The MtnGoat’s Discussion on the Focus Levels

This discussion provides the MtnGoat’s descriptive explanation of the Monroe Institute’s Hemi-Sync Focus-Levels: levels 10 – 49.  

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 courses with whether she thought one should do that and her thoughts on the matter were, “Nah”.

Still, when I read the standard TMI 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 a more descriptive explanation. At the risk of fostering dogma I’ve decided to write down some descriptive generalities regarding these states. After all, you’re reading my website and the best way to follow my verbiage is to know the environment I’m referring to when I mention a focus-level context in my notes.

In this discussion I address the basic levels one may become aware of while one should first understand that the numbering system of the levels is completely arbitrary. The numbers have no actual significance in themselves. The numbering scheme was developed by TMI to avoid associations some may make with levels of heaven described in various religious traditions. TMI wanted to keep the focus-level identifications benign.

It is also important to note that the focus-levels do not address all of it out there. In the TMI model some suggest the focus-levels 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 just stated there are states for which the notion of a focus-level does not apply and remember also, this notion of the 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 to differentiate those environments; maybe this results from structures of the human brain but who knows. 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 offer some sense of orientation.

Now there is a balance on the one hand of helping someone become informed/oriented regarding these levels of awareness, and on the other hand, front-loading understandings or passing on some dogma regarding what these levels are or what they should be.

The reader should consider these states may interlace perhaps not for humans but the levels may not be rigidly defined for other things that 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 respective focus-level. However, I cannot validate most encounters w/ other intelligent forms 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 by intelligent conscious-forms that are outside our own physical context?

Lastly, training in hemi-sync is work. By that I mean one does not do one session on a weekend and achieve incredible far-out experiences. The CIA disclosed documents mentioned in the reference section (What the CIA says about Hemi-Sync:) state their test subjects needed about 10 sessions before they obtained any result and I expect those agents were at TMI. During 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. I believe, like any meditation, one should practice near daily; maybe twice a day. For myself working at home it took roughly three weeks of daily practice before I broke through.

So here we go:


C1 is our normal everyday conscious state.

Focus 10

In TMI’s Hemi-Sync multi-binaural mixed brainwave entrainment (entrancement) one begins training in Focus 10. This is how hemi-sync is encoded. This is considered a base state in which optimally one’s body is put to asleep while the mind remains awake and alert. It’s funny, many times at TMI I’ve heard roommates snoring during a session and I’ve startled myself out of meditations by my own snoring on a couple of occasions.

Anyway, this state takes some practice to produce; that physical state of being deeply relaxation – Body Asleep – while the mind remains alert – ie Mind Awake. The hemi-sync helps one do that. This is also the state TMI trains users to carry out their Preparatory Process (C1-F10).

Body asleep (mind awake) allows one’s awareness to begin to have more unfettered bandwidth to focus with, so to speak, ie 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 as some write, 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 (sometimes F11) and beyond.

You see the body is a big distraction. Does it need to go to the bathroom? Is it too cold or too hot? Is the skin itching? Is the body 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 to sleep, 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 actually preoccupied with their body or some form of it. As a result their body is NOT asleep.

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 or contexts. I understand. I was also obsessed with OBEs at one time. Then I learned that was totally irrelevant. If you can, forget any obsession with the OBE. It is irrelevant.

During my Gateway onsite course there were about 25 students. 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 to other levels. One does not have to master focus 10 before going on to focus 12. That F10 skill comes with time and practice. One can always go back and work on that particular state during one’s more advanced training.

In sum, in F10 one aims to relax, set aside all bodily distractions and preoccupations 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 to discern the details. Finally if the practitioner does falls asleep that’s ok. It happens to all hemi-sync users. In this case get a good night sleep, or a few, and try again.

Focus 11

F11 is a 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 that’s all I’ll say about it. 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. There are just one or two lessons that pertains to this. F11 is not of particular interest during the Gateway course.

Focus 12

When one successfully puts 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 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 and it is a big step.

Consider, if one does attain an expanded awareness, but is not looking at that new field of view one may not notice it. To clarify, think about all the background noise one experiences throughout the day but does not pay attention to because one is not actively listening or watching it. Is the baby crying ever louder for someone to please change its diapers cuz the parents are too busy on Facebook? In F12 one may still be distracted by some preoccupation and miss details about other things occurring in the locality.

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 one’s awareness outward is like:

Stand with both your hands in front of you while looking at your palms. This is roughly C1/focus 10; one’s concentric human disposition involved with its own sphere of interests. Now turn your palms facing outward, away from you. Do not look at the backs of your hands. Close your eyes and ask yourself what your palms see? Now extend your arms; still with palms facing out. Reach out and feel. Without opening your eyes, look past your hands.

Notice how you shifted your mind’s eye away from the status quo of your normal perceptions? How far can you feel or see? Look farther. This is not an exercise in perceiving some stored image of your surroundings via your imagination. Attend to the space beyond your hands. This is turning your perception outward.

Here’s another way to look at expanded awareness: Imagine yourself driving from Morgan Junction on Hwy 191, just south of Yellowstone, heading toward Jackson Hole, WY. You check your speed; check your fuel gauge; maybe turn some heat on in your car if it’s cold. You figure it’s a good time for some tunes. This is F10 and if the weather is foggy or it’s snowing this is where you may stay.

Then suddenly the weather lifts and you’re able to see the Tetons in the distance. This is expanded awareness; you are aware of that beyond the confines of your vehicle’s locale on the road. The vista may be so wonderful you forget that your driving at all. You are so transfixed there is nothing else on your mind and maybe you suddenly find yourself standing in one of the hanging valleys that encircle the peaks. Perhaps you’re pulled back to double-check your handling of the vehicle but quickly your return to those peaks. With practice one can lock into the “being there”. This is what I call consolidating in my notes.

So when you train your focus-level mediation your attention is turned away from controlling the car. Rather, train your perception to perceive outward in the metaphorical distance where those mountain peaks are hidden in the fog; keep looking for them. This is like turning your awareness beyond your outstretched hands discussed in the example just given above. One begins to place the focus of one’s concentration beyond, not distracted by the mundane local concerns. Once here one patiently hones the sharpness of one’s awareness without becoming uptight. Be aware there may be something like a moose steeping onto the proverbial road before you. The expanding awareness is not zoned out. It is more like total awareness that has a greater range then one is use to. After one has a few experiences with this one have a better idea of how to place their awareness. But to be clear, it is not a visual perception one is hunting for. The above is of course allegorical. One is paying attention to one’s awareness foremost. It’s in that awareness one may discover extended perceptions.

In F12 one may find 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. This is also where one may begin to control limited aspects of one’s local reality.

It will likely seem to be just blackness. Continue looking 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 those conventional inputs 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. Be alert, use the part of you that observes your mind’s eye; consider what is it you apprehend. This may take some time and it can be discouraging.

Sidebar: There are things that will not presume to get involved with your quest but may respond to a request. It helps to ask for help. Google “Monroe Institute affirmation statement” for a sample request, but I digress.

One utility or application of F12 for example is learning to access one’s intuition or creativity at a deeper level. With practice one may associate or encode a cue for some F12 skill that may be accessed later when one is back in C1 via that cue. For example, encode or memorize a cue such as touching one’s nose while one is in a highly intuitive state. 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 at least 2 phase states of liquid water. So consider, whatever the mind is – whatever frame of mind one has – there may be other states of awareness one may achieved.

Focus 15

I will not tell you the difference 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 while possessing nonlinear time at the same time. Those are contradictory claims. Ya can’t have it both ways so take those contradictory notions with a grain of salt. Don’t worry about time. Time is a point of view and F15 (and other states) 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 – that was the mists of focus 15. This bifurcated, proliferating creatively, and with time, as local awarenesses naturally arose and developed, led to what we call other higher levels. Due to this huge extent, that 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 other then perhaps in the turbulent massive regions near a black hole. 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.

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

Focus 21

What is Focus 21? That’s a good question. It is said to be a locale which is generally near the limit of the living human mind’s normal psychic capacity. It’s unclear about the physical or non-physical limits of it. 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 physical world. There is an aspect of emergence. This level may represent something like the first potential overlap between the physical and the nonphysical; a junction of sorts but one that is fluid; a place where perhaps the dead may return and engage with the sensitive awareness of love ones for example.

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.

Note to Gateway CD users: I don’t know where else to place this comment so I’ll throw it in here. If the reader is using the Gateway Voyage CDs for home hemi-sync self-training, depending on the version of the CDs, in the focus 21 training tracks the user is directed to expand into the light. This can be a frustrating challenge to the user who is led to believe there is a light and they can’t find that light. That is because there is in fact no light. This is narration heuristic tool, made up by TMI. Other versions of Gateway F21 tracks may have the user expand through levels of colored light. There are no color levels either. A person can waste a lot of time thinking they’re doing something wrong when these prescribed lights are not found.

One needs to self-invoke, somehow, a switch to these other bandwidths. The trick here is to make one’s own visual aid to help guide the mind through the hemi-sync progressing frequencies from F12 to F21. One may create, for example, an imaginary light in the distance and try to travel to that light while mentally associating the arrival at the target light with arriving in F21. Or one may create an elevator and visualize passing from the 12th floor to the 21st floor as the hemi-sync advances to F21. The key here is to find some mental mechanism one may associate with the successful progression of the F12-F21 frequencies one is listening to. Don’t worry about it. If one has successfully made it to these F21 lessons at all one will likely acquire F21 soon enough. See my discussion on mnemonics.

Spoiler Alert: One can learn, on one’s own, to access levels thru F21. This is most readily done via the Gateway Voyage hemi-sync CDs available to the general public. However, to get beyond that to the levels discussed below, in all likely hood one would need hemi-sync that is only available as a take-home CD to those who attended TMI advanced courses. However, TMI has made Wave Set 7 which includes up to F27 in the Gateway product line.


This state is one in which the present mindedness of an individual who may be in a coma or delirium for example, struggles to make sense of their frame of mind; perhaps a delirious confusion that is quasi-conscious but no longer aware of C1. This state may be adrift near the threshold of dead’s departing consciousness while some portion of life may still be holding to the physical. Some are not ready to proceed and return to C1 when their condition resolves. For others this state could 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 state in which a human could be disoriented or bewildered as the human may lack any association with the normal but not able to grasp 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 dies and is part of a natural migration not to be feared.

However, some individuals may be so strongly transfixed on some binding thought at death that 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, if needed, soul-retrievals are rooted.

In that case, as the departed individual is transfixed with some notion of the former form, the individual is not aware of things around them that could help them migrate. Don’t freak, these individuals are not forgotten nor hopelessly trapped. It is very important to state that just cuz a person dies, or even commits suicide, does NOT mandate the person be stuck and need a soul-retrieval. The need for soul-retrieval is the exception, not the rule. In my experience only about one third of soul-retrieval’s were rooted in suicide events.

I should clarify one more thing: this is not a state of torment nor some desperate terrible suffering one is punished with. The individual is simply fixated on their dying thought and is not aware of their option to move on. I have not observe in any soul-rescue that the individuals were aware of the passage of time during their predicament. Again, this is a rare exception in passing.

Lastly, to be clear, those passing on or stuck needing a retrieval, are not the only ones occupying F23 transiting back.


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

As there are clearly non-religious based belief contexts there, it is a mistake to associate these areas with large or small organized religions as if those are somehow to blame for the existence of these zones. We do not know why these regions exist nor do we know why religion plays the role it does in the human psyche. We don’t know the purposes working out in these so-called levels.

These regions may represent heavens and that which is much worse. 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 psychic traveler’s own prejudiced belief systems acting out.

There are also those that reside in the Belief Territories with full knowledge that other states exist. Some, perhaps all of those 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 the belief system or the purpose of these specific individuals in that 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 some proceed beyond those territories directly to focus-level 27 for whatever reason or personal disposition.

The Lifelines course introduces F22 – F27.


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, this level and beyond this level (F27) is the realm of the non-human, non-Earth based forms of life, physical or not. The Exploration 27 course focuses on the introduction to some of the particular aspects, characteristics, and acting agents of F27.

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


Beyond the Earth Life System (ELS) is F34/35 which represents what is roughly called alien awarenesses along with the various constructs they may utilize. These entities are relatively similar to humans in compatible conscious frameworks and this is why F34/35 is found to be occupied by alien awareness, not because those aliens are gathering to watch Earth as TMI states although some do just that. The ELS may be watched from all levels by those interested. 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 TMI Voyager 8 vessel or just V8 for short. That construct is used in group energy exercises 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 factor. These states may be a region of consciously aware forms that possess extents of awareness far beyond what mankind can conceive of: individuals, groups, structures, cultures that work on galactic and supra-galactic scales; vast nonphysical formed states, spaces, or planes of nonphysical expression representing other types of conscious-forms that may exist in transcendent measures of time and trans-dimensional extents of the physical Universe.

I’ll 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 Bob’s Cluster Council, an I-There Cluster, or a Sea of I-There Clusters. I can’t endorse that dogma.

I won’t say more about F42/F49, again to not front-load the reader any further as these notions can easily become dogmatic and propagate. In general, dogma may initially provide some guidance but may also dispose an individual with rigid self-limiting mindsets. And you’ve already assimilated one; does a person really need to be Body-Asleep in F10 to commence, is that a mindset? I don’t know maybe not.

It is important the individual study their own experiences and develop their own understandings. Enter the levels with an open mind to the possibilities and avoid front-loading human-centric group-think when in these realms.

All the levels discussed are certainly far more then what is described above. I offer this info so one may have some idea of context when reading my notes.

A related topic that pertains to focus-level training: What are the ‘Mnemonics’?