BOOK REVIEW


Multi-dimensional Man: A Voyage of Discovery into the Heart of Creation
Author: Jurgen Ziewe, 2008

By Jaclyn Cowen

Multidimensional Man is a compilation of experiences that the author has had from the 1970's up until the mid-1990's. The book is organised into various themes including projections which he experienced in different extraphysical dimensions.


It is a highly lucid account of the author's experiences outside the physical body which he is able to recollect with a great level of accuracy.


The author makes clear that he tries to take a more scientific approach when understanding his experiences. That is, to remove any beliefs, mysticism or dogma from his observations and see the reality as it really is.


Ziewe makes some insightful observations about the extraphysical dimensions and the reader starts to appreciate more deeply how these non-physical dimensions operate. He understands that what drives a person's experiences as well as the communities in these dimensions is the 'state of consciousness'. He describes the different communities as being comprised of consciousnesses who are drawn together by their similar attitudes, tastes, desires, values etc and that this consensus of views or thoughts and emotions influences where they will be located (either closer to the physical dimension or in more subtle dimensions) as well as influencing the quality of the environment around them.


Similarly, conscientiology explains how all extraphysical communities are created by like-minded consciousnesses who emit particular patterns of energy or holothosenes which are clearly perceived when you enter the environment. The holothosene is based on the average thoughts, emotions and energies that come from each consciousness. From Multidimensional Man we get a sense of how the holothosene of the environment affects the structures that are built within the different communities, which resemble to a greater or lesser extent structures that exist in the physical dimension. Also that each community contains a predominant energetic quality which the author perceives while in the sensitive subtle body of the psychosoma, such as drabness and boredom or on the other hand invigorating, creative or serene places.


Ziewe correctly reveals that the mental and emotional state the person is in at the moment they are projected will influence what they experience and which areas they project to. This can range from denser and more mundane environments to more serene and subtle environments revealing the ability of the person to reach numerous consciential states over time and even in a single projection. For example, a depressed mood caused the author to remain in the 'lower astral plane' or troposphere, however when he found himself in a similar situation on another occasion he was able to move away from this low quality environment by putting in the effort to think more positively.


In conscientiology we talk of there being three distinct dimensions: the physical, the extraphysical, and the mentalsomatic dimensions. The extraphysical dimension can be split into the troposphere, close to the physical dimension, and the extraphysical dimension per se. Each of these dimensions requires a specific vehicle to manifest there: the soma, psychosoma or mentalsoma. The extraphysical dimension is constituted of innumerable gradations of energetic frequencies, with more or less evolved communities existing at different frequencies. This can give the impression that these communities exist in different dimensions. In fact, Ziewe believes that there are six different dimensions based on his own projective travels. He splits the dimensions into physical, then earth like, intermediate and higher (extraphysical dimension), heaven and pure reality (mentalsomatic dimension). A large part of the book is dedicated to organising his experiences into these different dimensions.


The last experience the author describes is his projection in the mentalsoma which takes him to both the underdeveloped mentalsomatic dimension in which there is still some influence of form and lastly to the pure mentalsomatic dimension where form, space and time is absent. There in the mentalsomatic dimension proper he experiences true reality, pure love and pure intelligence, free of coarse emotions and animal instincts. The whole time he is aware of a familiar yet unrecognisable consciousness guiding him.


Ziewe mentions that meditation is a method that can be used to facilitate an OBE, based on his own experiences in which he achieved many lucid projections after meditating. He does not describe the methods he used to experience the OBE in much detail, although there is mention that at some point he was successfully using the pineal gland technique and there are references to other techniques used. However readers may be left with the impression that meditation alone if practiced consistently will result in having out of body experiences.


For many, meditation in itself may not be an effective technique to help facilitate the OBE experience due to the inward focus of the practitioner rather than having an outward focus which is required to go out of the physical body.


It is likely that based on his own personal predisposition, having acquired the skills of lucidly projecting over many previous lives, he has brought this ability with him into his current life. This transference of particular skills and predispositions across lifetimes is known in conscientiology as paragenetics (the talents, intelligences and strong traits of the consciousness which is accumulated over many past life experiences).


While the reader can learn a lot about many aspects of non-physical reality through the authors experiences, he chooses not to focus his attention on teaching people to actually have the experience themselves. Throughout the book there are some tips that he shares with the readers about how he achieved success with the OBE however it is minimal.


There are so many factors which influence the way a consciousness perceives their world and this has a strong influence on what is experienced in a lucid projection. Such factors can include the cultural, religious and educational upbringing as well as their level of evolution and paragenetics. This is known as the scale of observation


In Ziewe's case, it was observed that his experiences were somewhat influenced by his artistic background. It influences where he ends up projecting as well as what he chooses to observe while he is projected. Due to this, the author often finds himself in an art school environment. At other times when he finds himself in the 'higher astral' areas, his focus of attention is on describing the environment around him. These places from Jurgens accounts seem to overwhelm his senses with vivid colours and sounds and he certainly captured well the feelings that were evoked and the beauty of the place. After a while, however it can leave you thinking, yes this is beautiful but then what? Is feeling blissful and joyful enough? At these times, it would have been great if the author could have reflected more on these experiences in order to find out how they could help further his own self-growth as well as others.


There are a few accounts where the author mentions assistance to others and they include helping people go through the process of desoma or recognising that they are now dead. It reveals his assistantial temperament and combined with objectivity and a non-mystical posture resulted in him being able to perform some effective clarifying assistance. He sees the work as important, however it seems that the author does not fully recognise the significance of assistance in the lucid projection with regards to the evolutionary process. This is evident at the end of the book when he claims that he no longer has a need for OBE's and places meditation as being of higher value over the lucid projection. As such he takes up a common posture in Buddhism and other eastern philosophies which attempts to sidestep key developmental phases to get straight to the peak condition of cosmoconsciousness.


The author has some understanding of the role of helpers (extraphysical guides) during his experiences. Ziewe refers to the presence of a consciousness which he can't always visually perceive but can sense around him and assisting him during his experiences. He also mentions helpers on a number of occasions throughout his book.


After experiencing many lucid projections of the consciousness over an intense period in the late 1970's he suddenly stopped having them and this period seemed to be extended until the mid 1990's as reflected in the dates recorded in his journal entries. This revealed a long absence in which the author did not project. This is known as a projective recess where for some reason after having many projections in series the person stops experiencing them. There are many factors why a person may experience a projective recess, such as alienating themselves from their life, getting too caught up in their physical life, illness or immaturity. It indicates the support of the helpers who had been a key component in helping him to project and have the types of experiences that he did.


It is interesting to note that around about the same period in the late 1970's Waldo Vieira was having his own lucid projections and wrote about them in his pioneering book 'Projections of the Consciousness'. The helpers sponsored many of his projections in a brief period of time in order for him to write the book and inform people about the types of experiences one can have out of the body.


Based on the level of assistance that the author enjoyed in having his experiences, including the cosmoconsciousness experience, we could conclude that it was also the role of the author to record his experiences and publish them, which he eventually did.


All in all, it was a great read and gives us a bigger glimpse of what exists in the extraphysical dimensions, inspiring more people to go and have their own out-of-body experiences.