The Ground
of Faith

*Exploring Science, Mysticism and Experience Together

Note: Contributions to this journal need not reflect the views of the Editors or of the Panel

Articles by Michael Cocks:
*The Spiritual Belief that Unites Humanity
*What Kind of God Predestines?
*A Christian understanding of Incarnation
*Psychic Research and Spirituality

Michael Tymn
*Resurrecting Leonora Piper: How Science Discovered the Afterlife
*An Interview with the Author of “Resurrecting Leonora Piper”
*Where Was God During the Newtown Tragedy? A Philosopher Answers
*Is Dr. Eben Alexander Putting Science Back on the Right Track?
*From Skepticism to *Cynicism to Savage Antipathy

*Karl Pribram: The Holographic Brain

*The Rainbow and the Worm:The Physics of Organisms. Mae-Wai Ho

John G. Sabol,

Our Help Comes From the Lord:Studies of Spiritual Care in Hospital Guided by Christian Mysticism by the Revd. Andrew Fisher

AECES: New afterlife website: Do explore

J.McDaniel: What is Process Thought?

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Science & the Evidence for Postmortem Survival:
William Stoney

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J.McDaniel: What is Process Thought?

Brilliant Near Death evidence

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  "It's better to know some of the questions than all of the answers."
         James Thurber

The Spiritual Belief that Unites Humanity

clothoWhat spiritual belief has humanity held at all times, and in all places? In a world so split by religious, political and philosophical ideologies, can that be a meaningful question?

I believe it can. Consider the West where many people are aggressively Materialist: how many people do not…  Read more

"People who know all the answers
   haven't asked the right questions."
godbodyWhat Kind of God Predestines?

In my last blog I was pointing out that throughout recorded history humanity has believed in destiny, fate, and in predestination. But surely, we

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"It is far better to arrive at a wrong answer
   than never to have questioned at all."
babyjesusA Christian understanding of Incarnation

 When I was British Chaplain in Gothenburg, Sweden, every fortnight I took a religious studies class in the English School. The school had pupils from upwards of sixty nationalities, and the children were Catholics, Protestants, from Islam, Buddhists, Hindus and Jews. We found that all faiths…Read more

"To really ask is to open the door to the whirlwind.
   The answer may annihilate the question and the questioner."
         Anne Rice

samaritanPsychic Research and Spirituality.

Do afterlife studies help us to be more spiritually advanced people? They do help us to be sure that there is a spiritual dimension to reality, and that is a big help. But we still have to sacrifice self-centredness and surrender in prayer to a wider consciousness.

Psychic researchRead more

"Ah, what a dusty answer gets the soul
   When hot for certainties in this our life!"
         George Meredith

tymnArticles by Michael Tymn
"In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang
   a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted."
         Bertrand Russell

piperResurrecting Leonora Piper: How Science Discovered the Afterlife
Some three years after the Society for Psychical Research (SPR) was founded in London in 1882, Leonora Piper, a young Boston, Massachusetts housewife, was “discovered” by William James, a pioneering psychologist, of Harvard University.  Messages were delivered through Mrs. Piper that seemed to be coming from spirits of the dead.  Soon after the discovery of Mrs. Piper, the American branch of the SPR (ASPR) was formed under the guidance of Professor James, and its primary task became the study of her mediumship, although it undertook the investigation of other mediums and paranormal phenomena, as well. Read on..

An Interview with the Author of “Resurrecting Leonora Piper”

 As my latest book, Resurrecting Leonora Piper, was just released by White Crow Books, I asked my higher self (HS) to interview my lower self about the book.

So Michael, what prompted you to write this book?

You put me up to it, HS, so you…Read more

jamesWas William James a Wimp?

Much has been written about the contributions of Professor William James (below) of Harvard University to early psychical research and parapsychology.  It was James who took the lead in organizing the American branch of the Society for Psychical Research (ASPR) in late 1884 and then “discovered” medium Leonora Piper, the primary research “project” for the ASPR, the following year.  Without a detailed examination of the research records relating to Mrs. Piper, one might easily jump to the conclusion that James did more than any other researcher to advance the survival hypothesis Read on..

jonesWhere Was God During the Newtown Tragedy? A Philosopher Answers

After the recent mass killing of 20 school children and seven adults by a deranged young man in Newtown, Connecticut, some people were asking where God was during the tragedy.  Why wasn’t “He” protecting those innocent young children?  How can “He” let such terrible things happenRead more

alexanderIs Dr. Eben Alexander Putting Science Back on the Right Track?

When Dr. Eben Alexander (below) took the speaker’s platform at the Forever Family Foundation conference in Phoenix on November 10, he looked very much like that meek, mild-mannered reporter known as Clark Kent. At the conclusion of his talk, for which he received a standing ovation, AlexanderRead more

humeFrom Skepticism to Cynicism to Savage Antipathy

Hardly a day has gone by during the past few weeks when I have not noticed an article of one kind or another by some self-appointed guardian of science attacking Dr. Eben Alexander and his book Proof of Heaven 

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Karl Pribram: The Holographic Brain (excerpt) - A Thinking Allowed DVD with Dr. Jeffrey Mishlove   YouTube   Wiki article

sheldrakeRupert Sheldrake gives a lecture on his book SCIENCE SET FREE, You Tube

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Maewan HoThe Rainbow and the Worm:
The Physics of Organisms.
Mae-Wai Ho  

3rd Edition 2008, reprinted 2012 380 pp.
 Those who appreciate the works of QM physicists David Bohm, F.David Peat, Brian Josephson, Wolfgang Pauli, in that they are not slaves of  Materialist dogma, will applaud the work of Mae-Wai Ho, physicist, of Hong Kong.. Inspection of her Wiki entry     will show just how authoritative her thinking is. Here is a quote from the last page of the book:
"The universe of coherent space time structures is thus a nested hierarchy of individualities and communities had come into being through acts of free acts of prehensive unification.. It is a truly participatory, creative universe.Just as the organism is ever present to itself during its entire life history, and all other individualities are ever present to it, universe is ever present to itself in a universal duration where creation never ceases by the convocation of individual acts, now surfacing from the energy substrate, now condensing to new patterns, now submerging to re-emerge in another guise."

Read this scholarly review     And this one


John G. Sabol, M.A. Anthropology

Kent Gramm, professor and author of various books about the Civil War (and a favorite writer of mine), once said, when asked what he does on the battlefield at Gettysburg: “We imagine….We try to see it. We make ghosts”. (2002:29) Personally, I would disagree with him. I am an archaeologist. In my fieldwork, I do not “make ghosts”. I recover their still active presences. My “excavations” are a different type of archaeological approach to the unearthing of past material remains. It is not so much a “dig” into the past as it is a performance aimed at specific past actors. The archaeological act becomes, during the “excavation” process, a creative engagement with the past in which it (a past act) is produced in the present.. Read the lecture

From the Christian Parapsychologist

hospitalOur Help Comes From the Lord:

Studies of Spiritual Care in Hospital Guided by Christian Mysticism

by the Revd. Andrew Fisher

Spiritual writers like Walter Hilton, Julian of Norwich and the author of the Cloud of Unknowing provided world class spiritual care to people in their own time and, still have something to teach us about the art of spiritual and pastoral care today. Read the article


AECESNew afterlife website: Do explore

 ÆCES (rhymes with "basis") is a non-profit organization dedicated to discerning and disseminating the most convincing evidence for the Survival of the human personality after the demise of the physical body.

Visit the website    Visit "WHAT MAKES A GREAT CASE FOR SURVIVAL? Conference lecture by Miles Edward Allen"

   isenmannLois Isenman's INTUITION INDEPTH

david howardDavid H. Howard: Spirit Communion
The religion, philosophy and science of Spiritualism
 Great articles, and provides useful links to other resources and sites.!
   GuschElene Gusch:  Elene Explores
    The superior spirits “have a language always worthy, noble, elevated, with not the least tincture of triviality.  They say everything with simplicity and modesty, never boast, never make a parade of their knowledge or their position among others.  That of the inferior or ordinary spirit has always some reflex human passion; every expression that savors of vulgarity, self-sufficiency, arrogance, boasting, acrimony, is a characteristic indication of inferiority, or of treachery if the spirit presents himself under a respected and venerated name.”    –Allan Kardec  Read
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Debunking Common Skeptical Arguments Against
Paranormal and Psychic Phenomena;  
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International Survivalist Society

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Public Parapsychology

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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.”

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