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Journeys Out of the Body Audio, Cassette – Audiobook, July 1, 1988
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With more than 300,000 copies sold to date, this is the definitive work on the extraordinary phenomenon of out-of-body experiences, by the founder of the internationally known Monroe Institute. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Robert Monroe did the best job keeping his observations informative and objective. Multiple variables were kept track of for each astral projection experience, including method of separation, position of physical during separation, elapsed time of journey, and etc. Every experience was written down his detailed journal no matter how absurd they were. He made sure to even include journeys that didn't make sense at the moment because he assumed their interpretation might be easier later on.
At the end of the book, Robert explains the procedures to actually conduct your own astral projection experience. He then provides us with statistics showing which techniques worked best, the circumstances in which experiments succeeded, which senses were existent in the second body, and etc.
If you are interested in astral projection, there isn't a better book to start your research on than Robert Monroe's Journeys Out of the Body.
Robert Monroe's book is an easy, informative and interesting read compared to William Buhlman’s “Adventures beyond the Body” which is rather technical. It is a must read for those interested in or who wish to explore out of body experience.
Monroe’ discovery, experiments and records of his second body engaged in astral projections and viewing out of the body experience are, indeed, a phenomenon. Some may be consider them as dreams or hallucinations that appear real but are actually created by the mind.
Robert Monroe hopes that someday “our life sciences will unravel this knowledge and a new era will be born for mankind"
Astral travelling is not new. In theosophy we learn of the astral body or double permeates the physical body. At the great Vesak Festival held once a year in Lord Maitreya's residence in the Himalayas, the brotherhood travels to the meeting via astral projection.
Experiments in out of body journeys are not for the weak-hearted. The greatest fear is whether one will be able to return to the physical body. The interesting part is one can see what happens to people in various time frames and situations. Surprisingly sexual desires are heightened during the second body state. It varies in intensity with the opposite sex but the act itself is "not an act at all but an immobile, rigid state of shock where the two truly intermingle”
With so much power in the out of body experience one wonders if one can meet up with dead parents and relatives. It is not considered in the book although the author states that he finds no "evidence to substantiate the biblical notions of God and afterlife in a place called heaven".
In conclusion one may ask what is the personal benefit of all these out of the body experience? It seems it is more of a personal experience.
From my reading, the author Robert Monroe, a very educated, accomplished, and obviously functional member of society, with candor and apparent sincerity, describes decidedly otherworldly experiences. And he does so in detail and with the same sort of random narration of people, places, and events that somebody might write into their personal journal during a trip to, say, Europe or the Far East. I've never quite read anything like it before, regarding its scope and breadth. This puts Dr. Alexander's brief account into much broader perspective, to say the least.
It's so interesting and inspires intense curiosity, but I'm afraid that I've absolutely no basis to fairly evaluate the larger question that many reading this book surely must ask: did this really happen? I don't know how to begin to answer that without making the journey for myself, and I'm not sure if I can even do that. This is all new to me. The thought that somebody might actually leave their body shocks my admittedly pedestrian notions of reality.
The book receives 5 stars for making me sincerely wonder what happen to him, the how and why. This doesn't read like fiction or somebody's dream journal. He's not crazy, and he had no apparent, ulterior motive to write this book, either. So what happened to him? The questions it raises and possible answers obviously carry great weight and importance.