Hello everyone. I humbly submit a corrected and proof-read TMI transcript of the first 12 minutes, (0-12). Actually I should be grateful if someone would tell me where I should post such articles if indeed not here.
Herewith, section 0/12 proof-read and revised. K
I'm Tom Campbell. It is my pleasure to be here today having been part of the creation that was to become the Monroe Institute. I take particular pleasure in seeing how far it has come, how much it has grown, and how many lives it has enriched along the way. The theme in this 22nd professional seminar is Consciousness: The Endless Frontier.
As one of the original explorers whoÃ‚Â´s never stopped exploring, I am particularly pleased to have been asked to kick off this 22nd professional seminar. WeÃ‚Â´re here because of our association with TMI, and because of our interest in creating a useful applications of Hemi-sync. So, I will give you a short description of the genesis of both Hemi-sync and TMI.
Secondly, in consonance with the theme, "Consciousness: The Endless Frontier," I will explain very quickly the core of what I have come to understand about the nature of consciousness and reality. Ok, um, please hold your questions until the end. There is never enough time for questions, and I am likely to take the lion's share of the two hours allotted to me. I'm going to be here all day today,
tomorrow, and the next day as long as most of you will be here, and I'm very open to have meetings, uh, whether it's early in the morning or late at night is fine with me as long as it is fine with Shirley, and it doesn't interrupt with any of the things that are already scheduled for the seminar. So, I think we will have to hold most of the questions until uh later today or the next several days.
This is going to be a very quick skim over the top, actually it's more like a hop, skip and a jump across the very top of this. Actually, this is a very hard presentation to generate. Not because I had a hard time figuring out what to say, but because I had a very hard time figuring out what Not to say, and still stay within the two-hour time limit. That was the challenge.
Now, these slides are going to be busy. They're probably going to have more words on them than you can read. I'm going to go through them very quickly. I'm going to be speaking very quickly so that I can., won't have Shirley be-heading me for going over my time. I understand a big hook comes out from somewhere around here if you go past your time, so I'm motivated to get done.
So it is going to be quick, er, all of these slides are going to be available on my web site, you see that in http://www.mybigtoe.com
, um, so you don't have to copy a lot of things down, you can find the slides.., I haven't put them up there but I will just as soon as I get a chance to get on the internet, also the slides are on the computer here so I'm sure TMI will pass them out to you if you have a thumb drive, or some way to pick them up. Um, so if the slides become a problem for you, trying to read them and listen, stop reading and just listen. I will say everything you need to hear, so you can just let the slides go if they become annoying for you. But first, a little introduction. Now and always a scientist sums it up pretty well. In college I majored in both physics and mathematics, went on to grad school, finally did thesis work in experimental nuclear, and now I work for NASA. I do risk analysis which basically means physics models, system behaviour, complexes, and system behaviour. So the team that I work on, and it's a fairly large team; what we do is try to discover what could possibly go wrong; what the probability is of it going wrong, and if it does go wrong, how do you fix it? Okay, how did a physicist like me end up exploring consciousness and being part of the explorer program earlier on? Well, once I left graduate school my er., I took a job, my first boss, Billy Oust
(?), introduced me to Bob Monroe's first book. Well at that time, this is 1972, early in '72, at that time it was his only book.
The boss comes out and hands me the book and he says, "Tom, I want you to read this and tell me what you think." So I did. I read it, and a few weeks later, I er, he asked me, "What about this book?" I said, "There's (sic) three possibilities. 1. This guy has a good imagination and is just trying to sell books. 2. This guy is nuts. 3. This guy is sane, honest and accurate, and there is a whole lot of reality out there that I would love to experience and understand, but, how do you know? Unless you meet him and can get a measure of the man, how do you know? You know er, is this guy nuts or what?
Well my boss and I both sort of shrugged shoulders and agreed that it was just really impossible to know from reading the book, but evidently Bill was listening, and about three months later he came by and said, "Tom, we've located Bob Monroe, he doesn't live that far away. There's a bunch of us going out there and visit him, would you like to come?"
And I said, absolutely I want to come. I want to know whether it's 1, 2, or 3, you know, I want to meet this guy. Well that was, um, like I say, that was more like the spring of Ã¢â‚¬Ëœ72, and um, toward the end of that year, we did meet with Bob, and we spent the whole evening with him. He was very gracious as usual, and I found out of course, that it wasn't 1, and it wasn't 2, that Bob was very real, he was very genuine, he didn't have anything to sell, he just wanted to understand what was going on, and he wanted to put it into scientific terms so that he could share it with other people. That was his ambition, and we found out why it is he invited all of us, and put up with us for a whole evening. Towards the end of the night, we were on the back deck of what was called Ã¢â‚¬Ëœthe lab.' There wasn't a whole lot in it at that point yet, but, uh, with Bob it was one of those things like, you know, build it and they will come. He had built it and he wasn't quite sure I don't think, what he was going to do with it at that point, but he looked at all of us, and he um, kind of scanned us over and he said, "you know, you guys are all scientists and engineers, right? We all kind of looked at each other like what's coming next? We nodded our heads and said, "Yeah," and he said, "Would any of you like to join me here and work in this lab, help instrument it and put it together, and study consciousness?"
Well, it took me about a millisecond for my hand to go in the air, and I said, "Absolutely I'd love to do that Bob, but I'll do it if you teach me what you know." And he kind of considered that for about another half a second, and half a second after that another hand went up in the air, and it was Dennis Mennerich
(?) and, you have to understand Dennis and I were both in our twenties, we were middle to late twenties at this time, and Dennis said, "I'd like to do it too, but, you know I want you to teach me what you know." so, uh, Bob kind of looked around the rest of the room, but I think he was really hoping somebody with a little more stature and experience, and reputation, you know, would take him up on it instead than two kids not that far out of Graduate school, but uh, nobody else said anything at all, so it was a deal. And about three weeks later, Dennis and I are coming out, to Whistlefieldfarm, we are meeting with Bob, and from then on we meet with Bob like, mondays, wednesdays, and fridays. We'd get there after dinner, about 7- 7:30, we'd go to the lab and we'd start building equipment; there really wasn't a whole lot there. There wasn't (sic) any measurement devices for the people, there was just audio and the three booths, so, we would build equipment and start uh figuring out what we were going to do next, you know, experiments and things that we could do at the lab. After about an hour or so, Bob would come up, and Dennis and I would get in the booths, there were three booths, and uh Bob would begin to carry out his part of the bargain which was to teach us what it is we[sic](he) knew.
There really wasn't a programme then, I don't even know if Ã¢â‚¬ËœFocus 10' existed then, it may have, but certainly nothing beyond that, so, you know, Bob was just making it up as he went, and we were just making it up as we went, all trying to come up with something that would make science out of this. That was our goal.
Well we did this for years, and Dennis and I were coming out here probably for pretty much a straight 5 years or so, we were coming out three days a week, and we'd come out on weekends. So you can imagine that um, we were averaging somewhere between 20 and 30 hours a week, uh you know, with the lab and with Bob, so you know, 20 hours a week with Bob Monroe as your personal trainer, you couldn't help but learn something and learn something pretty quickly, so it wasn't that long before Dennis and I had pretty well uh mastered the altered states; we were going out of body, we were making non-physical friends and people we could get information from. We were doing experiments. Everything had to be experimental. There wasn't any point in doing anything you couldn't check to see whether it was real or not. So, that was the kind of the Ã¢â‚¬Ëœground rule.' It wasn't just fun and games and have a neat experience, it was "Is this real?" It took a while before.., it probably took a year and a half or so, before I got to the point that I could answer that question with a "Yes!" and that is, everyone has to come to that point somewhere where you decide, you know, "Is this real, or am I making this up?" But, in any case, Dennis and I were in the Ã¢â‚¬Ëœcut and try' mode and we were doing anything that we could., we ourselves had become very sensitive instruments to altered states of consciousness. Bob drilled us going down to that pulsation state, Out of Body and back up, back down, and so on. We did that 1,000s of times; we'd be very sensitive to the Ã¢â‚¬Ëœaltered states' and the pathway in between them. That was the first part of our training, so Dennis and I were very sensitive to our consciousness and what state it was in at that time. So we did things. We crawled in pyramids, you know, aluminium pyramids, because a book was out that said that pyramid oriented, you could get different, er, Ã¢â‚¬Ëœaltered states'. Everything that was ever published we tried to go into the subject and we go in the pyramids and see what it did to us because we were very sensitive. I stuck my head between two big capacitor plates with a couple of hundred thousand volts.. (laughter from audience) to see whether or not we could oscillate the pineal gland because we had read back in the muldoons and Character (?) days that they thought it had to do with the pineal gland and we thought well., and we knew it had to do with 4hz, because Bob and we did too, because when we got to our Ã¢â‚¬Ëœpulsation state' we did this around 4hz vibration going on, so we knew that was physical because once we out-fitted the lab with GSR, we could actually, see with the GSR metres that were there and we oscillate at 4hz, so it wasn't just a perception of consciousness, it was something physiological going on that was oscillating at 4hz, so those were our only keys. Um, so we were coming and trying everything. Dennis went to visit some faith healers from the Dominican Republic and, um, see what they did, and each time we were using our body as the Ã¢â‚¬Ëœinstrument' and our mind as the Ã¢â‚¬Ëœinstrument' of "How did it affect our consciousness?" looking for tools. Okay, well, that went on for a year or so and we were unsuccessful in finding appropriate tools, and then one day well, er, I was at work. (Dennis and I worked at the same place. Dennis came by and he gave me some papers and said, "Take a look at this, maybe we can use it out at the lab?" So I looked at it and it was an article by Oster (?) about binaural beats, and in that article it mentioned that it was thought that binaural beats might change EEG brain waves. So that sounded pretty interesting. We thought, "Yeah, let's give this a try!" We were trying everything, um unfortunately, a very few days after that, Dennis had to leave the country with his job that took him out of the country for about a month, and when he came back, he went to the Double E lab; he was at the Double E, so he went down to the lab at the University of Virginia, er, borrowed some equipment and made a binaural beat tape. It was a very nicely done tape. He started out at Alfa and went down, slowed it down at Alfa, stepped down, small steps at a time, down to Zeta region at 4 Hz and he stayed there for an hour or two, stepped back up and we'd go out to the lab at the first opportunity.