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Review for disseminating the
Communications received through
incorporation trance in the C.I.P.


Spiritual Teachings of a Master

This work and teachings are an important part of my life and have forever changed the way I look at and think about life. This is the first book from this Master that was ever translated from Italian into English and is a Review for disseminating the Communications received through incorporation trance in the Italian Center Of Parapsychology in Naples (CIP).


What is C.I.P. and its Aims

A publication of the

Chief Editor: Corrado PIANCASTELLI

Silvio RAVALDINI, Clara and Riccardo CESANELLI, Teresa NAZZARO

Editors and Distributors in the UNITED STATES:
Edward and Tina Tungate
P.O. Box 2086, La Jolla, California 92038.

Editor and Distributor in AUSTRALIA:
Andrew Milani P.O. Box 626, Applecross 6153, W. Australia.

HEADQUARTERS OF THE C.I.P.: Via Poggio de' Mari, 16 -
80129 Napoli, ITALY.

From Article 1 of the Statute: "The CIP shall pursue the study of parapsychological phenomena and their causes following the methods of scientific research, and shall disseminate the results".

The Italian Centre of Parapsychology organises itself along at least four lines which also represent the most well-known aspects of contemporary parapsychology:

A) The dissemination of the doctrinal corpus and cultural work connected with the phenomenon of Entity A.

B) The analysis of and reflections on classical parapsychology.

C) The development of humanist parapsychology, which is a new line of approach that brings together all studies on altered states and inner states of consciousness.

The basic principle of humanistic parapsychology re-evaluates the inner self and the concept of Soul, considering all the higher activity and creativity of the human species as paranormal and connecting this great hope to scientifically-based working hypotheses.

Humanistic parapsychology (which indeed took form within the CIP) encompasses the phenomena of pre-death, the visions of the dying under the action of drugs, the study of sacred herbs, relaxation and regressive hypnosis, mystic ecstasies, etc.

D) Studies into developing the application of humanistic parapsychology with meetings aimed at personal growth and getting to know one another.

The communications in this review were transmitted by the remarkable mediumistic personality known as "Entity A" through the incorporation trance of an exceptional sensitive who has operated exclusively in Naples, initially for the Centro Cosmos (from 1946 to 1963) and then for the C.I.P. from 1963 to the present day.

The C.I.P. works independently of any technical interpretation (already successfully taken care of by sophisticated scientific and university research studies), to disseminate the "lessons of A" in the conviction that the rare quality of his teachings represents a doctrinal model of immense cultural import, bringing exceptional reassurance regarding life and death.


P.S. - There are two societies dedicated to paranormal phenomena :


The American Society for Psychical Research
5 West 73rd St. - New York, NY 10023.
The Australasian Society for Psychical Research
P.O. Box 626, Applecross 6153, W. Australia



Nobody who gives serious consideration to the communication from the entity Andrea, through the medium Corrado Piancastelli over the last forty-eight years, can fail to be profoundly impressed by this utterly remarkable phenomenon.

On the one hand the sheer volume of these messages from another dimension exceeds some two thousand hours of recorded time and ten thousand written pages, covering every conceivable subject. This in turn is coupled with stringent scientific testing, cross checking and minutely detailed examination of all facets of the role played by Piancastelli in the transmission of this material.

Fascinating as this verification process is, it is completely subordinate to the spiritual and philosophical value of Andrea's information in all of its consistency, practicality and intensity.

Andrea's message and its absolute affirmation of a God embodied in our most intimate nature, challenges us to accept a much more meaningful relationship with ourselves. Over and over again, he reminds us that the only way for our particular Spirit to maximize its eternal development in the course of its sojourn in our individual body and lifetime, is for us to live intensely, embracing all of the facets of our earthly existence, excluding no available human experience. In this way the purpose of the Spirit's voyage through materiality, can best be served.

Michael Jordan

Vice-President, Australasian Society

For Psychical Research.






Since his birth in 1930, Italy (or Naples, to be more precise) has been the home of one of the leading sensitives of the past century: the writer, Corrado Piancastelli, who, despite experiencing thousands of deep trances and being one of the most heavily controlled mediums known to paranormal writings, kept his name a closely guarded secret until 1991.

This anonymity was broken with the publishing of his book, " Il sorriso di Giano" (Janus's Smile), acclaimed as a masterpiece by the critics because, for the first time in the world (with the possible exception of the Garret case), a great sensitive talked about himself, his own doubts, his intimate research which became, for himself and his readers alike, a true quest for his own Soul.

Piancastelli's life as a medium is important for two reasons. The first of these is that when he is in a trance the same voice has always manifested itself. This voice (different from that of the medium) is that of a great master called "Entity "A" (Andrea, or in English, Andrew) who has given lessons of great conceptuality, a true doctrine on the fundamental problems pertaining to human life, the Soul and God.

The second distinction of this medium has been his willingness to subject himself to careful analysis which, as far as we can glean from world publications on the subject, is absolutely unique in the history of mediums. The studies made on Piancastelli, performed in a university environment, demonstrated that Entity "A"'s voice is not emitted by the medium's vocal chords. The electroencephalogram (EEG) showed the presence of Alpha waves during his trances (the Alpha rhythm reflects modified states of consciousness and sleep). Linguistic analysis pointed out substantial differences between the medium and the Entity. Furthermore, during the trance, clear cardio circulatory changes were proven by the clinical instruments.

It is clear that such an array of tests highlights even more plainly the importance of the message and its contents.

This Master has thousands of followers in Italy and numerous books have been published drawing from approximately 2,500 hours of trances recorded and more than 10,000 pages of lessons transcribed.

Among the other publications of the CIP, the Italian Centre of Parapsychology, which is now directed by Piancastelli himself, there is a bi monthly publication which has been published in Bologna for nearly twenty years. This is called CDA, Communications by the Entity "A", and it is edited by Piancastelli, Ravaldini and Cesanelli. What follows below is intended as an initial introduction to the self same communications published in Italy.

Bearing in mind the complexity of the material collected and also the difficulty in understanding it for those ill acquainted with it, the first passages have an experimental characteristic and take into consideration the fact that an approach to the doctrine taught by Entity "A" can only be gradual, and this is also due to the unorthodox style inherent in the lessons.

The excerpts have all been transcribed directly from Piancastelli's trances, and, with the exception of minimal formal corrections, are entirely verbatim.

The Italian Centre of Parapsychology expresses the wish, therefore, that this review now being published in English may receive a similar welcome to that which it has had in Italy and, above all, that Entity "A"'s perceptions may also enter little by little into the culture and feelings of other brothers and sisters who, even though they speak another tongue, are not for that reason any different from our brothers and sisters here.

Tina Tungate (U.S.A.)

Andrew Milani (Australia)



Communication by Entity A Volume 1







Entity "A" for me, his medium, and for the few people who have listened to him directly in our sessions since 1946, is Andrea. This is his name and we know no more about him.

But there is something that we can give immediate testimony to: this invisible guide has changed our lives and, I believe, also our conception of our deaths.

Not only has he taught us that death does not exist (imbuing us with philosophical strength and with incomparable logical analysis), but he has stated that life on Earth is but the ephemeral attire which the Spirit requires to be able to live the fleeting period of human experience.

Each of us has a Soul and this Soul will never die, not even when our brains have ceased functioning for ever.

This tenet, rooted and conceptualized within our minds, establishes today a conviction which has completely banished our anguish about having to depart from the Earth. Binding ourselves to this mooring will certainly not be easy for everyone, but Andrea has also told us that all people can nevertheless discover this dimension of life and death if they produce changes which are directly proportional to the above-mentioned conviction. If we convince ourselves that we possess an immortal Soul, then it is to this that we must bow our lives and the morals by which we should conduct them.

Why are we on Earth as living beings? We are here to be able to carry out, living in and using our bodies, the programme which we, as spiritual beings, originally chose when we incarnated in our mothers' wombs. But this programme is unknown to us; it is to be discovered. And how? By continued introspection, by working to eliminate all those earthly values which enslave us, as social animals, and rob us of our freedom.

The Spirit is free and the achievement, through knowledge, of this freedom transforms us from the mainly natural beings we are into spiritual beings which we hardly ever are.

This is our lesson and here too twines and untwines the quintessence of the overwhelming teaching given by Andrea's sublime voice. Coming to us from unknown distant places, yet close at hand through an equally mysterious trance, it invites us to aim high for ourselves, reaching towards the place where our Souls nest. And it does so by bidding us simply (in a unique way for our known culture) never to discard the sense of the earth, our corporeal nature, which our Spirits chose as an abode to come and get to know the world.

Corrado Piancastelli



Entity "A": Without question, it is the duty of each of you to fulfil himself. This was the reason for your coming to the Earth and you must therefore achieve a personal goal which I should not like to describe as egotistical but rather as "independent". You must not depend too much on others or on their judgements.

On the other hand, your behaviour must be thought out beforehand so that the options which may intertwine themselves with abnormal circumstances (such as superstructure [viz Glossary p.48 ] concerning other people) are profoundly weighed up. What I mean by this is that when you come across situations in which you happen to create suffering in others easily (because they are made in a certain way), it is clear that what I am saying should be looked at from the point of view of both sides.

This is why I have said that this is a very transient area full of crossroads and situations in which one cannot apply fail safe guidelines, and, naturally, such circumstances are extremely common. On a daily basis you probably come across episodes in which, so as not to make others suffer, you ought to deny yourselves, if it were not for the fact that our doctrine obliges you to fulfil yourselves. This is because fulfilling yourselves is necessary for your Spirits, and if you do not do so, you will be wasting precious time.

After all, this type of incarnation happens once only; who knows when you might come back to the Earth again. This should be stated quite brutally. You are here now and you must draw profit from human life as you might return in a hundred, two hundred or thirty years, no one knows, and the situation will then be changed. When you incarnate again, you will be something else, another human being, that is to say. The Spirit remains the same, but the human being changes completely, and when you come back another time you will in no way remember everything that has happened today. You do not actually remember what happened yesterday.

Thus, on Earth, you must do what you have to do to the full. This naturally means that you must understand that your companions, the people you meet, those you love (your children, friends, husbands, wives, mothers etc , in short, all the human beings you come across) are in their turn people behind each of whom there is a Spirit like your own. These are Spirits which you will meet again, which have also come here to do the same things that you have to do. It is in this way that the principle I have talked about earlier can be transformed into another one: "act in such a way that other Spirits are assured the same freedom that we wish for ourselves and do not cause them harm". Certain observations can be inferred from this statement, some of which are rather interesting.

When we create clash situations with others, do we really do them wrong or not, in the sense that we force them to reflect? Generally speaking, whoever voluntarily or indeed involuntarily causes harm which in turn leads to meditation and reflection, also has an experience which backfires against him, depending on the case if, of course, we find ourselves amongst people who think, meditate and reflect.

Let it be understood, we are not referring to superficial experiences. On the contrary, we are speaking about instances in which the situations are thought out beforehand and are thus confronted conscientiously and knowledgeably. I realize very well that, despite all this, harmful and often bizarre complications arise. You must fulfil yourselves; this cannot be argued with. The longer you wait before fulfilling yourselves, the greater the damage you will do to yourselves, especially as your continual postponement of your experience of the world, puts it off to circumstances which you consider more suitable but which may or may not come about. On the other hand, the fact that you encounter other situations which can harm others, sometimes creates a dilemma for you - a crisis which affects both the person causing the suffering and the one subjected to it. But, having said all this, you can without doubt always discuss your problem candidly and serenely.

You see, in your lives you often happen to argue with others. Someone does you wrong, or perhaps you love a person and you are forced to leave him or her. Alternatively, one moment you love somebody and the next you do not love them any more and they suffer. Then there are people who break off or try to break off friendships, or those who change jobs, creating stress etc. A large part of all such tension which accumulates through events in life can be resolved by being prepared for the problem beforehand. The basic error you make, in my opinion, is that you bind yourselves too morbidly to others. If you have children, you destroy them with your morbid affection. If you love a woman or a man (whether he or she be your wife, mother, husband or not), you create such intense relationships that when you get to the moment of separation, it turns out to be traumatic.

In a certain way, you are not prepared to die, because you do not think about intermediate situations: people who have loved one another and have had to separate, for example, or families which have split up with children leaving their mothers or fathers. But remember that all such separations are implicit in the rules governing death. In other words, separations will take place in the future come what may and you should always be prepared for one which will inevitably come about with the death of a person.

You are unprepared for such a predicament and this can be demonstrated by the fact that your human relationships are structured in such an abnormal fashion that, whenever a rift occurs for whatever reason, it naturally turns into a tragedy for you. You say: "But what can we do about it? After all, mothers love their children, children love their mothers, men love women, women love men etc." I agree, but affection and love can be expressed in a multitude of different ways, and once again I am forced to bring up the question of superstructure. In other words, you load human relationships of your own accord, I might even say in a masochistic way, in such a fashion as to create suffering even through mere imagination.

Whenever your suffering outstrips reality it is here that your fantasy causes jealousy to boil up in such a way that even in close blood ties such as the relationship between mothers and daughters certain conjectural mechanisms explode, gnawing at the individual and bringing him or her to the brink of lucid madness, with all its social consequences: relationships based on physical or verbal violence, on sadism and masochism, interwoven with a gamut of stratagems, leaving you completely destroyed in the end.

But the fact is that one can love another person in such a way that any type of interference unconnected with the natural communication between individuals can be eliminated. This means that whenever a separation must occur (brought about either by choice or by death) no suffering will be superstructured as a result. On the contrary, everything will come together again in a satisfactory, and I should say reasoned, way, in which the whole problem has been absorbed into the system and understood, because it has already been thought out.

You must not imagine your feelings to be always so true and so great; often they are mere emotions and frequently lack something more profound behind them. Of course, they are the only ones you have and it is not your fault, but I simply wish to analyze such a situation in which all these feelings cause you to suffer more than is necessary. Why am I talking about this then? Because it is linked with your independence. At certain times you encounter situations in which you must fulfil yourselves; however, you know that in so doing you end up by inflicting a mortal wound on the feelings of others (even though these same feelings can often be turned into superstructure, as I have already said). In this case it is vital to have the conscious knowledge of what you have to do.

Naturally, this knowledge must also be understood by the object of the confrontation, the person with whom we come into conflict. The latter, in turn, must start examining his or her own feelings in order to eliminate as far as possible particular superstructural frills so that you can both arrive at a better understanding of the situation.

I quite understand that this is very difficult to do in your lives. It is also true, however, that because of such difficulties, many Spirits pass over to this side having been unable to fulfil themselves on Earth and without having done what they had planned to do. This needs to be made perfectly clear. Thus we should ask ourselves - which is what I am doing now as a Spirit - whether it is worth the trouble having such regard for others on Earth, if we only end up by holding ourselves back. On the other hand, however, as a Spirit I also know (and I must tell you) that when you do not have the required respect for others, the Spirit is also responsible for the consequences. This is why I have spoken about that transient area in which one cannot apply any fail-safe guidelines.

In this, as you see, the principle of individuality comes up again; that is, each one of you is quite plainly a single being in an unrepeatable historical moment of life on Earth, because only at the current time and never again can you possibly be what you are now. Even in ten minutes, at the end of this lesson, you will be different, solely because a certain type of argument has entered your heads. Thus each moment is unrepeatable.

Later, of course, we know that everything becomes absorbed into the system and reprocessed; but the almost emotional moment, the developmental one in which your taking part affects your acceptance of certain truths or realities, is, each and every time, unrepeatable. This is why I always say that you can even have painful experiences caused by others (who by creating experiences end up by harming you). It always happens but on such occasions you should have the skill to transform all the pain into a positive experience. This also leads to (and becomes, after all, an act of love) your forgiving the others, who, having to live their lives in a certain way through free choice and meditation (and after careful consideration), are forced to clash badly with you. Moreover, if you transform this experience by understanding it, you will do yourselves good because this is a worthwhile action which acts as a catalyst towards your own evolution.

It lessens to some extent the possible feelings of guilt which may arise in those who, being considerate and conscientious, clearly have not willingly chosen a situation in which someone must suffer. Of course, each individual instance has its own peculiarities, and the general yardstick continues to be that of avoiding causing harm to others. But, as you quite understand, this general rule has very profound consequences: due to the fact that the Earth is made in a certain way, you harm someone, even without realizing it, at any given moment.

Perhaps in this precise moment in which you are listening to my voice you have neglected your children for this hour spent with me. Against your will - one might say - you have harmed someone. Maybe your children would have preferred to go out for a walk with you. Possibly you have skipped an hour of study or work which would have produced something extra for your family. What I mean is that in the most unthought of moments you can hurt someone to a greater or lesser extent, causing harm which is not in fact harm at all. I could go on in this vein for ever, but it is in the interweaving of a multitude of existential situations that all this is unavoidable. Now, whilst admitting that the general principle ought to be that of not doing harm to others (that of not doing as you would be done by), all the same this general rule should be stuck to closely as regards some of its aspects.

In other words it should be abided by as far as its reality is concerned which is that, living together, one cannot entirely avoid harming others, but the harm can be reduced considerably so that in the end it can be cancelled out altogether. This "cancelling out" then comes into being by going over once more, with careful attention on your part, the things that get done as time goes by. Thus when the inevitable circumstance of harming somebody arises, at least it all springs from a careful analysis of your own life; it is a choice made with maturity and does not result from slackness on your part. This tenet should be observed for everything you might do in life. Such a mode of conduct excuses you in some way, especially if you have managed to discuss the problem with those people who could be harmed, by so analyzing experience that the subject can be developed on a profound basis. At this point, at least the terms of the question are crystal clear and they are quite aboveboard.

Question - In other words, any victory should remind us that a defeat has taken place, and thus all this is pardoned by the intentions which lie behind our actions. If I may refer to your example, you could say that by and large, as I am here listening to you, I can offer something more to the same people whom I have taken some time away from.

Entity "A" - Yes, but I certainly did not give a very illuminating example. What you say is surely the case, so let us take as an example a research worker who spends night and day, his whole life in fact, in a laboratory, neglecting his wife and children completely, yet who, upon finishing his research, possibly discovers a vaccine which can cure a fatal disease. Now how should we judge this person? There you are, beginning with an unremarkable example, we have passed on to a more important one,  and remember that there are tens of thousands of such examples on Earth. A completely different argument from this one can be inferred, however: how badly organized you are, and how badly organized were we too when we were here on Earth. In other words we were, like you, victims of particular circumstances which forced us to create certain types of family units, making up electrons around a nucleus so to speak, with the resulting lack of independence for their various members. In this way it is really the person who works, the person who runs the family economically speaking, who is seen as a central figure around whom everything rotates and nothing can be done without involving this nucleus. It is for this reason that we are in an erroneous situation.

This naturally leads to the creation of family ties and more precisely those of a patriarchal type of family which rotates primarily round the man, creating obsessive links which end up fostering fictitious responsibilities.

The man in this type of patriarchal family in fact, by neglecting his children, eventually causes them harm, because they have been brought up to believe that their father was the nucleus around which they had to rotate their lives. If he, the nucleus, ceases to function properly, it is self evident that that type of family will collapse.

In this way certain obsessive, violent and passionate feelings are nurtured. As a result the father is the master of the son and the son is the slave of the father. He is a slave not only as regards sentiment but also on an economical basis, one that is brought about by so exaggerated, so flaunted a relationship between his internal self and his paternal figure, that when a separation comes about it becomes a traumatic event.

But the situation before us has become pathological and absurd, implying therefore that our whole argument is similarly absurd. What general principles should we now take into consideration? Should we find this man guilty or not guilty? The man who was forced night and day, year after year, to stay in his laboratory, but who in the end, all things considered, discovered a vaccine which led towards the saving of, shall we say, millions of human lives, whilst at the same time destroying three or four his wife and children? Is he to blame? I do not think I could draw from this any universal principle at this stage. In other words this man truly had to press on and we should ask ourselves whether the others should really have pestered him. Where was it established that they had to hassle him? What doctrine lays down that children, wives and relations must necessarily rotate their lives around such a father/nucleus, sacrificing him and forcing him to sacrifice them?

The principle of autonomy and independence can even hold good maintaining the existence of family units, but they should not be closed. They should not be narrow and fettered like islands and personal worlds. This is the mistake you make and it is a mistake which has clear social and economical bases behind it, because family units did not evolve in this way, out of spite. They turned out the way they did because they were intended to do so, but this would be a very long argument and would require fuller discussion about both patriarchal and matriarchal types of family organization. And it is here that finally and fortunately we have death. I say "fortunately" because, at long last this poor Spirit, forced as it is into abnormal situations in which it does not believe, can escape from such neuroses, traumas and obsessions, and judge itself.

Yes, indeed, its eyes, so to speak, also examine the harm it has done to others, but it knows full well that although the others have suffered this harm, they have also had certain experiences - and they had already known about them beforehand when they in turn chose to incarnate in a particular historical moment in time which could not have resulted in anything else. In other words, we have foreknowledge and therefore no-one can be blamed for anything with the exception of a few peripheral facts. With respect to the example indicated above, these could include the following: having had such a vocation to do research night and day, was it really so necessary to have children? Could he not have done without?

This is a definite responsibility certainly. Obviously it was useless his making up a family unit, bearing in mind he knew what was in store in that historical, cultural and social moment. Thus other responsibilities spring forth. Then, if we admit that a mistake had been made, it would have been a double- or even triple-fold blunder because, having children, it was repeated more than once. Apart from this, on the other side of the coin, we should say that those Spirits have nonetheless had experiences. Then, I grant you, perhaps it was not vital for him to spend night and day working, to have gratified his special vocation in such a way. It could be that he actually did withdraw himself knowingly from the love of his children. You can see here how assessments become individualized and change from case to case.

Question - I think that the quality of love counts for more than material time.

Entity "A" - Love only counts if it is transferred, remember that. Because you can love someone a great deal, but if you do not show it and if you are not with that person, if you do not transfer your love in such a way that the other person feels it, it is quite useless for you to feel it at all, keeping it closed up inside you.



Question - What are the real moral limits of the experience of the Spirit on Earth?

Entity "A" - What do you mean by moral limits of the Spirit? We know very well that they do not exist. It begs the question and seems, from the point of view of the Spirit, impossible to answer. It would be like asking the Spirit if it indulges in moral or indeed immoral actions.

On the other hand, one can definitely say that it is "immoral" if we may employ such a term as this which you use on Earth for the Spirit to take part in any activity which restricts the freedom of another Spirit. In this way, "immorality" can be perceived as causing another Spirit to make a mistake, or doing things which alter its freedom and decisions. But "immorality", as far as the law of God is concerned, is quite impossible to commit. This is because we start with a general premise quite different from that of religions.

According to religions, the Spirit (and also Man in a certain sense) must abide by a law pre established by God, and disobeying this law automatically brings the Spirit into a situation of, shall we say, "sin" or "immorality". It should be noted that this condition of universal life supports the dual view of the universe, governed by good and evil there is no escaping from it. If a Spirit does not observe God's law, it means that it conforms to another one. By logical assumption it must be a follower of someone else because, if it were a follower of God, it would necessarily be a party to the Latter's own law. Basically it would be dealing with weighing up its own actions, making them adhere as well as it could to the corresponding law of God. One can argue that it might choose another path: neither adhere to another law, nor follow God's. As an idea, this really lacks logic because, if this were the case, the Spirit would have at least three choices: follow God's law, ignore it and follow someone else's, or indeed follow neither and shut itself up passively in its own individuality. The passive situation in this instance would not be "sinful" as such, it would merely be a position of limbo, and here again various complications would come into play such as Time etc.

Be that as it may, I am stating that the Spirit always abides by the law of God, and it is impossible to imagine "immorality" with respect to that law. This is absolutely irrefutable if we acknowledge that there is only one God. This principle is not, however, valid in all circumstances. What I mean is that there are moments in the life of the Spirit in which, when coming to terms with a section of the universe which is made up in a different way (the Earth, for example), certain conflicts may arise which can be defined as "moral" or "immoral". I do not like using these terms because they conceal ambiguous meanings. "Morality" and "immorality" lead one to think about sin and guilt, taking us back once more to an argument which I do not feel able to support, bearing in mind the many things that have been said above.

However, we can take into consideration an action which complies with the law of God and another which, according to convention, as far as the transient nature of life on Earth is concerned, is in disaccord with it. This we have to admit.

In fact, for example, we say that every action (be it voluntary or involuntary) which brings suffering to others should not be carried out, because it is a negative action. It remains all the same an experience on account of our acceptance of such a value even as regards Man's so called negative actions. These, in the moment in which they are qualified as experiences, become positive for the mere fact that they have been applied, whatever reactions to them may have been.

Suffering, feelings and pain are emotional issues or individual conflicts, if anything, and the law of God has no relevance here. If I cause you harm voluntarily and I realize it, it is I who suffer and there is no God and no Law which can force me to suffer or not because of it. This is because we are dealing with a personal dilemma of mine, with my individual make up, which reacts in a certain way with respect to experience just as my structural condition reacts when faced with any other type of emotion and experience. The Spirit which, for example, incarnates and is subject to a traumatic ordeal, is linked to the particular technical detail, and the Law of God plays no part in this case either. Traumas can depend on the system of life which I had originally organized for myself and which for reasons of theoretical or experimental conflicts, can cause me a distinct type of suffering. They are individual circumstances and the law of God plays no part in them. Thus this is the general scheme of things as far as "morality" and "immorality" are concerned. However, I suppose you wished to refer to something more precise in human experience.

Question How is it possible that the Spirit can be guilty, when we all know that it can do little or nothing after it has incarnated?

Entity "A" We are naturally referring to those instances alone in which the Spirit plays a part, a tiny minority of the ones involved in human life. In all other cases, if a man does not specifically allow his Spirit to share his experiences, they will not be passed on to it.

Question You have taught us that only on rare occasions does the voice of the Spirit reach our consciousness. Once in a while it reaches our subconscious, but for many people even this does not happen. Therefore, if the Spirit cannot control the body, how can it be held responsible for actions which it has not willingly sponsored?

Entity "A" Matter behaves in a certain way and the Spirit is not responsible for this. On the other hand, there is no such thing as the responsibility of matter. All that the body does, without heeding the intentions of the Spirit, can in no way generate responsibility. You have organized society in such a fashion so as to regulate the use of your bodies. These laws were made for matter; they have no jurisdiction over the Spirit.

Question But on the other hand, if we had no laws, we would have chaos.

Entity "A" One cannot do without laws , that is true, but you have extended them to individuality, in such a way as to private Man of all freedom. You could get along very well without all the terms invented by your mental schemes. None of you bears sole responsibility for them.

Question We set off looking for something rational which sometimes ends up incoherent, and this causes continual twists and turns.

Entity "A" One cannot all of a sudden say to men and women: "This is the Truth; follow these guidelines" because these are slow processes, which may sometimes be hurried up a little, but the pace is undoubtedly slow. On the other hand, there are no rules to be enforced. Once a man reaches adulthood, the process of learning from scratch becomes laborious.

Question It could be argued that, insofar as a question of implicit rationality is concerned, the evolution of certain laws resulting from divine principles is envisioned in the simplest way possible. However, I feel that that does not happen when the subject under discussion regards the "technical" part (how can we call it?) of the separation of the Soul from the body at death, and so forth. In actual fact, all that we have been talking about here for years is relevant on a theoretical plane, but if we turn our attention to what actually happens, we find ourselves surrounded by a sea of suffering. This is largely due to such a method which, for "technical" reasons, is distressing and hampers a lasting cohesion with our views of the Soul, with monotheism, and with our attachment to the physical world. Clearly this is not negative, in the sense that it brings about a certain benefit to the Spirit, but...

Entity "A" You see, it is distressing, but for whom?

Question It is distressing for the being which is subjected to all these trials and tribulations. What I mean is that this delay in liberation to brave new planes of consciousness...

Entity "A" Yes, but I would not exactly use the word "distressing". I would rather say that there are moments in which the Spirit can be uncertain, where it can be perturbed, but it is the body or at least the Soul, rather than the Spirit, which in the end has to undergo tribulations. The Spirit has moments of uncertainty and can be bewildered by particularly critical circumstances which arise, but I would not speak about real suffering, because, as far as the "technical" fact in concerned, the Spirit itself does not suffer. If anything, it is the intelligent component of the Spirit which reacts in a certain way or distinctive manner according to the type of experience involved, but there is no real and proper suffering.

After all, any suffering of the Spirit should be contemplated on a different plane than the one on which you think and imagine. Its suffering is always an exterior act which it intellectualizes in a certain fashion. The Spirit, whenever it completely lacks different structures other than itself (for example, the Soul, an energy based structure acting as an intermediary between the Spirit and the brain) is unable to suffer. It is eternal and immortal, whereas the Soul changes after death but we shall tackle this question in more detail elsewhere.



Question We should like to delve once more into our discussion concerning instincts, so-called faults perpetrated by Man, and the "judgement" we may undergo after death for deeds which we at the present time do not even suspect of being negative, whilst at the same time we might be surprised at not being "judged" for actions which we have always thought to be wrong throughout our lives on Earth. We feel the problem ought to be clarified more plainly, as it is the cause of a great deal of confusion on our part.

Entity "A" Generally speaking, as far as "responsibility" is concerned, we should bear in mind the fact that the living being is made up as we know by a body and a Spirit, and if it is true that our instincts play a minor role because they are kept within certain limits, all the same each individual is responsible for a spiritual heritage which he or she must reveal in order not to be at fault. This spiritual heritage, the essence of the Spirit, must not be presented according to Earth's moralistic indications, following which Man is forced to do certain things resolutely, not do others, show charity, practise piety, love his neighbour, listen to and take part in religious rites, and as a rule not do any of the things that his instinct tempts him into doing. Seen like this, the problem sounds somewhat false. This is because the Spirit in actual fact manifests its spiritual heritage through its matter, and therefore its "spiritual morality" is created by the manner in which it governs such instincts, in other words its body, and relates to the environment in which it finds it is living. It does not give up its instincts, but for precise reasons it guides them in such a way that they do not bring about harm to others. In this sense the Spirit applies a principle of brotherhood, a spiritual principle, so that it can steer its instincts not basing itself on their specific moral or immoral use but on the relationship which these instincts have with the surrounding world.

To put it another way, I can use a particular instinct if it does not do wrong or bring about harm specifically to another person. Of course this idea is out of step with earthly views of morality, particularly in its formal sense, that is the way in which instinct is crushed precisely because it is "base" instinct. But the Spirit comes to Earth mainly to use the body and develop experiences through it, not to give it up, because the greatest experience comes principally from the body and secondly from the relationship the latter has with society at large. When you speak (as we do too) about experiences of the Spirit in the world, you must intend above all the experience the body has with the world. There can be no experience without the body.

The Spirit can only live through its own physical body which, due merely to its being used, is the first organism to transfer to it a broad range of facts and knowledge. Therefore, the Spirit's responsibility lies in its not using its own body rationally and intelligently, because it is precisely in such a rapport with its body that the Spirit matures its greatest experience. The difference between one person and another, as far as a moral appraisal is concerned, is also due to this: the manner in which our Spirits govern our bodies so that others are not done wrong or harm, but on the contrary good. In this sense Man's actions within society are developed through Man himself and the Spirit always manifests itself through the body it possesses.

If it is true that Man has no knowledge of certain factors on a human level, such as his own memory and consciousness, it is also true, however, that there is a Spirit whose activity is by and large carried out "behind" each person. A Spirit which, from the moment of birth, from the planning stage of its life on Earth, knows what it wants to do and prepares its relationship channels with the body in such a way that through its subconscious it can always transmit specific controls, suggestions and stimuli directed at the sense organs of its own body. If this were not the case, the Spirit would truly be separate from the body and could not be held responsible for anything at all, which is what can happen when the brain has suffered serious damage in which case the Spirit cannot really be held responsible any more for the actions of the body. But when such an example does not present itself, you should understand that the Spirit always retains stimulus channels and, on the contrary, the point is the following: whenever you use your instincts legitimately for an action of yours, if appropriate censure, control, limitation or moral assessment stimuli do not reach your conscience, this could mean that the Spirit has not transmitted through the subconscious its "moral quality" which outlines and qualifies your behaviour and action.

In such an instance it is responsible. When you speak about responsibility, you must always give exclusive attention to the responsibility of the Spirit. You, as human beings, are nothing; you count for nothing and have no value whatsoever. In fact, as human beings you die; all the organs which permit you to speak, gesticulate, walk etc, die. It is always your Spirit which is responsible and when we speak about you, we intend you, as Spirits.

If the Spirit does not transmit a stimulus of moral censure, appraisal, or judgement, it is responsible. Once an action has been done, it cannot be undone; if some sort of moral criterion does not intervene within you, it is you Spirits which have failed to bring this about.

Question But then, apart from a formal, logical continuity of a certain argument which we as people began years ago in our relations with you Spirits, why do you bother informing our human consciences and desires about these facts? Clearly it would be much easier to suggest such things directly to our Spirits rather than to us as human beings.

Entity "A" I am, in fact, only giving you part of the teaching here. However, I should like to correct a little what you have just said. You, my listeners, are first and foremost Spirits which are inhabiting bodies, and which, through your brains, psyches, culture and knowledge etc, are preparing certain behavioural guidelines which can, to a greater or lesser degree, benefit the lives of your Spirits on Earth. Your behaviour, therefore, is the basis, the foundation through which your Spirits can manifest themselves in varying nuances of clarity and obscurity. If you therefore, as bodies in perfect union with a spiritual goal, prepare your bodies in such a way that your Spirits can make their mark on you more effectively, you will be doing something profitable. In this moment, by listening to me and by taking part in this discussion, you participate as Spirits too, and not merely as forms of intelligence or psyches which live together with the Spirit. On Earth the relationship between the Spirit and matter is more or less constant.

Remember one thing that I have already said and that is that in this moment you are predominantly flesh, or physical matter. The human being is almost totally matter and it behaves almost wholly like an animal. But, as is the case with some of you, or indeed with many, the fact that spiritual sensitivity indicates that the Spirit make its mark in a less formal yet more profound manner, means that it is your task, your duty, to reduce the distances lying between Spirit and matter; and these distances can only be shortened if you create suitable channels in which the Spirit can travel more incisively. The channels are those of knowledge and truth, that is those which allow your psyche to adapt itself better to spiritual reception. In this sense it is Man's duty to open up for the use of his own Spirit all possible channels of information, experience and transmission towards Earth.

Doing this the evolution of the Spirit is enhanced; it is better advised from within. And even if in this moment you feel more human beings than Spirits, you must in this way unceasingly give your Spirit the opportunity to live more detailed, more profound experiences, as far as the penetration of human experience is concerned. It seems to me that your dilemma is thus adequately clarified.

Question I am still somewhat confused in the back of my mind as far as the dichotomy between Man and Spirit is concerned. It is the same old argument regarding Man as a brain, body, psyche, soul and spirit. Here we are dealing with something new. It is perhaps merely a nuance, an almost imperceptible entity, but it is still something which I cannot yet manage to fit in with everything else.

When you say that we humans work for our Spirits, it is like saying that we entrust to the least important part of our being the most important task which should on the contrary be the sole domain of the Spirit. That is, when you speak to us as humans, you speak directly to the part which you yourself have defined as inadequate and finite.

Entity "A" I am directing a certain argument towards you because I know that you can really only understand because you have a Spirit. If you did not have a Spirit, you would not be able to understand me. What I am saying would truly be beyond your comprehension.

Question Therefore it is a question of terminology: it is consequently never I, the man, who can help or give firmer foundation to my contacts with the Spirit, but it is always the Spirit through me, the man, which grasps something more steadfast.

Entity "A" Indeed, but your business is different from that of the Spirit. You should be paving the way for it in a certain sense and dealing with how to define your mental and physical make up, your personality, structure, or capacity as a transmission or reception device. And you should also analyze the manner in which you make your body function, in which you preserve yourself, and how you might allow or restrict contacts between your Spirit and the human world.

Question But such a contact, such a predisposition of mine, always derives from my intelligence as a human being, therefore...

Entity "A" Yes, it is also dependent on your intelligence as a human being but for this reason I must make an impression on your human intelligence too, quite apart from doing so with your sensitivity as a Spirit. In fact my primary objective is to convince you on a human plane. Having obtained such an assurance, the dichotomy would be far more striking.

Question I could even say that in the end we come up with a technical fact: you must make your mark on human channels in order to facilitate what the Spirit has to do, and therefore the responsibility is not totally the Spirit's.

Entity "A" Of course, it is not totally the Spirit's, this is clear; we have said such a thing many times. Its responsibility is diminished whenever there is a great deal of resistance at a human level because, as we have often repeated, the body is really a barrier which puts up an enormous resistance to the Spirit, getting in its way and obstructing from time to time certain contacts, certain more emphatic messages.

Question To continue this line of argument, another question springs to mind. At the precise moment in which the body dies, or at any successive stage, is there a solution of continuity within the consciousness of the essential ego? Is there a sort of "jump" which the ego makes in order to find itself turned into a Spirit at a certain point, remembering only vaguely its experience as a man?

Entity "A" There would in fact be a "jump" if we did not have post mortem lethargy. In practice, it is precisely this sort of lethargy which diminishes the jump enormously.

In any case, let me state that nonetheless despite the lethargy, the Spirit is subjected to how can I put it? various requests which will no longer be of a strictly psychological nature. We undergo undeniable deformations, if only for particular stretches, until a genuine equilibrium can re establish itself, a kind of unity or continuity.

Question Therefore we shall have to make some sort of effort to allow us to find ourselves again.

Entity "A" For the Spirit it is basically like coming out of a drunken stupor and it is traumatic even if it does not show obvious symptoms of real suffering.

Question All the same the continuity of self knowledge never disappears completely.

Entity "A" No, it is never brought into question. There may be moments of depression in which certain changes take place but this continuity is forever present.

Question For some people the role of totally distancing themselves from desire can play an important part provided that they do not have it for their whole lives.

Entity "A" Naturally, whilst affirming your right to use instinct, I have nevertheless also stated that the latter should moreover be governed by reason. To this aim human desires should not be developed, at least until after they have been examined, until after they have been filtered by our reasoning. The resulting end product culminates in pouring away the bitterness of our desires, making them more malleable and channelling them in a more rational way. No instinct and no desire can be expressed without first passing through reasoning and intelligence. All such desires are then also bound to the structure of the nervous system, and each reacts in a different way to the same impulse.

Question Thus we can say that there are basically two forms of experience as far as matter is concerned: one consists in our entering into the self same matter, even through our desires; the other exists in the control of the matter, that is of the same material substance, on the part of our incarnated Spirits.

Entity "A" I agree, but look, the ideal is to live by immersing yourselves in the knowledge and use of matter, checking, however, that your employment of it does not bring about harm to others.

Question This can be found, for example, in works of art, even though artists only rarely manage to create great works which achieve participation and detachment at the same time.

Entity "A" It is a bit different from that. In your example there is no direct participation in life but simply the description of life or of its use, whereas in reality life is a very different thing.

Question I think you should act in a way that you do not have to suffer the rebuke of your own conscience, so that by contrast you can always be sure that you have acted well.

Entity "A" I would not talk about being rebuked by your consciences: all this is a bit ambiguous. I should say rather, in a clear cut fashion, that you must not bring about harm to others, quite apart from whatever rebuke you might be given by your consciences, because you are unable to analyze them properly. Such a rebuke is often motivated by a false idea of upbringing which you have learnt from childhood, in other words by a sort of pseudo conscience. Many of you believe that your conscience is rebuking you but it is frequently just the echo of a false or erroneous manner in which you were brought up. It is not your Spirit which is rebelling but your sense of good manners. It is the way in which other people have instilled certain ideas in you. Thus you end up by believing in a conscience which is, after all, very fickle and which varies wildly.

Each one of you reacts to your conscience according to the family in which you were brought up, the environment in which you grew up, the country in which you were born etc. A great deal of elements add together to make up a sort of pseudo morality. Morality, as you well know, even changes from region to region in the same country. What therefore is the right one? Each individual inhabitant of the various regions will have his own "voice of conscience" different from that of his neighbour. Of course they are all wrong and nobody really understands what true morality is.



In order to give a broad idea of the theories expounded up to now by Entity "A" (Andrea), we propose to outline below their main principles, leaving aside for brevity's sake, all the theoretical implications which may be inferred.

We should remind the reader that Andrea's total message which continues to grow as time goes by has so far been transcribed onto more than 10,000 pages and recorded onto approximately 2,500 hours of tapes.

There are also numerous publications which deal with the doctrine of this great Master even a doctoral thesis has been accepted by a national university in Italy regarding research into this important paranormal case history.

Prior to spelling out our synthesis, we should like to state beforehand that the principal line of thought contained in Andrea's teaching is based on the certainty of the existence of the Spirit. The latter is an energy based structure made up in a way unknown to us and created by God; or rather it is emanated by Him because nothing can be created, as everything already forms a part of God. The Spirit is a free, independent being which starts its trek as a "blank sheet" but which retains throughout this infinite journey the necessary drive to elaborate on and expand the divine nature within it. The "journey" which our Master makes reference to has two parallel paths: an external one beyond itself, in other words both in the real and conceptual universe, and an internal path which reconverts into knowledge all that it garners from its analytical journey outside its own Self.

This cognitive "work" lasts for ever and this path also includes the cycle of human lives which make up brief moments in its infinite journey. No absolute truth is to be found. On the contrary, the Spirit's knowledge grows steadily because the universe is by and large a spiritual mechanical machine in a continual state of flux, a machine which draws nourishment and energy from the marvellous mystery which we men and women have given the name of God.

That being stated, our Master tells us:


What we define as "evil" is just an immature view of the only emanation feasible, i.e. good.

However, as terms, both good and evil have human meanings and symbols. In the reality of the universe no anti God can be conceived and so the devil cannot exist. If he did, he would have to have been conceptually created by God Himself who at this stage would be the sole cause of evil. In fact nothing can exist (not even His antithesis) which has not already been part of God. The devil would thus have been created by God Himself but we should then allow that God's mind could likewise shelter the rudiments of evil and such a thing is impossible.


Only beings which encompass the same authority and majesty of God can reach Him. The infinite being, which God is, cannot even be reached by the Spirit despite the fact that the latter is also infinite. It is like two parallel lines: two such infinites will never meet.

To reach God, the Spirit must be similar to Him. And in this case the Spirit would melt into Him, thereby destroying its own individuality. This would be like true death for the Spirit. But if the Spirit could reach God, we would have many Gods, each one of which of the same value, as all of them would be equal to one another. Furthermore, it is completely absurd to believe that the Spirit can contemplate God. Contemplation is never an intelligent act and, as such, does not fall into line with the behaviour of the Spirit which is, on the other hand, an active Being in a state of continual evolution. In short, the image of God, longing to be adored like a common or garden human being struck by narcissism, seems trite.


Both are created at one and the same time, but elements which bear the stamp of independence, individuality, free thinking intelligence and self conscious, make up our real selves as spiritual beings. All other things created which do not possess these characteristics become "universal matter".

The two planes are separate but the Spirit looks at that which is outside itself, in other words the universe, the world whose path it is to follow and get to know; but, structurally, matter and Spirit are both made of the same substance.


There is no other way about it. Evolution is the consequence of knowledge and the latter is brought about through experiencing and living existence in other words life wherever and in whatever form it may be. Theories are mere props and can never substitute the tangible work of true experience.

If theoretical periods of critical reflection exist, these must be corroborated by behaviour and experience. It is only in this way that the Spirit can increase its knowledge of God and universal Reality. For knowledge of God, we mean the proliferation of interior qualities which, in each of us, are already of a divine nature. In practice, evolution awakens in us our consciousness of belonging to the same nature as that of God. And it is in this manner that the long sought after, wonderful union with Him is brought about. But we are dealing with a mere flash of lightning and not a goal: the discovery, that is, that we are made as spiritual beings of a similar nature to that of God.


This is the logical consequence of the points described above and it is one of the most revolutionary of Andrea's principles. According to our Master, scouring both our external self (physical matter) and our internal being (our true selves), we can achieve the knowledge of the reality and truth of things. From this principle we can infer that human bodies must be used and lived in intensely and not in an idealized way, as religions have always established, because the Spirit can only come into contact with the world through our bodies. If the body is extinguished by the oppression of restrictions, existence becomes futile for the Spirit because our goal in life mutates into such constraints and passive sacrifices.

The body, Andrea says, is the aerial of the Spirit and must be used as a transmitter of experiential signals.


The body without the Spirit has no sacredness whatsoever. Our lives are intended for spiritual experience alone; only it can fulfil them as far as their significance and purpose are concerned.


We are reincarnated many times until our thirst for the knowledge of corporeity linked to the physical system of the Earth has been fully quenched. This principle of reincarnation confirms tacitly that the Spirit is in no way created by God at the moment of conception but that it was in existence before this date for a period of time quite unknown to us.


It is impossible for us, as humans, to understand the language of the Spirit, but we can get close to it by rediscovering our inner selves, the mysterious dwelling of the Soul which is present in every living person. What is required, to put it another way, is to create a new centre for the ego and include within it our spiritual consciousness. This is not be confused with an entirely different issue psychic consciousness which is housed in the brain. But, in order to attain a result of this kind, we must modify the ideological snare which forces us to be such enfeebled human beings with our rules, taboos, obligations and pseudo psychological moral constraints which make us utterly forget that we came to Earth to live for the sake of our Spirit and not to submit to human codes of conduct.


Freedom is basically a quality of the Spirit, not of the body, as the latter is mere matter prone to the laws of cause and effect.

Man, moreover, is subjected to psychological and social conditioning and is enslaved by the world.

But we can gain our freedom once more through moral disobedience which consists in giving ourselves individually an aim in life oriented towards the needs of the Spirit and not towards the will of other people. Being free means thinking with our own consciences and not with the ones set up for us by others since our coming to the world.


But in order to implement it, however, the Spirit must struggle with all types of corporeal conditioning. Many acute existential neuroses and a high percentage of personality loss are not caused by people's internal and external stimuli but by their straying from their inner programme, by the fact that they live different lives and experiences from those which are vital to the Spirit.


Nothing ever dies in the Universe. Why should the structure of our consciousness be the only thing to die?

Our Master teaches us that the Spirit dies when it comes to Earth and not vice versa. The true home of the Spirit is not the Earth. Death is therefore merely a return to our Father's house.


Our true life, our genuine conscious feeling, can be achieved only in the acknowledgment of our inner nature to such an extent that we can see within ourselves perfectly, because it is we who are our Spirit.

Outside this, Man is dominated by a loss of sense and meaning, since he lets himself live passively and thinks about the Spirit (if he ever does think about him!) as an outer being which he can at best define theoretically or admit through faith. Thus, as he lacks the background and experience gained from participating in the hunt for his own Soul, Man carries out mindless rites and is dominated by feelings of guilt and indifference towards any quest for truth.


They clearly do not exist beyond human confines but even when we are living on Earth we can perceive their nonexistence.


Our Master has dedicated to God sublime, stirring lessons in which he basically affirms that we are more acquainted with what God is not and what He does not have than with His true nature which can only be perpetually unknown to us. This derives from the fact that the infinite is unreachable and as divine attributes such as intellect, power and truth are also infinite and eternal, it will never be possible to comprehend His inner being.

Despite this, the presence of God is real and continues to dominate the universal scene because, as Andrea says, although we live our independent lives, we have never left the Father but are constantly in His midst. And all things are likewise in His midst, as there is no place or mental reality in the Universe in which God is not present.



Question What sort of experience can a Spirit have which incarnates with the intention of being born and dying immediately afterwards, when we know that a new born baby can only have very rudimentary experiences?

Entity "A" First of all it draws experience from the actual birth itself, from its approaching matter and subjecting itself to the whole trauma involved, from its following the journey planned for it at its incarnation. To put it another way, life itself, as such, is already an experience for the Spirit. And it so much more so than death, because death represents a minor event in the history of the Spirit, whereas coming to Earth is a maximum one.

When we incarnate there is a change of condition, and basically we participate in the adventure of an experience which may or may not prove to adhere faithfully to the Spirit's original intentions, often ending up diverted by the many obstacles that the Spirit finds in its path. Death, on the other hand, is a return to its natural state.

But similar experiences are also to be had in incarnating a deformed body, or one which is mentally ill, where it seems that there is no room for tangible, clear and consequential experiences. Here, to put it in a nutshell, experiences are improvised and hardly ever passed over to the Spirit, as they lack the consciousness of experience, the "mental gesture", so to speak. But in these cases too the Spirit draws experiences from life in itself, rather than from experiences obtained from the way in which actions are carried out.

I should also add something else which is often forgotten and which has in part been forgotten here too. We uphold the principle of reincarnation, that the Spirit can return to Earth many times, because it represents an evolutive cycle, bearing in mind that the range of experiences possible can never be made in one life alone. But leaving aside all such philosophical, theological and similar considerations as far as this problem is concerned, I should say that many experiences which seem peculiar help the Spirit to be compensated, as a recognition of its experiences, from one life to another.

That is, the Spirit can sometimes be given the opportunity through life to correct previous experiences, or master them more satisfactorily, as it is like a child who tries and tries and tries again until he has succeeded. Living life in this way, many experiences or facts which occur on Earth may seem on face value to be absurd or inexplicable and they are in a certain sense if you compare those styles of life and experience with others around in that historical moment but they are no more absurd if they come to be considered as the culmination, the crowning of other interrupted experiences, or ones badly executed in past lives.

Question So there is a sort of cycle which completes itself as time goes by.

Entity "A" A cycle does exist, certainly. Millions of Spirits are wrapped up in it and it is clear that there cannot always be an identical relationship between them, so many of these effects from your point of view do not appear to be compensated for, whilst from ours they are most definitely.

Question Talking about death, can there be deaths from which no experiences can be drawn?.

Entity "A" Death is always an experience despite the fact that it is not a great one. Differences in the experiences recorded are due principally but not solely to the types of death involved.

You react to events in some way or another. It is not the event as such but really your attitude which is of real value. When we talk about experiences of the Spirit, we do not mean the news of the experience or its transcription either as a visual or linguistic image, but, on the contrary, we intend the transcription of its symbolism or meaning. The Spirit activates a phenomenon of apperception in other words it digests the experience set aside from its form. If it did not do so, your experiences would never affect the Spirit.

They develop in the physical manner common to types of organized matter and the Spirit draws certain meanings from them which, when they pass over to the Spirit, cause evolution. It is in this way, therefore, that death is not a significant event in itself, but it is rather Man's behaviour, as he participates in it fully, which qualifies or disqualifies the experience of death and sends these so called information signals to the Spirit.

Question Can those people dear to us who are in your world comfort, guide, help or be close to us in any way?.

Entity "A" It depends on their spiritual dimension, on their affinity or lack of it with you. Obviously those who leave you behind can find themselves in the most diverse situations, not all of which are suitable for them to come back and find you again, but on many occasions such circumstances do occur.

However, you should put out of your minds to some extent the fact of their guiding and helping you. It sometimes happens and it concerns above all a relationship between the Spirit and God, between the Spirit and the other life, but that spiritual beings can help you quite apart from the mechanism which you must feel within you and use to assist you in recovering from your grief is something which you should not advocate.

This is because, you see, each one of you must live his or her own life alone and cannot be helped. The law does not allow such a thing, except in a few instances. That it does happen on occasions, I should hasten to add, is due to the fact that Spirits have unlimited freedom of action and sometimes even break laws taking the responsibility for such action upon themselves, but the law as such has not agreed to relationships between spiritual and human beings. Naturally your loved ones, your "departed", those who have left you behind, can get in touch with you. And there is no reason why they should not. After all, it happens many times on many occasions you do not even realize it. But your Spirits do not have the mere function of giving or having something for you, and you should neither ask for, nor expect, a solution to the problems in your life by appealing to God or your dead.

You must stimulate in your innermost selves your own strength, your own will, your own capacity to look at problems in a more vivid and serene manner, so that once again you can find the inner peace or order which at times you need to resolve your conflicts and dilemmas. It is possible that after this some help may occasionally come your way. But, as Christ said, first you must have faith. Help will follow because having such faith is the equivalent of gaining your salvation.

Question Some people have said that when you die you go into another dimension.

Entity "A" All the same, you can still keep up contacts with the Earth. In other words, a loved one who has left you can continue to follow you and continue to know what is happening to you. But the fact remains that he or she is almost always prevented from helping you.




In 1983 the Italian Centre of Parapsychology (CIP) published a very useful study, Reading a Master, edited by Carlo Adriani, Maria Calì and Corrado Piancastelli. This treatise gave a summary of the most important principles contained in the whole of Andrea's doctrine. The publication, for those who can read Italian, is of enormous benefit from the point of view of either teaching or training. Starting with this issue we have, however, decided to begin publishing it in instalments so that our readers can follow bit by bit Entity "A"'s "rational" thought, setting it apart from the disjoined excerpts which we have published in single booklets.



God has given us what no other being can ever give us: the principle of the eternity of our Spirit.


«All religions, all great Prophets and Masters have unceasingly told you to give up the flesh, abstain from using it, and extinguish the fire of physical matter so that the Spirit can be raised up.

I believe a very serious doubt must have manifested itself in the minds of the great Masters of the past, who certainly must have been aware not all of them, I grant you, but some certainly were that if the Spirit enters the flesh, there must surely be a reason for such a thing to occur. It could not have been the intention of the Law of God to command that Spirits should enter the flesh for the unlikely motive of destroying it.

Thus this flesh, this living matter of yours, must necessarily be something which has to be used for some purpose. It was not meant to be pushed aside but rather to be included in a wider spiritual programme.

Why then has no one ever discussed this aspect of the problem? Nothing has been said because confronting such an issue promised to be a very dangerous proceeding. In fact, this argument presupposes the existence of a man having within himself a sort of spiritual illumination at the same time as he is using his physical matter. This spiritual enlightenment must be great enough to be able recognize in the man's matter its own instrumental function in assessing the efficacy of experience.

What I mean is that if a man uses his body exclusively as an end to itself but lacks such spiritual illumination, he will gain poor experience from a spiritual point of view. In other words, the recognition of what one does and not the action in itself is always necessary. This is because the arbitrary use of the body as an end to itself harms the Spirit if the most noble part of the mind that which is able to interpret material acts and transmit experiences to the Spirit is excluded from the process».

«So, before talking to you about the principles regarding "materiality", I should confess that I was uncertain whether to do so or not.»




The quintessence of the message given by Entity "A", which we are about to discuss now, is that we are spiritual beings which were incarnated in human bodies with the precise aim of experiencing the reality of matter and following the path of the materiality of life, respecting other people's lives, in a continual evolutive and cognitive process.

The aim of spiritual life and its evolution is that of finding the right way by ourselves and working out through our own long suffering research the direction our journey should take.

In view of this, it is important to remember that our perception of the Spirit is not a gift that drops from above after we have taken part in a relaxation exercise; on the contrary, it requires a tiring journey which can last a whole lifetime and beyond. The Spirit may have to employ several lives to be able to find itself in matter. In fact it usually takes quite a number to achieve this aim, and this explains why a system of reincarnation is provided for.

Most people are unable to learn things which are beyond their limits of comprehension.

«The incarnation of life is an experimental journey of the Spirit and must be lived in the uncertainty that the original target will be reached. In this way Man gives the best he can from a human point of view and the Spirit endures the frustration of the loss of its own Self, but it also feels the desire to find it again, even within its corporeal matter». «However - Andrea adds - the exchange relationship between spiritual beings and their bodies allows the law of God to extend His help to those who are on Earth. We, bodiless Spirits, can help you to chart out your maps, but it is up to you to follow your own paths.

Added to the maps are the teachings of Guides, Prophets, philosophies, theologies and all the possible strategies to help you to find your way. But those who pass on specious knowledge should remember that they will be held responsible for such actions which contradict the Law».

Entity "A", in direct contact with Piancastelli (and therefore not in a seance), tells him: «This is why anything you may see or hear, even if you describe it, will not be of use to anyone who is not yet ready for it and if you insist too much, you will be held responsible. No one can take the place of another person in his process of evolution or in his life's journey».

It is not by power of suggestion or miracles that you can make progress, but rather through personal work in actively experiencing life."

Every individual person must follow his or her journey on their own; advances can only be made by individual introspective work.

This is why faith is something to be conquered it is not a gift. And the groups of people who follow the teachings of Andrea should become groups dedicated to work and growth.

In fact, many people could recite Andrea's words from memory but would be unable to follow his teaching in their lives for as little as half a day. (Piancastelli).



All infinite and eternal Reality results from a single divine emanation. Part of it separated itself from the rest and was "clarified", thereby creating an infinite number of Spirits. The remainder continued to be "scattered" (in other words, anonymous and without a true identity), making up the Universe, or reality in the strict sense of the word, and being an "external" presence in relation to the Spirit.

Put another way, one part of creation became the spiritual being and the other the material universe, but their origins are one and the same and likewise the "quality" of their spiritual or material energy is, and has been, identical since the moment in which everything was emanated by God Himself. God transferred some of his personal characteristics to the Spirit, the most important of which being independence, intelligence, immortality and infinity.

Andrea says: «God's creation has at all times infinite and eternal values». This means that His creatures are forever assured and will always be granted the properties of infinity and eternity together with those of autonomy and independence, in such a way that all God's creatures can, within themselves, possess «vibrantly an infinite and eternal function and potential». Thus it follows that, as far as the Spirit is concerned, its potential is limitless. However, the Spirit's real limit is in its not possessing «the infinite within itself, as a cognitive fact». This is the reason why it is necessary that, at the moment of emanation as an energy/idea, or better, as an idea/energy, the Spirit must, from the point of view of knowledge, be "tabula rasa" "a clean sheet" whilst remaining potentially infinite. This last expression means that it has the potential to acquire unlimited knowledge.

And why should this be? The answer is because God has not transferred his entire being into the Spirit, but only his potential (The Principle of Potential).

Despite all this, the Spirit at the moment of emanation is not an absolutely "clean sheet", because it contains some fundamental qualities.

«The Spirit is given Intelligence, Will intended as a dynamic thrust towards its evolution and, above all, it has Self Consciousness.

It knows it exists because, as it is a structure emanated by God, it has Individuality and Personality.

The only reason why it has Individuality is so that it is unique in its genre, being separate and structured as if it were a "closed circuit".

Its Intelligence, Will and other spiritual gifts, coupled with its capacity to recognize itself, give it Personality.

In addition the Spirit possesses some elementary ideas. It understands that it is in the Universe; it realizes that God exists; and, although in a confused way, it knows that it must direct itself towards certain experiences of paramount and fundamental importance, discerning that such experiences will make it conscious of what it is in a more tangible manner». Despite this, «when they are in the first stages of their journey towards evolution, Spirits ask themselves in a rambling way about whether God or indeed they exist at all. The Spirit does not know at first that it is immortal. This knowledge is gained through experience, through life."



«The true function of the principle of materiality,» says Entity "A", «is that of ensuring that the Spirit obtains knowledge on its external universal plane. If the Spirit stuck unwaveringly to the confines of its structure which is a structure of a divine nature in a conservative manner, it would never learn anything about life outside itself nor about events going on in any particular moment.

But the reverse is the case: the Spirit participates fully in reality at large. And it is in its impact with this reality that it gains self knowledge and can evolve.

Qualities and self knowledge are thus awakened from their state of potentiality because when God created the Spirit, he transferred to it an infinite potentiality. The guarantee of the Spirit's eternity lies in its having precisely this infinite potential. On the path towards evolution, this potentiality is elaborated and developed by the Spirit's journey through universal reality created by God Himself».

Entity "A" furthermore asserts that the Spirit comes to Earth innumerable times, it reincarnates repeatedly, "in order to absorb materiality up to the hilt. This does not mean, however, that it merely assimilates things to be found in materiality, but that it also acquires the knowledge of the universal reality inherent in the said materiality." It should be borne in mind that society on Earth, although organized in a completely different fashion from the ways of the Spirit (from whose point of view such society is undoubtedly false), «nevertheless contains basic laws which are complementary and at times similar, concomitant or confluent with universal laws». For this reason Man must add somewhat to his potential with respect to his knowledge of matter and the Earth. Thus his mental experience can be enhanced and transformed into spiritually valid records of knowledge.

Our Master often adds that «the Spirit has come to Earth to live as a man and not as a Spirit».

In the light of this, teaching such as Andrea's is utterly revolutionary and absolutely unorthodox.

Andrea says: «The Spirit knows it is an individual being, an individual different from other Spirits, standing on its own between God and universal Reality.

It understands that it lives in this Reality and that it cannot get confused with it either.

It recognizes that it is within the Law, but it can also distinguish that Law as a different element from itself.

It is sure of its place in Equilibrium, that it possesses Equilibrium, and that Equilibrium is at the core of the Universe, but nonetheless it does not forget that Equilibrium is a different principle, separate from itself.

Thus, in order to acquire the experience of any such Principle, it must live according to the manner in which the Principle manifests itself in the universe. In this specific instance, the Principle regards materiality as an element of contrast with spirituality which embodies the magnet of free will. Materiality is not an independent element it is not free nor can it exercise choice because it is bound to a fixed universal law of an equally divine origin."

Materiality actually symbolizes the exact opposite of spirituality in the sense that matter answers to fixed, unchanging laws whilst the Spirit expresses itself with its own identity, independent interpretation and inner choices. Having said this, however, it is clear that without knowing the material universe, the Spirit would deny itself a knowledge of reality which is infinite too.

«And therefore the Spirit», the Master continues, «in order to acquire experience about the principle of materiality, literally enters into it, living a great number of times on Earth before rising again. And it rises rich in perceptions, experiences and knowledge relative to materiality. But, in elaborating and distilling such information, the materiality is gradually lost, allowing the Spirit to acquire the knowledge and consciousness of the idea of materiality as an element of contrast in relation to its original spiritual nature.

In the end, sublimating itself finally from corporeity and regaining the consciousness of its spiritual self, it is left with the awareness, reaped from its many human experiences, of what this Reality of matter is, and how and why it exists».

To put it succinctly, the Spirit through life tends to transform bodily experience into spiritual knowledge. It converts experience, that is, into information which encircles the essence of physical things. (For a more detailed analysis, you should read about the independence of the Spirit in the chapter headed "Spirit and Universe").

«This is the reason for life as far as matter is concerned», Andrea concludes. Then, naturally there are all the other experiences, those we know nothing of and which we shall find out about only when we depart from the Earth because, as the Spirit «needed to acquire materiality as an idea, so it must also acquire the other ideas such as Equilibrium, the Law and the divine Principle». These are states of consciousness which are alternatives to earth bound categories and refer to the Universe of Principles, of which, at the present time, we know absolutely nothing.




According to Entity "A", this is an energy based structure which the Spirit makes use of to enable it to come into contact with its own body through its brain. In practice, it is the Soul which inhabits the brain and which is, in turn, inhabited by the Spirit.


This is the principle on the basis of which the Spirit rediscovers within itself the divine matrix which makes it up. To achieve this rediscovery, the Spirit "lives" in the Universe a journey of knowledge and experience. Both of these awaken in him their common belonging to the Father and this produces a change in outlook which is precisely the evolution aimed for. The Spirit's journey lasts for ever its life in a body is only one of the many moments in its existence. The trek never ends because, if it did, we would be absorbed into God and would consequently lose our conscious individuality.


Being the true core of divine origin, it is eternal, infinite, autonomous, individual and therefore cannot die. As it is of the same nature as God, the Spirit is not subject to transformation, but only to evolution. This is also due to the fact that it was emanated as a "tabula rasa", or "clean sheet", which nonetheless retained divine potential within itself. Evolution, or, to put it another way, the spiritual work of the Universe, allows the Spirit to progress from the "tabula rasa" stage to Knowledge by means of a process which will never end because God is infinite and the infinite cannot end.


What is meant by this term is the entire range of psychic concepts (such as moral standards, taboos, restrictions, rules, habits etc) which enslave Man in the human environment and thereby get in the way of the Spirit and the Soul, preventing them from implementing their own free will. To put it another way, the superstructure blocks the spiritual programme which the Spirit works out in order to further its own evolution. This is because the body becomes a human snare which forces body and mind to abide by social mores without having any respect for the inner, spiritual problems of the person involved. According to the principles of Entity "A" and the Italian Centre of Parapsychology based in Naples, in order to rediscover the traits of the Soul it is necessary to modify substantially the superstructure so that the structure lying beneath it can emerge. This is, of course, the Soul/Spirit partnership and can be found in each and all of us.

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    This monograph was published in 1990, in a slightly more elaborate form, by the Italian institute of Parapsychology ("Centro  Italiano di Parapsicologia" abbreviated as "CIP"), one of the most ancient and qualified Italian Institutes, which enjoys the patronage of the ISUP Foundation and its Department of "Altered States and Interior States of Consciousness".

CIP has its seat in Naples.

The fundamental characteristic of CIP has been the continuous investigation from 1946 until today (that is to say since almost fifty years) into the most sensational case of mediumism of this century. This case has been restricted to the Italian territory mainly because the medium in question remained anonymous until the end of April 1991. From that date CIP is officially authorized to mention the name of the medium. This anonymity which lasted from 1946 till 1991 came to an end thanks to a book published in Italy by Edizioni Mediterranee and written by the medium himself. The title of the book is "Il sorriso di Giano' ("The Smile of Janus") and the medium of whom we are speaking is Corrado Piancastelli, a well-known cultural personality and President of CIP, succeeding Prof. Giorgio di Simone who was its President from 1963 until 1989.

One doesn't need to dwell at great length on the importance of Piancastelli's mediumism. He has the gift of an embodiment trance with a complete alteration of personality and voice, followed by a total amnesia. Piancastelli can also come into telepathic contact with the "voice" which appears during the seances. This situation through which Piancastelli has lived for nearly fifty years is the origin of the exceptional document "The Smile of Janus" in which the author describes how, from a logical and neurophysiological point of view, he receives the "voice". According to the critics it is the first time that a great medium, and also one of refined cultural faculties, analyses himself not only with exasperating, scientific meticulousness, but also with great literary expressivity, transforming a text of Parapsychology into pages of genuine poetry. As a matter of fact Piancastelli is not only a psychologist and parapsychologist well-known in Italy, something which confers special emphasis to his case, but he is also the author of a dozen books outside the parapsychological sphere and the promoter and inspirer of the movement which is nowadays defined as 'Humanistic Parapsychology' whose foundation text came out in Italy, edited by Corrado Piancastelli and published by Edizioni Mediterranee, under the title of "Proposte per una parapsicologia alternativa" ("Proposals for an alternative Parapsychology").

   The singularity of the Piancastelli case is not only due to the remarkable fact that he is the first medium in the world who has been scientifically examined, as will be explained hereafter but also because his "voice" or "Entity A" or "Andrea" (1) (since Piancastelli is no longer anonymous) which by now has become legendary to thousands of people, has manifested an exceptional wisdom in half a century of communications. These communications have been collected in more than l0,000 typewritten pages and approximately 2,000 hours of tape recording. (The average trance duration is about one hour and a half each seance). Academic theses have been written, various books have been published and there is a bi-monthly journal entirely dedicated to the communications of "Entity A".

(1) "Andrea" Translates in English

In many Italian towns groups have been formed to listen to the recorded seances and seminars are being organized with the participation of the public.

   It's only natural that this monograph in English represents a special event for CIP of Naples, because it takes the presence of this great Entity (but also a scientific case of immense value beyond the national borders).

  Piancastelli's mediumism which avails itself of a convergence of supporting evidence which was never realized in this world has furthermore acquired a unique significance because the contents of the lessons received from "Entity A" have a philosophical and spiritual value which is, to say the least of it, precious.

 We feel that this is the right moment to outline our research, in order to give our readers an immediate orientation and to show that the CIP methods are not exaggerated.

 The phenomenon of " Entity A" can be examined from two main points of view. Firstly the philosophical and spiritual teaching of his mysterious voice and secondly the technical aspect of the phenomenon. This technical aspect can be briefly described as follows: Piancastelli falls into a trance after a kind of respiratory convulsion and some minutes later a voice can be heard which is different from his own and which starts to speak and to ask those present if they have any questions. Normally these questions have a philosophical content and the answers are always immediate, elaborate and aimed at a cultural programme which through the years revealed itself to be highly organized, as if, in advance the whole cosmological plot was known. In 45 years of periodical manifestations this Entity has been extremely consistent, it has never contradicted itself on a cultural level and it has never given in. In conflict situations among those present, it has always conducted the seances with exemplary calm and in all these years has kept the same tone, the same skill and wisdom and exceptional firmness, sometimes also accompanied by great gentleness.

  This voice asserts, since 1946, that it belongs to another world, that is to say that it comes from the hereafter, sic et simpliciter!

  It was therefore essential to carry out a number of checks to ascertain, as far as possible, that the medium was really in a trance, that the voice of "Andrea" was not a disguise of the voice of the medium, that the contents of the doctrine did not come from the unconscious or from the culture of the medium and finally that the medium was not an hallucinating psychopath.

  The global results of an electroencephalogram made during trance, analyses of the voices, linguistic analyses, a Rorschachtest and a study of the physio-chemical variations have demonstrated the Entity's independence from its medium, as well as the  reality of the trances. Therefore every hypothesis is open to any solution, including the one that "Andrea" is actually what he claim to be, that is to say a non human reality. This strengthens the doctrine itself, because the origin from the depth of an altered state of consciousness confirmed as such by scientific verification, makes this voice similar to prophecy, miracle, philosophical revelation and re-proposes a metaphysical mission of the world, based on reality, more than what happened or would be acceptable in other, similar manifestations.

  There are not many analogies with other mediumistic phenomena. If we compare the experiments performed on the mediumism of Piancastelli with others, the analogies are worthless. The other important cases which occurred in the history of parapsychology are in no way superior to the case of Piancastelli, because none of these mediums have ever been put through all the cross-checks and convergent checks which make the whole phenomenon so unique. Moreover, in Piancastelli's case there is no need to polemize on the "alternating personalities", a subject so dear to psychoanalysis. In the alternating personalities the so-called guardian spirit is not present, nobody claims to come from another world and the independent psychophysical activities, such as voices, speech, EEG track, cannot be identified.

 This is meaningful, because both voice and speech are like fingerprints and they cannot be disguised without being noticed by our sophisticated checks. Again referring to Piancastelli, there is no need to give consideration to the hypotheses of psychosis or schizophrenic disorder, because, apart from leading a mentally normal life, our medium also stood the Rorschach test in which even the most normal neurotic formations proved to be lacking. If we extend this concise survey worldwide, we find that other mediums remained famous for their intellective manifestations, but that their number is very limited, considering that we are observing at least a whole century: Leonore Piper, Gladys Osborne Leonard, William Stainton Moses, Eileen Garrett, Pietro Ubaldi, Jane Roberts, Roberto Setti. If you read reports on these sensitive, you will realize that it is difficult to make comparisons with Piancastelli, even if you don't consider the sustaining research to which, apart from a few rare exceptions, they never submitted anyway. There are, for example, the psychological tests which Whately Carington applied to Garret and Leonard and which are quite rudimentary, if reviewed now that there are very reliable tests.

  However, it is not our intention to dispose of anything and anybody and we are aware of the fact that one cannot be a supporter of "Entity A" just because it manifested itself at CIP.

 That would be the limit! Any result in this fundamental, but delicate field of research belongs to everyone. We must nevertheless maintain (and who could blame us?) that scientific proofs, in addition to the level of content, in a strictly parapsychological sense, cannot be ignored. It follows that the entirety of facts attributed to "Entity A" and its medium point to a paranormal origin sufficiently demonstrated, also irrespective of references based on certainty, in the sense that we ignore the processes which regulate the relations between the metaphysical and the neurophysiological aspects of the human being.

  The Italian Institute of Parapsychology (CIP) therefore declares that the communications of "Entity A" are certainly originating from an unknown dimension. Too many proofs have in fact accumulated in the various decades, too many emblematic situations have accompanied the hundreds and hundreds of seances through which the lessons of "Andrea" have been received, such as for instance Andrea's frequent telepathic anticipations towards the questions of those present, to name but one of the paranormal atmospheres in which you feel immersed when you get in touch with this Entity.

 If, therefore, within this communicative and cognitive picture "Entity A" maintains, among other things, to be a Spirit originating from another dimension, why shouldn't we believe it? In the name of what logic should we accept the fullness of its cultural project, but deny the identity which it declares?

  Of course we are far from having understood and resolved everything. We know very well that there are enormous problems to clarify, such as the linguistic way of expression and the linguistic transformations used by Andrea, the study and the nature of human inner linguistic expression, the relations between Andrea and the neuronic network, the nature of the normal and altered states of consciousness, particularly in connection with the trance and not only with this trance, but with all the conditions in which humans perceive other dimensions, like for instance intuition, ecstasy, poetry, metalinguistics, and so on and so forth.

  Of course this is not the right place to deal with these subjects which, however, give shape to the new relationship which is emerging between the classic and the humanistic parapsychology, but we would like to conclude that beyond all the technical and theoretical aspects there is also an emotive immediacy which a message like that of "Entity A" evokes in those who are listening.

  Nevertheless CIP can only dwell for a moment on the emotive aspects. We need to go still further, into the areas where scientifically founded metaphysics and neuroscience meet. And this would exactly apply to the suggestions of "Entity A".

 Therefore the new trend of CIP in Naples is completely aimed at the transformations of speech after death and the verification of the signals which separate the brain from its Spirit. This is a very new perspective for a parapsychology of the future and in this project CIP would be grateful for a serious co-operation and for an exchange of information with scholars of parapsychology.



    by Fiorella Contestabile

 The study of the Electroencephalogram, the analysis of the voices, the comparison of the linguistic structures  and  the study  of  the  physio-chemical  variations  during  the embodiment trance represent an indication of very great probability that the Entity is completely independent  of its medium.

Naples 1945.

Almost for fun and driven by a wish to try if they too would have been able to "evoke spirits", as one of them happened to witness the evening before, a group of boys between 15 and 16 years old tried a mediumistic séance at the home of him who would reveal himself later-on as the medium

of "Entity A".

There were immediately various physical phenomena in connection with the movement of the inevitable small table and Piancastelli wrote the following annotation about this experience in the third person, to maintain anonymity:

"Probably about 11 PM the boys reached their friend's (1) living room with stealthy steps, in order not to awake his parents and after having chosen a small, round, gilt, three-legged, eighteenth century table, they sat down around it and joined   hands,  in   complete   ignorance   of   every   technical  procedure and above all entirely uninformed about what a mediumistic séance could be. At the fatal words "If you are there, strike a blow" said by the experienced (sic!) friend who had been present at a séance the previous evening and who was therefore considered a kind of elder, a sharp blow was heard on the walls, which nearly stunned them all with fright. Immediately after that the boys felt an icy wind in their faces, while the little table gave evident signs of life to these lean and pale kids who remained glued to it feeling more like wetting their pants than remaining."

  The séances with the little table became a daily pastime which involved hundreds of people from all over Naples, until the turning point of 1946 when suddenly young Piancastelli fell into trance.

  The aforementioned text continues: The séance with the small table had started as one of the many which had by then been held for nearly one year and there was nothing to forebode what was about to happen then, also because until that moment there had been no premonitory signs at all of possibilities to fall asleep. All at once the young medium felt that he was prey to a sudden and deep sleep, lost consciousness and started to breathe deeply and rhythmically, with a simultaneous overlap of rattling sounds.

(1) The "friend" is Piancastelli himself, writing in the third   person!

Then the rattling sounds became more reduced, more compact, as if they were about to reach some conclusion, changing into coordinate sentences and precise orders.(2)

  Years later Piancastelli thus remembered this first episode: "I felt myself gently drawn into a vortex towards an irresistible sleep......"

  In this way a great mediumism originated and was to involve, in subsequent  years,  hundreds  of  people  and  later on, considering the books written on Andrea, certainly several tens of thousand of devoted admirers, because the teaching of this Entity is unique in the world for its contents of speculative value and for its strict logic.

  In those first years every séance lasted about two hours, but the power of this medium is such that even now, in exceptionally  positive conditions or for particular reasons, he can still remain in a trance for up to two and a half hours. The trance comes about through embodiment and the Entity uses the phonation system (3) of the medium. In the initial phase of the trance there is a respiratory stress which is integrated by a rattle lasting 3-4 minutes. If it were not controlled by the communicating Entity, this stress could, in the opinion of various physicians, involve the danger of suffocation for the medium. It probably suggests a partial transformation of the physical structure of the larynx, to differentiate the vocal tone and timbre of Entity A from those of the medium. Although from a paranormal point of view the voice details are not fundamental, they assumed a considerable importance in the scientific research which was carried out in the seventies.

  The séances were initially held either in the dark, or with weak red light, or sometimes in half-light. Later-on they were held in complete darkness, in order not to create superfluous interferences to the medium.

  At the end of each séance the medium's return to consciousness has always been immediate and complete, without any symptoms of tiredness. Rather each time a séance was held while the medium was not in perfect physical health, every pathological symptom was eliminated for the whole duration of the trance and nobody could understand how this could happen.

  2) Concerning the technical aspects of the seance of which the boys knew absolutely nothing.

   3) Phonation is the production of speech sounds through the combined action of the vocal organs.

 In 1963 CIP was founded. The then president, Prof. Giorgio di Simone, related as follows his meeting with the medium:

   "The meeting was apparently casual, at the end of a series of lectures, studies and meditations on the greatest problems which have afflicted mankind from times immemorial and which concern the characteristics and the purpose of life.

  At that time the medium was 2l years old and it became clear to me that his preparation in the field of philosophy or logic was not particularly thorough. The hypotheses which are suitable to explain the type of phenomenon which I attended regularly have been checked up one by one - the hypothesis of the dissociated, multiple and alternating personalities (Flournoy, Sudre, Servadio), the hypothesis of the cosmic reservoir (W. James), the hypothesis of polypsychism (Mackenzie), the hypothesis of facts and information, forgotten or unconsciously assimilated in the past, emerging from the medium's subconscious and emotionally re-expressed, the hypothesis of clairvoyant or telaesthetic reception of facts and information during the trance. In vain, none of the hypotheses known, except the one of a contact with a disincarnated intelligence, could explain what took place before our eyes".

  During the span of 40 years many hundreds of persons have attended the phenomenon. Séances have been held in the presence of one single participant, as well as for more than 70 persons.

 Nearly all the communications by Entity A and by other entities have been carefully tape-recorded, transcribed and filed.

  From this enormous store of material four books have been derived "Il Cristo vero" ("The Real Christ"), the "Rapporto dalla Dimensione X" ("Report from the Unknown Dimension"), the "Dialoghi con la Dimensione X" ("Dialogues with the Unknown Dimension"), "Colloqui con A" ("Conversations with A"), all edited by Prof. di Simone, as well as ample extracts published in the journal. "Informazioni di Parapsicologia" ("Parapsychological Information") which is the official organ of CIP and furthermore the "Comunicazioni dalla Dimensione X" ("Communications from the Unknown Dimension") which are reports on conversations with Andrea, published since 1977 by the study group of Bologna, coordinated by Silvio Ravaldini and Clara and Riccardo Cesanelli.


Spectrum Analysis and Voice Print

  In 1971 Prof. di Simone had the voice of Entity A and the one of the medium subjected to a spectrum sound analysis. This is an extract from the report by Prof. Gino Sacerdote, Director of the Institute of Electroacoustics G. Ferraris of Turin:

  "The recording of the voices turns out to be of good quality and the pronunciation to be very clear. We were requested to investigate with technical means if the two recordings could relate to the same voice.

  Various general aspects have been examined: the rhythm and melodiousness of the voices and significant differences have been found. Various vowels have been analysed and also from this point of view the possibility that the two voices belong to the same person is thought to be quite small.

  Among the characteristic elements of differentiation the phonetic behaviour of the dental 't' has been examined with particular care.

  For this purpose four oscillograms have been made and they show the significant difference of (phonetic) behaviour. The oscillograms N. 1 and N. 2 belong to the first subject recorded, whereas N. 3 and N. 4 have been taken from the, second recording.

  The 't' in oscillograms 1 and 2 has a very short duration and is vocalised, almost like 'd'.

  In oscillograms 3 and 4 the t' has a considerably longer duration and the vocalised element is completely negligible.

  This plot has been repeated at several points on the two recorded passages, always with results similar to the examples mentioned before. This phonetic element is particularly significant and, taking other considerations and other plots into account, I think that the voices are sufficiently differentiated and, barring simulation or deliberate alteration, have been uttered by different persons."

  Prof. Sacerdote explained that "the sentence 'barring simulation or deliberate alteration' is a sentence which, for prudential reasons, I always write in my reports on matters regarding identification."

  In 1972 Prof. Sacerdote again examined two voice samples (the voice of Entity A and the one of the medium in a state of wakefulness) with the "voice print" method.

  In this second test which is technically superior to the first one and is also considered valid in the legal sphere, Prof. Sacerdote's opinion is even more radical than the previous time and removes every remnant of reserve, bringing out the most unfathomable mystery on the origin of Andrea's voice:

  "The plots refer to the same sentence repeated twice at the beginning of the cassette: with '1' I indicate the first voice(4) and with '2' the second voice.(5) The comparative test demonstrates among other things a much slower articulation rhythm in voice '2', a richer melodious texture in '2' than in '1', a higher basic frequency in '2' than in '1'. Even a superficial check of the two diagrams attached reveals a considerable difference of behaviour: the difference between the two voices also appears from the 's' in 'questo'.(6) In voice '2' there are many elements at a frequency between 2000 and 3000 hertz which are completely missing in voice '1 '.

  I consider all these elements sufficient to diagnose a differentiation in the two voices."

  (4) The first voice is the one of Entity A.

  (5) The second voice is the one of the medium.

  (6) Questo  means  'this'

Electroencephalogram during trance

  In the June 1975 issue of the CIP Journal "Parapsychological Information" a report was published by Dr. Massimo Morlino, psychiatrist, on an electroencephalographic test applied to the medium Piancastelli at the 2nd Clinic of nervous and mental diseases of the 2nd Polyclinic of the University of Naples under the supervision of Prof. Buscaino and Prof. D'Errico, Dr. M. Vittoria Turra, Dr. Striano, the intern Mr. Russo and the technician Mr. Rotunno, as well as Prof. di Simone and Dr. Morlino, the author of the report.

  As is well-known, the electroencephalogram records the electric cerebral activity on a moving sheet. In a state of wakefulness there is a great difference between the cerebral activity with the eyes open and the one considered as relaxed wakefulness, namely with the eyes closed which suggests a mental state of prevailing imaginative activity, or at least of distracted attention.

  In the first case the track shows a low voltage activity and the second case an activity dominated by Alpha Waves which are characteristic of the adult in a state of perfect rest, but also of states of meditation.

  Piancastelli's trance is characterised by the inducement of an initial state of mental void. This inducement which is controlled by the medium himself is followed by the respiratory stress which we have already discussed and is even accompanied by sudden movements. This is followed by the actual embodiment by Entity A, marked by a motory activity typical of a person who normally converses and gesticulates with the eyes open.

Dr. Morlino in his dry, technical laboratory language, gives the following description:

  "As far as the experiment is concerned, without dwelling upon other technical details, I will only mention that it was performed in the presence of various persons, some of whom were acting as discussion partners, whereas others occupied themselves with the instrumental control of the electroencephalograph.

  During the seance questions were asked, to which the "medium-entity" replied with a rich verbalisation, so that it was possible to record the electrocerebral activity during the listening phase, as well as during the dialogue. The track which was made before the trance, in basic conditions, turned out to be normal.

  In the induction phase, both in the period of motory quiet to realise the "mental void" and in the period animated by exertion and movement preluding the trance, we find characteristics in the electroencephalographic track which are more like those of the control conditions at rest with the eyes closed than those of attentive wakefulness, with the presence of Alpha of more reduced amplitude.

  During the actual trance, and this is perhaps the most interesting finding, we discover the presence of Alpha also with the eyes open and in situations which, for all the parameters of description of the functional and behavioural state, we must describe as actively attentive wakefulness during which there is even an active behavioural expression.

The presence of Alpha rhythm cannot be sufficiently explained."

  The medium was also subjected to the Rorschach test. This is one among the most reliable projective tests which can provide a global evaluation of the personality, especially in the mentally disturbed personality, in its various dimensions: intellective, affective and conative. The test resulted in the total absence of symptoms of psychosis or neurosis which, at least to a very small degree, are even common to each of us, almost physiological, one might say. This report, together with the EEG taken before the trance at the 2nd Polyclinic of Naples constitute an additional ascertainment which, coupled with the previous deductions are in practice a diagnosis of mental health.


Language Analysis


In October 1984, at the annual Congress of Arezzo, Eng. Carlo Trajna and Dr. Loretana Angelucci presented reports in which they exposed the results of a comparative linguistic investigation using the methods of mathematical linguistics. The investigation was carried out on the linguistic usage of Andrea, the medium and various specimens. Mathematical linguistics study certain formal characteristics of speech (such as the frequency of certain letters, phonemes or words according to their length in sentences) which are completely independent of the meaning and typical of a language, a literary genre or a writer.

  From the report of Dr. Angelucci we quote: "The writings of two philosophers, for example, will have in common the characteristics of the language and of the philosophical nature, but their linguistic structures in this connection will be differentiated by the philosophers' personal imprints.

  It stands to reason that if this method is used to analyse the long dissertations which appear in several mediumistic circles, as originated through embodiment mediumism by various alleged entities, we can verify if there is a linguistic structure differentiation sufficient to confirm the declared original diversity."

  Eng. Trajna and Dr. Angelucci selected texts of the same kind, namely analogous issues dealt with by entities of the same level. These texts have been compared with an equivalent group of writers on the same subjects (P. Giovetti, G. di Simone, P. Ubaldi, U. Dettore, E. Servadio, P. Albanese, C. Trajna, A. Ferraro, S. Conti). Then they chose 4 characters from the famous novel by Alessandro Manzoni "I Promessi Sposi"(7) (Renzo, Don Abbondio, Lucia, Fra Cristoforo) and 9 supposed entities of 3 mediumistic circles (Ifior, Cerchio Firenze 77, Entity A), in addition to some descriptive passages from "I Promessi Sposi".

 As for the linguistic characteristic to be analysed, preference was given to the length of the words in the texts, because this represents a very sensible index of differentiation.

  Of course other statistical parameters have also been used (standard deviation of the words from one to six syllables, from the average lengths, the variation coefficient, etc.) as well as parameters concerning the information theory, of which the principle one is the absolute entropy H which expresses the information content in 'bit per word', where bit is the measurement unit of the information (other parameters: maximum and relative entropy, efficiency in bit per syllable, redundancy, superior inefficiency limit, etc.).

 While for all the persons selected a number of words varying from the 1993 of Fra Cristoforo to the 4653 of Kempis (an entity of Cerchio Firenze 77) was sufficient, for Entity A the number of words considered for the sampling arrived at 9229 and the two researchers confessed that at a certain point they had to stop calculating, because, among other things, the research had been carried out without a computer and therefore this limit is not the real one. Dr. Angelucci commented: "I do not exclude that this fact can be significant".

 Eng. Trajna then elaborated and compared the results of this first investigation, finding significant deviations between the linguistic differentiation degrees of the selected persons, entities and writers. In particular Trajna also elaborated a comparative investigation between texts of Prof. di Simone and of "Entity A"   (the  value  obtained  was  169  millesimals) and between  texts of  "Entity A" and those written by its medium (value 77 millesimals). These two values are highly superior to the aforesaid average differentiation.

(7) Published in English under the title of "The Betrothed"


   According to Trajna this means that "the linguistic structures are extremely differentiated, much more than what emerged from the preliminary statistical investigation into writers and entities.

On the scientific level the selected linguistic parameters of this analysis can be considered sufficient to 'photograph' an author.

  The method is well-founded, as it is based on the presupposition that the unconscious automatism, built up during a person's lifetime, is unique and characteristic of that very person: and that's why secondary and imaginary personalities necessarily have this automatism in common among themselves and with their main personality.

  Therefore, insofar as we can include the said parameters in the unconscious automatism, we can exclude that Entity A represents a secondary personality of its supposed medium or

Prof. di Simone."


New research between 1990 and 1992

  In 1992 the latest research was completed on the mediumism of Corrado Piancastelli. It was started in 1990 by a Commission appointed by the ISUP Foundation, under the auspices of the Department of Altered States and Interior States of Consciousness.

The Commission consisted of five physicians, chaired by Dr. Giuliano Taesi of Brescia. The Commission re-examined the entire previous research, correlating it with new systematic measurements of heart rate and blood pressure during Piancastelli's trances. The pressure values rose considerably around 200 of systolic and 120 of diastolic pressure at the beginning of the trance, to normalise towards the end of the seance and in the following half hour, on the return of normal consciousness.

 In its scientific report the Commission states that: "considering the presence of Alpha Waves in the electroencephalographic track in the course of the trance, there is no explanation for the prevalence of the sympathetic peripheral regulation of the cardio-circulatory system, accompanied by a high rate of catecholamines which supports it" and on the other hand, "the Alpha Wave would blank out the cerebral cortex during the talking phase" (of the medium).

 The hypothesis that Piancastelli's nervous system is being blanked out during the trance and that an autonomous force takes its place in the intellective and biological regulation, seems quite probable to the Commission which, among other things, totally excludes the hypothesis of the alternating personality.

 Even if these researches probably never reach the value of "proven proof" (which, from an exquisitely ethical point of view, is perhaps right), they nevertheless provide more and more precise indications of an absolute intellectual independence of Entity  A(Andrea) from the medium through whom it manifests itself.

 These researches also provide scientific comfort "ad personam" so to speak, to the only medium on record, as far as is known, to have accepted such complex tests, without ever refusing them, provided that they were done in official scientific environments.


 On the whole, the entire research of the last twenty years therefore highlights both the mediumistic qualities of Piancastelli and the possibility to study more closely the physio-chemical and bio-electrical dynamics of the altered states of consciousness, linked together with mysticism, revelation, prophecy and perhaps even with the genesis itself of creativity.

  As Piancastelli himself says, perhaps mediumism, art and creativity in general, have their origins in the same mould.

Fiorella Contestabile

A philosophy lesson
 by Daina Dini

From the theoretical to the existing God


Forty years of Entity A's presence at the seances held at CIP have meant for many of us an intelligent and consistent affinity which has accompanied our lives, our aspirations, our errors and our increasing maturity and now that most of the doctrine can be said to have been transmitted, it is not only right to pause and evaluate its significance in its entirety, but also to start working on analyses and extensions, as well as on comments. This work has never been done and is completely open to the future.

 Andrea's communications certainly end up forming a philosophical system, but they are also much more than that, because the whole message is not only theoretical, but also practical, that is to say it aims at being integrated with the personal experience which at a certain point becomes an indispensable base for the continuation of the evolution of one's cognitive and experiential capacities.

 Perhaps more similar to the great oriental initiatory systems, Andrea's is a teaching which, owing to its own natural propensity, does not only theorize on life, but also intends to enliven the theory through an active inward and behavioural verification.

This should not make us believe that Andrea conveyed an ideology to us, in the sense of a preformed scheme of thought, because the ideological superstructure makes up just that first misleading and alienating level which, in each of us, obstructs the free expression of our own inwardness.

  Ideology means negation of freedom, never mind how holy or right the cause is! Andrea, on the other hand, teaches us to search for and pursue a more authentic freedom which is the only guarantee to our individual soul that it can manifest itself to the world and to our consciousness.

  While developing a continuously dialectical structure of the doctrine, Andrea, in all these years, has always allowed for the evolution which occurred within us as time went by.(1) Therefore a return to the same subject meant reinterpreting it on the basis of new prospects and acquisition and consequently extending its level proportionally, in a process which always remained strictly logical and rational.

  In connection with the incontrovertible proposition that each truth which we can approach during our physical experience is relative, Andrea allows us to follow personally the succession of partial truths which little by little become less and less partial, and imperfect truths becoming less and less imperfect. In short, Andrea makes us consciously experience a tract of the infinite.

  And all this in a way which becomes more evident as the subject gets more complex and significant, we reach what in this context we can well define as the significant infinite: God.

  Andrea's doctrine is founded on His existence and consequently on the existence in our Self of an immortal spirit and this might be called a courageous assumption in an era in which God is usually considered to be dead.

  Through a dialectical mosaic which remains consistent and limpidly rational, Andrea pushes our thoughts towards extreme limits, weakening basic concepts and leading us onwards, past intuitions barely touched upon and abysses remotely sensed, opening up the withered mysticism of our consciousness, so that it goes beyond an unacceptable God to a God who is so conceivable that He becomes marvellously plausible.

  There is neither a dogmatic compulsion in all this, nor an exploitation of the evocative charisma of the Word, but a continuous incitement to make efforts to penetrate the Self and beyond the Self (limits which at a certain point lose meaning), to find confirmation, in the philosophy of St. Augustine(2), that what is supposition on the outside is verification on the inside.

  In this sense Andrea's doctrine can be defined as genuinely eschatological, because it brings salvation where there is a real and immediate need for it, that is to say in the incarnation phase(3), because in that period the human being lacks support and runs the risk of being overcome by a desperation too great to endure.

  All of us, either holy or damned, will always be within this infinitely infinite God and therefore in His eyes there will be no guilty or innocent persons, no winners or losers, once we will be 'dead'. The only justice to which we will submit will be one of a self-evaluation of our actions and this is perhaps incomparably more severe than a divine judgement. The function of this process is to open ourselves in other experiential and cognitive directions.

  As it enables us to find the traces of a God who is immense in a different way, Andrea's message automatically liberates us from a painful destiny.

1) This is referred to the evolution of the group of scholars   which has regularly attended Andrea's lessons and which also includes the Author.

  2) St. Augustine: (Aurelius Augustinus) (354-430) Early Christian church father and philosopher. Among the Augustinian theses we find the compatibility between faith and reason, the natural cognition of God, the intellectual illumination of mankind, etc..

  3) The incarnative phase: that period in which the spirit is incarnated in a human being and experiences human life.

God as a reality

 The impressions of God which can be derived from the assertions of many philosophies and religions, often form in the first instance an unreality, because in philosophy it sometimes serves for justifying and supporting some theoretical set-up in search of foundations.

In the religious sphere, it ends up sliding into an iconographical perspective, for the benefit of a ritual prevalence or certain intermediate figures who, coupled with the dogmatic and faithful element, make up an insuperable barrier between mankind and the divinity.

 In this context God is always beyond someone or something and man has little by little given up looking for traces of Him, because he felt unsatisfied with the absurdly anthropomorphic descriptions, reminiscent, at the very most, of an honest person, but certainly not to a divine being.

  If God has become an Absentee, His absence is now so gigantic that it reveals itself powerfully in the immense moral emptiness which we can witness around us.

  In Andrea's exposition God really is: He is an absolute presence, even in His infinite ineffability and unattainability. A presence which is deeply rooted in our intimate nature and which, as we penetrate into the core of the message, starts to locate itself in a logical, philosophical and moral dimension which is so consistent, so all-embracing that we discover our natural setting within it.

  To put it in Andrea's words: "God is no doubt also a reality, but He is such because the idea of Him and His actual being are associated with a permanent existential ideality. Only when the idea of God will prove to be 'economically' valid, is it possible to affirm that He actually exists and that He is a reality, that is to say when, according to both subjective and objective aspects, His essence is such, when His rational aspect and His essence appear in such a way that His actual existence results to be valid and indispensable."

The mind's categories and limits


 The God of whom Andrea tries to give us a vague notion, can be defined, from a human point of view, as a synthesis of opposites, like Heraclitus realized by intuition. Andrea makes a tremendous effort to make us understand that our categorizing definitions bring us to conclusions which are too partial and which therefore become distorted from our own comprehension.

  This has always been an enormous difficulty which has ended up pushing many minds towards atheism, because every explanation, every definition relating to God, offered by philosophy or religion, seem to be so reductive that they can only be judged as wrong.

  This was certainly felt by Plotinus who said that it was not possible to assert anything about God, because conveying any impression of Him, would mean reducing Him infinitely, "canning" Him, so to speak, in a concept which would end up seeming too miserable even to those who had formulated it.

  In the end, however, this attitude will conceal another trap, because if it is impossible to describe God's attribute, this could end in that limitation of thought demanded by the Catholic religion in the name of the need for a blind and absolute faith.

  There certainly is an infinite sphere of imponderability around God, especially in connection with the limits of our minds. something which Kant brought to our attention with so much lucid suffering. However, this awareness should not keep us from investigating and the difficulty of the undertaking should incite us to take full advantage of our capacities and not limit us to the only cognitive function which, for us Westerners, has become by now officially accepted, that is rationality.

  Andrea shows us that, step by step, we can get much further than what has been asserted or imagined so far, if we try to make the most of our rationality and then, when it reaches its own limit, use our intuition and expand our sphere of consciousness, in a word surpass ourselves.



Commonplaces on the nature of God

  A classical contraposition in philosophy is the one between the emanation and creation  theories, as regards the divine 'modus operandi'.

  If we go back to the previous quotation of Andrea's words, we can again perceive this distinction between essence and existence.

  This distinction, originated in the sphere of the school of Chartres, will be taken up again by St. Thomas Aquinas: God's essence implies existence.  This concept is used by St. Thomas to confirm the creative act in God.

  This is one of the crucial points of the philosophical religious queries on God.

  For all the philosophers of Christian tradition the work of God is a creation, in opposition to the neo-platonic current which maintains it is an emanation. Trying to clarify the terms of this antithesis means starting to structure the hypothesis on God.

  Neo-Platonism, then, makes the Universe derive from God through emanation: from the One who is beyond the being, the mind and the substance (in Plotinus's words) the whole creation emanates, in a spontaneous and natural process. This process does not deviate from any voluntaristic act as this, in God, would mean a mutation, whereas in His essence He is not subject to evolution.

  The conception of emanation opposes to the one of the creation from nothingness, characteristic of the Old and New Testament which implies the problem whether the creation should, or should not be considered 'ab aeterno'.

  According to Andrea this is a false problem. If among God's qualities we advance eternity, absoluteness and infinity, their manifestation should somehow also be like His nature. And this means that the Universe which, in this case, is not intended to be understood as the galaxies, but as power, balance, energy, expression, dynamism and activity, must always have existed in God Himself, at least as a force and a potentiality, because otherwise at a certain point something would have been added to God and in that case He would not be the Absolute.

  On this subject Andrea says: "God doesn't create, because creating means producing out of nothing. He doesn't produce out of nothing, but out of Himself. Everything exists already in God, because He is eternal and infinite and His ideas are infinite, not only in a qualitative, but also in a quantitative sense. The ideas assume shape and become independent: the ideas in God are potential and the whole reality has always existed in Him. Theoretically we can make a difference between potential reality and reality being turned into act: the reality which is being turned into act is a potential reality which becomes independent".

  And this is how, in all its logic and simplicity, the antinomy of potentiality and act has been resolved: the reality being turned into act is a potential reality which becomes independent and we may all take advantage of the distinction.

 In this passage the link with the Platinic philosophy stands out and for Andrea it is a constant reference to key issues, such as placing our most authentic reality on a transcendent level.

 But once a certain common basis is established, Andrea's thought, driven by an insuperable force of originality, breaks away from it and follows its own personal course.

Overcoming the dualism of substance and spirit

  Unlike Plato who, as with many other philosophers and mystics later-on, considers substance as something negative and disharmonious(4), Andrea teaches that substance and spirit, although subject to different laws, originate from the same divine mould.  That's  why  there can be  neither separations nor contrasts implying a positive or a negative standard of evaluation, a contradistinction between good and evil. What happens is that different laws are being applied and observed, but these laws relate anyhow to a unitary range of primary universal principles which reflect the divine mould.

  The dualism between spirit and substance is therefore certainly a sign of heterogeneity, underneath which there is nevertheless a basic homogeneity, so no negativity of the substantial universe, just some other kind of self which the spirit investigates, because it is anyhow emanated by God and, as such, a sign, a signal, an instrument of knowledge and evolution.

  We will shortly come back to this fundamental point.

  The entire reality has always existed in God in a potential condition and through the emanation it becomes effective and independent. Please note that the limitation of our language could deceive us here, because all this does not imply that the emanation had a beginning, as it is a divine and eternal activity, just as eternal as its own Mould.

  At this point Andrea's teaching breaks completely away from the creationist  conception of St. Thomas who, denying that in God there is a potential essence(5), ends up letting Him implode in Himself and relegating the creation to a temporal sequence.

As for Andrea, we have seen that this type of contrast (between potentiality and act) has an exclusively theoretical sense, dependent on the geometrical character of our intellect, so inadequate to catch even the smallest bit of the Absolute!

  To this reductive creationist  image Andrea opposes this infinite, eternal and continuing explosion in which God does not exhaust Himself, because He has also another, completely ineffable nature which has existed prior to the principles and the law governing the universe. It is His thought to become principle, reality.

 4) In this connection it should be noted that substance was also considered to be pre-existent to the so called ordening action of the Demiurge.

5) St. Thomas defines God as 'Pure Act'.

   As for what is emanated, the conversion into act means having acquired an independent existence, even if it always remains in God who, being infinitely infinite, always exceeds what is emanated.

  Here we can notice a fundamental diversity with the oriental philosophic conceptions in which there is a prevalence of a closer tie with the divine source, a more binding relationship, whereas Andrea's thought displays this independence conception of the elements of the creation in which the spirit and the universe, once emanated, don't need God any more.

  This can also be connected with the idea of the spirit rejoining God, which is typical of the Hindu doctrines and which Andrea's teachings oppose with an irrefutable logic.

  But how should this independence be interpreted? It indicates that both spirit and substance, being emanated are not an extension of the divine essence, but a projection of it, an attribute of it.(6)

In the eternal instant of emanation, what is emanated possesses already everything in a potential way, as a projection, a reflex of God, already included in the universal equilibrium, in harmony with laws and eternal principles, like the Maker. There is no more need of God and what is emanated lives its own independent life and retains in itself its own significance, as it is a sign, a mark of God.

 There is here a clear confutation of pantheism, as is generally understood by the pantheistic doctrines, especially in the Spinozian 'Deus sive Natura', in which God ends up being broken into fragments and being, so to speak, swallowed up by the infinite remoteness of the universe.

  In Andrea's own words: "God manifests around and in Himself what he potentially possesses and He evinces it in every infinite dimension. God's possibilities and power however see to it that there is in Him, in addition to what He manifests, also what He does not manifest beyond the infinite limit of His potentiality.

If we would think of God as an infinite force having an infinite localization, He would turn out to be the finite of the infinite, which means that He would have an infinite limitation. But God is more and beyond all this."

 Here, too, we can't help observing that pantheism and transcendentalism also form a theoretical contrast and that they lose their meaning against the coherence of Andrea's conception of the divinity and of what exists.

  Here the problem of God's static or dynamic nature comes to the fore again and this is also a classic in philosophy.

  As for Aristotle the Prime Mover can only be motionless as it is pure act(7) and therefore incapable of motion and becoming.

  According  to  Andrea,  motion  is indissolubly  tied  to the divine attributes of existence and intelligence and therefore what exists is also motion as it is life. It is also inconceivable to postulate an intelligence which, being live, is not existing, although, so Andrea says, it is paradoxical to speak of God in the space-time contrast of life and death.

  Anyhow, if God emanates phenomena in which an intelligent principle is recognizable, the intelligence must necessarily also b in Him, and that on an infinite level. As the intellect as such is a dynamic principle, capable of organizing the manifestations in an harmonious way, it can't link up with anything static. In this connection Andrea says: "God expresses what He is and that is continuously being renewed. The creative act of God's thought is a continuous, infinite, interior modulation which constantly transforms into act."

  6) As a matter of fact God could neither increase, nor diminish.

 7) This is where we find the root of the Thomistical conception!

 Thought has motion in itself: if this would finish also the thought would end.

  Motion is the possibility of manifestation and activation and this can't be nil in God. If it would be, then the principle of equilibrium couldn't exist, because it would not be dynamically supported by the initial force.

Divine antinomies

  A very interesting question which can be raised is the one on the divine 'personality' .

  In fact, if we speak of an attribute of intelligence, can we postulate the existence of some unimaginable form of self-consciousness in God? In one word: does God know that He is and is He aware of Himself?

  Certainly no reference is made here to a personal or personalised God.

  Since we can't get around using our reductive language, we can say that He is an infinite personality and not infinitely finite, but infinite and absolute.

  Here the differentiation from the Universe (which further confutes the 'Deus sive natura' is very clear: while God is infinitely absolute, the Universe is infinitely definite.

  Now, God is an intelligent being: He is not only a force, but also what is beyond that force, outside the creation, beyond the creative act.

 The intelligence attributed to God is His own state of being, so God knows that He is God.

 Therefore the cognitive stimulus is the real basis of the spiritual nature.

 In an attempt to further clarify the modalities of the spiritual existence, we will deal with two themes which are dear to Hinduism and which, of nearly the same tenor, can also be found in Plotinus, namely the Spirit's reabsorption in God, as the ultimate aim of every experience and the liberation from the negative bodily ties through renunciation and the purifying influence of virtue.

 According to Andrea being absorbed in God would mean the end of individuality, that is the death of the spirit. Then the spirit would not be eternal and would not pass through the universe, but it would only cover the distance which separates it from God.

 But an attainable God is also a limited God and the guarantee for the spirit's eternity is indeed the impossibility of this reunion.

 The eternal spirit passes through the infinite, while it perceives more and more clearly the mark of the Creator, but also remaining always infinitely distant from Him, the Infinite.

 This infinite distance which, in spite of the cognitive passage through the infinite, remains eternally infinite, this infinity in progress, is a further guarantee for the eternity of the spirit. It is the key to the love (if we may call this love) which God brings us, giving us really eternal lives. It is also the real sense of the universal brotherhood, because whatever the degree of knowledge that each single spirit will possess, the spirit will always be at an infinite distance from God, which is equal for all the other spirits.

  The idea that the physical and bodily experience is a negative one, is the corner stone of many currents of philosophical or religious thought.

  The illusory nature of the human perception, the relativity of the reality, the sufferings of the flesh, the dualism and contrasts between life and inner life, have contributed, in the name of a pseudo-spiritual and purifying purpose, to exalt techniques or attitudes of renunciation, denial or mortification with regard to the life of the body.

  One of the most fascinating novelties of Andrea's doctrine is the revaluation of the substance and of the physical experience and, but not in the epicurean sense, the trivialization of the term.

There are two reasons:

  a) the substance in itself is a divine creation; as such it should not be submitted to a value judgement, but studied, known and therefore loved, like every other aspect of the divine manifestation;

 b) the substance is a cognitive instrument, indispensable to the spirit's evolution, an irreplaceable stage, because it represents another kind of self with respect to the spirit. Therefore it has to be used and tried out at the highest possible level of participation in order to understand its meaning


 Substance is a diversity which becomes a cognitive necessity and which, for the spirit, represents a real leap in the dark and often an extremely reductive trap.(8)

 This  implies the necessity of  recurrent  incarnations,  in order to achieve the difficult and always precarious balance between the absorbing urge of the substance which could completely stifle the spiritual impulse, and a real 'escape' mechanism of spiritual origin which can cause an alienation from the physical experience.

  We shouldn't, therefore, live as spirits on earth, but thoroughly experience the substance in a spiritual way, without forgetting either our real nature, or the existence of objectives different from the merely social or instinctive ones.

  In this perspective Andrea's thought reveals itself once more in its powerful synthetic quality, for only this conception of the function of the physical experience can justify the deep contrast situations which we all go through on earth.

8) In this you can see a motivation for the desire to 'renounce' substance, in the name of a 'spiritual' life.

The nature of the spirit


 According to Andrea the spirit is not a concept or and philosophical position, like the Fichtian Ego(9) or like the Spirit of Hegel(10), but a reality, or rather, for us human beings, as incarnated spirits, the only essential and eternal reality, not subject to the continuous formal mutation of the physical existence.

  The notion of an immortal Soul exists in the oriental doctrines, as well as in the Greek philosophy and in the Judaic and Christian traditions,  but  the theorization relating to the structure of this soul which is most similar to the concept of spirit developed by Andrea is the one of the Leibnizian monads.

  9) That this Ego disposes the physical world by a process called productive imagination.

  10) Hegel, Georg Friedrich Wilhelm (1770-1831) German philosopher.

  He greatly influenced the study of metaphysics, as he saw reality as a dynamic process, rather than as a reflection of static ideals. He maintained that the spirit splits up according.

 The monad, in the interpretation of Leibniz, is an eternal and individual being, simple and unextended, different from all the others, owing to its interior quality which characterizes it. Each monad is a window on the world, an hermeneutical viewpoint of perception of the Universe, a single, unrepeatable, incommunicable and individualized essence.

  As far as Andrea is concerned, the spirit, a divine spark, has always existed in God. In this eternity, without interruptions, nor starting points, nor points of arrival, our imagination, due to its human limitations, is unable to dispel the assertion that there is a 'moment' in which the spirit is 'born'. The spirit, however, passes from the existential condition in God as a potentiality, to the existential condition in God as an emanated being.

  And this is the beginning of the infinite story of the spirit's self recognition which, Socratically, is a revelation, a reappropriation of the self through a cognitive dialectical relation with the Universe.

  "As the spirit is potentially infinite - says Andrea - because it originates from God's mould, its growth is an interior unveiling. It is not an introduction from the outside into the inside of the spirit. The spirit always makes its discoveries in itself because, due to its divine structure, it already has everything, for it has the infinity in itself. It discovers itself and what is outside of it represents the moment of the stimulus, the moment of the spirit's motion process".

  The spirit, being emanated by God, shares the divine nature, even if it keeps its own identity and individuality. This means that it has the infinite knowledge in itself, but only potentially.

  This same infinite knowledge which in God is accomplished and absolute, is relatively infinite for the spirit, as it is potentially waiting to be activated and to be brought to the light of consciousness.

  And it is by testing itself in relation to the universe which it perceives as different(11) that the spirit continuously relates the external experience to its potential internal reservoir which, in proportion to its cognitive level, opens up and discloses an internal response which is self-knowledge and, through the self, also knowledge of the divine mould. In this process the spirit experiences the interaction and the interrelation between the two realities,(12) as well as the certainty about the existence of a God who, although He does not reveal Himself, is an eternally simultaneous presence.

  In Andrea's words: "The spirit is an existential being, that is to say an existent reality which defines its quality or evolution in itself and which defines it on the basis of a real knowledge which it has of

itself and of the universe. This is a knowledge which has an infinitely dynamic nature, but it is somehow at a standstill at  that existential moment. That is, the spirit defines itself on the basis of what it is and not on the basis of what it could be, or what it will be, because if the spirit wouldn't have the dimension of its existence, it wouldn't have its identity either".

  One can note that the agreement with the existentialist scheme is very evident here.

  Coming back to the parallel with the Leibnizian thought, we could say that every spirit is a different point of view of the infinite, one of the infinite interpretations of this universe and which through this cognitive passage finds its existential dimension, its real objectification.

   11) The feeling of its own individuality never leaves the spirit, as it is the basis of its existential continuity.

   12) The reality of the universe and the reality of the spirit

 In a more structural than deep sense the "esse est percipi" of Berkeley resounds and which, removed from its limited range, acquires an imposing cosmic dimension which Andrea transmits us and in which we can find the fundamental unity of the divine works.

On a spiritual level the knowledge of the noumenon which Kant denies to the human intellect is being realised: the "thing-in-itself" is an unattainable phantasm for us, but a God who would have let us suppose a possibility of knowledge, to deny it later-on in eternity, would really have been cruel and above all contradictory.

The descent into the flesh: the hell of despair

  Once incarnated, the spirit loses this serene knowledge and this clearness and in this perspective man's sense of ontological oblivion is evident and appropriate for a complete participation in the earthly experience. This experience could certainly not be such if each of us would retain the awareness of being an eternal spirit.

  From this point of view it is clear that the human being, examining his situation in the light of a ratiocination which isn't ready to become blunted in the name of whatever dogma, will not succeed in dispelling his fear of the certainty of being destined for death and this will spread a veil of darkness over the joys which life has in store for us.

  Hence the despair which, in a Catholic mind like Kierkegaard's, becomes an almost psychotic mortification of the tormenting situation of sin, whereas in the more stoical and deliberately detached perspective of existentialism, it does not only become acceptance, but even a reappropriation of its own existence, even if it is an existence for the sake of death.

  In this dimension the thought of Heidegger stands out, which literally incarnates the deep contradictions of human life. The greatest metaphysical mind of our times, the father of modern ontology, a symbol of the highest spiritual presence in a man, seized, like Kant, by the inalienable evidence of the human limit, maintains that at the basis of existence there is nothingness, because nothing else but nothingness is the (in our eyes) logical and inevitable conclusion of the 'Dasein'.

  New mathematical science has demonstrated the essential unreliability of the concept of absolute logic, because there can be several parallel logics and several configurations.

  The Kantian levels, the nothingness of existence which cannot be anything else but nothingness, cannot assume absolute evidence. They are hypotheses, even very psychologized ones, and therefore questionable.

  We can only point out the deep, basic irrationality of a philosophy which asserts that existence originates from nothingness.

  There is a certain margin in the term 'nothingness'. Parmenides maintained that nothingness cannot be thought. If we consider that, in the fullness of existence, the nothingness is anyhow something existing, we will realise that there is a psychological residue which is elevated to a philosophical level, as it is manifest in Sartre.

  The following question should be asked: if we apply a procedure similar to the phenomenological reduction indicated by Husserl to our own personality, stripping it of what genetics and environment have stratified, do we arrive at the nothingness of the existentialists or at the spirit of Andrea.

At this point we find the real basis of Andrea's doctrine. As it is structured on the premise of the existence of God, it would result to be, from a strictly philosophical point of view, devoid of a demonstrable fundament.

  In fact Andrea's doctrine ends up forming a very long exposition of a thesis which, if it appeals to our individual productivity, will become a working hypothesis.

  In this context Andrea's doctrine finds a fundament and a justification, suggesting to each of us to enter into a dialectical relation with our own selves, to verify, in an intimate confrontation, the reality of this hypothesis.

If in ourselves, deep in our inwardness, beyond social conditioning, inessential psychologism and a consciousness wider than the Freudian one, we will find a place (not a philosophical, but a real one) where our nakedness will not correspond with a non-existence, but with some kind of essence which is different from the one we see in the mirror and where we can anyhow feel our own identity, then each of us will find the justification, the basis and the real and living demonstration, not only of Andrea's words, but also of God's existence.


 Daina Dini




  By Carlo Adriani

(An Extract from a Parapsychology Course)

  There are various reasons why the manifestation of  Entity "A" and its doctrine is so important.

  First of all because through it we can revert to the entirety of other historically verified manifestations which preceded it.

  Furthermore it makes us understand the mediumistic origin of the deepest religious expressions, from the ancient world onward, offering precise ways of interpretation and not just simple conjectures or mere hypotheses, like the ones obtained from garbled sources or sources partially kept secret.

  From this point of view the case of Entity "A" gives us an expanded and renewed version of the treasure which ancient witnesses had gathered and passed on in an hermetic way.

  Certain happy intuitions, particularly those of Dodds (in "The Greek and Irrationality") on the subject of certain mystagogic religions, like the Orphic one, wherein Orpheus is seen as the prototype of the Thracian shamans, are being confirmed in an amazing way.

  In Orphism, unlike the common Greek conception which clearly separated the mortals from the Immortals, humanity has a divine nature.

  For the Orphic religion "real life is death, the body is the tomb of the soul".

  The expression "soma sema" ("the body, a tomb") coined by Plato (Cratilus, 5th Century B.C.) is emblematic of the Orphic conception, according to which the aim of the human being is freeing himself, that is to say releasing what Dionysian qualities he possesses (divine, celestial and good ones) and to rid himself of what Titanic qualities he possesses (evil and earthly ones).

  This doctrine devoted itself mainly to the soul and its superterrestrial destiny and it considered the liberation from the cycle of reincarnations as the ultimate aim of the initiate. (Encyclopedia delle Religioni - Garzanti - 1989) (Encyclopaedia of Religions-published by Garzanti - 1989).

  In Naples there is a beautiful mosaic from the first century A.D. with the symbols of the wheel of the reincarnations, surmounted by a skull (Museo Nazionale) (National Museum).

Enthusiasm, that is the state of possession by a god who enabled the 'transformation', was part of the Orphic practice.

  On the subject of "divine possession" it may be interesting to note the statement of the last representative of Neoplatonism in Athens, the philosopher Proclus (410-4R5 A.D.):

  "There are men who are possessed and who receive a divine spirit, some of whom spontaneously, like those overwhelmed, so to speak, by the god, either at specific times, or at occasional, irregular intervals; there are others who excite themselves to enthusiasm by means of a voluntary act, like the prophetess of Delphi sitting over a cleft in the rock and others who have drunk the divinatory water".

  As you will have noticed, Proclus clearly divides the divine possession into spontaneous, voluntary and induced. He further adds- "During these phenomena the theogogy (1) inevitably goes into action and suddenly an inspiration and an alteration of the thought occur. But also among these cases of obsession there are those in which the possessed are completely beside themselves and unconscious and others in which the possessed keep their consciousness in an extraordinary way. (Giamblico - I misteri Egiziani / The Egyptian Mysteries, Edited by Rusconi - 1983).

  I wanted to propose this passage first and foremost, because Proclus shows a great competence in this kind of phenomena and further because his testimony of fifteen centuries ago demonstrates that this phenomenology, although rare, occurs with continuity in the course of the history of humanity.

 For this reason, the case of Entity "A" with its topical interest, has an impact on and a great value for the religious historian, for the scholar of anthropology, for the psychologist and even more for those who cultivate the science of parapsychology.

 I would like to stress the fact that Proclus points out that in the course of these phenomena "the theogogy inevitably goes into action". This means that the divinity appears in the medium. In the ancient world theology was separated from theurgy. Theology was the line of reasoning around the divinity. On the other hand, theurgy was the art of getting in touch with gods or spirits and working wonders thanks to them.

 If, in this context, we consider the meaning of the word "Prophet', in the sense of Plato or Plotinus, as "an interpret of the divine thought" or "an inspired master " or " a messenger of a religious doctrine" (Giamblico, op. cit.), we can understand that in ancient times this phenomenology was well known and had a precise theoretical setting.

 The belief that the divinity inevitably appeared when a trance, as we call it now or, as the case may be, an ecstasy or an enthusiasm, as they called it then, is activated, was an opinion which was based on the experience of facts observed.

 After thousands of years we can observe that the phenomenon of the trance produces the same effects, because "the theogogy inevitably goes into action" in those cases in which it is real, and in this respect it doesn't differ from what it was in ancient times.

 The fact that the phenomenon of Entity "A" is produced in one of the ways described by an observer of 1500 years ago, becomes a further motive for reflection and study.

  The question that arises spontaneously is: <<Why do individuals, as soon as they fall into a trance, start talking about, or produce voices who deal with cosmic and theological themes or themes pertaining to life after death (from ancient Greece until to-day, just to remain anchored to sources written in the Western world), without ever losing sight of this orientation and this cognitive current and without ever moving away from these themes through thousands of years?>>

  If this question has never been formulated in these terms, or if nobody has been able to tell why in a state of trance there is an emersion of deep knowledge, indications and suggestions which the individual in a normal state doesn't seem to possess, it is only because one didn't want to face this phenomenology and pay attention to the things it produces or maintains, because of superstitious fear, or simply because one ignored it.

  The discovery of the unconscious, however, has made a small opening into this field.

1) In the theurgical tradition "theogogy" is the evocation of a divinity, coercively operated by a priest.

  Jung, for instance, in <<Fondamenti psicologici della credenza degli spiriti>>(2) (Works - Boringhieri - vol. 8 - page 340) maintained that the parapsychological phenomena which are usually connected with the presence of a medium, are <<externalized effects of unconscious complexes>>, but later-on he changed his mind about it. In fact he recognized in a footnote: <<after having gathered, in the course of half a century, psychological experiences of many people and in many countries, I don't feel certain any more, like when in 1919 I wrote this sentence. I doubt - and I  openly confess it - whether an exclusively  psychological  methodology  and  reflection can cope with the phenomena in question>>.(3)

  It isn't by chance that parapsychology claims this class of phenomena as its sector of studies.

  Mediumism used to be superficially and erroneously included in the categories of alternating personalities which was studied by psychopathology, in order to avoid a confrontation with what this phenomenon demonstrates by itself and what it asserts about itself.

  In the race for the classification which dominated that period, not enough consideration was given to the fact that the characteristic of the alternating personalities is that they are in conflict with each other and that they break into the external behaviour of the subject, frequently causing permanent alterations.

  In fact, even if the subject is not aware of what happens to him, as the personalities seem to be independent of each other and sometimes seem to ignore each other, it is remarkable that they have opposite polarities.

  In the classic case, studied by Dr. Azam (Rene Sudre - Treatise of Parapsychology - Astrolabio - 1966), there was on the one hand a woman (Felida) who was devout, timid and meek and on the other an aggressive, impudent and foul-mouthed woman.

 These two personalities alternated cyclically and reached the paradoxical point where one of them became pregnant, without the other knowing it.

  The discovery of the split personality as a cause of an actual behavioural pathology, was also used to explain mediumistic phenomena.

  However, in cases in which the most appropriate techniques are used to establish that the subject has a completely normal personality, that he is perfectly healthy and that no behavioural anomalies and alterations have been found, is it then possible to avail oneself uncritically of the categories theorized on a clinical level and to think in terms of pathology? Of course not. The clinical paradigm is only useful to form a mental model of possible analogies, but we may not equalize both phenomena, homologating them scientifically.

  We are entitled to make this statement, because Piancastelli, the medium of Entity "A", does belong to this category of psychically sound persons to which I referred before.

  And this is another element which deserves the utmost consideration, because it definitively finishes with the conception extrapolated from pathology, showing that this class of phenomena is independent.

2) Title literally translated from the Italian: "Psychological Foundations of the Belief in Spirits"

(3) Jung's quotations have been literally translated from the Italian text.


  Hence it is clear that this is a specific phenomenology, with basic principles of its own, that it is not assimilable to an other phenomenology, as it is greatly different, and that it must be investigated with an appropriate methodology and therefore scientifically isolated.

  Moreover, in more limpid cases, like the one we are discussing, it is difficult, if not impossible to refer to whatever manifestation compensatory or complementary to the personality of the medium.

  There is no question of an overlapping or a confusion of personality and what manifests itself during the trance does not invade or alter the behaviour of the medium at all, but always remains quite detached, distinct and perfectly separated from him.

  Therefore the researcher becomes aware of the fact that he is faced with a phenomenology which obeys its own laws and which can't be confused with psychic manifestations pertaining to pathology.

 What remains is the data, the fact observed as it occurs.

 There is another, not less important element which we should bear in mind and which concerns the way in which these mediumistic seances proceed.

During the seances those present are requested to ask questions.

 This precautionary measure which Entity "A" itself wisely wanted, clears the procedure of the suspicion that the subconscious of the medium could be operating.

 The unforeseen nature of the questions would in fact force the subconscious of the medium into hesitation, silence and even confusion, something which never happened to Entity "A".

 If there is no question of the medium's subconscious(4), there remains the possibility of two more hypotheses:

 a) The appearance of the deepest inwardness of the medium.

This would not at all diminish the importance of the phenomenon, as it would confront us with an unexpected reality which lies in the depths of the human being. It seems to us that this is not sufficiently evaluated by the most stubborn detractors of these phenomena, because it would prove the existence of an even deeper personality with an awareness different from the medium's normal one and complete in its kind.

 b) The non entirely hypothetical possibility exists that, in certain conditions, a circuit is activated in predisposed individuals which enables other intelligent structures to transmit highly qualified and typified communications. Owing to their very special intimate aspects, to the way in which they are formulated and to the aims they reveal, there is a very high degree of probability that these communications have their origin in single transmitting sources which continuously manifest their specific individuality.

 One of the basic characteristics of Piancastelli's trance is that it has been going on, without solution of continuity, for about forty five years. The extraordinariness of this fact, having regard to the very early age at which Piancastelli had his first trance, puts the phenomenon in question among the most representative and significant ones in the whole of paranormal history.

  In these forty-five years of Entity "A"'s presence among us, scholars of various disciplines have literally bombarded Entity "A" with questions, encompassing the entirety of human knowledge and without hesitation this extraordinary voice has replied to all their queries.

 4) The method of the free questions with their accidental character proves to be the best safeguard against possible unconscious tricks.

Moreover it has always shown an absolute command of the subjects under discussion and it has often extended the proposed themes at its own discretion, drifting freely also into other fields.

  Furthermore it always succeeded in leading everything competently back to the contexts of the doctrines which it was expressing, maintaining a strict and punctual contact with them and always knowing how to bring the debates back to the formulated origins.

  Just think that from Entity "A"'s lessons more than 10,000 pages have been transcribed and that Prof. di Simone, using only extracts from these lessons, published four books which are still on sale. It is therefore easy to understand that the study of the message in its completeness would, without exaggerating, require a multitude of people, engaged full-time and for many subsequent generations, so large is the quantity and so great is the quality of the information it contains.


    Carlo Adriani









Dear Friend,

 You'll undoubtedly have heard about the paranormal phenomena that have always been a part of man's life, such as telepathy, clairvoyance, mediumism, etc. Thinking about these strange but real facts, we realise they're an integral part of our existence. Who for instance has not had a premonitory dream which, even if cloaked in symbolism, came perfectly true over time? Who has not had a presentiment that was so strong that he/she was sure a family member or a friend was living through a special experience?

 These are in fact the minor instances of paranormal phenomena that happen to the man in the street, as one used to say - meaning all of us. In most cases they pass by almost unnoticed, because we don't attribute any importance to them. But if we think about them more closely, we realise that every time they happen they tend to bring us an intuition that there's "something" inside us that's independent of the laws that govern matter. Because the very facts of premonition, clairvoyance, and telepathy confirm this, placing outside our time-space components and in some cases overturning them completely.

 All this undoubtedly makes us think and consequently conjecture that the "something" within us that is still so mysterious, variously referred to as "spirit", "soul", "mind", and "divine spark" might really exist and thus represent our true nature, our deepest inner self, beyond the dogmas of religions, the pronouncements of philosophies and negations of science.

 History tells us of men who had highly-developed paranormal faculties whom people called mediums. Some of them in particular not only produced significant physical phenomena, materialisations, moving objects, music without instruments or other types of phenomena, such as, for example, faithfully reproducing the voices of the dearly departed, but they also gave us communications of extraordinary intellectual value which can help us live our human adventure better and with greater awareness.

 It is precisely one of these mediums that I would now like to briefly mention. I encountered the phenomenon many years ago. It involves an Italian medium, Corrado Piancastelli, who lives and works in Naples. Over the years I have taken part in his many of his séances. While he is in an altered state of consciousness, that's to say in a deep trance, a "Spiritual master" (whom it has been agreed to refer to as "Entity A") manifests himself and gives actual lessons on extremely important questions for all of us: human life, the spirit and its infinite evolution, the problem of God and of death, while also tackling a wealth of other no less important problems. I must say that the logic and rational qualities of these communications, these special teachings, have left me much more able to tackle the adverse moments in my life that were really very difficult to bear ... to endure pain when it has knocked at my door.

 I know all too well that when people speak of mediumistic phenomena that in some way involve the word 'Spirit' they are generally inclined to minimise their importance, considering them a product of more or less unconscious elements which have in some way been expressed by the medium and those taking part in the séances. Even when the phenomenon - as in the case of "Entity A" - unquestionably goes well beyond the flaccid manifestations of a highly dubious, oldstyle spiritualism that there is no point going into here.

 The phenomenon through which this "spiritual personality" has manifested itself for many decades and continue to do so today must be considered a genuine paranormal fact by virtue of the distinctive processes of manifestation involved. But what really counts are the sayings of "Entity A", which merit attentive reading, reflection and an objective evaluation independently of the origin anyone ascribes to them. It is, in a word, the content of the communications that ought to be taken as a measure of their importance and validity. Making it a good idea to briefly summarise some of their main lines of thought.

 "Entity A" develops his discourse in an exceptional dialectic, and has indeed done so since the very beginning of his manifestations, when the medium himself was not even twenty years old. This discourse set out from a traditional, elementary cognition of the human and spiritual problematic and gradually opened out as it proceeded, taking in new and broader aspects of universal knowledge with a logical and rational consequential development.

 The Earth, matter and human life have always been presented as something that taints and sullies the spirits, something with an air of expiation and fall. All this rejected and re-evaluated by the "Master", who shows how our human life is lived as a function of acquiring a spiritual knowledge of materiality. So that living this brief period of parenthesis on earth to the full and exploring its various different aspects, above all leaving the freedom of others intact, cannot, in the most absolute sense, be taken to constitute a "sin" (as understood by our conditioning traditions), which has to be expiated with absurd punishments. It is rather a subject for self-judgement, which may also be critical in cases where our behaviour has had a negative influence on the experiences of those close to us, laying obstacles in their path or blocking their way entirely.

 The contents of the thought of "Entity A" have met with widespread interest. If deeply understood, his communications represent a valid starting point for rediscovering what our nature and the reality around us truly are. Although we must not forget that one can only reach any kind of knowledge through a process of inner maturing and that this can only be achieved with sacrifice, effort and sometimes pain. And this, we can say, is the concept that is always present in the thought of "Entity A", who continually emphasises that we must live everything that concerns our present life - that's to say our problems and experiences - attentively, incorporating them within us to subsequently resolve and overcome them.

 There is a deep uneasiness in the modern world. Man, who has lost or is losing what were, rightly or wrongly, the traditional values that gave him a certain security is now searching and seeking, even though he does not know for what.

 The uncertainties and difficulties of everyday life bear down on us all. Its struggles, conflicts, violence, moral and civil disorder make men feel they need help, a real help that can in some way bring them that inner peace they are searching for so desperately.

 So that in the critical period we're going through, where everything seems uncertain, there's an even greater need for a clear vision than ever before. We need to clear the field of the nebulous heritage that still entrammels us on so many sides. Now, perhaps more than ever, there's a need for a different, yet coherent and rational discourse, because only this can be understood by an help man to find himself. Which is precisely the intention of the communications of "Entity A".

 Finally, I'd like to point out that my own involvement has no financial motive. My only desire has been to bring other people to partake in a phenomenon that is completely out of the ordinary, through which life and death become more acceptable and more comprehensible.

 It is with this aim that I am sending you these further communications of the "Master", convinced that you will find the answers to some of your questions in them; questions to which you have perhaps until now always received unsatisfactory answers.

 Thanking you for your attention, best wishes


  Tina Tungate   (U.S.A.)

Andrew Milani   (Australia)





   Although entitled "WHO WE ARE", the previous issue of our review was in fact the first issue of the "COMMUNICATIONS OF THE ENTITY A" which has been published in Italy for over 15 years. This, our second issue, returns to the original title of the review, regarding which I would once again like to emphasise that the lessons of Entity "A" (a spiritual master who took voice in 1946 during an intensively studied trance of mine) are in particular directed at those who want to change and give a purpose to their lives. The lessons of Andrea (Entity A) are indeed revolutionary, turning many commonplace conceptions and platitudes on their heads. They are anti-conformist, clear and peremptory. The substance of his discourse is that if we recognise the dualistic principle - which is to say the existence of a Spirit or Soul that acts above and before the brain - then our whole life must be orientated in that direction. It must, in other words, be productive for the purposes of the Spirit.

   But Andrea does not repeat the sterile and stupid terminology of "doing good", "being good and generous", of "forgiving" etcetera, etcetera. Andrea asserts that one serves the purposes of the Spirit by living actively in the world and searching out experience because it is the only way of maturing, producing inner change and thus developing spiritually. All the rest is simply drawing room chatter and religious do-gooding. We must without doubt also become good, forgive and help others, but all this must take place within a spiritual project directed towards knowledge and not just take the form of a sterile fraternity of charity at all costs simply because the law says so. We cannot and must not simultaneously recognise that we are spiritual beings and yet at the same time continue in the hypocrisy and falsity of living like robots subjected to the renunciatory and passive rules of the world - a world which decides for us what must and what must not be done. Master Andrea, however, also maintains that one reaches the freedom of inner being through the work of reflection, of changing perspective, with the deep-seated desire of wanting to find one's own goal and fulfil oneself that the American psychologist Maslow, one of the founders of humanistic psychology, talks about.

   But not everyone can get that far, so we need to be prudent and assess even the possible risks of change in advance. When the spirit breaks in upon everyday life it turns one's perspective upside down and the world needs to be reread with other keys to interpretation and seen with other eyes. Some eyes could be burnt and would do well to stop in time, while others will be illuminated and continue. Remember Christ's warning about not "casting pearls before swine"?

   Can there really be any sense in living like computers, being programmed or manipulated by the rules and taboos of people who have nothing to do with our needs and in whom we can recognise neither virtue nor wisdom ? Because the fact is that's how most men live. Which is why Master Andrea urges us toward change, to honour the presence of a Spirit in us and to give a meaning and a purpose to existence.


Corrado Piancastelli







Question: - We would like to talk about the reality and validity of the type of knowledge we acquire through this extraordinary contact, through seances with a medium in an "incorporation trance". -

Entity A: "I'd say this: people who witness this type of manifestation for the first time are surprised and perturbed, or they immediately believe or don't believe at all. Sometimes they even continue not believing for a long time, because every human being, in a sense, needs a certain type of knowledge; a knowledge which will be able to touch the very roots of that person's sensibility but has no meaning for others at all.

In a sense everyone - in life - needs their own Master, that's what they said in antiquity. So much so that in India, someone who was devoting themselves to philosophy or yoga would often search for years before finding his/her own Master, his/her own guide, and the meaning's clear - because we each need our own truth our own knowledge.

 This doesn't mean that truth is dissimilar, different from one person to another but that everyone needs a part of the same truth, because only that part can satisfy their needs. Now, someone who comes here is initially motivated by a legitimate curiosity that later becomes interest (whenever that may be). At which point doubts immediately arise, some of which can immediately be confronted while others take longer.

 This situation which has been called a "spiritualistic phenomenon" or "mediumistic phenomenon" posits an immediate relationship between life and non-life and does so I'd say, in a sensory way. It is this that I want to clarify. Because it isn't so important to recognise the validity of the "beyond the grave" phenomenon, as you'd rather inappropriately put it. There's another validity which is much more important and is independent, separate I'd say, from the phenomenon you're witnessing. I once said: "It isn't as important to believe in spiritualism as it is, however, to follow all the knowledge that reaches you through these manifestations - and only through them, so that your interest in the cultural phenomenon that accompanies the physical phenomenon is the strongest". The most important element is therefore precisely in this relationship, in establishing a knowledge that takes its place between you and us and leads you to conclusions or revelations that you wouldn't normally have and receive through man.

 It's clear that your reason needs to intervene whenever possible in a dialectic with us, through which we'll always try to eliminate certain rough edges, certain doubts. Why am I telling you this? Because a number of hypotheses and theories, some of them very complex, have been built around spiritualism. After years and years of zealous study no one has managed to fully explain these types of phenomena, one of which is before you. Why? Precisely because spiritualism eludes a total scientific enquiry. One can therefore carry out a whole series of unquestionably valid investigations in the field of spiritualistic research, none of which will however be able to provide the information that completes the picture regarding the relationships, especially the mental relationships, between you and us. Of course our affirmation that we are spirits may well at a certain point have a relative value for you, which you will determine according to your sensitivity, your act of faith. This is nevertheless only faith up to a certain point, because while a general faith in the reality of the spiritual problem is something natural, instinctive or even empirical, here you are undoubtedly in the presence of a different circumstance; a phenomenon that happens under the scrutiny of your senses.

 You're listening, you can see, other mediums can carry out physical phenomena; they are, in short, phenomena that can be understood, followed and interpreted on the level of a scientific and spiritual logic. And that is the main difference between an empirical, reasoned or instinctive faith, which is of a religious nature, and a faith that is based on concrete facts, such as those delivered by spiritualism over a great many years. However, the alternative to settling the question, which is to consider the cultural phenomenon as taking precedence, can be acceptable even to those who do not want to follow a spiritualistic line, making it an entirely satisfactory approach for both of us. Because it doesn't concern us greatly whether you believe us. The only thing that concerns us is that certain questions raised, influence your spiritual personality. After all, as one of us said, and I agree, there are certain truths regarding which it really makes very little difference what you believe on earth, because they're the truths you discover on the day you die. Such as whether another life exists, that cardinal problem of human existence. Well, you'll be able to verify this other life for yourselves and there won't be any wanting or needing to believe, because you yourselves will be the "dead" people; you will testify to another existence with your presence, your being.

 So your legitimate concern is to search for certain truths and my suggestions to carry out certain investigations are unquestionably valid and legitimate and will lead (if they lead anywhere) to some results. However, our presence here is only explained on a spiritual plane, and it is on this plane that we always prefer to remain. A plane that takes your human nature into account and your need to receive that knowledge from us which can improve your life and help you better interpret the circumstances and relationships between you and God.

I naturally don't want to start preaching here, because that's not my way of doing things. I simply hope that our new guests understand this discourse as a concrete desire on our part to have a dialogue with you and with those of you who have been here longer, with this always being an entirely brotherly relationship. Our limits are due to the fact that we cannot give you everything. First and foremost, we can't give you faith, because it isn't in our power to give it to you. We could give it to you through grandiose phenomena or grandiose apparitions, but experience teaches that it is never proofs that give man faith.

 Man reaches faith, if he reaches it, through a personal labour of analysing truth, penetrating it, and maybe you will never reach it. What is more important independently of an abstract faith, is the concrete way of living following certain universal "morals", eliminating the superfluous in your conduct and reducing your own truth to a lean relationship, a lean knowledge of the relationships between you and the Universe.

 Unfortunately, with all the many, many things that have been said on Earth, you've lost the genuine relationship between God and yourselves. You find yourselves in a situation which it is very difficult to get out of. I believe all this can be put down to man having reflected little on the fundamental problem of his life; that is to say his inner being in relation to a possible God, that is simultaneously outside and inside him..."



Entity A: The problem which most interests you men is life after death. On the other hand, many continue the illusion of a life that continues after death as an extension of human life. They cultivate it, partly due to its fascination - the attraction of a life that retains much of its human character for them and partly because the various different religions have not moved far away from descriptions of an almost human life, albeit sublimated. All this is very disappointing from a strictly dialectical, philosophical point of view, because a change of life, a shift in one's state necessarily involves a series of transformations.

 One is forced to conclude that man has tried to render this afterlife in his own image and likeness, as happened in the Old Testament, except that there it was God who made man in his image and likeness. Following a reverse process, man then created this God, obviously in his own image and likeness and with God everything in the other life.

 When they leave the body, many spirits are disappointed by all this, because they have seen that there are actually differences between life and death from an outside viewpoint. But these spirits have not reflected sufficiently on the differences. They are in actual fact not immediately aware that nothing has changed in the substance, that it is only the form which has changed. This of course includes the mental form, because the way you reason is, just as I was saying, a dialectical way imposed by a given language, by a mental pattern of your brain. It's clear that when the brain goes, the related mental pattern also goes -  it disappears. But in the reality of the Earth, the mental pattern of the brain had a purpose, it was the organ for transmitting something else, deeper inside man. It is this "something else" which in its substance does not change. Nevertheless, it has all the appearance of change, because it is precisely this apparel, this human shell that, being eliminated, frees the fundamental seed of the Spirit, which apparently doesn't recognise itself any more, since it's used to showing itself on the outside, following the mental pattern it used when on Earth.

 That's why you find so many spirits who are still in this intermediate phase at seances and who describe the afterlife,( supposing they are spirits, naturally) as a bit like yours. I have sometimes even heard you say you've read about spirits who've described the existence of cities, food, trees and other such nonsense. Why? Because they're Spiritual Beings that, still living within this human orbit, still possess a very strong soul structure that is still bound and mentally structured, so that their consciousness still perceives an inner and outer world that is still made in man's likeness. And that's how they describe it to you, endorsing certain writings that are not based on any logic because, I repeat, the simple fact of changing condition and state has consequences on a practical as well as a theoretical level, and there's no way of getting away from it.

 Another source of confusion is probably the confusion between the soul and spirit. This is undoubtedly a very, very widespread confusion, because men don't make much of a distinction between them and neither does religion. Why? Because soul and spirit have always been connected etymologically in the very substance of their meaning. Which is why human beings mean the same thing by soul and spirit. Causing the whole idea of survival to be beset by this confusion, because all one's feelings would go with a soul and this dead being with all its feelings, thoughts and human things would continue living in this sort of extra-terrestrial species and therefore construct a world that's homogeneous with its structure. The image of God is the logical consequence of this.

 Now, in actual fact, you know very little about our life, little or next to nothing, because at a certain point you manage to perceive from small signs that your existence after death is an existence which however maintains your personality and see and imagine this existence of thought in a somewhat confused manner; partly because you don't have your ideas clear about thinking either. The thinking of the spirit is not the thinking of man, because the thinking of man is tied to precisely the mental pattern I was talking about, language and its organisation. When this has passed, the spirit only finds an essence of language. An inner world of simple ideas, a world that is indeed rich in simple ideas, but the authentic meaning of these simple ideas is beyond a philosophical substance. What I mean above all is that the inner world of the spirit is a world that is also simple, built on simple and authentic patterns. It's authentic because, in a sense, the spirit is not allowed to dream, to weave illusions, build castles in the air. The spirit lives in the reality of its being and all of this is impossible precisely because its heavy structure is made up of simple ideas, meaning extremely precise and exact ideas.

 So it could be that you now have the idea of a fairly elementary spirit because it is undoubtedly a spirit that still has minimal attributes. A spirit that is still elementary. Yes, that's also true. But, naturally, in the world of the spirit where, above all, the law of the extreme precision and exactness of phenomena applies, the spirit is undoubtedly also subject to a great universal scheme. Within this great universal scheme, the spirit finds itself with its self, a lean self. On the other hand it wouldn't know what to do with the bulk that you for example have. You, indeed, as you are, are fake. You aren't a real thing, you're a fake, a fake construction because, if I scratched a bit until I got down to your marrow, there would be very little of substance remaining of you at all. That's to say, all your personality, all of you as a person, is formed of a good ninety percent superstructures.

 Superstructures which are of a mental, psychological, cultural and pseudo-cultural character. Your make-up is enriched with social elements, social norms of behaviour - a whole series of superstructures which mean that down at your bones you're the barest shadow of what you seem on the surface. So you're always smaller than your authentic personality, as a spirit.

 Now, this faking in your existence cannot continue. That's to say the spirit cannot play the bluff of superstructures with the universal law. It cannot do it any longer and must therefore free itself of all this waste. Why? Because this waste is an impediment to visualising and fully grasping the structure of reality, otherwise it would always see through the distorting eyes of superstructure. And now the spirit has to face the universal structure, which is extremely simple, linear and precise, with new eyes, almost in a state of limbo, the spirit confronting itself with what it really is and with what is really authentic in it.

 Making it clear now that once death enters the scene, the spirit is divested of superstructure, becoming something else: as a substance it stays the same, but as an extreme personality and by this I mean a "fake human" personality, the spirit must divest itself. And that's why the afterlife, as you call it, ends up by becoming something else. And in behaving like this you are really running away from the tough criticism of the materialists who quite logically laugh when they hear someone talking about another world that is constructed pretty closely on the human model.

 None of you could reasonably imagine, in good faith, that a spirit goes on its way walking down tree-lined avenues or goes out for a drink or a bite to eat. No one could accept that, but it has happened. And that's why research in the field of metaphysics has always been opposed, precisely because of what I'd call its ridiculous fringes, picked up from unsuitable environments or spirits or presumed spirits, but always without any global perspective on the problem and without confronting certain fundamental assumptions. So it's logical that our explanation can also seem disappointing to those who imagine a different world in the afterlife that has all the human affections, ties and attributes. But if you stop to reflect, on the other hand, it is precisely when faced with this lean, very simple structure that you can find the meaning of truth.

 In other words, you are actually referring yourselves to a logical plane of acceptance. And what is this logical plane of acceptance? It is that, independently of any proof, human beings don't have a life that is entirely theirs. Which is to say that underneath it all even your materialists have accepted, or are prepared to agree that whatever else, there is a "something" that cannot be explained at the basis of human beings. Only that they see this "something"  as a structure,  perhaps as some form of electromagnetic phenomenon, a phenomenon that can exist,  survive,  even survive someone,  without it being necessary for one to give this survival the meaning of the continuation of the species in another world.

 In this way we are very close to a hypothesis that I'd call positivist more than materialist because the soul, above all, is actually a structure that is subject to death, just for starters. So let's not start accepting this principle that the soul, which could identify itself with that "something" which the materialists talk of and even the neurophysiologists admit, an almost autonomous bioelectric existence, is not independent of the structure of the brain, alright? Good, so this "something" dies. We're agreed on that.

 This "something" is the Soul. We shift the terms a little: we say it doesn't die immediately, that it dies later. We can even make it take longer. Let's say it dies after five hundred years. The problem doesn't lie there: the problem is whether it dies or not. Well, this structure does die, but beside this structure or in the substance of this structure there is something different: there is the content of the structure.

 You see, any mental model or any electrical model carries signals and carries information because there's always someone who sends the signal and the information. And if there isn't someone, there must be something from which the signal is picked up. What I'm saying is that any electrical or bioelectrical structure can, if it comes from the brain, exist as an autonomous structure. Let's get that straight, because the Universe, with its laws, also moves in an autonomous manner.  But if this Universe, if some of these radio signals that can pass through space become intelligent signals, it either means that the signal was sent by someone or that it picked up something significant that it can then transmit. That is to say a signal per se has no faculties and no possibility of organising itself into an idea. Why?

 Because an idea, if we analyse it, has a meaning that on the plane of any type of logic can always be traced to an intelligent function. Being a signal with a meaning it is implicitly an intelligent signal. One can't call that into question: that's to say a signal which carries information is incontrovertibly an intelligent signal. It is therefore a question of establishing whether it is an instinctual, natural intelligence or a non-instinctual intelligence. That is in fact an extremely elementary task. Why?  Because a signal is instinctual and comes from nature when it does not modify nature. A signal is no longer instinctual when it modifies nature - that's clear - because nature on its own cannot emit contrasting signals. If a signal is in contrast with its origin, which is to say with nature, it means that there has been some form of interference. And since interference is inadmissible in an extremely precise pattern such as the pattern of nature or the universe, it means the signal is an outside wedge that has penetrated it.

 Right, what I'm saying is that once we have admitted or come to an agreement upon what the spirit might be, that is to say reduced to an extremely simple element - let's say it might be a signal like an electric signal, or an insistence, a principal with an electric nature that nevertheless has the possibility of sending autonomous signals that are able to reach a mental pattern and give it information.... Well then, at this point we've got to the spirit, because anything else is just a question of terminology, as this electric force that transmits signals can be called spirit or anything else, that's not what matters.

 What is important - and this is where everything I've said has been leading - is that we must as far as possible avoid giving the spirit and soul banal, poetic, romantic meanings, but rather, in short, try and return to what the spirit really is.  What is the spirit in essence ? The spirit is a structure, an electric structure. Nothing like the electricity that switches on lamps and nothing like the electricity emitted by a source like the sun. It's a type of energy, there's no doubt about that and it must be because the spirit has been emanated by God. The spirit is a part of a the universe. And what's the universe ? The universe is an energy, essentially, so the spirit cannot be anything else, but is a type of organised energy. No one can have any doubt about that, because there are many different types of organised energies in the universe. So there's no reason why the spirit organised in that way shouldn't exist as well.

 The important thing then is to establish or succeed in establishing whether or not an intelligent principle exists or could exist in the universe. It's at this point, I'd say, that the materialists have tied their hands behind their backs. Why? Intelligence exists in the universe and man is the proof of it. The principle of intelligence therefore exists, and if the principle of intelligence exists the argument becomes extremely simple. Either one accepts that intelligence exists, or one says: intelligence does not exist. However if intelligence exists, the transfer to a philosophical plane is simple. A thing exists if its principle exists, otherwise a thing does not exist. A reality always contemplates its origin, because reality is always an effect, and an effect presupposes a cause, but above all reality implies the concept of existence. A thing exists simply if it lives and, therefore, if its principle exists.

 Without the principle of a reality, reality itself could not be the consequence and could not therefore exist. But if intelligence exists  and the presence of man is the most striking testimony to it; this intelligence must have a principle. And since the Earth in itself as a structure, also seems to have a far-off origin in your eyes, because it is the expression of a certain universal energy; then the energy of intelligence must have the same origin. Intelligence is therefore also part of a universal principle.

 The fact is that one cannot escape a consequence which I'd call a dialectical consequence. The more we push our discussion, the more this dialectic becomes incontrovertible. We cannot escape this series of steps which are, indeed, elementary steps.

 The question of whether or not one can demonstrate anything on Earth is, I'd say, a highly debatable matter, apart from the fact that there are a great many things on Earth which cannot be demonstrated and yet are accepted all the same... In the end humanity has accepted its own life without even knowing how it came about. Only now have you managed to form a few clear ideas about the genesis of man. Only when it was possible to study an ovum under the microscope. Only when genetics was able to demonstrate certain markers which cross the generations - and yet genetics itself makes slow and difficult progress in such an unsure and dangerous field. And to demonstrate what? Things that have existed on Earth for thousands of years and are accepted by everyone. On the other hand genetics has arrived late among you, one could say, to study these generation markers.

 Certainly, if someone had come up to me five or six hundred years ago and said; "look! there are certain hereditary characteristics which are passed on from father to son, but they don't pass on just like that, by simple influence, they pass on because there are certain signs that work through the cells, in fact the cells carry certain signals and can keep them for four or even five generations...." well, I'd have burst out laughing, wouldn't I? I wouldn't have been able to accept anything like that. Or I might have been able to accept it on a formal logical plane, but I would still have said: "well, but how are you going to prove that to me?" No one would have been able to prove it.

 Now, the existence of the Spirit is in the same situation. The fact that one can't prove it means absolutely nothing at all. It does not deny the possibility of the Spirit's existence. On the other hand there are things that can never be proved: absolutely nothing can be proved. Just as man cannot prove what happens in his brain one second after death. Materialist logic ought to take the view that the brain doesn't stop functioning immediately, but stops some time after natural death. It ought therefore logically to suppose that the being which has just died continues to think in some way. And this would be the extreme of materialism, that the end of thought naturally coincides with an involutional process of the brain one might expect to take place between approximately three and five minutes of death but could in actual fact also become much longer, for a whole series of other reasons that there's no point in going into now.

 Whatever the case, we can say that this argument leads to the same old conclusion, namely that it is above all indispensable for you to create a mental pattern that is suitable for being able to accept and continue working down this path. Because no external demonstration could serve any purpose in giving you certainty. Many great people have come to the Earth, I repeat, and they proved absolutely nothing. Christ came and what did he prove? He who does not believe carries on not believing, and he who did not believe carried on not believing. There's nothing you can do about it. Many, many others have come who tried to establish a spiritual discourse, but they were not believed. And with good reason, I'd say, with good reason. Because you must no longer construct a discourse of this kind in the same way that it was several hundred years ago, but in the light of your physical knowledge. That's to say you need to move away from the models of preaching and take refuge in the scientific model, because it's the only one that can open certain doors for you. At least it can give you certain indispensable keys to a reading.

 Man at least needs some appearance of proof that the soul can exist. Afterwards he may well go back to accepting everything. But if you don't succeed in giving this to man, the way of the spirit is lost. It's lost because man is no longer capable of accepting on faith, he no longer accepts dreams. This is a good thing, I'd say, from a spiritual point of view, because in this way man at least accepts his responsibilities. However, it would be even better if, while following this path, he committed himself to living socially, because this would ensure those fundamental experiences the spirit needs. Unfortunately, man denies every spiritual value today, and maybe he's right given the history of these studies. I naturally include religion in these studies, because it was religion that ought to have tackled these questions. But it doesn't, no one knows why. Religion is the only study that ought officially to have tackled these questions. Instead of which here we are talking about them while not a word is said there. It seems that everything is clear with the religions, that everything goes without saying, that everything is beautiful and full of light and yet none of that's true, nothing's been proved,  even the minimum existence of the spirit has not been proved. Everything's accepted and nothing's accepted, whether in faith or not.

 So, as I was saying, if man could at least live his life socially he would derive certain benefits. Instead, unfortunately, man does not even live, he merely survives on Earth like this.  A true life, an authentic life, a life full and rich with humanity is precisely what man does not achieve. And that's why, so often, these poor spirits within, behind and beside us truly manage to pass an almost useless life. Fortunately life in itself exists, which is an experience and already constitutes something. The fact of being born and the fact of having to die are already two experiences which are, luckily for you, beyond your choice. You go through them whether you like it or not, because if it depended on man he wouldn't even go through with them, or he'd go through them in who knows what way, and who knows what he'd invent for the question of death. But there are at least two things which are beyond your choice and which, in a sense, you're obliged to endure.

 Being born and dying: that's already an experience for the spirit, not a very intelligent experience, to tell the truth, because being born and dying aren't intelligent actions, they're two fairly silly actions, above all because they're things that happen and which you endure. You can't even manage to accept them intelligently, I'd say, and therefore you simply endure them. But the spirit nevertheless gains something from all these reincarnations, because the spirit's still wide awake during the incarnation phase, it's alert and knows what's happening. As soon as death occurs it finds its life as a spirit again and can thus look back on the past. But the rest of life, you see, doesn't amount to much. That's why my advice to live intensely is practical, egotistical advice at the bottom of it. Your spirit came here for that: if you take that away from it what can you give it?

 I was saying, in fact I've been saying it from some time and I hope you've been listening, that in the end we aren't interested in saints on earth because the Earth's an exercise ground for the spirit, an exercise ground in matter, and you've got to try and understand matter, now, while you're on the earth. If you went on a journey from your country to Africa, for example, what would you try and do? You'd want to get to know the costumes of Africa, to visit its tribes, to make contact with the people and understand how they live, find out what they eat. You'd try and live some of their experiences, eat with them, in the tribes, in the forests. Why? Because that's a real experience. If you went to Africa and, I don't know, went to sleep in a lovely comfortable bed, for example, taking all your food with you from home - well, you might as well have stayed at home! That's to say there'd be no point in going to Africa. What I'm saying is that someone who wants to live an experience, or see something new, lives the life of these other people that he or she's gone to see.

 Now, on Earth, on the other hand, exactly the opposite has happened. Spirits, spiritual beings, come to the earth and take on a human body, to live like what? What, to live like Spirits, to live a spiritual life? That simply doesn't make sense! The spiritual life is naturally something different: it's living freed from matter. But freeing oneself from matter on Earth is suicide. Suicide isn't simply what someone does when they hang themselves or take poison: suicide is what anyone does when they renounce human life, because the spirit didn't come down to Earth to renounce human life, otherwise it wouldn't have bothered coming at all, it would have stayed on the other side.

 It's clear however that this is a concept which men don't understand, namely that the spirit makes a free choice to come down to Earth, because men on the other hand believe that it is God who sends them there and forces them to come and thus puts them to the test saying: you have to live like a spirit on earth... Who knows what the logic is supposed to be in the idea of God doing this! Let's take a spirit and send it down to Earth and tell it: now that you've got a body you however have to live like a spirit.

It is not logical.




Entity A: "...The ancient motto of Delphi is naturally still valid, because "know yourself" obviously didn't just regard matter, you know that. So biology, physics and all their related disciplines can obviously shed a full light on the structure of the human being: how it's made, how it's evolved, born or dies, but it - scientific discipline - can never tell us how man is made in the non-visible part of him which expresses itself through the visible part.

 And it is therefore to this invisible part that the meaning of the Delphic Oracle addresses us. Because only a deep inner knowledge of ourselves can enable us to rise up to other mysteries, and thus to "know the Universe and God" as the complete I of the Delphic Oracle.

 Naturally, the knowledge of matter can be just as necessary in certain cases, because one can gain a complete knowledge that its therefore greater than oneself by also knowing the manner in which one is made. But because what matters are the meanings beyond knowledge - deep, mysterious echoes which move in that organic structure - one can only rise up to the entire Universe through a rethinking of oneself, a re-meditating of oneself. Why? Because what you are made of "inside" has the same structure and quality as what the spiritual Universe is made of. In the same way that what makes up your matter, as such, in some way naturally also follows certain laws of a more universal character.

 What this means, therefore, is that the analysis of aggregates, organic and spiritual complexes, can lead one up to the primary ideas and thus to a deep and complete knowledge. I wouldn't add a thing to the inscription at Delphi, which is as true as it's ever been in your time now. Indeed, above all in your time when meditation has become something that is only entrusted to good will. It's clear therefore that the problem of will doesn't come into it, since knowing a material structure completely doesn't mean solving the problem completely (1). The material structure is nothing other than a light bulb that comes on, or, if you prefer, a unit like one of yours (the ones you use to record these seances), that records and can transmit. But the voice that carries the truth, or carries the knowledge inside your unit, isn't born of it, it's born of something else, it comes from outside, that's to say its born of an Idea which is not innate in or in any way connected with your recording unit.

 Your body isn't a recording unit for images and sounds which are in some way connected and processed, because something else exists and lives inside it that gives a moral meaning to every complex of ideas, gives them a certain character, a certain spiritual imprint. This "something" does not belong to your body: It plugs into this circuit because it's a circuit that makes a certain type of transmission possible and is - your body that is - the copy of one of your recording units, a knowledge of which will tell you absolutely nothing about the imprinting of the ideas which takes place later when the "voice" speaks... That's the problem!"

(1) At this point the word "will" refers to a hypothetical voluntary control over the phenomena of the body.


 Question on what the point is, then, in knowing oneself.

Entity A: "But knowing oneself, you see, almost exclusively concerns the spirit which has been incarnated, because it doesn't recognise itself any more once its found itself in a body! And that's why human beings can rediscover the meaning of the true Reality inside them through re-meditation. It's in this sense, in this direction, that it should be interpreted..."


Question on the need for will; mention of material limits, on one's own DNA (2).

Entity A: "But what does it mean, being one's own DNA? Look, I totally agree on the fact that man is tied to his own DNA. Naturally the problem doesn't change one iota from what I've always said it was, namely that the spirit in some way shapes its own body, that's to say the body in which it's going to live, because, considering that body has to serve for a given type of experience, it must be "marked" in a certain way.

 In order to facilitate this experience, the spirit chooses the type of family which in some way guarantees that the body only needs partial, not substantial changes. There is therefore, in a certain sense, a relationship between the type of experience the spirit wants to live and the type of body chosen, which - in order to live those given experiences - must be "dressed" by that DNA and those types of hereditary genes which will then go and mark certain hereditary characteristics, etc. etc.

 From this point of view, then, the spiritual problem remains the same, completely uninfluenced by scientific research. No, the problem is rather another one.... you see the problem even exists without DNA, because having said that the spirit organises the body as it wants, it's inevitable that a body built in this way becomes a slave to the primary idea of the spirit, a slave, in some way, to the evolution of the spirit itself.

 We must therefore speak of a body which is in some way a slave of the spirit. We must never speak of a slave spirit, even though, I can, however, admit that, during the course of life, the spirit is at least the slave of its own evolution.

Because it's chosen it. Once it's chosen it, the spirit must, for better or worse, follow that path - I wouldn't say against its will, because it was its choice - but it must nevertheless pass through the necessary stages which it has laid out for itself and it is in that that the real freedom of the spirit lies!.

 Once born, however, freedom becomes a very, very relative thing; not only because the spirit has to respect the stages it has set out for itself, but also because, in the second place, having placed itself in a body with very strong biological limits, the spirit cannot interfere with it once it has come into the world and been formed. And it can't interfere for two reasons: the first is because the body is formed biologically and, I'd say reinforced by that DNA, by certain hereditary genes, by certain family traits etc. etc. and because the spirit  - let us not forget! - falls into a type of sleep at the moment of birth, from which it wakes when the body is between more or less 15 and 20 years old....

(2) DNA = deoxyribonucleic acid, which constitutes the base of the hereditary elements in humans (and other animals).

  That's to say the complete awakening of the spirit occurs with the maturity of the brain, so that until that age the spirit is practically nothing but a symbol that moves on under nothing but the force of its own momentum, because it's not completely awakened. And could not be - and there's a good reason for this - because a totally awakened spirit wouldn't know what to do with a body which is still asleep, in the sense of a brain which is not completely developed and autonomous (the limit here is clearly a shifting limit).

 Now where does the will fit into all this? You will often have the will to do certain things but won't have the inner freedom, the possibility of choice. Inside yourself you will never resolve to do a given thing, maybe even for your whole life! Well, why does all this happen? Probably because in these cases it's not an experience that you must have. You have the will on a human level, on a cerebral, psychic level, but something's not as it should be: the "relay" doesn't trip, the spring capable of driving you into that type of experience doesn't do anything, either for spiritual reasons, or even for environmental, educational reasons etc. etc.

 But I want to give you a frank and objective answer once and for all on this question of freedom and will. I want to say this: that you don't in actual fact have that much freedom. That's the truth of it - fortunately, I'd say, for as long as you're alive. Because, you see, we - we and you - we spirits, are responsible for this situation and we're satisfied with it.

 We probably wouldn't manage to conclude any experience on Earth if we had total freedom, but the fact of not having it and the fact of being bound to what we chose beforehand is a guarantee for us. Because before we're born we know very well that if we don't restrict the body in some way  - given that we cannot intervene in it later - we could have no certainty of being able to live a useful life, a useful experience. Who could give us this guarantee? Once we'd fallen asleep in a body with every limit and defect possible, what guarantee could we have of coming to Earth and being able to complete the cycle we had set ourselves?

 So we have to take certain precautions. The first is that of tying ourselves to a body, of conditioning the body in a certain way, so that it doesn't play any tricks on us, or else so that if it does, it's some trick we could easily put up with it. And so we know from the start that a body made by us in this way will never become something else, because its impossible for it to do so. The experience will not allow it, will not permit it and we're not interested in living another type of experience. Freedom is therefore relative, it is relative from a spiritual viewpoint above all: you cannot spiritually produce more than the context of the evolution of your spirit allows - its evolution combined with certain unconscious tendencies..."

Question on the ineffectiveness of knowing oneself.

Entity A: "No, you see, because this takes us back to another aspect of life, namely: the spirit, with all these physical limits, or conditionings that are not strictly physical (that's to say they have a certain flexibility), creates an orientation for itself. Its not precisely that the spirit creates itself in the sense, for example, of I'll do this at twenty, this will happen when I'm 22, that will happen when I'm 40. No, that's not how it happens! The spirit sets itself certain fixed stages which have no reference to time: stages as experiences. These experiences then come together in life and manifest themselves as they can (sometimes they don't manifest themselves at all!) But the main purpose of life remains another one. Not that of living certain experiences in particular, but of knowing and living the experience of materiality, through which one can reach very special experiences.

 In other words, these experiences are simply the pretext for in some way reaching other, further aspects of materiality. The spirit is not interested in anything else, such as, for example, deciding whether to be a doctor, lawyer, peasant or blacksmith. It's not interested in any of that! Having reached a certain stage of evolution, it's only interested in identifying which experience will be a further experience, the most useful one for gaining a further understanding on earth of materiality, which is the other side of the Universe!

 Now, on Earth it must do all this intelligently. Why? Because the spirit has absolutely no other possibility of going through these experiences apart from through the body, otherwise it would not incarnate, it would go through this experience from outside. Why is it forced to live on earth? It is forced to live there because it is only through this series of "relays", or biological "units", that the experiences of materiality are able to transform themselves into spiritual experiences. And how do they transform themselves into spiritual experiences? That's the point of Delphi!  Only, that is to say, by interpreting the experiences that one lives through, by incorporating them into one's personality, by bringing them into the very foundations of one's self, that is to say by making them reach the spirit.

 And how can an experience reach the spirit? When the individual incorporates the experience, that is to say carries out that "apperception" - to use the philosophical term - that "digestion" of the experience. And to be able to "digest" it well, one needs to know it well and to know it well one needs to know oneself. If one does not know oneself well, the experience remains external, it cannot be digested deep down.

That's how the problem is concluded. That's how Delphi confirms its wisdom.

 Why "know oneself"? Certainly not for a whim, because I'd in fact have answered by cutting the question short. I'd have said: there is in fact no point in someone on Earth knowing themselves. The spirit can put its mind to knowing itself afterwards as well! What's the purpose of doing so on Earth?      A spirit certainly doesn't take on a body to know itself as a spirit since, as a spirit, it knows precisely what it is! It has no need to know itself on Earth, of all places! What would it come here for? To waste time? No, a spirit on Earth does everything possible not to occupy itself with spiritual problems, because it has all the time it could possibly need to occupy itself with them afterwards! It simply wants to find a possible connection between the material and spiritual; that's why it wants the experience of materiality.

 Not because materiality interests it per se, for what it is, because the spirit knows it belongs to a spiritual world, opposite which there is another world that is congenial to it and in which it lives: this is the reality outside the spirit. This external reality is the other side of the universe, that is to say the non-spiritual universe, reality in the normal sense of the word, which is similar in substance to the spirit, but does not have the individuality and personality of the spirit.

 The spirit wants to know this existence which is around it, because the spirit knows it exists, but also knows it exists because a Reality of which it is a Principle also exists, and being a Principle the spirit is a real thing. And what is this principle reality made up of? It is also made up of certain aspects called energy, called matter, that is to say the aspect, the "precipitate" of God. In other words the part that "coagulates", the part that is independent of God and instead depends on him, the spirit - and the spirit must know and deeply analyse this part, because by analysing it, the spirit will end up by gaining an increasingly clear idea of itself, of its own individuality, that is to say it will succeed in homing in on its own "self". The spirit knows it, understands it as independent, and this gives it greater autonomy, greater well-being or, if you prefer, greater knowledge, which is that type of peace which has been talked about so much, regarding which I once said: The peace of the spirit is not a state of happiness and bliss! The spirit which is at peace is not a spirit that smiles or laughs, so to speak, the spirit at peace is one which is aware of the validity of its own experience, its own "I" and its own knowledge. When it has these things inside it, these things are peace!

 When things have been decided by the spirit you do not have the will to give them up, because it is at precisely this point that the will does not trigger and cannot be triggered. However, not everything that happens to you has been foreseen by the spirit; you lay the groundwork for many events yourself! Basically, the spirit simply chooses a couple of occasions on Earth. Make no mistake, the spirit does not set out to organise one day after another. No, the spirit wants no more than a couple of experiences; all the rest is not only of no interest, but simply paves the way for these salient events, and it is in these rather accessory events that you have your freedom. You don't have it for the fundamental events, but you do have it for the accessory events.

 At this point I want to say something further: you have turned this relationship completely on its head: for you the accessory things have become the important things and the fundamental things have become - I wouldn't say banal - but inevitable events, Fate and Destiny. You've managed to make things that don't interest the spirit important: your system of life, your morals, your restraints, your inhibitions, they are - let us say - the daily bread of your life. It's true, they've become important things for you. You almost judge yourselves by these things!

Would it be possible at a certain point for an unpleasant experience (for you, that is to say) decided by the spirit to be skipped? Is it possible, in short, for certain fixed experiences decided by the spirit not to happen for some reason? Yes it is possible for some experiences to stop or not to happen.

 When does the experience stop? For example, I have sometimes heard people say... (In fact I've heard you say it... It may even have been a question you asked me)... You've asked me for help with some trouble that has beset you, or if you haven't asked me it was your intention to ask me; and if you don't ask me, you ask your saints, your crosses, your icons.... However, whatever the case, you ask for help. Naturally, we've established that the important events in life are - within certain limits, although it's not always like this - that the really important events in life have been decided by the spirit (the real ones, not the one's you think are important!).

 Once the event has started, is it possible to stop it? One can stop it in a way which is, I'd say, completely unknown to you. In fact an event, however unpleasant it may be, is stopped by accepting it. And why does it stop? Because in the moment you accept it (I mean really accept it, make no mistake!) it triggers that "passage of experience" between matter and the spirit. The spirit is satiated, so to speak, by the experience; the cause which gave rise to it withdraws, the effect disappears.

 In fact, you see, it must be like this, because the relationship between the experience and the spirit is conducted across the psychic path. When the psychic tension relaxes and the experience is accepted, it's like a miracle taking place. On the other hand, this is not only what the ancient Yogis taught, but also follows an inner logic of its own. The experience of life itself proves it. Those who accept suffering are no longer unhappy. Those who think they're accepting it, but always complain, never let it stop! There's a saying on Earth that goes: "every problem brings another".  That's not untrue, because the situation can be fed in a psychic, spiritual way.

In fact, when you live joyfully (the saints said always live with joy: friar Francis said it...) things go better. One must live with joy, accept with joy. That's not a figure of speech; nor is it creating an effect. It is curing oneself of a disease, whether its a social, spiritual or physical disease... Accepting, not in the prostrate, passive sense they may have taught you, that's to say "accept the suffering and thank God". It's not like that, naturally: there's no one to thank here. But accepting with awareness, with intelligence, even avoiding the suffering if possible: there's no need to wallow in pain, none at all! However it's clear that one can only overcome pain by facing it, with reason, and when reason intervenes in pain then the awareness of pain intervenes and the awareness becomes that spiritual experience that the spirit was seeking.

 And that is the moment in which freedom is released (the moment of real experience), because it is the moment in which the spirit waits, becomes alert and manifests itself in the clearest way at an unconscious level. It's as if the spirit "opened its eyes" and moved closer to listen, to feel; that's the right moment! They're things that you don't notice, that you don't realise. You haven't even been taught, I must say, to arrive at this type of reasoning, to look pain in the face. You aren't used to it, so sometimes you end up carrying it all your life, without ever looking at the reason for it.

 No spirit comes onto the Earth to suffer. The spirit seeks a series of experiences which, probably accomplished fairly badly, consequently lead to pain. Once pain has intervened, becoming an additional, integral part of the experience, the spirit has to face it with the means of reason, understand its importance, connect it with itself, if necessary explain it. Having done that, the pain is overcome! It's overcome de facto, because - how shall I put it - it's like an inner psychoanalysis that one carries out and which automatically cures one of all this.

Question on the case of someone who has lost a leg.

Entity A: "Disability is something one suffers for an entire lifetime, because the leg can't grow back, but the disabled person can reach a point in which they no longer feel the lack of a leg. It's as if they were born with one leg only, seeing that there's no law in the Universe which lays down that men must be made with two legs, two arms, etc. One is born with two legs because biological circumstances wanted it that way. You could, for instance, have been born with three legs and a tail and not found anything funny about it, just as you don't find anything funny about the fact that men are born white here while they're born black in Africa! The moment when the disabled person overcomes the experience, which is to say when they digest it and understand the point of all this, they are cured of it internally and thus they no longer notice their disability. No longer noticing their disability, it is no longer of any importance whether they have two legs or only one, because there's no difference between a man with two legs and a man with one. There's absolutely no difference, apart perhaps from the fact that some people can go for a good run and he cannot. But what's the importance, seeing that there are so many men who have two legs and walk slowly for the whole of their lives?!

 It's not a question of unfairness! The disabled person must think that their human life won't last forever, that their legs aren't necessary to think, and following this line of thought they will no longer envy other disabled people who recover, because theirs is another type of trouble, and because they certainly have a different experience. And what does it matter whether you have one or two legs on Earth when this isn't the life that counts and the spirit has no legs and can no longer have any disabilities in the Universe? That's how one creates the explanation for one's state, by bringing the demands of human life into the perspectives of another life. And it doesn't therefore matter whether you live with one leg for a certain time, because you don't need two at all... Everything naturally rests on knowledge, evolution and maturity: it's logical...

 When I say live intensely I've said everything, and having said everything I've really said everything! Without excluding anything from the human experience, absolutely anything, precisely because (and we've said it before) the spirit wants to place itself in materiality to understand it, study it and thus overcome it; but to overcome it, the spirit naturally needs to know it.

 You need to try and do everything possible to live life to the full, in a conscious and intelligent way, of course, otherwise - living without reason and the moral qualities one has, it would become an entirely pointless experience, valid on the human plane only...".





Communication of 13th November 1991.

  Question: The subject we would like to discuss is the development of the inner self. You've spoken to us at length on this subject, but we'd be very grateful for a sort of summary, partly because when we refer to this inner self away from here, many ask what it is.

Entity A: "I realise it can sometimes be difficult to give a definition when you don't have the right language, or when the people you're talking to don't have the right understanding.

 The inner self, this inner self of which we have spoken so much, is certainly counterpoised to an outside. The fundamental point that you just as others need to grasp is this: when we talk about an inner self and outside, what exactly are we referring to? By outside we mean the simplest thing you posses, even if it's the most complex, that is to say the everyday world of phenomena. For us this is the outside, that we counterpoise to the inner self, because we are the inner self, and thus "we" takes on a distinctly spiritual and non-material value. Because it doesn't just represent, it represents "us" with regard to this outside, this universal reality of phenomena, part of which is the reality of bodies, while yet another part is the reality in which bodies are immersed - that is to say the infinite, representative, tangible universe, the universe of stone, the hard universe, the universe which does not have its roots in autonomy and the spirit. So by outside we mean everything which does not belong to the spirit, although this is naturally a fleeting, shorthand classification.

 Now - to turn the discourse on its syntactical head - why do we say that one needs to find the inner self, having said that we are the inner self, that we represent ourselves in this inner self? Because in the very moment that we, as humans, formulate the question, we are no longer an inner self but an outside that formulates the question. We are a linguistic, syntactical, cerebral, thinking jumble, a material human mind that is searching for its own spiritual dimension.

 Looked at like this, the question "Which is the inner self? What is the inner self?" can be answered thus: the inner self is everything that, not being subject to the golden rules of matter and the mechanical universe, brings one into a listening relationship with other realities, stretches out above, emulates or walks a parallel together with other realities. The inner self is thus an alter ego of living matter, the living body. It is a function without which the living body could not rise above the animal level.

I think the difficulty you continually have in understanding and identifying arises above all from bad use of your meditations.

  To those of you who are looking for this inner self and ask yourselves where it is, where one starts, I always say that the problem is precisely to start somewhere.

You are used to a theoretical type of culture and identification. From birth onwards you were never trained to search, to meditate. Then, suddenly, having reached whatever age you are, you want to find this inner self of yours overnight.

 I don't think anyone has seriously tackled the problem of finding their own inner self, which is naturally the search for their own soul. You haven't got your ideas straight about what is of the body, because everything seems to be of the body and because, on the other hand, the one thing you can be sure you have is that part of your body which you touch, that part of it which vibrates, smells, trembles, suffers and loves, grows melancholy and searches and desires and needs. You gradually move from the sensory towards the top 8th, then down (according to your geometric tastes) and you start no longer identifying with your body.

There are things which belong to the body in a way that is highly certain, such as the sensations, pleasure. You identify a caress, a hand resting on you, a tickle, a scratch, a pain. Or you're eating and you like the food and you hold it on your palate, there where the papillae absorb smells, flavours, tastes which the brain transforms into pleasant or unpleasant perceptions or sensations.

 But it is at this point that you pass from all these things, which can be endlessly processed and joined with one another in infinite combinations, to other types of perceptions: certain types of pleasure, certain types of love, affection, relations with others, friendship, the sense of forgiveness, the capacity to understand. We are going into the complex end here, into perceptions which start no longer being perceptions because they develop in a world where the bodily, sensory part of immediate recognition, the hard external universe we were talking about starts to be excluded.

 We are already in a zone which abandons a number of the body's functional patterns and is geared to listening in other ways. From this point onwards the imagination creates new needs, new desires and, at these levels, it is the soul that suggests your actions to you. So when you say "inner life" you're not talking about something abstract, you're starting to talk about something concrete - if one could call it concrete - you're talking about a complex reality that already lives beyond the corporeal and already belongs to the territory of the inner self.

 This is the zone of the inner self and it is about this that you should talk when someone asks you what this inner self is that so much has been said about and which no one seems able to point out, indicating its direction and coordinates.

You need to be careful, however, because many people confuse their inner self with rules. My rules, my inner rules, some will say, lead me to act in this way, not realising that those rules are not the inner self I'm talking about, which is to say the inner self of one's own Spirit, but the one that, strictly speaking, belongs to you - your unconscious with respect to the rules you have interjected. They are naturally unconscious and are also part of one's inner life, but they belong to a false inner life, which is to say that inner life which generates neuroses, not the inner life which frees. The inner life which frees is that of your spirit, that is to say of a deeper nucleus, the nucleus that comes into conflict with the guilt complexes inside you.

 If you however reflect on the fact that these so-called promptings of the inner life only tend to block you and create anxieties and distress, to make you a slave of yourself, then you will see that you have two inner daemons: one daemon that prompts you coercively to behave in accordance with the rules (and without this behaviour you are in guilty conflict) and another daemon, the one that has often been called the devil of temptation but is not the devil of temptation - that's the deceit religions have woven for you - but is simply your own true spirit which tempts you, not agreeing in the least with the rules of the world. Why should your spirit agree, since it doesn't belong, even temporarily, to your world? And so the devil of temptation is none other than your own spirit which wants to transgress the rules imposed by religion. The family imposes laws which were promulgated by the religions and have caused guilt complexes, while these have in turn been joined by social laws, so that social guilt complexes exist as well.

 So that when temptation raises its head, it is really the voice of the spirit that wants to overcome the rule of the world. The rule of the world, education, ethics, morals and so on, the rule that's called a good rule but is really only a rule imposed by an ethical process of civilisation controlled by the religions. That's the whole and simple truth.


Communication of March 1960.


Question - Why didn't God create the Spirit so that it was already perfect, sparing it reincarnation.

Entity A: It seems impossible - from a human viewpoint - to reconcile the all-powerful and sublime goodness of God with the unfairness of the life of society, its suffering, its squalor, its continual struggles. Could God in actual fact have created a perfect spirit? The perfection that God ought to have given the spirit, ought for you to have been an interior infiniteness and, above all, a series of capacities able to induce this Spirit, even when incarnated, to eliminate pain on its own. That's what it all comes down to. God ought to have eliminated pain by giving this spirit, amongst its thousands of different faculties, all those capacities needed for overcoming and vanquishing all the obstacles on Earth.

 In any case it isn't the Earth as dwelling place, nor is it nature as man's surroundings that provokes or is the origin of these obstacles, but it is man who finds them within himself, in his craving to climb higher, to change himself, to rise above everything and himself and everyone else. It is in the struggle that man creates in life but not always for life.

 If it is true that living human beings are different from the beasts, they are different by virtue of a number of characteristics which are mainly those able to organise themselves in a particular way, corresponding to their intelligence, capacities, tendencies and instincts. Now, if these capacities exist - and if, as a consequence of them, man finds himself caught in mazes of his own making this in the end has a spiritual meaning.

 The perfection of the spirit is in fact a perfection of its substance and not of its form. The arrangement of its form is what then causes the pain and struggle etc. This arrangement arises from the use the being makes of the powers it has been given: its intelligence, freedom, will, capacities, etc.

 Don't get me wrong, if we assert that God is infinite, eternal and absolute, we can say that He has conferred his attributes on the substance that constitutes the spirit. But while there are points of similarity between God's eternal infinite and the eternal infinite of the spirit, there are also "infinites" which cannot be crossed. And that is a result precisely of the infinite structure of the elements forming the spirit and of those forming the divine Substance.

 Putting the question in this light, it is clear that this spirit, being in a position of lack and confluence in relation to the divine position, could not do otherwise than create its own freedom.

 Now, the fact that the spirit received individuality and personality from God (and is what it is precisely because of that), it could not be separated from the use that the spirit would have made of that freedom. And freedom, associated with intelligence, can only be considered such when it is allowed free interpretation, when it is allowed to act freely in accordance with its own orientation, that can be evaluated in relation to varied and multiple inner and outer needs.

 Since we speak of the spirit as an intelligent being, an eternal being, a being which aspires to God, which lives and suffers, torments itself and works... well, then this spirit is an intelligent spirit and to be intelligent it needs to be a free spirit. This freedom that is in the spirit demonstrates the existence of the being in its self.

 Individuality?... How can one separate individuality from personality? A being is individual by virtue of being one of its kind. In fact, if there were no principle of individuality, we would have a principle of identity between the spirits that would cancel out personality: a being is personal when it is the only one of its kind.

 And thus individuality ends up being a fundamental characteristic of the personality. But personality and individuality are not conceivable if a way of manifesting them does not exist. That's where the need for intelligent characteristics comes in. But intelligence, personality and individuality could not avoid decaying if there were no principle of freedom, and the principle of freedom in intelligence, personality and individuality would remain a static element without the mainspring of the will or the dynamic attitude, the characteristic attitude of the spiritual substance, which tends to become, or rather is a movement. From the universal viewpoint, movement represents energy, while from the viewpoint of the spirit it represents the mainspring of the will. Without this dynamism, without this movement, the spirit would end up being a static element and everything would collapse.

 The necessity of the concomitance of these forces leads one to the conclusion that this complex as originated by God, which is perfect in its characteristics, perfect in the way each gear meshes with the other, is nevertheless an almost virgin element. Another consideration comes into the discourse at this point, namely did God of necessity have to make this element called the spirit a virgin element? Couldn't He give it all knowledge already?

 Well, let us suppose God did give this spirit all his wisdom to make it "happy" as you'd put it in your way of talking. I might in the meantime object that it wouldn't be much of a happiness if won like this, without any effort, without any work, without any merit.

 We've said that it was logically necessary for God to endow the spirit with certain characteristics. If God had, on the other hand, also given this spirit the attributes of the infinite, of eternity and had also given it power, knowledge and wisdom, God would have created another Himself! He would have done nothing other than multiply Himself. And what sense would there have been in multiplying Himself in this way? None at all! It was therefore necessary for the beings created to win this happiness in order to be capable of recognising the signs of happiness and to acquire balance in order to recognise the signs of this universal balance.

 The necessity on God's part was not to create beings identical to Himself, but intelligent beings with all the characteristics useful for rising towards Him, while at the same time having everything necessary to justly and logically acquire characteristics of a universal nature so as to in some way make themselves fully useful on the plane of the universal economy. Could God make them happy already and make them start out from that happiness to perhaps win another, greater happiness? What do you know about it?! The fact is that you judge these things on the plane of the Earth. How do you know you're not already happy in your spirits and that you're torturing yourselves today because you've been unable or unwilling to recognise the signs of a balanced and tranquil life and you leave yourselves prey to the materiality that surrounds you? In the end, excuse me, but it isn't it precisely through the suffering, through the obstacles and humiliations that you realise your errors and realise there's another world that surrounds you, that you realise you have so many spiritual needs, that you make good your errors? Is not that perhaps the mainspring to understanding?

 Pain is the compass, it gives you the right direction, it makes you put right your mistakes. Now all this, far from being a burden to man, is in fact something very useful. Pain gives you the possibility of understanding error, of changing your way, of making good. So we say to you: let pain be welcome, when it must come. It isn't in fact necessary. You could also not suffer. If you suffer it's always because you've made a mistake, and it's you that's made the mistake, no one else. You do not pay for the suffering of others. God does not oblige anyone to suffer.

God has not decreed through His Law that you have to suffer.  No!






From Article 1 of the Statute: "The CIP shall pursue the study of parapsychological phenomena and their causes following the methods of scientific research, and shall disseminate the results".

The Italian Centre of Parapsychology organises itself along at least four lines which also represent the most well-known aspects of contemporary parapsychology:

A) The dissemination of the doctrinal corpus and cultural work

connected with the phenomenon of Entity A.

B) The analysis of and reflections on classical parapsychology.

C) The development of humanist parapsychology, which is a new line of approach that brings together all studies on altered states and inner states of consciousness.

The basic principle of humanistic parapsychology re-evaluates the inner self and the concept of Soul, considering all the higher activity and creativity of the human species as paranormal and connecting this great hope to scientifically-based working hypotheses.

 Humanistic parapsychology (which indeed took form within the CIP) encompasses the phenomena of pre-death, the visions of the dying under the action of drugs, the study of sacred herbs, relaxation and regressive hypnosis, mystic ecstasies, etc.

D) Studies into developing the application of humanistic parapsychology with meetings aimed at personal growth and getting to know one another.



The communications in this review were transmitted by the remarkable mediumistic personality known as "Entity A" through the incorporation trance of an exceptional sensitive who has operated exclusively in Naples, initially for the Centro Cosmos (from 1946 to 1963) and then for the C.I.P. from 1963 to the present day.

The C.I.P. works independently of any technical interpretation (already successfully taken care of by sophisticated scientific and university research studies), to disseminate the "lessons of A" in the conviction that the rare quality of his teachings represents a doctrinal model of immense cultural import, bringing exceptional reassurance regarding life and death.


P.S. - There are two societies dedicated to paranormal phenomena

The American Society for Psychical Research

 5 West 73rd St. - New York, NY 10023.
The Australasian Society for Psychical Research
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