What is Remote Viewing? – Part 1

Remote viewing is about acquiring accurate information on a place, event, or person in a different location than from where you’re situated without using any obvious methods, such as physical senses. It links to clairvoyance in that it allows you to know something in an instant without you knowing how the information came to you. It’s also referred to as “second sight” or “anomalous cognition”.

Many people occasionally experience this as a moment of intuition about something that turns out to be correct. Many famous business people and entrepreneurs, such as Sony co-founder Akio Morita, Thomas Alva Edison, Conrad Hilton, and George Soros have named remote viewing as the source of their success.

And then there are those physics on your television screens who seem to perform mental miracles. The difference between remote viewing and natural psychic ability is that you need to train yourself in remote viewing. It’s a skill, however, that an average person can learn.

History of remote viewing

Modern remote viewing began in the U.S. Government when it was interested in psychic espionage during the Cold War. The Soviets heard rumours in WW11 that the U.S. Military was employing psychic communication at sea. While it remains uncertain as to whether there was any truth to this, the Soviets were under the impression that there was something to it and so began to develop their very own psych training within their intelligence and military agencies. When the U.S. Government heard of what the Soviets were planning, they created their own remote viewing CIA training programme in the 1970’s.

Stanford Research Institute tests

Stanford Research Institute (SRI) were given funding and resources to test remote viewing. The aim was to debunk psychic functioning. They hoped that it wasn’t real. They didn’t want to worry about its existence, bearing in mind that it would legitimise a potential Soviet threat. Two men from SRI, Hal Putoff and Russell Targ, had the task of determining the reality (or not) of  Extrasensory Perception (ESP) and similar phenomena. Putoff and Tag attempted to find natural psychics to test. The first person they tested was psychic, scientist, and artist Ingo Swann from New York City.

Swann had shown an ability to remote view weather in multiple cities in the U.S. He had published articles related to ESP, as well as psychokinesis, which is the ability to affect objects in another location with the mind alone when he worked with the American Society and Psychical Research researcher Gertrude Schmeidler of City College, New York.

When working with Schmeidler, Swann had proven that he could change the temperature of thermistors from 25 feet away. A friend requested that he publish his results to Putoff, who asked Swann to show what he could do at SRI. After observing Swann’s abilities for himself, a program to develop remote viewing was underway. Swann was the person responsible for coining the term “remote viewing”. It refers to the process, although whether the information is remote to the viewer or the entire process is visual is debatable.