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Remote Viewing - The Future Of The Field

Source: Beverly Jaegers

23rd August 2000

"Psychic helps Police find body of missing man"

What does such a headline in your local newspaper actually mean? 'Psychic' is a much misunderstood term. It has been over-used by persons sponsoring the late night 900-lines. It is believed by many to cover such subjects as hosts, faith healing, spiritualism, fortune-telling, astrology, and other much less reputable fields - even UFO's. 'Psychic' merely refer to things 'of the mind'.

Psychoanalysis and Psychololgy are fields based on the same field - the human mind and the study of human consciousness. For many years, any activity which did not fit into what was accepted as 'normal' by ordinary people was regarded as some- thing supernatural, paranormal and usually weird. It is not widely known that for the past fifty years, the ability of the mind to 'know' or to 'see' things which may be distant in time or in space has been studied in solid scientific laboratories, from those at Stanford, to Princeton. Almost thirty years ago, the United States Government entered into an exploration of one single aspect of these abilities and gave it the name 'Remote Viewing'. The U.S. program was begun as a result of the same study being undertaken by the USSR during the late Cold War. From its beginnings at Stanford, the program was moved to a special setting at Stanford Research Institute (SRI) and headed by two laser physicists, Russell Targ and Dr. Hal Puthoff, whose book 'Mind Reach' was published in the early 70's. At SRI, Puthoff, Targ and several experts at 'seeing' into past, present and future such as Ingo Swann, developed a program which was put into action by the U.S. Army at Ft. Meade. The program continued over several decades before running out of funding in the early 90's. Other programs utilizing special forces and even civilian volunteers were initiated at the same time. Remote Viewing was also studied and found amazingly accurate at the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Lab (PEAR) under the auspices of Dr. Robert Jahn. A large group of scientists have spent their professional lives studying Remote Viewing, including Dr. Dean Radin, author of The Conscious Universe; Dr. Charles Tart, Stephan Schwartz, and many others in countries other than the U.S. The observed ability of the human mind to in some way actually 'see' in the mind's eye things occurring at great distances, and in both past, present and future has been recorded by scientific papers, Seminars, lectures and books by many researchers.
Remote Viewing has nothing to do with being 'out of body' nor with spirit contact, hypnosis, Ouija Boards, crystal balls, nor any other concentration device. It is barely possible that a person using cards, charts or crystal balls may actually touch the skill known as Remote Viewing, but it is neither under control, nor usually reliable in its input of information. SRI's research team constructed a set of known protocols which they felt would provide the control and reliability factor which was needed. Other, less structured protocols were developed by Iron Curtain researchers, and some field researchers in America, including Stephan Schwartz, author of The Alexandria Project, and The Secret Vaults of Time. One finding of the research effort was that to the human ability they were working to control, neither space nor time seemed to be limitations of any kind. A second finding was that not only could almost every person, male or female, young or old, do these mind-reach things; but even skeptics in and out of the Military or Government overseeing bodies could come to SRI and be allowed to show themselves that remote viewing existed - by using the skeptics as the remote viewer working on a target! Therefore, rather than having to believe that 'some' people could do these things, it was shown to them that they, too, could do the remote viewing. Naturally, these untrained individuals would not produce a perfect job of data retrieval. Few if any untrained individuals can match the ability of a subject who had been trained in the control and use of the ability. Until the SRI program, it was thought by most that esp, psi, or any variant of the ability to use the mind to transcend time and space could not be trained at all. It was widely believed that only certain people had these abilities, and that they were some kind of 'power'. SRI removed all doubt that these misunderstandings were true. Ordinary soldiers and military officers could be trained to not only do the remote viewing, but to provide useful and accurate information. Of course, not all the individuals being trained were military, many were civilians who'd volunteered for the experimental program. This was on the U.S. end. In Russia, the program involved not only members of their military, but one successful program in training centered on an ordinary group of college students - all of whom could be given testable abilities to produce results! In the U.S. there were field researchers working with these older methods developed in the USSR as there was interchange of information in the early years between researchers on both sides of the world.


It is evident that the ability to actually see in the mind's eye things which are occurring at a distance is not considered to be common. However, it is common to almost all persons. There is no certain group which make better students. It is found that intelligent persons make the best trainees, and there is a smaller percentage of females who take well to controlled remote viewing than males. Males have predominated in the experiments since those early years. It was later found that one reason for this is that the female brain is more sensitive to feelings and emotions, less analytical and logical, and less likely to provide hard data in remote view- ing experiments. In today's research, this factor is taken into consideration - as each ability is useful in its own venue. One place that the remote viewing skill has shown itself of most public use is in cooperating with law enforcement. It is this factor that leads to headlines such as that which began this essay. It is the existence in many 'psychics' of some amount of remote viewing skill that causes them to sometimes be of great help in locating missing children (Dorothy Allison) solving crimes, (Greta Alexander, Croiset, Peter Hurkos) and in these cases, they may receive very positive publicity. However, none of these individuals received any training of this ability. Training is the result of the discovery on both sides of the world that it could be done - and that positive results and control of the input of data would be the result. The U.S.Psi Squad is the first group of civilian individuals who have received training and work together to help solve crimes and provide resources to scientists of many disciplines. This group was established in 1971. Training exercises include working with sealed envelopes to determine what is inside, being able to tell colors apart by touch alone, to decipher where an object may have come from original- ly, and in many cases, to begin to extend the reach of the mind beyond the ordinary. Individuals who have never studied the ability do not realize that not only can such things be done, but that concentrated effort in learning them will provide them with skills many would consider miraculous. It was not known, for instance, that substances could penetrate the skin until the discovery of the substance/ medication DMSO. DMSO was found to permeate the skin and to cause a distinct (nasty) taste under the tongue even when dabbed on a person's hand. Today, this knowledge has led to the development of the Patch system of medication, and to the sublingual group of vitamin/mineral supplements which are not swallowed, but affixed to the skin, or dropped under the tongue. It was also not known until researched by the Psi Squad that a metal held in the hand presented a distinct taste in the mouth, and that each metal touched provided a different 'taste', so that metals could be distinguished without being able to see them. Coins, for instance, can be sorted simply by holding them, one at a time, in the left hand. Colors, too, can be of different 'temperatures' so that a swatch of red gives off heat to the left hand, and one of deep blue will feel colder. Russian findings were that there is a tactile difference in color as well, and that even when printed on the same weight of paper, red, blue, green, yellow, orange and black can be distinguished by the fingertips. Photographs sealed into thick envelopes could be touched and described, simply at first, then more thoroughly as the skill of doing it developed. Therefore, it was known that training in these simple skills could have the effect of pushing the envelope of the human mind, and be the beginning of extending its abilities into the area of remote viewing. After having learned to extend the envelope through touch, the student is led into correctly doing similar descriptions without being able to either see or touch their 'target'. Although much of the military usage of the remote viewing skill was useful in areas related to conflict and defense - it has been shown that it is even more useful in such fields as archaeology, where the Canadian George McMullen has shown what controlled abilities can add to field exploration in locating and describing ancient sites and artifacts, and in describing those long ago peoples who built and lived in these sites. At this time, there are many remote viewers who are working side by side with archaeological and anthropological researchers. There is even a pilot project going on that will reveal much that is now unknown about dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures dead for millions of years! The future of remote viewing lies not in the sensation seekers who provide disaster scenarios on radio and television; but in the hard-working researchers and trainers who have devoted their lives to writing, teaching and experimenting in the field of real remote viewing. The potential is evident. Remote viewing taught in the Police Academy as an investigative tool - used in courtrooms by Judges to determine who is actually telling the truth - in adoption rocedures to determine if a given set of parents are the best for a child - in schoolrooms to discover whether a troubled child
has a problem in home environment, or is hungry, ill or abused - in psychological counseling to discover problems the patient may have not solved because he forgot their existence - to find the lost - discover the unknown...... There are no limitations to the trained human mind. Remote viewing provides a realistic approach to using the mentality we all receive at birth. It could be said that there is no information that is not available to the trained human mind. What a wondrous prospect for the future!

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