relativity, modified to include the quantum and quantum theory. He also plans to soon develop a new physical model of the atom. Read the interview

ASPSI Apparitions ‘R Us: Far more than a ghost of a chance

James E. Beichler, PhD

Abstract: Ghosts and apparitions come in many different forms and their existence has been reported for as long as humans have been around. While a great deal of ‘superstition’ and outright silly beliefs have surrounded the phenomena for much of human history, some people, including a few scientists, have taken them seriously.  Read this ASPSI conference lecture


Three Physicists on Religion: When Scientists See the Light
Benjamin Zeller

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[From Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks]

The online bookmaker Paddy Power currently offers 100 to 1 odds that the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, will discover God.1 While somewhat glib, this factoid does hint at the creative play at work in what Barbara Herrnstein Smith calls the “nexus” of science and religion. Speaking of a nexus reveals how much the conversation on science and religion has changed since the more simplistic conflict-based models championed by many among earlier generations of scholars. Such models emphasized a chronic and consistent conflict between science and religion in North America, symbolized most vividly in the Scopes “Monkey” Trial of 1925. Yet in recent decades, scholars as diverse as Herrnstein Smith, Stephen Jay Gould, Edward J. Larson, and Ronald L. Numbers have all contributed to a growing scholarly consensus that challenges such inherited narratives. The albatross of the “conflict model” (as Numbers and other historiographers call it) has finally fallen away.  Read this article

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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.”

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