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[A recording of our last  two conversations with Stephen
Follow in the book:
S. 139, May 31, 1980 p.223
S. 140, May 3, 1993, p.226

Clarity improves after first couple of minutes
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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. [ listen to its sound ....
Read Wikipedia on the Carnyx and Celtic music. 
.] 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 indeed 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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More about this book:

He turns our normal thinking on its head, seeing all things from the point of view of  the universal world of spirit.

Stephen spoke a little in the language he used 2000 years ago, the form of Koiné Greek spoken in Macedonia and Thrace.

Cocks' linguistic detective work covered twenty years, and it has been checked by two classical Greek scholars. They agree that the words are genuinely of that time and place, and that there is valid reasoning about these words. What the Greek scholars wrote, in detail. 

(The detective work seems to show that Stephen's parents were born in Thrace, and although Jews, they saw themselves as Celts; that Stephen was born in Ancyra (modern Ankara) in Galatia, and in his early teens, was to be initiated as an Essene in Judaea. From this background he preached the gospel of Jesus. He was neither identified with the Jerusalem church, nor with St. Paul.)
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Associated with the Stephen experience was much meaningful coincidence, or synchronicity. Read about some fascinating examples of this in  a sequel to   Afterlife Teaching, namely
Into the Wider Dream.
Product Details
This book surveys in detail what theoretical physicists and psychologists have written about synchronicity   or meaningful coincidence. In addition, there is an account of an extended series of personal meaningful coincidences.] 

Read important reviews from scholars who were involved in these experiences.
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More Reviews of Afterlife Teaching.. :-

A must read for the spiritual seeker  Roy L. Hill


Wisdom teaching that serves as an inspirational moral guide
Dr. H. A. Jones

Clarity about difficult issues from a gentle and wise being  Elene Gusch

There is justification to consider St Stephen’s teachings an important valid adjunct and modern update to Biblical teachings
Bruce Scott-Hill


A good example of the genre Nate Cull

Unusually different from  other metaphysical books MLouise
Afterlife Teaching from
Stephen the Martyr
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Conversations about the Spiritual Life

Michael Cocks
[A thoroughly revised and improved version of "The Stephen Experience"]
Published by White Crow Books 2011, 322 pages

'Available from Amazon.com;   read reviews there.
[But one can order through Amazon.co.uk and Amazon com.au and good online book stores.']
[9 five-star reviews]

About this book:
  • The book records seven years of conversations with St. Stephen the Martyr between 1974-80, Thomas Ashman  being the channel.
  • Stephen's teaching is in line with that of St. John  and the Sermon on the Mount,  the Perennial Philosophy, the Stoics, and with the thinking of some leading modern theoretical physicists.  His teaching is very much in line with modern Franciscan  theology.
  • Stephen focuses so much on Christianity's heart, that Evangelicals, Charismatics, Catholics, and Liberal Christians alike, could accept his spiritual guidance, and be led ever deeper in life in Christ.
  •  This Christ, while revealed in organised religion, is in all, through all, and above all.
  •   Many kinds of  internal evidence, and the very spirituality have led some linguists, scientists, theologians, and philosophers to affirm that the teaching is genuinely Stephen's.
  • That he made himself known, and taught, in itself speaks volumes about the resurrection, and the reality of life in Spirit.
  •  His teaching relates to the main themes of Christianity: the Fall, the Cross, the Atonement, Salvation, Life in Christ, the Communion of Saints, Grace, Holy Spirit, Guidance, and Love. He teaches from the point of view of Spirit. His theology is close to that of St John. Yet Christ is universal, and not confined to Christianity.
Some reviews:
TymnMichael Tymn  "Interesting, Informative, Inspirational, Intriguing"
"Stephen told of his early life in Ancyra, now modern Turkey, mentioning that his actual name was "Stenen" and that he was 14 years old when Jesus was crucified. He stated that his death by stoning is reported "quite accurately" in the Bible, but stressed that he was not communicating to tell about his life but rather to help them understand their own lives. On several occasions, Christ spoke through Thomas. "The task of your servant Stephen is that of a messenger and he speaks with great authority," was one such early communication from Christ."  Read the full review

 Wendy Zammit "The core message of Christianity presented in a powerful way"
What would you do if you were a Christian minster with a Master's in theology from Oxford and you had the chance to speak face to face with one of the early Christian saints through a deep trance medium?  Read the full review

The Rt Rev. Edward Holland
Formerly Asst Bishop of Europe, and then Bishop of Colchester

"– 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 impossibleWhat 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!' " Aug. 2004

    
The former Bishop of Christchurch N.Z., the Rt. Rev. Dr David Coles :
"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."
carnyx[See to the left:  The Carnyx war trumpet

The late 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.]

Dr John Moss scientist, and lifelong student of communicators like Stephen, writes about St. Stephen,  “St. Stephen is a mystic and a philosopher.. His viewpoint is from that of the Whole, the One, the eternal order.”   

Prof. Richard Cocks, teaching philosophy at Le Moyne Catholic Univ. Syracuse NY, and Oswego State Univ. NY. writes" "Probably the most compelling aspect of this book  is  the warmth of his personality, his consistently loving attitude, and hte gentle humour that pervades what he says."

Leslie Price, founder of The Christian Parapsychologist., writes: “Biblical characters have a long history among the psychic pioneers, notably in a group around Stainton Moses and in the Scripts of Cleophas written by Geraldine Cummins. But the unusual feature of the present case is xenoglossy, (speaking in a foreign language.) ‘Twice,’ Cocks recalls, ‘Stephen spoke a little in the language he used 2000 years ago, the form of Greek spoken in Macedonia and Thrace.’ The book traces the attempts to understand this. Cocks comes from a line of priests, and has a background in both philosophy and theology, and in Liberal Christianity.” 

About the Author

Michael Cocks, fourth generation Anglican priest in Christchurch, New Zealand, has honours degrees in philosophy in NZ and theology at Oxford. Perhaps influenced by his father, whose thought focused strongly on the great Christian mystics, Teihard de Chardin, Baron von Hügel, Simone Weil, an important theme of his childhood was the thought of the psychic as a means of demonstrating the reality of the spiritual. His father was influential, and so was a great aunt who was much read in the writings of Emmanual Swedenborg. He studied for the ministry at Ripon Hall, Oxford, and in vacation time lived with a leader of English Modernism, Dr Henry D.A.Major. He was ordained in 1953. Twenty years later he became increasing gripped by the urge to penetrate what seemed to him to be a veil between physical and spiritual. This culminated in his surrendering at a much deeper level to Christ. Michael began to be actively "psychic", with precognitive dreams, clairvoyant experiences, and being guided by direction to passages in books that he had not read. The first example, after his surrender, was when he attended a performance of chamber music. He found himself envying the musicians, and scolded himself for thus spoiling a spiritual experience. When he returned home, an inner voice directed him to find a dusty book under a bookcase, and to read a certain page. It was Gray's Ode for Music, which spoke of not spoiling a spiritual experience by envying the musicians. Thus Michael had demonstrated for him, that there was a level of mind, beyond the brain. In 1973 a number of prophecies were delivered to him from a stranger, via a mutual friend. On that day on the other side of the world in England, Stephen first spoke through Thomas Ashman, then an agnostic Jew. Olive his wife taperecorded Stephen's words, and began to converse with Stephen through her husband, who was usually deeply in trance, and not conscious.