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Biography of Robert Monroe – Part 3

robert monroeThe 3rd part of the biography of Robert Monroe (1971 – 1995) is the more impressive part of his life: Bob starts a new life at 55! He marries his 4th wife Nancy, publishes 3 books, creates Hemi-Sync and builds and founds the Monroe Institute. He dies in 1995 at 79 years of age.

A New Life at 55!


  • This is an eventful year in Robert Monroe’s life: At 55 years of age, he marries his 4th wife, Nancy Penn, and the new big family move to Whistlefield Farm.
  • There Bob sets up a laboratory with 3 CHEC units, calling it the Whistlefield Research Laboratories, where he now invites physicists and other explorers to join him in his investigations of the expanded human consciousness. Some amazing encouters take place in this part of his life.
  • In this same year, his first book Journeys Out Of The Body is published.
  • Later that year he is invited to speak at the Harold Sherman Parapsychology Conference in Hot Springs, Arkansas and at also at Esalen.


  • Bob employs two young scientists Tom Campbell and Dennis Menerich to finish the wiring of his new laboratory. Bill Yost would come on occasion to give a hand.
  • Once the Whistlefield Research Laboratory is finished, they start testing the effects of different sound waves on various volunteers. Bob Monroe calls these volunteers explorers.


  • The team and Bob Monroe incorporate binaural beats into to their exercises. The effect of binaural beats on the explorers is tremendous. They can easily make them fall asleep or relax on demand. His explorers even report of altered states of consciousness.
  • Mennerich and Campbell volunteered to help Bob build the “control rooms” where they experimented with human consiousness. Watch this video where Mennerich talks about the early days. 


  • Robert Monroe applies and receives his first patent for the Frequency Following Response under the name Mentronics. Later Bob renames the technology to Hemi-Sync which stands for Hemispheric Synchronisation.
  • They start holding Hemi-Sync workshops all over the US. First under the name M5000: Bob wanted to reach 5.000 participants in his programs in the next 10 years.
  • Participants are introduced to Focus-Levels 10, 12, 15 and 21.


  • Bob is now 61 years old. His facilitator teams are holding more and more workshops all over US. Travelling from hotel to hotel though with the whole big equipment is getting too complicated.
  • Bob Monroe dreams about building an Institute where people will come for residential programmes to learn and explore altered states of consiousness.


  • The M500 program is renamed into “Gateway Voyage”.
  • Bob’s dream comes true and he buys an extensive new land in Faber, Virginia. For that he sells his apartment blocks and what shares he has left in cable TV. He and Nancy call the new property the New Land.
  • Soon after, the building of their new home and the institute begins.

The Monroe Institute opens its doors

Instituto Monroe 255h


  • The Monroe Institute opens its doors: 22 people can participate in a residential programme at the time. Each participant in their own CHEC unit, with its own light controls, headphones and recorders connected by microphone to the central laboratory.


  • Bob is selling off plots of the New Land, with the intention of creating a community of peace, inviting the new landowners to participate in programs at the Monroe Institute.
  • (By 1987 a lot of plots were sold. But Bob gave up on the community of peace. Many of the new land owners were simply not interested in the expansion of consciousness.)



  • Bob’s second book Far Journeys is published. His life becomes now one of service to humanity.
  • Outreach programs in other countries and continents are planned to make the Hemi-Sync technology available to people all over the world.


  • Robert Monroe launches the Human-Plus series. They are to help people achieve desired changes in behaviour pattern, like change sleep disorders, getting rid of addictions, etc.


  • The Monroe Institute has now 21 full time employees plus 18 trainers. The Institute flourishes: It offers 2 programs: The Gateway Voyage and Guidelines.

Old Robert Monroe

Going Home – Exploring the Afterlife


  • A new program at the Institute: Lifelines – an immediate success. Participants are introduced to the new Focus-levels: 22 – 27.
  • Bob has started writing his last book. Nancy Monroe falls ill. Bob collaborates with Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross on the Going Home CD series and they are introduced for sale. (Focus 27)


  • Nancy Monroe dies. Bob has a difficult time adjusting to life without her.


  • “Ultimate Journey”, his last book is published.
  • Bob creates a new residential workshop called Explorer 27, where Focus levels 34/35 are introduced. This is the focus level where participants are taken to the Gathering mentioned in his second book Far Journeys.


  • Robert Monroe dies on the 17th April 1995, aged 79 years old.

End of Biography of Robert Monroe

And with this 3rd part of the biography of Robert Monroe I have put all the events together I found to be significant in all the different books I read. Robert Monroe’s life was a long and eventful one. To read Parts I and II of his biography click on one of the links below. 


Robert Monroe Guide:

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2 thoughts on “Biography of Robert Monroe – Part 3”

  1. Thank you for the Monroe Biography, I enjoyed reading it. I’m understanding in his latter years, Monroe came to believe he was not going “out of body” but instead going deeper into his consciousness. If so, what convinced him of that? What made him change his thinking?

    • Hello Blue,

      Well, he explains this in his second and third book. As he delved deeper into the expanded consciousness his understanding grew. Also, as he bagan meeting other explorers with similar OBE experiences he had a better insight into the whole subject. Check out his books, and try Hemi-Sync yourself.


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