As I had anticipated towards the end of the short story The Myth of the Spirit, Cleverness had promised his brother that she would investigate the fate that Human MInd Inc. reserved for the conscious Ego when the bodily death arrived. Here is the report drafted by her.
I started my investigation by considering death from the point of view of humans, who – being provided with a body and its brain – observe the changes and malfunctions to which the body is subjected over time, and note that at a certain moment the bodies of other humans, after ceasing to function, rot and dissolve. Through mental activity, various psychic experiences are elaborated related to this fact, however – if we look at humanity as a whole – most humans willingly submit to the psychic tunings transmitted by the culture in which they live: in practice, they believe in what they are taught. Those who are endowed with an intelligence capable of critically and autonomously processing the psychic tunings transmitted are relatively few, and even the conscious Ego of these few can remain entangled in the conflicting aspects of the human psyche. Furthermore, it is enough to take a look at the various human cultures to notice the profound differences existing between the psychic elaborations relating to the destiny of the conscious Ego after death (which humans deal with in the context of religions).
When the conscious Ego reads, learns, thinks, meditates, reflects, studies, processes, in one form or another it puts at work its brain, to which it relies to obtain a certain result. This is such a routine operation that it is taken for granted, so much so that the Ego says (to itself or to others): «I think, I study, etc.», thus identifying with his own brain. But every mental elaboration, regardless of the way in which it is formed, is a psychic experience that, after being evaluated by the Ego, is accepted or rejected with a decisional act, or can be temporarily archived pending new elements of evaluation. This is especially true for information, knowledge and programs that are transmitted to the Ego by others, while, with only a few exceptions, the Ego of humans has a soft spot for what is processed directly by its own brain. All this is understandable, because the brain is part of an organism of whose survival it must take care, in an environment that can be hostile.
But body and brain are destined to perish anyway, and their deterioration begins already in the course of life. The Ego usually becomes aware of this well before the event occurs, and begins to evaluate the possibility of separating its own destiny from that of the brain. For this separation to be possible, it is necessary that the existence of the conscious Ego no longer depends on that of the brain, however, in the physical dimension in which the Ego is living the human experience, the mental elaborations to which the Ego relies actually depend on the brain functioning. The only way out, for the conscious Ego, is to consider the brain as the instrument created by a cosmic intelligence to tune into the reality of the physical dimension, a dimension that represents nothing more than a frequency, or a limited range of frequencies, in the vast spectrum of (perhaps infinite) possible dimensions.
Psychic mythologies related to survival
Under these conditions, it is very simple – for the entities that can control the psychic tunings – to transmit and let circulate within the brain cloud various mythologies relating to the life of the conscious Ego after the body's death, including the one according to which the conscious Ego is destined to annihilation with the fading of brain activity. And the Ego, as long as it depends on the psychic tunings that the brain activity makes become conscious, is involved and conditioned by one or the other mythology. These mythologies, spreading inside the brain cloud, always involve and – so to speak – contaminate new Egos. However, the mythologies are not equivalent, and can be divided into three classes, which substantially differ from each other. The first class is formed by the psychic tunings which convince the Ego that no form of survival is possible after the body's death. The second class is constituted by mythologies that attribute the destiny of the conscious Ego in the afterlife to the judgment and the power of some form of superior authority, which the Ego tries to ingratiate, in one way or another, already during the human life. The third class, which only a few humans are interested in, is represented by liberation mythologies, through which the conscious Ego discovers and walks with its resources a path that puts it in a position to choose (even if this term is not entirely appropriate) the tuning of the dimension in which it wishes (and this term too should be clarified) to move.
When the conscious Ego is involved in the psychic tunings that determine the mythologies (and therefore the forms of thought) of the first and second class, its destiny after death remains enigmatic: it could be the one determined by the dominant psychic tuning until the moment of death, but the staff of the department reporting to Lord Divine can modify it. The extraphysical dimensions, of course, exist, and the conscious Ego can be transferred to one or the other of these dimensions, maintaining to a greater or lesser extent the memories of the past earthly existence or, in some cases, losing them altogether. Does it make sense, then, to keep talking about a conscious Ego? Yes, if as Ego we mean the subject of the conscious experience that occurs in the new afterlife dimension. No, if we mean the subject linked, or at least connected, to the memories of its previous human life. So, everything is determined by the level and quality of consciousness, and by the forms of psychism prevalent in the new dimension. This corresponds, neither more nor less, to what happens also in the dimension of human life.
In each dimension, a support for consciousness and one for memory is needed. In the dimension of human life this support is constituted by the brain, which is really a very complex organ that performs different functions. The transfer of memory into a new device – which must be performed near death so that the human memories of the conscious Ego can be retained – presents some difficulties, and sometimes only partially succeeds. Nevertheless, the feeling of continuity of the individual existence can be maintained even if the memories are confused or absent, thanks to the self-consciousness of the Ego. In any case, even the consciousness must be transferred from the brain to another support: in fact, when the activity of the brain that determines the conscious function is interrupted, the Ego's self-consciousness goes into a blackout, and only the restoration of normal brain functioning brings back the continuity of consciousness. It makes no sense to argue that even the consciousness of nothingness is a form of consciousness, if it is equivalent to the absence of consciousness: in the physical dimension consciousness needs a properly functioning support.
The transfer of consciousness
If therefore the object of our investigation is consciousness, it is necessary that – as in the earthly physical dimension its support is constituted by the brain – an equivalent support is made available in another dimension. This is certainly possible: on the other hand, the same human experience makes evident the fact that consciousness discovers that it exists in the physical dimension, without even knowing how and why it ended up in this type of experience, except having to be aware of its dependence on brain functioning. However, can the consciousness of a human being be considered equivalent to that of another human being? Yes, if it is considered as an autonomous function, independently of the psychic experiences recorded by it. No, if we refer to the conscious Ego as an autonomous experimenter subject. And this not only because every conscious Ego is involved in a particular series of psychic experiences that make every human different from another, but also because – independently of the psychic tunings experienced – each conscious Ego is free to express its own intent autonomy regarding its own existence. Therefore, from the moment in which this decisional intent leads the consciousness to focus on the continuity of the conscious Ego's existence (temporal or outside of time) within its evolutionary process, the Spirit is involved in order for this continuity to be guaranteed.
In the range of the Spirit's dimensions, a particular form of energy is in fact identified, endowed with awareness, intelligence and intent, to which the conscious Ego can connect, to a certain extent, already in the course of human life, provided that it can be able to feel the attraction that this spiritual entity exerts. This spiritual ally is associated with the Ego, while maintaining its own autonomy – even as a consciousness distinct from the Ego's one – which can make it to be perceived by the Ego as separate, and even alien (as described in the page on the alien spirit). On the other hand, although this spirit associated with the Ego may not be very enthusiastic about having to deal with the purely human psychic dynamics in which the Ego always tends to be involved, it always diligently carries out the task assigned to it, helping and supporting the conscious Ego in its liberation path. It so happens that the conscious Ego and the spirit begin to work together by mutual agreement already during human life, acting through the psychophysical instrument. When this instrument deteriorates, until it becomes unusable, the conscious Ego is ready to leave it without fear, to follow the spirit in its own dimension. So the Spirit dimension is enriched with new consciousness formed and trained in the human psychic experiences, while the Ego continues its existence as conscious spirit.
The spirit channel
In order for this process to occur, it is necessary that a direct communication channel is opened between the Spirit dimension and the brain of a human being, through which the conscious Ego can receive the spirit signal, being able to distinguish it among the various psychic tunings that constantly receives. Usually the brains of humans receive the psychic programs – according to which they act and feel – from other brains, or groups of brains, through the mental interactions that occur within the brain cloud. In addition, a direct communication channel with Human Mind Inc. is normally opened, through which the psychic tunings programmed directly by the various departments of that organization are received and, at the right time, the consciously processed psychic experiences are transmitted back. All these psychic tunings, which often manifest themselves in the form of programs, commands and desires, have in common the fact of putting the conscious Ego in a position of subordination and submission to a form of superior authority that presides and rules the world's order. It is no coincidence that often the Ego prefers to renounce all forms of survival to the body's death, rather than having to submit to the arbitrariness of entities that are felt to be inadequate or unreliable, in light of the complexity of human experience.
I myself, Cleverness, contributed to the development of some of these programs, although I was well aware of the fact that the identification of the conscious Ego with the psychic tunings determined by human experience represented in itself an unavoidable form of subordination, not to say imprisonment. Through identification with psychic tunings, the conscious Ego is always forced to defend something or defend itself from something, be it the survival of one's body, or the satisfaction of some desire, or the conquest of some goal, or – at better cases – human progress, justice and social solidarity: as a philosopher said, as much as possible of human happiness. But in this kind of psychic programs and tunings, it's always Love Divine's department that developed the best products, also because – as the psychic experience of death cannot be avoided – it is necessary to offer some perspective for the afterlife that can convince and satisfy the conscious Ego. If the Ego does not believe in any form of survival, whether it is oriented mainly towards evil or towards good, the problem does not even arise. But if the Ego wants to survive the body's death, some psychic outlook must be offered to it: as Love Divine says, it must be rewarded, or at least it must be convinced that it will be rewarded.
It would certainly be correct, and even righteous, that the Ego's expectations were respected, giving it what it asks for and desires as a reward for sustaining life's difficulties. These expectations are almost always related to the dimension of the human psyche, and since the management of human psyche is the exclusive competence of the Human Mind, it is certainly possible that the conscious Ego, after death, is transferred into a psychic dimension appropriate to its psychic orientation. However, this is a condition in which the Ego continues to passively accept the conditionings, illusions and seductions of the human psyche, favouring those aspects that have most involved it, while to obtain its reward in the afterlife it must still undergo the decisions of some Human Mind executive. On the other hand, when a second communication channel is opened, allowing the Spirit Life to connect directly with the Ego, consciousness focuses on a message – something like a proposal – that offers the Ego the opportunity to consciously move to a new dimension.
The Spirit's proposal
The Spirit asks the conscious Ego to consider the possibility of freeing itself from the dominion of the psychic tunings that it is subjected to during human life, which in any case remains an experience destined to end over time. This does not imply that the Ego must deny itself the psychic experience, but that each experience is evaluated for what it is: a temporary aspect of the human psyche, which tries to exercise a form of control over the Ego, through a more or less intense emotional impact, be it positive or negative. If the Ego pays attention to this message, it can establish a contact and an interior dialogue with a spiritual entity that becomes a friend and a guide, accompanying it along the path that remains to be traveled in life. In this relationship the conscious Ego is treated with respect and with genuine empathy, because the spirit is aware of the difficulties that the navigation in the troubled waters of human psyche entails. As long as the spirit channel remains open, the Ego never feels alone. However, in the initial stages of the relationship between the Ego and the spirit, not everything runs smoothly, because usually the Ego – involved and fascinated by the psychic tunings with which it is accustomed to identify itself – is led to consider the spirit as an abstract, distant and almost alien entity (about this you may refer, once again, to the considerations reported in the page on the alien spirit). But over time the participation of the spirit in the human affairs of the Ego becomes increasingly warm and sincere, while at the same time the Ego embarks on its path of liberation from identification with the human psyche.
As the relationship consolidates, the harmony between the Ego and the spirit increases: through the Ego the spirit takes part in the events of human life, evaluating them from the point of view of its own dimension, while with the spirit's help the Ego feels less and less involved in the negative impact that certain psychic experiences can have on it, although it can still benefit from positive experiences, but without being subjected to compulsive commands or desires. The spirit does not solicit the Ego with orders or desires of any kind, leaving it free to decide for itself on any question concerning human life. But to be able to follow the spirit in its own dimension, and fully collaborate in the creation of an alternative psychic reality, the conscious Ego must have reached a sufficient level of freedom with respect to the solicitations of the human psyche, otherwise – at the end of life – it would remain under the jurisdiction of Human Mind. Instead, if the Ego is free, it can merge its consciousness with that of the spirit, beginning a new existence free from the conditioning and the constraints to which it was subjected in human life.
Some comments on the Cleverness memorandum
Thus ends the Cleverness memorandum, about the destiny of the conscious Ego at the end of human life, whether it remains under the control of Human Mind Inc. – the powerful organization run by Lord Divine and his sons Evil and Love, with the contribution of the same Cleverness – or it frees itself from such control, and decides to take part in the project of Spirit Life, the agile and young company created by the Spirit, to which his sister Cleverness also decided to join. As I already said, I left to my imagination the freedom to creatively organize various elements drawn from the psychic tunings relating to the end of human life, and from mediumistic communications of a philosophical-speculative nature aimed at filling, at least in part, the lack of reliable knowledge on the conscious Ego's destiny after the body's death. However I would like to add some considerations about the reasons why I preferred to tell the story in this form rather than another.
In the course of mediumistic events with different mediums, the communicating entities tell versions of the existence in the afterlife that show some similarities, but also many differences: they are therefore forms of reality of a psychic nature, with a strong subjective component. Everyone, if he/she believes in the continuation of the existence of the conscious Ego after death, will feel more inclined to believe one or the other form of elaboration of the afterlife. This is why Cleverness identifies three groups of humans: those who do not believe in the survival of the conscious Ego, those who believe in a form of survival determined by a superior power (to which the Ego can only submit), and those who believe that the Ego can (and should) play an active role also in determining its own destiny in the afterlife. In this regard, according to what the entities communicate, the results often do not correspond to the expectations: for example, those who did not believe that they could continue to exist in the afterlife, are more than ever surprised to feel alive even after death. A theoretical interpretation has thus been established according to which an immortal spirit is associated with each human (and the relative conscious Ego), which carries out different experiences (or experiments) in the earthly dimension, through a series of incarnations, that is, successive lives.
However, even without worrying about the accounting of the number of human beings present in this world at the same time – today and in the past – and thus on the number of spirits involved in the experiment (perhaps classed in novices, inexperienced, experienced and advanced), the psychic factor is by far predominant in the life of the vast majority of humans, and the conscious Ego is so involved in psychic experiences, that it usually confuses the spirit with the psyche, encompassing it in that inner hybrid element that was once designated with the term of soul. So it seemed important to me to emphasize the essential role of the consciously elaborated psychic experience as a fundamental purpose of human life, an activity in relation to which the conscious Ego performs only an auxiliary and subordinate function. The users of this activity can be imagined and called in various ways (all of a psychic nature): gods, spirits, demons, natural entities, etc., or their existence can also be denied. However, the essential fact remains the subordinate role of the conscious Ego, involved in the psychic dynamics, but also their prisoner.
From this point of view, also the elements of a religious nature that attribute the salvation of the conscious Ego (or of the soul) to a subordinate and diligent acquiescence towards the project managed by the divinity, with reverential and devotional attitude towards the same by the Ego, seem psychic expedients activated so that the Ego effectively carries out its task, without worrying too much about death. On the other hand, in the human psyche many negative tunings are still present and active, oriented towards wickedness, the search for forms of power, the affirmation of pure stupidity to the detriment of intelligence: all these psychic activities have been attributed to the effective and diligent work done by employees of the department directed by Evil Divine to which, as far as they can, try to remedy Love Divine and his assistants, with their demanding and complex organizational – even if sometimes rather naive – programs. Thus a more or less stable – and from time to time unstable – equilibrium is established, in relation to which the ceo of Human Mind Inc., Lord Divine, does not seem to be determined to intervene with decision, even though he could probably do so, if he wanted.
The Spirit and the conscious Ego
Considering the often difficult condition in which the conscious Ego may find itself while proceeding along the path of life, we understand the importance of feeling helped – in this demanding task – not only by the solidarity and abilities of other humans, but also by an inner resource that supports, encourages and illuminates it. History shows that human beings have often endured very arduous trials, to the point of death, with a serene state of mind, precisely because they were sustained by this inner resource, which can be identified in the Spirit. Sometimes this help is manifested in a form of love that involves the Ego, making it feel safe and welcomed in the bosom of a superior entity that loves it unconditionally (as is clearly shown by some NDEs). At other times a communication channel opens up between the spirit and the Ego, through which the spirit shows the Ego the possibility of consciously going out – and, so to speak, with its head held high – from the adventure of earthly life, to continue its own conscious existence in another dimension. Then a path of fusion between the Ego's consciousness and that of the spirit can begin already in this life, in the course of which the conscious Ego, while maintaining its own identity, transforms itself, since it begins to feel the spirit's objectives as its own. But the spirit too recognizes the fundamental contribution given by the Ego so that the experience of human life may occur: a quite different position from that which considers the Ego as the mere subordinate worker of a project that goes beyond its capacity to understand.
The same spirit does not present itself to the Ego as a superior entity, a divine being in front of which the Ego, aware of its own weakness, is forced to bow its head in sign of submission, but rather as an elder brother, himself engaged in its own evolutionary path of knowledge and experimentation, in search of the meaning of individual existence. But, unlike the conscious Ego, in its own dimension the spirit does not know a time limit that must conclude its experience: it is not subject to death. So, in associating with the Ego, the spirit welcomes under its own protection that part which, by consciously facing the experience of life, also allows it to come into contact with an interesting aspect of the earthly dimension of the physical universe. For this to happen already in the course of human life, however, it is necessary that a channel of communication is opened, through which the spirit's consciousness can establish a contact with the consciousness of the Ego.
Once the relationship between the spirit and the Ego has been established, the spirit also understands that it has something to learn from the conscious Ego, which has had to face and overcome the difficulties caused by the psychic conflicts generated by its existential condition. The role of consciousness, assisted by human intelligence, is fundamental so that even the spirit can be involved in the psychic dynamics related to earthly life, drawing from it the necessary teaching for its own evolution. If the communication channel between the Ego and the spirit is not opened, the spirit – immersed in its own dimension – can remain, so to speak, indifferent to the vicissitudes of the conscious Ego, determined by the human condition. This attitude is represented – in our tale – by the orientation of the Human Mind Inc., which seems indifferent – not to say insensitive – towards the evolutionary destiny of the individual Ego, being interested only in the product, that is, in the psychic experience elaborated through the interaction between consciousness and the psyche in its raw state.
The difficulties which the conscious Ego must face, especially in the last part of its life, concern the need to distinguish between the instances coming from the spirit channel and those determined by the human psyche which – as we have seen – can show themselves also as coming from spiritual entities of a superior nature, whether they are interpreted as positive or negative. This is why it is necessary for the conscious Ego to separate itself from the psyche, so as not to be uncritically involved and ensnared in psychic dynamics. Everything that has a compulsive character, everything that forces the Ego to do something through a coercive command or desire, does not come from the Spirit dimension, even though it can be attributed to the intervention of a superior entity of divine origin (as certainly are Evil or Love Divine, and their collaborators). The Spirit is always very attentive to the conscious Ego and respectful of the role it plays in relation to the difficulties that the human condition entails. The Spirit, and his collaborators, establish an equal dialogue with the Ego, to persuade it and also to help it, at least in part, in the difficulties of life, leaving it free to choose whether or not it wants to access the free spiritual dimension in the afterlife.
The spirit never presents itself to the Ego as a divine being – in the sense of a superior authority, towards which the conscious Ego must have a subordinate role – but as a counterpart whose existence is not subject to the limits of time, also interested in the human experience. He is interested in knowledge, creativity, collaborative and intelligent organization, and also follows his own evolutionary path, yet devoid of the psychic conflicts that often characterize the human experience. Its evolutionary path leads it to seek the integration of human consciousness, enriched by the experience of life, in its own, provided that the conscious Ego has freed itself from the conflicting bonds of human psyche. In order for the communication channel between the Ego and the spirit to be opened, collaboration is needed from both sides, each of which must be able to feel the call from the other. Once the channel has been opened and communication established, the spirit will be able to take advantage of the increased efficiency of consciousness in focusing on psychic experiences, while the Ego will also begin to perceive the Spirit's dimension, in which it will be able to move at the end of the human adventure. In this whole process, a fundamental role is entrusted to Cleverless, who acts as an intermediary between the human dimension, controlled by the psyche, and the Spirit's one.