The Afterlife is an area of human consciousness we all enter upon leaving the physical world at physical death. It is also the area we enter when unconscious, as in sleep. Physically alive human beings can learn to consciously enter and return at will to explore. Perhaps a better way to say this is that we can learn to focus our attention beyond the physical world. Physically alive humans don't really leave the physical world to explore, they just learn to focus their attention beyond it. There are specific areas of the nonphysical world that are inhabited by human beings who are no longer physically alive. These are the areas known as the Afterlife.
At The Monroe Institute (TMI) these areas are known as Focus levels, and, for convenience, they're labeled with the numbers 22 through 27. Each of these Focus levels defines a specific area of the Afterlife, with activities and situations of human beings inhabiting that level.
Please remember, this information will grow as more of the Afterlife is explored.
The Physical World
Physical world reality, known as C-1 consciousness in TMI language, is the level of human consciousness in which we live our day-to-day lives. The truth is, we are all multidimensional beings, and exist in more "places" than we can see each other with our physical eyes. But each of us chose to minimize our awareness of other places where we exist as a part of entering this reality. We’ve each come here for our own reasons, the most basic of which seems to be: to learn how to experience and express Pure Unconditional Love to a greater extent.
Many of us wonder why we’d choose to have little or no awareness of our existence before entering this level of physical world consciousness and why we’d also limit awareness of our existence beyond this world. Answers I’ve found to these questions, so far, point to two general areas: the need to maintain conscious awareness within this reality; and not spoiling the movie.
There are presently over 5 billion human beings crowded together on planet earth. The thoughts and feelings of each have an existence in the nonphysical world. In a way, we are all like little radio stations, constantly broadcasting our thoughts and feelings into the air. If we arrived in this physical world reality with our nonphysical perception still completely open, it would be like constantly hearing 5 billion different radio stations at once. Such exposure would completely jam our awareness with blaring noise. So, as part of entering this level of conscious, this physical world reality, we intentionally close down most of our awareness of nonphysical realities.
The other aspect of why we are unaware of other realities in which we exist has to do with the fact that in those realities we know everything about ourselves. This includes the reasons we’ve chosen to enter physical world reality to learn more about experiencing and expressing Pure Unconditional Love. The way in which we learn requires that we learn to feel, to experience, to understand, to know. The most powerful way in which we learn these things is through experiencing the emotional impact of what we do. Without experiencing the emotional impact, learning is a very slow process. With it, we learn much more quickly. So, imagine your life is like the latest movie playing in the local theater. If you knew everything that was going to happen during that movie, how much potential would it have for emotional impact on you? Probably very little. You’d know every little twist and turn in the plot, and the movie’s final outcome and you probably wouldn’t feel much while you watched it. We learn more about experiencing and expressing Pure Unconditional Love through the emotional impacts of our interactions. So, we chose not to have access to the parts of ourselves which know everything about what’s going to happen, so we don’t spoil the movie for ourselves.
The following Focus level descriptions are taken from Monroe Institute literature.
(or C1, Full, Physical Waking Consciousness)
The level of awareness in which most of us spend our normal, waking lives. The everyday, ordinary reality of the physical world in which we live. The level of consciousness we learn to move beyond during Gateway Hemi-Sync program.
This level is a participant’s first exposure to the concept and technology of Hemi-Sync.
(Mind Awake/Body Asleep)
This is the level at which the physical body is asleep but the mind is awake and alert. Consciousness is fully retained without dependence upon signals from the physical body. Conceptual tools are developed that the participant may use to reduce anxiety and tension, for healing, for remote viewing and for establishing resonance with other individuals. In Focus 10, much like the dream state, we learn to think in images rather than in words.
This is a state where conscious awareness is expanded beyond the limits of the physical body. Focus 12 has many different facets, including: exploring nonphysical realities, decision making, problem solving and enhanced creative expression.
The state of "No Time" is a level of consciousness which opens avenues of the mind that offer vast opportunities for self exploration beyond the constraints of time and place.
(Other Energy Systems)
This level offers the opportunity to explore other realities and energy systems beyond what we call time-space-physical-matter.
Within Focus 22 we often find those perhaps still physically alive who are in an unconscious state. These include people in comas, in drug induced states, who are dreaming, who are insane or deranged. This is a very chaotic level.
In Focus 23, the human inhabitants tend to be those no longer physically alive who have become "stuck" for one reason or another. Often they are confused about or unaware of their death. Many here attempt to maintain contact with the physical world around familiar people or places. These are the ones we call ghosts. Focus 23 inhabitants are stuck because they are unable to leave through their own resources. The range of their free-will choices is extremely narrow. They are typically alone and completely isolated from communication with other humans. This can occur through the circumstances of their death or habitual patterns of thinking prior to death.
Focus 24, 25 and 26
The Belief System Territories
Inhabitants of The Belief System Territories are attracted to specific locations by Afterlife beliefs they held while physically alive. Every set of Afterlife beliefs held by humans at any time has a specific location with these Focus levels. In a sense, Belief System Territory inhabitants are stuck like those in Focus 23. The difference is that they are not isolated from contact with others. All inhabitants of a specific Territory are in contact with all others sharing their beliefs. Contact with anyone holding conflicting beliefs is severely limited. Free will choices here are restricted to only those compatible with the prevailing beliefs. Some of these areas look like Heavens, some look like Hells. Each one is rigidly structured around the beliefs held by the inhabitants. It is extremely difficult to move people from this area to areas of greater free will choice.
Focus 27 is the Afterlife area of greatest free will choice for its inhabitants. It's an area created by humans and often resembles physical earth environments. Contact and communication is open between all inhabitants. Many people living in Focus 27 provide assistance to new arrivals in their adjustment to living in the Afterlife. It is a highly organized and structured area. There are Centers of activity here providing for the needs of human beings in their continuing development in the Afterlife. The explorers have found Centers for: Education, Life Review, Health and Rejuvenation, Planning, Scheduling, Rehabilitation, Humor, and many others. These Centers also coordinate activities in the physical world to assist in human development.