I think states of consciousness are personal and subjective. The Monroe Institute has based all of their structure of the states of consciousness on what Bob Monroe developed. You can use that structure as a tool if it is useful to you. But just know that there is nothing fundamental about them.
Interesting to read this.
I've always suspected the Monroe Institute's perspective wasn't fundamental, so I decided to learn more. I joined their email list which recently announced their latest research effort, Spatial Angle Modulation. This effort is in association with Stuart Hameroff. I've read some of Hameroff's stuff but wasn't clear on it, so I took the opportunity to read the Monroe pointers to his work.
Upon closer reading it's plainly not fundamental, even though it's fair enough to say it's a 'new frontier in brain/mind science', as Hameroff asserts on his site.
I saw that on the TMI emailing too, RBM, and have to admit I was a little disappointed that they should be going down that road. From what I read in the mailing, it's a materialist, PMR view of the origin of consciousness. If I read it right also, they are planning some sort of associated gadgetry. Wonder what RAM himself would have made of it.