If you’re looking for an unusual way to celebrate the nation’s spookiest holiday, look no further than the Bridge – a gallery in Charlottesville that features central Virginia groups interested in consciousness and the paranormal. The exhibit is titled BEYOND.
As a young man, Scott Taylor had a near death experience that left him convinced there is life after the body dies.
“It was so extraordinary that I literally searched the world over trying to find a place where I could touch that space again," he recalls. "I found it at the Monroe Institute.”
Today, he heads the Nelson County Institute founded by Bob Monroe, a former radio guy who experimented with audio tones that produced various brain waves.
Alpha waves are associated with restful states that occur when people are entering sleep or just waking up. Beta waves are associated with being alert.
“The genius of Bob Monroe was that he would combine those two, so you could enter into a state of mind awake, body asleep, and that’s the perfect portal for exploring states of consciousness,” Taylor explains.
Now, a show at the Bridge gallery in Charlottesville features the Monroe Institute, Yogaville in Buckingham County and other Virginia organizations dedicated to exploring consciousness.
The Bridge is at 209 Monticello Road (not Avenue) next to Lampo. It opens at 10 a.m. and will host a free Halloween party beginning at 7 p.m. on October 31.
For more information on the Monroe Institute go to https://www.monroeinstitute.org/