Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Infinite Lifespan: From Physical Life Extension to Consciential Immortality

- by Nelson Abreu

Several top scientists believe that humanity is not far fromachieving interminable biological lifespans, rendering biological death theultimate preventable disease.  Thispossibility raises several questions. We seem to have a difficult time appropriating Earth’s resources to thecurrent population level. What will happen if life spans were to continueindefinitely? And, like other resources, would such extension be available onlyto a few?  What would be theconsequences?

What motivates humanity’s major quests?  Much of what we do is set against theinevitability of death, the uncertainty of what follows, and the struggle tofill the void left by these. If we discovered we already survive death and havean infinite consciential lifespan, then we would lose fear of biologicaldeath.  Consequently, ourmotivations and priorities would morph and the quest for biological immortalitywould become less relevant. From this perspective, life extension researchremains an important venture, but life quality extension should take centerstage.

Llifespan extension, from the standpoint of our contemporaryaverage life expectancy could operate as a sort of existential moratorium thatcan either act as a “second-chance” to finish one’s life work or as a “bonusround” to take on a new project beyond the original expectations. Lifeextension and health improvement and recovery research could help us enjoy alonger phase of consciential maturity, or the condition many people achievecharacterized by the ability to ponder choices, consequences, and more complexscenarios with greater experience, clarity of thought, and serenity so as tomaximize productivity in terms of spiritual evolution and service.

However, eternal biological lifespans are practically irrelevantunder a consciousness-centered paradigm. The consciential paradigm can beconsidered a dualist perspective. That is, it admits consciousness as adistinct extraphysical element of the cosmos; yet it works with energy (andmatter) to interact with other consciousnesses and the environments theycreate. 

Mastery of out-of-body experience and bioenergy wouldimprove the quality of life and could even contribute to extension of lifespanthrough health improvements. But someone who has experienced several consciousout-of-body experiences would be unlikely to pursue biological eternity,because they realize they can exist beyond the physical body.  Eternal lifespan loses its relevance becausewe overcome the misconception that once the biological body dies we cease toexist.  According to projectiology,the proposed science of human manifestation beyond the physical body, we arealready immortal beyond our ephemeral physical body.

There is something to be said for an unknown, but inevitabledesoma or deactivation of the soma (human body) as a motivator. This conditioncreates a healthy pressure or stress that encourages us to take advantage ofthe opportunities of physical life. A person knows that they have a certain amount of time to take advantageof their opportunities to accomplish their objectives and then it is going tostop, with or without possible extensions.  An indefinitely long intraphysical existence could lead theindividual, in many cases, to become accommodated and squander opportunities notguaranteed to resurface anytime soon. With an infinite physical lifespan, theimportance of the present compared to the endless future is minimized. 

Consider the benefits of physical death: depending on whatyou accomplish this lifetime, you can program and prepare for your nextphysical lifetime from a higher perspective (intermissive period orextraphysical period between lives), enjoying expanded acuity because you arefree from the dense, physical body. The “heavy veil” effect of dense matter on your lucidity is clearlyperceived during loaded projections (with the non-physical body carrying a lotof vital energies). Projectors report bradykinesis (difficult,uncharacteristically sluggish movement as if attempting to move throughmolasses), inhibited visual perception, and difficulty in maintaining aheightened level of lucidity in the vicinity of the body.

We can experience different types of genetics andenvironmental conditions in successive lives.  For instance, we could experience life in differentextraterrestrial bodies and civilizations reported in non-physical travel andsome retrocognition or past-life recall accounts. Alternatively, we can see theworld from the less feminist and the less chauvinist perspectives andunderstand that each side has its strengths and limitations: one is notnecessarily superior to the other and we can learn from both conditions.  We can comprehend both sides not simplytheoretically, but experientially – there is no replacement to direct, firsthand experience.

Relationships between consciousnesses can end up in a veryunfriendly manner, to the point each party considers the situationirreconcilable after many years of troubled relations.  A new life with limited recall of pastexperiences, allows for the development of positive experiences that timearound, perhaps through closely associated family roles.  Later on, these more positiveexperiences can be jointly evaluated mitigating the negative effects of the original dispute.

Death also facilitates for the recycling of paradigms and influence structures in all sectors of civilization: "A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it" (Max Planck, Scientific Autobiography and Other Papers, trans. F. Gaynor, 1950. 33).

There is also certain logic to the cyclical nature ofalternating biological lives and non-physical period between lives.  In the physical dimension, people ofall strata of spiritual maturity and awareness (or levels of enlightenment),social groups and cultures mix in a way that does not happen so easily in morerarified dimensions.  We foregomuch of our extraphysical acuity and memory so that we can take advantage ofthese interactions, which provide rich experiences that accelerate our personaland collective evolution or integral development.

On the other hand, it is eventually more productive toreturn to the extraphysical dimension and prepare for a fresh start in a newbody. Voluntary, non-pathological desoma through will alone, executed afterone’s life task is complete, is described in ancient traditions (and morerecently in 700 Experiments of Conscientiology by Dr. Vieira) as an appropriateactions by more spiritually-evolved or enlightened individuals.  For some time, we can “enjoy a periodof existence without the physical body – our favorite pet – that cannot survivewithout sleeping, breathing, eating, and drinking.” 

Free from sexual and survival needs and instincts, theconsciousness can experience advanced forms of manifestation, learning, travelor locomotion, thinking, communication, and cognition that cannot be mapped tothe more coarse physical senses and body. Accounts of such experiences are mentioned in Projections of the Consciousness – a dairy of out-of-body experiencesby Dr. Waldo Vieira or other such classics by Robert Monroe or Muldoon andCarrington. A thematic issue of the Journal of Conscientiology (N. 26)explores the Intermissive Period and Intermissive Courses (period between livesand preparation for next physical existence).

Many people who undergo a near-death experience arereluctant to return to temporary physical life (not to mention eternalbiological life) because they feel pleasantly liberated and serene away fromphysical density and responsibility. This reaction demonstrates a certain lackof maturity, as neither condition is better; we should simply take fulladvantage of each.

Considering how many people are unhappy with their life, thepriority becomes revealing the purpose of life.  Yet, what can we possibly do that has not already been donein this millennial search?  Most ofour attempts, chiefly our contemporary search has been limited to the physicalistperspective.  The out-of-bodyexperience and other psi phenomena can reveal extraphysical variables or amultidimensional and multiexistential (many lives) perspective.  Increased self-awareness and continualpersonal and collective improvement – the development of the full spectrum ofhuman potential and intelligences – and the consequent reduction of sufferingfrom immature choices and behaviors emerges as principal aim of life.

Ultimately, according to conscientiological theory, ourintegral maturity will eventually allow us to exit the cycle of successivephysical and extraphysical existences (existential seriality akin to rebirth),permanently freeing ourselves from the limitations of the physical and extraphysical-emotional bodies – the very opposite of limitless biological lifespan.  

Nelson Abreu, B.S. Electrical Engineering, is a volunteer at International Academy of Consciousness - Los Angeles Educational Center 


  1. While to our perception, consciousness and energy are a sort of duality, they are a complementary duality in that sense that, it could be argued that one gives meaning to the other, or that they are two sides of the same coin. In that sense, it could be viewed as a monist paradigm, just not a materialistic or reductionist one.

  2. Great article, Nelson. I agree that lifespan extension is very physically biased, primarily based on a fear of death and not aging well. A very limited perspective indeed. This brings to mind Anne Rice's vampire chronicles where the immortal vampires eventually discover that living forever in a physical body is a curse once the initial romanticism has worn off. The same could probably be said about being a in a non-physical state for too long. In the end, opportunities would dry up, purpose and direction would be lost, stagnation and/or depression would set in as the proverbial reset button couldn't be pressed. Not very useful in terms of evolutionary growth. Like you said, "neither condition is better; we should simply take full advantage of each." Great food for thought...

  3. @ Anonymous: indeed. In fact, it could even be argued as positivism as well, just not in the materialistic sense either.

    @ Jack Grabon: interesting analogy and reflections. Thanks!

    - Nelson A.