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(many interesting articles.)
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Parnia on NDEs, broadcast over Radio New Zealand
Jenn: The Search for Life After Death
to recent podcasts
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Those who accepted
the implications of QM became clear that we have an
eternal causal world of spirit, ("In
the beginning was the Word" John 1.1) from which
all in the
is derived. The so-called physical could be said to be "dreamed"
the spiritual. The universe is a "Great Thought" rather than a
"Great Machine". Nobel Prize winning QM physicists write books on
synchronicity, mysticism, meditation and general spirituality.
unaware of the powerful research instrument that QM
mathematics presents, Progressive Christians declare that the
physical world is all we have, and is the result of blind chance. Their
praiseworthy objectives suggest otherwise.
believe that it is urgent for Christians to try to
understand the implications of Quantum Mechanics (QM),that part of
physics that explores the ultimate nature of things.
Planck, who developed this branch of science in 1905, saw that it
implied that the universe was no mere mechanical affair, with
interactions being governed by chance, but a phenomenon of spirit,
mind and consciousness. Mind, not matter was the basis of
reality. Many scientists were involved in the developent of QM
mathematics, which was found to be absolutely reliable in many branches
of investigation. But not all scientists felt able to abandon the old
machine universe idea. They had to agree that the mathematics could
not be challenged, But they felt that they could not accept the
spiritual implications. In a conference in Copenhagen in 1932,
these dissenting scientists called their decision the "Shut up and
calculate!" option. Such physicists are still with us.
ths and more is spelled out in the next item, The Physics of God, which I
strongly recommend. I am
visually impaired, so I listened to the audio book verson. Caution:
I could not play the CD on
normal players. It only worked on our DVD player.
I need to correct a possible misapprehension about the word
Physics as it is used here. God is Spirit, in whom we live and move and
have our being. We see God both in the Causal world, heaven, and
in the caused, the material world. The material world is seen to
be dreamlike, when it is altered by miracles, and creative
Physics of God : Unifying Quantum Physics, Consciousness, M-Theory,
Heaven, Neuroscience and Transcendence
By (author) Joseph Selbie , Foreword by Amit Goswami
Setting aside the pervasive material bias of science and lifting the
obscuring fog of religious sectarianism reveals a surprisingly clear
unity of science and religion. The explanations of transcendent
phenomena given by saints, sages, and near-death
experiencers--miracles, immortality, heaven, God, and transcendent
awareness--are fully congruent with scientific discoveries in the
fields of relativity, quantum physics, medicine, M-theory,
neuroscience, and quantum biology.
The Physics of God describes the intersections of science and religion
with colorful, easy-to-understand metaphors, making abstruse subjects
within both science and religion easily accessible to the layman--no
math, no dogma. This intriguing book:
Pulls back the curtain on the light-show illusion we call matter.
Connects string theory's hidden brane worlds to religion's transcendent
Reveals the scientific secret of life and immortality: quantum
biology's startling discovery that the human body is continuously
Demonstrates the miracle-making power of our minds to effect
instantaneous physiological changes.
Explains how the intelligent observer effect confirms our high
Compelling and concise, The Physics of God will make you believe in the
unity of science and religion and eager to experience the personal
transcendence that is the promise of both.
Alastair Bruce Scott-Hill, who for many years designed Telecom New
Zealand telephone exchanges and computer systems, has had a number of
experiences which sparked him to explore the science behind his
experiences. In 2015 he published a book entitled "The Paranormal is
Normal" for which he was awarded the winning 2016 National New Zealand
Ashton-Wylie Book Award.
Readers comment on the tight reasoning and rigorous scientific methods
in making his case.
I urge you to click the picture below where you can find a treasure
trove of stimulating articles in his website.
A review from Alastair Bruce Scott-Hill of Michael Cocks' book "Afterlife Teachings from Stephen the Martyr"
Professor of Ethnobiology: “I was converted to Christianity by
Science alone can't save the planet, according to Oxford ethnobiologist
and ordained Anglican minister Andy Gosler.
Conservation requires more connection and understanding amongst people
of different beliefs and cultures, he says.
A 40 minute talk from Peter Russell (of the Institute of Noetic Sciences) on Consciousness, Non-Duality and the Self.
Articles by the Editor, Michael Cocks
Co-Editor, Michael Tymn, find below)
The Cloud of Unknowing and Carl
Jung’s Collective Unconscious
Posted on 30 August 2019, 15:33
The Bible story
Perhaps you remember the story from the Gospel of Matthew, where Jesus
takes Peter, James and John up a high mountain. At the peak they see
him transfigured as he truly is spiritually, shining white. With him
were Moses and Elijah. Then a “bright cloud covered…
THE CLOUD OF
UNKNOWING — Meditation
Posted on 14 May 2019, 12:01
This anonymous work of Mysticism was written in the 1300s continues to
inspire many until the present day. A South Korean video
introduces it well:
THE CLOUD OF UNKNOWING
You have to read this book with your heart.
Being smart or well educated…
Articles by Michael
specialises in writing case histories, past and present, of
interactions with the world of spirit. Michael has a wide and
at White Crow Books
at White Crow Books
the Eiffel Tower is Like the Spirit World
Posted on 16 September 2019, 9:48
"Why can't a medium find out what happened to Flight 370?"
That was the question asked not long ago by a reader of one of my
books. He was referring to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which
disappeared somewhere over the Indian Ocean on March 8, 2014 with 227
passengers and 12 crew members presumed…
the Death of a Parent to a Child
Posted on 02 September 2019, 8:56
When my friend Dave was asked by his nine-year-old granddaughter what
happens to us when we die, he struggled and stumbled in his response,
realizing that it required an answer that went beyond the trite, "we go
to heaven and live with the angels."
Fortunately, Dave's daughter came to his rescue…
Truth over Fact and Holey Jeans
Posted on 19 August 2019, 8:33
When, during a recent presidential campaign speech, former American
vice-president Joe Biden said that he chooses "truth over facts," it
was assumed that he blundered and meant to say that he chooses "fact
over fiction." I’m not so sure it was a gaffe.
Horses that Defied Science
Posted on 05 August 2019, 8:08
There have been many stories of very intelligent and otherwise gifted
animals over the years, but I've not heard of any more mind-boggling
than that of the Elberfeld horses (below) of Germany (then Central
Prussia). As the well-documented story goes, these horses could figure
out square roots, cube…
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the Celtic war trumpet
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
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
|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
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
"– 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
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
but something which contributes to this experience of being part of
. . . . .
"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
Stephen confirms for me is that it is an entirely natural event,
which if only they believed should surprise no one.
Metropolitan Anthony Bloom, the great Russian Orthodox leader in
this country who died a year or so ago said - I paraphrase
'How strange to believe that life can die and not
believe that life can live!' "
|Prof. Emerit. Mary Carman
“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]