The Monroe Institute

Personal Resources Exploration Program (PREP)

The Personal Resources Exploration Program, or PREP, is a personalized auditory-guidance session conducted in a specially designed, secluded cubical. The PREP session is introduced as an aspect of the Guidelines® program. Graduates of the Guidelines program are eligible to participate in additional PREP sessions at a later time. Although PREP sessions have gained a reputation over the last twenty years for providing intense personal experiences, they should not be thought of as a shortcut or as a means to an experience that has not otherwise been available to you. Stated another way, if you are already experiential using the Monroe audio-guidance technology, the PREP session is your next step.

How does a PREP session work?

A participant is supported throughout the uniquely personalized session with customized, computer-generated sounds and verbal guidance provided by a trained facilitator.

The sessions consist of three parts:

First, you will spend some time talking with your facilitator, gaining clarity on your goals and objectives for the session. You may wish to give some thought to what you would like to accomplish and explore prior to arriving for your session. Goals have ranged broadly from the more general, "I would like to be more consciously aware of the energies/guidance around me" to working with very specific personal issues. External electrodes will be attached to several of your fingers enabling the monitoring and recording of physiological measurements of your skin temperature, galvanic skin response, and skin potential voltage. Then you will be assisted to lie comfortably on the special dry-flotation system in the booth and then put on the headphones. A microphone in the booth allows for two-way communication between you and the facilitator at all times and for recording your narrative of the events of your experience.

Second, the facilitator will remain outside of the booth at the control station. When you are ready, the audio-guidance will be introduced to you through the headphones, and the facilitator will begin to guide you on a journey. As your personal exploration unfolds, adjustments in the audio-guidance signals will be made in order to facilitate and enhance your experience.

Third, at the conclusion of your guided exploration, you will be assisted from the booth for a debriefing. At this time, you may gain further understanding and integration of your experience and continue the grounding process. A CD of the narrative of your session and printouts of your physiological responses will be given to you before your departure. The entire session, including your intake interview, guided exploration, and debriefing, will take approximately two hours.

PREP sessions, for graduates of the Gateway Voyage program, may be arranged by calling (434) 361-1252 for an appointment or contact TMI. Cost of the session is $250.00.

PREP Session Physiological Monitoring

A Personal Resources Exploration Program (PREP) session is a uniquely personalized audio-guidance process. We use a J&J I-300-C2 Physiologi­cal Monitoring System during PREP sessions to monitor skin potential voltage (SPV), peripheral skin temperature (TEMP), and galvanic skin response (GSR).

The following explanations describe these measurements and illustrate how we interpret and use them during PREP sessions. The graphs illustrate general tendencies and should not be held as goals for an “ideal" session. Highly individualized patterns are interpreted on a case-by-case basis using established parameters.

Electrical activity on the skin has two origins: that due to sweat gland activity (sudorific) and that due to other causes (non-sudorific). It is important to discriminate between the two origins. Sudorific skin potentials (see Figure 3 – GSR) have long been associated with levels of anxiety, mental arousal, and emotional reactivity. Non-sudorific skin potentials (see Figure 1 – SPV) have been associated with ovulation, tissue regeneration and atypical growth, as well as changes in consciousness.

SPV: The direct cur­rent volt­age between two electrodes on the fingers is mea­sured. Vol­tage dif­fer­ences of relative short duration are re­ferred to as skin-poten­tial re­sponses. Vol­tage differ­ences of long dura­tion are referred to as skin-poten­tial lev­els. Records of both of these non-sudo­rific electric vari­ables are called skin po­ten­tial volt­age (SPV) mea­sure­ments. Indepen­dent SPV response var­iations or waveforms indi­cate sub­jec­tive men­tal activ­ity. Changes in con­scious­ness are indicated by substantial changes in SPV levels. Occa­sionally, SPV levels reverse polarity. These polarity re­versals indicate changes in the participant's perspec­tive or venue. Figure 1 – SPV shows changes in skin-potential levels dur­ing a PREP session. In this illustration, a polarity rever­sal (+ to -) is recorded early into the session.


Figure 1 – SPV

TEMP: Warming of the ex­tremi­ties (hands and feet) is a strong indica­tor of phy­sical relax­a­tion. This peri­ph­eral warming is due to in­creased blood flow through the capil­lar­ies as a result of muscu­lar relax­a­tion. This natural warm­ing is sometimes re­ferred to as the relax­ation re­sponse. Periph­eral warm­ing is also a reli­able ind­ica­tion associ­ated with theta brainwave states. Indi­vid­uals have been known to move into a theta brainwave rhythm during peri­ph­eral warming to 95oF for a few minutes. Dur­ing PREP sessions, hand and finger temperature generally rises as states of consciousness favorable to perceptual experienc­es arise. Figure 2 – TEMP shows typical warming during a PREP session.


Figure 2 – TEMP

GSR: In the case of sudorific ac­tivity, skin resistance or its inverse, skin conduc­tance, is measured by apply­ing a small, constant current through two elec­trodes placed on the fingers. Changes in re­sistance of short dura­tion typically reach a peak in about one or two seconds and are referred to as galvanic skin re­sponses (GSR). The gener­al amount of resis­tance that changes slowly is called the skin-re­sistance level. As GSR conduc­tance decreas­es, an individual becomes less anxious, mentally calm, and emotion­ally pas­sive. Fig­ure 3 – GSR illus­trates the changing skin-con­ductance level during a PREP session.


Figure 3 – GSR

The use of physiological monitoring is especially beneficial to real-time facilitation of PREP sessions. Monitors can tell when an individual is relaxed, when that individual "moves" from expe­rience to experience, and when to inquire about their perceptions and understandings. After a PREP session, the partic­ipants are provided a complete report of their physiologi­cal changes during their session.

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