In 1958 Robert Monroe, a Virginia businessman, began to have those experiences that were to become legendary among scholars of parapsychology but not only among them: without meaning to and without being able to foresee it, Bob Monroe found himself leaving his physical body and traveling, by means of a “second body” (energetic) to places completely foreign to the physical reality he knew.
Initially he was frightened and worried, thought he was going crazy or sick to justify what was happening to him. He was a pragmatic, intelligent, successful man who loved life and wanted to understand what was happening to him. He relied on medicine and science by doing a lot of medical examinations and research. They told him that he was healthy and had no disease but rather a gift! A psychologist friend of his told him about people in India who only after more than 10 years of meditation, study and discipline were able to access the same “out-of-body” experiences.
Reassured that he would not die and that he was sound in body and mind he wanted to understand more, have scientific explanations and get to the bottom of the phenomenon. He used his curiosity, determination and money to establish a group of researchers to help him find explanations and scientific foundations for these experiences.