The Monroe Institute offers the Gateway Voyage in many different countries in various different languages. I participated in Buenaventura, a sleepy idyllic town near Toledo in Spain.
It turned out to be a totally life changing event! I had read so much about after life, near death experiences, meditation, enlightenment, kundalini awakening, chakras, vision, lucid dreams, out of body experiences, healing and so, so much more.
But after I had discovered the books from Robert Monroe and his promising technology called Hemi-Sync, I knew I had to try out if I could get into altered states on one of these courses offered by the Monroe Institute.
Seven days before I embarked on the Gateway Voyage, I had just finished the 365 day self study course of A Course in Miracles and had already experienced a profound change in the way I perceived my surrounding world. But in a way, it was all a theoretical or intellectual understanding, if you will.
Now it was time to put it all into practical application. And boy, did the practical application hit me like a tankengine and pulled me along on a new track.
On the far left myself with two of the seven participants and one of the Monroe Institute 's facilitators. I met the lady on the far right at this course. The parallels between our lives were staggering and we ended up becoming best friends.
The Gateway Voyage put all the theoretical and intellectual understanding in to a practical, emotional and mind-expanding experience. Of course, I did not reach all the understanding in the six days I was at the course. It was more of a drastic and sudden opening up and cleansing process which started there but carries on into the present.
Doors opened to my inner awareness and in my case many doors amongst them to my subconscious and to my super-conscious. All my senses heightened. Now I experienced first-hand what it meant to perceive with an expanded awareness.
Months later I realized that I had experienced a Kundalini awakening on the second day of the course. To tell you the truth, my emotions were in turmoil and in a mess after the six days in Toledo.
It felt as if someone had taken a big spoon and gave the stew that was the belief-system of my ego several good stirs. I was already a little confused by A course in Miracles. But the Gateway Voyage had me up side down.
When I came home after been gone from my family for less then a week, I was mentally miles away, stuck on a different planet - a different plane of awareness. I believe people who had had a near death experience probably felt the same. I was so detached from what my life was at the time. I took me 2 to 3 weeks to touch ground. Once I did, I slowly began changing my life.
Others perceived me beaming with happiness or some other light which they were attracted to in me. They also perceived me to be a lot calmer and less prone to anger. But it was not a smooth ride at all times. My husband can confirm that. I had some very low downers in the months or year after, which always came just before a major break-through in my understanding.
Many of the revelations and conclusions I have reached since I would have maybe or even probably reached anyway in the course of my life. But it would have taken much, much longer and it may have been much messier.
In retrospect, who can say that it was not all planned on a higher plane just like it occurred all along? It did hit me, after all, at the famous female mid life crisis around age 40.
Still now, years later I am still unravelling the inner visions and encounters I had during that very first encounter with Hemi-Sync on the Gateway Voyage. I also have to add, the meaningful changes did not only occur because I listened to the recorded exercises, but because of the people I met at the program and the emotions they evoked in me: like, dislike, anger, love, friend-ship, jealousy, gratitude, joy, laughter, etc.
Not everyone who participates at the programs and seminars offered by The Monroe Institute Programs experiences a profound change as I did. Or maybe they cannot tie their subsequent changes to the events and encounters in the residential course. It does not really matter. What really does matter is that we wake up and allow our minds to become lucid again: fully awake and conscious.
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But what about you? Have you been to a course or workshop?
What was your experience like? Did you participate onsite at the Monroe Institute or off site somewhere else in the world? Or did you do a Hemi-Sync course at home? Share your experience, I would love to know. Your story may well trigger a memory in another person by simply reading it.
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