Ground of Faith

*Science without religion is lame: religion without science is blind." 

Albert Einstein

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Contents of this issue


Articles by Michael Cocks

*Afterlife and the Wider Picture

*“Are you the product of your environment?”

*O Life, awakening life in cell and tissue.

Articles by Michael Tymn

*Departing Visions: An Interview with Dr. Carla Wills-Brandon

*Purgatory is for real

*Rolf Explains How Trance Mediumship Works

*The Story of Australia’s Greatest Medium

*Life after Death, Guilt & Remorse

International Summit on Post-Materialist Science: Summary Report

Revisiting Wegener:

Why Scientists dismissed the evidence


Prof Richard Cocks: The Spectrum of Consciousness

The Christian Parapsychologist

*Some Psi Light Phenomena

*Defending Origen

*BORN AGAIN ?   [Reincarnation in the Bible].

*A New Science of the Paranormal: The Promise of Psychical Research

by Lawrence LeShan

*The Fifth Love – Exploring Accounts of the Extraordinary

by Mark Fox.

*Returning to Reality. Thomas Merton’s Wisdom for a Technological Age.

by Phillip M. Thompson.

   October 2014
O Life, awakening life in cell and tissue. 

 Editor: The Rev. Michael Cocks Advisory Editor:  Michael Tymn
Challenging people of all faiths to recognise every gift of the Spirit     

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REDISCOVERING GOD by RUPERT SHELDRAKE Fascinating talk - Dr. Sheldrake traces his journey from atheistic reductionist scientist through various religious traditions and back to Christianity through the influence of Father Bede Griffiths.  Play video

For church people wanting excellent liturgy resources: The Rev Bosco Peters' website
"at best religion and spirituality are at their best in partnership. Religion provides the context that makes spirituality possible for the majority of people. It makes it possible to initiate people into an authentic tradition of spirituality, gives them companions on the journey and tested wisdom by which to live, and supports them in times of suffering and personal instability. ... both for the individual and the community, the quest for God is too complex and too important to be reduced to a private enterprise. Religion at its best provides the authentic rooted heritage, the healthy guidelines, the sacred texts and rites that nourish our spirituality in a profound way and provide deep communion with a whole faith community, past, present, and future."

Articles by Michael Cocks  
  Editor of The Ground of Faith. Author of  Afterlife Teaching from Stephen the Martyr

ColemanAfterlife and the Wider Picture

 Christchurch, NZ,  clergyman, Mike Coleman preached a sermon last Sunday, in which he mentioned that “last year, 2013, the global military expenditure was $1.747 trillion (US), on average, almost $4.8 billion (US) spent every day.”.....[concludes]  Thomas Merton said, “So instead of loving what you think is peace, love other men and love God above all. And instead of hating the people you think are warmongers, hate the appetites and the disorder in your own soul, which are the causes of war. If you love peace, then hate injustice, hate tyranny, hate greed, but hate these things in yourself, not in another.”  Read more

haikola“Are you the product of your environment?”

 [Lars Haikkola, Lund]

Victor Zammit asks this in this week’s newsletter. Now, I would applaud everything that appears in that newsletter in what it says about ourselves as individuals. ...But we need other books that think of individuals as inalienable elements in one indivisible Whole. In the realm of physics we speak of quantum entanglement: similarly with Spirit we need to think of some kind of spiritual or mental entanglement, a timeless spaceless realm where all minds are potentially in touch.  Read more

lifeO Life, awakening life in cell and tissue.

From flower to bird, from beast to humankind:
Help us to trace, from birth to final issue,
The sure unfolding purpose of your mind.”
[O Lord, of every shining constellation” A.F.Bailey]

As I look through “Hymns for Today’s Church” one of the hymn books of the Anglican church, in which I am still willingly a priest, I see that people of all persuasions, who want a basis for meditation, will find there magnificent hymns and poetry.  It is same with the Christian Bible: there is also magnificent stuff to be found. Read on

Michael Tymn

Editor-in-chief of The Journal for Spiritual and Consciousness Studies
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Departing Visions: An Interview with Dr. Carla Wills-Brandon

 I recently had the opportunity to interview Dr. Carla Wills-Brandon (below) for the September issue of The Searchlight, a publication of The Academy for Spiritual and Consciousness Studies (  Here is an abridged version of that interview

pauchardPurgatory is for real

It is difficult to generalize when it comes to traditional Jewish thought relative to the afterlife, as there are different schools of thought, one school not even believing in an afterlife, another school believing in it but not concerned with it, and still other schools with varying degrees of concern. …

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rolfRolf Explains How Trance Mediumship Works

The best explanation that I have read as to how trance mediumship works came from Rolf Little (below) as communicated through the trance mediumship of Gladys Osborne Leonard to his mother, Nelly Little, after his death during World War I.  Read more

The Story of Australia’s Greatest Medium

 Having read numerous books about mediums over the past 25 years,  and having written about many of the best mediums, I thought I knew all their names.  However, clearly I missed one.  In recently reading a book entitled The Certainty of Eternity, authored by L.C. Danby, I…  Read more

minotLife after Death, Guilt & Remorse

 Dr. Minot Savage, a Unitarian minister and psychical researcher, (below) reported on a December 28, 1888 sitting which his brother, the Rev. William H. Savage, had with trance medium Leonora Piper, of Boston, Mass.  Speaking through Mrs. Piper, Phinuit, her spirit control, told William that somebody…

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We are a group of internationally known scientists, from a variety of scientific fields (biology, neuroscience, psychology, medicine, psychiatry), who participated in an international summit on post-materialist science, spirituality and society. The summit was co-organized by Gary E. Schwartz, PhD and Mario Beauregard, PhD, the University of Arizona, and Lisa Miller, PhD, Columbia University. This summit was held at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona, on February 7-9, 2014. Our purpose was to discuss the impact of the materialist ideology on science and the emergence of a post-materialist paradigm for science, spirituality, and society. We have come to the following conclusions:

1. The modern scientific worldview is predominantly predicated on assumptions that are closely associated with classical physics. Materialism—the idea that matter is the only reality—is one of these assumptions. A related assumption is reductionism, the notion that complex things can be understood by reducing them to the interactions of their parts, or to simpler or more fundamental things such as tiny material particles  Continue reading

Revisiting Wegener: Why Scientists dismissed the evidence.

Alfred Wegener is one modern scientist amongst many that demonstrate that new ideas threaten the establishment, regardless of the century.  Read on..

Wikipedia on Wegener

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 Prof Richard Cocks: The Spectrum of Consciousness

[F W H] "Myers compares consciousness with the spectrum of light. The implication is that our own individual consciousness is an amalgam of a selection of aspects of consciousness from this full range of possible mental capabilities. Myers conjectures that different mental abilities are needed and prized in different social, cultural and environmental circumstances. Thus there is a kind of quasi-evolutionary selection of the fittest. Abilities may be gained and lost as circumstances change. Some aspects of consciousness may be pre-rational; others post-rational." Read the article

The Christian Parapsychologist
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Three articles from the CP
 [These extracts from the CP are published by permission and the copyright in the contents of CP rests with the contributors.]
Some Psi Light Phenomena

by Anthony R. Utting

Reports of psi light phenomena, apparitions included, suggest that psi, whatever it may be in definable terms, can on occasion become known in the wave-bands occupied by visible light.  This part of the measurable electro-magnetic spectrum covers shorter wavelengths than the brain-scans and allied investigations which are currently the acceptable scientific non-invasive methods of investigating the brain mechanics of human perception. Read on...
[Indridi Haraldsson]

Defending Origen

by Marion Browne

That Origen of Alexandria should remain a controversial figure nearly 1800 years after his death is a tribute to the enduring fascination he holds for researchers of early Christian thought. A passing reference I made to him when quoting Canon J.D. Pearce-Higgins in a letter to the CFPSS Quarterly Review (Winter 2013) evoked a stern riposte from Dr John Newton in its Summer 2014 issue. Dr Newton’s stated aim was “to defend Origen from the oft repeated claim that he taught reincarnation”. Read on...

 BORN AGAIN ?   [Reincarnation in the Bible]

by Keith Denerley

It was with interest that I came across the suggestion in an earlier copy of the CP, that this phrase in John 3 might be interpreted in terms of reincarnation – a thought that would be even more plausible in view of the alternative translation of ανωθεν (“again”) as “from above”. Read on

Three Reviews from the CP:
A New Science of the Paranormal: The Promise of Psychical Research
by Lawrence LeShan

Theosophical Publishing House: Quest Books, Wheaton, IL. USA. 2009. 978 0835608770. Paperback. 133pp.  £12.99.
Lawrence LeShan, U.S. psychologist and parapsychologist, already has twenty books to his credit. Perhaps the best known of these is The Medium, the Mystic and the Physicist, with its intriguing collection of paragraphs where the reader is challenged to identify either a mystic or a physicist as the author.  Read on

The Fifth Love – Exploring Accounts of the Extraordinary

by Mark Fox.

 Spirit and Sage, 50 Beaulieu Close, Kidderminster, Worcs. DY11 5EE.  2014.
 978 0 9928197 05. Paperback. 182pp.  £9.99 [Post free]

 Readers will have encountered Dr Fox’s previous books on NDEs and Unusual Light Phenomena which were published some time ago. This book is shorter and aimed at the general public as well as the more academic scholar.  Read on...

Returning to Reality. Thomas Merton’s Wisdom for a Technological Age.
by Phillip M. Thompson.

Lutterworth Press, P.O. Box 60, Cambridge CB1 2NT.  2013. 978 0718892951. Paperback.  22 + 112pp.  £15

 Our attitudes to the unstoppable advance of technology have always been ambivalent. While we welcome all that makes human life safer, healthier and more comfortable, we also tend to skate over the moral issues that these advances raise. We may be uneasy about technology that enables lives – healthy or otherwise – to be prolonged indefinitely, or that intrudes upon our genetic structure in a quest for physical perfection, but we rarely, if ever, reflect upon the relationship between new technologies and spirituality ...Read on