The superpowers of the human biomind, of which remote viewing is one, are defined as those indwelling faculties of our species which can transcend space and time as one major category of activity, and energy and matter as another major category. The concept that human powers and perceptions are locked into and only accord with the known laws of matter and energy and time is not correct -- although such has been the dominant concept of the last two centuries.
The full extent of our species faculties of memory, for example, transcend the known laws of matter and time, as do the faculties for human imagination. Memory and imagination, therefore, are among the many superpowers -- although they have not been identified this way within the prevailing wisdom of the Modern Age.
In addition to memory and imagination which are universally shared by all specimens of our species, the several formats of intuition and of the telepathic transfer of information are also very broadly shared. These first four of the superpowers are accepted as naturally existing, although they cannot be explained by conventional beliefs based in conventional concepts of matter and time. But it is understood that these first four of the superpowers recombine into creativity and inventiveness -- and which have been the two major hallmarks of our species from time immemorial.
The superpowers are probably arranged along some kind of perceptual-cognitive spectrum, the fundamentals or rudiments of which are carried by all born individuals. This spectrum also consists of other indwelling faculties which are less broadly shared in their natural state, but which seem to need special development if they are to become active.
Remote viewing (distant-seeing) constitutes one of these more rare superpowers, and is a topic that has many years of research and development devoted to it. It can easily be shown that cognitive access to this spectrum is easily modified positively or negatively by social parameters and pressures. It can also be shown that discussion of the superpowers within the contexts of past and present social parameters is counterproductive regarding the much larger issue of the existence of the superpowers themselves. Such social parameters come and go, being only transitory. The existence of the superpowers as a species thing transcends social formats and their levels and/or defects of knowledge. The faculties for the superpowers are therefore permanent within our species.
Each generation of humans born is a carrier of the faculties, equally as much as it is a carrier of our species' gene pool. It is not the purpose of this site to convince anyone that the superpowers exist. The only purpose is to present information.
--- Ingo Swann
Remote viewing is a mental faculty that allows a perceiver (a “viewer”) to receive impressions from a target that is otherwise not accessible to normal senses. The target being perceived might be hidden by distance, time, or shielding.
--- Paul H. Smith, Star Gate Remote Viewer
The what is today called Remote Viewing has existed for eons, weaving in and out of humanity's history under the guise of many names.
Believing all things "psi" are species wide abilities, including what he and Dr. Janet Lee Mitchell labeled Remote Viewing, to be part and parcel of the human experience, Ingo, pioneered the development of a Remote Viewing training technique using geographical coordinates, with its requisite protocols, called CRV (first labeled Coordinate Remote Viewing, then later Controlled Remote Viewing).
Ingo used this technique to train intelligence operatives with no known natural psychic ability to remote view, that is to assess operational targets, ones that could not be seen using conventional means.
Ingo's training consisted of progressing through stages. While working for various clandestine agencies, Ingo identified six such stages, however, later in life, Ingo worked on and identified additional stages (more on this can be found in his archives at the University of West Georgia).
When Jim Schnabel trained with Ingo in 1994 as part of his background research for his book Remote Viewers: The Secret History of America's Psychic Spies, Ingo included commercial airline pilot Robert (Bob) Durant in the training too. Like Jim, Bob had been a recent introduction to Ingo, although Bob had been actively involved in UFO/Remote Viewing studies prior to his work with Ingo. After Ingo's training was complete, Bob became a lifelong friend to Ingo.
Over a decade later as film makers worked with Ingo on a documentary about him, still a work in progress but now called A Life Gone Wild, Bob was interviewed by journalist Nick Cook regarding his training with Ingo. In the videos below are Bob's narration of that training to Nick, showing an example of what exactly CRV is. This includes a brief discussion with one of the film makers, Robert Knight. The videos are of that marvelous interview, in its entirety, without any editing.
Below the videos are links to download a PDF of the original CRV explanation/guide/outline written by Ingo, which had only been available internally at SRI and the DIA, along with a note regarding the CRV trademark.
For a beginner's guide on RV see Ingo's book Natural ESP.
A Clandestine Timeline
Remote Viewing took center stage when it was used operational by both East and West clandestine agencies during the Cold War. And how that happened for the West, and for Ingo in particular, is as follows...
Seeking to fit ESP into the scientific paradigm so fleeting in earlier experiments, Ingo, in the 1970s, showed that such abilities can be rigorously tested inside of well-designed and well-shielded repeatable experiments. He had the staying power to withstand the long hours of repetitive trials. And it would be the repeatable experiment structure, results from which had been so elusive in parapsychology's past that would drive Ingo’s laboratory experiences, from one set of experiments to another to ultimately SRI and Remote Viewing. Just how that occurred though, Ingo says was born from random “circumstances,” events which suddenly commenced, seemingly out of nowhere, the confluence of which goes like this:
US intelligence assesses the USSR to be spending millions of rubles annually on so-called “psychotronic” research. It was believed that the Soviets were heavily engaged in a parapsychology research program whose existence was classified and whose funding and control resided largely with the Ministry of Defense and possibly with the KGB. It is also believed the Soviets were conducting intelligence missions using parapsychology.
Physicist Harold (Hal) Puthoff affiliates with SRI. Ingo participates in an informal test of Kirlian photography at a party during which he produces, by thought alone, a ball of light above his head as captured in a photograph now in his archives at the University of West Georgia. A few months later Ingo meets Robert Monroe, founder of the Monroe Institute, an altered states of consciousness researcher, and the CIA’s interrogation specialist, Cleve Backster at another party. Ingo begins working in Backster’s lab. Backster was working on analyzing the effects of his consciousness on plants. The plants, hooked up to polygraphs, would register Ingo’s intention to harm them at the moment of that intention. The results, though controversial, appear to have demonstrated this successfully and are documented as “the Backster Effect” in The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird. This leads to Ingo working with Dr. Gertrude Schmeidler. For these experiments Ingo effects changes to thermometers placed inside sealed thermistors. This work leads to Ingo performing the out-of-body distance viewing experiments at the ASPR in New York City with Drs. Karlis Osis and Janet Lee Mitchell. The term “Remote Viewing” is born.
Puthoff submits a proposal on basic research into quantum biology to Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement. A copy of this proposal is sent to Backster. Ingo experiences a breakthrough of sorts while doing flicker fusion experiments at the ASPR with Dr. Carole Kendig which went on to have tremendous importance when Controlled Remote Viewing was later developed at SRI. The problem had not been seeing too little but seeing too much. This “seeing too much” regarding perceptual states external to eye vision was ultimately to become a workhorse in the development of Controlled Remote Viewing. Ingo’s successes at the ASPR are mind-blowing but the ASPR board worries they are too good and will not publish them. Ingo becomes entirely frustrated with the ASPR and ESP research; Backster shows the Puthoff proposal to Ingo. Ingo and Puthoff connect. Puthoff’s proposal is funded by Science Unlimited Research Foundation. Puthoff invites Ingo for a week-long visit to SRI. As Ingo had previously participated in experiments effecting changes in thermometers, Puthoff wants to see a demonstration of such abilities for himself. Puthoff takes Ingo to a “well-shielded magnetometer” used for physics experiments located in a vault below the floor of the building at Stanford. Ingo “perturbs the operation of the magnetometer” and then draws a “reasonable facsimile” of the interior of the machine, the design of which has never been published.A second physicist, Russell Targ affiliates with SRI. Testing on “psychics,” Ingo first and foremost, begins at the hands of SRI project leaders Puthoff and Targ where a host of random ESP experiments led to the discovery of Remote Viewing using geographical coordinates, after Ingo had discussions with ARPANET researcher and future ufologist Jacques Vallee in the SRI cafeteria. The DIA begins funding SRI “to determine whether anomalous mental phenomena (i.e., extrasensory perception and psychokinesis) existed and the degree to which such phenomena might be applicable to problems of national interest.”
Ingo suggests the first of what will go to be several clandestine-supported psychic projects using Remote Viewing to view targets at geographical locations. Sponsored by the CIA, it was called Project SCANATE, the name having been derived from the process of scanning by coordinate. A 2002 CIA declassified document entitled Project SCANATE: Exploratory Research in Remote Viewing, CIA-RDP79-00999A000400050002-4 provides insight into Ingo’s early work on this, and incorporates some of his RV sketches. Pat Price joins the program. The following year, Price conducts the CIA’s most famous test of a Soviet nuclear facility, ‘URDF-3’, near Semipalatinsk. The CIA monitor assigned to oversee this work begins to question Price and the possibility he is Scientology or Soviet plant.
The CIA terminates its SRI contract following the suspicious death of Pat Price. The US Air Force’s Foreign Technology Division (FTD), the Air Forces’ scientific and intelligence wing focusing on foreign air, space, and ballistic missile systems, working under DIA’s intelligence production guidance, takes over from the CIA as the primary sponsor of Remote Viewing research, with Dale Graff, aerospace engineer and physicist, presiding. Dutton Books publishes Ingo’s autobiography To Kiss Earth Good-bye in which Ingo details his unclassified work at SRI and what led to his early ESP experiments.
Puthoff and Targ publish their book Mindreach about the unclassified aspects of their Remote Viewing work. Working with Graff at FTD, SRI’s psi program, spying on the Soviet Union, continues in deepest secrecy. Stephan Schwartz of the Mobius Group funds SRI to trial the ability of Ingo and photographer Hella Hammid, “Price’s replacement,” to remote view when submerged in a submarine. Classified aspects of the trial are sponsored by Graff at FTD. Hammid came to the program having in 1973 participated in the first Gateway Voyage program, a program of expanded awareness, offered by Robert Monroe, founder of The Monroe Institute, held at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA, where such things as sensory awakening and gestalt awareness training were used to enhance human potentials. The US Army begins its own Remote Viewing experiments under the code name “Gondola Wish.” The program was designed to integrate the Soviet parapsychology collection threat into an OPSEC (operations security protocol that prevents sensitive materials from getting in the wrong hands) by training military personnel to collect sensitive intelligence data through parapsychological means, particularly to gage the military applications of Remote Viewing and telekinesis. Some of Ingo’s work on this project can be found in the CIA declassified document: CIA-RDP96-00788R001800060001-7.
Gondola Wish becomes established under its Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), then renamed “Grill Flame,” and instituted at Fort Meade, MD. Dell Publishing releases Ingo’s novel Star Fire, about a rock superstar-composer Dan Merriweather, the world's first true megapsychic, and how he discovers the true extent of his extraordinary powers, while his out-of-body voyages reveal the existence of top-secret US and Russian installations for the development of psychic weapons more frightening than any nuclear or bacteriological hardware.
The first Army operational Remote Viewing session is carried out in collaboration with Graff at FTD. SRI is formally integrated into the Army program. The Air Force cancels its FTD-run RV program. The effort is picked up Jack Vorona of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).
The first two Army students are trained in CRV by Ingo: Thomas M. McNear, CPT, US Army (Retired as a Lieutenant Colonel) and Robert (Rob) Cowart, Army designation unknown.
Grill Flame is re-designated by INSCOM as Project “Center Lane,” and continues with using psychoenergetics, namely Remote Viewing, to gather intelligence.
The existence of the top-secret aspects of the Remote Viewing program is disclosed by syndicated columnist Jack Anderson in The Washington Post. Behind closed doors, the National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council unfavorably reviews the program. Ingo trains William (Bill) Ray, CPT, US Army (Retired as a Major), Paul H. Smith, CPT, US Army (Retired as a Major), Edward Dames, CPT, US Army (Retired as a Major), and Charlene Mettee Cavanaugh (Shufelt), DAC, US Army as operational remote viewers. The Army terminates funding for RV.
The Army remote viewers all transfer to the DIA. Puthoff leaves SRI for the Institute of Advanced Studies, Austin, TX. Nuclear physicist Edwin (Ed) May becomes SRI program head.
The DIA takes formal control of Remote Viewing, renaming it “Sun Streak.”
Bantam Books publishes Ingo's how to guide on ESP/RV entitled Natural ESP: The ESP Core and Its Raw Characteristics. Puthoff writes the introduction.
Ingo retires from active RV research.
Graff becomes head of the operational RV unit at Ft. Meade and renames the project “Star Gate.”
Determined that a record of his story of how Remote Viewing came into existence be available for open-and-free-access historical purposes and for those who might chance to have interest, Ingo began working on the Remote Viewing: The Real Story in 1995 and shared his chapters on his Superpowers of the Human Biomind website as he wrote them. By 2013, he had completed 58 chapters, with still more in his mind, no doubt, to share, when he passed away.
About this Ingo wrote...
An (eventual) full-length book (currently in process of being serialized in the Internet and WWW), revealing the actual history of Remote Viewing and its developments. Four general categories are interwoven throughout: the Discoveries; the Political and Technical History; the Rise and Fall; the Saga and the Soap Opera. Although the the topic of Remote Viewing has attracted media and speculative attention at various times, the real and detailed insider story has never been presented before.
A fully copy is available as PDF download below.
In 1997, Ingo wrote a letter to Jeffrey Mishlov in response to those in the "field" who actively discourage the truth about the development of Remote Viewing. A copy of that letter is also provided as a PDF download below.
A complete and free PDF, available for downloading, has been made of everything that had been on Ingo's Superpowers of the Human Biomind website and is contained within the Superpowers section of this one.
A complete manual of Ingo's training was printed by the Defense Intelligence Agency and published on May 1, 1986. This manual was drafted by Paul H. Smith, with assistance from Tom McNear, Charlene Shufelt, William G. Ray, and F. Holmes Atwater for use in the US military's Center Lane (and later Sun Streak) remote viewing psychic espionage program at Fort George G. Meade through 1985-1990. It was later released to the public.
Below are links to download this manual along with a later copy marked with handwritten notes by Paul H. Smith written during the process of teaching others.
There is also a link to a website devoted to the CRV manual created by PJ Gaenir; the first reason why PJ decided to post this manual is noted as:
"The claims by others to have invented something which, in fact, Ingo Swann invented. Not only did he not get credit for what is rightfully his, but his own methods were taken and renamed, with some loss of quality, and then sold to an unsuspecting public. Even history was revised to make this possible. This struck me as quite unfair, both to Mr.Swann and to those interested in Remote Viewing. I thought if the original manual were available, it would be immediately obvious that certain people claiming to have invented these methods are, in fact, not telling the truth."
Stargate Remote Viewers Paul H. Smith and Tom McNear
Stargate Remote Viewer Paul H. Smith
Daz Smith's FLOW
Interview, Part 1
Remote Viewing Discussion
Remote Viewing Structure and Improving the Synergy Between Viewer and Analyst
The RemoteViewed website has remote viewing documents, sessions/results, and a vast array of resources.
IRVA is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the responsible use and development of remote viewing.
Paul H. Smith's blog documenting his own experiences, thoughts, and ideas from more than three decades as a military psychic spy.
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