Saturday 1 August 2020


Recently I have been thinking about 'out of body' experiences.

Yesterday morning I was sitting on a bench in the empty park, overlooking the local loch.

Along came an elderly lady, out for a walk, and she started talking to me.

It turned out that the lovely lady and her late husband were close friends of Robert Monroe, an expert on 'out of body experiences'.

The lady's late husband, Ronald Russell, has written the main biography of Robert Monroe.

Robert Monroe.

Monroe once said:

"I discovered, through my great astonishment, that I–the non-physical me-am composed of literally hundreds of previous life personalities and experiences.

"If we call it reincarnation that implies a law that forces you to do it. What “forces” one to come back into another life is addiction!

"It’s our choice. I don’t look upon it as karma. That law of karma is really you.

"For example, if there were something I didn’t get a chance to do in this life, I would get to do it in another life.

"My mother said that when she died, her sister and brother would be waiting for her.

"Interestingly enough, the following Tuesday, as I was heading for the office, I felt her presence about 8:15 in the morning. Just to prove her point, she reached over and squeezed my knee. 

"I couldn’t see her or anything, but I could feel here pressure. She was saying good-by.

"Five years later, we found out, that one year after her death, she was a one-year-old in a village in Italy. 

"We got her name, address, in a non-physical investigation. 

"We did find out that in that village there was a one-year-old girl that fit the name we had discovered in our non-physical investigation. 

"Five years later we discovered that she was amazing, and attracted a lot of attention as a child violinist."

"So, she went back to do the thing she was unable to do in this life."

Robert Monroe Interview

Felicité is a servant girl.

As Felicité is dying, she thinks that she meets the Holy Spirit.

The skeptic would say that she is deceived.

The non-skeptic would say that she may well have encountered the Holy Spirit.

Felicité is a fictional character in Gustave Flaubert's short story entitled A Simple Heart, or Le Perroquet.

"Felicité is very loyal, and easily lends her affections to the two children of her mistress, Mme Aubain.

"She gives entirely to others; although many take advantage of her, she is unaffected.

"She has no husband, no children, and no property, and is reliant on her mistress to keep her; she is uneducated, which bars her visits to the Church; her death is virtually unnoticed.

"Despite her life being seemingly pointless, she has within her the power to love, which she does even when she does not receive it in return."

Félicité has a beloved parrot called Loulou whom she has 'stuffed' when it dies.

"As she finally passed from this world to the next, Félicité thought she saw a gigantic parrot hovering in the opening heavens above her."


Flaubert was unlike Félicité.

"Flaubert was very open about his sexual activities with (male and female) prostitutes...

"He engaged in intercourse with male prostitutes in Beirut and Egypt; in one of his letters, he describes a "pockmarked young rascal wearing a white turban".[7][8]


Anonymous writes:

Félicité's name is no accident.

The author of course knew it's derived from the Latin word for happiness.

Yes, the happiest people are those who care for others in humble simplicity.

The most miserable people are the envious, the pretentious, who seek adulation, to be better than those around them. Those who chase their vain desires to the detriment of others. Never satisfied with what they have. In futility, trying to fill a bottomless void with more of the same selfishness.

The diametric opposite of Félicité is Madame Bovaryhaving little loyalty to or appreciation of those who love her. In a vain and never-ending quest for more - for herself. Dying in misery and pain. And leaving behind those who need her.

A parable in two stories.

The kingdom of heaven and the depths of hell are within us.

Which we choose is up to us.

What about 'real-life' Near-Death Experiences?

The skeptics will call into question the evidence.

In 1977, at a hospital in Seattle, a migrant worker called 'Maria' had an Near Death Experience during a cardiac arrest.

"She later told her social worker that while doctors were resuscitating her, she found herself floating outside the hospital building and saw a tennis shoe on a third-floor window ledge, which she described in some detail.

"The social worker went to the window Maria had indicated, and not only found the shoe but said that the way it was placed meant there was no way Maria could have seen all the details she described from inside her hospital room."

The social worker, Kimberly Clark Sharp, is still alive and available for interview.

But nobody knows the current whereabouts of Maria and so she is not available to confirm the story.

The skeptics will say that the story is not confirmed as being true.


Might the Near Death Experience (NDE) have a purpose?

The NDE "is similar to the hero's journey, or quest narrative, the structure that the American writer and mythologist Joseph Campbell identified and named the monomyth in 1949.

"The quest underlies just about every form of storytelling, from religious myth to Greek epic to Hollywood blockbuster to personal memoir.

"In this structure, a protagonist is shaken out of his normal way of life by some disturbance and - often reluctantly at first, but at the urging of some kind of mentor or wise figure - strikes out on a journey to an unfamiliar realm.

"There he faces tests, battles enemies, questions the loyalty of friends and allies, withstands a climactic ordeal, teeters on the brink of failure or death, and ultimately returns to where he began, victorious but in some way transformed."

Campbell: "Have you ever read Sinclair LewisBabbitt?"
Moyers: "Not in a long time."
Campbell: "Remember the last line? 'I have never done a thing that I wanted to do in all my life.' That is a man who never followed his bliss."[20]





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At 1 August 2020 at 23:44 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

As usual you seem to post these brilliant pieces just when I'm thinkng about the same things...thanks as always mate.

At 2 August 2020 at 00:01 , Blogger Anon said...

And very many thanks to you!

- from Aangirfan.

At 2 August 2020 at 02:17 , Blogger Unknown said...

I can relate to this having had a NDE many years ago. It's certainly life changing.

At 2 August 2020 at 03:46 , Blogger Anon said...

Many thanks. Can you tell us more?

- Angirfan.

At 2 August 2020 at 05:14 , Blogger Danno said...

Yes, I too was also thinking about OBEs, specifically Bob Monroe and the Monroe institute - I recently did an online course with them and an independent course facilitator and was just contemplating signing up for a new course directed by Robert Bruce.

At 6 August 2020 at 16:10 , Blogger M.K. Styllinski said...

Fascinating post. Robert Monroe was an extraordinary guy. If you're interested in this field, it's an absolute must to buy his book trilogy. They need to be read over and over to obtain the full import of what he's trying to convey.

Having read a good deal on this topic and with a few experiences of my own, I can say, so far, that Monroe was one of the few who really contributed something worthwhile in explaining the life-death process. Since he was a scientist he was an antidote to all the pollution from new age horse-shit that distracts and obscures this complex subject - which of course, is by design. (Cointelpro wasn't just for the civil rights movement).

It's also interesting that worked for a time for the CIA and was only able to publish his books on the condition he left out elements regarding, shall we say, rather malevolent encounters with beings with a deep interest in our activities and very well known to Deep state UFO side of the equation.

But that's a whole other story...

At 6 August 2020 at 23:12 , Blogger Anon said...

I did not realise that he worked for the CIA.

- Aangirfan


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