The only way to know is to find out for yourself.

Robert Monroe

The YouTube video below attribution goes to: Path 11 Productions, April Hannah and Michael Habernig.

Many who have read or heard of Bob Monroe’s three books naturally associate The Monroe Institute with the out-of-body experience. These same enthusiasts assume that The Monroe Institute teaches people how to get out of their bodies, so to speak. And these same people think that the Bob Monroe Research Lab does out-of-body research, whatever that is. These assumptions are misplaced, but I do feel it is appropriate for me to comment on what has come to be called the out-of-body experience.

Over the years, Bob Monroe and I quietly discussed his out-of-body experiences in personal conversations away from public scrutiny. Years ago, Bob wrote about encountering a faraday cage while in the out-of-body state. He wrote that he was unable to penetrate the walls or get inside. When I asked him about this, he said that in later years he tried again and found that he was easily able to pass into and through the faraday cage.

Bob explained that his first encounter with the faraday cage was limited by his belief system. He believed, based on his earthly knowledge, that a faraday cage was impenetrable and that belief was so strong it carried over into his out-of-body experience. Learning to overcome his beliefs enabled Bob to explore far beyond the often narrow confines of Earth-life expectations.

In another private conversation with Bob, I asked him about the concept of an astral body or second body apart from the physical body we occupy in the waking state. Bob smiled and said that he realized that in his books he left the impression that when out-of-body we retain a bodily form very similar to our physical facade. He went on to say that he no longer experienced himself in that way, that he thought of himself more like a spot or point of light. Based on Bob’s experience, he felt that the notion of a second body was a habit or carryover perception from the Earth-life system of beliefs. To him, the humanoid form was simply local traffic on the interstate. Our true form includes humanness and more, much more than we can know if we limit our beliefs to the Earth-life system.

The YouTube video below explains the classic description of an OBE. Attribution: Path 11 Productions, April Hannah and Michael Habernig.

The very concept of an out-of-body experience suggests that we survive physical death. Couple this with a deep-seated common yearning, a nostalgia for something that seemingly eludes us, a heartfelt longing to return home or perhaps to our true identity, and it is easy to imagine the possibility that when we eventually die, each of us will travel out-of-body to our point of origin in a spiritual domain. This is indeed an intriguing notion.

The YouTube video below explains my perspective on the survival of consciousness after what we know as death. Attribution: Path 11 Productions, April Hannah and Michael Habernig.

The out-of-body experience has often been viewed as something that happens to us. Many wonder why some people seem to have such experiences while others do not. Is it possible to learn how to have an out-of-body experience? What can be done to prepare for or encourage the experience? The manner in which the out-of-body state is imagined actually limits the experience. What is needed is a whole new understanding about ourselves (and human consciousness) that will allow us to realize who we really are and recognize the validity of our experiences.

There is no magic key. There is no magic pill, no magic incantation, and no magic Hemi-Sync frequency that will bring about an out-of-body experience. The only thing that will bring about the out-of-body experience is your own personal growth and your own personal processing so that your view of reality will change. Once your view of reality changes—when your perceptions change—you will be consciously aware of your out-of-body experiences and even more.

I am really saying that you are having these experiences already. But because you have compartmentalized your consciousness, you are seemingly unaware; you do not realize what is already happening. You need to change your perceptions of reality so that you can begin to recognize the true nature of your existence. This realization is inevitable. You can begin working on it now or simply wait until your body wears out or is fatally injured and you leave it behind. Even then the delusion of separateness remains available. Find your personal truth. Throw away the ideas and opinions of others that seem strange to you. The only opinion that counts is the one that you hold. Be honest with yourself.

Examine your inner beliefs. Think about who you really are. Are you the car you drive or the house you occupy? Are you the clothes you wear? Are you the day’s hairdo? Are you just your body or is there something more that entices you?

Embrace humanity. See yourself as one with all, without the perceived barriers of race, religion, sex, or economic level. Go within and embrace the feelings of those around you. Empathize with the pain and suffering and rejoice at the joy and love. Marvel at the wonder of an emerging perception of reality that was here waiting for you all along.

Confront your fears. In regard to the out-of-body experience, ask yourself, “What am I afraid of?” If you don’t get an answer, realize that many fears are unconscious. Use your fear as a reminder (to put you back in your right-mind, so to speak) that you have forgotten who you really are. All fear is based on the notion that you are not a divine expression of I Am, which, of course, is baloney. Integrate your consciousness. If you are not recognizing your true nature, you may have compartmentalized your consciousness into just one expression of you, your body. As a result, you believe your mind is in your head and that all there is to your divine essence is your physical body. This is your reality. It’s all you have to go on. Well, I’ve got news for you. It’s all a matter of perspective.

The YouTube video below asks if fear is defining your life. Knowing that you are more than your physical body frees you from this. Attribution: Path 11 Productions, April Hannah and Michael Habernig.

Claim your power. Elect yourself president of all you survey. You are the only one in charge of your own perceptions. An out-of-body experience isn’t something that happens to you. It’s just another way of being, an alternative available so that you might know, might recognize who you really are. The true out-of-body experience you seek includes the realization that you are and always have been and always will be greater than your physical body in both physical life and beyond. This being the case, Guidance— your spiritual self—has always been and will always be one with you.

Life is not something physical and death something spiritual. Substantive reality is inclusive. The secret to remembering your true identity is simply realizing All That Is. And this is best done through the personal exploration of consciousness. Imagine for a moment that you have the opportunity to recognize a realm greater than earthly life, a spiritual reality that has been there all along, even though you may not have been fully aware of it.

Pretend as you read, that you have died and seen your way through the many diversions of such a wondrous experience. You once again become aware of the oneness, a profound awareness you have experienced so many times before. You find yourself sitting around something like a campfire. Actually, you are the campfire, but for this little story to work you’ll have to pretend that you are sitting around in a circle with all other enlightened souls.

All souls always have been and always will be sitting around the campfire. All are enlightened souls aware that they are there; they know the warmth from the light of the flame and don’t perceive themselves to be separate from it.

There you are, existing in the light and consciously recognizing All That Is. You are actually the whole campfire scene, the flame, the souls, the camaraderie—in the sense that the campfire is a phenomenon rather than an object. Think of yourself as an enlightened soul sitting around the circle. Gaze upon your fellow souls and once again realize the oneness of your being together there as you have always been.

The flame from the campfire illuminates All That Is. In the presence of the light, souls see clearly. Beyond the circle of souls there is a forest. It too is part of All That Is. Interestingly, you notice that the light casts shadows of the enlightened souls into the forest.

A shadow, of course, has no substance. Yet the light of the iridescent flame creates these dancing silhouettes from the oneness of souls. Or is it the souls themselves who create their own silhouettes, shadow puppets of their aspirations? The closer you are to the light, the more distinct and more defined your silhouette—the more it seems very different than the light and separate from your true identity. If you assume a position some distance from the light, the more diffuse your shadow and the less clear is your perception of who you really are.

Remember that the shadows themselves have no real substance. They are something akin to intellectual hypotheses, wonderings, what ifs in a preexisting realm of All That Is. The silhouettes are soul caricatures produced by the light. They are strangely non substance and yet a part of All That Is.

At the spiritual campfire gathering, the way of knowing is the realization of oneness! Through this realization we come to know All That Is. Of course, in our non-space/time spiritual reality, we always have and always will know All That Is.

Recognizing that in (the) light of All That Is there are shadows, you begin to think about what you know while staring at one of the silhouettes seemingly dancing about in the forest beyond the circle of souls. Can you experience this shadowy realm?

In the literal blink of an eye, you remember that you can momentarily experience the shadow, the non substance part of All That Is. For when you blink, the light of All That Is slips ever so briefly from consciousness and you become aware of the shadow aspect.

In our physical bodies, an eye blink is a very quick event. So accustomed are we to blinking that we hardly notice it or think of it as a momentary loss of awareness of the surrounding visual field. Of course, the whole idea of moviemaking is based on this physiological behavior. Singular still pictures are shown by a movie projector with a shutter that blinks so rapidly that we experience smooth, moving pictures, as they are so appropriately called. If a blink is so quick in the physical world, think how fast it would be in the non-space/time spiritual domain. It would literally take no time at all, as though you never even did it. You recognize that in spirit you are already aware of all this.

But right now, within this thing you call your lifetime, you are in the middle of a blink. You have closed your spiritual eyes to the light of All That Is and you are experiencing one (or more) of those shadow puppets dancing in the forest beyond the circle of souls basking in the light. In a very short time, the blink will be over and you will remember the campfire, where you have always been and always will be. In fact, since a blink takes no time at all in spiritual terms, you already realize this.

So there you are, existing in the light and consciously recognizing All That Is. You gaze upon your fellow souls and once again realize the unity of your being. The flame from the campfire lights up All That Is, including the forest beyond the circle of souls. The light creates dancing silhouettes in the forest. You know All That Is and, because there is no space/time, you never blinked. You have always known All That Is, and you always will.

You realize that, during the time that you never blinked, a mere shadow of your soul was mysteriously unaware of the world of substance, of All That Is. This wisp of consciousness thought that it was alone, separate somehow from All That Is. So convincing was this illusion that this aspect thought of itself as real and physical, even though it was just a silhouette without substance. This you spent a great deal of what you thought was time collecting imaginary material goods and believing that someday it would die—whatever that is.

There were moments, however, little reminders of All That Is, while all this was happening. Because you realize All That Is as you always have, even this wisp of yourself experienced such knowingness Guidance. Overwhelmed as this earthly you was by its perceived life circumstances, these experiences of All That Is seemed like messages or communication (Guidance) from outside yourself. But this cannot be, as there is nothing outside of All That Is.

You realize now, as you always have and always will, that when these shadowy profiles dancing in the forest glimpse All That Is, it serves as a marvelous reminder of the fact that they are but divine expressions of Spirit. The light shines through these window-experiences of All That Is, illuminating all shadows and unifying the perceived separateness of a silhouetted existence. Guidance—opportunities to recognize who you really are. These are the moments (in no time), even while blinking into physical life, when the spiritual world of substance, true spirituality reality, prevails.

The YouTube video below addresses two questions I am often asked, Have you changed because of your twenty-five years at The Monroe Institute? And, Have you seen or heard from Bob since he died? Attribution: Path 11 Productions, April Hannah and Michael Habernig.

I’ll leave you with this:

Open your heart. And with an open heart, speak the truth. Say to yourself from your heart, I reveal the truth and realize that I Am. Put a smile on your face and carry love in your heart. Show the world you know that you are a divine expression of Spirit. See you around the campfire.