Monroe, Robert Allan

Monroe, Robert Allan (1915–1995)

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Robert Monroe was born in Indiana in 1915. From 1937 to 1949 he worked for an Ohio radio station, writing and producing programs. He rose to become the president of several radio and electronic corporations.

As a child, Monroe experienced what he later came to realize were out of body experiences (OOBEs) or astral projections. These became more and more frequent as he got older. In 1956, Monroe started a small research and development program in his New York based company, RAM Enterprises. This was designed to determine the feasibility of learning during sleep. He registered three patents for methods and techniques for inducing and controlling various states of awareness.

From 1965 to 1966, Monroe took part in experiments at the Brain Wave Laboratory of the University of Virginia Medical School. There it was noted that while astrally projecting, his blood pressure fell although there was no change in his heart rate. His brain wave pattern was normal for dreaming sleep.

In 1971, Monroe opened the Mind Research Institute at his farm at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. That same year he authored the book Journeys Out of the Body. Three years later the MRI became the Monroe Institute, which is still functioning today. More than 8,000 people have attended its programs, with an estimated two million worldwide who have used its Hemi-Sync® learning exercises in audio cassettes and CDs.

On one of his projections, Monroe went to an unknown destination and saw a young woman he knew talking to two young girls. He pinched the woman and she reacted as though she felt it. Later, when he saw the woman, he asked her what she was doing at the time he projected and she said she had been talking with the girls. He asked her if she had felt a pinch. Surprised, she said she had and had attributed it to her young brother. She was even able to show Monroe the still-red mark on her body where he had pinched her. This is most unusual, because normally an astral body cannot affect the physical plane.

An interesting feature of Monroe’s astral projections was that many times he felt that he was someone else, while projecting. Robert Monroe died at the age of 79, on March 17, 1995, of complications of pneumonia.


Ellison, A. J.: Mysteries of Mind, Space & Time; the Unexplained: Points of View. Westport: H.S. Stuttman, 1992
Fishley, Margaret: The Supernatural. London: Aldus, 1976
The Monroe Institute:
Monroe, Robert A.: Journeys Out of the Body. New York: Doubleday, 1971