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True skepticism does not begin by being anti-anything. The processes of open consideration and examination (i.e., research) will ultimately establish whether something exists or not. ~ Ingo Swann


This may surprise many of the people who come across this page: It’s not necessary to have some kind of “gift” to be psychic. You don’t have to take my word for it--that is just what the scientists who researched ESP for the US military were themselves surprised to discover.  Their experiments showed that “being psychic” was not really a “gift” at all, but something everyone had some ability for, once they found out how to do it. Instead of remote viewing being a rare talent that only a special few could ever have, it now turns out that anyone who wants to learn the proper techniques and work hard can master the fundamentals. Controlled Remote Viewing, or CRV is the method developed at Stanford Research Institute (now SRI-International) to help military personnel do just that. And, thanks to the CIA declassifying it beginning in 1995, CRV training is now available to everyone that wants to learn it...including you!


How Controlled Remote Viewing Got Started

As experimental work in remote viewing progressed n the late 1970s and into early 1980s, two of the most prominent figures in the government remote viewing program began to think seriously about how they couldHal Puthoff and Ingo Swann in the Early 1970s pass remote viewing skills along to beginners. Dr. Harold E. Puthoff and Mr. Ingo Swann wanted to find a way to transfer the skill, hopefully through a shorter and less painful learning curve than the trial-and-error approach used by most remote viewers up to that time. After all, one can learn to play the piano on one’s own, by trial and error. But it is far easier and faster if you have a good method, and a teacher to show you the ropes. If it makes sense for playing piano and other humanly-achievable skills, why not for an ESP skill such as remote viewing?

Great things often come from smaller trends fortunately bumping into each other. In this case, while researchers at SRI were wondering how to transfer remote viewing skills to beginners, it happened that Gen. Albert Stubblebine, commander of the Army’s Intelligence and Security Command wanted to find a way to create new remote viewers from among the ranks of ordinary Army intelligence personnel.  They were needed to work in INSCOM’s remote viewing program, then code-named Grill Flame (now referred to as “Star Gate”).

Up to that point, the psychic spies in the Grill Flame remote viewing program were either natural or self-taught “generic” remote viewers. Some informal RV methods had been developed over the few short years Grill Flame had existed. But, though these methods often produced exceptional results, the pool of available “natural” remote viewers was too small to provide the number of recruits an expanded program would need. The Army would have to find and train viewers who might not yet realize that they themselvescould be psychic.

Puthoff and Swann had at least a basic foundation from which to begin. First, the two now knew that the majority of humans have the innate ability to extend their consciousness to distant or hidden locations or events and “bring back” information – but most had just never tried it, or did not believe they could do it. Second, enough was finally known about the psychology of how the human subconscious interacts with conscious awareness to come up with an outline of how extra-sensory perception emerged in the human brain and mind. Third, SRI had learned enough by watching successful ‘natural’ remote viewers perform (including Swann himself), to develop a method that could be passed on to other, apparently non-psychic persons.

Starting from what had been learned over the previous ten years at SRI about human psychic functioning, Puthoff and Swann experimented extensively with Ingo Swann as guinea pig to figure out what did and didn’t work. The final result was a carefullly-designed system they called “CRV’ for “coordinate remote viewing.”


The Six Stages of Controlled Remote Viewing
CRV was first called “coordinate remote viewing” because it used geographic coordinates instead of outbounder “beacon” teams to focus the viewer on the target. (Years later, Ingo Swann changed the term “coordinate” remote viewing to “controlled” remote viewing. This is how I will refer to it from here on.) From an intelligence perspective, using coordinates made a great deal of sense. Most potential remote viewing targets that were militarily interesting were places where American spies couldn’t get to. And if they could, they might just as well bring a camera along to take pictures, and forget remote viewing. Employing latitude and longitude figures to target viewers at otherwise inaccessible targets turned out to be effective. And the structured approach of CRV got results.

A full CRV session goes through six “stages,”or levels, each one more involved and detailed than the one before. Stage 1 is the launching point of the session, giving the viewer a brief “glimpse” of the basic nature of the target. This first stage doesn’t take long to get through, though, and the viewer quickly transitions mentally into Stage 2.  Here, he or she begins to experience sensory impressions from the target, such as colors,qualities of light, smells, textures, tastes, sounds, and so on.

Soon the viewer begins to gain hints of the target’s “dimensionality” – how it occupies physical space. Click to see an example Stage 3-level CRV sessionAt this point the viewer moves into Stage 3. This stage includes perceptions of height, width, shape, volume, and so on. The viewer almost automatically feels the urge to sketch or draw elements of the target. (Even when the viewer has little artistic ability, these sketches can sometimes be striking.) Many remote viewing sessions end with Stage 3, since the quality of the results may already be good enough for what is needed. (Click on image to the right for an example of a Stage 3 session.)

In situations where more detailed information is required, the viewer may continue the session to Stage 4, where  more abstract or complex concepts become accessible. (Though the same kind of concrete, sensory-based percepts from earlier stages are still available in Stage 4 as well.) For example, if the assigned target is the Eiffel Tower, by the end of Stage 3 the viewer may have done a credible sketch of the cris-crossing girders of the tower and identified it as a tall, metallic monument-like structure which may even “remind” the viewer “of the Eiffel Tower.” By then moving into Stage 4, the viewer opens up to richer impressions such as, for example, “foreign,” “park-like setting,” “tourist attraction,” and so on. In more conceptually complex targets than the Eiffel Tower (such as a research facility, a crime event, or a museum) the viewer may turn out numerous pages of conceptual data and sketching.

After Stage 4 is completed (or sometimes even before), jumping over to Stage 5 becomes an option. Stage 5 is different from the other stages in that the viewer is not processing a real-time psychic signal. Instead, this stage provides a format and procedure for digging out impressions already dumped into the viewer’s subconscious by the earlier connection to the remote viewing signal. In effect, the viewer “mines” a large deposit of data that is stored in the subconscious, bringing the information out into the open like someone mines gold or diamonds.

The final stage, Stage 6, can often be the most impressive and interesting of all. It includes the same kind of access to information available in Stage 4. But Stage 6 also allows the viewer to make an actual three-dimensional model of the target. In essence, the viewer makes a sculpture of the target with modeling compound or other material. This may suggest the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind in particular, the scene where Richard Dreyfus, following his ESP impressions, builds a model of Wyoming’s Devil’s Tower out of mashed potatoes on his dinner table. That is very much what CRV Stage 6 is like. I generally talk about Stage 6 involving "roud-dimensional access" to a target, though, since timelines and intentionally-directed temporal shifts are also available. (Click here for a step-by-step description of the six CRV stages.)

Controlled Remote Viewing incorporates many insights from subliminal perception and split brain research which have direct relevance to remote viewing. A major part of the way CRV is put together is aimed at dealing with mental “noise” – the chatter that goes on in our heads all our time, made up of guessing, inferences, recalled memories, conclusion-jumping, and so on that clouds and disrupts the subtle ESP input. Some people complain that the method seems to them to be “complicated” and “rigid.” But as one’s understanding of the basic human perceptual system grows, it is soon clear just how ingenious the CRV system really is.


Controlled Remote Viewing Today

The CRV methodology was tried out on a few willing human subjects at SRI starting about 1981. Then in 1982 Ingo Swann, as principal instructor, began teaching it to selected military personnel. Among those he taught were Capt. Tom McNear, Capt. Bill Ray, GS-14 Charlene Shufelt, and myself (Paul H. Smith). As a last-minute addition, Capt. Ed Dames was added to the training contract. Once our training was completed, we continued over the next several years to train a number of new remote viewers in the CRV methodology. Among these were Master Sgt. Mel Riley, Sergenat First Class Lyn Buchanan, and Capt. David Morehouse (as well as several others who prefer to remain out of the public eye).

Bill Ray, Paul H. Smith, Ed Dames, Ingo Swan, Tom McNear, and Charlene ShufeltNow out of the military, a number of these folks have gone on to found remote viewing teaching programs, using their own modified forms of controlled remote viewing. As you look into remote viewing, you may hear of such methodologies as “technical” remote viewing (TRV), “scientific” remote viewing (SRV), and even a couple of new flavors of CRV (such as those taught by David Morehouse or Lyn Buchanan). All these are direct descendants of the original SRI controlled remote viewing methodology.

Many thousands of people have learned CRV or one of its derivatives. They have gone on to use it for practical things, such as finding missing people or in various forms of investing. Many have taken part in leading-edge scientific experiments, or used it to explore medical diagnosis or as a tool to aid in distant healing (find out some of the reasons why people learn CRV here).

One thing is certain: Those who have put CRV to the test have learned more about consciousness and about their own inner selves than they might ever have expected. Sign up for a course today, and you will too.


About Our Controlled Remote Viewing Training Program

We here at Remote Viewing Instructional Services, Inc. have tried hard to insure that we teach the purest form of CRV methodology possible. Our president and chief instructor, Paul H. Smith, Ph.D. (Major, US Army, ret.) was the CRV theory instructor and lead author of the original CRV training manual for the military program. Paul played a central role in the day-to-day training of all new mililtary CRV students. And, since his military retirement, he has continued to hone and apply his already extensive experience to continually upgrade our already excellent CRV training program. His doctoral work focused on the theory and science of mind and consciousness has been a great resource to guarantee the quality of our training.

Ingo Swann, Paul H. Smith, and Hal Puthoff at the A.R.E. center in Virginia BeachOur courses are careful, thorough, and complete. But though we provide a challenging program to our students, we do our best to tailor our approach to the individual. You will have what is easily the best and most extensive instructor-to-student interaction available at any price.

Find out more about RVIS, Inc.’s   controlled remote viewing training program here.

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(This article was adapted from Paul H. Smith's forthcoming book).

Copyright -- 2011 by Paul Smith