A Greater Reality
The New Paradigm of Nonlocal Consciousness, the Paranormal, and the Contact Modalities

CCRI, the Consciousness & Contact Research Institute, is an interdisciplinary research organization consisting mainly of Ph.D. academics and medical doctors. Our team aims to explore the broad range of psychophysical phenomena often referred to as "paranormal" and their connection to the concept of "consciousness" and the multi-dimensional aspects of reality. Our members specialize in various fields, including Astrophysics, Theoretical Physics, Philosophy, Psychiatry, Psychology, Neuroscience, Sociology, Quantum Biology, Information Sciences, Parapsychology, and Medicine.

At CCRI, our researchers propose the following ideas:

1) We suggest that consciousness may be the fundamental aspect of reality rather than the physical world that we perceive. Our hypothesis is that physical reality is a manifestation of consciousness, experienced through our five senses. However, this perception might not fully represent the true nature of existence. We believe that human consciousness may temporarily inhabit a physical form within a more extensive, encompassing reality that could be described as both "spiritual" and "virtual." According to this perspective, when our physical bodies cease to function, our individual consciousness may return to a collective source, which we refer to as The Mind of GOD. A more in-depth exploration of this concept can be found in the book, "The Mind of GOD: A Spiritual-Virtual Reality Model of Consciousness & the Contact Modalities."

2) We propose that various phenomena often labeled as "paranormal contact," which we at CCRI refer to as "The Contact Modalities" (interactions with Non-Human Intelligence through NDEs, UFOs, OBEs, Astral Travel, Spirits/Ghosts, Psychedelic Journeys, Remote Viewing, PSI, and other forms), could represent a single, unified phenomenon connected to consciousness. Consequently, if consciousness is fundamental, all Contact Modalities should be studied and understood within the context of a consciousness-based framework.

In the near future, CCRI members plan to conduct a comprehensive, worldwide, multi-language academic research project examining the common experiences of those who have encountered the Contact Modalities. Our team believes that comparing and analyzing these individuals' experiences could be crucial in gaining a deeper understanding of the potential relationship between consciousness and contact with Non-Human Intelligence (NHI). We define NHI as "any form of conscious intelligence that is not a physical 4D human being." This definition encompasses anomalous entities defined in our culture as ghosts, spirits, angels, demons, extraterrestrials, aliens, energy beings, and non-physical beings. Our primary objective is to investigate the following question: "What is the relationship between consciousness and contact with Non-Human Intelligence via the Contact Modalities?"

The CCRI organization has been recently established, and while we have not formally initiated our academic research study, we aim to introduce our mission and research agenda by developing a co-edited 4-volume book series. Each book will be approximately 800 pages and titled: "A Greater Reality: The New Paradigm of Non-local Consciousness, the Paranormal and the Contact Modalities."

The five editors of our book series include Dr. Rudy Schild (Emeritus Professor of Astrophysics at Harvard University), Dr. Jon Klimo (Professor of Psychology at various universities for over 45 years), Dr. Jeffrey Long (a medical doctor, NDE research pioneer, and author of two NDE books), Dr. Michael Grosso (Ph.D. from Columbia University and Professor of Philosophy for over 40 years), and Reinerio (Rey) Hernandez, who attended UC Berkeley for a Ph.D. and was the recipient of a National Science Foundation Ph.D. Fellowship.


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Dr. Rudy Schild

After a 45-year career at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics at Harvard University, and over 300 peer reviewed academic publications, Rudy has been recognized as one of the leading proponents of MECOS, an alternative to black hole theory. Rudy was also a pioneer in gravitational lensing and matter structuring of the universe. Rudy’s most recent research activities involved comparison of gravitational microlensing, brightness fluctuations with black hole models to study quasar inner structure. Rudy is also the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Cosmology which has published many academics articles on the relationship between Consciousness and the Contact Modalities.

Dr. Jeffrey Long

Dr. Jeffrey Long is a physician practicing the specialty of radiation oncology, (the use of radiation to treat cancer) in Houma, Louisiana.  Dr. Long served on the Board of Directors of IANDS (the International Association for Near-Death Studies for many years), and has been one of the world’s most active Near Death Experience (NDE) researchers for more than 25 years.

Dr. Jon Klimo

Dr. Jon Klimo received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Brown University many years ago. For the last 45 years, John was a professor in the clinical program of The American Schools of Professional Psychology, Argosy University and Rutgers University. He has chaired approximately 250 academic doctoral dissertations over his career and of these, approximately 75 have completely or primarily involved topics of parapsychology, the paranormal, consciousness studies, spiritual/transpersonal studies, "new paradigm" science, and in the area of Ufology.

Michael Grosso, Ph.D.

Dr. Michael Grosso got his Ph.D. in philosophy and also studied classical Greek at Columbia University. He has taught philosophy and humanities at New Jersey City University, City University of New York, and elsewhere. His main focus has been on philosophy of mind, with an emphasis on paranormal, creative, and mystical states of consciousness. Michael has authored numerous books, the latest being Smile of the Universe: Miracles in an Age of Disbelief.

Reinerio (Rey) Hernandez, JD, MCP, PhD Candidate

Rey graduated with honors from Rutgers College, was a Masters Candidate at Cornell University and was a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of California at Berkeley where he was the recipient of a National Science Foundation Ph.D. Fellowship. He previously was a Professor for six years at the New School for Social Research and at the City University of New York. Rey is currently the Director of the Consciousness and Contact Research Institute, or CCRI, an academic research institute comprised of more than 25 Ph.D. academics, medical doctors, and researchers whose mission is to explore a new paradigm that seeks to integrate the findings of consciousness research and the phenomenology of extraordinary experiences, what Rey coined in 2013 as the “Contact Modalities”.

Volumes 1 & 2 are theoretical volumes and feature 47 articles by Ph.D. academics, medical doctors, and researchers who have focused on researching the connection between Consciousness and the Contact Modalities. Volumes 1 and 2 are available for FREE on this website as PDF files. Below you will see the title of each article and a picture and bio of each author. You will also be able to download each separate article as a PDF file. Volumes 3 and 4 will feature articles by individuals who have had many diverse contact experiences via the Contact Modalities. As soon as Volumes 3 and 4 are completed, we will also link the articles from these two volumes directly on this website.

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A Greater Reality

Table Of Contents

Volume 1 & Volume 2: Theoretical Chapters

Volume 1

I. Prologue

II. Introduction

III. Example of an Experiencer of Consciousness & the Contact Modalities

IV. The Primacy of Consciousness & The Contact Modalities

V. Non-Local Consciousness, Telepathy & the Quantum Hologram

VI. Out of Body Experiences, Remote Viewing & Consciousness

VII. Lucid Dreams and Consciousness

Volume 2

I. Near Death Experiences & Survival of Human Consciousness

II. Consciousness Aerial Phenomena (CAP) or UFOs or UAPs

III. Ghosts/Spirits & Spiritual Transformation

IV. Entheogenic Research & Contact with Conscious Intelligence

V. Conclusion: Consciousness & the Contact Modalities

Upcoming Documentary

"A Greater Reality: One Man's Journey of Discovery" is a compelling documentary that delves into the relationship between consciousness, the paranormal, and the contact modalities. Featuring insightful discussions with leading academic physicists, astrophysicists, neuroscientists, psychiatrists, and experiencers, the documentary follows the journey of Rey Hernandez, an estate tax attorney, who had conscious physical contact with non-human intelligence and a series of paranormal experiences. Rey's personal quest takes him through conversations with cutting-edge researchers and fellow experiencers, leading him to the conclusion that we live in a universe that is interconnected and alive. The documentary is expected to be completed in the Fall of 2023.

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