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with twine. An older man dressed in the
same unusual clothing as the youth sitting
on the road, was scurrying backwards
and forwards from a broken down shanty,
throwing even more rubbish on to the
heavily laden cart. The shack itself was
engulfed in mist and stood in brown
I was as clearly aware of the parallel
world I had become a part of as of the
slowing down of cars around me, honking
their horns. Then, just as suddenly, the
primitive scene disappeared and traffic
ran smoothly as normal in Balmain Road.
Back at my apartment, I felt bewild-
ered. The only explanation I could come
up with was that I'd been spontaneously
catapulted into a parallel existence. But a
few weeks later, after a similar experience,
again while driving the car, I visited
my doctor and accepted his verdict of
"disassociation due to extreme, ongoing
In the 1980s, I read Robert Monroe's
book Journeys out of the Body, about his
own out of body experiences and was
fascinated by his scientifically document-
ed style of presentation. As a result of
Monroe's experimentation in this field,
the Monroe Institute was formed for
research and residential programs in
consciousness expansion. For two decades
I had been longing to attend a program
at the Institute and in 1997 I enrolled for
It was explained to us that with the
aid of Hemi-Sync (hemispheric synchro-
nisation), the EEG brain wave patterns
are altered, which generates expanded
states of consciousness that researchers
call dissociative and transcendent states.
While experiencing these states, an
individual may perceive non-physical
phenomena. The first course was called
Gateway Voyage, a six day intensive pre-
requisite course for all other residential
programs. We were informed that the
Gateway Voyage program would assist us
in reaching various levels of consciousness
known as Focus Levels. Focus 10 was a
level at which the physical body was
asleep but the mind was awake and alert.
Focus 15 was a state of No-Time, where
the time factor was no longer important
and Focus 16-21 opened doorways to
other realities and energy systems beyond
time - space - physical matter.
During the second course, Lifeline,
we would reach Focus 22, a state where
humans still in the physical, have partial
consciousness remembered as dreams
and deliria. Focus 23 was a state inhabited
by humans who had recently exited
physical existence and had not adapted
to the change. Focus 25 was the Belief
System Territory where those who had
exited physical existence were residing
in a particular belief system. And Focus
27 was The Park, or Reception Centre,
designed to ease the trauma and shock
of the transition from physical reality.
The third course, Exploration 27,
would provide the opportunity to obtain
information, data and direct experiences
from Focus 27.
On our first night, after being shown
around the facilities and fed a large, home
cooked vegetarian meal, a staff member
walked around with a cardboard box,
stopping before each participant (all 26
of us) and waited as those who wore
watches unsnapped them and dropped
them into the box. We were informed that
from this point, there would be 'no time'.
Just a series of 'nows'. We were also told
there would be no TV, radio, newspapers
or telephone calls to the outside world.
For approximately eight hours a day,
we lay prone on our single beds inside
a CHEC unit. We would also sleep in this
unit at night. CHEC stands for Controlled
Holistic Environmental Chamber. It
reminded me of a small bunk in a cabin
on board a ship, enclosed by a thick, black
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