The meaning of life and the liberation of the conscious Ego

 

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The existence under the dominion of the psyche

In the same way that organic life originated and evolved on our planet, the psyche too has developed progressively, until it has reached its present complexity. Psychic manifestations occurring in the animal world fall within the natural (or animal) psyche. The behavior of individuals determined by the animal psyche is repetitive, more or less identical to itself, while adapting to the variation of environmental conditions: the psychophysical characteristics of each animal organism, interacting with the environment (which also includes other animal species and other individuals of the same species) determine the behavior and destiny of that organism. Since we humans also have an animal body, the natural psyche expresses itself in us with its more or less instinctual commands relating to the survival and well-being of the body, sexuality and reproduction, seeking a more dominant position within the group, and so on.

However for the functioning of humans, considered as members of more or less complex societies, programs and commands derived from the human psyche have become predominant. Most of these programs are acquired through interaction with other members of the society that an individual is part of, through the socio-cultural conditioning that he/she received and constantly receives. Other commands, on the other hand, are elaborated directly by the psyche, both by its instinctive elements of animal origin and by those peculiar tunes of the human psyche that characterize and determine the orientation and behavior of a person. It may happen that the particular psychic tuning determined by our mental activity (which the conscious Ego experiences as thoughts, feelings and emotions) conflicts with some socio-cultural constraints received from the outside, but while we are aware of the forms of command and dominion on our behavior represented by the latter, often the conscious Ego is helpless in front of the power exercised by some psychic cores, with which it fully identifies. And, ultimately, the same socio-cultural conditioning is determined by psychic tunings that exercise their power and command over many humans.

The psychic orientation of humans

The way humans deal with life's difficulties, and seek answers to the various psychic conflicts in which they are involved, is mainly oriented towards the outside: the majority of individuals need to receive from the socio-cultural environment a series of programs that teach them how to behave, how to interact and how to interpret the life and complexity of psychic experiences. That is why religious organizations can count on multitudes of believers, or some charismatic leaders find a great number of followers. On the other hand, only a minority rely on their own autonomous mental activity, in a quest to find and evaluate, through intelligence, more advanced and more satisfying psychical tunes than those already available. In this case, the conscious Ego relies on a creative function that involves the same psyche, bringing to light new psychic cores that sometimes, starting with an individual or a small group of individuals, then radiate into a wider community. In any case, human life can be attributed to the conflictual, creative and evolutionary dynamic of psychic experiences in which the conscious Ego of every human being is involved and entrapped, without having the power and the means to resolve psychic conflicts to his/her advantage, as we have seen in the page dedicated to psyche, reality and will.

Life is therefore considered as a succession of external and internal events that determine the functioning, from birth to death, of each individual, considered as a member (or person) within the social system of which she/he is a part, and as a source of psychic experience from the point of view of his conscious Ego. Exhaustion of these functions determines what is recognized – in the social and cultural sphere, and with the support of a great part of the scientific culture – as a «disposable» condition of human material. This condition, in its most favorable aspect for the conscious Ego, implies that life is at the service of a project for collective social progress (at least hoped for), whose true purposes remain unknown, as history demonstrates how the life of many human beings has been and still is marked by all kinds of misfortunes and sufferings. In carrying out this function – as creatures designed and created for this purpose – our conscious Ego should obtain a balance of sufficient satisfaction, if not of happiness, that allows us to feel comfortable with ourselves and cause us not to put too many questions about the meaning of the whole affair.

As for the fate of the conscious Ego after death, current representatives of the most accredited (and most spread) psychic tunings of our culture are willing to accept as inevitable the fact that our consciousness can be wholly extinguished, thus proving to fulfill effectively the role of human robots. More humanly dignified is the hope of those who regard human life as a challenging test to be overcome with dedication, humility, and even with a spirit of sacrifice, in order to be rewarded, after the decease, with the access to a dimension and a dwelling more suitable to the needs of the conscious Ego. All in all, however, there remain a number of questions for which no answer can be found: the reason for the existence of the conscious Ego and the meaning of our personal destiny in this world escapes us. In addition, our human vision is too limited, as we are bound for a relatively short time to a historical era and to some places on a planet which is but one of the billions of worlds in an immense universe. And this same universe could be but one of many existing parallel universes.

Beyond the human condition

In this light, also the human psyche, with all its complexity and conflicts, in the end has a very relative impact: things that seem to us to be important, the great achievements and even the great tragedies of humanity, dissolve in the silence of the sidereal spaces. In the pages of this site, the word God has hardly ever been used, knowing that all the psychic tunings that induce the use of that term are used to label boxes whose contents are anthropomorphic reflections of our limits and our ignorance: an unbridgeable abyss, in space and time, separates us human beings from the possibility of conceiving an approximate, albeit vague, idea of what the universe is. However, in recognizing the possibility that the conscious Ego continues to exist after death, our individual human history can be included into a much wider experience cycle than the psychic tunings that involve us in this life. So we can grant ourselves – at least in terms of hope and desire – the visualization of a scheme of post-human psychical experiences, deduced from the evidences of many NDEs and the mediumistic communications of various entities.

We can therefore desire or believe that our conscious Ego will continue to make experiences of a psychic nature – such as emotions, feelings, affections, thoughts, memories, and so on – referring to our individual identity endowed with continuity and memory. As we have seen, in some cases communicating entities have provided precise references to their human existence: their affections and feelings still seem to have links with the persons (relatives, friends) known in their human life, and their existence in another dimension appears for several aspects of a psychical nature, not so different fro the human. However, other evidence suggests that the psychic tunings that we might eventually experience in the otherworldly dimension are substantially different from those of the human psyche we have become accustomed to. It seems that in the beyond the psychic experiences are far less conflictual and contradictory compared to what happens in this dimension: suffering should be absent or in any case softened, limited to some forms of remorse for what has been done in this life or could have been done and was not. It is, however, a remorse that remains free from those forms of pain, anguish or torment not rarely associated with the human existence, a remorse that would manifest itself primarily by the desire to do something worthwhile and useful to others, that is to relieve the sufferings and to make others happier.

Overall, the impression is that the existence in the afterlife may be far more harmonious and happier than the earthly one: the spiritual entities cooperate and live in harmony, and it seems that those forms of conflict and of misunderstanding that characterize existence in our world are completely absent. Entities show love, or positive feelings, to their loved ones or other people known in this dimension. A term often used to express their mutual relationship is «sympathy»: in many cases the spiritual entities have shown to appreciate that we look at them with sympathy, and it seems that such sympathy activates in them the desire and the opportunity to intervene kindly also to help us.

The continuity of individual identity

In examining mediumistic phenomena, it is found that in some cases the memory of the events and relationships of this world is still alive in the communicating spirits (except for certain linguistic expressions and especially for proper nouns), which can lead to presume a continuity of the conscious experience from this dimension to that of the otherworld: sometimes the spirits do not even seem to realize they have died. It can therefore be assumed that the sense of individual identity of the conscious Ego remains intact, even though the new psychic contents which he/she experiences are of a different nature. In a nutshell, it seems that the conscious Ego, free from the human body, continues to exist through an energetic instrument, keeping the memory of the human personality, towards which it is gradually becoming detached and transformed because of the diversity of psychic experience. It does not seem that in the beyond there is time, at least as we experience it in the human dimension, but there may be evolutionary paths through which the spirit should overcome the constraints of individual identity (or rather: it would feel progressively free from such constraints), to follow an iter that would lead him to perceive, identifying, what we could define the meaning, value, and clarity of creation. Where the human psyche fills us with questions that can not be answered, the psychic harmony of the afterlife could offer an immediate and complete understanding of the meaning of everything.

Creative activity in the dimension of spirits

It also seems that another aspect of the spiritual dimension is activity. This form of activity is certainly different from that with which – by controlling the body – we operate in this world, but even so it will explicate itself in an aiming and intelligent way, taking advantage from learning, dedication, and knowledge. The presence of the activity also implies the concrete possibility of shaping and transforming the environment in which spirits live, as we do in our dimension, but through the direct and voluntary control of the creative faculties of psychical origin. When a spirit says to practice in the arts, it means that it tries to concretely create something by transforming with its intent the psychic reality which surronds her/him. When another spirit claims to set up the environment so that a mediumistic sitting may succeed, it seems to behave like a technician trying to best tune the equipment needed to produce certain effects. All this would involve the presence of an intelligent being, able to interact with an environment that presents its reality, partly subjective but also partly objective.

The limits of bodily life

Human life involves an interaction with the world and with other human beings that takes place through the body-mind instrument: an instrument that is admirable for its complexity and its performances, but subject to all the limits, the imperfections and the mistakes that characterize animal life on this planet. For this reason much of human activity focuses on the living body, on its defense against all that threatens its integrity and good functioning (illnesses, enemies, traumas, etc.), including the natural deterioration due to time passing, followed inevitably by death. For the same reasons the psychic experience is also deteriorating, a kind of degradation that seems almost inevitable given the premises. We are also inclined to ask for the reason of evil, of conflict, of suffering, although we know that these are aspects of the human psyche associated with the functioning of our body and our mind, aspects that may be completely absent in an individual, but present in another. So a person can be intrinsically evil, and another an example of philanthropy, just as a body can have a congenital malfunction or a painful illness while another enjoys very good health. There is no doubt that as the wicked person harms other people, while the philanthropist is a benefactor, one cannot remain socially and humanly indifferent to the different consequences of the two cases, but although this is a necessity dictated by the demands of social justice and individual protection due to human existence, from the point of view of knowledge nothing is revealed about the psychic and organic causes that make a person inclined to goodness or evil.  

The liberation of conscious Ego

As we have seen in the page devoted to this topic, once released from the fatal attraction that links the body-mind instrument to the human psyche, the conscious Ego could be free to experience the different tunings offered by the psyche in another dimension, in a much more harmonious way and probably with a wider and richer range of expressions. The instrument through which the psychic tunings of the spiritual world could be experienced does not seem to be subject to the limitations and distortions of the body and the brain: the energy that this instrument should use seems available without limit or effort, and there are not sufferings caused by malformations or malfunctions, nor vulnerability to offenses coming from other spirits. All this causes to fail the primary conditions for the psychological degradation to which we are subjected in our human life. For all these reasons, the perception of the spiritual dimension from the point of view of our condition of human beings can be fascinating and liberating: through the threshold of death our conscious Ego is freed and cleansed of all the slums determined by being imprisoned inside the human body, through which it has breathed not only the balms but also the poisons produced every day by the human psyche, and can take part in an evolving phenomenon of great complexity, but much more in harmony with its essence. This, at least, is the hope that the conscious Ego feeds, according to its true nature, and this is the impression that can be obtained in the light of some experiences that seem to come from the otherworldly dimension.

Theories about the meaning of human life: reincarnation

As to the meaning of human life and the importance of our behavior in this world (with reference to what will happen to us later), the most varied and weird theories have been advanced, especially in the religious sphere. We can take as an example the one about reincarnation: in many cases the communicating entities do not allude to it, and sometimes explicitly deny it, while providing precise references to their human existence considered as unique. In most cases, our memory does not give us any reliable indication about a life prior to the present, neither in this nor in other dimensions. Of course there may be some fantasies about it, by elaborating forms of theoretical reasoning that take into account this possibility: all things that are yet lacking the depth of the experience actually lived. One cannot forget the important and well-documented research on the reincarnation of Ian Stevenson (1918-2007), but while it is possible to understand the transition from this psychic dimension to a more harmonious and appropriate one, suitable to the needs of the Ego, one does not understand well why a conscious spirit should want to return to this world, even for a short time, unless it is forced to. As a provocation, I would like to ask those who read how they would like to be transferred, even temporarily, to a more conflictual, more tormented, more violent, and more incomprehensible psychic dimension than the one they live in: something, in short, analogous to a prison. I do not think they would be enthusiast! 

Someone states that the meaning of the incarnation in this dimension by a spirit that has already experienced a more advanced psychic dimension would consist in making new experiences or in helping and comforting other human beings: in short to contribute to the evolution of the psychic phenomenon in this dimension. The limit of this hypothesis is that it seems to imply a form of humanitarian aid in this world by a kind of superior civilization, without taking into account the reasons why good and evil should coexist, confront and fight in a so conflictual way on the Earth. According to this vision, our planet seems to be assimilated to a border area, a kind of battlefield, a chessboard on which positive and negative forces are facing each other, with humans in the role of pawns, white or blacks that they are. In other words, if the transfer of the conscious Ego to the dimension of the spirit can only take place following human experience, then by necessity it is indispensable for each of us to live his/her destiny first in this experience, which is characterized – as has been said – by contradictory and conflictual psychic instances, which are intended to remain so (at least for a very long time) due to the laws that rule this dimension. If, on the other hand, the hardness of human experience could be mitigated and comforted by the intervention of spirits already evolved, a real help from these spirits would be to make the psychic human phenomenon much less conflictual.

Besides, the hypothesis of a cycle of incarnations as a system for purifying the spirit and making it more evolved does not seem convincing, at least in relation to the difficulty of understanding how the psychophysical nature of human experience can determine the evolution of the spirit and by what means the latter could be able to control the tunings of the human psyche. As has already been observed in the page on the alien spirit, this would create an almost unbridgeable dualism between the spirit and the conscious Ego of a human being, dualism which, however, cannot be found in the numerous communications by those spirits that continue to show up with their identity in a psychic system of a more advanced quality. Ultimately – though without ruling out completely the possibility of reincarnation – it seems more sensible to see the transition from the human dimension to that of the spirit as a step of an evolutionary path that proceeds in a positive direction: even those that in this world are destined to embody a part of the evil, violent and irresponsible human psyche, once freed from the constraints through which their Ego has formed and has been trapped within their psychophysical system, could experience a completely different vision of the existence, a vision within which freedom should coexist with the impossibility of either harming the other or being harmed by them. Before being able to attribute this or that aspect of the character or of the tunings of the human psyche to an influence by the spirit (to which a greater or lesser level of evolution before the incarnation should be recognized), it would be necessary to have a knowledge about the nature of the human psyche – and the functioning of the instruments through which it is manifested and transmitted – more reliable than the one we currently have.

An enigma that goes beyond the human psyche

As has already been pointed out, especially with regard to investigations on paranormal phenomena and the hypotheses advanced to explain them, research often aims at revealing the enigma they represent in the light of the various psychic interpretations and the ability to evaluate them by human intelligence, but we are not sure that such interpretations are appropriate to the whole spectrum of phenomena that may occur in this world. In fact, these faculties are determined by the human psyche, though considered in its most advanced aspects: but in some NDEs as well as in important mediumistic phenomena, there is the presence of something that appears to go beyond the human psyche. If we consider the existence of another range of tunings different from those of the human psyche (to which we have become accustomed and adapted), we are faced with an enigma that, surprisingly, is by no means more complex or stranger of the various problems with which astrophysics are confronted to our day, and which led to the hypotheses of the presence of other universes besides ours, of the dark matter and energy, of the variable chronological time, and so on. Even in these cases, we have the feeling that the intuitive and interpretive faculties of our psyche, at the highest levels of intelligence, reach boundaries beyond which we cannot go, precisely because of the limits imposed by the psychophysical instrument with which we live.

Last but not least, all that has been written in the pages of this site can be considered as the manifestation of a particular range of human psyche (except for the reports of mediumistic phenomena and NDEs), nor could it be otherwise. In discussing the various topics, I can claim the coherence of research, the honesty of the exposition, the logic of reasoning, but this can also be included within the context of the psychic tunings of my mind and of my personal experience of life, and I fully understand the fact that other persons could see the same things from a different point of view. The only elements I consider objectively important are: the interpretation of the human psyche as an autonomous phenomenon in which we are completely involved (and used) throughout our lives, and the path of liberation that can be followed by the conscious Ego in recognizing our true essence and defending the rights that result from it, once it (he/she) has escaped from its identification with the psyche. It seems to me, therefore, that the best way to live is to go through this experience in the way that seems more congenial to us, never harming other persons and possibly without breaking the laws, so as not to add by our actions further chaos at a world already in itself chaotic enaugh: a chaotic state determined not only by the laws of Nature according to which life evolved, but above all by the conflicts determined by the human psyche, which can cause more damage and destruction than Nature itself. Any possible explanation and understanding of the meaning of life is delayed when the conscious Ego, freed from the constraints that bind it to this world and to the human psyche, will eventually be able to move to another dimension.


 

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