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The Path: Beyond the Physical Trailer

In an earlier post, I briefly introduced our readers to William Buhlman whose book Adventure of the Body, I read many years ago. Since one of our affiliates knows him and mentioned doing some review work for him, I decided I need to re-visit one of his websites,

There he says it very simply: OBEs are the cutting edge of human exploration” and there is something, I believe, in all of us that likes the idea of exploration. We often live lives that are really full of the mundane and we may even slip so low as to living lives of quiet desperation.

The OBE gives us a chance to “slip the surly bonds of earth” and go where few dare to go. The video below introduces the movie called “The Path: Beyond the Physical”. Open your mind and your explorer genes and enjoy the journey!

Fear and the OBE

OBEWe’ve gotten another guest post from a truly remarkable traveler who writes beautifully about her experiences and shares openly with readers that may be still hesitating to explore the state we call out-of-body, or OBE.

One of the things that affects many potential travelers into OBE is Fear! It is fear of the unknown and is a common characteristic of us humans. We are afraid of what we don’t know, even if we don’t know what it is! 🙂 Continue reading

The Gateway Experience and Sleepsonic

sleepsonic and girlAs you already know, when you are using any kind of audio program like The Gateway Experience, sitting up with headphones on for a longer period of time can get uncomfortable. Some of our readers say their neck muscles get sore; some even say they have spasms.

Others report that since they tend to doze off on some of the focus exercises (which is OK – your sub-conscious never sleeps!), they experience that sometimes painful snap of the neck that wakes them up.

Sleepsonic Offers the Perfect Solution

How to beat that problem? We looked around and have found a great solution for you: it is the “Headphones in a Pillow” from Continue reading

The Lucid Dream – What is It?

What is the Lucid Dream?

lucid dreamMany people have heard the term “lucid dream”, but haven’t really understood what that is. Here is one definition from the internet:

“A lucid dream is a dream in which the sleeper is aware that she or he is dreaming. When the dreamer is lucid, she or he can actively participate in and often manipulate the imaginary experiences in the dream environment.”

So now you have a definition. But what does it really mean to “actively participate in” or “manipulate” the dream? If you are asleep, how do you do anything in your dream? Is this doubletalk, or is it really possible?

The confusion comes from the way we tend to think of “awake” and “asleep”. There is a tendency to view these as two completely separate states of being, and unrelated. The things I do when I’m awake are “real”; what I “do” when I’m asleep is un-real.

But when we begin to understand consciousness (not just being conscious, or aware), but in a state where we are aware of ourselves all the time, then we realize that “all the time” also includes the sleep and dream states. And if we can become aware in the dream state, then we can indeed participate or manipulate the situation just like we can do it when we are what we call awake.

The Dream State and How to Use It

The dream state is often when our consciousness presents us with information to process, or deal with, that it knows we will ignore when we are awake. Our awake mind has lots of filters and they often are set by us to keep unpleasant things out of the way, so to speak. These can be simple day-to-day issues we need to address; or they can be really deep seated issues that need resolution for us to be able to move forward.

I went through a stage where I had many dreams that included dangerous situations that I found myself in. They usually included someone else who was trying to harm me, or where I was sure the situation would get out of hand. As I got better at being aware of my dreams, in other words I began to be lucid in my dreams, I began to do the following:

I would wake up during the dream and remember it vividly. I would close my eyes again. I would “watch” the dream like as a video, hit the “rewind button”, play back to the beginning of the danger scene, rewrite it, and then re-play it with a “happy ending”.

Lucid Dream – A Message from the Sub-Conscious

Somewhere in my sub-conscious was an area that was dealing with anger, violence, danger, or whatever. The dreams were simply bringing that to my attention. These dreams we would normally call nightmares. But, when you are aware of what you are dreaming, and know that you are in control of them, you can manipulate them like I did.

Keeping in mind that the sleep state and the activities there may be reflecting the awake state; then resolving things in the sleep state will resolve them in the other state. And doing it while we’re dreaming may be easier for us since we control the whole situation. And when we have addressed the issue in the dream, and resolved it, we may never have to address it in what might be a more uncomfortable situation in the awake state.

The Lucid Dream and the OOBE

One other aspect of the lucid dream is that it can be confused with an out of body experience. Since the dream can seem so real, as an OOBE does, we have to figure out which is which. One of the guest bloggers and Gateway Experience affiliates talks about recording her dream and realizing there were many signals she overlooked that could have helped her. She puts it this way:

“It was at that point I woke and recorded as much information as I could remember. In reviewing this account, there were many times I should have picked up on a ‘dream sign’ or signal, yet I know with continued practice, I shall be able to become more lucid more often and turn more of my ‘dreams’ into a full OOBs.”

Whether you stay in the lucid dream state or transition into an OOBE, you are exploring new states of awareness and new levels of consciousness, this is what The Gateway Experience is all about.

Paul Rademacher – "Spiritual Hitchhiker"

Paul Rademacher How does a Princeton-trained theologian fit into The Gateway Experience? Is there really a conflict between religion and spirituality? A good person to ask these questions to is Paul Rademacher whose autobiography is entitled “The Spiritual Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe – Travel Tips for the Spiritually Perplexed”. From building contractor to Presbyterian pastor to Executive Director of The Monroe Institute, the creators of The Gateway Experience. What an exciting journey!

Paul Rademacher – His Personal Journey

This book describes his personal journey and addresses the how he sees the differences between religion and spirituality. And as the title suggests, he gives his readers some tips for their own journeys.

If you have never read an issue of SuperConsciousness Magazine, then their current interview with Mr. Rademacher is reason enough. In the interview, he addresses the OOB experience. The interviewer made this statement:

“There tends to be a misunderstanding about out-of-body work that reinforces the material/ spiritual dichotomy, yet it seems to bring spiritual validity to our perceived material world, we have to come to the understanding that spirituality includes the body, not separate from the body.”

His response:

“It is an interesting dichotomy. On the one hand the Institute has been known for the out-of-body exploration, but that has been a misnomer. That is something we struggle with all the time as we try to reshape the public perception of what we do since most of that point of view comes from just reading Bob Monroe’s books which were all about the out-of-body experience.
In truth, Bob Monroe and the Institute over the years have found out that this is just one small slice of a very, very big pie. There is a renewed emphasis on bringing together the physical experience and the metaphysical experience into a whole. We really see ourselves as being of service to humanity and continue to look in the best way possible to help promote some kind of global awakening. That is really the force that drives us to do what we do.”


I would encourage you to check with your local bookstore to get this issue and read the whole interview. If your bookstore doesn’t carry it, ask them to start doing it; or go online and order it there:

Paul Rademacher – The Path Documentary

Another way to get to know this fascinating gentleman is to listen to him talk about his insights in this short video.


One thing that comes out of the SC interview is that there should be no dichotomy in the search for spiritual understanding; spirituality always includes the body. It is the temple in which we experience this life. The so-called “out of body” state is really a misnomer; we are simply exploring an expanded state of consciousness while we are in our bodies.

And if we are wise, we bring the knowledge gained on our explorations back to our physical world and apply them to make this a better world to experience in our bodies. This is the mission that Paul Rademacher is now pursing within the Monroe Institute.

William Buhlman on the Out of Body Experience

William Buhlman - Out of Body ExperienceWilliam Buhlman has been an explorer of the Out of Body Experience for many years. I ran across his book, “Adventures Beyond the Body” many years ago and found it to be a useful guide for someone just starting out.

Recently, I ran across a reference to an article he wrote on his own blog: The article is fittingly entitled, The Out of Body Experience”!

The Mindset of the Out of Body Experience Explorer

He writes about what he calls the Out of Body Exploration Mindset. Mindset is, of course, always a part of everything we think, say and do, but it is especially important when we embark on something new. It is our human fear of the unknown.

Here is a short excerpt from his article:

During out-of-body exploration we confront many interesting experiences; these include vibrational state fears, thought forms, self made and external energy creations, contact with non-physical inhabitants and countless other issues. However, the single most pervasive issue we experience is our own indoctrinated mindset and state of consciousness. Our perception of reality is distorted by a collection of falsehoods and beliefs and complicated even further by our grossly inaccurate form based self-image. Our ability to effectively explore thought responsive realities is often blocked by our own conscious and subconscious mind.

Out of Body Experience with The Gateway Experience

We encourage you to follow the link in the excerpt and read the whole article. It can get you on the right footing, and in the right mindset, to begin the journey that we call The Gateway Experience, that will lead you into the wonderful world of the Out of Body Experience!

Learn more about the out of body experience from Robert Monroe and the “Explorers” at

OOB – Personal Experiences

OOBIt is our great pleasure to present our first guest post on this blog from someone who has not only had many OOB experiences, but who kept a journal of them to track what she was experiencing. Here is her story, and we invite you to visit her blog to read more.

OOB Traveling Begins

It has been about five years since I have started traveling OOB on a regular basis, privately journaling each and every experience, and three years since I started posting them in my public blog ( I have learned much about myself and my world around me, and shall continue to learn for as long as I live. My motto has always been, “the more we learn, the more limitless the Universe becomes!” Continue reading

Nancy McMoneagle Bio

For those of you already using The Gateway Experience, or contemplating it, reading about Nancy McMoneagle fits right in. She is the step-daughter of Robert Monroe, and after college, helped her “mentor”, as she called Robert, establish the program that became Gateway Voyage.

Gateway Voyage is the residential program (one of many) that still runs at The Monroe Institute in Virgina and which is the basis for The Gateway Experience. She has had a fascinating life, and she and Joe must be equally a fascinating couple to know!

As an Honors student at Wittenberg University, she got to design her own curriculum. Here’s how she describes part of it:

My course design included studying in France at the University of Nice, and in Kyoto, Japan, at a Zen Buddhist monastery. Then, as now, I was interested in understanding the spiritual nature of humankind; well, actually, exploring and understanding the sacred in all beings.

Here’s a picture I “stole” from their website. They say it’s not current, but then time and age are illusions anyway, right?

The gateway Experience and the McMoneagles