At one point we are motivated to seek classical explanations that have accompanied us since we became thinking beings. Life after life? Why are we here? Are there other consciousnesses in the universe? Other dimensions? The quest for self-knowledge leads us to the study of matters that escape material nature, where science cannot help, in this current state of development. Science has not yet been able to confirm these questions in practice, but it does not prove otherwise. Polarized skepticism cannot see that, the possibility of continuity of consciousness independently of the physical body is as fantastic and strange as the possibility of no continuity! That is, we have this fabulous experience during our lives, with so many relationships, achievements, emotions, learning, and then everything disappears when our brain is turned off after death. What’s more likely? As Carl Sagan said in his book Contact, regarding the possibility of extraterrestrial life: “The universe is a pretty big place. If it’s just us, seems like an awful waste of space”. We can transpose this idea into our own existence: “Life is full of experiences, learnings, achievements and emotions. If there is only this life, with no possibility of continuity, it would be a terrible waste of time and energy”. Philosophy itself is a way for explanations, but it has limitations, because it is contained in the closed plane of rhetoric and intellectual exercise, without practical application so that these questions can be confirmed. For centuries religions have tried to address the theme, but they are interspersed with dogmas and inculcations that, in addition to not solving problems, create a sectarian culture that has controversial effects on society and is certainly not evolutionary. There remains a New Age cornucopia of self-help, of paranormal and transcendental studies, from the most legitimate and informative, to the most fanciful and crowded with mysticism, symbolism, material anchors and personality cults.
Some people, however, have transcendental, revealing experiences that are strictly personal and impossible to be demonstrated or repeated, according to the scientific protocol. There are modern institutions that work with the organization of information and the development of techniques to help people to have their own experiences and to draw their own conclusions about immaterial reality, rather than simply believing in this or that religious tradition, in this or that cult or even deny everything with the justification of scientific skepticism. Some of these institutions are the Monroe Institute and the Centre for the Higher Studies of Conscientiology, among others. Both are present in various parts of the world and they study the consciousness and its manifestations in an exempt manner, offering courses and practices that can lead to a personal discovery. One of the most efficient techniques for breaking the unknown paranormal world would be the projection of consciousness out of the body, or astral projection, as known. The control and maintenance of lucidity in this condition would result in the personal realization that we are more than bioelectric machines and that consciousness would be independent of the body. From that point on, other findings, such as the continuity of life after death, the memory of past existences, the possibility of communication with other unincorporated consciences and the vision that we would have a mission to accomplish.
The inspiration for this book is precisely the possibility that in the future we, Homo Sapiens, take a ‘next big leap’ in evolution and acquire knowledge and cognitive attributes that today are unthinkable, such as nuclear physics and genetic engineering 200 years ago. Just as would be geometry for our ancestor Australopithecus. Just as it is repugnant today to imagine society in classical Rome delighting in seeing slaves being massacred by gladiators and devoured by beasts in the arenas. The huge current interest in the MMA matches and the fights between fans in the modern soccer stadiums, however, do not place us as far from this reality as we should have been.
Throughout its evolutionary journey, about 70,000 years ago Homo Sapiens went through the Cognitive Revolution, which differentiated us from other species and presented us not only with intelligence but with the refinement of our emotions, with the ability to recognize ourselves, to reflect, to understand one another, to plan, to choose, to reconsider and express ourselves. Today, we are where we are. We live relatively peacefully and our ethical values have evolved greatly, although the sheer amount of current conflict still shows how much we have to improve for world peace. We are still primitive in our relationship with our neighbors, whether for ethnic or religious reasons, for power or natural resources.
The various possibilities and scenarios for 1,000 years from now are enormous. We have the potential to resolve all conflicts and become better, leaving behind the incessant quest for survival and power. In addition to advances in science and technology there is the possibility of developing other cognitive or ‘ultra-psychic’ abilities, which would allow an increase in sensory perception and the discovery of other dimensions of consciousness. At this stage we could undoubtedly realize that our consciousness exists beyond physical matter and beyond life, without necessarily associating this fact with religions or a mystical culture, but rather with being an inherent attribute. The humans of the future may have qualities that are incomprehensible to us today. The development of new skills may lead us to another era of perception of our reality, when we become more evolved beings.
Science itself may come to discover, in an empirical way, dimensions presently conceived only theoretically. Are we limited to communicating with other intelligences outside the earth by electromagnetic paths alone? Restricted by the material contours of space-time, where the limit of the speed of light reigns supreme and the scale of the universe practically makes a practical relationship impossible? Or is there some unknown plan that would make this relationship possible? The technology of the future may give us access to dimensions or physical realities currently unknown. The space wormholes or the famous Einstein-Rosen bridges – hypothetical space-time shortcuts – are just one of many possibilities.
If we consider how this cognitive revolution was processed more than 70,000 years ago, it is plausible to imagine a process of transmigration of consciousnesses from other regions of the universe – or even inaccessible dimensions – that had been incorporated into the new Sapiens hardware when it reached a point where this transition was feasible. These consciousnesses may have had to pass through a material experience in order to evolve. In this process we, Homo Sapiens, might have been inspired by higher and more refined intelligences, helping in the first steps.
Our descendants in the not-too-near future may be very different from us, not only in scientific and technological achievements, but in their cognitive and consciential capacities. They can reach a stage of development and have a moral code that is incomprehensible to us today. They would gain access to realities and knowledge that sound fantastical nowadays. The paradigm shift can be astounding. Everything is possible and all care is little when we discard possibilities, however strange.
To go through a second cognitive revolution and reach a higher stage of development a lot will have to be conquered; we can no longer devote ourselves to the constant struggle for survival, social standards, power, reptilian competition in our brain, and sectarian ideologies. We must give up selfishness and a hedonistic life for the betterment of the quality of life for all. We will have to have other values and other priorities. Perhaps, by reaching this stage, the only important thing for every human being is to help other consciousnesses in other parts of the universe evolve. ***