Remote Viewing


Being schooled in remote viewing by the legendary Ingo Swann wasn’t easy.
The Controlled Remote Viewing (CRV) methodology that I now teach was originally created for the US military by Ingo and the equally legendary Dr. Harold E. “Hal” Puthoff.

As I and the handful of my Army associates were put through our paces by Ingo, we were subject to his rigorous – some might even say grueling – teaching practices.

Ingo used the classical approach, adapted to the requirements of remote viewing. He presented a “lecture,” which was part explication, part interactive discussion, and part interrogation. Ingo demanded that we keep careful, detailed notes – and he often watched over our shoulders and checked periodically to make sure. Once he had passed on everything he wanted us to know on a given topic, he ordered us to write an essay capturing everything we had learned. When we finished our essays – or, should I say, thought we had finished – Ingo would look them over one by one, clucking his tongue at as he red-inked our compositional misdemeanors.

“There.” he would say, thrusting an essay back to its author with a sigh. “See what you can do to fix this. I’m sure you will find the correct information somewhere in your notes.”

As I recall, my all-time record amounted to four “do-overs” before Ingo gave me a thumbs up for my essay covering CRV Stage 1.

It Worked!!!

Arduous as the process was, having gone through it proved invaluable later when I was called upon to oversee input to the Defense Intelligence Agency’s official remote viewing manual and write the final draft. (My dog-eared and heavily annotated original copy of that manual still occupies its spot of honor on my bookshelf, not far from the personal letter Ingo sent commending my colleagues and me for the job we did in capturing the concepts of his training.)

Now, nearly 30 years later, I realize Ingo’s approach to teaching may seem hopelessly old-school to those whose formal education followed supposedly more “up-to-date” methods. But the system worked for me, and I continue to employ it, if somewhat more gently, for my own remote viewing students today.

I’ve had complaints, of course. It is hard work to compose an essay summing up what you’ve learned. You have to consider in what priority to assemble the concepts, then figure out how to bring it all out on paper. But eventually you sort it all out and begin to write. Finally you’re finished, and it’s time to turn your essay in for a critique from the instructor. It can be intimidating, and more than one of my students has balked at the task, moaned, and only grudgingly buckled down.

Over the years I’ve occasionally thought about doing away with the note-taking and essay writing. I have heard of potential customers who might have taken my training, but were put off by the prospect of hard work, and went off to find easier remote viewing training.

Still, I could never quite bring myself to get rid of a learning tool that seemed so valuable to helping budding remote viewers embed vital concepts in their subconscious. That is, after all, what the whole process is about. The feeling nagged at me that despite the added work essays made for both my students and me, the learning benefit was worth it. But I had to admit, I had no hard evidence to back up my faith in the process.

Rataining Facts

Suddenly, my hunch – and with it Ingo’s insistence on this writing-intensive approach – has been vindicated in spades. In a recent scientific study comparing a variety of ways of acquiring and assimilating knowledge, it turns out that writing essays may well be the best way to understand and retain facts, procedures, and concepts.

The prestigious journal Science just reported that researchers at Purdue University compared essay writing to other common study and knowledge-retention techniques and found that essay writing had the strongest impact on later recall of concepts. Tested against essay writing were three standard learning practices: Single-session study; concept-mapping (where the student writes down important concepts and ideas on a piece of paper and connects them in order of how they relate to each other); and the time-honored technique of “cramming,” that is, reviewing material to be remembered many times, hoping to commit the concepts to memory.

Results were surprising. “Retrieval” methods such as essay writing have long been thought to be useful only when you want to see how much learning occurred, but the process of retrieval was believed to have no little learning benefit itself. It turns out not only that writing essays does play a role in learning, but that it is superior to the other methods tested. Essay writing was almost 50% more effective than the two most widely-used study methods, and more than twice as effective as single-session study. In their report, the researchers note that “…the act of reconstructing knowledge must be considered essential to the process of learning” (emphasis added).

Needless to say, essays are even more effective than merely listening to a lecture and jotting down a few notes, as is standard practice in most other remote viewing teaching programs. However, for most people this is not intuitively obvious, it seems. In the Purdue study, when students using the standard methods were asked how confident they were that they had mastered the material, they were more certain that their methods were successful than those writing essays were – just the opposite what turned out to be the real case.

Back in the early 1980s, science was unaware of how important essay-writing was to learning. Yet even at that time, as Ingo Swann and Hal Puthoff were assembling the building blocks for what was shortly to become controlled remote viewing, Ingo got it right. No doubt he was following his own intuition on the matter, and Remote Viewing Instructional Services is happy to continue the practice in bringing to you the best and most thorough remote viewing training available.

Copyright, 2011, Paul H. Smith, RVIS, Inc.


Try Remote Viewing Yourself

One of the burning questions people have when they first discover remote viewing is, How can I try it? Though it takes training, time, and practice to become a highly-skilled operational-level remote viewer, it is fairly easy for even a beginner to do a simple remote viewing experiment successfully. Below are some guidelines for two basic experiments.

One easy type of experiment involves merely trying to “see” what is in a picture sealed in an opaque envelope. Have a friend select several clear, interesting photos with strong shapes, lines, and colors, paste each on a plain white piece of paper, and seal each in a separate opaque envelope (it is important that nothing of the contents shows through to the outside). Your friend should also number the envelopes sequentially from “1” to whatever the highest number is.

The photos should not be too complex, but striking enough that they will hold some interest to the remote viewer’s subconscious mind (which is heavily involved in the process). It is also helpful if the photos are as different as possible from each other, so it is easier to tell from the often partial results produced by a beginner’s RV process which photo the viewer has described when the session is over.

When you are ready to do the session, select one of the envelopes, and sit at a table in a quiet or peaceful area with several sheets of paper and a black-ink pen. After jotting down the date and time, begin your session by writing “Target 1” (or whichever envelope you have selected) at the top of your paper. That is your “ready-set-go!” signal, and you should then relax and try to perceive the impressions that come into your mind from the photo in the envelope.

Some things to remember: Remote viewing impressions must compete with all the mental “noise” that occupies all of our minds all of the time. Mental noise is made up of all the memories, thoughts, worries, guesses, deductions, distractions, and so on that keep our brains buzzing. Sorting this out from the true remote viewing signal is the hard part of the whole process.

Source: http://www.irva.org

Well, with all the fuss over Remote Viewing going on in the Net, perhaps I should talk of some of RV’s other aspects which lurk behind the over-hyped govt connections. Perhaps a few would like to know about those aspects.

First of all, there is the matter of nomenclature. A great many frames of reference have changed since the 1970s when the term RV was coined.

The functions of society are now on the verge of a permanent shift from the older generation to the younger one. The younger generation thinks in different contexts. They have to, because the world of the 1970s is not the world of 1995, and clearly will not be the world of 2008.

I predict that RV will be important in 2008. That’s because other nations are in the process of researching it. The fallout from that research will be used to their advantage.

Concepts such as psychic, out-of-body perceptions, ESP, clairvoyance and remote viewing were still widely used 20 years ago. Those terms have now fallen out of fashion, and the younger generation has no idea what they referred to.

The situations and problems (S&Ps) represented by those terms, however, have not fallen from view. Indeed, they have taken on a new and vital luminosity, but under new nomenclature and new concepts. These are:

Virtual Reality, within whose contexts past, future and present meet in one big matrix in which anything and everything is possible;
Being wired into alternative realities, cross-dimensions and multi-dimensional awareness;
Levels of consciousness.

Although Virtual Reality has been given a strong technological twist, its S&Ps closely resemble those of what used to be called the Psychic Realms. In any event, one is said to Enter or Access virtual reality in which all information is possible.

In the past, shamans, psychics and clairvoyants were said to Enter or Access the psychic realms in which all information was possible. The basic contexts of virtual reality and the psychic realms are thus at least similar, and both contexts share similar S&Ps. The different nomenclature, however, divides the similar contexts into an obsolete past and a -new- Now.

But there is a very close similarity between them in that entering or accessing either virtual reality or the psychic realms involves the existence of human faculties which effect the entering or accessing process.

Psychics often thought of themselves as “wired” into cross-dimensions, alternative realities and levels of consciousness. All of these concepts were in existence by the early 1920s. When the first computers were invented during the 1940s, their mechanisms and performance were an ideal analogy to psychic mechanisms and performance.

Ironically, and probably insultingly to the skeptics, the acknowledged “father” of computers, the British mathematical genius Alan Turing, accepted PSI as a fact. In a famous paper he wrote exploring how one could distinguish between talking (at long distance) to a human or to a very advanced computer, Turing invoked Rhine’s statistical proof of the existence of ESP. He concluded that this facility, and this one alone, separates the human from the machine, including his hypothetical mega-computer.

In other words, how can we tell if we are talking to a genuine human, and not to a machine? Test the fellow for ESP. If he’s psychic, he’s human! This may seem a trivial or even ridiculous result, but check it out with a few first class mathematicians and logicians before you walk away.

Turing did his seminal theoretical work in the late 1930s, and with the advent of World War II was immediately drafted into the “black” world of espionage and cryptography. His assignment was to break the “unbreakable” German code. Inventing and then using the secret technology that eventually matured into the modern computer, Turing and a handful of colleagues succeeded.

That they had broken the “Enigma” codes was Britain’s most tightly held secret. So vital to the war effort was this single breakthrough, that Churchill allowed several British cities to be bombed without providing air defense, rather than alert the Germans to the fact that their codes had been broken.

The work of Turing and his computer remains to this day largely hidden under security wraps. Some discoveries really are too important to reveal, even to the scientific community, much less to the ordinary men and women who pay for the work with their tax dollars. Or so it seems, if the parallel story of the discovery of Remote Viewing, its subsequent widespread use by the US Intelligence community, and the recent meretricious trashing of it by the CIA are any guide.

The idea of Being Wired has undergone several evolutionary steps within the virtual reality arena. There is a saying current among computer freaks that one can now be wired into the Universe. Psychics have been saying the same thing, in almost the same words, for a long time. Only they don’t refer to universal virtual reality wiring, but rather to “accessing the Universal Akashic Records.”

Computer technology and its accompanying new mind-sets are merging with the parallel but until recently hidden Remote Viewing technology. A new paradigm is in the making, one that the young will grasp naturally, and at once.


The entire history of psychical research and parapsychology will become instantly intelligible if one replaces the old terms of psychic, etc., with the new ones of virtual reality, cross-dimensional wiring and multiple levels of consciousness. But there is one difficulty. The concepts of virtual reality are often presented merely as forms of entertainment and speculative use of computers. Psychics, especially shamans, always held that the psychic realms were real, virtually real. And they did use the term “virtually real.”

Remote viewing is a form of virtual reality, or being wired into the Universe.

To sum up: 

(1) Psychic realms equate to Virtual Reality;
(2) Both the psychic realms and virtual reality require Entry and Access;
(3) Entry and Access require the existence of specific human faculties
preexisting in our species;
(4) The human faculties are found in various levels of consciousness;
(5) Spontaneous Remote Viewing (SRV) is a random format of wiring between
virtual reality and levels of consciousness;
(6) Controlled Remote Viewing (CRV) is composed of discovering the correct
wiring and bringing the random format under conscious control.

Source http://www.ingoswann.com

What is Remote Viewing? Here’s a Simple Explanation from the Farsight Institute

Remote viewing is a controlled and trainable mental process involving psi (or psychic ability). It is used to transfer perceptual information across time and space. It is clear that remote viewing works in complete violation of the accepted “laws” of quantum and relativistic physics. So those “laws” are incomplete. There is a theory about why it works on the level of physics, but that theory has not yet gained mainstream acceptance. The core of that theory involves an interpretation of quantum mechanics that is known as the “Other Worlds” interpretation of the famous “two-slit experiment” that was developed by Hugh Everett and published in 1957. A majority of mainstream physycists currently do not support that theory, but the number of physicists who do support it is significant and growing.

Remote-viewing procedures were originally developed in laboratories funded by the United States military and intelligence services and used for espionage purposes. The scientific understanding of the remote-viewing phenomenon has greatly advanced in recent years, and as a result the process of remote viewing can now be reliably demonstrated in both laboratory and operational settings. There are a number of styles of remote-viewing procedures that are popularly practiced, such as Scientific Remote Viewing (SRV), Controlled Remote Viewing (CRV), as well as a few others. Remote viewers use one or more of these styles to gather descriptive data of a “target,” which is usually some place or event at some point in time. Remote viewing is always done under blind conditions, which means that the remote viewer must know nothing about the target when conducting the remote-viewing session. All of the various styles of remote viewing require both training and regular practice in order for a remote viewer to become proficient. Remote viewing is normally considered a controlled shifting of awareness that is performed in the normal waking state of consciousness, and it does not typically involve an out-of-body experience, hypnosis, an altered state of consciousness, or channeling.

Remote viewing is often performed in laboratory experiments involving psi functioning. The targets used in such experiments are normally considered “verifiable,” which means that everything that needs to be known about such targets either has been or can be determined so that the remote-viewing data can be compared with the target facts. A great deal of research is currently being done with regard to remote-viewing processes. Researchers are trying to understand the underlying mechanism of psi functioning, as well as to develop theories that explain various known and repeatable phenomena associated with remote viewing.

It is a matter of historical record that remote viewing has been used operationally in the past with considerable success by the U.S. government for espionage purposes, and a number of books recounting such programs have been published. There was even an official (and largely positive) governmental evaluation of a significant part of the government’s early remote-viewing program. Popular interest in remote viewing is often associated with this history. Current levels of governmental support for remote-viewing research and operations in the United States are not publicly known, although it is commonly assumed that efforts to utilize remote viewing for espionage purposes continues today, both in the U.S. and elsewhere.

The Farsight Institute is a nonprofit research and educational organization that is dedicated to understanding the remote-viewing phenomenon itself through the process of scientific experimentation. It is our belief that a more complete understanding of the remote-viewing phenomenon will have collateral benefits to much of science and society. Due to how the remote-viewing phenomenon manifests in controlled experiments, the remote-viewing phenomenon appears to be based on quantum-processes. Much of the research done at The Farsight Institute blends theories of quantum mechanics with interpretations of experimental remote-viewing data. This has lead to new insights into the remote-viewing phenomenon as well as the nature of time and physical reality. For example, new research indicates that alternate futures actually do exist, and that the past exists simultaneously with the present. New research also suggests that information transfer across time does not require enormous energy consumption that would be associated with worm hole singularities. These questions are among the most profound addressed by science today.

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