Ulisse Di Corpo




I was born in 1959 from a Catholic father and Protestant mother with diametrically opposed views of life. My father had grown in a mountain village in the midst of hunger and extreme physical conditions. For him, the top priority was to put money aside and save. My mother grew up in England and believed that since we only live once, we have to enjoy life as much as possible, now. Both worked for the United Nations. My father lived a frugal life and had always a lot of money that allowed him to help us children to face important moments of life (such as buying a house), my mother was always with no money or in need for money.


Their divergent visions brought me to look for answers by myself. I was enrolled in a private catholic school, but at the age of 7 I already professed to be an atheist and I refused the First Communion. “Why the creation?” I wondered. I imagined going back in time and did not understand why suddenly everything had to disappear because of a creation. Several times the nuns called my parents, but there was nothing to do, I continued to declare myself an atheist. I was fascinated by cosmology, the theory of the Big Bang, the formation of galaxies, planets. I found an article describing the universe that will collapse because of gravitational forces and then re-explode again. The math showed that the universe will collapse in a space smaller than the nucleus of a hydrogen atom. How can all galaxies, all planets concentrate in such a small space? What is matter? Is it solid or empty? How can an object, millions of light years away from me, exert an attraction on me? How can my atoms exert an attraction (even if minimal) on all the other atoms in the universe? How can I attract something I do not even know it exists? The law of cause and effect was clear to me, but the force of gravity was a mystery.


My father was proud of his mountains village and used to invite colleagues from the United Nations for vacations and skiing. Soon the village became filled with people of all nationalities and the contact with different cultures fuelled my independent way of thinking.


Saturday, February 19, 1972 I went skiing. During the lunch break I chose a dish with a meat sauce which was so sickening that I decided to become a vegetarian. This choice was accompanied by other choices, such as not drinking coffee, alcohol, use medical drugs, take part in religious groups, smoke, use drugs ... I did not know why all these choices came together at once, but I felt an imperative in the heart which ordered me to do so.


In 1975 I was chosen for an AFS exchange student program of one year. I went to live in Jefferson City Missouri, where I got the high school diploma.


The first Sunday my American family asked me to join them to the Methodist church. I said that I did not believe. The American mother replied: “It is not allowed!” I was ordered to go to church each Sunday and I decided to go each Sunday to a different church: White Baptist, Black Baptists, etc. When the parents were away, my American brother used to organize beer parties: everyone got smashed. I refused to participate.


Just after Christmas my American mother told me: “We have come to the conclusion that since you don’t believe you are an atheist, atheists are communists and being a communist you are a devil.” She asked me to go away.


For a couple of weeks I was hosted by one of the local organizers of the AFS program. A very rich family, with two private planes, Cadillacs and huge donations to the Oral Roberts University.


I was then hosted by an extremely poor family. They did not have money for food, and we could eat only in the cafeteria of the school. On Sundays they took me to “speaking in tongue meetings”. It was a very tough experience, it seemed to be back in the middle ages. At the end of my stay I asked my American father why they had hosted me, and he answered: “If you help someone Jesus Christ will save you.


On the 2nd of April 1976 I was in Joplin Missouri for a meeting with other AFS students. I talked at length with a boy from Iran. I was amazed! I had no knowledge of his culture and it all made sense. His ideas of friendship and love gave me hope for the future of humanity. That night at around 3.30am I suddenly woke up. I could see an orange glowing mist in the room. I felt love and a telepathic communication, not based on words, but on feelings, difficult to translate into words. I felt warmth in my heart. This glowing orange light got closer and suddenly I had the vision of the future of humanity. A World rich in life, with big structures, transparent pyramidal structures glowing with light, life and love. I felt a feeling of certainty, that was the future of humanity. Suddenly the room became dark and the glowing orange mist faded away. I felt the chill of the night, I was sitting on the side of the bed. The other people in the room asked me to stop making noise.


This experience gave me a strong hope in the future of humanity. But my rational mind was not able to grasp it.


This vision brought me to the intuition of syntropy, which I had in April 1977.


Tuesday, April 19, 1977 I had a sudden insight, “why can’t we have another level? A level of reality, fundamental as matter and energy? Three basic levels: the material level, the level of energy and the level of the feeling of being alive!” I immediately realized that the feeling of being alive had properties symmetrical to those of energy: on one side diverging physical energy, on the other side converging life energy. With this simple addition all the pieces of the puzzle came together in a coherent framework and I had an experience in some ways similar to that of the orange mist of light and love. I felt the coexistence of past, present and future, and I felt a gouge between the visible and invisible reality. A strong vibration shook me from within: the voice of the heart was telling that this is the way I had to follow. Suddenly depression and anxiety had vanished. I realized that I had touched something important. Every level had to have a specific vital need: material needs were associated to the material level, the need for love to the feeling of being alive and the need for meaning to the physical energy. I decided to investigate more this vision by enrolling in the faculty of psychology, but I soon had to surrender to the fact that psychology is materialistic. Consciousness is treated only as an emergent property of matter. I ventured in doing research and became an expert of non-parametric statistical techniques which allow to handle qualitative data. The only professor who showed interest in my ideas was an astrophysicist teaching mathematics. I decided to develop my vision with him and on the 30th of June 1981 I graduated with honors.


I did not know what to do next, I was disoriented. I took a break and went to England to spend a holiday in the village of 400 souls where my mother came from. On July 28 (the 25th anniversary of the death of Luigi Fantappiè, the discoverer of syntropy) a boy invited me to the pub where a celebration was held for the wedding of Charles and Diana of the coming day. He introduced me to a girl. She was also from Rome and her mother was from that village. I asked her if she went to the same high school that I had attended. “How do you know?” she answered. I asked in response if she knew the sister of a friend who was attending that high school. She answered “yes she sits next to me.” My mother and her mother came from the same small village but they had never known each other. They married to Italians and lived a few hundred meters apart. We had the same friends, but we had never met. We talked for a long time. She too was gifted in mathematics. The coincidences were simply impossible. Chances were nil. After this meeting, I decided to enroll in a PhD in statistics. She also enrolled in the same faculty and I became her professor.


The Dean of the faculty of statistics, Vittorio Castellano, immediately expressed great interest in the work I had done and said: “This is the theory of syntropy of Luigi Fantappiè!” I knew nothing about Luigi Fantappiè and of his theory of syntropy. Castellano told me that one of the big dilemmas of statistics is the link between statistics and life. Mathematics was born in astronomy, engineering and physics to describe the behaviour of inorganic matter, whereas statistic was used in censuses, biology, society, medicine and economy. That is living systems. Castellano believed that the difference between statistics and mathematics is the same that occurs between life and non-life. Corrado Gini, founder of ISTAT (the Italian Institute of Statistics), started a group of scientists, metaphysicists and philosophers who met regularly on Saturday afternoons at the faculty of Statistics, in order to try to understand the mystery of life. Among the participants, Luigi Fantappié who in 1941 coined the term syntropy. Vittorio Castellano wanted to be my tutor. My final dissertation, in June 1983, tried to bring syntropy in the real world, but with great disappointment I realized that it did not arouse interest.


In autumn 1996, while I was jogging in a park in Rome, I suddenly had the insight of a novel, that I named “Syntropy”. I wrote it in November 1996. In April Nicola, a friend from Padua, came to visit me in Rome. We went for dinner to a vegetarian restaurant, close to my home. We sat, but the owner of the place came and asked us to choose another table. The restaurant was still empty and none of the tables seemed to have been booked. “We have used this table for Ayurvedic products”, she said, “it is charged with energy.” I asked her: “Do you organize presentations of books?” She answered positively “If the books talks about vegetarian food we provide everything for free, including refreshments.” Since Syntropy had two lines on the vegetarian diet, I asked her phone number, and as soon as the printer gave me the cover of the book, I contacted her. “Yes, I remember you, come for dinner tonight, and we’ll talk about it.” Before going to the restaurant I opened randomly the newspaper. A full pages was on Sai Baba. I read quickly, and as I read, the interest grew. I was struck by the coincidence between Syntropy and Sai Baba’s message. The Syntropy novel describes the beginning of the era of love and Sai Baba reminds that the message of love is the core message of all religions. After I sat in the restaurant, I noticed a big poster of Sai Baba and while I was talking a waiter came by, saw the cover of the book and exclaimed: “Syntropy, the law that Luigi Fantappiè discovered!” I was awestruck. No one knew of the works of Fantappiè on syntropy! I soon realized the deep knowledge on syntropy that this waiter had. I asked if he could help me with the presentation of the book, the 9th of July. Few days before the presentation I was talking to Alessandra, a friend: “Don’t you find strange the circumstances that led to this first presentation of the book? It’s all because of Nicola. If it had not been for him I would have not gone to the vegetarian restaurant!” I said. “It would be nice,” Alessandra added, “if Nicola could be at the presentation.” When I hanged the phone rang again: “Hello, this is Nicola. I will be in Rome on Wednesday night, I’m going on vacation to Sicily. Can you put us up?” I had just finished talking about Nicola and here he was coming to Rome exactly for the presentation of the book. Wednesday, July 9, the day of the presentation, the car would not start (the tank was practically empty and I had parked facing uphill). Despite this unexpected problem I managed to take a sufficient number of copies of the book at the restaurant, thanks to Nicola’s car. Maurizio, the waiter, arrived on time and began the introduction. There were more than sixty people and I was amazed of the strange coincidence of Nicola showing up for the presentation of the book. Maurizio began: “I was struck by the fact that the message of Syntropy coincides with Sai Baba’s message of love.” In those days I had read about Sai Baba, and I had found a strong analogy with Syntropy. Maurizio continued: “the starting date of this novel, November 23, 2026, is the day of the hundredth birthday of Sai Baba.” I jolt, I had chosen that date just in order to have the celebration of the centenary of ISTAT in the middle of the book and from there I had to go down to the 23rd of November. I quickly looked at a book on Sai Baba. Sai Baba was born on November 23, 1926. Maurizio added: “As you know, Sai Baba says that he came to remember the message of love and on November 23, 2026, he will come back to start the era of love.” The novel is about the beginning of the era of love. I made my presentation and many came to me saying that I was Sai Baba’s pen. I avoided to get involved in their group, despite the many invitations. I felt I had to live up the commitment I made at the age of 13, not to join any religious group.


In the summer of 1998 I was in Hungary, in the small village of Visegrád, for the gathering of an international hospitality group. The season was fabulous and we decided to go for a hike in the mountains. The sky was clear, there was not a single cloud, but after just an hour of walk in the woods a torrential rain began. Our maps melted in the rain, we were completely drenched and desperate. The path had become a stream. After a few hundred meters of ascent we arrived at a campground. In the first tent we found a girl with a baby. She spoke no English and pointed to a wooden structure at the end of the campground. We went in, we took off the soaked clothes, dripping water everywhere. I stumble on a Buddha statue that was at the middle of the room and at that point we became aware that around us, facing the walls, there were about twenty monks in meditation. A girl came with dry clothes and when the monks finished their meditation we all had lunch together. After lunch we were invited to take part in their Zen meditation. I immediately felt this type of meditation beneficial for me. Only one of them spoke English, and he invited us to return. The next day I went there with the clothes they had lent us, and tried again their meditation. The next week I went for 3 days. This type of meditation calmed the chatter of my mind and brought my attention to the heart. I returned to Rome, and a couple of days later I received a phone call from a lady who lives next to my house and wanted information about the hospitality club I belonged to. She invited me to their yoga center, that same evening for a demonstration. I found the same type of Zen meditation. For a couple of years I followed assiduously this Zen center, until the chatter of my mind calmed down completely. Since then I experience the silence of the mind and I have discovered that this is crucial for the heart.


I had been hosting a high school friend who had a major nervous-breakdown. Her difficult situation has been of great teaching. I discovered that there is a difference between how things appear and how they really are and that often what seems good is bad and what seems bad is good. She taught me to see and not to look. Looking with the physical senses limits us to the surface. When we see with the heart we feel the essence.


In 2001 I was about to quit the work on syntropy, no one seemed interested! Saturday, January 6, returning home after having lunched with my father, I walked in front the Sai Baba restaurant and almost without being aware of it I expressed the desire for a companion with whom to continue this adventure. The next day I went to a party organized by friends and after a while a girl came in, I felt my heart yelling “she is the person!” I took the courage, I talked till late with her. I wanted to call her the next day to ask her out, but someone had tried to steal my car. Tuesday, January 9, after collecting the car from the mechanic, I called her. It was 8 in the evening and asked her out for dinner. It was a beautiful night with a full Moon eclipse, which lasted the entire evening. The day after we went out again and engaged. It was the 10th of January 2001 (10/01/01) and we married on the same date, but upside down, the 10th of October 2001 (10/10/01). Antonella showed no interest for Syntropy and was completely alien to mathematics. From a “rational” point of view she was the least suitable person to accompany me in this work. However, she asked as a wedding gift the possibility of go back to study at university. She enrolled in psychology, cognitive psychology. Synchronicities started operating and led her to a first dissertation titled “Entropy and Syntropy, from mechanical to life sciences,” then a dissertation on Syntropy for her master degree and another for the PhD where she carried out experiments to test the following hypothesis: “if life is sustained by syntropy, the systems that supports life processes must show retrocausal, pre-stimuli activations.” This strange effect had already been found and published in the scientific literature. Antonella developed experiments which measured the parameters of the heart rate and skin conductance (parameters of the autonomic nervous system that supports the processes of life). Results indicate that these parameters react in advance to emotional stimuli. As soon as the Syntropy theory found experimental validation, her tutors (in Quantum Mechanics and Cognitive Psychology) started attacking her at the personal level. They considered the results impossible, but they did not want to replicate the experiments. One of the professor went to the extent of asking the Dean to expel Antonella from the university. Despite that Antonella was able to finish her work and discuss it in front of the national commission, which could not object to the scientific validity of her results. Her tutors did not attend, they were terrified at the idea of being associated with a “heretical” view in which causes flow backward in time. In the academia it is not tolerated to question the dogma of cause and effect, according to which causes must always precede their effects. Meanwhile we had established contacts with other organizations working on similar topics. We began to give lectures for SSE (Society for Scientific Exploration), for WISE (World Institute for Scientific Exploration), SAND (Science and Non-Duality), IAC (International Academy of Consciousness), SMN (Scientific Medical Network ) and we published several scientific articles and books. In 2015 ICRL (International Consciousness Research Laboratory in Princeton) published our book “Syntropy the spirit of love.”


My family never appreciated my work on syntropy. The importance that my father gave to savings had led him to materialism and lack of spirituality. When in 2012 he suffered a stroke which forced him in a wheel chair, he wanted to go and live in a nursing home and to get rid of all his possessions. He frequently repeated “Who has nothing dies happy.” During the three years he lived in the nursing home he experienced an incredible transformation. A few years before the stroke he went with some friends to Bulgaria. He returned from this trip under shock. He told me that entering the monastery of Rila, in the mountains near Sofia, he began to shake and cry. He knew all about that monastery, where the rooms were, the corridors, the refectory, even the shape of the stones of the fireplace. For years he had seen that place in his dreams. In the nursing home he used to tell me: “Ulisse, I have the impression that in that monastery ...” and in a short time he had an account of a previous life: “I lived there, we had a magnificent red wine, I preached every morning at 8, already drunk.” He was intuitive, the visible and the invisible were united in one reality. He spoke of the heart and expressed his feelings. Remembering a previous life, led him to believe that death is nothing else than a transition. In March 2015 he knew he had only few days left. He was happy, smiling, with eyes full of joy. He did not feel pain and in the moment of death he said: “I feel well, I feel happy, I will soon see all my loved ones!”


In March 2014, after an intense exchange of emails on retrocausality, John Kinneman, a leading professor in Colorado, wrote me telling that a Turkish lady was writing about our publications. In the course of her search Ayten Aydin had discovered several books that I had written with Antonella, and which she found enlightening also for the Robert Rosens’s Anticipatory Systems group. She brought the information to the notice of this group and combined Robert Rosen’s ideas with the idea of Fantappiè's Syntropy and Teilhard de Chardin’s Omega Point. Kinneman sent me copies of her emails. I searched for information and found her Wikipedia page. I was stunned by the fact that she lives in Rome, near my home. We met and I discovered that she had worked in the same office with my father.