I’m Out of My Mind

Getting there 

Over the years, I have gained more information and practical experience using meditation and sound to help me realign my consciousness. Similarly, my eight-year-old daughter was experiencing significant discomfort with the feel of clothing on her skin. Subsequently, looking for relief for her, my wife told me about an approach called Hemi-Sync. We would do a specific procedure based on the guidance provided by a man I will introduce you to today. How did my daughter fair with this process? Wonderfully, and she continues to thrive today.

Robert Allan Monroe (1915-1995) was an American radio executive and businessman who became a pioneer in the field of altered consciousness research. Yes, that actually happened. 

Monroe is best known for his 1971 book Journeys Out of the Body, which documented his experiences with out-of-body experiences (OBEs).

It's a Simulation

Monroe began experiencing OBEs in the early 1950s. Initially baffled by these experiences, he eventually believed that they were real and that he could access them through various techniques, including meditation, relaxation, and sound stimulation.

In 1973, Monroe founded the Monroe Institute in Virginia, a non-profit research and educational organization dedicated to the study of consciousness. The institute offers a variety of programs and workshops that teach people how to induce OBEs and other altered states of consciousness.

Take the Step

Monroe's work continues to be influential and helps millions of people connect with their unconscious selves. He is credited with popularizing the term "out-of-body experience" and with helping to legitimize the study of altered consciousness. Moreover, his work has also been praised for its potential to help people improve their physical and mental health.

Here are some of the different types of altered consciousness:

Meditation: Meditation is a practice that involves focusing the mind on a single point, such as the breath or a mantra. It can lead to a state of deep relaxation and mental clarity.

Hypnotism: Hypnosis is a state of focused attention in which the subject is highly suggestible. Practitioners can use this technique to induce various altered states of consciousness, including OBEs.

Dreaming: Dreams are a natural form of altered consciousness during sleep. They can be vivid and realistic and sometimes be used to explore subconscious thoughts and emotions.

Near-death experiences (NDEs): NDEs are experiences that people sometimes have when they are close to death. They can involve out-of-body experiences, visions of deceased loved ones, and a sense of peace and well-being.

Drug-induced altered states: Some drugs, such as LSD and psilocybin, can induce altered states of consciousness. Under professional guided treatment, they are used to explore the mind and consciousness.

Cross Training 

Above all, in 1975, Monroe registered the first of several patents involving audio techniques designed to stimulate brain functions until the left and right hemispheres became synchronized. Monroe maintained that this state, dubbed Hemi-Sync (hemispherical synchronization), could promote mental well-being or trigger an altered state of consciousness. Monroe's concept was based on an earlier hypothesis known as binaural beats and has since been expanded commercially by the self-help industry.

Hemi-Sync is a trademarked brand name for a patented process for creating audio patterns containing binaural beats, available as audio CDs or downloadable music files. Interstate Industries Inc., created by Hemi-Sync founder Robert Monroe, owns the Hemi-Sync technology.

Furthermore, Hemi-Sync is short for Hemispheric Synchronization, also known as brainwave synchronization. Monroe indicated that the technique synchronizes the two hemispheres of one's brain, thereby creating a 'frequency-following response' designed to evoke specific effects. As a result, Hemi-Sync has been used for many purposes, including relaxation and sleep induction, learning and memory aids, helping those with physical and mental difficulties, and reaching altered states of consciousness through sound.

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What's your STATE? 

As a result, Hemi-Sync helps people access different states of consciousness, including theta, alpha, and delta waves. Consequently, these states can improve physical and mental health and help to explore the mind and consciousness.

The Hemi-Sync technique uses sound waves to entrain brain waves. When listening to Hemi-Sync recordings, the listener wears headphones that deliver two slightly different sound frequencies to each ear. The brain responds to these two frequencies by producing a third sound called a binaural beat. The frequency of the binaural beat is the difference between the two frequencies delivered to the ears.

Monroe claimed that binaural beats can encourage various brainwave activity changes. For example, he said that binaural beats with a frequency of 10 Hz can promote alpha brainwaves, which are associated with relaxation and creativity. Likewise, binaural beats with a frequency of 4 Hz can stimulate theta brainwaves, which are related to deep relaxation and out-of-body experiences.

Study this

Is this technique useful? In 2017, results from a controlled medical study involving Hemi-Sync with military service members with demonstrated post-deployment stress demonstrated statistically significant efficacy.

The double-blind, randomized study involved 74 military service members, broken into two groups, who listened to either music with Hemi-Sync or music alone for 30 minutes at bedtime three nights in a row over four weeks. Heart rate variability (HRV) stress tests and perceived stress from daily diaries were performed.

Study results indicated a decrease in average low-frequency HRV with the group who had the Hemi-Sync®, while the group with music only showed an increase. There is a difference in the high-frequency HRV measures, with the group listening to Hemi-Sync increasing and the music-only group decreasing. Furthermore, there was a consistent reporting of less stress via daily dairies reported by the group listening to music with Hemi-Sync over the four weeks.

As a result, those who used the music with Hemi-Sync showed decreased sympathetic responses and increased parasympathetic responses. Participants who listened to music alone had the opposite effect. Thus, the study concluded that using Hemi-Sync techniques reduces physical and psychological indications of stress.

We're in the Army Now

Moreover, there is additional evidence that supports the claims made by Monroe about the benefits of Hemi-Sync. For example, In June 1983, Army Commander Wayne M. McDonnell was asked to give his Commander an assessment of the psychic services provided by the Monroe Institute, focused on treatments designed to expand a person's consciousness. McDonnell had completed the seven-day psychic program the month before at the institute.

McDonnell's assessment, collected from his experience at the secluded institute, formed the basis of a 29-page Army document (see page 19, section 29.) that featured detailed explanations of hypnosis, holograms, and out-of-body experiences. The document placed these phenomena in the context of more significant ideas of consciousness, energy, space-time, quantum subatomic particles, and so-called astral projection, a practice that aims to transport consciousness around a metaphysical plane—a central idea in McDonnell's assessment.

McDonnell cited a metaphor penned by Monroe Institute employee Melissa Jager in order to illustrate the nature of hypnosis. The analogy says that a normal state of consciousness is like a lamp, which emits light in a "chaotic, incoherent way." However, a hypnotized state of consciousness is said to be like a laser beam whose thoughts and energy focus like a "disciplined stream" of light.

You're not really here

Most Importantly, Commander McDonnell created the document called the Analysis and Assessment of the Gateway Process. His conclusion was that using techniques led by Hemi-Sync would help bring forth personal and practical intuitional insights. Furthermore, he told the military that you can, in fact, travel through time and space using this and additional techniques (page 23). However, controlling it to achieve specific results for data collection is difficult. He says, "This seems to be a function of the fact that physical reality in the present is not the only holographic influence which the individual may encounter in an out-of-body state."

As a result, the Commander tells the Army that the participants in this approach can non-physically move anywhere throughout the country and/or the world but not gather accurate intel. He even tells of the connection of different world religions sharing a common link throughout this paper, speaking to energy at rest or total consciousness.

"In order to gain self-consciousness, the consciousness of the absolute must project a hologram of itself and then perceive it. That hologram is a mirror image of the Absolute in infinity, still exists outside time and space, but is one step removed from the Absolute and is the actual agent of all creation (all reality). And the eternal thought or concept of self which results from this self-consciousness serves the"... 

Why is this shocking, you might ask? The rest of Commander McDonnell's thoughts and conclusions are missing. Note that page 25 is not included in this CIA-released document. The CIA completely removed page 25 and jumped to page 26 in the PDF.


You decide if the information is life-changing. Why would a military research document talk about the absolute self and you as a hologram existing outside of time and space? It started as a project investigating the efficacy of OBEs, transcendental states, and the process to get there. I think we have.

In conclusion, if you want to try Hemi-Sync, start slowly and gradually increasing the time you spend listening to the recordings. It is also essential to find a recording that is appropriate for your needs and goals. In short, research and experiment with different sounds until you find the one(s) that benefit you the most. Who knows, you may find that you are a holographic image of the person you have always wanted to be! Just ask the U.S. Army.


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