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Remote Viewing Methods
By:Dan Boone

Remote Viewing is a term that refers to a paranormal skill investigated by U.S. military intelligence in the 1970s. It is said to allow a person to obtain information about people, places or events by communication with the subconscious. Remote viewing is a complex concept based on scientific protocols and spawned applications among civilians in the 1990s. Today many former intelligence specialists teach remote viewing methods via websites and workshops.

Studies involving remote viewing were first conducted at Stanford Research Institute by a scientist and former Naval Intelligence officer H.E. Puthoff and a colleague, artist Ingo Swann. Little was known about their work until it was declassified in 1995, and the CIA admitted its involvement. Puthoff subsequently reported on the initial results of his remote viewing experiments, conducted at the behest of the CIA, to see if remote viewing "might have any utility for intelligence collection."

Initial Methods
Puthoff conducted initial experiments with Swann by hiding objects in a box and asking Swann to try to describe them. According to Puthoff, Swann described a moth hidden inside as "small, brown and irregular, sort of like a leaf or something that resembles it, except that it seems very much alive, like it's even moving!" The CIA was impressed enough to fund future experiments, which came to be known as remote viewing.

Coordinate Remote Viewing, later called Controlled Remote Viewing, was the first-generation experimentation. Ingo Swann developed a set of psychic methods, which involved writing or sketching data, using while sitting at a table in a fully alert state. Eventually CRV developed into a set of six stages.

Extended Remote Viewing
The extended remote viewing method, which developed later, involves the remote viewer lying down in a darkened room while an interviewer asks questions and records the answers on a sheet or via a tape recorder. The person practicing ERV is also often asked to to sketch his impressions on a pad of paper.

Scientific Remote Viewing
Scientific Remote Viewing is a method trademarked by the Farsight Institute (farsight.org), which has been researching the practice since 1995. According to the institute's website, SRV causes a controlled shifting of awareness while the remote viewer is in a normal waking state. SRV is believed to use the human nervous system similar to the way an astronomer uses a radio telescope. Farsight Institute maintains that a person's nervous system functions as a "tuning device" in SRV that connects him to an "an underlying field of nature through which knowledge of all things is possible."

Miscellaneous Methodologies
A natural-flowing form of remote viewing is practiced by some psychics. This approach focuses on obtaining symbolic imagery about a person, place or event through a natural flow of intuition rather than a more structured practice. Former military remote viewers have also blended the original CRV concept into their own methods. Leonard Buchanan, a former intelligence specialist in remote viewing, wrote a book detailing his work with the CIA. Buchanan has also worked with the FBI to locate missing persons.