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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.


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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.

30 review for Journeys Out of the Body: The Classic Work on Out-Of-Body Experience

  1. 5 out of 5

    Edward Wolfe

    This is one of my favorite books. Robert Monroe was a very successful businessman who had no real religious background and no interest in anything mystical or esoteric. When he found himself spontaneously going out of his body, he had no way of understanding what was happening to him and his first assumption was that there was something wrong with his brain. After being assured by his physician that he was in perfect health and not suffering from a brain tumor, he went to see a psychiatrist, beca This is one of my favorite books. Robert Monroe was a very successful businessman who had no real religious background and no interest in anything mystical or esoteric. When he found himself spontaneously going out of his body, he had no way of understanding what was happening to him and his first assumption was that there was something wrong with his brain. After being assured by his physician that he was in perfect health and not suffering from a brain tumor, he went to see a psychiatrist, because surely he must be losing his mind. The psychiatrist also gave him a clean bill of health and advised him to look into Eastern religions to see what he might find. There was very little written about the subject at the time Robert began having these experiences and the phrase "out-of-body experience" didn't even exist yet. Being the logical, scientific person that he was, Robert set out to document what was occurring when it seemed he was exiting his body with the hope of coming to understand as much as he could about this phenomenon. Over time he wrote three books on his experiences and along the way he invented an audio technology to assist others who wish to have the same experience. If you have any curiosity about OBEs or astral travel and would like to take a look at the subject matter in a non-new-age way, this is definitely the book to do it with. Robert is clear-headed, logical and reasonable. He makes no claims or assumptions. He does not get flowery and abstract and talk about saving the planet. He's just a regular guy who stumbled into something that few before him had left any information about, so he took it upon himself to research and document and explore. And in the end, he did what he could to help others who were either experiencing the same thing - or wished to.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Réal Laplaine

    A spectacular read. For anyone who has wondered about the realm of spirituality, not in terms of god-belief or religious conviction, but in terms of one's own nature as a being, not a body, this book will fracture some or much of the contemporary delusions about the nature of who we are. What makes Monroe's presentation so compelling is that he documented his out-of-body experiences over a period of some 14 years and he holds back no punches on those details. And even as one's own mind fights ba A spectacular read. For anyone who has wondered about the realm of spirituality, not in terms of god-belief or religious conviction, but in terms of one's own nature as a being, not a body, this book will fracture some or much of the contemporary delusions about the nature of who we are. What makes Monroe's presentation so compelling is that he documented his out-of-body experiences over a period of some 14 years and he holds back no punches on those details. And even as one's own mind fights back against what he says, with incredulity and disbelief, one comes to realize that this is precisely what the mind was designed to do - to protect us, to help us to survive on the physical plane, and its job is and always has been to translate the world around us, into understandable terms on the level of the physical world. This book also brilliantly provides a workable technique for leaving and returning to one's body. I have tried it, not yet extensively, but it works - and I was VERY excited to see that it did. In my own case, I have experienced numerous out-of-body experiences throughout my life and Robert Monroe's explanation helped to clarify those experiences in so many lucid ways that I was simply captivated by the book, page after page. If you believe you are not just a body and a mind, and that your existence trandscends just the physical, this book will be very revelatory and helpful. If you harbor some doubts about the nature of who you really are, it will help. And even if you are a dyed in the wool believer of contemporary mediocrity and science, that our existence is explained by Darwinianism, DNA threads, or solely at the hands of some all-powerful god - then this book is going to challenge you and quite likely offend your senses. But that's ok, because if we, as humanity are to rise to the next higher level of awareness and zeitgeist as a collective, it is high-time that some of the myths are laid to rest and we come to grips about the true nature of our existence.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Iona Stewart

    I found this to be an extremely informative and enjoyable book which greatly exceeded my expectations. Monroe was apparently the first to investigate out-of-body experiences in depth and publish his research. Monroe defines an OOBE, as he calls it, or OBE, as we now call it, as follows: “An event where the experiencer 1) seems to perceive some portion of some environment which could not possibly be perceived from where his physical body is known to be at the time and 2) knows at the time that he is I found this to be an extremely informative and enjoyable book which greatly exceeded my expectations. Monroe was apparently the first to investigate out-of-body experiences in depth and publish his research. Monroe defines an OOBE, as he calls it, or OBE, as we now call it, as follows: “An event where the experiencer 1) seems to perceive some portion of some environment which could not possibly be perceived from where his physical body is known to be at the time and 2) knows at the time that he is not dreaming or fantasizing.” It is a universal human experience and generally a once-in-a-lifetime experience, seemingly experienced by accident. It is sometimes brought about by serious illnesses or emotional stress, and sometimes happens during sleep without our knowing what might have caused it. Very rarely is it brought about by a deliberate attempt. The experience of an OBE is usually one of the most profound experiences of a person’s life, and radically alters his beliefs. The person then knows that he will survive death. The OBE is generally “extremely joyful” to those who have it. In some instances the description of what was happening at a distant place proves to be correct and more accurate than we would expect by coincidence. Monroe terms the OBE state as “Second State”, and the body we use when experiencing OBEs as “Second Body”. He identified three Second State environments. Locale 1 is the Here-Now, which consists of people and places that actually do exist in the material, well-known world at the very moment of the experiment. Visits to Locale 1 generally do not contain strange beings, events, or places. Locale II is a non-material environment with “laws of motion and matter only remotely related to the physical world”. “It is an immensity whose bounds are unknown …, and has depth and dimension incomprehensible to the finite conscious mind. In this vastness lie all of the aspects we attribute to heaven and hell.” Time is non-existent and past and future seem to exist “coterminously” with “now”. Locale II is a state of being where what we label thought “is the wellspring of existence”. “As you think, so you are”. In this environment there are no cars, boats or other means of transportation. You think movement, and it occurs. No telephones, radio or other communication aids exist, communication being instantaneous. There are no farms, gardens, etc, since no food energy needs are indicated. Thought is the force that supplies any need or desire. Like attracts like. Monroe states that Locale II is the natural environment of the Second Body. Locale II “seems to interpenetrate our physical world, yet spans limitless reaches beyond comprehension”. In Locale II reality is composed of “deepest desires” and “frantic fears”. Raw emotion is unleashed in full force. For Monroe, fear was the dominant theme – fear of the unknown, of strange (non-physical) beings, of “death”, of God, etc. The areas of Locale II “nearest” the physical world are peopled mostly with insane or near-insane, emotionally driven beings. This near area is not a pleasant place to be, since you meet here all sorts of “disjointed personalities” and animate beings. There is also Locale III. It is a physical-matter world almost identical to our own, the natural environment being the same. There are trees, houses, cities, etc. There are homes, families, businesses, etc. There are roads travelled by vehicles, and trains. But “the scientific development is inconsistent.” There are no electrical devices whatsoever. There is no petrol or oil but mechanical power is used. Another strange source of power stored in large vat-like containers is used. The streets and roads are different, mainly in size. Their cars are much larger, even the smallest having a single bench seat that will hold 5-6 people abreast. Habits and customs differ from ours. The people in Locale III were not aware of Monroe’s presence and on several occasions he automatically “took over” someone’s body. Locale III and Locale I are not the same. Locale III is not more advanced, perhaps less so. There is no time in our known history where science was at the Locale III stage. Regarding life after death, Monroe managed to visit younger versions of a few “deceased” persons. Otherwise he has a chapter about prayer, the Bible and the afterlife. On one occasion when speeding back to his body he rammed into a solid wall of impenetrable material and in panic screamed, sobbed and prayed without effect. Eventually, however, he turned back and this led him back to his body. So maybe the prayer had worked all the same. He writes at the beginning of the chapter that he had found nothing to substantiate the “biblical notions” of God and afterlife in a place called Heaven. If they existed, they must be somewhere in Locale II. The part closest to Here-Now contained beings resembling demons and devils and he felt that this area could be the borders of Hell. At times when visiting Locale II a distant Signal occurred, almost like heraldic trumpets. Everyone stops whatever he is doing. It is the Signal that He is coming through His Kingdom. At the Signal each living being lies down on its back, body arched to expose the abdomen, with head turned to one side so that one does not see Him as He passes. The people form a living road on which He can travel. Occasionally He will select someone from this living bridge, and this person is never seen or heard from again. As He passes, there is “a roaring, musical sound and a feeling of radiant, irresistible living force of ultimate power”. Monroe wonders “Is this God? Or God’s son?” Three times he went to a place of pure peace, yet exquisite emotion. “The warmth is not merely around you, it is of you and through you. Your perception is dazzled and overwhelmed by the Perfect Environment.” Thus the author contradicts himself, since what he describes does sound like it could be God, God’s realm, Heaven. He also states “This is Home” and refers to “choirs of human-sounding voices” echoing in wordless song. I think that the author’s description is his version of the wonderful, ecstatic, love experience Anita Moorjani and others describe from their NDEs. Monroe provides extremely detailed accounts of many of his OBEs. The book contains much, much more valuable information on the subject than I have touched on, including preliminary exercises and advice on how best to exit the body. I found this book to be the most interesting, informative, exhaustive and enjoyable work on the subject I’ve read so far (though Greg Doyle’s book “Awakening the Giant within” is also excellent). Monroe is wonderfully articulate. Few people in this day and age write so well. I highly recommend that you read the book. Have a great read!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Marie Silk

    I think I discovered this book from a Goodreads ad on my homepage. It wasn't what I was expecting, but in a good way. The author's journal entries (or what he calls "notes") are written as curious, humble and relatable first-hand accounts. He does not present himself as a spiritual guru or sensationalize the stories in any way, but rather describes his experiences as if observing them for a scientific study. I recognize similarities in his accounts and the experiences of Emanuel Swedenborg. I'm I think I discovered this book from a Goodreads ad on my homepage. It wasn't what I was expecting, but in a good way. The author's journal entries (or what he calls "notes") are written as curious, humble and relatable first-hand accounts. He does not present himself as a spiritual guru or sensationalize the stories in any way, but rather describes his experiences as if observing them for a scientific study. I recognize similarities in his accounts and the experiences of Emanuel Swedenborg. I'm not sure I can go back into the book and easily find a story that I want to read again, because it's not really organized into categories. Sometimes it was not chronological either which was a little confusing. Still, I don't know what other book has so much information on this topic presented in a relatable way. I recommend this book for readers who want to know more about the OBE phenomenon and prefer a factual approach without religious interpretation.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Heidi The Reader

    A ground breaking work into the mystery that is the out-of-body experience by a leading researcher in the field. Ultimately, Journeys Out of the Body left me with more questions than answers, but, for the most part, I enjoyed the ride. Charles Tart’s introduction is excellent: “… OOBE’s are a universal human experience, not in the sense that they happen to large numbers of people, but in that they have happened all through recorded history, and there are marked similarities in the experience amon A ground breaking work into the mystery that is the out-of-body experience by a leading researcher in the field. Ultimately, Journeys Out of the Body left me with more questions than answers, but, for the most part, I enjoyed the ride. Charles Tart’s introduction is excellent: “… OOBE’s are a universal human experience, not in the sense that they happen to large numbers of people, but in that they have happened all through recorded history, and there are marked similarities in the experience among people who are otherwise extremely different in terms of cultural background. One can find reports of OOBEs by housewives in Kansas which closely resemble accounts of OOBEs from ancient Egyptian or oriental sources.” pg 8. That statement reminded me of the near death experiences described in Wisdom of Near Death Experiences: How Understanding NDEs Can Help Us Live More Fully. OOBEs, like NDEs, are a human experience rather than a cultural one. Munroe points out a curious habit of society that I’ve noticed:“Many (in spiritual and occult circles) have deep professional jealousy for each other, and often are inclined to be suspicious of techniques and theories propounded outside their particular activity. They may even subtly deride or look with tolerant, superior amusement at results unrelated to their specialty." pg 37. Why can’t we all just get along? I bet we’d learn more that way. Munroe’s thoughts on the “natural” home for what he calls the “second body”, astral body, or body of light: “The Second Body is basically not of this physical world. To apply it to visits to George’s house or other physical destinations is like asking a diver to swim down to the ocean bed without scuba gear or pressure suit. He can do it, but not for long, and not too many times.” pg 75-76. That was why Munroe believes that out of body experiences are so hard to substantiate. When explorers are looking for evidence from the physical world, it isn’t the natural place for that consciousness to be. Munroe talks about going to an alternate dimension in his explorations. He quotes a college professor about the possibility of this: “Dr. Leon M. Lederman, professor of physics at Columbia University, has stated: “Basic physics is completely consistent with the cosmological conception of a literal antiworld of stars and planets composed of atoms of antimatter, which is to say negative nuclei surrounded by positive electrons. We can now entertain the intriguing idea that these antiworlds are populated by antipeople, who antiscientists are perhaps even now excited by the discovery of matter.” pg 100 I think that would make a great science fiction novel. Has anybody written anything like that? I had imagined that learning about out of body experiences would be empowering and uplifting but parts of Munroe’s account didn’t really leave me feeling that way. Take this journal entry in which he describes aliens and the loss of his belief system: “Then they seemed to soar up into the sky, while I called after them, pleading… By this time, it was getting light, and I sat down and cried, great deep sobs as I have never cried before, because then I knew without any qualification or future hope of change that the God of my childhood, of the churches, of religion throughout the world was not as we worshiped him to be- that for the rest of my life, I would “suffer” the loss of this illusion. Are we, then, just leftover laboratory animals? Or perhaps the experiment is still “in process.” pg 262. Very, very bleak and, it just didn’t feel right to me. However, Munroe believes this is true and I felt very sad for him. If you are interested in more information about OBEs, you may want to read Soul Traveler: A Guide to Out-of-Body Experiences and the Wonders Beyond or Multidimensional Man. If you want more first-hand experiences with aliens, try The Key: A True Encounter. Readers beware: this is also a disturbing account.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jim Mcvean

    I love the fools that scorn through this site I read this book many years ago and it captivated me from start to finish Have since tracked down the rest of his books RIP Mr Monroe

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tom Kenis

    Fans of the Simpsons might recall an earlier character named Dr. Monroe. The Simpsons' Dr. Monroe is loosely -very loosely- based on Dr. Robert Allan Monroe, author of 'Journeys out of the Body', and inventor of 'Binaural Beats'. In the book he lifts the veil on one of the tantalizing abilities of the human mind, namely to exist outside of the human. Whether this is merely a highly powerful form of the state we all know as 'dreaming', a life after death, or some uncanny, of yet under-explored ab Fans of the Simpsons might recall an earlier character named Dr. Monroe. The Simpsons' Dr. Monroe is loosely -very loosely- based on Dr. Robert Allan Monroe, author of 'Journeys out of the Body', and inventor of 'Binaural Beats'. In the book he lifts the veil on one of the tantalizing abilities of the human mind, namely to exist outside of the human. Whether this is merely a highly powerful form of the state we all know as 'dreaming', a life after death, or some uncanny, of yet under-explored ability to consciously induce a state wherein we explore a non-physical world using our purported non-physical bodies, is up to the reader to discover. Or better yet, the experimenter. Because that is what the book aims to help you do. In any case, read it with an open mind. It might just change your life -however you wish to define it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jeremiah Murphy

    Out of Body Experiences? More like Out of Marriage Experiences! I believe the vow is "until death do we part" not "until I gain the ability to leave my body and travel to Locale Two." That being said, this book is interesting. I like how he touched upon people being controlled through the manipulation of fear and sexuality. Where's that book? Some of his voyages to me suggested another plane where we're all unconsciously conversing with one another. I really like that. Five stars for the part about Out of Body Experiences? More like Out of Marriage Experiences! I believe the vow is "until death do we part" not "until I gain the ability to leave my body and travel to Locale Two." That being said, this book is interesting. I like how he touched upon people being controlled through the manipulation of fear and sexuality. Where's that book? Some of his voyages to me suggested another plane where we're all unconsciously conversing with one another. I really like that. Five stars for the part about Kennedy's psychic body guard. Seriously though, what is Locale Three? I want to know more about that place.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dave Romain

    Robert Allan Monroe pioneered Hemispheric Synchronization technology that facilitates alternative states of consciousness in general and specifically the out of body experience. His books are not just his personal opinion, instead they are a guide to we fearless few who dare to travel the highways and byways of inner self development. Self development is the most difficult pursuit any human can imagine because each seeker must come to grips with the negativity of friends, family, loved ones, and Robert Allan Monroe pioneered Hemispheric Synchronization technology that facilitates alternative states of consciousness in general and specifically the out of body experience. His books are not just his personal opinion, instead they are a guide to we fearless few who dare to travel the highways and byways of inner self development. Self development is the most difficult pursuit any human can imagine because each seeker must come to grips with the negativity of friends, family, loved ones, and the cadre of those who believe that reality is limited to what the human five senses can register. Furthermore, the seeker must wrestle with the dweller on the threshold to true spirituality - the fear of Death. Robert Monroe afford those who dare the training wheels that act like wings for those few who desire to dive headlong into the abyss of spirituality and along the way he furnished a map of attainable states of awareness and various levels of existence.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Erik Graff

    I enjoyed this early account of Robert Monroe's "discovery" of astral projection=remote viewing=out-of-the-body phenomena and his description of his own experiences, but I wouldn't confidently recommend it to anyone not already committed to and seriously interested in the phenomenology of such things. The book is seriously flawed insofar as it intends to provide any sort of proof, it being constituted primarily by a bunch of personal anecdotes and stories. Like a good first person ghost story, o I enjoyed this early account of Robert Monroe's "discovery" of astral projection=remote viewing=out-of-the-body phenomena and his description of his own experiences, but I wouldn't confidently recommend it to anyone not already committed to and seriously interested in the phenomenology of such things. The book is seriously flawed insofar as it intends to provide any sort of proof, it being constituted primarily by a bunch of personal anecdotes and stories. Like a good first person ghost story, one can suspend disbelief and go for the ride as I did, but, on reflection, it boils down to how willing you are to believe the storyteller. I've read several books now on these kinds of matters and, having paid years of close attention to my own dreams and hallucinations and those of some others, am quite ready to believe that people honestly experience what could, variously, be interpreted as OBEs, NDEs, astral projection, remote viewing or even alien abduction. I have yet, however, to see any objective verification of these experiences as being more than vivid imaginings. Monroe's claiming that he projected hundreds of miles to invisibly pinch and bruise a friends is not convincing on his mere say-so.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    Currently my all time favorite book. The book is somewhat like a lab report for the various astral projection experiments while still maintaining a personal tone. Robert Monroe did the best job keeping his observations informative and objective. Multiple variables were kept track of for each astral projection experience, including the method of separation, the position of physical during separation, elapsed time of journey, and etc. Every experience was written in his detailed journal no matter Currently my all time favorite book. The book is somewhat like a lab report for the various astral projection experiments while still maintaining a personal tone. Robert Monroe did the best job keeping his observations informative and objective. Multiple variables were kept track of for each astral projection experience, including the method of separation, the position of physical during separation, elapsed time of journey, and etc. Every experience was written in his detailed journal no matter how absurd they were. He made sure to even include journeys that didn't make sense at the moment, assuming their interpretation might be easier later on. At the end of the book, Robert explains procedures to conduct your own astral projection experience. He then provides 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 with Robert Monroe's Journeys Out of the Body.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Maricon

    Anyone, with appropriate learning, can leave their physical body at will.I learned that we are not our bodies. What remains after physical death is the essence of what we are.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Giorgi Bazerashvili

    This is a very unique book about the OBE phenomenon, known as Astral Projection, written by Robert Monroe, a very normal businessman, who, in his early forties, began to have unusual experiences, in which he would find himself disassociated from his physical body into what he calls the Second Body. Despite what modern science tells us, a phenomenon of going out of a physical body was known for many centuries to those who were interested. The Buddha himself taught his followers that there was suc This is a very unique book about the OBE phenomenon, known as Astral Projection, written by Robert Monroe, a very normal businessman, who, in his early forties, began to have unusual experiences, in which he would find himself disassociated from his physical body into what he calls the Second Body. Despite what modern science tells us, a phenomenon of going out of a physical body was known for many centuries to those who were interested. The Buddha himself taught his followers that there was such a thing. It is found in Christian and Hindu traditions. It is also mentioned in the ancient writings of Egyptians, Chinese and Amazonian cultures. Today, as far as I'm aware, we don't have many books such as this one, because, what Robert Monroe did was very unique. He documented his 20 years of experiences in the astral realms and carefully studied them. His approach was scientific. He wanted to explore the possibilities of his unusual journeys. His no-bullshit and detailed reports make you question many things. What if he is right? The ramifications of that will be huge. His work is also very important for people like him, who have spontaneous OBEs and don't know what to do. I think that this book makes a great guide for them. So, in the end, there's only one way to find out whether astral realms, such as Locale I, II and III, as Monroe calls them, really exist or not. And that is by putting our money where our mouth is. There is no point in criticizing him because that won't solve anything. To me, this guy seems to be telling the truth. The possibilities and experiences that he talks about excites me and makes reality more mystical and unknown. Somehow that feels better than telling to myself that he is full of shit, just because some scientists said that OBEs are not possible. What if they are?

  14. 4 out of 5

    Temo Tchanukvadze

    This book is about Astral Projection, aka OOBE. Robert Monroe documented every out-of-body experience as scientifically as possible. He spent 10 years or so working on this extraordinary phenomenon. Before his very first experience, he was rational, not so open-minded businessman, when one night he accidentally experienced OOBE and everything changed. He freaked out! Astral Projection wasn't so popular back then and he had no idea what was occurring. After several tries, he managed to come up wi This book is about Astral Projection, aka OOBE. Robert Monroe documented every out-of-body experience as scientifically as possible. He spent 10 years or so working on this extraordinary phenomenon. Before his very first experience, he was rational, not so open-minded businessman, when one night he accidentally experienced OOBE and everything changed. He freaked out! Astral Projection wasn't so popular back then and he had no idea what was occurring. After several tries, he managed to come up with some techniques and made the event more "controllable". Basically, Journeys Out of the Body is full of scientifically documented notes by Robert, with some techniques of how to trigger OOBE. Unfortunately, I've not experienced even a glimpse of Astral Projection. I tried several times, with different techniques, like The rope technique(most popular), The Monroe Technique, rotating by 180 degrees and etc with no luck so far. This is the only reason for 4/5. But, I am not going to stop here, I will come back with 5 stars after reaching the triumph!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Scot

    I picked up this book on a whim, curious as to what the approach would be - mainly a fantastical re-telling or an interesting personal account? I found that Monroe found the sweet spot in between in which through meticulous research and experimentation as well as documentation he was able to present bizarre or dreamlike experiences in a way that were both palatable and believable. It very much reminded me of some of the writings of Cayce in which he talked about his abilities and experiences in I picked up this book on a whim, curious as to what the approach would be - mainly a fantastical re-telling or an interesting personal account? I found that Monroe found the sweet spot in between in which through meticulous research and experimentation as well as documentation he was able to present bizarre or dreamlike experiences in a way that were both palatable and believable. It very much reminded me of some of the writings of Cayce in which he talked about his abilities and experiences in a very matter of fact way. Much of this can probably be attributed to his background and upbringing which makes it even more believable as he was a middle class, average joe persona. I found myself captivated from cover to cover and with an intense growing desire to conduct similar experiments myself. I would recommend this book if you are either interested in out of body experiences or like to read step by step inquiries into new fields of scientific research. One thing that has stumped me since finishing the book which hopefully will be answered in the second two in the series is, why did this not catch and take off as Monroe laid out a very definitive course of study? Second, I wonder if it has and is unknown to the average person. And last, why did we shift from out of body experiences to remote viewing? Making this switch has taken us from being active participants to watchers.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Joshua

    Whoa. And I mean whoa. So you think you're just gonna open your third eye and go flying around the universe? Sounds a bit like you'd need some training. OBE's are something that I've instinctively been interested in since a young age as I used to think about think about them a lot and I also used to get myself into 'tingly' states as a child. Perhaps I'm the reincarnated Monroe? I bought the book because it sounded mega interesting and I read it captivated with my face locked into an open-mouthed Whoa. And I mean whoa. So you think you're just gonna open your third eye and go flying around the universe? Sounds a bit like you'd need some training. OBE's are something that I've instinctively been interested in since a young age as I used to think about think about them a lot and I also used to get myself into 'tingly' states as a child. Perhaps I'm the reincarnated Monroe? I bought the book because it sounded mega interesting and I read it captivated with my face locked into an open-mouthed emoji for the duration. It's not scientific, per se, but how could it be when this field (literally) is totally subjective? It cannot be verified by independent materialists (no offence). I'm not saying I'm fully behind it because I'm not. I haven't experienced it myself (despite all prior attempts), but parts of the book resonated with me (literally) so why not dive in and see if it resonates with you too? As science conquers the physical world there leaves only the quantum, or 'spiritual' realms left to explore, and until we advance in sufficiently our 'tangible technologies' it may only be studied by the 'psychonauts' brave enough to go there. Well-written, compelling, made me want to buy the sequel (but I probably won't) and deserves the credit for helping to trailblaze an entire niche genre of fiction and area of metaphysical study. Sceptics look away now, I'm giving this full marks. 5/5

  17. 5 out of 5

    Weston Abusamra

    This book is a first hand recording of the Out Of Body Experiences (OOBE) that businessman Robert Monroe encountered for the first few times. Robert Monroe wrote about his experiences in great detail, while also following scientific experiment style recording of information. His book is a great guide for those who are looking for answers to their questions about OOBE's. This book is a gateway to many others written in the field of OOBE's, but still provides an explanation for more advanced reade This book is a first hand recording of the Out Of Body Experiences (OOBE) that businessman Robert Monroe encountered for the first few times. Robert Monroe wrote about his experiences in great detail, while also following scientific experiment style recording of information. His book is a great guide for those who are looking for answers to their questions about OOBE's. This book is a gateway to many others written in the field of OOBE's, but still provides an explanation for more advanced readers and anyone interested in researching the topic.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Glen Tucker

    For anyone that want's to know what happens after death For anyone that want's to know what happens after death

  19. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    get out of your body NOW!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    A persuasive and thought-provoking account of one man's experiences and experiments with traveling outside his own body. My earliest memory of hearing about out-of-body experiences (OOBEs) was, I think, in the early 1970s, about the same time this book was published. A young woman who was the friend of a neighbor did psychic readings and talked about "astral travel"--the term current up to then for OOBEs. I don't know whether I believed in it or not, but I remember thinking that it sounded like a A persuasive and thought-provoking account of one man's experiences and experiments with traveling outside his own body. My earliest memory of hearing about out-of-body experiences (OOBEs) was, I think, in the early 1970s, about the same time this book was published. A young woman who was the friend of a neighbor did psychic readings and talked about "astral travel"--the term current up to then for OOBEs. I don't know whether I believed in it or not, but I remember thinking that it sounded like a plausible explanation for the experience one sometimes has of feeling that one is falling off a cliff, just as one is dropping off to sleep. The young woman explained this as the astral body dropping from the "zone of quietude" just above the physical body back into that body, creating the frightening feeling of a fall. Some years later I was surprised and intrigued to see an article in Scientific American magazine discussing OOBEs in connection with the use of mescalin. If it's in Scientific American, I thought, it must be something real. But I don't think I read that article. Still later, in 1986, I read a book called Life After Life by Raymond Moody, about a particular class of OOBEs: near-death experiences or NDEs. Moody made a groundbreaking examination of the experiences of people who had undergone clinical death and come back to life. He found that their experiences had certain broad similarities with each other. One of these similarities was the sense of floating away from the physical body and witnessing events going on around and near their corpse. For those who were in the "dead" state long enough, the experience sometimes went considerably beyond that, to meeting others and undergoing profound shifts in their outlook, such that, when they were revived, their beliefs and priorities were transformed. (The author Betty J. Eadie had a prolonged NDE which she recounts in her bestselling book Embraced by the Light, published in 1992.) For me, Moody's book was a convincer. As I read the accounts of people who had died and then revived, and the profound emotional effect it had on them, notably in changing their values to be much more concerned with the welfare of others, I felt sure that their experiences were authentic, and I wanted to let their experience change my life as it had changed theirs. It was a major motivator in my decision to seek out training in the Buddhist teachings, which I did soon after reading Moody's book. For different reasons now, related to my creative work, I wanted to learn more about OOBEs, and, discovering that Robert A. Monroe's book is considered a major work in this line, I got myself a copy. I found it quite fascinating, even though it is much different from Moody's and Eadie's books, in that it is not concerned so much with death and the spiritual aspects of OOBEs. Rather, Monroe, an American businessman who had had a successful career in radio, discovered in the late 1950s that he could exit his physical body, and decided to develop his own experimental program to learn about this strange state. His book is an account of his findings, expressed in language that seeks to remain factual, neutral, and scientific. He presents many accounts of specific "trips" he made from his body, taken directly from the notes he made right afterwards each time. I don't want to say too much about what he found, in case I spoil the experience of reading this book for yourself, but I was intrigued with certain aspects of his experience. One aspect was that while he was in his "Second Body," in the disembodied state, his emotions were especially powerful and hard to control, and his conscious mind was relatively weak and ineffective. Another aspect was that his experience out of the body appeared to be divided between 3 separate realms or, as he terms them, "locales." Locale 1 is the physical world that we know, which the disembodied person can move through at will (with some interesting exceptions). Locale 2 is a vast, nonphysical realm that appears to be the usual habitat of the disembodied person; it is filled with all kinds of other beings in all kinds of situations. Monroe suggests that it is in this locale that we might find the "places" we call heaven and hell. Such places are defined not by location, but by the emotional state of those who are in them. Locale 3 is a separate realm that is much like Locale 1, except that its geography, technology, and societies are different from the ones we know: they're like "alternative history" versions of our world. In Monroe's opinion, the experience we call death is the permanent detachment of our Second Body from our First Body, but he believes that we all leave our physical bodies routinely when we sleep. He thinks that we all--or nearly all--are out-of-body travelers. He writes of interactions out of body with people he knows, that later, when he meets them again in body, they have no memory of. We may all be having double or triple lives without knowing it. And why do all living things seem to have such a powerful need for sleep? In order to keep in touch with things going on in Locale 2? I don't know the answers to these things, but to me Monroe does not come across as a crazy or a crackpot. If anything, he goes out of his way to be skeptical of his experiences, for he wants them to have validity for science. To the extent possible, he tries to be a scientific observer of the phenomena he experiences. As a result, his actual prose is "scientific" sounding: detached, neutral, and with a fair amount written in the passive voice. His writing is workmanlike and factual rather than vivid. But what he's writing about is hair-raising. Some parts I found to be gripping and scary, other parts merely puzzling or even comical. But if Monroe's journeys were real, then there are huge implications for us all. For a start, the popular materialist view of the world is wrong. The spiritual dimension of life is the one that endures and that we should be focusing on. Monroe admits that traveling out of body is very frightening, especially at first. It is a death experience. He gives detailed instructions how to do it, but most of us will never have the desire or the courage. But Monroe had the courage, and he has provided us with a detailed report of his expeditions. So we can learn from him, if we want, something of that wider universe of which we are a part.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dan J

    This isn't so much a review as it is an anecdotal story about actual incident involving my reading of this book. Before I begin, I'd like to say just a couple of things about myself, my attitude toward the supernatural, and my general relationship with subjects of the supernatural. Simply put, I am just a 50 year old man with a wife and son, and haven't been interested in anything having to do with the supernatural to any strong degree ever in my life, except for the time that I involved myself d This isn't so much a review as it is an anecdotal story about actual incident involving my reading of this book. Before I begin, I'd like to say just a couple of things about myself, my attitude toward the supernatural, and my general relationship with subjects of the supernatural. Simply put, I am just a 50 year old man with a wife and son, and haven't been interested in anything having to do with the supernatural to any strong degree ever in my life, except for the time that I involved myself deeply with this book. I have never been interested in astrology, numerology, the tarot, crystals, or anything else of the kind. But in 1985, when I was 15 years old, I borrowed this book from the library of the juvenile Detention Center in Vancouver Washington. I was incarcerated there for 3 months after having been convicted of felony burglary. I could go into the circumstances of the crime, but suffice it to say that it was little more then a few dumb teenagers doing dumb teenager stuff and getting in serious trouble for it. I had a cell to myself for the entire 3 months, and I actually have a very fond memory of the experience, filled with solitude and a quietness that I did not know I would enjoy but did enjoy very much. I read a lot during my time there, my favorite read of which was Stephen King's Christine. But there was a good week where I was involved with nothing more than this book. My experience with the book culminated in me laying on the floor of my cell on top of the mattress from my cot, placing myself into a deep trance, and visualizing myself leaving my body. I remember actually floating above my body, seeing myself lying there. I then focused my attention to the lock on the door of my cell which let out into a hallway. There was a big hole on the lock, and I moved into the hole and saw a mechanism and I focused and imagine that I could move the mechanism and that I did move the mechanism and that the door unlocked. Then I went back to my body and I woke up and I got up and I moved to the cell door and I put my finger into the hole of the lock and used it to pull the door open, which it did. I was absolutely stunned. I realized it must have been some sort of unbelievable coincidence, but still I was absolutely stunned. I went to the intercom and called a guard and told him that my door was unlocked. He told me to stay put and three guards came to the room and open the door which was unlocked as I said oh, and they stared at me like they couldn't believe what they were experiencing with this unlock the door. They asked me questions that I don't remember but I still remember the looks on their faces like they couldn't believe the door was unlocked, as if they had never seen it happen before. They closed the door and left me locked in my cell, and there's really nothing more to the story than that. I have told this story too many people over many years, and the response has always been a mild quizzical interest. What what can anyone really take away from it? Is it proof of something? Not really. It's just something very strange that happened to me once. But it's odd enough that I've always felt it deserved a retelling, and what better place for it to be retold then here. And so there it is, take it for what it's worth oh, but I promised every reader here that it is the truth oh, what for whatever it's worth to you. The only thing else I will say is that I know that at the time that this happened I believed that in fact it really happened - that I left my body and went into the lock of my cell door, and unlocked it. It's impossible to describe what I felt during and after the experience. I can only promise that the feeling was very real to me something I have never forgotten.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    Meh. I found this neither particularly informative nor convincing. Parapsychology apologetics. The fact that this was groundbreaking in mainstreaming such topics and continues to inspire so many reader is interesting, but seems more a testament to Monroe’s having been an excellent business man than anything else.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    I found this book from a mention in The Nature of Personal Reality (The Seth Material). I have always had very vivid dreams throughout my whole life and a few (especially in most recent years) where I felt out of body so this book was of particular interest to me. Monroe believes that his Second Body left his physical body in his sleep. He describes different “Locales” that exist in different planes that he believes are accessible in the Second Body. The book focuses on his experiences in these I found this book from a mention in The Nature of Personal Reality (The Seth Material). I have always had very vivid dreams throughout my whole life and a few (especially in most recent years) where I felt out of body so this book was of particular interest to me. Monroe believes that his Second Body left his physical body in his sleep. He describes different “Locales” that exist in different planes that he believes are accessible in the Second Body. The book focuses on his experiences in these Locales and how he is able to prove they were actually visited. Monroe is an intelligent and successful businessman and the majority of his experiences described in this book occur between the 1950s and 1960s. I like the approach that Monroe took to seek out medical help for his body and mind when he first began having experiences in his 40s as this shows that he remained objective and perhaps even skeptical himself that his experiences were real. I do believe he puts in a good effort to somehow obtain evidence that this was all real. I found it very interesting that now in the 21st century very few experiments have been completed to discover the Second Body because it appears as though this was a very popular topic in the 60s and 70s. Today there are many opportunities to expand and explore this topic with new technologies, but perhaps the interest isn’t there as it used to be. A favorite theme of mine when considering the Second Body is that the soul lives on after physical death. I rated this book only 3 out of 5 because Monroe goes into far too much detail about how to leave the physical body. A large portion of this book is dedicated to just that and I believe if you are going to leave your body you’re going to do it on your own terms! Monroe is very technical in his calculations and descriptions of what allowed him to leave and I personally think it would depend on the individual. I think anyone could really enjoy this book, but some people have told me they were too frightened to read it! There is really nothing to be scared about and it is really a fascinating topic. It is interesting to note that a psychiatrist in the book mentions that people who have low anxiety and fear of death are documented as claiming to have out of body experiences. So perhaps if you are fearful, this would not even work for you. If out of body experiences are real, it could lead to very interesting discussions in our time about the soul.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Fox

    In his book Journeys out of the Body Robert A Monroe discusses astral projection with his readers. Astral projection is the concept that with enough mediation and cognitive control you can be able to have your soul, spirit, etc. step out of your body while you sleep thus creating a controlled out of body experience. In this book Robert A Monroe goes into detail about how one can achieve this and goes step by step through the process of how one can be able to astral project and have total control In his book Journeys out of the Body Robert A Monroe discusses astral projection with his readers. Astral projection is the concept that with enough mediation and cognitive control you can be able to have your soul, spirit, etc. step out of your body while you sleep thus creating a controlled out of body experience. In this book Robert A Monroe goes into detail about how one can achieve this and goes step by step through the process of how one can be able to astral project and have total control over their being while doing so. He also talks about he history and origins of astral projection. He then goes into his personal experiences with astral projection. He talks about how he was first able to astral project and he tells stories of his outer body experiences and things that he witnessed while astral projecting. He goes into tips for astral projection and how to handle situations you may come across while astral projecting. He also talks about how even though astral projection is completely safe if at anytime you ever want to get back to your body you can just think about it and you will instantly go back. However the main point of this book is not tips on astral projection however it is his experiences with astral projection and the stories of others that have experienced astral projection. He seems to really persuade his readers into trying astral projection by telling them how life changing out of body experiences are.

  25. 5 out of 5

    ✽ ayanna ✽

    Robert Monroe's books should be REQUIRED READING. imagine if astral projection was common knowledge in the west. people would finally understand that death is an illusion, that we are eternal beings, and that we create and manifest our own reality through the power of thought. in a way, dreams are proof of this, as we leave our bodies each night during sleep. these are the answers to the universe and the nature of consciousness + existence that i've been searching for my entire life. we are so m Robert Monroe's books should be REQUIRED READING. imagine if astral projection was common knowledge in the west. people would finally understand that death is an illusion, that we are eternal beings, and that we create and manifest our own reality through the power of thought. in a way, dreams are proof of this, as we leave our bodies each night during sleep. these are the answers to the universe and the nature of consciousness + existence that i've been searching for my entire life. we are so much more. reviewing this more in depth later on. starting "far journeys" today :)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Aleksander Honc

    Interesting to read, but the whole idea gave me a lot of doubt.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sachin Gopal

    This book is just wow! Recommend.

  28. 4 out of 5

    hi

    This is a great book. It made astral projection very interesting.

  29. 4 out of 5

    P.S. Winn

    Fascinating look at one mans journeys outside of the normal mode. Do you believe? You might after you pick this one up.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ernest Kiwele

    This book is a no-nonsense exploration of our personal, non-physical, yet ordinary, dimension. Personally, this was a gateway to a completely different conceptualization of myself as a being and of the universe as we know it. It triggered a chain of all the questions (and experiences) that mattered and needed answers. Monroe has related in this book his journey from an absolutely materialist person to one that is puzzled by the evidence of local, other-worldly dimensions that are only bizarre in t This book is a no-nonsense exploration of our personal, non-physical, yet ordinary, dimension. Personally, this was a gateway to a completely different conceptualization of myself as a being and of the universe as we know it. It triggered a chain of all the questions (and experiences) that mattered and needed answers. Monroe has related in this book his journey from an absolutely materialist person to one that is puzzled by the evidence of local, other-worldly dimensions that are only bizarre in the fact that they aren't common knowledge. He gives detailed descriptions of his out of body experiences without getting the reader lost in esoteric, spiritual, or mystic over-analyses that characterize most books in the category. What I see as hard to digest in this book is the author's persistent effort to systematize the collected information in an effort to make it stand on "scientific" grounds. In itself, this is not wrong; but the quasi-inevitable failure to give proof in a demonstrable way should have been apparent if he'd considered that the "authoritative scientific leadership" was rather a dogmatic bunch of experts. The theme of his two subsequent books clearly shows that he moved on from this stance. At the same time, the down-to-earth aspect of this material is key in diffusing the knowledge that "we are more than our physical bodies" indeed. The effort put in writing this book is pioneer-grade. And this is a book that you will read over and over again if you happen to look inside and have a sense of being true to yourself.

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