The Ground
of Faith

*Exploring Science, Mysticism and Experience Together

11th year of publication

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

 Note from the Editor
Articles by Michael Cocks
*Psychic Phenomena: The Methods of the Law Court, and Uncertainty
*Thoughts about Incarnation
*Mystical Experience: Einstein – R.M. Bucke
*Creativity:  Mathematical genius Ramanujan
Articles by Michael Tymn
*Debunking Babe Ruth & Leonora Piper:
 *When a Famous Scientist Discovered Spirits
*Spirit Survives in Ireland
*The Most Profound Near-Death Experience Ever?
*Cora Richmond: A Most Amazing Medium
*Cora L. V. Richmond – An Amazing Medium (Part II)
*Why Harmony is Important in Spirit Communication and Related Phenomena
*Trying to Make Sense of Ghosts
Peter Creevey
 “Interventions – A Life in War and Peace”, by Kofi Annan.
*Shared death experiences: Raymond Moody (video)
*The Challenges of the Skeptic Materialist  By August Goforth
*Drop-ins good evidence of  survival.  by Michael E. Tymn
Hearing Voices: by Michael Paternoster

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Scientists Call For Open, Informed Study of Psi Effects and Consciousness

Is there safety in numbers when it comes to science? Some 90 scientists
and academics have co-signed a letter, written by Etzel Cardeña of Lund
 University and published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, that calls
for more mainstream support of open and honest investigation of para-
psychological topics, and related mysteries of human consciousness.
Cardeña stresses six points in support of his call:
 read on
[Thanks to Victor Zammit for drawing attention to this article.]

appCollective Consciousness App  
Collective Consciousness is a mobile app unlike anything else. It's based on fascinating  research into the influence of the human mind  (consciousness) on the physical world. With this app, you can: *Experience mind-matter interaction *Help leading scientists study consciousness *Advance a radical new technology *Our purpose is to  promote deeper thinking about consciousness, and help expand our technological horizon. This app  also has a research side: data will be collected in formal investigations into "collective consciousness"  effects. This can give us a better understanding of what it means to say "we're all connected."  Read about it.

Do investigate these Twitter accounts: they provide a wealth of references to interesting websites similar to the above. 
[Simon Wu]  Simon Shauming@varianexus tweets: (1) Unreliable Evidence in Science [This is a very important article if we are to avoid what is called "scientism"]
(2)  Is there an afterlife? The science of biocentrism  can prove there is, claims Professor Robert Lanza.    See Wiki article
The Society for Psychical Research SPR@SPR1982 aims to advance the understanding of events and abilities commonly described as psychic or paranormal. London
Try also  Dean Radin@DeanRadin; Rupert Sheldrake@RupertSheldrake
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Articles by Michael Cocks

  Editor of The Ground of Faith. Author of  Afterlife Teaching from Stephen the Martyr

planePsychic Phenomena: The Methods of the Law Court, and Uncertainty

White Crow Books do a great job in providing trustworthy accounts of Exceptional Human Experiences (EHEs), such as NDEs, ESP, clairvoyance, synchronicities, séance communications and so on. We usually hear firsthand accounts given by trustworthy people. We usually feel like believing these stories.… Read more

Thoughts about Incarnation

At Christmas, Christians focus on in the incarnation of God in Jesus. “Peace on Earth and good will to men.” A celebration at the heart of Christianity. But this should not obscure the fact that God is in all that is.

I think my favourite hymn is one written by George Herbert who died in…Read more

buckeMystical Experience: Einstein – R.M. Bucke

“Many eminent scientists have been more or less openly religious, and receptive to mysticism in particular. Einstein (1949), for example, remarked that ‘the religious geniuses of all ages have been distinguished by this kind of [cosmic] religious feeling… In my view it is the most important function… Read more

ramaCreativity:  Mathematical genius Ramanujan

 “For Einstein… music and physics were closely linked. He imagined Mozart plucking melodies out of the air as if they were ever present in the universe, and he thought of himself as working like Mozart, not merely spinning theories but responding to Nature, in tune with the cosmos..He thought of both… Read more


Lord Kelvin, the eminent scientist, is reputed to have said, “There is nothing new to be discovered in physics now, All that remains is more and more precise measurement.” But then an anomaly was found: the result was quantum physics. It is through the study of anomalies, that science advances. …Read more

Articles by Michael Tymn

Editor-in-chief of The Journal for Spiritual and Consciousness Studies
**How to join the Academy for Spiritual and Consciousness Studies Inc.

edmondsDebunking Babe Ruth & Leonora Piper

Babe Ruth is considered one of the all-time greats of baseball, if not the greatest player ever.  His 60 home runs in a single 154-game season (1927) has yet to be surpassed by anyone not suspected of using performance-aiding drugs (Roger Maris hit 61 home runs in a 162-game season.).  However,… Read more

mapesWhen a Famous Scientist Discovered Spirits

When Professor James Mapes, (below) a renowned inventor and analytical chemist, first heard about the phenomena of spiritualism, he thought it was so much bunk. He was a man of science and could only scoff and sneer at the stories he was hearing about spirits communicating and producing various phenomena. …Read more

stangSpirit Survives in Ireland

After looking over the contents page of Emerald-Spirit, an intriguing book about Ireland by David Stang, (below) I was especially anxious to read the chapters dealing with Irish spirituality and mysticism.  I questioned whether I should skip the early chapter about the weather in Ireland.… Read more

The Most Profound Near-Death Experience Ever?

Although the near-death experience (NDE) was not so named until the 1970s, by Dr. Raymond Moody, reports of the phenomenon go back many years before Moody began researching them. It would be difficult to find a more dynamic NDE than that reported by Cora L. V. Richmond (below)  in her 1923 book…Read more

cora3Cora Richmond: A Most Amazing Medium

My 2011 book, The Afterlife Explorers, is about the principal mediums and psychical researchers before the formation of the Society for Psychical Research in 1882.  The mediums include Emanuel Swedenborg, Andrew Jackson Davis, George Dexter, D. D. Home, and William Stainton Moses. …Read more

coraCora L. V. Richmond – An Amazing Medium (Part II)

Scientists, scholars, ministers, and journalists were befuddled by young Cora Scott (later Cora Richmond), who, at age 11, began giving lengthy discourses on various philosophical, metaphysical , social, political, and reform matters. Or rather, one or more advanced spirits gave the discourses through…Read more

mosesWhy Harmony is Important in Spirit Communication and Related Phenomena

Many a baseball player has said that trying to hit home runs usually results in strike outs. The harder they try, the more they fail. The important thing is to simply relax and make contact with the ball without any extra effort. It’s a matter of finding just the right rhythm, the right harmony. …Read more

calTrying to Make Sense of Ghosts

For the most part, I have little interest in haunted houses, ghost hunting, poltergeists, ghostly apparitions, or related anomalous phenomena. However, I had read some interesting and curious things here and there over the years about Alex Tanous (1926-1990) and that prompted me to read a recently…Read more

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Book Review:

 “INTERVENTIONS – A Life in War and Peace”, by Kofi Annan.

Now that he is no longer the Secretary-General of the United Nations Organisation, Kofi Annan feels more able to express his true feelings. Previously, he felt obliged to use the roundabout language of International Diplomacy. Read on


There are many reports that people who are sitting at the bedside of a dying person actually go part of the way into the spirit world with that person. They have something very similar to a near death experience, even though there is nothing physically wrong with them. In some cases they even share the life review of the person who had just died. 
This is more evidence that NDEs are not the "products of a dying brain".
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The Challenges of the Skeptic Materialist  By August Goforth

“Skepticism is one of the most prevalent and damaging counterforces to recognizing the power of the soul, a short-circuit par excellence of inner energy. It prevents a living connection, and so it keeps us deadened, inert, checks our every movement.

“The problem with skepticism is that it has become an accepted position. It is even supposed to label a person ‘smart.’ But skepticism is total passivity: you don’t have to do, feel, or think anything at all to be a skeptic. All you have to do is say No. Read on..

Intriguing Evidence from the Past:

by Michael E. Tymn

      When a spirit identified himself as “Abraham Florentine,” none of the three men present recognized his name.   The spirit told them that he had lived in Brooklyn, New York, USA and had died earlier that month, on August 5, 1874, at the age of 83 years, one month, and 17 days.   The only other factual information related was that he had fought in the War of 1812. Read on...

Hearing Voices: by Michael Paternoster

 [From The Christian Parapsychologist

1983 was for us a year of bereavements, of family and close friends. One was the death of a young priest who, after an all too brief ministry in a neighbouring group of parishes, was diagnosed with cancer. While he was in hospital in Aberdeen, my wife and I visited him frequently and spent as much time as we could with him. Then, when the hospital could do no more for him, he went home to his mother in Perth who insisted on nursing him at home to the end and discouraged visitors. Having a strong heart, he was, like Charles II, ‘an unconscionable time dying’. He was in great pain and the situation was very distressing. One afternoon Careth (my wife) was crossing the concourse of Aberdeen railway station when she distinctly heard his voice, saying, “It’s all right now”. Read On.. 

Other websites

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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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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  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.

Read his article: Dialectical Spiritualism

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

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

International Survivalist Society

We strongly recommend this archived site, as a source of much interesting material. See  International  Survivalist Society

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.”

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