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Public Parapsychology


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Sam Parnia on NDEs, broadcast over Radio New Zealand




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Belonging to God:  June  2017 
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Editor:The Rev. Michael Cocks
Advisory Editor
:  Michael Tymn
                                                                                                         
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Articles by the Editor,
Michael Cocks:

God’s Will – Our Will

Olive, a member of the group questioning the spirit of Stephen the Martyr [see February issue of The Ground of Faith] was unhappy about a forthcoming move to another town, owing to her husband's work promotion.

Olive: “Is it the Father's will that we should move?”  Read more

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The Voice of Christ and the 33 000 sects of Christianity

Image result for sectarianismTheologians and philosophers sometimes produce long and complex arguments when they attempt to prove something to be true. The 33,000 sects of Christianity show the fruits of all this. Stephen will have none of such arguments.
In the previous blog Stephen says, . [The truth is that] we are here alive, able to move, communicate and reproduce. This is truth. The sun shines daily over all the earth. This is truth. The rain brings us the essential water for the growth of plants. This is truth and cannot be denied. Truth is a fond embrace, love, compassion, the wanting of good for all people, the healing of the sick in mind and body… one could go on and on.  Read on....

Nate Cull  comments on this blog


What is the role of thePhysical, as opposed to the Spitiual? 

  In those conversations in the 1970's with the spirit of Stephen the Martyr, he answered that question with the words that follow:  In answer to the question above about the role of the physical, 

Stephen: It was created in the image of the Father as an… Read more

 Science, Facts, Akashic Records.

In our conversations with the spirit of Stephen the
Martyr
, Olive asked: Can you explain in a way that a scientifically minded person can understand how the spirit survives death?

Stephen: The facts are there, if one would wish to see.
The fact that [a person]…Read more

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Stephen the Martyr asks,
What is truth? 

    Stephen. [The truth is that] we are here alive, able to move, communicate and reproduce. This is truth. The sun shines daily over all the earth. This is truth. The rain brings us the essential water for the growth of plants. This is truth and cannot be denied. Truth is a fond embrace, love, compassion, the wanting of good for all people, the healing of the sick in mind and body; one could go on and on. Read on

Richard Rohr:  Universal Dignity in a Debauched Empire :T

THE APOSTLE PAUL
Monday, May 15, 2017
 

St. Paul in Prison (detail), 1627, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany.

Paul offers a theological and ontological foundation for human dignity and human flourishing that is inherent, universal, and indestructible by any evaluation of race, religion, gender, sexuality, nationality, class, education, or social position. He brings a deep new sense of the dignity of every human person, which of course is a social and political revolution and reveals the power of healthy religion. This is unheard of in history up to then and unrealized even now!
 Read more of this meditation by Richard Rohr


In June, the editor attended the Academy's conference at Chapel Hill, N Carolina.

 Highlights included an address by Dr Will Keepin on his book:

 BELONGING TO GOD:
Spirituality, Science, and a Universal Path of Divine Love.  by William Keepin

  "A breathtaking exploration of divine love  across religions, illuminated equally by modern science and ancient
wisdom."


"There is a profound need today for people to understand how the religious 
relate to one another, what they have in common, and how their remarkable differences are dwarfed by their even more remarkable common ground.... The transformative path of divine love is the greatness of each of these traditions, and it is their entire purpose in the first place: to transform the human being into a living instrument of divine love and will."
[from the Introduction]

Combining decades of Eastern and Western contemplative practice with scientific research, William Keepin, PhD, offers a way forward for anyone who yearns for an inclusive spirituality that can encompass both deep intellectual inquiry and devotional abandon of the heart.

In-depth yet accessible, grounded yet uplifting, this journey across faith traditions illuminates commonalities in the scriptures, writings of key mystics and core practices of Christianity, Islam and Hinduism, and draws on the wisdom of other traditions as well. It will inspire seekers of all faiths interested in the path of love that bridges world religions, as well as believers who are eager to learn how their particular faith intersects with other religions at the deepest level.
 
The Editor recommends this excellent video

Three other speakers were Alan Hughenot and Dr Gary Shwatz and his wife Shirley Schwartz
 

"Alan HugenotWe shall shortly be texting our deceased grandparents"\
 
        Alan Hughenot
    What is it that the Buddhists and the Physicists have both discovered? They did not do this as a joint effort. The physicists studied quantum electro-dynamics, trying to comprehend quantum strangeness. The Buddhists went inside to their personal psyche, yet they both found the same thing. And that is The Universe is conscious and can not be separated from our subjective awareness. Instead of an objective reality existing out there,we each perceive the universe within a perceptual subjective framework, which apparently we also participate in creating. Literally, what you choose to see is what manifests for you … I usually say this as “What you, see is what you get.” But, how does focused intent of our subjective perception modify the universe?  
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 Dr Gary Schwatz            Developing the Soul Phone




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Author-Publisher Tells of Unexplained Transformation

In his recently released book, A Dog’s View of Love, Life, and Death,
Jon Beecher, (below) who uses the pen name J. R. Archer,…

In his recently released book, A Dog’s View of Love, Life, and Death, Jon Beecher, (below) who uses the pen name J. R. Archer, has Rosie, an orphaned mongrel, telepathically explain to Seamus McGarry, a dying quadriplegic, that he has nothing to worry about, that death is just consciousness separating from the body.  When Seamus telepathically asks Rosie how she, being just a dog, can know so much, Rosie tells him that she comes from a higher vibration and that her primary purpose is to provide service.  

While Seamus struggles with just existing and dying, millionaire William Roper’s struggle is in becoming “one with his toys.”  That is, until a homeless man and a mongrel named Rags comes into his life. 
Dolores Fannon, a recovering alcoholic, copes with everyday trials and tribulations, while Milo McGarry, having been sober for more than 20 years, is struggling to keep the dog shelter he works at from closure. The shelter, being the venue that brings dogs together, also provides the opportunity for the dogs to help unwitting humans in need. 

Seemingly common to the various characters in Beecher’s book is an existential vacuum, a feeling of emptiness, meaninglessness, and hopelessness that pervades so many immersed in the mundane and slaves to materialism.\

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 "shroudThe Shroud of Turin:  Beyond Science?

 While watching the History Channel’s Easter special on the Shroud of Turin (The Face of Jesus Uncovered?), I was in awe of the capabilities of science and computer technology; however, I was also reminded of their limitations.  The scientists studying the shroud (below) concluded that…  Read more


Convincing Deathbed Phenomena

 The night before my 87-year-old mother died, she couldn’t stop talking. Outside of a few unintelligible mumbles, she had said nothing before that during her five-day visit.  While seemingly asleep, she jabbered away through her last night in this realm. Because of her slurred speech resulting…Read more

 Why the Vanishing Phenomena?

 “So why don’t we hear about that type of mediumship today?”  That question has been put to me many times over the years by people who have read my books, journal essays, magazine articles, or this blog.  The reference is to various types of mediumship that seem to have been more prevalent…Read more


charlesNobel Prize Winner Witnessed Materializations

 Winner of the 1913 Nobel Prize in Medicine, Dr. Charles Richet (1850-1935) was a physiologist, chemist, bacteriologist, pathologist, psychologist, aviation pioneer, poet, novelist, editor, author, and psychical researcher.  After receiving his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1869 and his Doctor…Read more

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Afterlife Research and Education Institute
A nonprofit service organization supporting afterlife researchers, developers, educators,
and practitioners in their work.    Explore this site
 
IS THE UNIVERSE CONSCIOUS?

For centuries, modern science has been shrinking the gap between humans and the rest of the universe, from Isaac Newton showing that one set of laws applies equally to falling apples and orbiting moons to Carl Sagan intoning that “we are made of star stuff” — that the atoms of our bodies were literally forged in the nuclear furnaces of other stars.

Even in that context, Gregory Matloff’s ideas are shocking. The veteran physicist at New York City College of Technology recently published a paper arguing that humans may be like the rest of the universe in substance and in spirit. A “proto-consciousness field” could extend through all of space, he argues. Stars may be thinking entities that deliberately control their paths. Put more bluntly, the entire cosmos may be self-aware. read the whole article

 
 Image result for quantum satellite chinaChina's Quantum Sateliite in one big leap
Called Micius, the satellite is the first of its kind and was launched from the Gobi desert last August. It is all part of a push towards a new kind of internet that would be far more secure than the one we use now.
The experimental Micius, with its delicate optical equipment, continues to circle the Earth, transmitting to two mountain-top Earth bases separated by 1,200km.
The optics onboard are paramount. They're needed to distribute to the ground stations the particles, or photons, of light that can encode the "keys" to secret messages.
"I think we have started a worldwide quantum space race," says lead researcher Jian-Wei Pan, who is based in Hefei in China's Anhui Province.  Read the article

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Vien con nuova orribil guerra - Aksel Rykkvin, Barokkanerne
& Mark Bennett - January 2017

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Stephen,
the Carnyx.
the Celtic war trumpet

 

 






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if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?"

1 Cor, 14,8

On one occasion, in the kind of Greek spoken by Celts in Thrace  and in Galatia, the Martyr Stephen called himself a Celtic War Trumpet, i.e. a Celt.  He said he was born across the river from  Ancyra (modern Ankara) in a small village called Seletar. He said that the name meant the Fourth Landing Place. (That is a possible translation.)
His words make good sense, if we accept his statement, that they were spoken to Joseph the parent of Jesus who  was a leader of a camp of the Nazarene sect of Essenes in Galilee.  It looks as if Stephen had completed two years as a novice, and was about to be admitted as a full member
through participation in the Messianic Communion service.

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The former Bishop of Christchurch N.Z., the Rt. Rev. Dr David Coleswrites"

"Michael is a retired priest in this diocese and has for many years explored alternative religious experiences. The book is certainly not mainstream but for those who wish to explore "other- dimensional" spiritual experience through the eyes of an Anglican priest focusing on the Communion of Saints, it will be of considerable interest."

The Rt Rev. Edward Holland

Formerly Asst Bishop of Europe, and then Bishop of Colchester writes:

"– I have been very affected by it.   What comes to mind immediately is:   1. the sense of life after death being very close, very normal and not very intimidating;   2. Stephen’s experience of being at first after his death very tied up with his identity as Stephen but later leaving that behind and only picking it up again in order to communicate with Thomas and the others;   3. the way in which individuality becomes much less important but that nevertheless the ‘ego’ is not something to be avoided but something which contributes to this experience of being part of the whole." . . . . .
"It has to be said that most people do not really believe in God at a rational level, though probably most do at an emotional level.   This is why almost everyone fumbles over the resurrection of Jesus.   For most it's an impossible What Stephen confirms for me is that it is an entirely natural event, which if only they believed should surprise no one.   As Metropolitan Anthony Bloom, the great Russian Orthodox leader in this country who died a year or so ago said -  I paraphrase him:   'How strange to believe that life can die and not believe that life can live!' " 

    

Prof. Emerit. Mary Carman Rose
: “A wondrous book!  St Stephen is a fine spiritual director. I am grateful for the gaining of new insights into some centrally important Christian beliefs. My own gift of faith in eternal life has been given wonderful support in this volume.”    
[She was Catholic, formerly professor of philosophy at Goucher College, Towson Md., and taught in a seminary for priests. She was  former editor of The Journal of the Academy of Religion and Psychic Research.]