115 of 117 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MONROE'S BEST BY FAR
I've read all three of Monroe's books and this is by far his best. In this book he has accepted the OOB experience for what it is and has stopped worrying about his sanity. In this book, he has also pretty much perfected his OOB techniques and begins to have truly meaningful experiences and revelations.
There is one aspect of this book that Monroe touches upon very...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good info but...get The CONVOLUTED UNIVERSE books first!
Monroe takes you on his slow but mind altering journey. It's tedious at times and then...BAM, another incredible part of the puzzle is revealed. His credentials as a business man with high ethics makes you believe him when he talks about reincarnation, life after death and what to expect, etc. BUT I kept wanting it to get to that good stuff faster.
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115 of 117 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MONROE'S BEST BY FAR,
This review is from: Far Journeys (Paperback)I've read all three of Monroe's books and this is by far his best. In this book he has accepted the OOB experience for what it is and has stopped worrying about his sanity. In this book, he has also pretty much perfected his OOB techniques and begins to have truly meaningful experiences and revelations.
There is one aspect of this book that Monroe touches upon very briefly but is of utmost importance to understand. Once you master the OOB experience, you become psychic, telepathic and the body is less likely to suffer physical trauma as a result of accidents. Monroe clearly describes two incidents where he fell down a steep flight of stairs head first and landed smack on his head both times. However, he said that his head touched the ground gently, like a feather, while his legs remained dangling in the air. His legs then gently draped down onto the stairs and he suffered no pain and developed no bruises. It is because of these "side-effects" of lucid dreaming, that Toltec sorcerers and Shamans sought to practice and perfect OOB techniques. For more information about this aspect of the OOB experience read 1) The Art of Dreaming- Carlos Castaneda; 2) The Path- Esmeralda Arana.
56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT WORK! Best book about human existence.,
This review is from: Far Journeys (Paperback)I have read Monroe's 3 books, and this one seems to be the most intriguing and enlightening. While his first book talks about the mechanics of Out of Body Experience ( written in the early days when he was still experimenting with it), this book talks about his Far Journeys to the outer realms of existence, out of time and space limitation, where he learns about the cycle and meaning of human existence (this will be the first time you read something like this from a rational straightforward perspective, without any religious conotations). Talks about human existence in time and space, and about existence outside of time and space. He meets a brighlty glowing enlightened being who knows everything about him (somewhat like his guide) who guides and shows him about life itself (most people who had Near Death Experience think that glowing being as their God, or Jesus, Allah, angels or whatever God they believe in, which Monroe many years later in his 3rd book 'Ultimate Journey' discovered who that glowing being truly is! You will be absolutely shocked and surprised!!)
62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monroe's best book, a life changer.,
This review is from: Far Journeys (Paperback)This is by far, Monroe's best book. It was a review in the Journal of Parapyschology that led me to this book and ultimately my soulmate. Bob's description of his patented Hemi-sync process turned me on to it so much that I became a trainer of it! His descriptions of his journeys beyond time/space have become the map for many pyschonavigators and created a lexicon for describing our adventures. Bob has influenced just about everyone in the field and has thus affected the path of mankind.
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See you in Home- or along the way,
This review is from: Far Journeys (Paperback)_This is my sentimental favorite of Monroe's three books. It is primarily the accounts of the Gateway Program and its early Explorer teams. These were men and women selected by Monroe's organization to undergo training (largely centered around his Hemi-Sync technology) that enabled them to explore other levels of consciousness. This included visits with once-human and never-human entities in alternate dimensions and other worlds. It seems that the STI (Space Time Illusion) that we assume to be the "really real" world is only the tiniest part of the totality of existence. You are either going to be able to wrap your mind around this and accept it- or you will automatically reject it. In any case, as the book points out, all of us will cross over into at least part of this greater reality after bodily death- this is not a belief system or dogma. It is just that some individuals have the ability to consciously and lucidly explore those realms without dieing. In any case, we are more than our physical body.
_In the many accounts given of exploration and contact by Monroe and his associates it must be kept in mind that these are transcripts of translations from NVC (Non Verbal Communication) into human words. Human language is a very restricting form of communication and is not used at higher levels. There is also the fact that Mr. Monroe was a radio engineer and that much of his terminology reflects his training and colors his interpretations.
_The epilogue is especially informing- it is a concise and well-organized outline of the entire system of existence through all the various levels. The first appendix gives an excellent set of questions and answers. The second appendix is an independent scientific study the OBE Psychophysiology. In the conclusion of the latter it is pointed out that Plato believed something very similar to this system. It also struck me as very similar to some of the more satisfying Gnostic beliefs.
37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's be FREE from Belief Systems,
This review is from: Far Journeys (Paperback)After progressing from Catholicism to Swedenborg's writings to Shamanism then to discovering Robert Monroe's books (one literally fell onto me in a 2nd hand Book Store) I felt that in the end, the only way to really know the Truth was to 'find out for yourself'.
SO MANY different belief systems, religions etc abound today that unless one can stand outside of all this, one will inevitably become 'locked in' to a pattern that will limit your most inward drive to the Greatest Freedom - in truly knowing who you are, where you came from etc.
The impact of Robert Monroe's books upon my life have been something I cannot easily put into words, since words are often not enough to convey the subtle nuances of feeling associated with inner knowing.
His highly credible nature, along with his clear & objective analysis of his experiences MINUS any copious indoctrination that would naturally obscure the greater Truth, allows for some refreshingly direct and persuasive reading.
After buying some of his HemiSync tapes and using them for a long time I found that in essence, this man's story had to be true and of the greatest import for me personally.
Please, people, read all 3 of his books in order to reach the fullest understanding of the message within his experiences.
Robert, Thanks for helping me to remember....
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Transforming and Far Out!,
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This review is from: Far Journeys (Paperback)After reading many books by several empowering authors such as Betty Eadie, John Edward, Sylvia Browne, and Tiffany Snow, that I am still reading, my life has opened up to me in such a compelling and wonderful way. This new book is well written, and thought provoking. There are great transforming authors, who shift the consciousness of humankind in a way never known before, and have the courage to reveal their paranormal experiences. "Far Journeys" is one of these.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THe best of the Monroe books!,
This review is from: Far Journeys (Paperback)THis for me is the best of the 3 books Monroe wrote, and the one I enjoyed the most.
This is not a book about OBE theory, technique etc., but mainly accounts of Monroe's OBE experiences. Unlike in his first book Journeys Out of the Body, most of his 'journeys' in this book were into the higher realms (as opposed to the close-to-physical-reality realms), or involved encounters with higher intelligences/beings from other non-physical reality. What you get therefore are exciting adventures, teachings, wisdom passed on, etc. And that is what makes this book so superb. It really opened my eyes to the wonders of the astral world, and made me even more determined to get out of my body! :)
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Magical Journey,
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This review is from: Far Journeys (Paperback)Whether you believe in out-of-body travel or not, this book will provide you with some whimsical and thought provoking insights as to how the "other side" is organized and what happens when we die. Furthermore, Monroe has independently corroborated via controlled out-of-body travel what has been consistently reported by mystics and those who have had near death experiences. The only difference is the Monroe has been able to take the study of this subject matter to a level of depth that has never been reached before. A must read!!
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for OOBE enthusiasts.,
This review is from: Far Journeys (Paperback)This book was by far the best of Bob Monroe's three books, and better than any other authors books on the Out of Body experience. Besides being a highly suspensful and great read. I learned so much about non-local reality, techniques for OOBE's and how a very normal person reacts to and processes these odd occurances. I felt I knew the author after reading this. He gained much insight from his travels.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now I believe,
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This review is from: Far Journeys (Paperback)I read this book and I felt like it's magic... This book is very good - as well for people who don't believe in out-of-body experiences as for people who read many similar books. Thanks to instructions from the book I learned how to have my own out-of-bofy experiences... It is different world, different expressions "outside"... Now my point of view about the world is much wider...
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Far Journeys by Robert A. Monroe (Paperback - September 14, 1987)