The Stargate Project and Robert Monroe

June 25, 2023 (Last updated on: July 24, 2023)
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In the 1970s, American radio broadcasting executive Robert Monroe became famous for his pioneering research in out-of-body experiences. Later in the 1980s, the U.S. government funded a top-secret research program called the Stargate Project, which aimed to explore and harness the potential of remote viewing.

The Stargate Project was initiated by the Research and Development Division (RD-D) of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and later transferred to the Stanford Research Institute (SRI).

Who Was Robert Monroe?

Robert Monroe was an American radio broadcasting executive born in 1915. He was known as a pioneer in out-of-body experiences and other psychic abilities. In the 1950s, he started experiencing spontaneous out-of-body experiences, which led him to research and explore this phenomenon. Monroe discovered that he could reliably trigger out-of-body experiences by using various sound patterns, which he described in his book, “Journeys Out of the Body,” published in 1971.

Monroe’s personal research into altered states of consciousness eventually led to the creation of the Monroe Institute, a research and educational center focused on exploring and developing new ways to access altered states of consciousness for personal development, healing, and creativity. The institute also works with leading universities worldwide to conduct studies into parapsychology.

In addition to founding the Monroe Institute, Robert Monroe has significantly influenced what we now call “energy psychology” – an emerging field that uses specific stimulation protocols (such as sounds or light) to access different conscious states quickly and effectively. It is widely believed that without Robert Monroe’s pioneering work in this area, energy psychology would not be where it is today.

Robert Monroe remains one of the most influential figures in parapsychology, significantly contributing to its acceptance as a legitimate area of scientific research. His work continues to inspire many worldwide who are interested in exploring their potential for accessing higher levels of consciousness through remote viewing, out-of-body experiences, and other forms of psychic abilities – all thanks to his groundbreaking insights into human potential and altered states of consciousness.

What is Remote Viewing?

Remote viewing is the ability to perceive and gather information about a distant or unseen target using only psychic means. Remote viewers claim to be able to access information beyond their five senses, such as seeing objects that are not visible to the naked eye or perceiving events happening at a distance in time and space. This process involves entering an altered state of consciousness in which the remote viewer can access visual or auditory information that is usually inaccessible through our five physical senses.

During the Stargate Project, researchers explored many different methods for remote viewings, such as long-distance visions, clairvoyance, psychometry, and “traveling clairvoyance” (out-of-body travel). The techniques used during this project were heavily influenced by Robert Monroe and his work on out-of-body experiences. One of the most successful remote viewing applications during this period was coordinate remote viewing, which involved describing a specific location or event using only geographical coordinates.

In addition to military intelligence gathering, remote viewing has also been used for archaeological exploration and medical diagnosis. For example, one experiment involved having a trained remote viewer describe an object hidden far away from them using only photographic images and geographical coordinates as clues. Another experiment used a combination of artistic renderings and single words to have the subject accurately describe a distant medical specialist’s office – without ever having visited it before!

There has always been skepticism surrounding using psychic abilities for intelligence gathering and other purposes. However, with results like these obtained during the Stargate Project, skeptics have had more difficulty questioning its potential benefits. Further research into parapsychology could yield even greater insight into mind control and extrasensory perception – which remains largely unexplored by mainstream science today.

Project CF and the Stanford Research Institute

In the early 1970s, the RD-D of the CIA began exploring psychic phenomena as a potential source of intelligence gathering. This led to the creation of Project CF, a research program that explored the potential of remote viewing. The program was conducted at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI), where researchers Harold Puthoff and Russell Targ conducted experiments with remote viewers.

Project Stargate

Project CF eventually evolved into the Stargate Project in the early 1980s. The goal of the Stargate Project was to train and deploy remote viewers to gather intelligence for the U.S. military and intelligence agencies. The program was initially classified but was declassified in 1995. The Stargate Project involved a wide range of training and experimentation of various techniques to develop the abilities of remote viewers.

Robert Monroe’s Involvement in the Stargate Project

Robert Monroe was involved in several experiments for the Stargate Project, including one in which he attempted to remote view a secret Soviet Union weapons factory. Monroe was also involved in training remote viewers in the program. Through Monroe’s personal research and the experience gained from the Stargate Project, remote viewing was established as a legitimate area of psychic research.

The Techniques of Remote Viewing

The techniques of remote viewing used in the Stargate Project were varied and included coordinate remote viewing, in which a remote viewer described a specific location or event using only geographical coordinates. In this method, the target is “sent” to the remote viewer via a series of coordinates, and the remote viewer must then identify what events or items are at those locations.

Other techniques included associative remote viewing, in which a remote viewer describes a target by associating it with various images or sounds. In this procedure, the remote viewer imagines himself/herself at the target location and experiences any associated sights, sounds, smells, and other stimuli that come to mind during the session. This method is especially useful for producing detailed descriptions of an unknown location.

In addition, to coordinate and associative remote viewing, some practitioners also use psychometry – which involves touching an object or material related to the target to gain information about it – and “traveling clairvoyance” (or out-of-body travel). However, these methods are less commonly used than coordinate and associative forms of remote viewing.

In the Stargate Project, targets given to the participants usually consisted of either geographical coordinates or simple drawings intended to evoke certain feelings or concepts. These served as clues for participants to access information about their assigned targets using various techniques.

The Successes of the Stargate Project

Remote viewing proved some remarkable successes during the Stargate Project, such as Joseph McMoneagle’s description of a downed Russian bomber, which helped the U.S. government locate the crash site. Remote viewers were also called upon to locate hostages and to describe enemy weapons systems. Despite initial skepticism, the results of the Stargate Project were impressive. Remote viewers could successfully identify details about distant targets, often with alarming accuracy.

The Legacy of Robert Monroe

Robert Monroe significantly contributed to parapsychology with his pioneering work on out-of-body experiences and remote viewing. He founded the Monroe Institute, a research and educational center focused on exploring altered states of consciousness, which continues to offer courses and resources in this area today.

Remote viewing has been integrated into global military intelligence efforts, demonstrating its potential use in gathering vital information about enemies or other operations. It is also gaining interest among private individuals to explore their psychic abilities.

Robert Monroe’s legacy lives on in the ongoing fascination with parapsychology and exploring our psychic potential. His pioneering insights into consciousness will continue to help people unlock their hidden abilities and discover new realms of human experience beyond what is currently known.


The Stargate Project is a groundbreaking example of how parapsychology research can be used to achieve tangible results. Initially met with skepticism, the project succeeded in legitimizing remote viewing and demonstrating its potential benefits. Robert Monroe’s involvement in the project and his personal efforts to establish the Monroe Institute have cemented him as an influential figure in parapsychology who continues to influence the field.

With its various techniques and applications, remote viewing offers a valuable space for exploring human consciousness and extrasensory perception. The legacy of Robert Monroe and the psychics involved in the Stargate Project will continue to be felt for generations, inspiring new generations to deepen their understanding of our inner world.