Ultimate Journey, 16-19
The Long, Long Trail
Along the Interstate
Hail and Farewell
Recoup and Regroup
Inside and Outside
Recall and Review
The Hard Way
Inside the Inside
The Sum and the Parts
Long Trail A-Winding
16 The Roadside View
17 More Work in Progress
18 The New Direction
19 Taking Timeout
The Monroe Institute
Research Papers and Reports
Going Home Series
16. (pp. 223-30) "The Roadside View".
p. 224 Creator
"The physical universe, including
the whole of humankind, is an ongoing creative process.
There is indeed a Creator. Who or what this Creator is lies
beyond the Emitter and the Aperture, and I have not been
there. Therefore, that part I do not know. Not yet. All I have
is the overwhelming experience in the ray near the Emitter,
and of the evolving creative process as it takes place in this
world and in myself. This I perceive with my Different Overview."
pp. 225-6 "small" & "incomplete"
"I recalled my meeting with the nameless
great being near the Aperture. I was incomplete, I had been
told. I was too "small." There was not "enough" of me. And I
knew nothing of the "gifts" that were to accompany me
through the Aperture."
"I understand now. Also I understand what "small"
meant, why I was "incomplete," and what the "gifts" were. I
know why I became involved in the "retrieval" process of
those who had left the physical. And I understand why I felt
the need to share my experiences through books and writing".
pp. 226-7 the Basic; the ingathering of parts
"It was the Basic; the collection and unification of the
"parts," not only the errant and missing ones in my own
I-There, but the parts of the entire I-There cluster to which I
am bonded. ...
Why is there this need for total unification? So that we
can become truly One. Complete, and with a multitude of
gifts of experience and love. Then we as a totality can wink
out and pass through the Aperture. ...
The schedule for this Earth departure is apparently in the
thirty-fifth century. But we cannot leave until we have gathered
back all of the parts of each I-There in our cluster—a
massive task. So we shall be in the retrieval mode as needed,
as parts of us drop out of the physical ...,
or fall through a crack in a belief system ... .
pp. 228-30 postmortem survival of the soul
"What I have called the entry
ramps to the Interstate is physical death as perceived by most
Human Minds. These ramps lead past the edge of their
Known map, and the road signs are contradictory. ...
Nevertheless, some of our greatest scientists have
deduced that we are more than our physical bodies, ...
that our mind is more than the output of our brain."
"If it were possible
to cross the border, to visit the area of so-called Nothing
return, and to describe it as it is in clear terms ...,
Knowing and consequently the elimination of fear. ...
If we knew that each of us had the option to depart
when we were certain our physical future held no more light
for us, how our lives would be transformed! If we had the
assurance that, no matter what happens, we can continue our
love bonding beyond the Earth Life System and time-space—if
we were certain that when a loved one departs we would
know beyond doubt where we can find him or her—what a
wonderful freedom we would have!"
17. (pp. 231-44) "More Work in Progress".
pp. 232-4 "H-Band"
was in the blackness outside and near my physical body. It
took a moment to home in on the edge of the H Band. ...
I checked the "location" and found it was just
inside the H Band Noise barrier, within the human radiation
band of the (M) Field spectrum. ...
As I moved slowly out of the top of the small building,
my perception changed back to purely nonphysical. I was not
surprised that the H Band Noise wave was not far away."
pp. 236-42 visit to a temporary station for souls of mortal medical doctors who had just died; and to another temporary station for souls of mortals who had just died
"They examined me intently. George shook his head.
"You still have a living physical body?"
I hesitated. "Well, yes, I do. But . . ."
"And you know you're not dreaming?"
"Yes, I know. I'm trying to . . ."
"Amazing!" George reached out, grabbed my hand, and
shook it vigorously. "I've heard about people like you but
you're the first we've met! ..."
"But . . . exactly what is this place?"
... "This is a place where certain
people come when they've died. With a little help sometimes.
Most of them don't know it exists."
"Medical types. Physicians, surgeons, and so on."
"Why do they come here?"
"To calm down after the big change," George explained.
"They need it especially because they have been so locked in
to keeping patients alive. But they recover quickly in a familiar
environment. Look around."
I became aware that I was in a typical doctor's office—
waiting room, with chairs, coffee tables, and stacks of old
magazines. Through a glass window I could see the nurse's
desk and file cabinets. An inner office with desk and chairs
was visible through an open doorway, and on the far side of
this I glimpsed a room with examining table, scales, and other
I turned to the two men. "Who put this together? Did
"We don't know," Fred replied. "It was here when we
arrived. It's an artifact created simply to help the medical
mind adjust to the change. It's so familiar. That's why it
"Are you the only ones here?"
"There are several hundred at least, just in the receiving
area. They are the ones that stay and help. They come and go
all the time."
I turned to George. "How did you get here?"
"Well, I was sitting in the Park, and ...
. . . What's the matter? Are you
He must have seen the shock on my face as the wave of
memory flowed into me. The Park! Years ago, I had arrived at
the Park. ... There
had been a welcoming group of ten or twelve men and
women, who greeted me warmly and explained where I was.
It was a place to calm down in after the trauma of physical
death—a way station, for relaxation and decision as to what
to do next. ...
He waved his arm at the door behind him. "Just go out,
turn left, and follow the path through the woods. It's not far. ...
I went outside, turned left, and there indeed was a woods
with tall trees, most of them familiar to me. A path led
through an opening, and I followed it. ...
I came to a bend in the
path and the trees ended.
Before me was the Park. ...
A woman rose from the bench as I approached. ...
I looked at her and saw that she was smiling. Could she
read my thoughts?
"Yes, of course I can. And you can read mine."
"Who are you?"
"I am only the messenger. I am to tell you that you may
by all means bring people to us, those who are newly physically
dead. We will take care of them. That is why we are here.
And you may teach others to do this." ...
"And let them know they do survive the death process."
"What about those who simply want—or need—to return
to what I have called their I-There? I'm sure you understand
what I mean."
"I do. That is the destination of most who depart from
18. (pp. 245-64) "The New Direction".
pp. 245-6 Monroe Institute
"our Institute ... for many years had shown that
it was possible to bring individuals right up to that transitional
point between physical life and death and enable some
of them at least to see into the beyond. That our procedures
were safe and that our participants benefited enormously and
in so many ways had been proved".
pp. 247-8 program of the Monroe Institute
"The program has certain goals. These are:
to release all fears related to the physical death process;
to establish a familiarity with different states of consciousness
until these states become Knowns instead of
to generate ongoing communication and relationships
with other Human Minds active in other states of consciousness; ...
to insure upon the cessation of physical life existence,
for whatever reason, that such knowledgeable human
mind-consciousness will shift without interruption to
other forms of existence."
pp. 248-9 foci-levels
"Hitherto, programs had taken participants
through Focus 3 (mind-brain synchrony), Focus 10 (mind
awake and alert, body asleep), Focus 12 (state of expanded
awareness), Focus 15 (state of no time), to Focus 21 (the edge
of time-space where it is possible to contact other energy systems).
Now, in pursuit of the program's theme of service to
those who have died, it was necessary to venture beyond. ...
Focus 22. Where humans still in physical existence have only
partial consciousness. ...
Focus 23. A level inhabited by those who have recently left
physical existence but who either have not been able to recognize
and accept this or are unable to free themselves from the
ties of the Earth Life System. It includes those from all periods
Focus 24-26. This covers the Belief System Territories, occupied
by nonphysical humans from all periods and areas who
have accepted and subscribed to various premises and concepts.
These would include religious and philosophical beliefs
that postulate some form of post-physical existence.
Focus 27. Here is the site of what we may call the Reception
Center or the Park, which is the hub of it. This is an artificial
synthesis created by human minds, a way station designed to
ease the trauma and shock of the transition out of physical
reality. It takes on the form of various earth environments in
order to be acceptable to the enormously wide variety of newcomers.
Focus 28. Beyond not only time-space but human thought.
Residence in 28 or beyond limits any return to a physical
pp. 249-51 based in the divine world Focus 27, shamans assist souls of the newly dead who are in Focus 23
"Those who are trained in the Lifeline system become familiar
and comfortable with these different states. Each individual
is invited to create his own personal and special place
within Focus 27, a place to which he may return at will. The
forms that these places take are as varied and unique as the
participants themselves, ranging for example ... to ... palaces
of crystal, and corners of one's heart. Return to one's place in
Focus 27 is facilitated by the use of a personal identification
signal code, a self-chosen symbol or representation which the
individual creates and installs. It functions as a kind of resonant
homing device to guide the individual back.
Once participants are familiar with the range of Focus
levels they are advised how to assist those no longer in physical
existence who need help. They phase gradually into Focus
27 and there they may ask for help and guidance for themselves.
Then they return to Focus 23, sometimes accompanied
by a guide or helper, where they may be attracted to a situation
in which their assistance is needed in order for someone
to move onward. It may be that the someone refuses to accept
the fact of his or her physical death, or is unwilling to let go
owing to some perceived gain from continuing to be attached
to the physical. The participant seeks to communicate with
this individual, encouraging him to release and move onward.
If this encouragement is successful, as it often is, the two,
perhaps accompanied by the guide, move together toward Focus
27. On the way, some individuals will slip away into the
Belief System Territories of Focus 24-26, where they will be
welcomed by those of their own particular creed or faith.
Others will continue to the Reception Center in Focus 27,
where they may be greeted by loved ones no longer in physical
existence. Here they have the opportunity to be counseled as
to the next step to take along the path to growth.
With regard to this next step, several options are available
to the new arrivals, among them the following:
reunion with loved ones who have previously made the
communication with those who are still alive in the physical
renewal of contact and return to the Original Self (the
return to experience another Earth human life;
meeting and discussion with those of the same belief,
which may involve departure to that Belief System Territory;
assuming temporarily the "retrieving" role; .
assuming physical life activity in other forms (nonhuman)
at other sites (elsewhere in this universe);
participating in studies and exploration of other phases
of the Consciousness Continuum.
When the decision is made, the individual is free to move
along the chosen path."
p. 252 personal information communicated to shamans from souls of the dead during soul-retrieval
is generally nonverbal and often by means of a ROTE
—a ball of thought.
Where the information received is sufficiently full, it is
passed later to the Lifeline Research Department, which sets a
process of verification or validation in motion. In most instances
it has not so far proved possible to obtain enough of
this kind of information to make the effort worthwhile; this
type of formal questioning is often inappropriate to the circumstances
of the retrieval. But on a few occasions enough
information has become available for secure verification to be
made: a person of that name, age, and place died in that
manner at that time."
p. 253 retrieval by shamans (Lifeline participants) of soul-fragments of their own selves [cf. p. 259]
"What surprises many participants, however, is that while
they are engaged in their mission they discover that at the
same time they are retrieving lost parts of themselves. These
may appear as past-life selves who remained in Focus 23.
Some are found who settled in the Belief System Territories of
Focus 24-26 and who had begun, through gradual doubt of
the beliefs they once had held, to "fall through the cracks," as
it were, of that particular system. Others may appear as fragments
of current life personalities, aspects which had fled or
been torn away from the Core Self; for example, child selves
who had escaped from the trauma and pain of physical or
emotional abuse in their families and now seek to be reunited."
p. 253 various guises of shamans' (Lifeline participants') divine spirit-guides
"The guidance that may be requested in Focus 27
manifests, according to our participants, in many different
forms. It may appear externally or sensed internally; it may be
constant through all the experiences or may change from time
to time. Reports include mention of "a glowing white shape,"
an individual called "Sam,"
"Is this the Zaratustrian deity of that name (/S`am-/ in Samskr.ta)?}
a hooded figure who revealed
himself as a famous film star, a little dog, the color blue, a
human hand, and voices saying "we are here." Some participants
do not see guidance as separate from themselves in any
way; "guidance and I are one," as one report says."
p. 254 souls of the newly dead in Focus 23 or elsewhere
Many souls of the newly dead
"accept their transition without difficulty and are not to be
found in Focus 23. This number includes those who have
prepared themselves beforehand, or been prepared by others,
so that they may easily sever their ties with the Earth Life
System, as well as those who are strongly fortified by their
beliefs. They move past Focus 23 of their own accord, to
Focus 24-26, 27, or beyond.
The denizens of Focus 23 vary as much as humanity itself. ...
A few have been "waiting" for two or three centuries or more,
but most have left physical existence quite recently, during the
last twenty or thirty years. Many of them were victims of
accidents or natural or man-made disasters, and sudden
deaths figure frequently."
pp. 255-6 emotionless mental state needed by shamans during soul-retrieval
[Instruction to shaman by divine spirit-guide :]
"my guide told me that all the emotion was not
"But as you become more accustomed to the process,
the more natural it seems to be. That this young child was
killed in a road accident, or that mother died leaving two
young children, becomes somehow acceptable, and the reports
contain very few references to misery or tragedy. In
Focus 27, all will be as it should be, and the only emotion is
p. 259 retrieval of aspects of one's self [cf. p. 253]
""Perhaps because I believe that one cannot give meaningful
guidance without being balanced and whole oneself, I
viewed that Lifeline process of retrieval as reuniting with aspects
of my Total Self to which, for one reason or another, I
had no conscious access. These aspects would include past
lives or simply powerful emotional thought forms that were
keeping some of my energy blocked and limiting my awareness.
The definition of the three levels beyond Focus 21 was
highly suitable to this application, whereby Focus 22 and 23
were a reflection of any type of turmoil, Focus 24 and 25
were the source of the belief system or misinformation on
which the confusion was based, and then Focus 27 provided
the pure clear light of one's essence."
p. 260 soul-retrieval in other contexts
"Many find that when they return
home they are able to continue with the process, usually during
sleep. And there are some who were involved in the process
before joining the program—and there may be many
more who have also been involved but do not remember.
These accounts make a fascinating collection, much of it
highly poignant and moving. Outside the context of the program
itself, many of the reports may seem to stretch into the
realms of fantasy. But ... to ... those who
experienced these events ... they were ... absolutely
19. (pp. 265-70) "Taking Timeout".
p. 270 forthcoming end of human civilization on the planet
"at final departure ... we
wink out in the thirty-fifth century."
Robert A. Monroe : Ultimate Journey. Doubleday, 1994. https://www.dmt-nexus.me/doc/Ultimate_Journey-Robert%20A%20Monroe.pdf
criticisms of R.A.M.'s doctrines : He frequently claimeth that astral projection is located in neither "space" nor "time" : but both of these allegations are quite false, for it is always located in its own space (which can be in another plane-of-existence) and in its own time (each of which is closely correlable with other systems of space-time). He also frequently claimeth that the material brain (with distinction between the two hemisphaires of the material brain being, according to him, somehow crucial, as on pp. 102-4) is necessarily involved in astral projection, but this cannot be the case if it be a process of a non-material body separating from the material one, for it is the non-material body which is actively doing the separating (and not the material one, which is inactive in the process) that would be involved in performing the separating of the astral body from the material body. Indeed, all his explanations are virtually useless.
The extreme crudity of his typical astral projections (which sometimes involve military combat, as on pp. 111-3) is typical of the crudity of his understandings in general -- a decent person would not be experiencing such crude instances of violence. Howbeit, his crudities of violence are quite on a par with his lack of accurate metaphysical understanding of the nature of astral projection.
Another instance of his sweeping generalizations (which are not actually so generally true) is his frequent denunciation of "belief-systems" in general -- though his own methodology of understanding is very much a "belief-system" (including his mentions of his own ethical principles, which are, of course, of the nature of a "belief-system").