The psychic interpretation of cosmic energies: time
The form in which we know our world and the events that occur in it is obviously determined by our mental faculties, and the interpretation we give of each phenomenon derives from what is elaborated by those attunements of the human psyche in which we are involved. From a cognitive point of view, science has subtracted some of the energies present in the universe from the fancy of the psychic interpretations, so today we can speak, for example, of gravity, electromagnetic fields, tectonics and orogenesis, whereas in the past the psyche interpreted in a varied and imaginative way the causes from which the various natural phenomena originated. However, many of the phenomena that directly concern human life, and in particular the dynamics relating to the needs of the organism and to the psyche (both in terms of how it is perceived by the Ego and how it affects interpersonal relationships), are still interpreted in psychic terms – and therefore essentially emotional-sentimental – given that we lack the resources to be able to deal with them with an adequate cognitive approach. The scientific method, in fact, manages to study only those aspects of such phenomena that fall within its scope, but which certainly do not exhaust the complexity of them, as we have observed several times with regard to the enigma represented by the same consciousness. At the same time, the conscious Ego can feel an intense need to know, in order to overcome that condition of ignorance (and incapacity of control) that is imposed on it by the human condition, above all due to the unreliability of most of the elaborations of psychic origin.
One of the most bewildering aspects of our experience is given by the way in which our consciousness perceives the flow of that particular energy we call time, transforming the uncertainty and indeterminacy of an unknown future, potentially full of alternatives, into the rigid fixity of a past in which nothing can be changed anymore, to which however we can no longer directly access, but only through memories and documents that are not always reliable, and recently – thanks to our technological progress – through instrumental recordings. Furthermore, in the vastness of space, the acquisition of information relating to what happens in one or the other place is conditioned by the time necessary for this information to reach a conscious subject, in the place where it is located, and therefore by the speed of the vehicle with which it is transmitted: according to science, in the physical universe in which we are this speed cannot exceed the maximum speed of photons in the void. It is therefore not possible for a conscious observer located in a certain place to have a cognitive framework of the events which occur simultaneously in space. Even the knowledge of the events that happened in the past requires us humans a patient work of research of finds, clues, documents and testimonies and of inductive interpretation of what we can find, until we get closer to what we believe may have really occurred. Instead, according to the reports of many NDEs, it seems that there is a cosmic consciousness that can directly access any event in space and time, since the energy of the latter does not manifest itself linearly and progressively, as it happens when it is perceived by the human consciousness, but constitutes a dimension that the cosmic consciousness easily manages, drawing from it that omniscience which allows it to know every past and future event.
The way in which we humans perceive the flow of time is essential to offer the Ego the psychic illusion of all the possible alternatives that the future shows, giving it the impression of being able to get what it wishes: but the same time flow constantly transforms the future in a crystallized past, in which nothing can be changed with regard to what has occurred, even if it is possible to hide and modify the traces to ensure that others do not become aware of it, to the point of wanting to erase certain events from our own memory. However every event perceived by a form of consciousness is accurately and indelibly recorded in the cosmic memory, remaining accessible to consciousness for eternity. But from our human point of view the energy of time exerts its influence on the energy of the psyche, which constantly entangles the Ego in the web of life, causing it to desire something future, and to loosen its ties with what is past, given that the changes induced by the flow of time and the functioning of memory make past events increasingly remote and less involving. Thus the Ego lives more or less intensely in the present, and can desire or fear what will happen in the future, or it can remember with nostalgia certain events and certain emotions of the past, while it wishes to forget others, so validating the personal history of its life that destiny has reserved for it: it is unable, however, to live in the eternal timeless present, precisely because – in the dimension of human life – the energy of time, to which the organism is subject, does not allow it. However, there is a concrete barrier that marks for each Ego the limit of this temporal flow of transformation of the future into the past: the death of the organism, which frees the conscious Ego from the effects of the energy of time, as we know them through direct experience, not unlike how we experience the effects of gravitational energy on our body.
While the flow of time will continue to affect the events of this world, exerting its effects on the consciousness of living humans, once the process of liberation of the conscious Ego from its organism is over, the effects of time also fade away, or anyway they are significantly altered, at least according to what many NDEs testify: the conscious Ego no longer experiences a linear chronology of events similar to what it is accustomed to in this life, but both the instant and eternity seem to merge into a wider energetic dimension, in which the very concept of time – as it is processed by our human mind as a result of the functioning of the brain – loses its meaning. Therefore time cannot be considered as a form of absolute energy to which the conscious Ego is eternally subject, but only as the mental elaboration – by our organism – of an energy active in the dimension of this physical universe: the the same concept of eternity, as an infinite succession of events, no longer has a meaning when each event is immediately accessible, regardless of whether it would be considered past or future in the temporal order. For this reason, the same categories of time and causality that we use in the dimension of our organic life cannot be applied to the experiences of the conscious Ego in the Spirit dimension: the reality of that dimension is independent of that created by the functioning of our organism, and in particular by the brain, and is probably much wider, not being limited by the space-time dimensions and by the energetic effects that characterize the reality of the physical universe.
Creativity in the Universe
One of the effects of time, in the dimension of our human life, is that today we do not know what we will be able to know in a more or less far future. Our attention – and the psychic activity that derives from it – is mainly directed to what happens in what we consider our world, which essentially coincides with the planet Earth. But while in the past this world was assumed to be the center of the universe, today we know that the Earth is a planet that orbits a semi-peripheral star, which is part of a galaxy that contains about 200 billion stars, or even more. It was then calculated that the universe is made up of an enormous number of galaxies (200 billion are are those of comparable size with our Milky Way) and consequently the number of stars and possible planets orbiting around them challenges even the resources of our imagination. And since we directly experience the effects of creativity on our planet as an evolution of the processes of organization of matter into the organic life, nothing can prevent us from thinking that processes similar to what takes place in our world may take place on some others of the innumerable worlds present in the universe. But the vastness of space, the separation of worlds that derives from it, and the impossibility of obtaining direct information on what is simultaneously happening in different places in the universe, have prevented us, until today, from getting a fairly reliable knowledge (or even simple clues) about what happens on other worlds, other than the planets of our solar system or their satellites. To get an idea of the distances involved, just think that while the diameter of the solar system can be estimated around 20 light-hours, that is less than one light-day (the dwarf planet Pluto orbits at about 5.2 light-hours from Sun), the closest star to our Sun (Proxima Centauri) is about 4.2 light-years away, that is 1,544 light-days.
The vast interstellar spaces make so that what we consider worlds suitable for hosting life forms – based on what we can deduce from the evolutionary process that took place on our planet – are very distant from each other, to the point that up to to date we have not been able to get direct information on the existence of life on other planets. However, based on simple probabilistic considerations, there are many billions of planets in the universe where life could have developed, since they have environmental conditions that are not so different from those present on our planet, now or in the past. Moreover, just as we are unable to know anything about the results of the evolution of life in those worlds and the living forms that have derived from them, still less do we know about the psychic processes under which those organisms might function. We humans live on planet Earth as isolated as in a bubble, and all we can do is fantasize about interstellar (or even intergalactic) travels in a universe that we imagine populated by essentially anthropomorphized (or animalized) organisms, but which in reality remains enigmatic and inaccessible to us in its shocking vastness, given that we currently do not have any of the resources necessary to move into the interstellar spaces. We are able to observe the universe at a scale in which a star is a point-like luminous entity (except for our Sun, given its relative proximity), while the creative processes that give rise to the complexity of living organisms occur at extremely smaller dimensions, starting from those of the organic molecules by the aggregation of which the simplest microorganisms were formed. There is, at least for now, no possibility of amplifying the field of observation of our instruments by billionfold, so that they can give us visual information on what is happening (or what has happened in the past, taking into account the distances) on the surface of other worlds so far from ours, and therefore we can not help but turn our attention to the forms of organic life present on our planet, since any other knowledge is precluded to us.
The fragmentation of the undifferentiated energy that gave rise to this universe into a plurality of first generation stars, each separate from the others, has some analogy with the fragmentation of consciousness into a multitude of individual organisms, as evidently occurs on our planet. An important aspect of the fragmentation of the primordial energy is constituted by the manifestation, with the passage of time, of the creative process through which the nuclear reactions that took place in the stars of the first generation transformed hydrogen and helium into gradually heavier elements, such as carbon or oxygen, which have then been dispersed into the interstellar clouds to be reused by second generation stars, up to obtain those heavy elements by which rocky planets such as Earth have been formed. As far as we can understand, time seems to be the fundamental factor that allows the transformation from an intense and undifferentiated energy phase to an increasingly differentiated and coordinated informatics and organizational complexity, up to the complexity of the organisms currently living on our planet, or that arising from our social interactions: and we still cannot know what the future holds for human knowledge. The oddity of the passing of time, as it is normally perceived by the human mind, is such that, while what happened in the past is now considered as understandable and almost logical in its crystallized evidence, even if we don't know it, the future almost always appears to us as uncertain, indecipherable and open to a thousand possibilities: yet every instant of the past, before being such, was considered as part of a future by a consciousness like the human one. In fact, as we have seen, the flow of time is such because we perceiveit in this way, while everything that has happened or must happen is already ordered in a sequence that can be consulted outside of time, for a consciousness functioning in a different way than how the human one works in its ordinary state.
The fact that we humans do not know what has happened or what is happening at the organic creative level on the other billions of planets of the universe that have conditions compatible with the development of life, does not mean that in these worlds the universal creative process has remained idle: not only could it have produced organic forms very different from those – yet extremely differentiated – that live on our planet, but it could also have developed ways of attunement of consciousness and development of intelligence very different from those that we humans experience. The creative process of the physical reality of the universe, a reality that no scientist thinks of contesting, is in itself so enigmatic that it challenges the understanding of even the most gifted human minds. The isolation of the worlds from which, in the past, that anthropocentrism that still characterizes our most advanced interpretative thought originated, meant that – in the absence of other forms of cognitive processing to refer to or to confront – we humans developed forms of knowledge that seem valid and advantageous to us: we are in fact the most intelligent form of life on our planet, and the only one capable of producing an interpretative and creative thought that is effective in relation to reality. Yet the fact that there is a plurality of worlds should lead us to reflect on the experimental character of our own cognitive faculties, given that at least one thing many scientists agree on: the brain, that is, the organ to which the ability to process cognitive thought is attributed, is a product of the creative process that determined the evolution of life on our planet. This creates that paradox whereby we are induced to consider reliable a form of knowledge determined by the functioning of an organ whose origin remains indecipherable and enigmatic for us. The scientific method, however, does not rely only on the functioning of the brain, but on the possibility of obtaining, through intelligence, experimental results that offer effective control of what happens in the physical world: therefore not everything that the brain produces as thought interpretative of reality can be considered knowledge.
The condition of the Ego, the Spirit and the energy of the human psyche
In light of what we currently know about the energies that determined the formation of the universe and still drive its evolution, we can state that what happens on the surface of planet Earth – with particular regard to the events determined by the functioning of the human psyche – seems to be unimportant. It is true that we humans have recently sent into the solar system some devices to acquire information about what is happening in the universe, and that we have succeeded in the enterprise of setting foot on our satellite, but what is sometimes emphatically called the conquest of space comes down to some laborious and expensive excursion into the backyard, or at most to the uninhabited houses of the neighborhood (some planets of our solar system). So far, in the history of humankind, almost all energies have been directed towards solving the problems related to our existence as reproductive organisms, as well as the creation and affirmation of sociocultural systems capable of expanding our power to manage the events of this world, yet with the progress of consciousness some human beings have already felt long ago the need to study and interpret what was happening in the sky. Despite the unbridgeable difference between, on the one hand, the immensity of the cosmic spaces in which the energies involved in the formation of galaxies act, and on the other the small dimensions at which the evolutionary processes of organic life occur, as we observe them on our planet, we are induced to find a continuity in the creative phenomenon which, although fragmented into a plurality of worlds so distant from each other, seems to progressively refine in an increasingly evolved miniaturization, up to the complexity of the human organism or of other even more advanced organisms that could possibly exist on distant worlds.
If we look at the evolution of the universe as a whole, freeing it from our temporal perception (moreover relativized by the huge distances that separate us from the farthest galaxies), it is not difficult for us to recognize a unitary phenomenon, which includes the fragmentations and plurality implemented by the creative processes, as they occurred in time. The arising of consciousness, as we humans experience it, has given origin to those cognitive processes of a psychic nature on the basis of which we try to interpret this universal creative process, without however being able to free ourselves from the space-time condition in which we are as human beings living on planet Earth: our cognitive and interpretative abilities are in fact conditioned by the functioning of our individual mind, even when they are inserted in that broader human process which, for some centuries, has established itself as a scientific method. As we have already observed, the isolation to which we are subject as conscious beings interested in knowledge does not allow us to interact with other forms of consciousness that could offer us an interpretative framework of the universal creativity different from ours, and perhaps even more advanced. But, at least currently, we are in a certain sense forced to consider reality as something that can be known with the mathematical and interpretative tools available to our intellect, quite well knowing that the involvement of our consciousness in this cognitive process is determined by particular attunements of the human psyche that also influence its results. However, it is surprising to see how in many respects the interpretative models elaborated by our mind are validated by physical events, confirming a certain degree of reliability of our mental elaborations of reality and of the forms of knowledge deriving from them. However, as a matter of fact, as long as we remain on this planet we do not have the possibility to interact with other forms of conscious processing of knowledge with which to confront, unless someone comes to visit us from another world or another dimension.
In this regard, the reports of many NDEs offer us a different interpretation of the creative phenomenon, based on the knowledge acquired in the Spirit dimension, whereby creativity reveals itself to the conscious Ego as an energy that is felt and interpreted in terms of universal love, all-encompassing and omnipresent. Those who have experienced these NDEs never cease highlighting the perfect clarity and absolute evidence with which this form of knowledge imposed itself on their consciousness, determining an immediate certainty: however, themselves recognize how, while maintaining the indelible memory of that condition of knowledge once they return to the dimension of organic life, the dynamics of the human psyche prevent them from translating it into logical, reasonable and shareable forms of thought in terms of human knowledge. Evidently our very organicity determines a connection with the physical universe that substantially influences the mental resources through which we process knowledge, in the light of what we consider as factual data. The same NDErs tell us how the intellectual and interpretative resources we have in this organic life are much more limited, nebulous, slow and – in a word – unreliable, than those available to their spiritual Ego: some of they refer, without uncertainty, to the ancient Hindu concept of maya, pointing out the illusory, temporary and therefore impermanent character of everything we experience in this dimension, and the inadequacy of the intellectual tools through which we try to interpret and to know the phenomena we experience. The conscious Ego thus finds itself in the uncertain condition, often challenging but not always pleasant, of having to try to know a universe that is considered as real, despite its changing temporal dynamics, through the mental resources at its disposal, knowing well that these resources are themselves largely determined by the process that one wants to know, and that they may be insufficient and inadequate.
Actually the conscious Ego, entangled in the contradictory and often conflicting dynamics of the human psyche, whose power essentially lies in the sufferings to which the Ego can be subject due to the strong connection with its own organism, and in the almost unconditional attachment to this life that derives from it, must then recognize that what happens on this tiny planet is lost in the absolute and in a certain sense ironic indifference of a boundless and mysterious universe, which could have given rise to billions and billions of experiments similar to what takes place on our world, but with very different outcomes. When our mind processes this type of information, the human psyche's hold on the conscious Ego is considerably weakened, as the very importance of the «humankind» project becomes relative. The Ego thus finds itself in a more advantageous condition, which allows it to consider organic life for what it is: a series of experiences – sometimes pleasant but often painful, and not infrequently unpredictable and incomprehensible – linearly ordered by the time energy, through which it must pass for some mysterious reason. This happens to the conscious Ego of every human being, who currently lives or who has lived in the past on this planet, and probably also to those who will live in the future, without taking into account the other forms of fragmented and individualized intelligent consciousness that may exist on other worlds. Yet, in order to correctly limit ourselves to what happens on our planet (in the absence of information on what can happen on other worlds), we are led to think that even the bipolar energy of the human psyche must have its own raison d'etre, otherwise it could not be understood why a sensitive entity such as the conscious Ego should be tempered, so to speak, by its immersion in the psychic experiences determined by the organic condition.
If we want to refer once again to the testimonies of the NDEs to face this problem on the basis of real experiences, despite their subjectivity, and not mere speculations, we first find that – in 90% of cases – the return to organic life, after having tasted the Spirit dimension, is felt as a very heavy burden to bear, which the conscious Ego would like to avoid with all the resources at its disposal. This fact should leave no doubt on the different value that the two dimensions have for the Ego, and on the tiring and often painful task that is assigned to it when it is sent back – often against its own will – into its human organism. As for the interpretation of the meaning that the experiences of this life, determined by the bipolarity of the human psyche, can have for the Ego, there are some significant differences between the various NDErs. In most cases the Ego, in its spiritual form, believes that it has already experienced the Spirit dimension, almost as if a more or less nuanced memory resurfaced in its consciousness. However, it should be borne in mind that in that dimension time is not experienced chronologically, in the way we are used to in this life, and that at times the consciousness of the Ego merges with the universal consciousness of the Spirit: therefore I do not think that the so-called reincarnations should be interpreted as a series of human lives experienced one after the other by the same conscious Ego – even if some experiencers seem to support an interpretation of this kind – but rather as a plurality of experiences to which the Ego, spiritually restored and consequently to some extent regenerated, voluntarily submits, probably to acquire more information on some aspects of existence. Normally, however, the passage from organic life to the Spirit dimension does not involve an interruption in the Ego's sense of identity and self-awareness (and the same happens for the re-entry into the organism), while the experience of life with a newly formed organism seems to give rise to a new conscious Ego, devoid of the memories of previous experiences in the Spirit dimension and conditioned by the mental dynamics determined by the brain functioning.
In most cases the mission entrusted to the conscious Ego of those who have returned to organic life, after having experienced the Spirit dimension during an NDE, seems to be that of attesting and making known the existence of this dimension and the possibility – indeed, at least for them, the certainty – that the spiritual Ego can access it at the end of this organic life, and to transfer a part of that energy, perceived as unconditional and universal love by which they feel they have been regenerated and sometimes even healed, into the interpersonal relationships of this world. This energy transfer should have over time a strengthening effect on the positive polarity of the human psyche (what we usually identify as good in its various forms), even if we are unable to know how the negative polarity of the psyche will react, as, at least up to now, it has always proved to be very efficient in affirming its dominion over the conscious Ego of humans, although to a different extent from one person to another. Examining the various NDEs, however, there are some important differences in the interpretation of the function of the human psyche: it is as if even in its spiritual condition, in its fusion with the Spirit and in its being enlightened by the knowledge that derives from it, the conscious Ego could retain its freedom of interpretation regarding the dynamics of the creative process and the meaning of the energies that are part of it. Among these energies is also included the human psyche, with the bipolarity that characterizes it and that is variously experienced by the conscious Ego while it lives bound to its own organism. According to some NDErs, the conscious Ego, accepting to live in this world and to confront the human psyche, would undertake a mission that we could define heroic, the purpose of which would be to neutralize, through suffering, the negative polarity of the psyche, leaving the Spirit free to creatively expand on many other worlds. From this point of view, I found the account of Sandi T's NDE particularly interesting: it can be read at n. 4838 of this page of the NDERF website by Jody and Jeffrey Long (Exceptional Experiences).
Somehow the Spirit, in its perfect and luminous harmony by which the conscious Ego feels irresistibly attracted, would necessarily determine a kind of shadow, not entirely real, whose effects are experienced, through the linear flow of time, by sparks of consciousness emanating from the Spirit itself. The conscious Ego would perceive the reality of organic life and would be subject to the conditioning of the human psyche only once immersed in the temporal flow determined by the functioning of its own organism: when it then frees itself, and can return to the spiritual dimension to which it feels it belongs, the evanescent and almost dreamlike character of this life is revealed to it with evident and unquestionable clarity. In any case, if the Spirit needs to send these sparks of individual consciousness to explore and experience the dimension of organic life (and probably other similar dimensions present in various worlds of this universe), making sure that they are involved in the bipolar dynamics of the human psyche, depending on the destiny of each one, there must be a balance factor in the creative energy that makes this exchange important and significant. The interpretation according to which the Spirit would try – indeed with little success – to colonize, so to speak, this world, transforming it into a branch of the spiritual dimension, by sending an expeditionary force made up of many conscious Egos devoted to the good, does not seem convincing to me, as I think that it is in any case determined and conditioned by the positive polarity of the human psyche: in fact the Spirit proves to have an absolute creative power, at least in the dimension that is proper to it, and could easily exert its influence on the psyche of every human organism, as it happens for those who have experienced its effects during an NDE, returning from it deeply transformed.
Our interpretation of the phenomena relating to organic life and the human psyche is conditioned and limited by the perception of the passage of time, so we are often naively led to believe that the goal of human history is to reach a future condition of happiness and widespread prosperity in this world, starting from conditions in the past that we imagine (not without reason) more burdensome and harsh than the current ones. However, it is enough for us to reflect for a moment on the fact that even in our age there are remarkable differences, in terms of suffering and human misery, between one life and another, and that the meaning of this life must be extended to all lives already ended, without forgetting the baggage of pain and sadness that each life has entailed for the conscious Ego who experienced it. Furthermore, we have no guarantee that the future progress, imagined and desired by us, can occur linearly and to the benefit of all: not infrequently in the history of humankind periods of crisis and decline have followed periods of progress and prosperity. Human life is anyway a phenomenon of transformations following one another over time, under the influence of the bipolar character of the psyche: an interpretative evaluation of energy balances should take into account the fact that the tension that arises between the negative and positive pole of the psyche must determine a particular result when the Ego's consciousness is inserted into its field of action and experiences its effects, and that the Spirit, while being aware of the consequences of this phenomenon, does not decide to intervene directly to modify it, but at most it entrusts this task to the sparks of consciousness, knowledge and energy emanating from it and associated with living organisms. Therefore, the interpretation according to which the energetic tension that springs from the human psyche could have a dynamic and creative role, in some way useful for the Spirit itself, should not be discarded a priori: perhaps it represents the basic fuel that is transformed into the luminous energy radiated by the Spirit and perceived by the Ego in the form of absolute and unconditional love.
This interpretation is in some respects more complete and more convincing than the one which, more simply, considers human life as a learning school and a training ground for the spiritual Ego, which would be sent into this world to learn and to be somehow subject to a test and, consequently, evaluated. It seems to me that the weak point of this latter interpretation lies in the fact that one cannot see why the Ego, as a spark emanating from the Spirit, must then manifest – after being associated with an organism – a particular inclination towards the positive or negative polarity of the human psyche, which should have consequences even once it had returned to the Spirit dimension. In an attempt to solve this problem, some have resorted to the hypothesis of an energetic purification cycle, composed of a plurality of organic lives, to which every spiritual Ego would be subjected: on the basis of this interpretation, however, the Ego would be emanated by the Spirit as raw energy, so to speak, which must undergo a process of progressive purification before the Spirit can re-assimilate it. But, on the basis of what many NDErs have revealed, the conscious Ego feels welcomed, loved, understood and regenerated in the Spirit dimension, and above all it feels that it has returned home, to the only dimension which it truly believes it belongs to, independently from what have been the events of its organic life. The Spirit dimension manifests itself in its absolute and uncontaminated purity, without any trace of that bipolarity that characterizes the human psyche: how could forms of raw energy be emanated from the Spirit, to be subjected to evaluation tests and purification processes, which should take place in a different dimension?
The effects of the Spirit's energy on the human psyche
Unfortunately, we must note that, as long as we remain in the dimension of this organic life, our intellectual resources do not allow us – at least for now – to have a clear and exhaustive cognitive framework on the reasons why the spiritual Ego must be forced to experience the human condition again, even against its own will, once it had the opportunity to access that of the Spirit. Although some of those who have had an NDE report that they have received an illuminating knowledge, evident in its crystalline clarity, regarding the meaning and purpose of human life, evidently such knowledge cannot be transferred into our dimension, since no one is then able to remember and tell it. Furthermore, even those who have received such knowledge are often reluctant to return to this organic life to complete their assigned task. It is true that this return is determined by the reactivation of the body's vital functions, which in many cases is the result of the efforts of a team of specialists in resuscitation techniques: it is therefore a process that essentially takes place in this dimension, and which has as a consequence an unavoidable effect also for the spiritual Ego. But in some cases, for example of drowning or suicide, the vital functions of the organism are reactivated autonomously: indeed, there are sometimes very rapid healings that the doctors themselves don't know how to explain, and that the conscious Ego is induced to attribute to the Spirit's direct intervention. The connection between the Spirit dimension and that of organic life – with the experience of the human psyche that derives from it – is in any case entrusted to the conscious Ego, both in the case in which it has no memory or intuition about the Spirit's existence, as in the event that it is well informed about that, through direct experience or as a consequence of the spread of the NDEs accounts.
Thus one gets the impression that the Spirit has an effective interest in the conscious Ego's experience of the organic life and, consequently, the human psyche. In most cases, those who have experienced the Spirit dimension during an NDE do not ask themselves the question of why the Spirit sends them back even against their will – in spite of complaining about the difficulties they will still have to face – and in general they attribute, in a more or less sentimental way, the need to experience the dimension of organic life with an evolutionary process that is advantageous for the conscious Ego, at the end of which it will finally be able to return home to recover in the Spirit dimension. In the same time, the re-entry into organic life is often interpreted as a mission assigned to the conscious Ego so that it transfers into the human psyche a part of the energy received in the Spirit dimension, an energy which, on the one hand, can help the Ego to facing the difficulties that this life entails, but on the other relativizes its interest in a life that has become a confused, faded and evanescent copy of that experienced in the Spirit dimension. Finally, we must remember that the process that the conscious Ego has to go through for its own spiritual evolution is often referred to a series of organic lives – sometimes recalled by the Ego in its spiritual condition, but usually out of the reach of its consciousness during each of these lives – interspersed with periods of refreshment and regeneration in the Spirit dimension: it is however difficult to understand how a dimension outside of time, such as that of the Spirit, may be consistent with experiences that are generally interpreted in their temporal succession, even under the evolutionary profile. Indeed this process could have a certain meaning assuming a progressive transformation of the psychic energy, produced by the experience of organic life, into spiritual energy: the catalyst of this process would be consciousness, and human life could be considered as the incubation tool – the egg, so to speak – in which this process of energy transformation could successfully develop (but it could also deteriorate).
Many NDEs, however, offer a different interpretation of the process, suggesting that sparks of spiritual energy are sent into the dimension of organic life to radiate some of the love, empathic comprehension and sense of universal union that characterize the Spirit, and to spread the knowledge about the true essence of the conscious Ego, who, after carrying out the mission entrusted to it, can go back– in its spiritual condition – to the Spirit dimension to which it feels it belongs. Unfortunately these sparks of spiritual energy are like gems which, once immersed in the dimension of organic life, are progressively covered by the raw material produced by the human psyche (mainly determined by the needs of the organism or those of the society on which it depends), generating an Ego whose consciousness is unable to go beyond the outer layers of the psychic matter to reach the original spiritual core, which nevertheless continues to radiate its energy. In the case of the NDEs it is as if the core was freed – as a result of the conditions of clinical death in which the organism is, or due to a state of strong tension – from the psychic slag in which it was enclosed, and the conscious Ego, having made experience of the Spirit dimension, could no longer be conditioned by the psychic material that previously concealed its spiritual core, even after having been sent back to the organism. However, even this interesting interpretative framework presents some obscure points, the first of which concerns the fact that humans react very differently to the conditions in which they find themselves during organic life: to think that the sparks of energy emanated by the Spirit are of different qualities – some, so to speak, better, and others worse – seems to me neither appropriate nor consistent with the very nature of the spiritual energy. It is more plausible that the quantity of radiated energy varies, so some sparks could be larger and others smaller. The individual destiny that influences every organic life then determines the quantity and quality of the psychic matter that surrounds every single spiritual core, be it large or small.
The presence of the spiritual core in any case has an effect on the psychic energy that encloses it, regardless of whether the Ego is conscious of it or not: when the Ego, freed from the organism to which it was connected, experiences the Spirit dimension, it reconnects to this nucleus which is strengthened by a certain amount of psychic energy transformed into spiritual energy. However, in the course of its human adventure the Ego can remain completely unaware of this process – which takes place within the psychic structure that covers the core of spiritual energy – given that the organic tools on which consciousness can rely (the brain and the nervous system) tune the external part of the psychic structure. Therefore, as long as the conscious Ego identifies itself with its own psychic dynamics, the bipolar character of the human psyche will lead it to feel, think and act in accordance with what is imposed on it by that psychic structure that has been consolidated in the course of its organic life. Thus some people can be wicked and cruel towards others, because that's what their psychic structure impose on them, and at the same time othe people can be good and willing to help others because their psychic structure is more oriented towards the positive polarity. In both cases, however, the spiritual core can remain beyond the range of consciousness, precisely because it is obscured and hidden by the structure created by the human psyche. The fact that we are usually inclined to identify the positive polarity of the psyche – what we generically call the good – with the effects produced by our spiritual origin, is determined by our dependence on the human psyche during this organic life: the psyche itself induces us then to believe that even the negative polarity has a spiritual counterpart (call it what you want: Satan, Lucifer, the Devil...) and its own hellish dimension. Indeed, the human psyche, being a form of energy that shows itself in these terms to our consciouness, must have its origin: but the Spirit dimension does not manifest itself in a bipolar form, and at the very moment in which the conscious Ego comes into direct contact with its own spiritual core every form of psychic conflict fades away.
In the cultural history of humankind, marked by interpretive programs of psychic origin, the divine entities have almost always been represented as distinct counterparts of the conscious Ego, endowed with some form of more or less absolute power that decided its fate and judged its thoughts and actions, being able to exert their influence also on personal interactions and on the hierarchies of the social organizations, which were to reflect the divine will. I think that only the most advanced Hindu philosophy already understood and elaborated many centuries ago the identity of substance between Âtman and Brahman, which today we can find by reading or listening to the reports of the experiences to which the conscious Ego – in its spiritual form freed from the legacies of the human psyche determined by the organic condition – goes to meet the Spirit dimension, feeling irresistibly attracted by the love and sense of universal unity that the Spirit's light radiates, to the point of desiring above all else to unite with it. Anyway, there remains a substantial difference between the condition of organic life, in which the conscious Ego is still conditioned to some extent by the dynamics of the human psyche, and the Spirit dimension, to the point that – both in the past and today – the Ego may wish to die as soon as possible in order to escape those sufferings that the human psyche often imposes on it. It is difficult for the Ego, at this point, to be able to consider these two sources of experience so different from each other (the human condition and the spiritual dimension) as manifestations of a single will, that is, of a single energy, since, in the course of this life, either it focuses on the needs and opportunities that the human psyche presents to it, or considers the organic life as that semioniric and transitory condition, in its limited temporal flow, destined to vanish when the conscious Ego can return to the spiritual dimension which corresponds to its true essence.
In feeling sent back to reconnect to its own organism after having experienced the Spirit dimension, the conscious Ego returns to a condition of separation in which it still perceives the Spirit as a counterpart, a power capable of making decisions which it cannot escape from. The fact that these decisions are sometimes justified in the light of commitments previously made by the spiritual Ego (of which, however, the conscious Ego does not keep any memory in its organic life), or with the entrusting to the Ego of a mission to carry out, adds nothing to our knowledge of the reasons that drive the Spirit to force the conscious Ego to continue experiencing this organic life. It is true that the Ego often receives a surplus of spiritual energy that allows it to face the return to organic life with new and unexpected resources, but many of those who have experienced an NDE unreservedly admit the difficulties encountered in adapting to a a form of life that, while previously considered more or less normal, can now seem only the tasteless – and often difficult to digest – surrogate for a higher form of existence to which the Ego can't wait to go back. However, it must be recognized that this rebound of the conscious Ego between two dimensions must also have a meaning for the Spirit, especially if we consider the large number of human organisms that die at any age, without it being possible to revive them (and therefore without their conscious Ego being able to come back), and the equally large number of people who regain consciousness after a state of clinical death without remembering having had any NDE. So one gets the impression that in the Spirit dimension experiments are conducted to verify the effects in the dimension controlled by the human psyche of what the Ego has been able to experience in its spiritual condition, then bringing back a clear and indelible memory of that when it goes back into its organism: it is evident that the conscious Ego is the vehicle of choice for the transfer of information between these two dimensions.