Bruce Moen, from Colorado, USA, is an author and international lecturer as well as an engineering consultant in his own firm. He claims to be able to explore the afterlife and perform 'soul retrievals' as defined by Robert Monroe. These are attempts to contact those lost or 'stuck' after death and facilitate their release to more desirable areas of consciousness compatible with their belief systems, for example Heaven or Nirvana.

He has written several books on these subjects, and leads ten to fifteen workshops annually in which he teaches participants how to perform retrievals. His retrieval technique is based on the contents of the Lifeline[1] program of The Monroe Institute[2], although his variant does not involve binaural beat technology[3], [4].

Moen once stated that he had plans for an "Afterlife Communication Device" similar to a telephone, which would enable direct communication with the deceased without the need for special esoteric knowledge or techniques. [5]

Consciousness studies

Moen's work makes several contributions to consciousness studies (see below), and is listed as recommended reading in books on consciousness by authors including Maureen Caudill[6] and J.R. Madaus[7].

Perception vs Interpretation

He has made analyses of the interaction between perception and interpretation during explorations.[8] Moen considers ongoing interpretation vital for recall as well as understanding, but also sees it as a major hurdle to accurate perception, observing that premature interpretation strongly distorts and filters all following perceptions to fit. According to his model, the two processes cannot take place simultaneously, requiring rapid alternation in order to prevent memory loss, input loss and accuracy loss.


Moen considers intent to be a specific causal state of consciousness in its own right, a state that is transitioned through at the precise moment that a desire to act is successfully converted into an action. He believes that learning to recognise and enter this state deliberately is a key skill for exploration of the afterlife and related focus levels.[9] [10]


Moen recommends the use of imagination to get around temporary failures to perceive during an exploration, citing the example of a pump that requires initial priming (with water) before it can usefully deliver water itself. This recommendation comes with provisos - pretending that a sporadically perceived person is still nearby would be constructive, whereas pretending their improbable clothes change to fit your expectations would not.


One of the most important tools Moen uses is imagination. His technique of experiencing an afterlife and performing retrievals relies on subjective experience and conjecture, which may seem real to the experiencer but is not verifiable by others. No-one has proven the existence of an afterlife to the satisfaction of mainstream Western science, even though there have been many efforts.[11]

As those who attend my Level 1 workshop know this criticism that evidence "is not verifiable" is in error.  In the final exercise of that workshop every participant prints the name of someone they personally know who is deceased on identical slips of paper.  These are folded twice, put into a basket and each person draws one at random.  They have no way of knowing which participant wrote the name they drew, nor do they know anything about the deceased person.  Using imagination as a means of perception the workshop participants are guided into contact and communication with the deceased person whose name they have drawn.  The exercise guides them to obtain very specific information from the deceased.  After the exercise each person discloses the information they gathered from the deceased person to the person who wrote down their name.  In every workshop between 60 and 90% of participants receive verification of very specific information.  Bruce Moen


Bruce Moen is the author of the Exploring the Afterlife Series:

See also


  5. Afterlife Knowledge 1
  6. Maureen Caudill, 2006: Suddenly Psychic - A Skeptic's Journey, p272, ISBN 978-1-57174-501-9
  7. J.R. Madaus, 2005: Think Logically, Live Intuitively, p305
  8. Lee Bladon, The Science of Spirituality: Integrating Science, Psychology, Philosophy, Spirituality & Religion, Lee Bladon, ISBN 9781847998934]
  9. Afterlife Knowledge 2
  10. Afterlife Knowledge 3
  11. Search for the Soul by Milbourne Christopher, Thomas Y. Crowell, 1979,

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