Afterlife Teaching from Stephen the Martyr

Afterlife Teaching from Stephen the Martyr : Conversations About the Spiritual Life

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Early in 1974, a small group of religious friends began gathering periodically at the modest home of Thomas and Olive Ashman in Christchurch, New Zealand. "We would reverently pray for protection, and be silent," says the Rev. Michael Cocks, an Anglican priest from Christchurch. "Tom would sit upright in a chair, relaxed. After two or three minutes he would begin to pale and to breathe deeply. Then his body would give a slight jerk as the communicator who identified himself as the biblical figure, Stephen the Martyr, seemed to take over."This 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. It is close to modern Franciscan teaching.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 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.More information can be found at www.thegroundoffaith.net/stephenshow more

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  • Paperback | 322 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 26mm | 459.99g
  • White Crow Books Ltd
  • Guildford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1907661921
  • 9781907661921
  • 511,762

About Michael Cocks

All my forebears were early immigrants into Canterbury, New Zealand, between 1840-60, one a Scottish farmer, another a German businessman, another an owner of a stock and station firm, another, great-grandfather Bromley Cocks, was an early Anglican clergyman. My grandfather John, my father Maurice and I, have also been devout but open-minded parish clergy. (The last five years of my ministry were as British Chaplain in Gothenburg, Sweden.) Three generations of us have honours degrees in philosophy, my father and I belonged to the UK Modern Churchman's Union, and have been interested in the mystics of all religions. I read theology at Oxford, at St Catherine's, and at Ripon Hall, a Modernist theological college, and in vacation time, lived with its former principal, Canon Dr H D A Major and his wife Mary. An incident in 1932 may have started my intense interest in the psychic: a pine plantation around our vicarage at Mount Somers caught fire. One of those helping to fight the fire, died. At the height of the fire my grandmother in Christchurch, a hundred miles away, put in a toll call to ask what the trouble was. For whatever reason, throughout my childhood, adolescence and as a young man, I was obsessed by the belief that psychical research was the way to prove the reality of Spirit. I was aided and abetted by a great-aunt whose guiding light was the work of Emmanuel Swedenborg. In 1973 I was the Anglican vicar of a parish in Christchurch, New Zealand, when one day an acquaintance knocked on the door. She had come down from the North Island partly to deliver to me a hand-written book of prophecies, the product of a woman unknown to me who once had belonged to the Plymouth Brethren. There were about a hundred pages of these prophecies, largely based on the Book of Revelation, casting me in the role of one of the Two Witnesses in Chapter 11 of the book. She had plainly taken immense pains with her prophecies and my acquaintance had incurred the loss of time and money to bring them to me. I hope that I received the gift graciously and acknowledged the caring and depth of belief which prompted it. All the same I could not regard it as other than the product of irrationality. And yet, on the other hand, I found out later that the gift was almost simultaneous with Stephen the Martyr's first words to my friend Olive Ashman, through her husband, Thomas, who, although not previously aware of his mediumistic abilities, was in trance. They were living at the time in Sevenoaks, Kent. Three months later, the strangest circumstances were to have me talking with Stephen in New Zealand. In the meantime the Ashmans had come to live in Christchurch and I had met Olive in a psychic library that I on a whim had visited. She talked to me about Stephen and I was interested to find out more. When I eventually learned that Stephen and the prophecies had come together in time, and had reflected on how I had come to talk with him myself, multidimensional reality appeared more and more strange, for many of those weird prophecies had close parallels with Stephen's teachings. A private group with varying membership, meeting almost 200 times over a period of eight years, asked him many questions, some of which can be read in Afterlife teaching from Stephen the Martyr. Concurrent with these conversations, were complicated and overwhelming synchronicities, which seemed to underline and reinforce what Stephen was saying. The whole Stephen experience brought many of us to view reality in a very different way, and indeed from the point of view of the mystics. Of course, the Stephen experience has only intensified my interest in psychic research, and research into the nature of the reality to which the world's great religions point. For the past eight years I have been editor of an e-journal, The Ground of Faith: www.thegroundoffaith.net . Every two months I republish articles from the Academy of Spirituality and Paranormal Studies, Inc. including articles from Michael Tymn; also from The Christian Parapsychologist, Victor Zammit's weekly newsletter, and from many other sources. To subscribe, and be notified when the next issue is uploaded write to editor@thegroundoffaith.net .show more

Table of contents

Introduction Author's Preface . Stephen, the first Christian Martyr . The beginning of the St. Stephen experience . How did Stephen make himself known to us? . What does the New Testament of the Bible have to say about St Stephen? Part One Exploring the teaching of Stephen Chapter . Why we are on Earth . Stephen talks about the whole purpose of our life on Earth . God seen as the Surgeon operating on us while we live our "unconscious" lives on earth. . The necessity for physical lives . Gazing at our image in the pool . What is the role of the Physical? . Stephen as an extension . The Father has laid down a course that you will follow. And I say this to you: Think more of the course that All are to follow. For the plan is greater than you and I . God's will and our will . Concept of how God operates using Man's Free will . Knowing and Knowledge . Science, Facts, Akashic Records . What is truth? . Recognizing the truth . Confirm truth - test untruth Chapter . Jesus Christ .That they all may be one . There never was a time when our Lord Jesus was not the Christ, nor any of the imaged creation of the Father not the Christ . The Image: What we search for then must be the wider perception of the Source so that we might image . Do we experience Jesus more when we die? . Second Coming of our Lord . More than a great teacher . I am the Door . Jesus Christ - His life and His teachings . Jesus our Saviour . "How is growth towards one Consciousness best achieved? . Stephen's Prayer . Salvation . Let this cup pass from me . The twenty-third psalm Chapter . The "Fall" and the "Atonement" . Discussion . Stephen's version of the Fall and the Atonement . Stephen tells this parable about the atoning death and resurrection of Jesus . The story of the camel in the desert Chapter . Sin, Evil and Judging . Sin and Stagnation . Nature, red in tooth and claw . Evil, Devil . Judging . More about Judging . Sheep and the Goats Chapter . The Afterlife . Our passing over . Science and the afterlife . Resurrection of the body Chapter . The Cell, the Soul and "Reincarnation" . Discussion: Leslie Weatherhead on "Reincarnation" . The Continuous Self and "Reincarnation" . "Christian" being the name that defines the pursuit of what is Christ . I am called by an unwelcome name . More about that unwelcome name . Stephen on Essenes now . Stephen reminds us not to see our incarnations too concretely . Being reincarnate a thousandfold . On being realistic . Experiences are like ripples on a lake . Previous lives - Reincarnation Chapter . The Trinity - Source, Soul and the Created . The Trinity . Trinity: Spirit, Soul and the Created . The Godhead . God, the paint and the picture . The Void . The Seven Bodies . Healing Chapter . Is there development in the realm of Spirit? . Is there development in the realm of Spirit? . God the Babe . Love and Faith . Against those who teach a wrathful God . The sacrilege of suggesting that God is not Love . Paying our debts with love . Love . Love that is the flood Chapter . Other Questions and Answers . Abortion . Ethics of Abortion . Astrology . Authors of the Apocalypse and John's Gospel . Who wrote John's Gospel . Creations of the mind . The Flea and the Ass . The furthest sun is closer to you than your tongue . Healing . Activation of healing through prayer . A heavenly game with pawns . What about the Mission of the Church? . Offering our gifts . The point of unfolding . Prayer . Prophecy . Sacrifice . Sanity . Spiritual discipline . The Virgin Birth Chapter . Intuitional Receiving - Guidance . The process of receiving spiritual guidance . A very strange episode . Spiritual and physical, like two legs operating jointly . Michael's first encounter with Stephen . Contradictions . Whether I was hearing from God or from Stephen . When the sheep are scattered in the field and the darkness and the night-time come . In the dimensions in which Stephen dwells how does one come by knowledge? . Jeremy's receiving . Universal theology underlying all religions . "If your choice be wise, you will indeed see the fire from my eyes." . Christ speaks: The two witnesses of Love and Sacrifice; the main teachings are simple . What do we mean by the term "Receiving?" . Stephen talks of Receiving in simple language . Ways of receiving knowledge or recovering our memories . Trance Receiving . Why has trance been used to communicate with us? . Strange parallel coincidences . Questions about receiving . "Each moment is a gift of the Father." . The gates - can only be opened by perception . Receiving of Jeremy . A little about the way Spirit was operating in our group . How is receiving to be distinguished from Guidance by the Holy Spirit as spoken of by the Church? . Baptism of the Holy Spirit . Receivings about earthly destruction in the near future . On not coming to conclusions . "Knowing" and "learning" things Part Two Th e Five Fives puzzle. . What happened at Berlins . Gestalten . The Five Fives puzzle . Commentary . The UFO theme Part Three Actually partaking of the banquet. . Actually partaking in the banquet . Anxiety . We were wondering whether you would talk on what we term "I" . Viewing things from the Spiritual . The Image of the Pen and Paper . Praying for the Water . The Second Coming . Peaks and Valleys . Not feeling in tune with other Christians . The rings . Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit . Eternal Life . A healing - Wish to be at home with God - The Millennium - Not just a few saved - Eternal Life . Christ is not in us; we are in Him . The conversations with Stephen end . Brief reunion Part Four Discoveries about Stephen's early life. Chapter . Stephen, the Essenes and the Dead Sea Scrolls . After the wedding breakfast Stephen sets his Greek puzzle . This is what Stephen's words mean and imply . Discussing this Greek Puzzle with Stephen . Stephen's own moving words about his childhood and youth . Stephen's Awareness : Stephen's Awareness . On his language . More on his martyrdom . Christ speaks about Stephen . Celts and Jews in Galatia . So then, how was it that the Celts came to Th race and then to Galatia? . Stephen in Ancyra . One day Thomas consciously attuned his mind to Stephen and attempted to intuit more of his history . A cross-correspondence with "Stephen" . The possibility that Stephen and his parents came to Judaea because they were sympathisers with the Essenes . Joseph and Mary as Essenes . The Essenes in general . Putting detail into our picture . The Essenes' expectation of a Messiah with their Messianic Feast (like a Communion service) . Stephen as a novice and his acceptance as an Essene . We can now try another translation . The village community that Stephen would have joined . Why were Stephen's words so memorable? Chapter . Stephen's Ministry and Martyrdom . Stephen's Greek fits one situation only: that of his pending reception as a full member of an Essene community . What St. Luke has to say about Stephen . Thomas Ashman's Intuitions about Stephen's life and ministry discussed with Stephen . Stephen on his martyrdom . Chapter . Additional Articles . How much can we rely on the historical accuracy of The Acts of the Apostles? . Scholars' thoughts on Stephen as an Essene . How it may have been for the Holy Family Part Five Some essays about the Stephen experience. . The Testimony of the Perennial Philosophy . Definition of Synchronicity . What some Quantum Mechanics theorists suggest . Quotations from a summary of Bohm's Gnosis by Beatrix Morrell . St. Stephen and Philosophy - Prof. Richard M. Cocks Ph.D . Further study of Stephen's Greek in Part Four and how much does it prove? . Acknowledgements . Bibliography Endnotesshow more

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