To Whom It May Concern: Communicating with Advanced Consciousness

A few nights ago, I decided to experiment with consciously programming an out-of-body experience. Before falling asleep, I formulated my desire for an astral projection and packaged it in a bubble of yearning. I then addressed it To Whom It May Concern and sent it off into the Universe.

KNOCK, KNOCK! A few hours later, two loud thuds on the wall woke me up from my dream. “Go lucid,” was the injunction. I remembered my intention to project. “Yes, let’s do it!”, I thought. As soon as I reentered my body, though, my consciousness burst into something akin to a gigantic fire. “Whoa, this is fun!”, I remember thinking. Part of me was still keen on projecting; eventually, however, my curiosity prevailed and I just lay there, mesmerized by this beautiful flame. Slowly, I drifted back to sleep.

KNOCK! Another thud woke me up again: “what about your projection?” “Right,” sleepy me replied, with an eye to the embers still smoldering in my aura. “Maybe some other time. It’s really cool that you helped me, though. Thank you!”

KNOCK, KNOCK!—“you are welcome.”

Technically, my goal to achieve an out-of-body projection that night had failed—too bad. However, what was intriguing about this experience was the intervention of something that I perceived as external to me and that was seemingly keen on helping me out. This, I believe, was a result of the conscious programming I had released before falling asleep.

What prompted me to conduct this experiment was Robert Monroe’s notion of “Related Organized Thought Energy” (ROTE) as bundles of thoughts, ideas, emotions and sensory patterns that are exchanged between sentient beings.[1] Kurt Leland further expounded on ROTEs by arguing that these packets of information are the only way to communicate with higher forms of consciousness in the Otherwhere—that is, during oneiric and out-of-body states.[2]  Along the same lines, Luis Minero suggested that consciousness always manifests thoughts, emotions, and energy tied together in what he called “thosenes:” communication units that are exchanged among sentient beings who feel and decode them on both a conscious and a subconscious level.[3]

We humans often believe that our prevalent mode of communication is verbal—however, nothing could be farther from the truth. Among others, our thought processes are usually imbued with affective states; therefore, we constantly emit (and receive) ROTEs/thosenes. At times, we can even consciously program these bundles of mental and emotional information for the sake of extracorporeal communication.

Some of our thosenes will supposedly reach those levels of consciousness that much literature on out-of-body experiences calls “guides” or “helpers.” In contemporary spiritual lore, these are often imagined as the extracorporeal beings who support projectors’ efforts to leave their physical bodies. At times, these beings may manifest as spiritual visitors or even invisible hands pulling projectors out of their bodies; at other times, however, they may just knock on the wall to wake them up at the right time. While I acknowledge the possibility of such extracorporeal interventions, I prefer to ascribe these experiences to that part of our own consciousness that, being considerably more expanded than our embodied self, may provide us with opportunities to further our growth.

Regardless of whether our invisible interlocutors are a part of ourselves or separate beings, however, the act of putting together a conscious ROTE/thosene and releasing it to them is an educational practice–one that entails determination and a sharp mental focus. Most notably, crafting such a unit of information both requires and promotes the ability to manifest a nuanced emotion as a stable support for thoughts and ideas. All of these skills are foundational to a reflexive mental, emotional, and spiritual existence and are, in and of themselves, a worthy endeavor.


[1] Robert Monroe, Far Journeys (Journeys Trilogy) . I recommend reading this book as part of Monroe’s trilogy along with his first volume Journeys Out of the Body: The Classic Work on Out-of-Body Experience (Journeys Trilogy) and his third volume Ultimate Journey

[2] Kurt Leland, The Multidimensional Human: Practices for Psychic Development and Astral Projection : see also Otherwhere: A Field Guide for Astral Travelers

{3] Luis Minero, Demystifying the Out-of-Body Experience: A Practical Manual for Exploration and Personal Evolution

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