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The Journey of Robert Monroe
From Out-of-Body Explorer to Consciousness Pioneer
In 1971 Doubleday published a book called Journeys Out of the Body, a Virginia businessman's memoir of his weird and wonderful adventures on other planes of reality. That book, which has sold more than a million copies, and that man, Robert Monroe, helped cement the concept of astral travel into the American psyche and made the "out-of-body experience" a household word. Monroe not only helped others understand this state of being, but through his research on binaural beats and his development of the technology known as Hemi-Sync, he made the OBE accessible through programs at The Monroe Institute, which is attended by thousands of people each year. However, Monroe made consciousness research more than an esoteric thrill ride. He put his technology to practical use by creating frequencies that has helped people with everything from meditation and learning, to insomnia, quitting smoking, and pain control. Ronald Russell has published in the United States and the U.K., including Focusing the Whole Brain (Hampton Roads, 1-57174-378-2, 2004), and he served as editor for Robert Monroe's final book The Ultimate Journey. Russell and his wife participated in several courses at the Monroe Institute and are current members of the Institute's Professional Division and Board of Advisors.