The gateway process

The gateway process DEFAULT

She turned to me the other morning and said, “You heard of The Gateway?” It didn’t register in the moment. She continued, “It’s blowing up on TikTok.” Later on, she elaborated: It was not in fact the ill-fated ’90s computer hardware company folks were freaking out about. No, they’ve gone further back in time, to find a true treasure of functional media. 

The intrigue revolves around a classified 1983 CIA report on a technique called the Gateway Experience, which is a training system designed to focus brainwave output to alter consciousness and ultimately escape the restrictions of time and space. The CIA was interested in all sorts of psychic research at the time, including the theory and applications of remote viewing, which is when someone views real events with only the power of their mind. The documents have since been declassified and are available to view. 

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This is a comprehensive excavation of The Gateway Process report. The first section provides a timeline of the key historical developments that led to the CIA’s investigation and subsequent experimentations. The second section is a review of The Gateway Process report. It opens with a wall of theoretical context, on the other side of which lies enough understanding to begin to grasp the principles underlying the Gateway Experience training. The last section outlines the Gateway technique itself and the steps that go into achieving spacetime transcendence. 

Let’s go.

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THE TIMELINE

• 1950s - Robert Monroe, a radio broadcasting executive, begins producing evidence that specific sound patterns have identifiable effects on human capabilities. These include alertness, sleepiness, and expanded states of consciousness.

• 1956 - Monroe forms an R&D division inside his radio program production corporation RAM Enterprises. The goal is to study sound’s effect on human consciousness. He was obsessed with “Sleep-Learning," or hypnopedia, which exposes sleepers to sound recordings to boost memory of previously learned information.

• 1958 - While experimenting with Sleep-Learning, Monroe discovers an unusual phenomenon. He describes it as sensations of paralysis and vibration accompanied by bright light. It allegedly happens nine times over the proceeding six weeks, and culminates in an out-of-body experience (OBE).

• 1962 - RAM Enterprises moves to Virginia, and renames itself Monroe Industries. It becomes active in radio station ownership, cable television, and later in the production and sale of audio cassettes. These cassettes contain applied learnings from the corporate research program, which is renamed The Monroe Institute.

• 1971 - Monroe publishes Journeys Out of the Body, a book that is credited with popularizing the term “out-of-body experience.”

Books by Robert Monroe.

• 1972 - A classified report circulates in the U.S. military and intelligence communities. It claims that the Soviet Union is pouring money into research involving ESP and psychokinesis for espionage purposes.

• 1975 - Monroe registers the first of several patents concerning audio techniques designed to stimulate brain functions until the left and right hemispheres become synchronized. Monroe dubs the state "Hemi-Sync" (hemispheric synchronization), and claims it could be used to promote mental well-being or to trigger an altered state of consciousness.

• 1978 to 1984 - Army veteran Joseph McMoneagle contributes to 450 remote viewing missions under Project Stargate. He is known as “Remote View No. 1”. This is kind of a whole other story.

• June 9th, 1983 - The CIA report "Analysis and Assessment of The Gateway Process" is produced. It provides a scientific framework for understanding and expanding human consciousness, out-of-body experiments, and other altered states of mind.

• 1989 - Remote viewer Angela Dellafiora Ford helps track down a former customs agent who has gone on the run. She pinpoints his location as “Lowell, Wyoming”. U.S. Customs apprehend him 100 miles west of a Wyoming town called Lovell.

• 2003 - The CIA approves declassification of the Gateway Process report.

• 2017 - The CIA declassifies 12 million pages of records revealing previously unknown details about the program, which would eventually become known as Project Stargate.

THE REPORT

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Personnel

The author of The Gateway Process report is Lieutenant Colonel Wayne M. McDonnell, hereon referred to simply as Wayne. There isn’t a tremendous amount of information available on the man, nor any photographs. In 1983, Wayne was tasked by the Commander of the U.S. Army Operational Group with figuring out how The Gateway Experience, astral projection and out-of-body experiences work. Wayne partnered with a bunch of different folks to produce the report, most notably Itzhak Bentov, a very Googleable American-Israeli scientist who helped pioneer the biomedical engineering industry.

A scientific approach

From the outset of the report, Wayne states his intent to employ an objective scientific method in order to understand the Gateway process. The various scientific avenues he takes include:

• A biomedical inquiry to understand the physical aspects of the process. 

• Information on quantum mechanics to describe the nature and functioning of human consciousness.

• Theoretical physics to explain the time-space dimension and means by which expanded human consciousness transcends it.

• Classical physics to bring the whole phenomenon of out-of-body states into the language of physical science (and remove the stigma of an occult connotation). 

Methodological frames of reference

Before diving into the Gateway Experience, Wayne develops a frame of reference by dissecting three discrete consciousness-altering methodologies. He’s basically saying, there’s no way you’re going to get through The Gateway without a solid grounding in the brain-altering techniques that came before it.

1) He begins with hypnosis. The language is extremely dense, but the basic gist is as follows: the left side of the brain screens incoming stimuli, categorizing, assessing and assigning meaning to everything through self-cognitive, verbal, and linear reasoning. The left hemisphere then dishes the carefully prepared data to the non-critical, holistic, pattern-oriented right hemisphere, which accepts everything without question. Hypnosis works by putting the left side to sleep, or at least distracting it long enough to allow incoming data direct, unchallenged entry to the right hemisphere. There, stimuli can reach the sensor and motor cortices of the right brain, which corresponds to points in the body. Suggestions then can send electrical signals from the brain to certain parts of the body. Directing these signals appropriately, according to the report, can elicit reactions ranging from left leg numbness to feelings of happiness. Same goes for increased powers of concentration. 

2) Wayne continues with a snapshot of transcendental meditation. He distinguishes it from hypnotism. Through concentration the subject draws energy up the spinal cord, resulting in acoustical waves that run through the cerebral ventricles, to the right hemisphere, where they stimulate the cerebral cortex, run along the homunculus and then to the body. The waves are the altered rhythm of heart sounds, which create sympathetic vibrations in the walls of the fluid-filled cavities of the brain’s ventricles. He observed that the symptoms begin in the left side of the body, confirming the right brain’s complicity. Bentov also states that the same effect might be achieved by prolonged exposure to 4 - 7 Hertz/second acoustical vibrations. He suggests standing by an air conditioning duct might also do the trick. (David Lynch and other celebrities are committed adherents to transcendental meditation today.)

3) Biofeedback, on the other hand, uses the left hemisphere to gain access to the right brain’s lower cerebral, motor, and sensory cortices. Whereas hypnosis suppresses one side of the brain, and TM bypasses that side altogether, biofeedback teaches the left hemisphere to visualize the desired result, recognize the feelings associated with right hemisphere access, and ultimately achieve the result again. With repetition, the left brain can reliably key into the right brain, and strengthen the pathways so that it can be accessed during a conscious demand mode. A digital thermometer is subsequently placed on a target part of the body. When its temperature increases, objective affirmation is recognized and the state is reinforced. Achieving biofeedback can block pain, enhance feeling, and even suppress tumors, according to the report.  

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The Gateway mechanics

With that, Wayne takes a first stab at the Gateway process. He classifies it as a “training system designed to bring enhanced strength, focus and coherence to the amplitude and frequency of brainwave output between the left and right hemispheres so as to alter consciousness.”

What distinguishes the Gateway process from hypnosis, TM, and biofeedback, is that it requires achieving  a state of consciousness in which the electrical brain patterns of both hemispheres are equal in amplitude and frequency. This is called Hemi-Sync. Lamentably, and perhaps conveniently, we cannot as humans achieve this state on our own. The audio techniques developed by Bob Monroe and his Institute (which comprise a series of  tapes), claim to induce and sustain Hemi-Sync.

Here, the document shifts to the usage of quotes and other reports to describe the powers of Hemi-Sync. Wayne employs the analogy of a lamp versus a laser. Left to its own devices the human mind expends energy like a lamp, in a chaotic and incoherent way, achieving lots of diffusion but relatively little depth. Under Hemi-Sync though, the mind produces a “disciplined stream of light.” So, once the frequency and amplitude of the brain are rendered coherent it can then synchronize with the rarified energy levels of the universe. With this connection intact, the brain begins to receive symbols and display astonishing flashes of holistic intuition. 

The Hemi-Sync technique takes advantage of a Frequency Following Response (FFR). It works like this: an external frequency emulating a recognized one will cause the brain to mimic it. So if a subject hears a frequency at the Theta level, it will shift from its resting Beta level. To achieve these unnatural levels, Hemi-Sync puts a single frequency in the left ear and a contrasting frequency in the right. The brain then experiences the Delta frequency, also known as the beat frequency. It’s more familiarly referred to these days as binaural music. With the FFR and beat frequency phenomena firmly in place, The Gateway Process introduces a series of frequencies at marginally audible, subliminal levels. With the left brain relaxed and the body in a virtual sleep state, the conditions are ideal to promote brainwave outputs of higher and higher amplitude and frequency. Alongside subliminal suggestions from Bob Monroe (naturally), the subject can then alter their consciousness. 

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The Gateway system only works when the audio, which is introduced through headphones, is accompanied by a physical quietude comparable to other forms of meditation. This increases the subject’s internal resonance to the body’s sound frequencies, for example the heart. This eliminates the “bifurcation echo”, in which the heartbeat moves up and down the body seven times a second. By placing the body in a sleep-like state, The Gateway Tapes, like meditation, lessen the force and frequency of the heartbeat pushing blood into the aorta. The result is a rhythmic sine wave that in turn amplifies the sound volume of the heart three times. This then amplifies the frequency of brainwave output. The film surrounding the brain—the dura—and fluid between that film and the skull, eventually begin to move up and down, by .0005 and .010 millimeters.

The body, based on its own micro-motions, then functions as a tuned vibrational system. The report claims that the entire body eventually transfers energy at between 6.8 and 7.5 Hertz, which matches Earth’s own energy (7 - 7.5 Hertz). The resulting wavelengths are long, about 40,000 kilometers, which also happens to be the perimeter of the planet. According to Bentov, the signal can move around the world’s electrostatic field in 1/7th of a second.

To recap, the Gateway Process goes like this:  

• Induced state of calm 

• Blood pressure lowers 

• Circulatory system, skeleton and other organ systems begin to vibrate at 7 - 7.5 cycles per second 

• Increased resonance is achieved 

• The resulting sound waves matches the electrostatic field of the earth 

• The body and earth and other similarly tuned minds become a single energy continuum. 

We’ve gotten slightly ahead of ourselves here though. Back to the drawing board.

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A psycho-quantum level deeper

Wayne then turns to the very nature of matter and energy. More materially (or less if you will), solid matter in the strict construction of the term, he explains, doesn’t exist. The atomic structure is composed of oscillating energy grids surrounded by other oscillating energy grids at tremendous speeds. These oscillation rates vary—the nucleus of an atom vibrates at 10 to the power of 22, a molecule vibrates at 10 to the power of 9, a human cell vibrates at 10 to the power of 3. The point is that the entire universe is one complex system of energy fields. States of matter in this conception then are merely variations in the state of energy.

The result of all these moving energies, bouncing off of energy at rest, projects a 3D mode, a pattern, called a hologram, A.K.A our reality as we experience it. It's best to think of it as a 3D photograph. There's a whole rabbit hole to go down here. Suffice it to say, the hologram that is our experience is incredibly good at depicting and recording all the various energies bouncing around creating matter. So good, in fact, that we buy into it hook, line, and sinker, going so far as to call it our "life."

Consciousness then can be envisaged as a 3D grid system superimposed over all energy patterns, Wayne writes. Using mathematics, each plane of the grid system can then reduce the data to a 2D form. Our binary (go/no go) minds can then process the data and compare it to other historical data saved in our memory. Our reality is then formed by comparisons. The right hemisphere of the brain acts as the primary matrix or receptor for this holographic input. The left hemisphere then compares it to other data, reducing it to its 2D form.

In keeping with our species' commitment to exceptionalism, as far as we know humans are uniquely capable of achieving this level of consciousness. Simply, humans not only know, but we know that we know. This bestows upon us the ability to duplicate aspects of our own hologram, project them out, perceive that projection, run it through a comparison with our own memory of the hologram, measure the differences using 3D geometry, then run it through our binary system to yield verbal cognition of the self.

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The click-out phase

Wayne then shows his cards as a true punisher, issuing, "Up to this point our discussion of the Gateway process has been relatively simple and easy to follow. Now the fun begins." Shots fired, Wayne. What he's preparing the commander reading this heady report for is the reveal—how we can use the Gateway to transcend the dimension of spacetime.

Time is a measurement of energy or force in motion; it is a measurement of change. This is really important. For energy to be classified as in motion, it must be confined within a vibratory pattern that can contain its motion, keeping it still. Energy not contained like this is boundary-less, and moves without limit or dimension, to infinity. This disqualifies boundary-less energy from the dimension of time because it has no rate of change. Energy in infinity, also called "the absolute state," is completely at rest because nothing is accelerating or decelerating it—again, no change. It therefore does not contribute to our hologram, our physical experience. We cannot perceive it.

Now back to frequencies. Wave oscillation occurs because a wave is bouncing between two rigid points of rest. It's like a game of electromagnetic hot potato (the potato being the wave and the participants' hands being the boundaries of the wave). Without these limits, there would be no oscillation. When a wave hits one of those points of rest, just for a very brief instant, it "clicks out" of spacetime and joins infinity. For this to occur, the speed of the oscillation has to drop below 10 the power of -33 centimeters per second. For a moment, the wave enters into a new world. The potato simply disappears into a dimension we cannot perceive.

Theoretically speaking, if the human consciousness wave pattern reaches a high enough frequency, the “click-outs” can reach continuity. Put another way, if the frequency of human consciousness can dip below 10 to the power of 33 centimeters per second but above a state of total rest, it can transcend spacetime. The Gateway experience and associated Hemi-Sync technique is designed for humans to achieve this state and establish a coherent pattern of perception in the newly realized dimensions.

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Passport to the hologram

In theory, we can achieve the above at any time. The entire process though is helped along if we can separate the consciousness from our body. It’s like an existential running head start where the click-out of a consciousness already separated from its body starts much closer to, and has more time to dialogue with, other dimensions.

This is where things get a little slippery; hold on as best you can. The universe is in on the whole hologram thing, too, Wayne writes. This super hologram is called a "torus" because it takes the shape of a fuck-off massive self-contained spiral. Like this:

Give yourself a moment to let the above motion sink in...

This pattern of the universe conspicuously mirrors the patterns of electrons around the nucleus of an atom. Galaxies north of our own are moving away from us faster than the galaxies to the south; galaxies to the east and west of us are more distant. The energy that produced the matter that makes up the universe we presently enjoy, will turn back in on itself eventually. Its trajectory is ovoid, also known as the cosmic egg. As it curls back on itself it enters a black hole, goes through a densely packed energy nucleus then gets spat out the other side of a white hole and begins the process again. Springtime in the cosmos, baby!

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The entire universe hologram—the torus—represents all the phases of time: the past, present, and future. The takeaway is that human consciousness brought to a sufficiently altered (focused) state could obtain information about the past, present, and future, since they all live in the universal hologram simultaneously. Wayne reasons that our all-reaching consciousness eventually participates in an all-knowing infinite continuum. Long after we depart the space-time dimension and the hologram each one of us perceives is snuffed out, our consciousness continues. Reassuring in a way.

And that is the context in which the Gateway Experience sits.

[Deep breaths.]

THE TECHNIQUE

The following is an outline of the key steps to reach focus levels necessary to defy the spacetime dimension. This is an involved and lengthy process best attempted in controlled settings. If you’re in a rush, you can apparently listen to enough Monroe Institute Gateway Tapes in 7 days to get there.

The Energy Conversion Box: The Gateway Process begins by teaching the subject to isolate any extraneous concerns using a visualization process called “the energy conversion box.”

Resonant Humming: The individual is introduced to resonant humming. Through the utterance of a protracted single tone, alongside a chorus on the tapes, the mind and body achieve a state of resonance.

The Gateway Affirmation: The participant is exposed to something close to a mantra called The Gateway Affirmation. They must repeat to themselves variations of, “I am merely a physical body and deeply desire to expand my consciousness.”

Hemi-Sync: The individual is finally exposed to the Hemi-Sync sound frequencies, and encouraged to develop a relationship with the feelings that emerge.

Additional Noise: Physical relaxation techniques are practiced while the Hemi-Sync frequencies are expanded to include “pink and white” noise. This puts the body in a state of virtual sleep, while calming the left hemisphere and raising the attentiveness of the right hemisphere.

The Energy Balloon: The individual is then encouraged to visualize the creation of an “energy balloon” beginning at the top of the head, extending down in all directions to the feet then back up again. There are a few reasons for this, the main one being that this balloon will provide protection against conscious entities possessing lower energy levels that he or she may encounter when in the out-of-body state.

Focus 12: The practitioner can consistently achieve sufficient expanded awareness to begin interacting with dimensions beyond their physical reality. To achieve this state requires conscious efforts and more “pink and white noise” from the sound stream.

Tools: Once Focus 12 is achieved, the subject can then employ a series of tools to obtain feedback from alternate dimensions.

Problem Solving: The individual identifies fundamental problems, fills their expanded awareness with them, and then projects them out into the universe. These can include personal difficulties, as well as technical or practical problems.

Patterning: Consciousness is used to achieve desired objectives in the physical, emotional, or intellectual sphere.

Color Breathing: A healing technique that revitalizes the body’s energy flows by imagining colors in a particularly vivid manner.

Energy Bar Tool: This technique involves imagining a small intensely pulsating dot of light that the participant charges up. He or she then uses the sparkling, vibrating cylinder of energy (formerly known as the dot) to channel forces from the universe to heal and revitalize the body.

Remote Viewing: A follow-on technique of the Energy Bar Tool where the dot is turned into a whirling vortex through which the individual sends their imagination in search of illuminating insights.

Living Body Map: A more organized use of the energy bar in which streams of different colors flow from the dot on to correspondingly-colored bodily systems.

Seven days of training have now occurred. Approximately 5 percent of participants get to this next level, according to the report.

Focus 15 - Travel Into the Past: Additional sound on the Hemi-Sync tapes includes more of the same, plus some subliminal suggestions to further expand the consciousness. The instructions are highly symbolic: time is a huge wheel, in which different spokes give access to the participant’s past.

Focus 21 - The Future: This is the last and most advanced state. Like Focus 15, this is a movement out of spacetime into the future.

Out-of-Body Movement: Only one tape of the many is devoted to out-of-body movement. This tape is devoted to facilitating an out-of-body state when the participant’s brain wave patterns and energy levels reach harmony with the surrounding electromagnetic environment. According to Bob Monroe, the participant has to be exposed to Beta signals of around 2877.3 cycles per second.

CONCLUSIONS

Wayne expresses concern about the fidelity of information brought back from out-of-body states using the Gateway technique. Practical applications are of particular concern because of the potential for “information distortion.” 

The Monroe Institute also ran into a bunch of issues in which they had individuals travel from the West to the East Coast of the U.S. to read a series of numbers off of a computer screen. They never got them exactly right. Wayne chalks this up to the trouble of differentiating between physical entities and extra-time-space dimensions when in the out-of-body state.

Wayne swings back to support mode though, lending credence to the physics foundation of the report. He cites multiple belief systems that have established identical findings. These include the Tibetan Shoug, the Hindu heaven of Indra, the Hebrew mystical philosophy, and the Christian concept of the Trinity.  Here he seems more interested in hammering home the  theoretical underpinnings that make The Gateway Experience possible, rather than the practical possibilities promised by The Gateway Tapes.

Possibly with his CIA top brass audience in mind, Wayne then gives an A-type nod to The Gateway Experience for providing a faster, more efficient, less subservient, energy-saving route to expanded consciousness. This finishes with a series of recommendations to the CIA for how to exploit Gateway’s potential for national defense purposes.

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The missing page

One curious feature of The Gateway Report is that it seems to be missing page 25. It’s a real cliffhanger too. The bottom of page 24 reads “And, the eternal thought or concept of self which results from this self-consciousness serves the,” The report picks back up on page 26 and 3 sections later as if Wayne hadn’t just revealed the very secret of existence. 

The gap has not gone unnoticed. There's a Change.org petition requesting its release. Multiple Freedom of Information Act requests have demanded the same. In all cases, the CIA has said they never had the page to begin with. Here’s a 2019 response from Mark Lilly, the CIA’s Information and Privacy Coordinator, to one Bailey Stoner regarding these records: 

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One theory goes that that rascal Wayne M.-fricking-McDonnell left the page out on purpose. The theory contends that it was a litmus test—if anyone truly defies time-space dimensions, they’ll certainly be able to locate page 25.

[Cosmic shrug.]

Thobey Campion is the former Publisher of Motherboard. You can subscribe to his Substack here. 

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CIA Had Secret Program To Send People In Past Or Future By Mind Power

It is no secret that the human mind is capable of doing so much. It is the human mind that took Man to the moon, or built the atomic bomb, among several other great scientific achievements. 

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But researchers have also been working on expanding its reach from the realms of the physical universe and pushing it beyond, transcending space and time. Recently one of these techniques used by the CIA surfaced online (after a TikToker discovered it) and has been quite a revelation for many. 

The CIA technique dubbed theGateway Experience was essentially described as a training system to bring enhanced strength, focus and coherence to the amplitude and frequency of brainwave output between left and right hemispheres that would alter the consciousness, pushing it outside the physical space, escaping restrictions of time and space. 

Basically, it was seen as a way to put minds in a different state of consciousness, controlling our brain with the motive of interacting with non-physical aspects of reality. Its uses, according to the CIA report, ranged from converting energy to heal one’s body to travelling across space and time to learn and access new information. 

Yes, it sounds quite mumbo-jumbo, but CIA approved testing for this under the eyes of US Army Lieutenant Colonel Wayne M McDonnell. The project was classified by the CIA until 2003, which allowed it to be accessed by anyone. 

CIA initiation of Gateway Experience 

McDonnell was commissioned to work on the Gateway Experience in the 1980s at a time in US history when the nation was taking a deep interest in different varieties of psychic research -- primarily since the Soviet Union too was taking a keen interest in psychokinesis and extrasensory perception (ESP) for espionage missions during the Cold War. 

The basis of the Gateway Experience actually comes from research conducted by one Robert Monroe --  a radio broadcasting executive who was studying to understand the effects of sound on human consciousness during the 1950s. 

Monroe’s company -- Monroe Industries -- registered patents for an audio technique dubbed Hemi-Sync that according to him could create an altered state of consciousness with the help of sound waves (played via a series of tapes) to sync the output of the left and right hemispheres of the brain (hence the name Hemi-Sync).

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McDonnell with popular bioengineer Itzhal Bentov and a team of researchers used these tapes as well as other mind-relaxation techniques while testing out the Gateway experience. 

If you’ve caught on till now, your mind too might be thinking that all of this doesn’t seem scientific -- as it will be difficult to establish scientific evidence for the outcomes. However, McDonnell listed out how his analysis laid out the following scientific components to make this a valid research. 

It included biomedical models to understand the physical aspects of the Gateway Process. It also included Quantum mechanics to explain the nature and functioning of human consciousness. It also involves theoretical physics to explain the nature of the time-space dimension and the means by which it could be extended by expanding consciousness using the process. It also involved classic physics to explain the ‘out of body experience’ into the language of physical science. 

The consciousness-altering techniques

McDonnell speaks about three crucial consciousness-altering techniques and I’m sure you might have heard about them too -- hypnosis, transcendental meditation and biofeedback. He compares these to the Gateway Experience and explains how the former three essentially create the base for achieving the Gateway Experience. And the key difference between the three and Gateway Experience is the aforementioned Hemi-Sync.

Understanding Hemi-Sync

To better understand Hemi-sync, McDonnell presents an example that was coined by Monroe researcher Melissa Jager who used it to simplify the concept of Hemi-Sync. Jager stated that a human brain’s normal state is like a lamp that’s shining but limited to a certain area. 

However, with Hemi-Sync when both hemispheres are in synchronization, this light turns into a rather concentrated beam of light like a laser, that can not only be more effective but reach farther than it ever could before. 

McDonnel explains that Hemi-Sync is achieved when the subject hears a sound produced at a particular frequency that is actually associated with the operation of the human brain. When the brain would listen to this, it would try to replicate this by adjusting its output. He called this phenomenon Frequency Following Response. 

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McDonnell explained that the brain functions at a Beta frequency when a human is wide awake and a Theta frequency when he/she is sleeping. With FFR, researchers can sort of fool the brain into switching from Beta to Theta by making it listen to an external theta frequency. In Hemi-Sync, it introduces a frequency in the left ear that’s 10Hz higher than the one being introduced in the right ear. Listening to both different frequencies it tries to stabilise this to a single level. This phenomenon is called beat frequency. 

As soon as beat frequency is achieved along with Hemi-Sync, the left hemisphere relaxes and the boy goes into a virtual sleep state, while also aligning brain patterns in both hemispheres, allowing the human to change their own consciousness. 

The virtual sleep state also lowers the heart rate of a person, while spiking the frequency of brainwave output, which McDonnell says creates a ‘vibrational system’ throughout the body that syncs with the energy continuum of the Earth. 

According to McDonnell if people reach that energy level at the same time, they could communicate with each other inside of it. 

Interacting with universal hologram 

According to McDonnell, 'Our universe is one large hologram of unbelievable complexity. This hologram consists of interacting energy fields in motion and at rest, as well as all phases of time, past, present and future. 

The holograms developed by the human mind are aware of the universal hologram, with the right hemisphere of the brain receiving energy from the universal hologram and the left hemisphere translating it into consciousness. However, altering this energy matrix in the brain, the Gateway Experience pushes and changes consciousness to absorb more of the universal hologram.

Reaching the gateway experience

McDonnell spoke about Monroe’s process of reaching the gateway -- a seven-day long process that enabled the widening of consciousness of the human mind. 


On the first day, the subject is taught to isolate ‘extraneous concerns’ or irrelevant things in mind into a visualisation device called an ‘energy conversion box.

In the next stage, he is made to hear ‘resonant humming’ on a tape and is asked to mimic this sound too. 

In the third stage, the subject is asked to repeat a ‘Gateway affirmation’ such as “I am merely a physical body and deeply desire to expand my consciousness.”

Next, the subject is exposed to Hemi-Sync sound frequencies while also asking them to focus on developing perception and appreciation for feelings that accompany the synchronisation of brainwaves.

After this, physical relaxation techniques are introduced while Hemi-Sync frequencies expand and include pink and white noise that put the body in a virtual sleep state and calm the brain’s left hemisphere while raising awareness in the right hemisphere.

After this, the subject is asked to imagine an energy balloon that is extending from the top of the head, around the body and going all the way to the feet where it flows back into the body and to the head and out of the head again, forming a cycle of sorts. This basically resembles the flow of energy in the universe and provides protection against conscious entities that have lower energy levels that the subject could come across in case he/she attains out-of-body-state. 

After mastering these techniques the subject can progress into more exploratory stages of the Gateway Experience where they learn how to interact with and manipulate newly-discovered dimensions of awareness. 

Time travelling aspect

McDonnel also touches upon the time travelling aspect which can be enabled by intensifying sounds on the Hemi-Sync tapes named, ‘Focus 15’. While listening to this tape, they’re asked to visualise time as a wheel with spokes that point to events in their past.

In his tests, less than five percent of individuals could successfully travel in their past throughout the seven-day training period. But he’s of the belief that with a few weeks of training they could easily travel in their past. 

McDonnell added,  “They also state that not only the individual's past history is available for examination by the one who has achieved Focus 15, but other aspects of the past with which the individual himself has had no connection may also be accessed.”

But that wasn’t all. After trying to explore their past, subjects were asked to venture into the future, with the Focus 21 tapes. But not many could reach this level. According to McDonnel, it would take months or even years of practice to reach this level.

But the final stage was learning ‘out-of-the-body’ movement where the subject could lift themselves out of their body after their brainwave pattern and energy would sync harmoniously with the surrounding electromagnetic environment. According to McDonnell, none of the test subjects were able to achieve this.

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The next step

McDonnell summarised the Gateway Process stating that there was still far from being perfect but had extreme potential. He concluded stating, “There is a sound and rational basis in terms of physical science parameters for considering Gateway to be plausible in terms of its essential objectives. Intuitional insights of not only personal but of a practical and professional nature would seem to be within the bounds of reasonable expectations. 

“However, a phased approach for entering the Gateway Experience in an accelerated mode would seem to be required if the time needed to reach advanced states of altered consciousness is brought within more manageable limits from the standpoint of establishing an organization-wide exploitation of Gateway's potential.”

He listed out recommendations for how CIA should design their research in Gateway Studies, but there is no information available if they did work on it in future. 

The missing page

One page from the report -- Page 25 -- was missing from the report, just when McDonnell was describing potential uses for the Gateway Experience. However, the CIA has mentioned that this page wasn’t present to begin with. This has led to several conspiracy theories stating that McDonnell might have left it on purpose to push subjects to master the Gateway process and experience it themselves.

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TikTok users uncover 1983 CIA report about 'Gateway Experience' phenomenon

TikTok users have uncovered a bewildering CIA report from nearly four decades ago which describes the agency's belief that humans can transcend space and time using a technique called the Gateway Experience. 

The report entitled Analysis and Assessment of The Gateway Process was penned in 1983 by US Army Lieutenant Colonel Wayne M McDonnell. 

McDonnell described the Gateway Experience as 'a training system designed to bring enhanced strength, focus and coherence to the amplitude and frequency of brainwave output between left and right hemispheres so as to alter consciousness, moving it outside the physical sphere so as to ultimately escape even the restrictions of time and space'. 

In simpler terms, the Gateway Experience uses sounds tapes to manipulate brainwaves with a goal of creating an altered state of consciousness in which a person can interact with nonphysical aspects of reality.   

Practical uses of the technique, according to the CIA report, include manifesting goals, converting energy to heal one's body, and even traveling across space and time to access new information. 

McDonnell's report concluded that the Gateway Experience is in fact 'plausible' in terms of physical science, and that it could potentially have practical uses in US intelligence - but that more research was needed to expound upon his preliminary findings. 

The report was quietly declassified by the CIA in 2003 and largely went unnoticed. Nearly two decades later, the Gateway Experience is now receiving renewed attention after piquing the interest of TikTok users. 

It's unclear how the report suddenly grabbed TikTok recognition, but over the past month dozens of users have recorded videos explaining the Gateway phenomenon and sharing their attempts to access it using tapes available for purchase online.   

TikTok users have uncovered a bewildering CIA report from nearly four decades ago which describes the agency's belief that humans can transcend space and time by reaching an alternate state of consciousness using a technique called The Gateway Experience

TikTok users have uncovered a bewildering CIA report from nearly four decades ago which describes the agency's belief that humans can transcend space and time by reaching an alternate state of consciousness using a technique called The Gateway Experience

TikTok user @abby_careyyy's 16-part series breaking down the contents of the CIA report has garnered millions of views in the past month
In her videos @abby_careyyy attempts to translate jargon in the CIA report into digestible terms

TikTok user @abby_careyyy's 16-part series breaking down the contents of the CIA report has garnered millions of views in the past month

McDonnell was commissioned to explore the Gateway Experience in the 1980s, at a time when US intelligence agencies were deeply interested in various forms of psychic research. 

CIA records suggest that the fascination was driven in part by the belief that the Soviet Union was conducting their own research into whether psychokinesis and extrasensory perception (ESP) could be used for espionage purposes during the Cold War. 

More specifically, the Gateway project was rooted in a wider curiosity about 'out-of-body experiences'. That term was coined by a radio broadcasting executive named Robert Monroe, who began studying the effects of sound on human consciousness in the 50s. 

In 1975, Monroe's company, Monroe Industries, registered patents for an audio technique called 'Hemi-Sync', short for hemispheric synchronization.  

Monroe claimed that the technique could create an altered state of consciousness by using sound waves to synchronize brainwave output in the left and right hemispheres of the brain. 

Those sound waves, manufactured by the Monroe Institute, are still available today on Amazon starting at $969.   

McDonnell's team of researchers, which included famed bioengineer Itzhak Bentov, used Hemi-Sync tapes and other relaxation techniques in their assessment of the Gateway Experience.  

McDonnell opened his report with a brief letter laying out how he used objective scientific methods to understand and explore the Gateway Experience, with a goal of determining practical uses for the CIA.    

He seemed to acknowledge the fact that his intended audience might be wary of his findings, and emphasizes that understanding them will require not only left-brain logic, but also right-brain intuition. 

The multi-pronged analysis included the following components:  

  • Biomedical models to understand the physical aspects of the Gateway process
  • Quantum mechanics to explain the nature and functioning of human consciousness
  • Theoretical physics to explain the character of the time-space dimension and the means by which it could be transcended by expanding consciousness with the Gateway process 
  • Classical physics to translate the 'out-of-body experience' into the language of physical science
McDonnell's report included this diagram of what's known as the Cosmic Egg, a representation of how individual consciousness interacts with a so-called 'universal hologram'

McDonnell's report included this diagram of what's known as the Cosmic Egg, a representation of how individual consciousness interacts with a so-called 'universal hologram'

In the first section after the introductory letter, McDonnell lays out three main consciousness-altering techniques - hypnosis, transcendental meditation, and biofeedback - with the purpose of explaining how they compare to the Gateway Experience. 

McDonnell asserts that grasping those three techniques can help lay the groundwork for achieving the Gateway Experience. 

The key difference between those techniques and the Gateway Experience is that the latter requires creating Hemi-Sync - a state of consciousness in which the frequency and amplitude of electrical brain patterns in both hemispheres are equal. 

In the report McDonnell points to the Monroe Institute's definition of Hemi-Sync and mentions a few studies on the tapes the institute marketed as being able to create it.  

He also presents a metaphor that Monroe researcher Melissa Jager came up with to explain how Hemi-Sync works. Jager likened the brain's normal state to a lamp diffusing energy out to a limited depth. When both hemispheres' electrical patterns are brought to the same frequency and amplitude with Hemi-Sync, Jager said, the brain can concentrate energy into a 'disciplined beam of light' like a laser. 

McDonnell then explains how Hemi-Sync is actually achieved with what he calls a Frequency Following Response (FFR), 'which means that if a subject hears a sound produced at a frequency which emulates one of those associated with the operation of the human brain, the brain will try to mimic the same frequency by adjusting its output'.

The brain operates at a Beta frequency when a person is fully awake, and at a Theta frequency when they are sleeping. With FFR, researchers can trick the brain into shifting from Beta into Theta by introducing an external Theta frequency. 

Hemi-Sync employs FFR in a slightly more complicated way - introducing a frequency in the left ear that is 10 Hertz higher than the one introduced in the right ear. 

The brain reconciles the opposing frequencies by settling on a single level between the, called a 'beat' frequency. 

When a beat frequency is reached with Hemi-Sync, the left hemisphere is relaxed, the body goes into a 'virtual sleep state' and the brain patterns in both hemispheres align, creating the potential for the subject to alter their own consciousness, according to McDonnell.       

The virtual sleep state created by Hemi-Sync simultaneously lowers the subject's heart rate, amplifying the frequency of brainwave output and creating a 'vibrational system' throughout the body that matches the energy continuum of the earth. 

McDonnell writes: 'By resonating the the earth's electromagnetic sphere the human body creates a surprisingly powerful carrier wave to assist the mind in communication activity with other human minds similarly tuned'. 

In other words, if two people reach that energy level at the same time, they could communicate with each other inside of it. 

The report then progresses into a more abstract explanation of how consciousness is created through the brain's processing of energy in the physical world and transforming it into what McDonnell compares to a hologram. 

McDonnell portrays the universe as 'one gigantic hologram of unbelievable complexity'. The universal hologram is made up of interacting energy fields in motion and at rest, and contains all phases of time - past, present and future. 

Holograms formed by the human mind are 'attuned' to the universal hologram, McDonnell asserts, with the right hemisphere receiving energy from the universal hologram and the left hemisphere translating it into what we know as consciousness. 

By changing the energy matrix in the brain, the Gateway Experience expands and alters consciousness in a way that allows the mind to perceive and understand 'ever more' of the universal hologram, McDonnell writes.   

The report presents an abstract explanation of how consciousness is created through the brain's processing of energy in the physical world and transforming it into what McDonnell compares to a hologram, as seen in the graphic above

The report presents an abstract explanation of how consciousness is created through the brain's processing of energy in the physical world and transforming it into what McDonnell compares to a hologram, as seen in the graphic above

All of the above is explained in the first 10 pages of the 28-page report. On page 13 he presents a troubling reality check: 'Up to this point our discussion of the Gateway process has been relatively simple and easy to follow. Now the fun begins.'

He goes on to explain how the Gateway Experience can allow a person to transcend time and space if the brain's frequency reaches a certain level outside the normal range of perception, gaining access to dimensions of the universal hologram that are normally out of reach.  

After laying all of that groundwork, Monroe finally outlines the specific steps his research team took with subjects in an effort to reach the Gateway over the course of seven days. Those steps are summarized below:  

  1. Subject is taught to isolate 'extraneous concerns' into a visualization device called an 'energy conversion box. 
  2. Subject is introduced to 'resonant humming' on a tape and instructed to mimic the sound. 
  3. Subject repeats a 'Gateway affirmation' along the lines of: 'I am merely a physical body and deeply desire to expand my consciousness.'
  4. Subject is exposed to Hemi-Sync sound frequencies and encouraged to 'focus on a develop a perception of and appreciate for those feelings which accompany the synchronization of brainwaves that results'.
  5. Physical relaxation techniques are introduced as the Hemi-Sync frequencies are expanded to include 'pink and white' noise designed to put the body in a virtual sleep state, calm the brain's left hemisphere and raise attentiveness in the right hemisphere. 
  6. Subject is asked to envision an 'energy balloon' extending from the top of the head, around the body, and converging at the feet, where it flows back through the body to the head and out again. The balloon mimics the flow of energy in the universe, and is designed to 'provide protection against conscious entities possessing lower energy levels which the participant might encounter in the event that he achieves an out-of-body state. 
One of the final steps of the Gateway Experience involves removing oneself from the body, as shown in the graphic above

One of the final steps of the Gateway Experience involves removing oneself from the body, as shown in the graphic above 

Once a subject masters all of the steps above, they can progress into more exploratory stages of the Gateway experience, wherein they learn how to interact with and manipulate newly-discovered dimensions of awareness. 

The techniques employed at this point include:

  • Problem solving - Subject projects their problems into their expanded awareness and seeks to solve them by gathering new information from the universal hologram. 
  • Patterning - Subject focuses on a desired objective and projects it into the universe as if they have already achieved it to 'establish the basis for actual realization of that goal'. 
  • Color breathing - Subject imagines colors in a 'particularly intense and and vivid manner' within their expanded consciousness to activate the body's energies. 
  • Energy bar tool -  Subject imagines a pulsating dot and seeks to charge it into an energy bar that can 'channel force from the universe to selected parts of his body for purposes of healing and revitalization'. 
  • Remote viewing - Subject transforms their energy bar tool into a 'whirling vortex' that allows them to activate their subconscious and imagination. 

Finally, McDonnell gets to the time time travel aspect, starting with accessing the past by intensifying the sounds on the Hemi-Sync tapes in what's referred to as 'Focus 15'. 

Subjects are instructed to imagine time as a wheel with spokes pointing to different parts of their past.  

McDonnell writes that less than five percent of all participants were able to successfully travel into the past over the seven-day training period. 

'Nonetheless, Monroe Institute trainers affirm that with enough practice, eventually Focus 15 can be achieved,' he adds. 

'They also state that not only the individual's past history is available for examination by the one who has achieved Focus 15, but other aspects of the past with which the individual himself has had no connection with may also be accessed.'

In other words, subjects who achieved Focus 15 were able to see not only their past, but also other people's. 

After reaching the past, subjects are invited to venture into the future with Focus 21. McDonnell did not say how many subjects in his project were able to reach Focus 21, if any, but said it would 'probably' take months or years of practice.  

The final tape involves 'out of body movement', wherein a subject seeks to lift themself out of their physical body when their brainwave pattern and energy levels have reached harmony with their surrounding electromagnetic environment. McDonnell does not state whether any of his subjects achieved this objective. 

In a summary of the report, McDonnell concluded: 'There is a sound and rational basis in terms of physical science parameters for considering Gateway to be plausible in terms of its essential objectives. 

'Intuitional insights of not only personal but of a practical and professional nature would seem to be within the bounds of reasonable expectations. 

'However, a phased approach for entering the Gateway Experience in an accelerated mode would seem to be required if the time needed to reach advanced sates of altered consciousness is brought within more manageable limits from the standpoint of establishing an organization-wide exploitation of Gateway's potential.' 

In other words, McDonnell found that the Gateway Experience is real and possible, but more research was needed to get to a place where the CIA could actually use it. 

He then laid out recommendations for how the CIA should go about designing further Gateway studies - though its unclear if the agency ever launched any.     

Curiously, one page of McDonnell's report is missing - number 25 - in the middle of a section where he was outlining potential practical uses of the Gateway. 

The omission caught the attention of some readers who launched a Change.org petition calling for the CIA to release it. 

The CIA, however, says that it never had the page to begin with - fueling a theory that McDonnell left it out on purpose as a challenge for someone to master the Gateway Experience and seek it out themself. 

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In 1983, The CIA Wrote A Bizarre Report About Transcending Spacetime With Your Mind

Back in 1983, the CIA wrote an obscure report looking to the "Gateway Experience," claiming that an altered state of human consciousness may be able to transcend space and time. Decades on, the document has since been declassified and is now experiencing a resurgence on social media. However, despite what you saw on TikTok and YouTube, the document doesn’t provide proof of the “Law of Attraction,” nor does it reveal the benefits of sending “good vibes” out to the universe.

The 29-page document – titled "Analysis and Assessment of the Gateway Process" – was declassified in 2003. It’s thought the report was part of the CIA’s wider investigation into whether concepts of mind control and hypnosis could be used in the espionage efforts of the Cold War. It’s an intensely wordy and dense report that touches on everything from neuroscience to quantum mechanics, wavering between hard science and pseudoscience as if wobbling between the two on a tightrope. It essentially boils down to the CIA investigating the idea of inducing a profound out-of-body experience that could possibly tune into some kind of higher realm beyond reality. 

“Fundamentally, the Gateway experience is a training system designed to bring enhanced strength, focus and coherence to the amplitude and frequency of brainwave output between the left and right hemispheres so as to alter consciousness, moving it outside the physical sphere so as to ultimately escape even the restrictions of time and space,” the report reads. 

The technique, called the Gateway Process, is based on ideas developed by the Monroe Institute, a nonprofit organization focused on the exploration of human consciousness. The theory is that certain exercises can allow the brain to “hemi-sync”, whereby brain waves in the right and left hemispheres synchronize at the same frequency and amplitude. Hemi-sync, the report argues, can be achieved through a series of meditation-like exercises while listening to a set bunch of soundwaves, known as the Gateway Tapes.

As per the report, the universe is a complex system of “interacting energy fields” in which states are simply variations in energy. Human consciousness is no different, it’s just a vibrational pattern of energy. Once hemi-sync is achieved, the report says, it can trigger an altered state of consciousness in which the vibration of a person’s consciousness is free from physical reality and tunes into this pure energy field. 

Drawing on ideas of quantum entanglement, the report claims it may be possible for human consciousness to profoundly alter the universe since reality is holographic projection; the part encodes the whole. In this understanding of reality, everything is deeply connected in a matrix of interconnected energy vibrations, from your consciousness to the depths of the universe. 

"This consciousness participates in the all-knowing infinite continuum of consciousness which is a characteristic of energy in the ever present," continues the report. "Consequently, it is accurate to observe that when a person experiences the out-of-body state he is, in fact, projecting that eternal spark of consciousness and memory which constitutes the ultimate source of his identity to let it play in and learn from dimensions both inside and outside the time-space world in which his physical component currently enjoys a short period of reality."

Some readers of the report have dug into this idea deeper and taken it as proof of the law of attraction – the philosophy that positive thoughts bring positive results into a person's life, while negative thoughts bring negative outcomes. 

So, what to make of all this? No doubt, the document makes for an interesting read, but it shouldn’t be treated as scientific, despite the scientific language and concept it draws influence on. Many of the ideas in the report are drawn from real scientific research, but when pieced all together, they aren’t testable. There's also a lot of questionable theories and leaps of logic chucked into the mix.

But hey, don’t let us stop you on your journey to the realm beyond this reality.

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CIA Declassified: The Gateway Process (Part 1)

In 2003, The CIA declassified a document called The Gateway Process. It discloses the possibility that our universe is a hologram and that human consciousness is able to travel to other dimensions. In this episode, I cover some background information, along with several of the methods available for human consciousness to transcend this dimension, including hypnosis, Kundalini meditation, and biofeedback. Email Me: [email protected] Website: http://www.aswithinsowithoutpodcast.com Sources: https://medium.com/@sergiofmonteiro/cias-gateway-process-declassified-b0889cc2c536 (https://medium.com/@sergiofmonteiro/cias-gateway-process-declassified-b0889cc2c536) https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/CIA-RDP96-00788R001700210016-5.pdf (https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/CIA-RDP96-00788R001700210016-5.pdf) Support this podcast

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