by Michael Cocks, White Crow Books, Hove, UK, 2015, 226 pp.
Review by Dr. Howard Jones
Review by Dr. Howard Jones
Reverend Michael Cocks has followed up his channelled book on Stephen the Martyr with a perceptive exploration of Fate and synchronicity. The book opens with a brief but fascinating account of how earlier societies viewed The Fates. Clearly there is something in the human psyche that has induced people through the ages to believe that there are many earthly events that are simply beyond human control, some coinciding to produce favourable outcomes (synchronicity) and some less favourable or disastrous ones. The central question that this book explores is: Are these events simply the result of chance, or do they represent earthly consequences of Fate, karma, or predestination ordained by a Higher Power? Tarot cards and the I-Ching testify to the belief in both West and East in what the author calls “faith in a hidden reality, where Meaning governs the affairs of the world, and is beyond the reach of cause and effect.”
The author then relates the teachings of St. Stephen recorded in his previous book to the world of coincidence and synchronicity. Reverend Cocks now presents us with a 50-page chapter recording a 20-year series of dreams and their interpretation involving UFOs and synchronicity: here, we have the nub of The Wider Dream. Not many people take the trouble to record their dreams or to become so aware, or mindful, in everyday life that they can relate their dreams to events. This is an invaluable study of synchronicity and the nature of Oneness for this reason alone. Whilst an interpretation in terms of UFOs is an easy target for derision, sightings have been reported by various individuals of different nations for many centuries, even if it is difficult for those who have no personal and direct evidence to believe in them. The same can be said of any channelled information, but support from earthly events validates much that purports to originate from Spirit.
The chapter also includes a meaningful description of Lawrence LeShan’s Four Modes of Being (Alternate Realities: The search for the full human being: Ballantine Books). According to LeShan, the well-rounded human being needs to function in four modes of being – sensory (using the rational mind), clairvoyant (using the subconscious or spiritual mind), transpsychic (using telepathy or empathy to communicate across space or time) and mythical (using myths to interpret other-worldly realities); these modes are I think crucial in understanding the author’s profound experiences.
There is a particularly useful final part, Drawing The Threads Together, that summarizes to what extent we can attribute synchronistic events to science (usually quantum science) and to what extent they can be interpreted as having some other-worldly pantheistic spiritual origin. The book concludes with Notes and an Index.