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(TMI  Focus,  Vol.  XXIV,  No.  1 ,  Winter  2002) 

Letters  from  Corcoran  State  Prison 

by  Darrell  Williams 

In  January  2001 ,  Darlene  Miller,  TMI's  of  programs,  received  the  following  letter  from  Darrell  Williams,  an 
inmate  at  Corcoran  Prison.  Dr.  Miller  has  quietly  maintained  a  prison  outreach  program  over  the  years, 
and  Darrell  wrote  that  “Hemi-Sync  is  working  miracles  for  those  incarcerated”  at  Corcoran.  He  gave 
permission  to  reprint  his  letter  here. 

I  hope  and  pray  that  this  letter  finds  you  and  the  Monroe  Institute  family  in  the  best  of  health 
and  spirits  during  the  holiday  season.  It  is  a  privilege  to  be  able  to  communicate  with  you  on 
the  progress  we  are  making  at  Corcoran  Prison  with  our  spiritual  study  group.  Firstly,  I  would 
like  to  report  that  the  Hemi-Sync  GATEWAY  EXPERIENCE  series,  along  with  the  H-PLUS 
systems,  received  an  overwhelming  response  from  the  men.  After  proper  orientation  in  the  use 
of  Hemi-Sync,  they  were  very  anxious  to  try  it. 

The  program  was  developed  as  follows.  Our  first  objective  was  to  find  an  appropriate  place  to 
get  together  for  discussions  and  direct  use  of  Hemi-Sync.  The  chapel,  which  had  plenty  of 
rooms  in  which  to  listen  to  Hemi-  Sync  privately,  was  used  for  this  purpose.  We  were  able  to 
connect  two  people  at  once  to  one  CD  unit  with  the  use  of  double  jacks.  Not  only  that,  but  we 
were  able  to  confine  them  in  separate  altar  rooms.  We  created,  in  effect,  a  “CHEC-like” 
environment  to  take  our  journeys.  So  that  die  GATEWAY  EXPERIENCE  would  be  continuous 
and  ongoing,  we  would  assign  Hemi-Sync  to  individuals  to  use  in  the  privacy  of  their  cells  (a 
twelve-by-twelve-foot  measurement)  when  our  group  was  not  in  session. 

The  results  were  astounding.  Two  of  the  men  who  wanted  to  kick  their  smoking  and  alcohol 
habits  were  able  to  curb  the  urges  and  stop  completely.  Some  were  able  to  control  negative 
emotions  more  effectively.  One  participant  in  our  program  was  well  known  by  some  of  the 
guards  here,  and  they  began  wondering  what  was  happening  to  this  prisoner.  They  noticed  a 
complete  attitude  change  in  him  and  wanted  to  know  why.  After  I  explained  to  them  that  he 
participated  in  our  sound  technology  program,  they  became  very  interested  and  wanted  to  use 
Hemi-Sync  themselves!  Now  some  of  the  prison  staff  is  purchasing  Hemi-Sync  for  personal 

The  GATEWAY  EXPERIENCE  created  a  whole,  complete  experience  for  us.  Many  unexpected 
things  began  to  happen  to  some  of  the  men.  Some  noted  heightened  awareness  of  the 
mind/body/spirit  connection.  Because  Hemi-Sync  allows  one  to  go  deeper  into  levels  of 
consciousness  never  explored  before,  it  allowed  us  to  explore  many  inner  conflicts  that  were 
responsible  for  shaping  our  lives  negatively.  Sometimes  the  visualizations  were  very  powerful. 
Many  of  these  pictures  were  placed  there  in  childhood  by  painful  events,  when  our  view  of  the 

world  was  not  mature.  Some  of  the  participants  had  images  of  being  unlovable,  feeling 
worthless,  being  guilty,  failing  at  relationships,  etc.  Because  our  current  life  is  a  very  good 
reflection  of  what's  in  our  consciousness,  the  visualizations/feelings  being  stored  internally  can 
be  seen  most  clearly  with  Hemi-Sync.  The  GATEWAY  series  has  helped  to  gradually  dissolve 
old  conditionings  and  old  pictures,  along  with  their  associated  feelings  and  thoughts. 

In  our  sessions,  we  concluded  that  our  true  power  comes  from  the  recognition  and  acceptance 
of  our  own  imperfection  and  that  of  the  world.  For  us  it  means  that  we  no  longer  seal  off  and 
reject  our  own  shadow  material.  On  the  contrary,  we  welcome  it.  As  the  Chinese  philosopher 
Lao-Tzu  says:  “Darkness  within  darkness.  The  gateway  to  all  understanding.”  Hemi-Sync 
along  with  our  meditations  allows  us  to  look  further  and  further  into  darkness,  further  and 
further  into  our  sealed-off  pain,  because  that  is  where  the  light  is  found.  In  the  dimension  of 
mind,  visualizing  through  Hemi-Sync  is  a  complementary  process,  which  we  use  along  with  our 
“spirit  walking”  or  “astral-projections.”  Hemi-Sync  has  allowed  me  to  personally  intensify  my 
concentration  during  my  out-of-body  journeys.  More  on  this  in  the  next  report. 

We  would  like  to  thank  you  for  your  compassion  and  generosity  in  helping  us  with  our  program. 
My  friend,  it  is  good  to  know  that  there  are  still  a  few  people  who  care  about  us  misfits, 
outcasts,  deviants,  miscreants,  etc.  I  appreciate  that  you  are  there,  as  do  the  other  men  here. 

We  are  ready  to  receive  Waves  and  IV  of  the  GATEWAY  EXPERIENCE  series  and  will  keep  all  of 
you  in  our  thoughts  and  prayers.  I  have  much  respect  and  admiration  for  you,  your  staff,  and 
your  commitment  to  helping  us  prisoners. 

[Daryl  sent  the  promised  update  in  October.] 

How  are  you?  As  always,  it  is  a  privilege  to  write  to  you.  The  men  are  doing  great,  exploring 
the  possibilities  of  change.  We  had  to  wait  several  months  before  contacting  you  about  our 
progress  as  Odyssey,  Wave  VII,  gave  us  much  discussion  on  self-discovery.  Let  me  begin  by 
saying  that  the  GATEWAY  EXPERIENCE  has  been  a  transforming,  inspirational  tool  for 
prisoners  to  experience  directly  and  immediately  the  goal  of  all  transformation — their  own  inner 
Self.  We  have  found  that  there  is  a  tremendous  “knowing”  that  leaps  into  the  mind  when  it  is 
silent,  when  it  has  given  up  trying  to  understand,  when  all  of  its  false  imaginings  and 
projections  have  been  exposed.  In  arousing  our  innate  wisdom,  we  can  clarify  our  actions  and 
ourselves.  We  can  illuminate  the  very  causes  of  conflict,  doubt,  and  fear  within  us.  Before 
becoming  incarcerated,  each  of  us,  in  his  own  way,  was  seeking  liberation.  We  wanted  to 
experience  the  rapture  of  life.  For  most,  we  have  been  taught  to  pursue  this  through  “addition,” 
not  “subtraction.”  We  thought  we  needed  to  add  happiness,  prosperity,  love,  and  success. 
However  much  we  added  to  ourselves  through  drugs,  crime,  and  violence,  still  we  were  not 

As  we  focused  on  our  experience  with  Odyssey,  we  were  amazed  to  discover  how  many  self- 

limiting  thoughts  we  had.  Some  of  the  men  even  cried  during  the  session.  Please  note  that  this 
is  not  a  manly  thing  to  do  in  prison.  I  personally  met  my  dead  father  in  a  glow  of  light.  He 
embraced  me  and  told  me  he  was  sorry,  something  I  needed  to  be  aware  of.  The  journeys 
have  been  extraordinarily  varied,  and  we  are  continuing  our  explorations  with  the  tape 
systems.  In  fact,  our  group  has  grown  quite  large  as  a  result  of  the  men  telling  friends  and 
associates  on  the  yard.  This  is  the  only  group  in  the  prison  that  has  participation  from  all 
races — black,  white,  and  Hispanic.