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:
*Shedding the skin of the snake
*Stephen  spoke to us in his native Greek
*If the Future Can be Foretold

Stafford Betty:* Is Rein- carnation True? Research of Ian Stevenson

Michael Tymn
*Finding  the Truth in the Light
*Was DD Home like Babe Ruth, David Thompson like Nick Swisher?
*Difficulties in Spirit Communication Explained
Other Science and Spirituality Blogs
*Lois Isenman's Intuition In-depth blog
*David H Howard: Spirits Communion: The religion, philosophy and science of Spiritualism
*Elene Gusch: Elene Explores
William Grassie: *Conflicting Ideologies and Entangled Narratives
*Seeking Truth in the World of Competing Narratives
*Elaine Pagels: Revelation: Visions, Prophecy and Politics
*Caduceus Journal UK
*Juergen Ziewe: What is an awakened mind like?
Doctoral Dissertation
Theology and Natural Sciences Aotearoa (TANSA)
*Nikolaus von Stillfried: Consciousness and Quantum theory

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June 2012 Seeking answers to prayer

 knee Editor: The Rev. Michael Cocks 
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The  Rev Victor MacGill
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From the Editor:
William Grassie is the driving force behind the influential science and religion site, METANEXUS ( I have included  two of his blogs in this issue on the topic , "Conflicting ideologies and entangled narratives". I do so because he describes the predicament of The Ground of Faith. To avoid engaging in conflict between opposing ideologies,  the emphasis here is on the experience of credible witnesses. "Here are the experiences,"  we say, "it is over to you, reader, to interpret them in the light of your ideology." But it is not realistic to claim this, because of the very act of presenting the evidence an ideology of open ended investigation is being asserted. It is being asserted in the face of an ideology that denies the reality of the paranormal and seeks to destroy the credibility of scientists investigating topic, and in the face of an ideology that says an institutional church without scientific investigation can claim to final knowledgeabout the paranormal will. And of course amongst those who assert the importance of free investigation there will also be differences of opinion. … Do read William Grassie.



     Articles by Michael Cocks

Shedding the skin of the snake” \
“Shedding the skin of the snake” is sometimes used to describe what happens at a crisis point in our spiritual growth. When the person is “converted,” “enlightened,” or “born-again”, there is the feeling of having moved from a somewhat grey lifeless world into a world full of life and love and meaning. There is a purpose in living, and many possibilities seem to open out.
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istoningStephen the Martyr spoke to us in his native Greek.

The teaching of the spirit of Stephen the Martyr can stand comparison with that of recognised mystics of the great religions, and deserves to be valued for its own sake.
Here, I’m going to try to give a simple account of the detective work that led us to be reasonably sure that we…

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cubicIf the future can be foretold, then…

Case Study: I had just put down the telephone receiver after a long conversation with Dr Brian Cocksey in Auckland, a man who has been at the centre of many striking synchronicities.

In the course of the conversation, on my side, I had mentioned; Read more

 kneeSeeking Answers to Prayer.

 Faced with threats to well-being, with hard decisions to be made, humankind has always sought guidance from the realm of Spirit. So many are the ways in which this is done! Through trance mediums, astrology, the I-Ching, and a multitude of other means of divination, soothsayers, fortunetellers, the Tarot, the teacups… whatever. Read more

betty Stafford Betty

Religious Studies Professor Stafford Betty was born into a Catholic family in Mobile, Alabama, the son of an economics professor teaching at the local Jesuit college. He was naturally attracted to religion from an early age.

Is Reincarnation True? The Research of Ian Stevenson
Many people dislike the thought of living several or many lives on this or any other material planet.  But science tells us that what we might prefer is not what counts.  What counts is the evidence.  Anyone who is familiar with the work of Ian Stevenson – the world’s most prominent reincarnation researcher – is likely to come away with new respect for this ages-old hypothesis, regardless of how appealing it might be. Read this Blog

Tymn Michael Tymn
Finding the Truth in the Light

Is the NDE real only if the person sees Jesus and the experience is otherwise consistent with scripture?  Or, could it be that that all other NDEs are real but demonic in nature?
Of course, the closed-minded skeptic would say they are all hallucinations of an oxygen-deprived brain. Read this article

homeWas D. D. Home like Babe Ruth, David Thompson like Nick Swisher?

home publisher Jon Beecher reported that when he sat with Thompson in New York a few years ago, his partner’s deceased grandfather materialized.  Tatyana, Beecher’s partner, began speaking in English, but was encouraged by Timmy or Timothy, the spirit controlling things at the time, to speak in her native language. She then changed to Russian, after which the materialized spirit answered in Russian.  So Thompson must also be a linguist. Read the articlehome

myersDifficulties in Spirit Communication Explained
No doubt one of the reasons why research into mediumship has not been more widely accepted has to do with the lack of clarity in most of the communication purportedly coming from spirits.  Even with the best of mediums, there is much vagueness and ambiguity, even gibberish, in the communication. Read the article

edmondsThe Many Barriers to Spirit Communication

My latest book, The Afterlife Explorers, published by White Crow Books, discusses the research of the real pioneers – Emanuel Swedenborg, Judge John Edmonds, Governor Nathaniel Tallmadge, Professor Robert Hare, Victor Hugo, Allen Kardec, Alfred Russel Wallace, and Sir William Crookes, as well as the mediumship of several of the best mediums of the era – Andrew Jackson Davis, Dr. George T. Dexter, Daniel Dunglas Home, and the Rev. William Stainton Moses. Read the article

Other Science and Spirituality Blogs

IsenmanLois Isenman's INTUITION INDEPTH

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

George F Barker: Afterlife Essays
George Barker writes:
Dear Editor,
You have listed many good books.  One which is of the same quality as those of Michael Tymn and David Fontana, but which looks at a more massive array of what Tymn's "Articulate Dead" have had to say about the experiences of disembodiment, is Robert Crookall's "The Supreme Adventure, an Analysis of Psychic Communications".  His study indicates an interesting multiplicity of "bodies" that we seem to have when on Earth.  He replaces the simplistic notion of a physical body and a spiritual one with a more complicated system.  He proposes three complete bodies, the physical, soul and spiritual and a vehicle of vitality which is not an instrument of consiousness but a link between the two worlds, and which is soon discarded by the soul body after "death" by people with a spiritual nature or knowledge of the afterlife but is retained by earthbound spirits until they progress.  Is it probable that it is the vehicle of vitality that psychic healers work on and that with its close link to the earthly body the benefits are passed thereto.
Although it is about practical matters rather than the metaphysical fields grazed in your blog, it is fascinating and deserves a mention.  It is published for The Churches' Fellowship for Psychical Study by James Clarke & Co. Limited, 7 All Saints Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3LS, England.
Yours sincerely,  George Barker.  [His website is: ]


entangledWilliam Grassie:
Conflicting Ideologies and Entangled Narratives

April 5, 2012
Humans today, perhaps more than at any other time in history, are caught up in a web of entangled narratives. Globalization and communication technologies have brought a world of differences into our living rooms, classrooms, and communities. People wage culture wars within and between civilizations based on these narratives, religious and otherwise, which, for the most part, they do not even recognize as stories. These stories structure our thought and behavior in many profound ways, both political and personal. Read

narrativesSeeking Truth in a World of Competing Narratives

In today's global civilization, we are confronted with a Walmart of worldviews. We find ourselves in an entangled and sometimes toxic web of ideologies, religions, nationalisms, and ethnicities. Read


Chinese engineers have broken the record for quantum teleportation by successfully pairing particles over a distance of 97km.

This process does not involve the same physical object disappearing and reappearing in a new location, but rather quantum entanglement, whereby two particles act as one system, despite being two seperate entitites.  Read

Book Review


Elaine Pagels:

Book Of Revelation: 'Visions, Prophecy And Politics'

The Book of Revelation, the final book of the New Testament, has some of the most dramatic and frightening language in the Bible.

In her new book Revelations: Visions, Prophecy and Politics in the Book of Revelation, Princeton University religious professor Elaine Pagels places the Book of Revelation in its historical context and explores where the book's apocalyptic vision of the end of the world comes from.  Read

A Journal of Interest:
caduceus Caduceus Journal U.K.

Caduceus is a healing, spiritual magazine focusing on psychological, emotional, spiritual, ecological and environmental health, therapy and growth, including natural, holistic, energy and complementary medicine.
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zieweWhat is an awakened mind like?

Juergen Ziewe
Jurgen Ziewe began having out of body experiences as a result of intensive meditation. For 35 years he claims to have explored the world that awaits us all after death in full consciousness. He gives vivid and compelling accounts of meeting his deceased relatives, of interviewing the 'dead', and even of accompanying himself in a previous life. As a commercial artist he has been able to convey what he saw in pictures. In his video presentation he shows images of some of the alternate realities from the lowest to the highest he visited in full consciousness. See Jurgen's website and read more about the book.  And also this website: What is an awakened mind like?
(His video presentation was entitled, " Reports and Observations from Out-of-Body Explorations. A presentation over Skype to the Institute of Neuroscience and Consciousness Studies."

Nikolaus von Stillfried : Dissertation: Consciousness and Quantum Theory

Theology and the Natural Sciences Aotearoa (TANSA)  

nvsbernOn May 8, 2012 There was a meeting of TANSA at Laidlaw College, Christchurch, NZ. Those present heard an internet mediated lecture by German biologist and cultural scientist Nikolaus von Stillfried, on his doctoral dissertation "Theoretical and empirical explorations of 'Generalized Quantum Theory'" which treats, among others, the topic Consciousness and Quantum theory. If you want to read this dissertation go to the new TANSA site  and click the appropriate link or go to

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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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