The Ultimate Journey (Anglais) Broché – 1 août 1996
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Monroe recorded these experiences in two bestselling, landmark books, Journeys Out of the Body and Far Journeys. Ultimate Journey, his final and career-defining work, takes us further than we thought possible--and reveals to us what it all means.
Ultimate Journey charts that area which lies "over the edge," beyond the limits of the physical world. It presents us with a map of the "interstate"--the route that opens to us when we leave our physical lives, with their entry and exit ramps, their singposts and their hazards. It also tells us how Monroe found the route and travelled it, and uncovered the reason and the purpose of this pioneering expedition. It is a journey that reveals basic truths about the meaning and purpose of life--and of what lies beyond.
After six hardcover printings, the trade paperback edition of Ultimate Journey, will offer an even wider range of readers this exhilarating reading experience, the masterwork of one of the most daring and original thinkers and explorers of our time.
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Les perceptions de Bob, est-ce du rêve éveillé, dont la permanence sort du commun, quand on la compare à l'univers fluctuant et chaotique de nos rêves et de nos rêveries? Est-ce un état second que beaucoup peuvent éprouver, même si certains en sortent apeurés par le fait de se retrouver au plafond ou dans des mondes intermédiaires? Ce qui est sûr, c'est que Monroe lui n'en avait pas peur et qu'il les a exploré. Et ça, c'est déjà un témoignage inestimable sur une capacité de l'esprit humain que notre belle civilisation technoscientifique réprouve par des quolibets sans fin (vous avez dit tolérance, respectivement curiosité?)...
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Over the years I have been fascinated with Mr. Monroe's books. Here was a thoroughly left-brain type of individual (a successful engineer and business man) with an open mind. He wasn't a "convert" to the perrenial philosophy, no, he just totally reconstructed the core of metaphysical truth FROM SCRATCH. Or rather, he remembered. Mr. Monroe was no student of religion or metaphysics yet he reached a model of existance that is fully compatible with neoplatonism. We originate from a Creator beyond space and time, we descend into the holographic dream of space-time, we gain experience (along with our kindred sparks) through a varying number of lifetimes, our more evolved "higher selves" reach back through time and space to help ourselves at crucial moments, and we finally return back to the Creator bearing our hard-won gifts. He didn't get this from Plato, Plotinus, or the Upanishads- HE FOUND IT OUT FOR HIMSELF THROUGH DIRECT EXPERIENCE.
Oh yes, he even came to an understanding of M-field energy and manipulation techniques ( most call it magic and correspondence theory.) He also realised the truth of the rare few who "can do covertly anything imaginable- and much that we cannot imagine."
Well done, wanderer, well done....
However, to truly appreciate and understand this book, readers should first familiarize themselves with his previous two works. Despite an introductory chapter intended to acquaint unfamiliar readers with his history and experiences with OBE's, Monroe quickly plunges into charting new territory and insights. This is not a how-to book but the author's firsthand experiences traveling out-of-body. Understanding these experiences are difficult enough to grasp by the initiated reader but they may be indecipherable to the unfamiliar. The author's writings are also heavily laden with his own terminologies for describing reality in "the other side." If not familir with his his style and his vocabulary, one could find him or herself a bit perplexed.
Now he has behind him more than thirty years of experience in astral travel which is clearly reflected in this narration. This last book of the trilogy is the best compare his first two kind of rudimentary works.
Monroe says there will be complete astral freedom in the 35-century for himself, and the group of souls that comprises his oversoul. "you make your own reality" and Monroe proved it while discovering reality is a hologram type of illusion one hundred percent mentally created.
Eventually we all evolve to a merger with our oversoul whom as well is in an endless journey of progression.
While a good read that held my attention (read it in 3 days, and Im a slow reader), some things irked me about his third book in the trilogy, and IMHO, was not quite as enjoyable as the previous two books.
(1) We all must remember that what he saw, what he experienced, was filtered through his own beliefs and mental structures, and are not necessarily an accurate representation of the "objective" reality that was being perceived, if there even is any such thing as an "objective" reality. One big irk was that I do not believe he saw his own perceptions as subjective, but rather as objective in nature, and did everything but explicitly claim that his perception was the correct one. I would advise against anyone accepting his personal interpretation of things as the "objective" way things are. As much as he derides belief systems, he sure built up a good one in this book and less so in the prior two.
(2) I felt this third book was a little scattered in its writing as well. It did not flow as smoothly as the previous two.
(3) The technical parts, as I call those parts where he explains the general mechanics, as he sees them, of the Great Beyond, were not enjoyable. Unfortunately, these technical sections could last for chapters at a time, and read like a technical manual (I am also critical of this with other authors on the subject as well, such as Robert Bruce).
(3.5) I also noticed that most of his personally coined terms were generally synonymous with many New-Age and/or Eastern terms. For example, his "I-There" was as much of an "Oversoul" as one could get without actually calling it an Oversoul. His "HTSI" (human time space illusion) rings around the planet mind as well have been called the 7 realms of the astral planes (coincidentally or not, the HTSI rings had 7 major levels, and are structured similarly), "Earth-Life-System" = physical plane; and this goes on and on. He did say he wanted to back away from terms that were attached to belief systems, but to me, it just ended up seeming unnecessary and at times, confusing.
(And judging by the second "most helpful" review: "The "Bible" of the OBE Believer", it seems the new terms have not evaded beliefs being attached to them as well.)
(4) I feel that he let the trilogy end on a down note. The very last 1/3 of a page out of 800 or so pages in the three books combined, really felt like a classic anti-climax; the trilogy was concluded with a personal doubt about if love lasts for long beyond the physical. A real downer at the end.
Ultimately, what he have here is NOT "The "Bible" of the OBE Believer", but one man's perspective, and one man's philosophy about what the other side is like. To understand where the perspective is coming from, we only need to look at the authors background and personality. He was for most of his life prior, and probably still after, his first OBEs, a personality in the vein of the classically trained, Western scientist of the mid 20th century (though not a scientist by profession), the perspective of which dominated the trilogy and foreshadowed all interpretations and conclusions reached.
Overall, a good book to read through if you thoroughly enjoy the subject of astral projection and are already primed in the subject, but reading the series in order is IMO, a must. If you are not technically oriented (ie, dont have a personality like Robert Monroe), you might find some chapters and some technical tangents difficult to get through.
If you are not primed in the subject already, I might recommend starting with another author, perhaps William Buhlman
As ol Bob says at the end of Far Journeys: "Pas de Lieu Rhone que Nous" (Paddle Your Own Canoe), and as Buddha said:
"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense."