The MtnGoat’s Discussion on the Focus Levels


A while back I wondered whether I should write anything about the focus levels. I asked someone who I had been in a number of TMI advanced courses with whether she thought one should do that and her thoughts on the matter were, “Nah”.

Still, when I read the standard descriptions about the focus levels I find they are somewhat vague and I understand, as having been a student of this myself, that one may desire something a bit more descriptive.

I’ve decided to write down some generalities and throw my two cents into the discussion regarding these states. After all, you’re reading my website and the best way to follow my verbiage is to know what I am referring to when I mention a level in my notes, where I am.

In this discussion I will only address the basic levels that one may become aware of while one should understand that the numbering system of the levels is completely arbitrary. The numbers have no actual significance in themselves1. It is also important to note that the focus levels do not address all of it out there. In the TMI model some suggest that the focus levels generally listed may not be the only levels that exist. That is true however, in my experience it is equally likely the focus levels do not have to be discrete levels for all conscious forms out there as some forms exist in continuums.

As I implied above there are other states for which the notions of the focus level do not apply and remember also this notion of focus level may just be a self-imposed human construct resulting from some inclination in our human disposition; a framework that we may require at some level that allows us a sense of those environments; maybe this results from structures of the human brain. None-the-less from the human point of view there does seem to be some sort of structure out there for which the notion of focus levels do provide some orientation.

Now there is a balance on the one hand of helping someone become informed/oriented regarding these conscious travels, and on the other hand, front-loading understandings or passing on some dogma to others about what these levels are or what they should be regarding the content/context one may expect to encounter there. The reader should consider that these states may interlace, perhaps not for humans but the levels may not be rigidly defined for other things that may transcend all of this (as I mentioned above – continuum conscious-forms).

For myself I’ll say I have proof of the focus levels’ existence. My Evidence page (Evidence That Can’t Be Ignored ) illustrates some examples of human-on-human psychic contact that occurred between individuals while in the same focus level respectively. However, I cannot validate most encounters w/ other intelligent forms of life particularly those beyond the Earth Life System (ELS). How does one prove who they are or what they are? How does one validate statements made from intelligent conscious-forms that are outside our home physical context?

Lastly training in hemi-sync is work. By that I mean one does not do one session on a weekend and get pop-out results. The CIA disclosed documents state their test subjects needed about 10 sessions before they obtained any results. In on-site TMI courses it is common for many individuals to have nothing happen for a couple of days while doing 4-7 sessions per day, that is for example in the Gateway course and even advanced courses. I believe like any meditation one should practice near daily; maybe twice a day.

So here we go:


C1 is simply our normal everyday conscious state; such as it is.

Focus 10

In TMI’s Hemi-Sync multi-binaural mixed brainwave entrainment (entrancement) one starts at Focus 10. This is how hemi-sync is encoded. I refer to this as a base state in which optimally one’s body is asleep – reptilian brain disengaged as much as possible – while the mind remains alert. This takes some practice to produce, that physical state of being deeply relaxation – Body Asleep – while the mind is alert – ie Mind Awake. This is also the state TMI trains users to carry out their Preparatory Process; there abouts.

This state allows one’s awareness to begin to have more unfettered bandwidth to focus with, so to speak – Mind Awake. Yes one may find some kindle book all about Focus 10, but it is simply this in its most basic description. As an aside, if focus 10 was so profound TMI wouldn’t blow past that training in their Gateway course. Do things happen to people in this state? Sure, but where that really starts is beyond focus 10 which is why TMI courses are primarily conducted in F12 and beyond.

You see the body is a big distraction. Does it need to go to the bathroom? Is it cold, or too hot? Is the skin itching? Is it tense? Is the pillow too soft? There are lots of things going on between the mind and body that distracts one’s focused attention. The goal here is to put all that asleep, while not actually falling asleep; to reduce the multiplexing activities of the mind’s self awareness of the body

As an aside I’ve come in contact with people seeking their OBE experience and they are totally involved with figuring out if it feels right. Does it feel or act like some franchise or YouTube channel says it would? The problem with this is the more one focuses on that stuff – the preoccupation of obtaining an OBE – the more one is preoccupied with their own body, their self – the body NOT asleep in this case.

I know of a popular YouTuber that talks about his OBEs and when this individual went to Gateway Voyage he thought it was just a bunch of relaxation therapy stuff and got nothing out of it. Really! Nothing? Here’s a perfect example of concentric-self unable to look beyond self-indoctrination; entrenched in a concentric trap of expected OBE feelings and preconceived notions.

I will state that during my Gateway onsite course there were about 25 students. I think all but 3 had life impacting experiences. One of those three individuals knew all the latest Internet New Age lingo inside and out, even telling people what was happening to them at Gateway, but he had nearly no experiences himself at TMI.

Now I want to clarify right away that one does NOT have to have perfect control in this state before proceeding. One does not have to master focus 10 before going on to focus 12. That F10 skill comes with time and practice; one can come back and work on this particular state during one’s more advanced training.

In sum, in F10 one aims to relax, set aside all bodily distractions and preoccupation, while remaining awake. I wish to stress you must be alert, not just awake. If one is not alert one is not vigilant to every nuance of perception and thought that presents. Alertness is what one needs in order to discern the details. Finally if the practitioner does falls asleep that’s ok. It happens to all TMIers. In this case get a good night sleep, or a few, and then try again.

Focus 11

There is another state often not discussed. It is called The Access Channel by many TMI associates. In this state one’s body is asleep, but one’s awareness is directed at the body’s systems. I think this is all I’ll say about that. A very basic introduction to utilizing this level is in Joe Gallenberger’s MC Squared pyschokinesis course that is also available through SynCreation.Com as home work-study. One also gets a passing exposure to this in Bob’s Monroe’s Gateway Voyage CD Set lessons that pertains to body color sensing, etc. The Access Channel is not of particular interest during the Gateway course but TMI utilizes this in healing perception courses.

Focus 12

If one can successfully put the body to sleep (more or less) while the mind is awake (pretty much) then what’s next? It is simply looking beyond self; looking outward beyond one’s typical physical perceptions and self-absorbed, busy, noisy, thought patterns. For me the goal here is to turn one’s gaze purely beyond oneself and observe. This is the first step into expanded awareness.

Consider that if one does attain an expanded awareness state but is not looking at that new field of view one may not notice it. Consider all the background noise one experiences but does not tune into because one is not actively listening. Is the baby crying ever louder for someone to please change its diapers cuz the parents are busy on Facebook?

If one is still thinking about self, my OBE, my checklist of what’s suppose to happen, my inner complaints that I’m not seeing some cool etheric reality, then one’s awareness is not expanded. Here is a simple illustration of what turning awareness outward is like:

Stand with both your hands in front of you while looking at your palms. This is roughly focus 10 and one’s concentric human disposition. Now turn your palms to face outward, away from you. Do not look at the backs of your hands. Close your eyes and ask yourself what would your palms see? Now extend your arms, still with palms facing out. Reach out and feel. Without opening your eyes, look past your hands. How far can you see? Look farther. This is turning your perception outward – Focus 12.

Concerning this awareness in F12, one may also find that one becomes highly focused and much more single-minded. This allows one to penetrate more deeply into what one is aware of, without saying what that awareness is. This is an early effect of what hemi-sync does for an individual. There is a lot in focus 12 that is very close to us. It can be quite rich. This is also where one may begin to control limited aspects of one’s local reality.

It will likely be seem just blackness at first. Look outward, really open your awareness beyond and pay close attention. Try to stop looking at the black background of your eyelids as you try to see something. You have to forget all of those conventional inputs that your mind is busy searching for because your gonna start developing new ones; ones that you have not needed in our conventional physical reality.

Don’t worry that its just blackness. It will take time for the mind to release the hunt for natural perceptions AND for one to let go of preconceive notions regarding what one is suppose to find. Listen without hearing. Watch without looking. Feel without touching. Are there thoughts that are not your own? Be alert to the part of you that observes your mind’s eye, and don’t forget to politely say hello.

One utility or application of F12 is for example, learning to access one’s intuition or creativity at a deeper level. With practice one may associate or encode a cue to access those focused skills and use then later when one is back in C1. One may for example encode or memorize a cue such as touching one’s nose while in highly intuitive states of F12, then later in C1 invoke those deeper skills when one needs them by toughing one’s nose.

As I’ve written elsewhere, there are now at least 17 unique phase states of solid water (ice) known in the physical sciences. Recently it has also been found that there are 2 phase states of liquid water. So consider, whatever the mind is – whatever frame of mind one has – that there may be other states of awareness one may achieved.

Focus 15

I will not tell you what the difference is between focus 12 and focus 15. I will tell you however that I completely disagree with TMI on this matter. Focus 15 is not timeless and it is not nonlinear. Ya can’t have it both ways so take those contradictory notions with a grain of salt. Don’t worry about time. F15 exists more on the order of geologic/astronomical time (For more about the nonlinear see: What Does Nonlinear Mean?).

F15 was the base state when and where our protostar was conceived; the local awareness that brought consideration to this creation project. When it first emerged along with the collection of physical matter and materials here, that was the mists of focus 15. This bifurcated – proliferating creatively – with time as local awarenesses naturally arose and developed to what we call other higher levels; plus and minus.

Due to this huge extent it may appear as timeless to a human conscious. Consider something easy like watching your fingernails grow. Its a lot like looking at a static photograph of your fingers isn’t it. You really can’t detect any change from moment to moment. Yet with a time-lapse camera you would detect that time was moving forward. This is a crude example but it makes my point. Because there is no sense of time to a human does not mean time does not exist and it is not in itself nonlinear. Remember, even the Earth completing thousands or millions of orbits around the Sun is hardly a blink of an eye in astronomical and geologic time scales.

In advanced courses at TMI one learns of focus 27, and then one learns of something called Earth Core (EC27). The same thing happens with F34/35 and F42/49; experiencing Earth (34/35), and Earth (F42) respectively. F15 is a base awareness ‘here’ that has grown into expanded awareness, extending into these other awarenesses states.

Of course this is based on my own esoteric knowledge regarding the levels and who can prove that.

Focus 21

Focus 21 is the locale which is generally the limit of the natural living human mind – psychically. That is one aspect. Here one is capable of being first removed and engage in other constructs of reality not necessarily coincident in time, phase, or purpose with our own. There is an aspect of emergence and overlaps with the nonphysical – perhaps the dead returning to this region to overlap consciousness with those of loving relationship who might have awareness of F21. Anyway, it’s something like that. There are other aspects of this environment that I will not address here as F21 is certainly much more than what I just mentioned.


This state is one in which the present mindedness of an individual, who may be in a coma or delirium, struggles to make sense of their state of mind; perhaps a delirious confusion that is quasi-conscious. This state may be adrift near the threshold of the dead’s departing consciousness while some portion of life may still be holding to the physical. Some are not ready to proceed and are returned to C1. For others this state may be passed through on the way to dead’s departure; possibly caused by a stroke or head trauma or during a drug overdose. In sum this is a confused state for a human lacking association with the normal physical or the afterlife.


This is the awareness/locale where the body’s spirit or soul – whatever – has departed in what we call death. This is where one first finds oneself when one has died. This is a natural migration in which assistance is available for those that might need it at the moment. Some individuals may be transfixed on some binding thought and so they are unable to let go of their former physical form’s context; for these special assistance may be needed. This is the realm where soul-retrievals are rooted.

In that case a departed individual may be so transfixed with some notion of the former form that the individual cannot turned their attention beyond that notion to become aware of things around them that would help them migrate. Don’t freak; these individuals aren’t forgotten or hopelessly trapped. It is also very important to state that just cuz one dies, or even commits suicide, does NOT mean or mandate that that person needs a soul-retrieval. The need for soul-retrieval is the exception, not the rule.


Roughly speaking, this region is referred to as the Belief Territories in TMI speak; the consensus realities of many, or just one individual, framing their post-human life reality in some preconceived or otherwise agreed construct. Those individuals are not in general bound by any external means and may leave whenever they can get beyond their belief.

It is a mistake to associate this area with large organized religions as if they are somehow to blame for the existence of these zones. We do not know why these regions exist. We don’t know the purposes working out there. These regions may represent heavens, hells, and things in between for all sorts of people’s frame of being. It is extremely prolific, as are the notions of what people expect or hope for after they die. There are those that exist there in complete bliss, so it is best to not judge these states as that is likely the out of body traveler’s own prejudiced belief expectations acting out.

There are also those that reside in the Belief Territories with full knowledge that other states exist. Some, perhaps all of these individuals are able to move among other states and then return to their primarily chosen residence in the Belief Territories for whatever reason. All that likely pertains to some greater purpose of a belief system or the purpose of individual(s) in that belief system. One more time… there is nothing wrong with the Belief Territories.

It should be noted that not all, upon death, necessarily take up residence in the Belief Territories, rather they proceed beyond those territories directly to Focus 27 for whatever reasons.


Focus 27 is beyond the human self-limiting mindsets of the Belief Territories. This region is the limit of the Earth Life System (ELS). Although one may find non-human intelligences in all levels, beyond this level (F27) is the realm of the non-human; non-Earth based forms of life physical or not. Courses such Lifelines and Exploration 27 focus on introduction to some of the particular aspects, characteristics, and acting agents of F27. The Starlines courses takes one distinctly beyond F27.

F27 is also the location of what TMI has manifestly generated and is called TMI-There. This manifest construct, or whatever one thinks it is, is utilized in TMI advanced group activities. Focus 27 is also the domain in which TMI courses suggest the student to create a ‘happy place’ or home base for themself that is called one’s Special Place (SP or SP27).


Beyond the Earth Life System (ELS) F34/35 contains what is roughly called alien awarenesses along with the various conscious states and constructs they represent. Some of these entities are relatively similar to humans in thought frameworks; something like that. I should say I have never heard an explanation as to why this state is called 34/35.

F34/35 is the location of another TMI manifested construct called the TMI Voyager 8 vessel or just V8 for short. That construct is also used for group exercises and coordination in the Starlines courses.

F42 & F49

One should recognize that humans tend to think in human-centric terms and scale; both spatially and in time. That can be a limiting problem. These states may be a region of consciously aware forms that possess extents of awareness far beyond what mankind can conceive of: individuals, groups, facilities, structures, cultures that are working on galactic and supra-galactic scales; vast nonphysical formed states or planes of the nonphysical expression representing other types of aware beings that may also exist in different scales of time.

I will mention one thing with respect to Bob Monroe’s books and TMI’s system of beliefs. I have never encountered anything that I would call a Cluster Council, an I-There Cluster, or a Sea of I-There Clusters. I know it’s a big part of Bob’s books and the TMI franchise but I haven’t encountered it at all. Even worse now, that belief system has been enlarge to include cosmic clusters of super-clusters of I-Theres that are all YOU – How completely self-absorbed.

I won’t say anything more about F42/F49 again so not to front-load the reader’s mind any further. I have seen very subtle notions suggested that most readily infect people’s minds and steer their experiences along w/ fully front-loading the individual with preconceived notions of what they will encounter.

So that’s more than what a beginner should know about these levels. I offer this info so one may have some general ideas when reading my notes.

Some related topics:

What are the ‘Mnemonics’?

  1. The numbering scheme was developed by TMI to avoid associations some may make with levels of heaven described in various religious traditions. TMI wanting to keep the focus level identifications benign.