The US Army Funded Astral Projection and Hypnosis Research in the 80s

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This is a real-life X-File.

By Caroline Haskins | MOTHERBOARD

Human consciousness is nothing but an intersection of energy planes that forms a hologram able to travel through spacetime—across the universe, and into the past, present, and future.

I read about this idea in a CIA document about the US Army. Yes, the US Army. The institution that painstakingly crafts an image of commitment to pragmatic and logical objectives. When I was reading through the documents, I was certainly a bit surprised.

According to the declassified CIA documents that I read, the US Army was extremely interested in psychic experimentation. From the late 1970s into the 80s, it even paid for intelligence officers to go on weeklong excursions to an out-of-the-way institute specializing in out-of-body experiences and astral projection.

The documents were declassified as early as 2001, but they caught my eye when they appeared in a /r/conspiracy post earlier this month. The psychic experimentation program, which was called „Project Center Lane,“ interviewed Army intelligence officers in order „to determine attitudes about the possible use of psychoenergetic phenomena in the intelligence field,“ according to the declassified CIA document from 1984.

As a huge fan of The X-Files, I couldn’t resist reading as much as I could about Project Center Lane, which looks like it could have appeared on the show.

In June 1983, Army Commander Wayne M. McDonnell was asked to give his commander an assessment of the psychic services provided by the Monroe Institute, a non-profit organization focused on treatments designed to expand a person’s consciousness. The Monroe Institute is known for its patented „Hemi-Sync“ technology, which uses audio to synchronize the brainwaves on the left and right sides of the brain. According to the organization’s website, this makes the brain vulnerable to hypnosis. McDonnell himself had completed the seven-day psychic program the month prior at the institute, which is lodged in the middle of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains in a town called Faber, about 30 miles east of Charlottesville.

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