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The Power of Meditation and the CIA’s Research Into Consciousness


At the outset of the Cold War, a period of tension between the U.S. and Russia that began in 1947 and ended in 1991, the CIA believed that communists had developed a drug for controlling human minds. At that time, the CIA began a secret program called MK-Ultra to produce a similar drug and use it against the enemy. The program ran into the early 60s. 

The CIA had purchased most of the world’s supply of LSD to experiment with its effects. Their methods were corrupt and traumatic for many ill-informed subjects. Although they intended to gain an advantage over the enemy, ironically, they birthed the psychedelic movement, which led to, or at least enhanced, the “dawning of the age of Aquarius.” Think Ken Kesey, author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and his Merry Prankster’s adventure across the U.S. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test  

In 1958, Robert Monroe began having out-of-body experiences; he described them in his book Journeys Out of the Body. Monroe experimented with brain wave rhythms and developed a system of binaural beats and meditation to control brainwaves and promote synchronization between the brain's two hemispheres. In 1971, he founded the Monroe Institute, and in 1975 he patented his method. 

Monroe’s Gateway Program guided participants toward enhanced perceptions using meditation and binaural beats. The goal was to teach people how to access spiritual guidance and improve their paranormal abilities. During the training, volunteers would listen to complex audio patterns and verbal messages for forty minutes. Studies showed that meditation combined with the sounds helped people achieve heightened awareness. The CIA sought to expand consciousness beyond time and space using this method. 

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In 1991, the various governmental programs researching the application of mind-expanding phenomena were consolidated within the Stargate Project. The focus shifted to studying and training individuals to view or mentally sense distant activities. The Stanford Research Institute began testing and training the remote viewing technique. The success or failure of the program is controversial, but some fascinating achievements were noted. One psychic spy located a downed Russian plane. After being given site coordinates, Joe McMoneagle reported the construction of the world’s largest submarine and forecasted its launch. Pat Price, a talented remote viewer, accurately described a suspected underground Russian nuclear testing site. There were other successes, but the CIA claimed they terminated the program in 1995. 

In 2014, spurred by reports of military personnel intuitively anticipating dangers, the Office of Naval Research launched a study of premonition and intuition for operational use. Currently, the Defense Department trains Marines in what is called sensemaking to improve their extrasensory abilities so they can locate IEDs and snipers and be more mindful of their surroundings. In addition, the Marines use meditation to help soldiers relax, increase mental clarity, and help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. 

Incorporating wellness modalities like meditation into the military for the benefit of individuals is an important trend in expanded awareness. It’s encouraging to see the use of alternative holistic techniques for positive outcomes, such as saving lives, protecting soldiers, and treating mental issues instead of merely spying or gaining military advantages. 

When people meditate, their hearts open, and kindness and gentleness blossom. When hearts are open, people seek peace. When children meditate in classrooms, and people in prisons, and alternative medical treatments include meditation, we raise our collective consciousness. That builds a path to a more enlightened future, one opened heart at a time. 

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