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My Gateway Voyage Expertise At The Monroe Institute

I not too long ago returned dwelling from my first journey to the Monroe Institute, which is positioned in Faber, Virginia. I wish to share this evaluate whereas the reminiscence of the expertise continues to be recent and lively in my thoughts. 

In a nutshell, it was life-changing. I had no concept what to essentially anticipate though I had a number of associates share their experiences with me earlier than I went. I feel it is best, identical to TMI (the Monroe Institute) recommends, to go in with no expectations and an open thoughts. 

They’re going to educate you tips on how to discover your consciousness in a method you seemingly have not carried out earlier than. As well as, you may be meditating in a spot that is stuffed with timeless power with like-minded individuals, which tends to make your experiences that a lot richer.

Learn on for a extra detailed description of my expertise at TMI and why I consider it’s best to go too if it is one thing you are taken with.

My review from taking the Gateway Voyage experience at The Monroe Institute

What does the Monroe Institute do?

TMI’s mission, in accordance with their web site, is “serving to individuals create extra significant and joyful lives by way of the guided exploration of expanded consciousness.” 

Robert Monroe established TMI within the early Nineteen Seventies as a nonprofit analysis and training establishment. Earlier than that in 1956, Bob had his personal radio manufacturing firm and had begun to analysis the results that completely different sounds patterns had on human consciousness. It was fashionable at the moment to take heed to applications that promised studying by means of the unconscious whilst you slept. 

Bob Monroe regularly used himself as a check topic and in 1958 started having spontaneous out of physique experiences. To say the least, these experiences modified his life in such a major method that his skilled profession modified instructions to comply with his newfound focus and objective.  Thus, TMI was born and has been rising ever since. 

At present, TMI (which is a nonprofit, nonsectarian group) provides quite a few applications that discover various ranges of expanded states of consciousness. They educate you to entry your personal larger consciousness utilizing “specifically constructed binaural beat audio-guided expertise”, which was first created by Bob.

Their principal program The Gateway Voyage is the perfect beginning place, as it is usually a pre-requisite for almost all of their different applications. 

What’s the Gateway Voyage expertise?

roberts mountain retreat buildings

The Gateway Voyage is a week-long retreat that teaches you tips on how to attain expanded states of consciousness so as to entry the upper self and different nonphysical communications. You start by training with the primary six waves of the Hemi-Sync® Gateway Expertise® and by the tip of the week, you perceive tips on how to do it with none audio sounds.

The Gateway Voyage explores Focus Ranges 10-21. Based on a handout I used to be given at TMI, Focus Ranges are defined as such:

“All through Robert A. Monroe’s out of physique journeys, and in the course of the course of a number of years, he mapped “territories,” as he known as them. These territories, or locales, remained according to particular deep-state ranges of consciousness. His subjective expertise of every locale was the identical each time he entered the state of consciousness related to it. To keep away from utilizing mystical or non secular language to explain these territories, Bob numbered them, calling them Focus Ranges. Together with Hemi-Sync®, the Focus Ranges shaped the premise of Monroe Institute core applications.”

The next are the entire Focus Ranges that Bob mapped:
  • Focus 1: “C-1” (waking consciousness)
  • Focus 10: “Thoughts Awake/Physique Asleep” (precisely because it sounds)
  • Focus 11: “The Entry Channel” (entry to Whole Self)
  • Focus 12: “Expanded Consciousness” (expanded past the 5 bodily senses)
  • Focus 15: “No Time – No House” (the void, all potentiality)
  • Focus 18: “The Coronary heart Degree” (unconditional love vibration)
  • Focus 21: “The Bridge State” (entry to nonphysical energies and intelligence)
  • Focus 22: “Right here and There” (a locale the place you encounter people who find themselves bodily alive however unconscious, comparable to these in a coma or drug-induced state)
  • Focus 23: “New Goners” (a locale the place you encounter people who find themselves not bodily alive however have not realized it but)
  • Focus 24, 25, 26: “Perception System Territories” (afterlife expressions of religious traditions)
  • Focus 27: “The Park” (an afterlife space created by people typically resembling earth environments)
  • Focus 34-35: “The Gathering” (permits communication with intelligences gathered to look at happenings on Earth)
  • Focus 42: “The I-There Cluster” (permits consciousness of much more features of Self)
  • Focus 49: “Infinite Sea of Bonded I-There Clusters” (larger order steering, “The Cluster Council”)

My expertise on the Monroe Institute

My purpose on this part is to provide you an concept of what you possibly can anticipate so far as the bodily fundamentals go when staying on the Virginia location of TMI. The couple of associates that I spoke with earlier than going gave me an concept of what to anticipate on this space and I discovered it to be very useful. 


inside room at roberts mountain retreat

Most rooms are double-occupancy, however the truth that you sleep inside your CHEC unit which has a curtain offers a substantial quantity of privateness. 

On the Virginia campus, there are two retreat areas that are the Nancy Penn Middle and Roberts Mountain Retreat. I stayed on the mountain retreat location up the hill and had a room within the annex constructing, the place most of us slept. 

The rooms have been nothing fancy however they have been clear and offered every part I wanted for the week. I additionally had superb sleep within the CHEC unit–they supply plenty of blankets and the air-con within the unit was nice. I used to be anxious I would be a bit heat, however the models have been good and funky.

Inside your CHEC unit there are headphones, an overhead dimmable lamp and a small shelf to place issues. There are buttons on the within wall for adjusting sounds and switching your prepared gentle on so the instructors can start your meditation. 

inside shared room monroe institute

Within the room I stayed in, we shared a rest room. My associates stayed on the Nancy Penn Middle and mentioned bogs are positioned exterior the rooms (additionally they mentioned there are LOTS of bogs all over the place, so to not fret)! 

Total, the room scenario was high quality. After all I would like to not must share a room, however a lot time is spent in meditation and group periods that it wasn’t that massive of a deal.

Additionally there have been shuttle companies that introduced individuals from the airport and took them again on the finish of the week. Just a few of us drove in, comparable to myself since I reside solely 3 hours away. 


Welcome spread at Roberts Mountain Retreat

I by no means obtained an image of the eating space, however this desk unfold was ready for us within the Fox Den the primary day we arrived. All the things was recent and and prime quality. 

TMI has a kitchen workers that features a chef who prepares probably the most scrumptious meals! Our chef was Mark and he had the perfect power, which might be why his meals was so good. He even took requests from us, making somebody’s favourite cookies in the future for instance. 

They work arduous to accommodate everybody’s diets, which is very nice. There was one thing for everybody. The salad bar was all the time stocked and included home made dressings that everybody raved about. 

The kitchen at Roberts Mountain Retreat

We had three meals a day and the kitchen was all the time open when you wanted a snack. They’d fruit, nuts and sweet out always, plus the leftover home made desserts from the day gone by. There was additionally espresso, tea of all types and water accessible. The chef would taste the water day by day with completely different mixtures of herbs and veggies. My favourite mixture was ginger, lemongrass and cucumber–it gave such a novel, scrumptious taste to the water. 

Lots of people introduced their very own water containers, however there are additionally water glasses and mugs you need to use all all through the day. 


Inside the CHEC unit

The Gateway Voyage expertise is centered across the meditations. We did round three meditations between breakfast and lunch, and as much as two extra after the afternoon break. 

Every meditation lasts for about 40 minutes. I truly did not time them, however that is the size that they gave the impression to be round. 

They all the time happen in your CHEC unit. Additionally, you may pee extra occasions at TMI than you might have your complete life as a result of they advise you to earlier than each meditation. Nothing worse than moving into an altered state and realizing it’s good to go to the toilet, so undoubtedly do not skip it!

switches inside the CHEC unit

As soon as inside your CHEC unit, you may shut your blackout curtain, get into a cushty place (some individuals sit up, midway up, or all the best way down), get your headphones on, flip your prepared gentle on and your lamp off. 

It is regular to go to sleep throughout some meditations and the working joke at TMI is how good these $2,000 naps are! I additionally discovered the which means behind the time period “clicking out”, which occurs while you’re alert throughout a meditation, however get up to the sound of the meditation ending and realizing your consciousness went elsewhere in some unspecified time in the future. 

I all the time attempt to give attention to affirming that I keep in mind all of my nonphysical experiences. That is half the problem of exploring the nonphysical–bringing the notice of it again with you. 

Group periods

Main room for our group sessions

There are group periods earlier than and after most meditations. Earlier than breakfast daily there’s an non-obligatory yoga session you possibly can attend. Only some individuals in my group went to those. After breakfast, we might have our first official group session of the day. These periods have been academic and a possibility to ask any questions we had.

After every meditation we might debrief, share any experiences that we wished to share after which talk about the subsequent meditation. This was just about the sample whereas at TMI: talk about, meditate, debrief, repeat. 

Most individuals wore loose-fitting, stretchy clothes. I went in September so it was largely heat exterior, but it surely’s good to take cardigans or sweaters since you by no means know if the air-con goes to make you are feeling chilly. Additionally, most individuals wore informal sandals that they may simply slip on and off.

Another random data that involves thoughts once I consider going to group periods is that TMI offers umbrellas so when you’re attempting to journey gentle, don’t fret about bringing a type of. As well as, if you would like to tip the workers, be sure to have money available to take action. 

Breaks & different notable issues

The Fox Den where participants spend time chatting in between sessions

On daily basis we had an extended afternoon break that began after lunch and lasted till round 4 p.m. TMI is massive on “no time”, which implies there are not any clocks posted anyplace. You merely hear for his or her bells to ring which sign the subsequent exercise. However I noticed the afternoon break to be round two to a few hours lengthy.

Through the afternoon break, individuals would nap, go for walks, run, swim within the pool, get massages, or calm down in peaceable sitting areas they’ve round campus. Most individuals additionally visited the bookstore in some unspecified time in the future in the course of the week, the place you should purchase audios, souvenirs, books and different objects. 

Again to the time factor, I observed they often woke us up round 6:30 a.m., yoga at 7, breakfast at 8, lunch between 12 and 1, break from 1-4 and our final session ending round 9 p.m. 

I additionally loved the sounds they performed at night time in our CHEC models, in addition to the get up recording carried out by Bob. The sounds at night time have been made for sleeping and had these faint airplane sounds which might be conducive for going out of physique for my part. They at present would not have these night time sounds accessible for buy. 

Bob’s get up name was superior. His voice would come over the audio system quietly and he would have you ever affirm how good your day was going to be. It was such a pleasant solution to get up.

Noticeable modifications earlier than and after

Large stone located at Roberts Mountain Retreat

There have been a number of obvious modifications that I observed inside myself earlier than I left TMI and after going dwelling as nicely. I observed a number of different individuals experiencing the identical issues. The next are some stuff you may expertise:

  • decreased urge for food 
  • vivid goals (or no goals)
  • feeling the necessity to floor typically (which they help you with)
  • feeling such as you’re excessive after going dwelling (a really relaxed, blissed state)
  • driving too gradual, being a bit extra zoned out
  • vivid goals after returning dwelling 
  • emotions of affection and connectedness with others 
  • seeing individuals in a brand new gentle 
  • no extra concern of demise
  • elevated or newfound psychic talents

I met an individual at TMI who had his first out of physique expertise whereas there. It was quick however blew his thoughts. One other lady who additionally had no earlier experiences noticed vividly a small craft hovering over her contained in the CHEC unit. She reached as much as contact it and her hand went by way of it. She was so awe-stricken throughout our subsequent group session that she was visibly shaking whereas retelling her expertise. 

I actually didn’t have a aware out of physique expertise whereas there apart from small recollections of strolling up the steps exterior or checking my cellphone whereas meditating. I did obtain many psychic impressions in the course of the meditations and in addition discovered my private meditation earlier than sleep to be tremendous highly effective, comparable to feeling vibrations for an elevated period of time. 

Since I battle with some social nervousness and am very delicate to energies, I discovered myself a bit drained every day and never absolutely charged up for having an out of physique expertise and even a lot dream recall. 

I discovered myself appreciating extra the method of studying tips on how to induce these expanded states of consciousness reasonably than needing to have the experiences there. Since returning dwelling, I’ve been in a position to apply what I discovered in order that my meditations are far more efficient and environment friendly. Earlier than, I would meditate for as much as an hour and by no means actually attain a very good meditative state, however now I understand how to get there inside lower than 10 minutes. 

Utilizing Hemi-Sync® to increase consciousness

Sitting area outside of Roberts Mountain Retreat

Earlier than I went to TMI, I’d take heed to Gateway Expertise meditations on occasion. I actually did not know what I used to be doing, however the synchronization sounds would put me in an altered state and I’d have some actually cool experiences. 

I’d primarily take heed to Focus Ranges 10 and 12 at the moment. The sounds alone would make my meditation a lot more practical. I keep in mind one among my first experiences utilizing Focus Degree 10 took me to a while within the 1700’s right here within the U.S. I used to be inside a cabin and we have been deciding the place to hold an image. If I had that have now, I’d know to inquire extra about it, however on the time I simply form of marveled at it and puzzled what it meant. 

The next Focus Degree recordings are the house examine variations of the audios used for the Gateway Voyage:

  • Wave I (Intro to Focus Degree 10)
  • Wave II (Intro to Focus Degree 12)
  • Wave III (we did no less than one from this monitor, like “5 Questions”)
  • Wave V (Intro to Focus Degree 15)
  • Wave VI (Intro to Focus Degree 21)

Every day we basically targeted on one wave, three within the morning and two within the afternoon. The audios are barely completely different from the house examine variations, however I famous they’re just about the identical. Those at TMI is likely to be barely longer. 

I undoubtedly suggest Focus Ranges 10 and 12, linked within the above paragraph, or you may get them in this assortment which accommodates Wave I and II. It is seemingly you’ll expertise some very cool issues even when you’re not absolutely understanding every part.

Beneficial studying

Bob’s books are beneficial studying earlier than you get to TMI. They’re:

I learn his first e-book a 12 months earlier than attending TMI and located it fascinating. Earlier than attending TMI, I learn the final two, which have been additionally fascinating another way. These books explored a number of his experiences and conversations with nonphysical entities. 

You may as well learn this submit for my favourite books on astral projection.

In conclusion

Cloud formation outside my house returning home from the monroe institute

I took this image from my entrance yard proper after returning dwelling from TMI. The three cloud rings jogged my memory of their brand and I used to be in such a state of gratitude. 

Undoubtedly, I extremely suggest anybody taken with exploring their consciousness to attend TMI no less than as soon as. I personally would like to attend yearly. Not solely is it academic, but it surely’s extremely conducive for getting in contact with larger features of your self.

I’m sometimes somebody who will learn books and “do it myself,” however I walked away from my expertise at TMI with a lot extra context and understanding than I might have ever gotten alone. Or on the very least so much quicker than it will’ve taken me in any other case. 

Regardless of being a extra personal and delicate one who can battle with social nervousness, I actually encourage anybody like me to nonetheless attend. There have been a number of individuals there like me and all of us felt it was price it. 

I plan to go once more many extra occasions with the non-public expectation that the power can be robust, I will really feel it, I will battle some with social interactions, however I will stroll away with a lot greater than I walked in with. 

It is a life-changing expertise, and when you ever get the possibility to go, I say do not let it cross you by.

Thanks for studying, I hope you loved this text and located one thing to remove with you. 

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With love,


Jessica Dimas is the writer of Sacred Self-Take care of Your Chakras

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