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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVfaZz6E ... playnext=1
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 of the 22nd professional seminar is Consciousness: The Endless Frontier. As one of the original explorers who has never stopped exploring I am particularly pleased to have been asked to kick off this 22nd professional seminar.
We are here because of our association with TMI, and because of our interest in creative useful applications of Hemi-sync. So, I will give you a short description of the geneses 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 lions share of the two hours allotted me. I'm going to be here all day today, tomorrow, and the next day as long as most of you will be here.
I am very open to, 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 its more like a hop, skip, and a jump of thought across 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 trying to figured 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 mad at 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 I'm motivated to to get done. So it is going to be quick. All of these slides are going to be available on my web site, you see that? 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 way to pick them up. Um, So if the slides become become a problem for you trying to read them and listen, stop reading ands just listen. I will say everything you need to hear, just let the slides go if they become annoying for you.
Okay first a little introduction. Now and always a scientist sums it up pretty well. In college I uh, 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, uh system behavior, complex system behavior. So the team that I work on, and it's a fairly large team; what we do is, is try to discover what could possibly go wrong, what the probability is of it going wrong, and then if it does go wrong, how do you fix it.
Okay, well how did a physicist like me end up exploring consciousness and being part of the explorer program early on. Well once I left graduate school my um, I took a job and my first boss, Billious?, introduced me to Bob Mornoes first book. Well at that time, this is 1972, early in 72at that time it was his only book. The boos comes out and hands me the book and says, "Tom, I want you top read this and tell me what you think."
So I did, I read it, and uh, a few weeks later he asked me, Well what about this book". I said, well there's three possibilities. One this, guy has a good imagination and is just trying to sell books. Two, this guy is nuts. Three 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? You know, unless you can meet him and can get a measure of the man, how do you know? You know, is this guy nuts or what?
Well my boss and I both kind 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 said, "Tom, we've located Bob Monroe, he doesn't live that far away. There's a bunch of us going out and and visit him, and would you like to come?"
And I said, absolutely I want to come. I want to know whether it's one, two, or three. You know, I want to meet this guy. Well that was, um like I say now that was more like the spring of 72, and um, toward the end of that meeting; we did meet with Bob, and we spent the whole evening with him he was very gracious as usdual, and I found out of course that it wasn't one or it wasn't two. That Bob was very real, 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 and put up with us for a whole evening. Towards the end of the night, we were on the the back deck of what was called "the lab" there wasn't a whole lot in it at that point yet. But uh, with Bob it was one of those things like um you know, build it and they will come. He, he had built it and he wasn't quite sure what he was gong 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? And we all kind of looked at each other like what's coming next? And we nodded our heads yeah, and he says well, would any of you like to join me here and work in this lab and 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 would love to do that Bob, but um, I'll do it if you teach me what you know. And he kind of consider that for about another half a second after that another hand went up in the air, and it was Dennis Mennerich, um. Now you have to understand we 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'd like you to teach me what you know."
So, uh, Bob kind of looked around at the rest of the group, and I think he really was hoping for someone with more stature and experience, and reputation 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, it was a field farm, we are meeting with Bob, and from then on we would meet with like Bob Monday's, Wednesday's, and Friday's. We'd get there after dinner, around 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 any measurement devices for the people, there was just audio and the three booths. 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 now, experiments and things that we could do at the lab. After about an hour or so Bob would come up, and then Dennis and I would get in the booths, there were three booths, and uh Bob would 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 program then, I don't even know that focus 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, that was our goal.
Well we did this for for years, you know Dennis and I were coming out here probably for for pretty much straight five years or so we were coming out three days a week, and we'd come out on weekends. So you can imagine that we were averaging somewhere between 20 and 30 hours a week uh you know with the lab and with Bob. So 20 hours a week with Bob Monroe as your personal trainer you know 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 nonphysical friends and people we could get information from. We were doing experiments. Everything had to be experimental. There wasn't any point in doping anything you couldn't check to see whether it was real or not.
So that was the kind of the ground rule, it wasn't just fun and games and have a neat experience. It was "is this real" and it took awhile before, it probably took a year and a half before I got to the point that I could answer that question "yes" and that, everyone has to come to that point somewhere where you decide, you know, is this real, or am I making this up?