Given what Monroe Institute program participants are saying, the desire to have an OBE is as popular now as it was forty-three years ago when Bob Monroe's first book, Journeys Out of the Body, was published. In fact, attaining the out-of-body state may be a more popular aspiration than ever now that "out-of-body experience" is a mainstream expression. Thank you, Charles “Charley” Tart, for helping to popularize the term!
With Bob Monroe as my friend and mentor, I was a fortunate teenager to have learned techniques from him about how to travel out-of-body. One of my strongest OBE memories is of "flying" with Bob and my mother, Nancy Penn, as Bob led us on an exuberant joyride. This was not about going into other Locales, such as Bob describes in his books; instead, we kept it "local," swooping over the lush Blue Ridge Mountains, zooming fast and low to the ground like jet pilots flying "nap of the Earth," then soaring high up into the air, doing rolls and spins, much like you might see at an air show. It was an exhilarating experience and great fun—something I will always remember with deep fondness.
The next day I told Bob and Mom about my experience, wondering if I had actually been out of body or possibly just dreaming. They both grinned and acknowledged having had the "joyride" experience with me. What a rush that was, knowing it was a real, shared OBE! There have been other out-of-body experiences since then, but that was the only mutual adventure with them—that I can recall!
Despite being famously known for his OBEs, Bob did not want to focus solely on teaching the out-of-body process. He didn't want to imply that exploring consciousness was reliant on the OBE. To Bob, OBEs were a means to an end—a personal gateway into the realms of consciousness exploration. Today, TMI programs continue to focus on providing tools to achieve, explore and use diverse and profound levels of consciousness. Our programs have given tens of thousands of people the means to discover and experience the magnitude of who they really are, to Know that they are more than their physical bodies.
For those interested in specifically learning techniques to achieve the out-of-body state, we have William Buhlman's Out of Body Intensive program here at TMI. Through Bill's books and the Intensive, he gives people unique tools to achieve OBEs and to expand perceptual capabilities far beyond physical limits.
On a final note, for some captivating "inter-dimensional" reading that connects science and spirituality, I highly recommend Time Travel Rabbit, by Momi Douglas (aka Douglas Fir), a TMI friend from years past. Once I started it, I couldn't put it down!
With warmest regards,
President, Executive Director
William Buhlman is a leading expert on out-of-body experiences. The author's forty years of extensive personal out-of-body explorations give him a unique and thought provoking insight into this subject.
William is the author of Adventures Beyond the Body, Secret of the Soul, and the recently published, Adventures in the Afterlife. He conducts a highly popular in-depth six-day workshop titled, Out-of-Body Exploration Intensive at The Monroe Institute.
Over the past two decades William has developed an effective system to experience safe, self-initiated out-of-body adventures. As a certified hypnotherapist, William incorporates various methods, including hypnosis, visualization and meditation techniques in his workshops to explore the profound nature of out-of-body experiences and the benefits of accelerated personal development. Through lectures, workshops, and his books the author teaches the preparation and techniques of astral projection and spiritual exploration.
The key to initiating OBEs is creating a realistic plan of action and then following through. There is an old saying that it takes 21 days of daily repetition to create a new habit. This concept of mental reprograming is especially true with OBEs. Looking back to my first efforts to self-initiate my first conscious out-of-body experience I remember that it took me 24 days of dedicated practice before I had my first OBE. It’s clear that our preparation and daily practice are critically important because it conditions our mind to accept our unlimited potential for exploration beyond the physical body.
Action plan for OBE Exploration:
- Establish your dedicated OBE exploration area. An area separate from your primary bedroom is best. A sofa in your living room can be effective; this has worked for me for forty years. Perceive this special area in your home as your personal exploration or meditation area. Many people create a unique energy space with an altar, spiritual statues, wall hanging and crystals. Create a space that reminds you of your OBE intention. Take note; your bedroom is not recommended since you are conditioned to sleep deeply in your bed.
- Every day confirm (write) your firm intention to have a conscious OBE in your journal and ask your Higher Self and guides for assistance. (Now I have a fully aware OBE!) Hold your intention as your last conscious thought every time you take a nap or as you drift to sleep.
- Learn about the various OBE induction methods that are available and select the approach that resonates with you.
- Select your ideal practice time of day. Mute phones and control pets.
- Create and maintain a detailed OBE and lucid dream journal. Record all energy/vibrational state events, even small ones. Make it a habit to journal all shifts of consciousness/vibrational state events after sleep and each OBE practice session. This journal process helps to open and reprogram our mind to remember our experiences.
- Remain calm and surrender to all vibrational state events. Never analyze, just allow and surrender to all energy shifts.
- When first awakening remain still for a few seconds and examine your energy body. For example, seeing through eye lids or floating/sinking is a clear indication that you are in an ideal state for separation.
- It’s important to know that separation from the body is not an automatic response as many assume. Often, we must initiate the separation process by using silent commands such as, “Roll now! / Door now!”
- Use your dreams as a launch point for OBEs. Focus and repeat, “Awareness Now!” during all lucid dreams.
- Be patient with yourself and don’t obsess with results. Treat the process like a relaxed daily meditation.
- Be completely open to all shifts of consciousness during sleep and practice sessions.
- View all vibrational state phenomena as nonphysical events. Focus on your firm, positive intention to have an OBE now. (Now I have a conscious OBE!) Your focused intention is always the central driving force of your experiences.
- There is only one rule in OBE exploration - never think about or focus on your physical body.
- Most important - commit to sixty-days of daily OBE practice. Daily repetition is essential to reprogram the mind to your new ability.
The selection of your personal OBE method or approach is important to the results you experience. Many people burn themselves out by repeating a daily method that doesn’t play to their strengths. Closely examine and recognize what kind of OBE method resonates with you. For example, if you don’t visualize well (and about 25% of people do not) the target technique may not be your ideal method. Consider what approach is best for you.
Generally your preferred OBE method will be the result of experimentation with different approaches. Many people are unaware that there exists a wide array of methods used today. Based on decades of experience we know that people respond to different approaches. If you are not seeing some progress after a month or so consider changing your method. Remember to always journal and examine your strengths. What approach will be enjoyable and will hold your attention for 30 minutes?
The following is an overview of the methods commonly used today around the world. We explore this diversity of approaches during the 6-day Out-of-Body Exploration Intensive program at TMI.
- Affirmations: (Repeated focused intention or silent mantra, for example, “Now I have a conscious OBE!”) Always attempt to hold your affirmation as your last conscious thought.
- Visualization - (Target technique)
- Motion Methods - (Rocking, flying, rolling, climbing, spinning)
- Tactile Methods - (Ladder, Rope, pulling yourself out)
- Meditation with focused intention (affirmation)
- Self-Hypnosis with intention
- Lucid Dream awakening (conversion) Sleep induction methods
- Sound Technology (for example, using Hemi-Sync programs combined with your personal OBE affirmations or method)
- Chakra activation methods with affirmations
- Night time sound beacons (Hypnotic fractionation programming)
- Shamanic methods
- Early morning Method (awakening after 4 hours of sleep and moving from your bedroom to your designated OBE area)
The practice of OBEs is much like meditation; our commitment, daily practice and openness to shifts of consciousness are our greatest assets. Focus your intention and enjoy the entire process. As Bob Monroe would often say, “Have fun with it.”
See William Buhlman's Keynote Address at the 2014 Professional Seminar:
At time marker 1:00:00 hear William's advice for an enlightened transition - create an Action Plan for death now.
Contact the author at, www.astralinfo.org
An open letter from Brian and Sergey —
Hello TMI Friends:
Dr. Sergey Sorin and I send greetings! Sergey and I are TMI Outreach facilitators and Professional Division members. We are grateful for TMI’s and Monroe Products’s support. We called both A.J. Honeycutt (Monroe Products) and Nancy McMoneagle (TMI) to thank them. A.J. was exuberant about new products they were offering that we successfully used. Nancy was exuberant about the many great improvements happening at TMI, including the new renovation of the TMI bookstore by Patty Ray Avalon.
Then I learned the water tank at the Nancy Penn Center had just broken. They can’t flush toilets. No showers. No water for the kitchen. They are temporarily moving programs to Roberts Mountain, but they need both facilities to run programs. And funding is tight. So I spoke with Sergey, my partner at Samvit Wellness. It occurred to Sergey and me that no one is better at manifesting than TMI graduates!
Would you consider joining us in manifesting funds for the water tank? [See the instructions below.] From the universe, including all resources, not just us. Any amount helps. $5, $10, $20. Numbers add up. A new tank will cost $15,000 or more.
I was just at the Nancy Penn Center in February for the awesome Professional Seminar. I will be attending many more Nancy Penn Center programs. Water will definitely be needed.
You can improve the situation by helping us add water to the tank. Donations are already coming in! Sergey and I made a $100 donation from Samvit Wellness, and I added $200 to get things rolling on the water tank account.
Cool. I feel better already.
- Visit the Donation page on our website and use a credit card
- Select "The Monroe Institute Fund" and click donate now
- Enter a donation amount and click Add to Cart
- Complete the check out process
- When you see the space for "special order notes," enter "for the water tank replacement."
- Go to www.paypal.com
- Log into your account
- Go to Account Overview
- Click on Send Money
- In the Send Money section, enter email@example.com
- Enter "The Monroe Institute" as the recipient
- After completing the form, click Continue to send.
- Mail a check or money order to:
The Monroe Institute
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Long-standing TMI supporter and friend Frank DeMarco has a new e-book out. In A Place to Stand Frank chronicles the experiences and learning he gleaned during a series of ten PREP sessions in TMI's isolation booth. As well as "Congratulations!" we give him a huge "Thank You!" Frank is donating his royalties from the sale of A Place to Stand to the Institute!
He writes, "When I was young, I had no idea that I would write books exploring our human ability to contact non-physical beings on a day-to-day basis. Even if I had had so outlandish an idea, I would not have expected that they would stem from personal experience, rather than theory. But that’s what happened. My first interim report, Muddy Tracks, described my initial explorations, centering on four residential programs I took at The Monroe Institute between 1992 and 1997.
After Muddy Tracks, I did a series of ten weekly [Personal Resource Exploration Program (PREP)] sessions in the black box [TMI's isolation booth], with Skip Atwater as monitor, in the fall of 2000. I began that series in search of inspiration, and ended it with a new sense of life’s possibilities. I received not a blueprint but an orientation. I got a new starting-point, a place to stand."
Frank DeMarco is a familiar figure in the publishing world's specialized genre of non-religious spiritual content. He co-founded Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc., and for sixteen years was Chief Editor. He is the author of five non-fiction books (Muddy Tracks; Chasing Smallwood, The Sphere and the Hologram; The Cosmic Internet; and Afterlife Conversations with Hemingway), and two novels (Messenger: A Sequel to Lost Horizon, and Babe in the Woods). His currently publishes a blog, "I of My Own Knowledge....," on "Everyday explorations into our Extraordinary Potential" -- http://www.hologrambooks.com
To order your e-copy of A Place to Stand, go HERE.
I hope it's as gorgeous wherever you are as it is here at the Institute. In the Northern Hemisphere, springtime is gifting us with renewal. Virginia's dogwoods are blooming exuberantly, along with a multitude of other beautiful trees and brightly colored flowers. Birds are regaling us with their melodic songs... What more could one ask?
I'm happy to report that in addition to nature's gifts, TMI is springing forth in a number of new directions. Things are popping! We are delighted with the addition of 14 new Outreach facilitators, an extraordinarily successful Lucid Dreaming Intensive program, the revitalization of our research efforts with a SAM research project at Northwestern University, a newly renovated bookstore, and a fun new SAM-driven CD featuring cheery bird songs I recorded here early last May.
Welcome to our new Outreach facilitators, who recently completed the Facilitator Training Program (FTP), expertly led by Andrea Berger and Beth Vaughan! This lively group will offer Excursion workshops in seven countries (Chile, China, France, Italy, Mexico, Romania and the UK) and five U.S. States (OK, NM, NV, TX and VA). This brings our Outreach trainer body to 130 people in 30 countries!
We're also excited about the current redesign of TMI's website, which will make the site more user-friendly, attractive, and functional, as well as the rewiring of the Nancy Penn Center (NPC) to provide a better audio experience and eventual biometric data feedback within each CHEC unit.
On the less fun side, we were without water throughout the Nancy Penn Center and office buildings at the end of last week due to major problems with our circa 1959 water tank. Thankfully, the Lifeline program was in full swing up at the Roberts Mountain Retreat (RMR) center rather than down at NPC. The old water tank has been patched together enough to last until we can replace it. That will occur this summer, when we're also scheduled to renovate another of the bathrooms at NPC. Never a dull moment!
In other news, details of TMI’s new program offerings will be revealed soon in a special announcement (watch for it!), but to give you an idea of the excitement engendered by the recent Lucid Dreaming Intensive designed and conducted by Luigi Sciambarella and Thomas Hasenberger, participants said: "Brilliant approach...congratulations!...one of the best programs I have attended at TMI!...ingeniously took us very deep and into some profound activities, while keeping a light mood."
We'd like to thank all of you who have so generously donated to TMI. You are actively engaged in taking the Institute to its next level. Since the beginning of the year, your contributions have so far supported the SAM research project at Northwestern and been applied towards the rewiring of the NPC. We will update you on the results of the SAM study when the project is complete, and will let you know when the Center's rewiring project has been accomplished. Stay tuned!
And on a final note, I love being back at the Institute. It has been an amazing voyage so far, even as it demands a prodigious amount of multi-tasking—as well as maintaining a strong focus on our vision for the future. Both personally and professionally, I deeply appreciate your support and your help as we all work to accomplish TMI's mission and respond to Bob's incitement, "Get it out there!"
With warmest wishes,
Executive Director, President
The Monroe Institute
TMI is looking for additional Board of Directors members specializing in Marketing, Finance and Human Resources.
Dear TMI Friends and Family,
We need your help! The Board of Directors has conducted an assessment of the skill sets we need in order to meet our goal of expanding TMI's reach. As such we have identified the need for a Marketing, Human Resources, and Finance Director to be on our Board of Directors.
We ask for your help in finding individuals interested in joining the TMI Board of Directors who have the following qualifications:
- A passion and love for TMI
- A commitment and deep desire to help TMI reach globally
- Attended a minimum of one TMI course
- Excellent communication skills
- Enthusiasm to be part of an integral team
An ideal candidate in each related field would include experience in developing strategic plans, along with the following:
- Expertise in the development and implementation of marketing plans
- Knowledge and experience in optimizing a company’s website and leveraging social media to grow the organization
- The ability to coordinate with and provide guidance to the TMI staff in the development & implementation of all forms of marketing campaigns, including e-Marketing, digital marketing, print and web-based campaigns
- Experience in Brand Management and Sales & Marketing Research is also preferred
- Monitoring business performance
- U.S. CPA or equivalent is preferred
- Working knowledge of a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
- Awareness of U.S. IRS and Virginia State laws
Human Resources —
- Experience in compensation, benefits, recruitment, performance evaluation, training and staff development
- Knowledge base in U.S. Labor & Virginia State Laws in personnel issues
- Can effectively plan, develop and evaluate human resource-related initiatives that support TMI's strategic goals.
Being on the TMI Board of Directors is a volunteer position. We have an active Board that requires six to ten hours per month to attend meetings, investigate solutions, etc. It also requires attending quarterly day-long Board meetings. The term of a Director can be one to three years.
If you or someone you know may be interested in filling a position as a member on the TMI Board of Directors, please send your resume and download the Director Questionnaire, fill it out, scan it in and email it back to Stephen Ng Qui Sang, Chair of the Nominating Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org, by April 7, 2014. The Nominating Committee will review the resumes and conduct interviews of the top five individuals. The Board of Directors will then review the results of the interviews and vote on the new Directors.
The Monroe Institute Board of Directors Nominating Committee,
Al Dahlberg, Lee Fisher, Stephen Ng Qui Sang