Rosie McKnight and the Gateway Voyage

Rosie McKnight was in the right place at the right time when she met Bob Monroe and found herself experimenting in what was later to develop into the Gateway Voyage and then the Gateway Experience.

She was, like all Bob Monroe’s explorers, open to the idea of exploring areas outside “normal” consciousness.

And that is the journey we call The Gateway Experience.

Listen to Rosie talk about some of her experiences. and then read more about her as one of The Explorers.


By her own admission, Rosalind A. McKnight just happened to be “at the right place, at the right time.” That is how she recalls when her long association with famed out-of-body researcher Robert Monroe began.

She had already graduated from Manchester College in Indiana, where she had majored in Peace Studies and Sociology and then had earned her Mastery of Divinity degree at the prestigious Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

At age 25, with an inquisitive mind and a exploratory nature, she sought a new challenge in her life when she moved from New York to the state of Virginia.

Soon she met Robert Monroe which led to a new a whole dimension of exploration for her. For eleven years, from 1972 to 1983, she worked in the early days at the Monroe Institute® (TMI), doing extensive research in the laboratory into the vast non-physical dimensions of consciousness.

She helped significantly to further the understanding of human consciousness and to demonstrate, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that we are more than our physical bodies. She became known as one of Robert Monroe’s “explorers”.

As a practical man, Mr. Monroe was resistant to using anything but scientific principles and data for his research. This is where Rosalind McKnight became most important by offering her spiritual perspective, as way to counter-balance their work together. She has said often they were a good team.

While at the same time working at the Monroe Institute®, Rosalind McKnight was a part-time instructor at Blue Ridge Community College, Central Virginia Community College, and Virginia Western Community College. She taught courses in extrasensory perception (ESP), parapsychology, and death and dying.

She also founded the Creative Living Institute and became its director, sponsoring conferences and seminars throughout Virginia on various personal growth topics

Her initial book, “Cosmic Journeys: My Out-Of-Body Explorations with Robert A. Monroe”, published in 1999, is the result of her years of pioneering research work with Robert Monroe. It was not until after his death in 1995, that she felt compelled to write her own series of books.

Rosie, as she prefers to be called, published her second and latest book, “Soul Journeys: My Guided Tours through the Afterlife” in 2004.

Here she shares her explorations of non-human energy systems, interactions with highly evolved beings, concepts about the makeup of the many levels of the universe, views of the afterlife and the animal dimensions, the nature of healing and guidance, a look at the future, and much more.

“My key is joy. One of my (spiritual) guides gave me this affirmation,” Rosie McKnight explains. “I am light, manifested in love, expressed in joy, joy, joy: we come from the light dimension (which is God’s dimension), and then we manifest into this Earth through love, and then we express ourselves here through joy.”

Somewhere, perhaps in some other dimension, Robert Monroe must be quite proud of his protégé, Rosalind A. McKnight, who passed this plane on February 11, 2010.

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