The Message

First I should explain back in Bob Monroe’s early research years he created an arbitrary numbering scheme for the ‘focus levels’ of consciousness. Bob’s own experiences began around 1958 and the Institute, along with a body of individuals that have traveled that way, continue to use this naming convention in their explorations. The focus levels one begins to explore in the Gateway Voyage course are levels: 10, 12, 15, and 21. There are other levels there, but traditionally this is where one starts. See the Information section in the Main Menu for a link to a description of what the levels represent.

Re-reading some of this I think I should give a brief explanation of what Hemi-Sync does and why ‘focus level’ has meaning for me. First one has to recognize how much noise there is in our minds all the time. I’m getting hungry. I feel like crap too. Oh shit, that guy cut me off. Why are my co-workers such jerks?! I hate going to work. I should have more coffee when I get there. Hell, now what’s going on at home… and so on. If one tries doing any sort of meditation one quickly fines how difficult it is to stop one’s own non-stop train-wreck of thoughts.

In a nutshell what Hemi-Sync does is allow a person to get to a state of true single-mindedness and maintain that for long periods. Some people have ‘click-out’ experiences which is TMI speak for failing asleep or slipping off somewhere in which one looses self-awareness or memory of it, then suddenly wakes up. It’s hard to say what really happens when one ‘clicks-out’. But in a well controlled singular focus state one may become ‘aware’ of other things or notice other perceptions – let’s just call them signals. One may become aware of other ‘awarenesses’ in one’s vicinity. These focus levels may feel anywhere from quite natural to very abstract.

In the Gateway Voyage CDs there are lessons, many just like the lessons provided at the Institute. These lessons progress through the focus levels helping one discover what sorts of applications a focus level may serve. Some lessons pertain to exercising a specific tasks, others provide a free-time session that allows one to just see what transpires. That free time session is called a ‘free-flow’. As an aside I will mention that there are actually more lessons in the CD set (36 lessons) then one has when taking the course at TMI.

Here I describe the first lesson that blew the doors open for me. It was lesson 5 of the Wave 3 set. Please note I had been working on these lessons for a couple of weeks, doing one or more sessions per evening. The hemi-sync doesn’t just work the first time. Even at the Gateway course which may have its first lesson on a Saturday night, many do not have experiences until about Monday or Tuesday, then becoming prolific for the rest of the course.

My notes:

Wave 3 Lesson 5: The 5 Messages (Focus Level 12)
This was a very impressive and imposing experience and that is certainly an utter understatement! This experience left me completely awestruck, dumbstruck, and there is no way to adequately describe the magnitude of power I encountered. This lesson contained five questions that the narration guides the user through while one is directed to listen for an answer. ‘Who’ the questions are addressed to is not stated in the lesson.

The first question lead by narration was to ask, “Who am I?”. For this question I received no response – nothing. After a few moments the narration continued to the second question, “Who and where was I prior to this form”? Again this question yield no response, absolutely nothing. All I experienced was blackness and dead silence. At that time I was getting somewhat skeptical that anything at all would happen and I was beginning to think this whole business was one big waste of time. I remember thinking I was glad I only wasted money on three Wave sets. Up to this point the earlier lessons were very instructional in nature; the student being introduced to various methodologies that enable one’s mind to be still and perceptive. For myself this lesson was the first chance to demonstrated that something really “is” out there, but now I doubted the whole damn thing.

Then the narration directed the third question, “What is my purpose?”. Immediately a response blasted through my whole being as if I was standing front row at a rock concert with a pile of amplifies pointing at my chest. There was a pressure wave of raw power that punched right through me answering, “TO GROW AND DEVELOP IN BEING!” I was absolutely stunned; blown away by the sheer power and the enunciated clarity of the response and whatever it was, it carried a clear sense of authority. No dream-like hallucination here.

I then waited, if that is an adequate word, for Bob’s fourth question, “What is the most important message for me at this time?” Again as a powerful blast impacting me I heard, “BE PATIENT… WITH ALL THINGS”. This was loud and unmistakable. I had the distinct sense that the messages were not a trifle notion and I also had no idea what had just spoke to me although whatever it was clearly had a sense of authority.

The last question of the lesson did not produce a response but given the magnitude of what had just happened, not having an answer to the fifth narrated question didn’t matter. {I will mention here that having a few years gone by I now know why those specific questions where answered while the other questions were not}

The next day I was again in a hemi-sync focus level 12 session. In this session rather than the loud speaker-like vocal communication I found that I was being made “aware” in some manner that I cannot describe. I began to apprehend in myself an ‘awareness’ that I was receiving an understanding. It was like seeing someone else’s thoughts come to you rather than hearing a voice. In this session I recognized a clear message “All of this will take time…”, and at that time I did not understand what “this” was.

Next I encountered a very clear understanding that if I had to fashion into words would say something like … their reality needs to grow in my reality… This was clearly conveyed, something I understood. I did not know however, who was communicating with me. I felt as if I was being given foundational instructions for something or sometime to come. One aspect of this experience was that I recognized I did not have to actually have things said to me, rather I could perceive thoughts or have recognition of ideas/thoughts that originated outside me and so I found a new ‘modality’ of communication, the perception of thoughts received without physical-like perception. What impressed me was I could clearly distinguish which thoughts were not my own, thoughts originating from beyond me.