In 1983, the CIA wrote an obscure report on the “Gateway Experiment”, claiming that an altered state of human consciousness might be able to transcend space and time. Decades later, the document has since been declassified and is now experiencing a resurgence on social media.
However, despite what you’ve seen on TikTok and YouTube, the document does not provide proof of the ‘law of attraction’, nor does it reveal the benefits of sending ‘good vibes’ to the universe.
The 29-page document titled “Analysis and evaluation of the gateway process“ was declassified in 2003. The report is believed to have been part of a larger CIA investigation into whether the concepts of mind control and hypnosis could be used in wartime spy efforts cold.
It’s an intensely verbose and dense report that touches on everything from neuroscience to quantum mechanics, swinging between hard science and pseudoscience as if teetering between the two on a tightrope. It basically boils down to the CIA investigating the idea of inducing a deep out-of-body experience that could possibly connect to some sort of higher realm beyond reality.
“Basically, the Gateway experience is a training system designed to bring increased strength, focus, and coherence to the amplitude and frequency of brainwave output between the left and right hemispheres to alter consciousness. , moving it out of the physical sphere in order to eventually escape even the restrictions of time and space,” reads the report.
The technique, called Gateway Process, is based on ideas developed by the Monroe Institute, a nonprofit organization focused on exploring human consciousness. The theory is that certain exercises can cause the brain to “synchronize”, with brain waves in the right and left hemispheres synchronizing at the same frequency and amplitude. According to the report, hemisynchronization can be achieved through a series of meditation type exercises while listening to a set of sound waves, known as Gateway Tapes.
According to the report, the universe is a complex system of “interacting energy fields” in which states are simply variations of energy. Human consciousness is no different, according to the report, it’s just a vibrational pattern of energy. Once “hemi-synchronization” is achieved, according to the report, it can trigger an altered state of consciousness in which the vibration of a person’s consciousness is free from physical reality and in tune with this energy field. pure.
Based on ideas from quantum entanglement, the report asserts that it is possible for human consciousness to profoundly alter the universe since reality is a holographic projection; the part encodes the whole. In this understanding of reality, everything is deeply connected in a matrix of interconnected energetic vibrations, from your consciousness to the depths of the universe.
“This consciousness participates in the infinite, omniscient continuum of consciousness that is a characteristic of energy in the ever-present,” the report continues. “Therefore, it is correct to observe that when a person experiences the out-of-body state, they actually project that eternal spark of consciousness and memory which is the ultimate source of their identity to let them play and learn from. its dimensions both inside and outside the world of spacetime in which its physical component currently enjoys a short period of reality.”
Some readers of the report took this idea further and considered it proof of the law of attraction – the philosophy that positive thoughts bring positive results in a person’s life, while negative thoughts bring negative results.
So what do you think of all this? There is no doubt that the document is interesting to read, but it should not be treated as scientific, despite the scientific language and the concepts on which it is based. Many of the ideas in the report are taken from actual research, but once pieced together are not testable. There are also plenty of questionable theories and leaps of logic in the mix.
But hey, let us not stop you on your journey to the realm beyond this reality.
An earlier version of this article was first post in March 2021.