In recent decades, the nature and importance of consciousness in modern science has been a contentious subject of debate. Quantum physicists agree that observation plays a vital role in the fundamental dynamics of subatomic particles, while materialists argue that consciousness is a fluke or byproduct of random physical events.
“You are more than your physical body. Go experience for yourself.” – Robert Monroe
What remains to be acknowledged by the latter view is that we need consciousness to participate in all scientific disciplines. If we can’t develop a clear, objective view of consciousness as a foundation for logic, thought, and observation, then we cannot rely on any evidence obtained through these channels.
To resolve this academic divide, rigorous experimentation was necessary. Biases of the academic community fostered a lack of interest, and thus a lack of funding in these areas of research. This created a more unfavorable condition for any definitive answers to be found.
Despite these odds, a well-known radio broadcaster, accompanied by a team of passionate researchers, made waves in the field of consciousness research. This intro-nautical pioneer was Robert Allan Monroe.
Robert Monroe was an early innovator and explorer of consciousness who gained profound insight into the relationship between vibration and the brain.
These discoveries and their applications would one day form the foundation of the Monroe Institute, a non profit organization established to advance the exploration of consciousness.
Robert was born on October 30, 1915. His father and mother, being a college professor and a doctor respectively, provided him with an academic environment at an early age. After graduating Ohio State University with a Bachelors Degree in English at the age of 22, Robert Monroe began his career in radio broadcasting as a writer/director for two radio stations in Ohio.
In two years, he had significantly advanced in his career. Monroe moved to New York and began producing/directing weekly radio programs. He went on to form his own radio production company called RAM Enterprises, producing 28 radio shows per month. Through his success, Robert became a renowned music composer for diverse forms of media, including television, radio, and motion picture.
After considerable progress, RAM Enterprises inaugurated a research and development division to study sleep learning and the effects of sound waves on human consciousness. This venture made use of his company’s expertise and familiar equipment in an innovative way. Monroe became the test subject for many of these controversial experiments. In 1958, after 2 years of participation, Robert Monroe discovered a novel state of consciousness independent of his physical body.
Robert described the vivid visions he was having as out of body experiences, a term coined by another leader in consciousness research, Charles T. Tart, Ph.D. Because of these frequent departures from form in the laboratory, he later concluded that certain frequencies could be used by anyone to achieve an out of body experience.
In 1971, Monroe published his critically acclaimed book, ‘Journey Out of the Body’, which gave a detailed account of his expeditions into unknown cerebral vistas, captivating the attention of many professionals in the academic community. The book is attributed with familiarizing the phrase “out of body experience”.
Monroe’s years of research eventually lead to the invention of an advanced sound technology with untold potential. This revolutionary binaural beat technique is known as hemispheric synchronization, or Hemi-Sync®, capable of meticulously altering a listener’s state of consciousness through the entrainment of brain waves.
Entrainment is a process by which one vibrating object is influenced by another vibrating object to resonate on the same frequency. Brain wave frequencies determine what state of consciousness we are in, and they are created by the vibrating resonance of the microcellular structures in brain tissue.
To entrain brain waves, the application of binaural beats are produced through the use of headphones. Each ear is presented with a different tone that, when heard together, are merged in the sound processing centers of the two hemispheres of the brain to generate a binaural beat. This supplemental tone is never actually heard, but the brain perceives it because of the culminating resonance between the two out-of-phase frequencies.
Because of his background in radio broadcasting, Robert Monroe had a deep understanding of AM radio technology, which employs the use of a process similar to the application of binaural beats. Through Hemi-Sync® research, he reverse engineered these concepts for practical use in neuroscience, creating a more precise application of binaural beats that accounts for the frequencies of every cortex in the brain.
“To entrain a particular state of consciousness then, one must identify these complex wave forms and mimic them through the use of binaural beats, multiplexed carrier signals, and heterodyned binaural beats. This is the Hemi-Sync® process.”The Monroe Institute’s Hemisync Process, CIA Declassified Document, pg. 12
The effectiveness of the Hemi-Sync® technology garnered the attention of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), prompting a thorough evaluation of its methodology in the form of a now declassified report. Their report begins by briefing the reader on the physics of entrainment, elaborating on how this concept can be applied to biological systems through the modification of brainwaves. The report goes on to describe how the Hemi-Sync® process leads to the successful augmentation of brain wave frequencies, ultimately changing the predominance or synchronization of hemispheres and cortices in congruence with the applied vibrations.
The implications of these findings may hold great significance to clandestine agencies such as the CIA, but it is uncertain what they have done or intend to do with this information. The frightening power that this knowledge imparts to governing organizations is a topic worthy of further investigation. This document was released in 2003 and is available to the public at this link.
In 1974, the research division responsible for Hemi-Sync® became The Monroe Institute, a non profit education & research organization committed to exploring and developing consciousness through meditation, lucid dreaming, astral projection, and sound technology.
The Institute has conducted countless classes, seminars, and studies illuminating the vast array of conscious experience with the application of Hemi-Sync®. They are now offering a variety of enlightening programs that focus on unique facets of consciousness expansion, ranging from online courses to week-long retreats. Some of the available programs include:
- Interspecies Communication Programs
- Lucid Dreaming Intensives
- Out of Body Experience Intensives
- Near Death Experience Intensives
- Remote Viewing Programs
- Energy Body Courses
- Energy Medicine Courses
- Sound Medicine Courses
- Effortless Meditation Programs
- Law of Attraction Courses
- Medical Intuition & Dreams That Heal
- And many more…
The most notable program offered at the Institute is Robert Monroe’s original workshop, known as the Gateway Voyage® Program. This unprecedented expedition into the vast expanse of non-physical dimensions is The Monroe Institute’s flagship program, and offers comprehensive guidance through direct experiences of altered perception. In the Gateway Voyage, core principles and powerful techniques are integrated with brainwave entrainment exercises to build a solid foundation for advanced consciousness exploration.
Robert Monroe went on to write a total of 3 influential books on out of body experiences before passing away at the age of 79. He wrote his last book, ‘Ultimate Journey‘ in 1994, a year before his passing. Robert’s extensive research will lay the foundation for the uncharted discoveries of countless successors in the field consciousness exploration, greatly expanding our understanding of perception and reality. The Monroe Institute has been in operation for over 40 years, and continues to carry on the legacy of Monroe’s work.