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Inspiration from another world  ..  January  2018  

                                                                                                NOTE !  We invite theolog ical and meditational contributions, for possible publication in  THE GROUND OF FAITH.  It is the hope of those producing this journal that preachers and teachers should have in mind the ever widening understanding of Spirit in their thoughts and communications                                                                                    

Editor: The Rev. Michael Cocks

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Articles by the Editor, Michael Cocks

"The Sheep and the Goats" Afterlife

Michael: My questions relate to Trust [in life, in God]. Asa matter of fact I think I am trusting more than  I used to. I am less worried and am happier. But I am concerned about the theme going through the NewTestament, themes of the Sheep and the Goats [Matt25:32]; those in the fields, where one is taken and the other is left [Matt 24:40], where one is consigned to the fire of Gehenna Matt 10:28]; “Fear him who is able to destroy both body and soul in Gehenna”, “furnace of fire[Matt 13:42,50” “lake of fire” [Rev 19:20, 20:10, 14, 15],all of which I am not too sure about..  Stephen's helpful answer

Evil, Devil, Judging

Stephen: Michael, may I, before your questions, answer the question that you would have asked concerning evil, sin and other things which may trouble you from time to time. There is evil, unfortunately, and to tell what is evil is simplicity itself: anything that would put a barrier between yourself and your Lord, your God, is evil. This is evil in the true sense. Temptation to do a thing that you would wish not to do must be evil.  Read on
To be “Christian” is to participate in One Indivisble Whole

 [If it were possible to perceive souls as entities, separate from each other, then Stephen here would be talking about reincarnation as commonly understood. But since there is no such separation, Stephen’s teaching is more about the Communion of Saints, the unity of living and the so-called dead and with the Whole.- Reality is non-dual]. Read on

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Posted on 11 December 2017, 14:06

Do bear with me, if you have read this story before.  I’m not trying to prove anything, I’m thinking about ambiguity and levels of understanding of communications from Spirit.

It was the day that Tom and Olive Ashman got married.  Tom was the channel or medium through whom the spirit of St Stephen the Martyr spoke over a period of more than seven years. After the marriage ceremony there was a party.  Wine was consumed but not in excess, (so far as I remember) and a little two year old boy was granted a sip.

Read on

   "On the Feast of Stephen"

posted on 26 December 2017, 12:19

On Boxing Day we also celebrate St Stephen’s Day.  Later Stephen talks to us personally and movingly about his martyrdom But first we hear the story as it is told tous in the Book of the Acts of the Apostles 

Read how Stephen spoke of his stoning

Hyacinth Österlin in Vienna is in synchronicity  with this

Hyacinth, a Jamaican, married to lawyer Bengt  Osterlin, was a much loved member of the Anglican church in Gothenburg  Sweden, when I was Britich chaplain there. Some time after the death of her husband, She moved to Vienna, to be near her brother, who was editing a Gernan language sports journal there.]

In the picture  we see Hyacinth, with permission of the Catholic Archbishop, holding a reliquary containing a supposed fragment of the skull of the martyred  Stephen.
She  is standing in St Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna. She also sends  a video, showing the cathedral from outside, while the Pummerin  bell of the cathedral is tolling

[The Pummerin sounds on only a few special occasions such as high Catholic holidays such as Easter, Pentecost, Feast of Corpus Christi, Christmas Eve, and St. Stephen's Day (High Patron of the Church - Dec 26th); state funerals, and at the beginning of the New Year,]Wikipedia

This is her story of what happened

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View the following videos and be amazed!  She has been compared to the young Mozart.   There  is to be a performance of her first opera "Cinderella" in Vienna.
There are many of her works to be found on You Tube, which will repay finding and enjoying.   She says inspiration comes when she is not thinking, and when she swings her skipping rope around her.  
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Can we doubt that she is inspired from another world?
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"I  saw the quote below by a German quantum physicist named Hans-Peter Durr and I tried to verify it. I didn’t succeed (he probably said it in German), but I did find this 14 minute interview and it’s very interesting so I thought I’d share it with you.

Whenever I am giving a lecture on quantum physics, I feel as if I am talking about Vedas. I studied matter for 35 years only to find that it does not exist.  ~ Hans Peter Durr, German Quantum and Nuclear Physicist. Exactly what Adi Shankara said 1200 years ago.. " All that you see does not exist”

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Alastair Bruce Scott-Hill, author of the prize-winning science book, “The Paranormal is Normal”, The Science Validation of Reincarnation, Your Immortality and The Paranormal”.  



 The author, Alastair Bruce Scott-Hill writes:

Michael, I thought you would be interested in my just finished reincarnational research comparability analysis paper below, it compares extracts taken from five high quality different afterlife sourced books. They all say virtually the same thing on a fascinating, but quite complex topic – namely we all end up with “multiple personalities” which together add to our whole self – but each chosen by us before each reincarnation. This unexpected close agreement demonstrably strongly assists in itself - validation of reincarnation and our afterlife. But also your St. Stephen book, which was included in the survey”

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 crawford Dr. William J. Crawford discusses his mediumship research by Michael Tymn: In 1914, Dr. William J. Crawford, a lecturer in mechanical engineering at Queen’s University of Belfast, Ireland, began investigating the mediumship of 16-year-old Kathleen Goligher (below). The phenomena… Read more
 kathleen_2.jpg Interview with Dr. William J. Crawford – Part II by Michael Tymn: Between 1914 and 1917, William J. Crawford, D.Sc., studied the mediumship of Kathleen Goligher, a Belfast, Ireland medium. He reported on his findings in four separate books. This is the second part of… Read more
 anabela An Interview with EVP researcher, Dr. Anabela Cardoso

Posted on 04 December 2017, 9:38

“The electronic voices received through ITC tell us that they originate ‘in another dimension beyond time, a world where the dead also live’,” Dr. Anabela Cardoso (below) states in the Introduction of her latest book, Electronic Contact with the Dead:  What do the Voices tell us?

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Epistemology became a major topic for analytic philosophers because they trace their intellectual origins to Descartes and the British empiricists. Descartes dismantles the foundations of his beliefs and then tries to rebuild them on certain grounds. Having used the method of doubt to tear everything down, including even mathematics, he finds irrefutable evidence of the existence of his own mind and then tries to prove that the “external world” exists.   Read the article

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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.
The former Bishop of Christchurch N.Z., the Rt. Rev. Dr David Coles writes:

"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]