International Institute of Projectiology and
The International Institute of Projectiology and Conscientiology
was founded in 1988 in Brazil as the Institute of Projectiology
by Waldo Vieira, a dentist and physician who had become
interested in paranormal research. Over the years he
developed techniques through which he claimed he could
teach people to leave their body at will. Projectiology was the
name he gave to the study of out-of-the-body experiences and
the application of the methods he had developed. His initial
findings became the basis of his calling a group of colleagues
together to found the institute and his establishing a number
of schools to teach his techniques across Brazil. In 1990 Vieira
hosted the first International Conference on Projectiology.
Further research, including investigation of Brazilian practitioners
of psychic surgery, and mature consideration of the
accumulated data, led him to propose that consciousness was
the source of out-of-the-body phenomena, and in 1994 he proposed
conscientiology as the name of the field of consciousness
studies. Subsequently, the name of the institute was expanded
to incorporate this new emphasis. Vieira has written a dozen
books detailing his research and expounding upon his approach
to consciousness research and paranormal studies including
Projectiology Overview of Experience Outside the Human
Body and 700 Conscientiology Experiments.
Through the 1990s, almost 100,000 people took courses
from the institute’s facilities, and a new research facility, the
Center for Higher Studies of Consciousness, is being built at
Iguassu Falls, Brazil, to help extend its knowledge base and
program. The center is building a large library of material from
around the world on the issues of primary interest to the institute.
The international headquarters of the institute is located at
Rua Visconde de Pirajá 572-6 andar, Rio de Janeiro, RJ 22410-
002, Brazil. National offices are also operating in the United
States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, and Argentina.
The institute supports an extensive Internet site at
International Institute of Projectiology and Conscientiology. May 20,2000.
Vieira, Waldo. Projections of Consciousness A Diary of Out-ofBody
Experiences. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil International Institute
of Projectiology and Conscientiology, 1997.

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