Between emotional opinions absent of compassion and an endless barrage of quippy one-upmanship, I’ve chosen to focus what time and energy I do have by deleting my twitter account.
I’ve worked with “new age” thought leaders for almost 30 years, and without a doubt Dr. Theresa Bullard is among the most thoughtful, sincere and pure: she is the real thing.
Aaron Colter includes MMXX in his list of 50 Great Albums by Portland Artists in 2020.
When it comes to categorizing the various states of awareness, The Monroe Institute devised a system of labels called Focus Levels™, which provide a neutral identification for each state of consciousness. Right now you are reading, indicating that you are in Focus 1, which is “normal”, everyday waking consciousness.
Essentially, the higher the number, the deeper the state of consciousness. Focus 10 is mind awake/body asleep, Focus 15 is the state of “no time”, and Focus 21 is the very edge of perception of the space-time continuum where the mind remains fully conscious and active. There are many more.
As far as I’m concerned, the articulation of the Focus Levels is Robert Monroe’s great innovation. Hemi-Sync®, a trademarked brand name for binaural beats for which he is known, is merely the vehicle for this great achievement. I respect the Monroe’s Focus Levels enough that when I was asked to duplicate the frequencies for a prospective client, I suggested he simply go to the source and license something from Hemi-Sync.com. (He did.)
But I didn’t pass on the project because Focus Levels are sacred. I admire the work of Robert Monroe and I think we benefit from understanding the labels he attached to consciousness, but at some point it belies the deeply personal experience that is meditation: it feels clinical, formal, and dogmatic. I am informed by his work and I am inspired by the man, but mimeographing Monroe’s roadmap to consciousness is just not something that interests me.
Robert Monroe’s injunction to “get it out there” is a directive I consider often, but I don’t view it as an order to evangelize his taxonomy and structure. Instead, I view it as encouragement to build upon his understanding and to let his ideas guide us as we expand the boundaries of his work.
Anyway, here’s a neat video.
- Focus Levels Overview, Monroe Institute UK, https://www.monroeinstituteuk.org/focus-levels/
Remembrance was the first of 6 collaborations between myself, Hemi-Sync®, and producer Barbara Bullard. Remembrance in particular pioneered the use of designer music combined with Beta frequencies to enhance focus and concentration. The music was modeled on the Superlearning® musical techniques outlined by Ostrander and Schroeder in their book Superlearning®.