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Captain of My Ship, Master of My Soul: Living With Guidance Paperback – September 1, 2001
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...(Skip) has helped guide our culture toward the discovery of the omnipresent nature of mind...the reality of Spirit. -- VERNON M. SYLVEST, M.D. Author, The Formula
Medical Director, Laboratory Corporation of America
...a powerful indicator of how close we are to a radical shift in our understanding of who we are. -- Dean Radin, Ph.D., The Boundary Institute
...must reading for anyone interested in ESP, remote viewing, or the way spirit can be found in modern life. -- CHARLES T. TART, PH.D. Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
...take the phone off the hook and settle in, because it will be hard to put down. -- JOSEPH MCMONEAGLE Author, Remote Viewing Secrets
Skip creates an insiders insights into Bob Monroes early research beyond the physical. -- SHAY ST. JOHN Vice President of Development,
Association of Unity Churches
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Have you ever looked back, awestruck at the infinite number of seemingly random choices and events that led you to where you are--and more importantly, who you are?
In this book, F. Holmes "Skip" Atwater--who, as an army lieutenant, took the initiative that resulted in the creation of the remote-viewing intelligence program now known as STARGATE--looks at the "coincidences" that led him from childhood out-of-body explorations to army counter-intelligence operations to sessions with consciousness pioneer Robert A. Monroe.
The result is a fascinating look at the way spiritual guidance works in our lives.
Included is a CD-ROM containing:
*declassified government documents pertaining to remote-viewing programs
*audio recordings (with transcripts) of actual remote-viewing sessions
*audio recordings of Atwater's altered-state explorations at The Monroe Institute
*the original audio recording (with transcript) of the remote viewing of Mars performed by Joseph McMoneagle (remote viewer 001)
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It's this quote that makes me think of FRED HOLMES ATWATER, best known as Skip Atwater. Here is a man who found his personal path to enlightenment, but ah, what a strange road he took.
Think back to when the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union was grinding away. Both sides are harboring enough nuclear weapons to not only destroy the other - but take out the whole world in the process. The hate and enmity of these two behemoths threatened swallow our beautiful blue-green planet in a nuclear fire of mutual madness.
Now imagine that one of the key warriors in this global stalemate of loathing is working diligently to ensure that his side prevails. He is a member of the most feared corps of elite warriors - an operative in the dark, seamy, paranoid, dangerous world of military intelligence -- he's a spy.
Skip Atwater could fairly be described as a kind of elite "super spy," not because he was traveling the dark corridors of the world collecting information or performing assassinations - but because of the amazing assignment he landed.
It became Atwater's task to study, and possibly develop, a team of psychic spies that could use ESP to snoop on the Soviet Union, or any enemy of America. Even today this sounds like an insane idea -- a mixture of New Age or occult voodoo mixed with the militaristic paranoia of the Cold War. It sounds more like a paranoid Philip K. Dick novel.
Except that it's all true. Skip Atwater was the spearhead that led the U.S. Army to spend millions of dollars and years of manpower to develop elite super corps of spies who could reach out with only their minds to get behind any wall, bunker or secret hidden base the Soviets might be hiding anywhere in the world.
By all accounts, Skip Atwater would seem to be the opposite of anyone's definition of a Cold War spy. He is a gentle man by nature - sweet, kind, humble, unassuming, blonde and handsome - a guy with a natural but quiet charisma -- the kind of guy that makes everyone feel strangely good when he enters a room.
That's the way I bet you will feel when you read Atwater's book, CAPTAIN OF MY SHIP, MASTER OF MY SOUL: LIVING WITH GUIDANCE.
These pages are part autobiography, and part detailed record of what Atwater did to develop the now famous (or infamous) PSI method known as remote viewing as a tool for U.S. intelligence.
Atwater starts with his childhood, telling of strange mystical events he experienced, but which his metaphysical-minded parents encouraged him to think of as "natural." These experiences including things like out-of-body experiences, seeing auras and even an instance of levitation!
Atwater voluntarily joined the U.S. Army at a time when the Vietnam War was heating up and getting ugly - but he joined only to stave off being drafted, and to prevent himself from having to kill someone. Instead, Atwater asked to join military intelligence - and he got his wish -or as he repeatedly puts it, "I was on my path, I was being guided, I was on track, I was being protected"by something he calls "Guidance."
The middle part of the book is a fairly detailed and exacting account of how the remote viewing program was developed, including some pretty terrific "how to" information for those interested in trying their own hand at this esoteric process.
For me, the juicy part of the book (to borrow a phrase from DEAN RADIN who wrote an intro) is the latter third where Atwater describes his work at the Monroe Institute in Faber, Virginia, his post-military job.
THE MONROE INSTITUTE was established by the famous out-of-body traveler ROBERT MONROE, author of several superior books on the topic.
It was here that the now also famous HEMI-SYNC TECHNOLOGY was developed - an audio system using something called binaural beats - to enhance brainwave activity, enabling people to explore alternate or advanced states of consciousness.
Atwater's is probably the very best book I have read about remote viewing (though I have only read about a half-dozen). It goes well beyond remote viewing itself to discuss issues of spiritual growth and expansion.
Like another early remote viewing pioneer - physicist Russell Targ - what began for Atwater as a hard-nosed attempt to bring scientific understanding and military application to ESP ended up a journey of profound spiritual transformation -- and his story is beautifully and eloquently told in these pages.
Then I got the paperback- YIKES!
Do not buy from FKC bookseller.
The book condition was rated very good and I paid $7.50
It has a ripped spine, bent cover, a library number tag on spine , a stamp that says "withdrawn".and a price of $0.50
Thge back cover has 4 different types of stamps, bar codes and tags.
Additionally, the CD has a HUGE scratch. It is grubby looking with peeling plastic on coverand the pages that do not lay flat.
Repeat, do not buy from FKC bookseller.
into not only Mr. Atwater's history with the Monroe
Institute, but also a detailed account of the
non-classified portions of the Stargate remote
viewing program, and his critical role in it's
development and maintenance.
It does get fairly technical which I think is necessary
to get the facts straight, but this might make the
book less appealing to some readers.
It was also interesting how he developed a lot of
the technology for measuring galvanic skin
response etc for those seeking altered
states of consciousness at the Monroe