The Monroe Institute
Consciousness research facility specializing in non-physical
states of consciousness. The institute was founded in 1971 by
businessman Robert A. Monroe. For more than a decade Monroe
claimed to have had out-of-the-body experiences and was
Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology • 5th Ed. The Monroe Institute
tested on several occasions by psychologists attempting to understand
the nature of his inner life. He also began to experiment
with the use of sound patterns to affect brain wave production.
He developed an audio-technology called Hemi-Sync
(Hemispheric Synchronization) that facilitates self-directed exploration
of focused states of consciousness.
The institute offers programs that teach individuals the art
of switching perceptual modes from the outer to the inner
world of their own consciousness and to fields outside the realm
of physical matter (i.e., other dimensions). The Gateway program
introduces participants, in a step-by-step manner, to
inner exploration, allowing time for adjustment to each new
experience and the emotions it might create. In 1981 the institute
announced the Discovery program, which offers some of
the Gateway techniques for use in-home. After Robert Monroe’s
death in 1998, he was succeeded by his daughter Laurie
A. Monroe.
The institute publishes periodicals that report on its research
program. It also distributes numerous tapes and CDs.
Address 62 Roberts Mountain Road, Faber, VA 22938. Website
Rogo, D. Scott. Leaving the Body A Complete Guide to Astral
Projection. Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Prentice-Hall, 1983.

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