In this classic, first-hand account we are challenged to re-consider our ideas about life and death while Robert Monroe invites us, with step-by-step instructions, to initiate the experience ourselves.
Mr. Monroe has set down and explained - and explained - some of his out of the body experiences here which are various called OOBEs, Second Body or Second State, or his "wild talent." He's been making these paranormal excursions here and there and up to Locales I and II for twelve years; no one has been able to give him much help so he has developed a whole scientific construct around them which involves a lot of extrapolation; he's about to start a Mind Research Institute. Among the more striking astral projections are those dealing with people who are dying or have just died (a doctor he knew, a young boy he didn't know); then there's the plane crash vision which preceded his medically unexpected heart attack. He follows up on each and every episode, tries to affirm how his Second Body looks and one witness, a R.W. he incorporeally dropped in on, confirmed that he was a "filmy piece of grey chiffon." He attests to ongoing sexuality in the Second State which may be heartening: "In an immediate moment, there is a mind (soul?) shaking interflow of electrons one to the other, unbalanced charges become equalized, peaceful contended balance is restored, and each is revitalized." And at the end he makes up (oops - that was our second head) some suggestions on how to parallel these experiences. Mr. Monroe is a radio writer-director but there's a lot of scientific garblese coming over these frequencies. (Kirkus Reviews)