The Monroe Institute

The Monroe Institute (TMI) is a nonprofit education and research organization devoted to the exploration of human consciousness, based in Virginia. TMI, which claims a policy of no dogma or bias with respect to belief system, religion, political or social stance, was founded by Robert Monroe after he experienced an ‘out of body experience,’ now also commonly referred to as OBEs. Activities includes teaching various techniques, based on audio-guidance processes, in order to expand consciousness and explore areas of consciousness not normally available in the waking state.

Controlled studies of the Institute’s technology suggest that it is effective as an analgesic supplement and can reduce hospital discharge times. The Institute has an affiliated professional membership, and also publishes scientific papers on a subset of its own studies of altered states of consciousness. In its in-house laboratory, these states or focus levels are typically induced by delivering Hemi-Sync signals to subjects performing relaxation procedures inside a shielded, sense-depriving isolation tank. Progression through states is detected and monitored by measurement of peripheral skin temperature, galvanic skin response and DC skin potential voltage.

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