Teaching Remote Viewing Skills

The Training

Military duty is a balance between operations and training. If you are a tank driver and there isn’t an ongoing military battle, you occupy your time training for that eventuality. When there isn’t an ongoing ground war, the foot soldier trains for one. Besides physical training to keep their bodies in shape and personal weapons training, military personnel spend hours rehearsing tactics, practicing maneuvers, and planning operations. The remote viewing unit was no different. As the unit’s operations and training officer, I was responsible for . . . well, here it is copied from my official Officer Efficiency Report, DA Form 68-7:

Operations Officer for an INSCOM special access, sensitive intelligence collection program. Responsible to plan, schedule and implement individual collection requirements and prepare intelligence reports based upon information obtained. Training Officer for division personnel. Responsible to organize and execute the division training program; conduct specialized training to enhance individual capabilities and integrate new collection techniques into the current program; maintain an expertise in state-of-the-art technology. Member of the Military Intelligence Excepted Career Program [nickname: Great Skills].

It was my responsibility, then, to develop and implement a remote-viewing training program for the unit. Through the months, I had been reading up on different remote-viewing programs at various organizations. When I talked with Puthoff and Targ about specific remote-viewing techniques, as opposed to scientific remote-viewing protocols, they told me that they pretty much let the individual remote viewers do whatever they wanted to during the perceptual process. If viewers wanted to lie down or meditate, that was perfectly acceptable.

The Puthoff and Targ perspective was basically this: viewers should be encouraged to sketch or draw elements of the target site and provide short, perhaps one- to three-word, descriptions of their perceptions. Their personal habits or ceremonies were of little relevance. Stated another way, based on their observations of performance verses results, they didn’t feel there was any behavior, special state of consciousness, or physical or mental preparedness particularly conducive or enhancing to remote viewing.

Another highly respected researcher, William G. Braud from the University of Houston, Texas, theorized a PSI-conducive syndrome, or set of circumstances that seemed to be related to increased psychic performance. These circumstances involved such things as percipients being physically relaxed, receptive, and attuned to internal perceptual processes, an environment of reduced raucous sensory stimulus, and a psychic task of some relevant importance. These concepts seemed to fill in the blanks not addressed by the physicists at SRI.

Charles Honorton and his colleagues at the Psychophysical Research Laboratories in Princeton, New Jersey, offered another point of view. Operating within the concept that psychic or remote-viewing information presents itself below the threshold of conscious awareness and is therefore overwhelmed by physical sensation, they postulated that neutralizing the physical senses would help this lower-amplitude mental information bubble up into awareness. Further, remote-viewing experiments had shown that spurious sensory data often contaminated remote-viewing descriptions. For instance, elements within decorative pictures on the walls of the remote-viewing room sometimes showed up in the viewer's target descriptions. By neutralizing such sensory data, valid remote-viewing information was expected to increase—an improved signal-to-noise ratio, so to speak. Honorton’s neutralization process was called the Ganzfeld (German for “whole field”) technique.

The idea of quieting the mind to become aware of subtle cognitive processes was not limited to Honorton and the Ganzfeld researchers. This idea was the cornerstone of many traditional eastern meditation techniques. It seemed to me that the ability to quiet one’s prosaic thoughts and focus one’s attention might have a great deal to do with successful remote viewing.

Bringing together what I learned from Puthoff and Targ and other respected scientists, a review of the pertinent literature, and my own personal experience, a generic framework for training began to emerge. From this perspective, I began to develop what became the army’s remote-viewing training program.

If successful, trained remote viewers would be able to assess the strategic and tactical impact of remote-viewing surveillance on the operational security of the army. But, as I would eventually realize, this whole episode in my life would generate waves of change throughout our culture for decades to come.

Advanced CRV Training

As the weeks and months turned into years and our remote viewers continued to develop their own expertise, we wanted to provide our adept viewers with some form of advanced training. Ingo Swann further developed his training methodology and offered two additional stages within his CRV technique. Personnel who originally attended his basic training were sent off to New York for Stage-V and Stage-VI training with Ingo.

When Ingo was first hired, it was always our intention that their be a technology transfer of his CRV technique to the Fort Meade remote-viewing team. Paul H. Smith, who now teaches remote viewing professionally, and the other Ingo trainees in the unit were tasked to put together what is now known as the Coordinate Remote Viewing Manual which was published by the Defense Intelligence Agency on May 1, 1986. The manual adhered as closely as possible to what Ingo Swann delivered when working with the trainees one-on-one. When Ingo reviewed the manual, he complimented Paul and his colleagues on producing such a comprehensive and accurate document.

After you take a look at the CRV manual linked above, you might want to review this slideshow which illustrates Ingo style CRV structure and shows an example of a training session with Tom, one of the Ingo-trained Fort Meade remote viewers. Tom's remote viewing task during this training was to: Describe the site: 14.8 kilometers southwest of the St. Louis Gateway Arch.

Alternative Advanced Training

Rather than CRV, other members of the unit adopted a more meditative-based style of remote viewing. To distinguish this method I coined the acronym ERV. (Army people love to make up acronyms.) ERV stood for Extended Remote Viewing, because the meditative-based remote-viewing sessions just took longer to conduct.

As good as these remote viewers were, they expressed an interest in receiving some form of “advanced” training. From a management position, I too wanted to see if their remote-viewing skills could be enhanced. Since the foundation of their remote-viewing behavior was based on the notion of achieving a special state of consciousness conducive to the detection and acquisition of siterelevant data—the proverbial information of interest—I recommend Hemi-Sync® training from The Monroe Institute. Aside from any out-of-body expectations imbued by Robert Monroe’s books, the Hemi-Sync training process offered a pragmatic, scientific based method of teaching people to access levels of cortical arousal supportive of a variety of focus states of consciousness.

Reportedly, with practice a graduate of the Monroe progams could willfully and reliably enter a propitious level of cortical arousal without the aid of the Hemi-Sync sound technology. I hoped that our remote viewers could be trained to access arousal levels conducive to the five behaviors I had outlined years earlier, based on what I had learned from Puthoff and Targ, other research labs, a review of the pertinent literature, and my own personal remote-viewing (Previously, of course, I didn't really have a name for what I had been doing naturally throughout my life.) experiences.

The YouTube video below introduces you to the differences between remote viewing and out-of-body experiences. Attribution: Path 11 Productions, April Hannah and Michael Habernig.

As the years passed, I learned a great deal from the SRI scientists, their remote viewers, and Ingo Swann himself, and from working with our own cadre of army remote viewers. It all reinforced my original thoughts about the five basic behaviors of remote viewing: relaxing, connecting, listening, becoming aware, and reporting. If the viewers could develop their expertise in these behavior skills, chances were that their remote viewing would improve. Yes, they would have good days and bad days and a variety of factors would surely influence their performance, but any advanced training supportive of these basic behaviors seemed appropriate for the ERVers, and The Monroe Institute offered such training.

Hemi-Sync and Remote Viewing

The YouTube video below introduces you to Bob Monroe, Founder of The Monroe Institute and explains a thing or two about the Hemi-Sync binaural-beat audio guidance technology and the remote viewing process.

We contracted privately with Robert Monroe (after getting him a security clearance) to work with Joe McMoneagle, our best ERVer, for ten nonconsecutive weeks over a period of one year. Joe discussed his training with Monroe in his first book, Mind Trek. Joe, a beefy man with hardly any neck, was a first-rate military officer when I recruited him for the unit and since then had established himself as our most accomplished remote-viewing asset.

During these training sessions, Monroe worked one-on-one with Joe, experimenting with him and teaching him how to access different levels of arousal. The recipe for this training involved several identifiable processes. First was learning how to physically relax. Monroe coached a relaxation process directing Joe’s focus of attention to various parts of his body, ncouraging him to tell these areas of his body to “relax, let go, sleep.” Next, Monroe coached him to attend to his breathing, to slow his respiration and to imagine that his breath represented the flow of life-energy. Monroe then suggested that he set his intent for this session through a process of affirmation.

Once these first three ingredients were solidified, Monroe coached Joe to focus his attention on his internal world or, stated another way, become aware of his own mental realm without the noise of the physical senses. The final ingredient in this training recipe was the addition of Hemi-Sync, an audio technology capable of altering one’s state of consciousness or first-person experience by altering the brain's cortical level of arousal. Properly applied, this recipe would enable Joe to orally report and/or journal his perceptions.

This Monroe formula seemed to me very similar in many aspects to the behaviors that I had identified as conducive to the remote-viewing process. Each training week, I conducted an audit remote-viewing session to try to determine any improvement in Joe's performance. These audit sessions proved to be some of the most demonstrative training sessions I had the privilege of conducting with Joe. The YouTube playlist below shows three of these training sessions at The Monroe Institute circa 1984. I mixed the recordings with images to enhance the presentation.

During one more of these training sessions at The Monroe Institute, I decided to use geographic coordinates of some unusual structures on the planet Mars that Puthoff had provided from a file he had been holding on to for some years. This was more of a challenge-target than the others. It has been said that with remote viewing, perceived distantance in space and distance in time are not limiting factors for the viewer. Apparently, conventional space/time as we under stand it simply doesn't appear to matter. The YouTube video below shows this fascinating challenge-target.

Joe reclined with headphones in a soundproofed room in the lab at The Monroe Institute, and Bob Monroe and I sat in the adjacent control room. In preparation for this exercise, I had written, “The planet Mars, one million years B.C.” on a standard three-by-five index card, sealed it in a small, opaque envelope, and asked Bob to put the envelope in his breast pocket. Bob (and, of course, Joe) did not know what I had written on the index card. I kept the list of specific geographic coordinates (unseen by either Bob or Joe) provided by Puthoff with me. When Joe finished his cool-down period, directed Joe to focus by saying, Using the information in the envelope . . . and then read him the first (Martian) geographic coordinate. Bob adjusted Joe's Hemi-Sync patterns.

Joe seemed very deep (slowed respiration; slurred speech; incomplete sentences)—a good sign. He usually did well when he really got into the process. When he began to describe an “arid climate” in “some distant place,” I knew he was probably on target. I reviewed the list of Martian coordinates provided by Puthoff and directed Joe to “move” from his present location to the next set of coordinates on the list.

[Of course, if he had started off by describing an aircraft carrier, a factory, a person having coffee, or some other irrelevant locale, I would have figured that the session was a bust and would not have continued with the Martian coordinates.]

When directed to focus on the time period designated in the sealed envelope, Joe reported the aftereffect of a major geologic problem. When asked to move to a time before the geologic problem (perhaps thousands or tens or hundreds of thousands or millions of years), he reported a total difference in the terrain. He also found a shadow of very large people. Joe went on to explain that by shadow he meant that they weren’t there anymore. Once again I asked Joe to move back in time—to the period when the people were still there (again, perhaps thousands or tens or hundreds of thousands or millions of years). Joe described very large people who were wearing very strange clothes.

As it turned out, Joe described eight different coordinate designated locations on Mars. When Joe began to describe the unusual structures on Mars, Bob did not know if Joe was on target; he asked me what was happening. As he continued to adjust the Hemi-Sync sound patterns, he asked repeatedly about Joe’s descriptions. I gestured, Wait, several times until I finally turned to Bob and winked while saying simply, Joe is on Mars. Bob listened carefully to Joe's intriguing descriptions of an ancient race of very large people and a cataclysmic disaster that caused them to abandon their home. At one point, Joe was in telepathic contact with one of the Martians. During this deep-contact period, Joe’s skin-potential voltage (measured from finger electrodes) reversed polarity—crossing the zero or null point—indicating a discrete shift in perception.

After the session, Bob and I debriefed Joe before revealing the contents of the sealed envelope. Joe reiterated his feelings of having been a long way off and that this session was very different than his previous remote-viewing experiences. Joe did a great job during this audit session. Again, his comments on this unique remote viewing are in his book Mind Trek.

The importance of this remote viewing for Joe McMoneagle (and the rest of us) extends far beyond the implications it may have for the exploration of the planet Mars in the twenty-first century. What I’m iterating here relates to what this session did for Joe back in 1984. He was able to extend his consciousness across millions of miles and millions of years (in terms of space/time reality). This must have had a tremendous impact on Joe’s concept of self. He not only experienced his consciousness extending beyond the confines of his physical body but also reaching across our solar system, spanning millennia, and bonding (telepathically?) with another being. Who is this guy named Joe McMoneagle? And if he is an example of our true nature, who are we? If your interested, here is the complete transcript of Joe's Mars remote viewing.

The final results of this Hemi-Sync training cannot be explained in terms of better or higher-resolution remote viewing. Hemi-Sync training did not necessarily improve the overall remote viewing quality but rather the reliability of the remote viewer. The training provided remote viewers with a dependable tool that they could use to access beneficial states of cortical arousal, states conducive to relaxing physically and mentally, to connecting with the target, to listening quietly to internal perceptual processes, to becoming aware of the information of interest, and to accurately report (objectify) such information. (When asked, Joe simply says that the process helps him relax or prepare himself.) Joe McMoneagle retired from military service shortly after completing the Hemi-Sync training. No other remote viewers were ever trained personally by Robert Monroe. I felt that the Gateway Voyage, a Hemi-Sync training program for the public, offered a sufficient orientation to the Hemi-Sync process at a greatly reduced cost. But of the several remote viewers with an affinity for the ERV process that were selected and attended the Gateway Voyage program, none ever did quite as well as Joe, who admittedly was a superb remote viewer even without the Hemi-Sync training. In terms of reliability or dependability, perhaps the prolonged ten weeks of Hemi-Sync training was better after all.

Long after I retired from the army in 1988 I was asked to teach a remote viewing class at The Monroe Institute in 2006. I based the instruction not on what is known today, but on the principals taught to the Fort Meade remote-viewing team. I continued offering this workshop over the next few years until my retirement in 2012. The YouTube video below shows some clips from this Remote Viewing Practicum.

Do we see reality with our physical eyes? Do we perceive reality with our remote-viewing eyes? What are we perceiving when out-of-body? The YouTube video below provides some intriguing information about all this.

Is perceiving without regard to time possible? It is said that remote viewers and out-of-body travelers are not confined by the space/time domain as we know it. The YouTube video below provides some timely information of interest.

Given that parallel-universes or many-worlds theories are being widely accepted, what... or maybe which universe is being perceived by remote viewers or out-of-body travelers? Researcher Charles Tart has said in Six Studies of Out-of-the-Body Experiences, ... it might be that our souls are actually located on Mars [or maybe in an alternate universe], but we are so immersed in the BPVR [a biopsychological virtual reality] our brains generate that we think we are here [on this Earth] in our bodies. The YouTube video playlist below might make your head spin, but not to worry you most likely have billions more in other universes.

Challenge Targets

As part of my responsibilities as operations and training officer back at the Fort Meade remote-viewing unit, I was charged with determining the operational capabilities and limitations of remote viewing, identifying and developing individual remote-viewing skills, and testing and evaluating the accuracy of remote viewing on unique targets. Completion of the formalized training was not the end of remote-viewing training for members of the unit. As with any other military training program, it was necessary to hone their skills and to stretch their capabilities. The viewers needed practice with complex targets rather than the lakes, islands, mountains, or bridges typical of basic training. They needed to be tasked with the responsibility of collecting specific information. So what if they could remote view a football field? From an intelligence perspective, we needed specific information—like, was there a terrorist bomb in the stadium?

The Natural History Museum in San Francisco is an example of a challenge target I used for such training. If viewers were skilled enough to acquire and describe the building and further classify the building as being pen to the public or as a tourist attraction, they were then asked to explore the building further. Within the building, the challenge began.

The inside of the building was arranged as a spiral walking tour through historical panoramas. As viewers began to objectify their findings, many would become disoriented and begin to lose confidence in their contact with the site. With practice and in conjunction with careful interviewing techniques, remote viewers eventually learned to control their focus of attention to specific tasking and not become mired in the complexity of the overall site.

Some remote viewers became so skilled that, when viewing the Natural History Museum challenge target, I could task them to describe a specific display by cueing something like, “Describe #A-125,” as though the display’s designation was a coordinate within the museum. Such training paralleled operational tasks, as when remote viewers were directed to describe specific rooms within a foreign embassy or a designated area within a weapons factory.

Occasionally, during this challenge-target training, I used targets that had to do with extraterrestrials or unidentified flying objects (UFOs). Since, by protocol, the remote viewers never knew when I would use one of these targets, they were blind as to what they were remote viewing. None of these controversial challenge targets were ever directed or approved by higher military authority. I was the operations and training officer and the sole authority on the use of these as training targets. The information resulting from these training sessions was never officially reported and, presumably, has been destroyed in the years since I retired.

The controversy surrounding the use of remote viewing for exploring these topics is worth mentioning. From some scientists' perspective, such targets are a detriment to acceptance of remote viewing. Their view seems to be that comparing a viewer's description with an observable object or location will eventually lead to an understanding of the phenomena and its acceptance as a valid human perceptual ability. With UFO targets there is hardly ever anything to compare with a remote viewer’s description. Additionally, any association with the UFO phenomena may be seen by some as pejorative and, therefore, best avoided.

Alternatively, more adventuresome folks feel that, since remote viewing surveillance is unbound by the constraints of time and space (as we understand them), it is the ideal technique for exploring the extraterrestrial and UFO realm. However, several of these people have become overzealous and have forgotten that the information stream objectified by a remote viewer can be erroneous or valid or a mixture of both. Remote viewers themselves are of little help in determining which. Therefore, without some sort of protocol to determine if the remote viewer acquired the target and, if so, how well she described information of interest about the target, such remote viewing sessions may amount to nothing but folly.

My feeling is that the use of remote-viewing surveillance as a corroborative information source concerning UFO reports is appropriate. If a thousand people in Phoenix, Arizona, report seeing a UFO on a certain date, as has happened, it seems logical to find out if local radar detected anything or if there is any photographic evidence of such a sighting (which there was). It also seems logical to me that remote-viewing surveillance of that particular space-time coordinate, carefully tasked with appropriate blinding protocols, would provide further information of interest. Enough said.

June 1980 (only actual operational mission involving UFO?) – Targeting cue: KH-11 photograph in sealed envelope in separate building. Remote viewer, Joe McMoneagle, described the following:

Hard metallic object with observation ports evident across the top as well as the underside; outer edges rotating at high speed and the object was in the process of making a ninety-degree turn; object traveling about forty-five hundred miles per hour and about fourteen thousand feet altitude; mode of power was a form of electromagnetically controlled fluid plasma.

October 1983 (challenge-target) – Targeting cue: geographic coordinates of Clearwater Lake, Missouri and the date March 27, 1973. Remote viewer, Joe McMoneagle, described the following:

Just see a white streak of light across my northwest. See some others, three or four. Seems to go to the ground and stop. Slits blinking, looks like an explosion, some kind of violent explosion, but it's a strange from. It folds in instead of out. Getting like a strange ... a, wait a minute ... like an abnormal energy source of some kind. It folds in instead of out, like dematerializing.

See another streak going away to the mountain, turning sharp right, heading south, southwest. See two others, now they're just lights, like cones hovering. Ah, wait a minute, I'm having trouble ... I keep trying to get close and I can't; it's something strange about time, different time formats. I don't understand. Wait a minute. The light is hollow, like reflection. See multiple figure eights tied together. I'm getting really confused. A place is right date but lights are wrong date. It's like one's not, not a real participant in reality.

I'm turning a light into a large disk or oblong ... it's changing shape.

Joe went on to describe a powerful encounter with a being and became somewhat disoriented.

October 1983 (challenge-target) – Targeting cue: geographic coordinates of the Gulf of San Matias, Argentina and the instruction event of interest, 1981. Remote viewers Joe McMoneagle and Tom Nance, using two different remote-viewing techniques, both described their impressions as follows:

Joe described an extraordinary event involving an abandon military ship ... Some very high energies there that just caused terror, complete panic, they didn't even know what the hell happened. They just went into a panic. This is stupid. The ship is surrounded by blue and gray fog. The energy is not even electronic; it's not even and electrical. It just robbed the people of their senses, isolating their ship and the people in it. The people lost control of themselves. The blue gray fog is intentionally limited to the ship in an area surrounding the ship. I really don't want to pursue this anymore.

It's coming, it's coming from-beaming from an outside source; overhead. There's an attack by something on that damned vessel. There's an unexplainable loss of crew. There is a wandering of the vessel, unmanned with some remnants of crew on board with no sign of life. There is an energy source from outside that caused this. It comes from, for the lack of a better term, a vessel. The vessel was able to hover in an area and caused this to happen.

Tom was trained by Ingo Swann in the CRV technique and was an excellent remote viewer. He reported a strange billowy energy cloud that evoked a fear response. He wanted to stay away from it.

April 1985 (challenge-target) – Targeting cue: geographic coordinates of the Gulf of San Matias, Argentina and the instruction event of interest, 1981. Remote viewers Paul Smith and Bill Ray who were both trained by Ingo Swann and described the target as follows:

Ray's explicit summary ... On an ocean a short distance from a coast in 1981 there is a ship. This ship has a military feeling. It is smaller than a destroyer. There are only men aboard. They are wearing clean white uniforms ... maybe white shorts. The men are young for the most part, and are athletic. They are on a routine mission.

There is a second group of people involved. They are in a large, shiny, metallic, silver craft. The second group of people are unemotional, programmed, ordered, disciplined, interlinked, interconnected, interrelated, and intertwined. They are cold and unpleasant. They are lean, sterile and white (not further identified). They are returning and gathering (not further explained). I get no impression of any sex differences among these people. The afternoon is sunny and bright. The ocean is calm. The men on the military boat go to a state of alert, like battle stations. There is a routine feeling here. This is preplanned and has been rehearsed. There is a feeling of confidence. Everyone knows their jobs and the man in charge knows what he is doing. Time passes.

Around sunset or early evening I think, an unexpected event occurs. A shadow falls across the boat. The water is tossing and rising in the vicinity of the boat. It looks almost like the sea is boiling. There is mist, vapor and steam around the boat. The mist is damp and is of several colors. I do not recall what these colors are and I feel that it is not important. There is complete panic and confusion on the boat. Men are scrambling and hollering and many are running anxiously. Others are terrified and screaming but remain where they are at their stations. The ship smells of insanity and fear. No one knows what to do. No one can take charge. There is a feeling, not a color, of red and black like a photograph negative. I cannot explain that any better. There is a tremendous feeling of gravity here; skin is pulled tight across the cheekbones. Arms are incredibly heavy and I have a difficult time moving my feet off the deck.

I believe all this turmoil is being caused by the cold unemotional group of people in the strange shaped craft, which is hovering over the ship. After a time the strange shaped craft rises up and goes west over the land and all becomes calm and quiet. In the morning it is brisk. There is a salty, clean wind blowing from the north I believe. The ship is floating in the water quiet and empty, with no living person on board. There is a feeling of entering the craft. This entering is forced and temporary. The Attributes (a Stage V remote-viewing term) of this entering are several and previous, up and light, is resistant and is not resistant. The Subject (a Stage V remote-viewing term) of this entering is experiment and learning. The Topics (a Stage V remote-viewing term) are ongoing, biological, developing, encompassing, scientific, social, material, research, categorizing, and cataloging.

There is something important underwater near the site, something to do with bubbles and spheres. This underwater thing is oblong, metallic, hidden, sensitive, secretive, selective colony. Its Subject is life and ecology. Its Topics are deep, dark, sustaining, nourishing, acrobetic [sic], elongated, and saline.

Smith had a short session and had to quit after being overwhelmed by an AOL Drive (it turned out to be AOL/Signal) of a UFO incident involving a cloud and a ship.

Remote Viewing Underground UFO Bases

Under a program first called Project SCANATE (scanning by coordinate), researchers at SRI International, Menlo Park, California, studied the remote-viewing talents of Ingo Swann and Pat Price, among others. Ingo went on to develop a successful, now highly respected remote-viewing training program for the Department of Defense. Pat Price died in 1975, but left a legacy as yet unequaled by any other publicly known remote viewer.

In support of Project SCANATE, Pat was able to use his remote viewing talent to recover highly classified codeword information from an operational U.S. military facility. So good was Pat's remote viewing that he was recruited by and worked directly for the CIA until his reported death on July 14, 1975.

On August 13, 1977, the Chicago Tribune reported:

CIA Director Stansfield Turner has disclosed that the agency found a man who could see what was going on anywhere in the world through his psychic powers. Scientists and officials would show the man a picture of a place and he would then describe any activity going on there at that time. The tight-lipped CIA chief wouldn't reveal how accurate the man was, but said the agency dropped the project in 1975. He died, Turner said, and we haven't heard from him since.

In addition to his dedicated and successful service to U.S. Government intelligence services, Pat Price believed that extraterrestrial beings had established bases under the surface of the earth at four different geographical locations. In support of this notion, Pat (unofficially) remote viewed these locations and reported his findings to Harold E. Puthoff, Ph.D., formerly of SRI International and the principle scientific investigator for Project SCANATE.

Nearly a decade later these same locations were remote viewed as challenge-targets for training by the intelligence professionals from the secret remote-viewing program at Fort Meade, Codename: STAR GATE. The corroborative findings of Project 8200, by a cadre of highly skilled remote viewers have broad implications for the understanding UFO phenomena and other considerations surrounding the question of extraterrestrial life forms. The YouTube playlist below documents this effort with audio recordings and drawings produced by the remote-viewing team.

Closing the Military Chapter of My Life

In June 1987, I relinquished my position as operations and training officer of the Star Gate remote-viewing program. It had been some ten years since I had shown Lieutenant Colonel Webb the book Mind-Reach and had asked for a military assignment in remote viewing. I stayed on with the unit as an advisor until December, when I went on terminal leave and moved to Virginia.

I retired from military service in February of 1988. My personal experience with military remote-viewing surveillance had objectively demonstrated the validity of a process I had been experiencing throughout my life. There was a greater cultural impact too. Through STAR GATE, two presidents, members of the National Security Council, CIA, FBI, etc., and numerous military and civilian government personnel discovered that what we know and experience is not bound by the confines of our physical perceptions. Our very being extends beyond the physical body in a very real way. The impact of this realization continues to grow as more and more people are uncovering the details of the government-sponsored work in remote viewing.

Today, hundreds of people are learning how to do remote viewing through a variety of techniques. The International Remote Viewing Association, organized by selected scientists and practitioners, encourages scientifically sound research, provides ethical standards, and offers overview educational information to the public. This widespread interest in a consciousness-expanding discipline reflects a basic realization by individuals of their own true spiritual identity and a cultural desire for reconnecting with the spiritual foundation of humanity. These implications have not gone unnoticed by me.

Looking Back, an Epilogue

My experiences with remote viewing have become past-life experiences, a part of life rapidly becoming remember-when stories imprinted in the retreating memories of my mind.

Over the years, as I have talked with people about remote viewing, some have reacted with indignant disapproval, others with skepticism, and others with enthusiasm. Some are seriously interested and wish to get to the bottom of it (whatever that means). These varying reactions seem to be the result of differing educational backgrounds, of spiritual or peak experiences in their own lives, of their level of openness to new information, etc.

In the course of their lives, people don’t necessarily maintain one certain concept of the world (or opinion about remote viewing). Experience changes and shapes ways of thinking, our very concept of reality. Over the years, some with whom I have spoken have changed.

Is remote viewing real? Those who research the field may come to convince themselves of its veracity based on the accumulating scientific evidence of the psychic phenomena. Psychologically, however, these well-meaning truth seekers remain protected by a defense mechanism. They can always escape back into their old belief systems under the guise that all the research is bogus and that it couldn’t possibly be true.

I, however, do not have the luxury of this psychological safe haven. I was the operations officer for the Star Gate remote-viewing unit. I controlled the protocols and information overtly available to the remote viewers. I know, because I was there, that there was no fraud. Remote viewing is real. It works.

To me, the value of remote viewing lies not in so-called practical applications like performing services for business, industry, government, and science; or aiding in the recovery of lost children, assisting the FBI on kidnap cases, or helping to fight terrorism; or even contacting UFOs or spiritual beings. The value of remote viewing rests with the experience itself. The YouTube video below attribution goes to: Path 11 Productions, April Hannah and Michael Habernig.

Remote viewing is like stopping to smell the flowers, drinking a goblet of fine vintage wine, or making love. Through experience, we become who we are. Through remote viewing, we realize—make real—the true nature of ourselves as sentient beings. If remote viewing continues to be part of my future, it will be to serve in some way to promote increased first-person experiences of remote viewing and the discovery of who we are as spiritual beings and the meaning that has for humankind. As I write this, I have been retired from the military for nearly thirty years.