Announced Wednesday, July 24, 2013
TMI's new Executive Director-President
The Board of Directors of The Monroe Institute® is pleased to announce the appointment of Walter Stock to the position of Executive Director and President, effective Monday July 29, 2013.
Walter is a veteran of ten TMI residential programs including the Facilitator Training Program. He holds a degree in economics from York University. During his career he has worked in finance, as a professional trainer, and also teaching management and human resources degree courses at the university level. Walter was elected to the TMI Board of Directors in August 2011 and was elected Chairman in February 2013.
His Gateway Voyage was life altering. There, Walter was given a message which deeply changed his being: "see what love can do." He tries to put this message into practice in all aspects of his life, and especially in his service to The Monroe Institute.
New Chairman of the Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of TMI elected Stephen Ng Qui Sang, P.Eng, MBA, as Chairman of the Board on July 23, 2013. He has been a member of the Board since August 2011.
He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business. He is a professional engineer in the province of Ontario, Canada. Stephen brings to TMI his strong business experience from having managed two small companies and currently managing an IT group for Ford. He leverages his management, financial, technical and strategic planning skills to be of service to TMI.
New member of the Board of Directors
Kari Seas joined The Monroe Institute's Board of Directors in 2013, bringing to it a wealth of business experience and corporate marketing expertise, and a proven track record of results. Kari currently serves as vice president of enterprise marketing for Code 42, a technology company based in Minneapolis, where she manages Code 42's enterprise-related marketing efforts.
Prior to joining Code 42, Kari served as vice president of marketing communications at SwiftKnowledge. Earlier, Kari spent seven years leading the worldwide, integrated corporate marketing and corporate identity efforts for Stellent Inc., helping to position the company as one of the top enterprise content management vendors in the world. Upon acquiring Stellent in 2007, Oracle Corp. tapped Kari to supervise integrated technology marketing campaigns for its software products. Before Stellent, Kari held a variety of marketing roles at companies including Gartner Institute, Digi International and Globelle.
Among the many messages we received from the TMI family—of support, encouragement, and later, condolences—were a flood of loving memories. We want to share a few of them with you.
From Patty Ray Avalon
Photos the Professional Seminar. Carol and members experience an exercise from the Creative Flow workshop.
From Frank DeMarco:
When I think of Carol, I associate her not only with TMI, but with my first experiences of her, both of which involved healing and energy work.
In 1998, she was one of the teachers of a Reiki I course I attended. Her attunement, as it is called, moved me deeply. It felt like what I had expected the Sacraments to feel like, when I was a boy. Indeed, I sometimes said it was my first experience of a Sacrament.
Then a few years later, Carol and I were among a dozen or so participants at our mutual friend Nancy Dorman’s. For many years, Nancy held what she called an “energy exchange” once a month, and people paired up to do whatever healing modality they preferred. I well remember lying on my back on the massage table with my eyes closed, and feeling, without any uncertainty, Carol’s hands a foot and a half above my body, balancing chakras. (I opened an eye to be sure her hands were where I was feeling them, and they were.) Never experienced that before or after.
Neither experience should be surprising, in light of the fact that she ran a Reiki Center in Spain for decades, among all her other activities.
And now, on this, Independence Day, she has freed herself from the limitations of life on earth, and moves on to other things. Join me in raising a virtual glass and wishing her bon voyage.
From Deborah Sachs:
To my good friend Carol
My dear and fantastic friend...I am writing this little paper to say thank you for being in my life those last years...You brought color and hope... incentive and happiness... creative ideas and funny situations...And most of all you shared a wonderful friendship that I will never forget...
I very well remember you in my group.. during our ORCA together...in 1999. And all those years after that picture when we strengthened our friendship...We took all opportunities to share experiences...you in Spain...and me in Brasil...Doing the new design for Advanced Workshops...all the ideas and plans...And lately sharing what was happening after so many Advanced Workshops done...
And years passed, you left Europe and came back to USA...Got a new position and continued doing the good work...Expanding the Monroe workshops out in several continents of the World
Supporting all Outreach Trainers in the path Bob Monroe asked us to pursue. Giving orientation and guidance to old and new trainers...enlarging the Monroe family...Opening more opportunities to new Residential Trainers to get accredited...Making The Monroe Institute stronger and well known everywhere...
I do remember our last picture together...And this was at the Professional Division Seminar in 2012...You were so happy with so many plans... and several came to reality...
We could feel not only your sweetness but also your strong capacity on doing all that TMI needed...I do think you will be connected to this Monroe family forever...Wherever you can see us from... and work with us daily...As a friend, guide, inspiration, dream, and most of all wonderful example...
My good friend, continue your journey where all of us one day will be together...
with love and admiration, your friend
TMI OUTREACH Facilitator and Residential Trainer, Professional Division member
From Lídia Salas Ros
Buenas noches, una amiga me ha comentado el reciente deceso de Carol y desearía, si es posible, recibir ese newsletter dedicado a ella.
Lo que puedo decir de Carol es que la conocí en Madrid en el año 2009. Coincidimos como ponentes en el primer Congreso de Reiki y congeniamos inmediatamente.
Descubrí a una Carol abierta, alegre y deseosa de compartir sus experiencias.
Me contó como fue pionera del Reiki en España y me abrió al mundo fascinante de Hemi-Sync®, que yo desconocía en aquel momento. Desde entonces utilizo los CD's que me aconsejó y que considero imprescindibles para mis cursos y terapias,
Agradezco al universo que la pusiera en mi camino. Siempre la tendré en mi recuerdo y en mi corazón.
From Fay and Skip Atwater
- Backpacking on Mounte Perdido, Spain
- Carol and Skip filming TV special in Spain
- Carol meeting Hal Puthoff
- in Madrid
- Carol and Skip at the remote viewing conference, Virginia Beach
- Fay and Carol on Lost Mountain
From Daniel Chumillas
I met Carol Sabick some years ago. We shared the excitement of seeing the big changes that Excursion produced to the participants. I organized her Excursion programs for some years in Madrid (Spain). I remember our conversations about The Monroe Institute, the great potential to improve people’s awareness and, the most important to me, her giving me the encouragement to become a facilitator. I had the gift of being her assistant at the first Gateway in Spain. I remember that I met Robert Monroe in a Focus and he told me I was going to be a member of TMI family. When I shared this experience with Carol she said - Then, let’s get down to business - and she personally arranged everything for me and became my mentor, too.
I also remember with special love my Reiki Mastery from her and Teresa Garcia.
The last time I met Carol at TMI, and in spite of her busy schedule, we talked and talked for some hours. We got excited about some possible projects linked to Spain. However, due to some personal issues, these projects had to be postponed. Fortunately, thanks to TMI’s technology and thanks to Carol’s Reiki teachings, I have been able to overcome these issues and leave them behind. I am truly convinced that Carol is now going to keep on working spiritually in our projects, and that she is going to give us all her support so as to make these projects come true.
Besides these lovely memories I also treasure a touching legacy that she entrusted me while sharing our enthusiasm for TMI in Spain. Now, more than ever, I feel honored by these, and I also feel, very deeply, the duty to help these dreams become real.
Gateway Outreach Facilitator
Editor of ̈Viajes fuera del cuerpo, Robert Monroe” (Palmyra, 2008)
From Marisol Pérez
My family and me are deeply grateful to Carol for bringing Hemi-Sync from The Monroe Institute to Spain and Europe. This made it for many of us here possible to experience Robert Monroe's legacy without travelling too far.
Carol also inspired me to become a facilitator for TMI and find enough courage and dedication to hold TMI weekend courses, too. I have had my most profound spiritual experiences on TMI programmes.
But Carol was too the best support for our family in times of grief, when our dearest older son was murdered. She was teacher, trainer, mentor and, finally, friend. We missed her badly since she moved to Virginia. And now, when she passed away, the feeling is stronger. I write a blog in honour of our departed son where I talk with him about what we are living without him. This is the post where I told him a special signal that I heartily believe was send by Carol in order to stop me crying. Sorry for not translating, we are not at home for a fortnight.
All our best regards
From the global to the intimately local, Carol was unconditionally committed to taking Bob Monroe’s tools to wherever they were wanted and to whomever could benefit. Her activities on the world stage were obvious. Less visible was her work at a local women’s shelter, where battered women became able to experience equilibrium and an unfamiliar peace. Carol rented space at a local community center, where anyone could go on a Tuesday to give or receive Reiki healing at no charge. Often she would force herself to leave TMI by 6 P.M. on Tuesdays to be there.
Carol was hands-on. No job as too messy or too small to deserve her attention. When skunks attempted to move in, Carol discovered the “skunk whisperer,” a gentle man who trapped and removed the animals to a new home—without getting sprayed! Wheelchair accessible upgrades to the Nancy Penn Center were a strong intention of Carol’s. Through Project Full Access, TMI is now able to host participants with physical disabilities.
To the staff, Carol was the leader who created a cohesive, collaborative team. She encouraged and nurtured staffers to pursue their passions in service to The Institute. She knew how to rally the troops. When financial crisis was imminent, Carol challenged the team to pull TMI back from the brink, and under her leadership, they were successful.
Carol in her human form is sorely missed. TMI is moving forward from a position of greater strength because of her influence. We are deeply grateful.
Carol de la Herran, originally from the United States, lived in Spain for many years. In 1988 she first learned of The Monroe Institute and, amazed by her experiences in Monroe programs, became a local residential trainer and international Outreach trainer. Beginning in 1995 Carol offered weekend and week-long programs in Spain and other locations around the world full-time.
For many years Carol served as a Professional Member and on the Board of Advisers of The Monroe Institute. As a Professional Division member Carol wrote and submitted a comprehensive article on her work combining Hemi-Sync® with the Reiki healing modality, which is a reference still extensively used.
In 1998 she became a residential trainer for programs in Virginia, and in 2000 began bringing the residential programs to Europe, first in Spanish, and later in English.
Carol held degrees in Psychology (PhD), Law, an MBA in International Marketing, and a doctorate of Energy Medicine. She was dedicated to helping others achieve expansion of consciousness through TMI's programs and Reiki healing.
The challenge delivered by Bob Monroe shortly before his passing, to “Get it out there,” became Carol's passion. In 2009 TMI's then executive director Paul Rademacher asked Carol to move back to the U.S. and reinstate the domestic Outreach program. Without hesitating she said, "Yes."
Carol later accepted the position of Director of Programs and was elected Vice President by the Board of Directors. In December 2011 she was appointed Executive Director and President. In that role she was able to make a bigger contribution to the world—through the study and experience of different levels of consciousness, as well as in very practical ways helping people lead better, more satisfying lives.
Carol put in place administrative structures providing a solid base for the Institute, expanded research of the new SAM technology, and organized systems to spread and develop TMI programs throughout the worldwide community. She successfully shepherded TMI through critical financial times.
In her brief tenure as Executive Director and President, Carol successfully executed her vision: “I believe, as did Bob Monroe, that the Monroe technology is an incredible way to serve humanity on so many different levels. We want to take it to the next level...or three.”
“I am more than my physical body. Because I am more than physical matter, I can perceive that which is greater than the physical world.”
— from the Gateway affirmation
The three books written by Robert Monroe have changed for the better—are still changing—countless lives. They have offered relief from fear that we may be ill mentally or physically, they have given us a map by which to navigate realms of experience far outside of the conventional; they have provided a perspective on physical life and death that demolishes any substantive barrier between the two. Through his writings Bob has shone a bright light on the reality of life as a continuum. He did this in a way that contemporary minds can easily grasp.
Chapter 1 in Journeys Out of the Body (1971) contains the book's raison d'être, evoking both a positive future and the negative view of paranormal experiences generally held by mid-century America—
The primary purposes for the release and publication of the material contained here are (1) that through dissemination as widely as possible some other human being—perhaps just one—may be saved from the agony and terror of trial and error in an area where there have been no concrete answers; that he may have comfort in the knowledge that others have had the same experiences; that he will recognize in himself the phenomenon and thus avoid the trauma of psychotherapy, or at the worst, mental breakdown and commitment to a mental institution; and (2) that tomorrow or in the years to come, the formal, accepted sciences of our culture will expand their horizons, concepts, postulates and research to open wide the avenues and doorways intimated herein to the great enrichment of man's knowledge and understanding of himself and his complete environment.
Far Journeys (1986), published 15 years after Journeys Out of the Body, finds Bob at the helm of a burgeoning research and educational organization. The success of Journeys Out of the Body resulted, in part, in an influx of readers eager to learn with the tools and technology available at The Monroe Institute of Applied Sciences. Using his own map as a guide, Bob developed week-long programs designed to train participants in the techniques of consciousness exploration.
Also during the interval between books, Bob experienced a dramatic shift, an evolution, in the quality and content of his OBEs.
From Far Journeys—
Beginning in the seventies I began to feel a frustration, a limitation in my out-of-body activities. It is hard for some people to believe, I suppose, but such travels actually became boring. The early excitement had long passed....
In the spring of 1972, a decision was made that provided the answer. The limiting factor was my conscious mind. Therefore, if OOBE decisions were left up to that part of me, as they had been, I would remain just as I was. I was too much in control—this left-brain "I." What would happen if I turned this decision-making process over to my total self (soul?), who was purportedly conversant with such activities.
[The following night Bob put it into practice.] ...I detached from the physical and floated free. I said in my conscious mind that the decision to do is to be made by my entire self. After waiting for what seemed only a few seconds, there was a tremendous surge, a movement, an energy in that familiar spatial blackness, and there began for me an entire new era in my out-of-body activities. Since that night, my nonphysical experiences have been almost totally due to this procedure.
The interval between JOOB and Far Journeys saw the development of the first group training programs in which partiipants were introduced to Focus levels. Pehaps as a result of having begun using the Gateway affirmation before each session, Explorers, during lab sessons and "after several years of finding only barenness"—
...encountered intelligent beings who were more or less willing to communicate—and could do so...The effect upon us was overwhelming.
Turning beliefs and Unknowns into Knowns became a practice that Bob followed and strongly encouraged. “Go and find out for yourself,” was his familiar admonishment to program participants. Only through focused intellect and a driving curiosity can we personally experience—and Know—the truth of our unlimitedness.
from Ultimate Journey (1994)—
Fear is the great barrier to human growth....As we grow older we learn more and more fears so that by the time we reach maturity we—or most of us—are loaded with them. We have grown physically, but our real growth, the realization of our true potential, has been sadly impeded.
Unknowns create fears. We may fear the darkness because we don't know what's there. A physical pain may create fear because we don't know what it may imply. When these Unknowns become Knowns the fears diminish and disappear and we are able to cope with whatever confronts us.
...The highways and byways of out-of-body adventures and exploration are broad and varied, for the most part beyond ordinary time-space concepts. We can understand only that portion which relates directly to the Earth Life System. We may attempt to report the rest of it—and it seems limitless—but we have no acceptable or compatible baseline of knowledge and experience to do this accurately. The problem lies in trying to understand it and to translate what you find—to bring it back. Never be surprised when you return to the physical to find tears running down your cheeks.
What has happened is that you have gone off the edge of the Known map, and have returned with some previously important Unknowns now converted to Knowns. You may or may not convince others of this reality. Most do not try; the individual knowledge is enough.
Think how such knowledge—not belief or faith—would affect your own life pattern; the knowledge that you are indeed more than your physical body, that you do indeed survive physical death. These two Unknowns converted to Knows, with no conditions or contingencies—what a difference that would make!
What a difference it does make.
PMH Atwater, LHD PhD (Hon.), guest speaker at TMI's Lifeline programs, is one of the original researchers in the field of near-death studies, having begun her work in 1978. She has written ten books on her findings, her tenth—Near-Death Experiences, The Rest of the Story—being the final wrap-up of her theory about brain shift/spirit shift, straight talk about transformations of consciousness and the future of the human race.
Excerpted from We Live Forever: The Real Truth About Death by PMH Atwater —
I can say without hesitation that you encounter far more than you could possibly imagine when you die. Your previous beliefs do not necessarily determine what that is. Life is not as limiting as you may have thought; neither is death.
When I asked the people I had sessions with what death and dying felt like, here’s their reply, given as a summary of their collective voices:
HOW IT FEELS TO DIE
Any pain to be suffered comes first. Instinctively and automatically you fight to live. It is inconceivable to the conscious mind that any other reality can possibly exist besides the earth world of matter, bounded by time and space. We are used to living here. We have been trained since birth to live and thrive in the earth plane. We know ourselves to be ourselves by the eternal stimuli we receive. Life tells us who we are and we accept its telling; that, too, is instinctive and automatic.
Your body goes limp. Your heart stops. No more air flows in or out. You lose sight, feeling, and movement, although the ability to hear goes last. Identity ceases. The “you” that you once were becomes only a memory, a dream.
There is no pain at the moment of death. Only peaceful silence. Calm. Quiet. But you still exist.
It is easy not to breathe; easier, in fact, and infinitely more natural.
The biggest surprise for most people in dying is to realize that death does not end life. Whether darkness or light comes next or some kind of event, be it positive, negative, or somewhere in between, expected or unexpected, the biggest surprise of all is to realize you are still you. You can still think; you can still remember; you can still see, hear, move, reason, wonder, feel, question, and tell jokes—if you wish.
You are still alive, very much alive. You are more alive than when you were last born. Only the way of all this is different, different because you no longer wear a dense body to filter and amplify the various sensations you had once regarded as the only valid indicators of what constitutes life. You had always been taught that in order to live you had to wear a body.
If you expect to die when you die, you will be disappointed.
The only thing dying does is help you release, slough off, and discard the “jacket” you once wore (more commonly referred to as a body). When you die, you lose your body. That is all there is to it. Nothing else is lost.
You are not your body. It is just something you wear for a while, because living in the earth plane is infinitely more meaningful and more involved if you are encased in its trappings and subject to its rules.
WHAT DEATH IS
There is a step-up of energy at the moment of death, an increase in speed as if you are suddenly vibrating faster than before.
Using radio as an analogy, this speed-up is comparable to having lived all your life at a certain radio frequency when suddenly someone or something comes along and flips the dial. That flip shifts you to another wavelength. The original frequency where you once existed is still there. It did not change. Everything is still the same as it always was. Only you changed, only you speeded up or slowed down to allow entry into the next radio frequency up or down the dial.
As is true with all radios and radio stations, there can be bleed overs or distortions of transmission signals due to interference patterns. Normally, most shifts along the dial are fast and efficient; but occasionally one can run into interference, perhaps from a strong emotion, a sense of duty, or a need to fulfill a vow or keep a promise. This interference enables frequencies to coexist for a few seconds, days, or even years.
This may well explain the existence of hauntings and ghosts. But, sooner or later, every vibrational frequency will seek out or be nudged to where it belongs.
You fit your particular spot on the dial by your speed of vibration. You cannot coexist forever where you do not belong. Who can say how many spots there are on the dial or how many frequencies there are to inhabit? No one knows for certain. You shift frequencies in dying. You switch over to life on another wavelength. You are still a spot on the dial, but you move up or down a notch or two.
You don’t die when you die. You shift your degree of consciousness and change your speed of vibration. That is all death is. A shift.
At The Monroe Institute's 2013 Professional Seminar, Diane Waybright entertains the crowd of consciousness explorers with a heartfelt and comical rendition of "50 Ways to Leave Your Body." Lyrics by Franceen King and Scott Taylor.