Far Journeys is the second of Robert Monroe's trilogy and is my favorite. I've read the actual book twice already but listening to the audio version is a real treat.
Kevin Pierce is awesome as the narrator.
Journeys Out of the Body was interesting, but described Robert Monroe's observations when he was still questioning his experiences. In Far Journeys, this second book, there is more about his out of body experiences and Robert Monroe is a good writer. Even though I've read this book before, his eloquent usage of words makes revisiting his book just as enjoyable as before. I'm looking forward to the audio version of the third book of the trilogy, Ultimate Journey.
This single book had a tremendous impact on my life and beliefs. It was a catalyst in a mind expanding search for more information and changed the way I spend my time . . . this life.
I'm not certain this book is for everyone, but if a person is looking for answers as to why we are here, who we are, what we can do in this lifetime . . . there were quite a few answers in here (for me, your mileage may vary.) And, the story that winds through these pages is simply amazing.
It's another of many books that are becoming available these days about Consciousness beyond the brain matter contained in our skulls.
The author's personal journey is intriguing. Scary enough that I was turning on lights where usually I don't mind walking through a room that's dark. Hope to get over that real soon.
I love to come across interesting matching tidbits in various books by authors who probably never met each other. In one of Robert Monroe's books he mentions having traveled out-of-body to a place where there was a wand-like or rod-like tool there that he tried out. I think it was able to make a fire where pointed, and also a nearby man both lose and regain consciousness. In Graham Hancock's book Supernatural which I recently read, he discussed "wands" as being mentioned in both the older fairy-like myths and with aliens too. So, when Sherry Wilde mentioned in her book that the worker Greys had "wands" in their hands, it was an interesting commonality.
Also in common with Graham Hancock's book Supernatural, there were hybrids, spaceships, and interestingly near the end of the book another dimension was described of beautiful landscape and greenery like the fairy (aka aliens) lands told of in early human interactions with other world beings where humans would be taken away to, and if lucky be able to return from. In common with John Keel's book, Flying Saucer to the Center of the Mind, Sherry Wilde's Men In Black and the various greys and their supervisors are mentioned. The insignia patch was very interesting too.
In Michio Kaku's book Future of the Mind, he talks about travel across large regions of space where consciousness is transported to a waiting body as a vessel. (Also in the sci-fi book by Clifford Simak, The Waystation). And Sherry Wilde's main alien contact replied to her question as to whether he was a Zeta type of alien that no, he was an energy form that traveled far to do his work and his body is a convenient form to use for this work.
And, as in Dolores Cannon's Convoluted Universe series of books, there were many other commonalities, but especially that of the New Earth idea, a split, and the choice of some people to stay and some to go. Very interesting, and pretty much along the line that there is a spiritual awakening in the works, that earth is an entity and a version of New Age thought.
of the greater reality.
This is the best introduction, explanation, and instruction book on the greater reality experienced by people in their dream states or consciously while out of body.
Robert Monroe's book is often referred to by other authors who share their out of body experiences and methods. Perhaps that is why some of the other authors' books lack specific details, maybe they assume people have started with Robert Monroe's books.
This, the first of Robert Monroe's books, is the most methodical and explanatory of the three. The second book, written about a decade later, is more relaxed, funny at times, adventurous, spiritual, and fascinating. The third book, also about another decade later, cycles back and incidents referred to here in this first book are viewed differently, and mysteries are revealed. The third book is a mature understanding of what has happened in the previous decades, examinations as to why we are born, who we are, humanity's purpose and destiny, and more on our evolution.
I hope the second and third books Robert Monroe wrote, Far Journeys and Ultimate Journey will soon follow in audible format as well.
The audible format does a lot to enhance the first book. There were moments in reading it in hardcover format that some sections were dry, yet having it read out loud in the Audible format was a different experience. The book retained my interest.
The descriptions of various layers of reality, referred to as Locale 1, Locale 2, Locale 3, etc., the very useful descriptions of how to achieve the out of body state, the many experiences shared of what happened, where he went, what he saw . . . all were interesting.
This book is both an excellent overview of not only the out of body experience but also of the reality experienced beyond the physical five senses. For the curious, this is the book to get the best description of what people are talking about when they talk about OBE (Out of Body) or NDE (Near Death Experiences.)
For those who have read Robert Monroe's books already, along with books by other OBE authors, this is a fun book to read again because if you've already read the trilogy, and remember how the books cycle back to the first book, it brings a smile to your face when you hear Bob Monroe relate what he went through, knowing what comes later as he gains a better understanding of who he is. And, because there is so much information in this one book, much may have been forgotten from before.
A classic, "the" OBE book to have.