About Extended Remote Viewing - ERV
What is Extended Remote Viewing?
Text by Paul H. Smith, Reprinted from Aperture, Vol.2, No.1, 2003
[Updated December 24, 2004 ]
In Extended Remote Viewing, or ERV for short, a viewer relaxes on a bed or other comfortable support and tries to reach a 'hypnagogic' state - a condition at the borderline between asleep and awake. The room is darkened and soundproofed if possible.
As the viewer reaches the edge of consciousness, a second person in the room, the monitor, begins the session with a tasking, that is directions to the viewer to access the desired target. Once the viewer can describe elements of the correct target, the monitor quietly poses questions about the target. These questions may request details, purpose, appearance, construction, activities, or other target-related information. The monitor records or writes down the answers the viewer provides. After the session the viewer makes additional notes about what was perceived, along with appropriate sketches or drawings.
The theory behind ERV is that, given the likelihood that remote viewing impressions bubble up from the subconscious, then deliberately approaching an unconscious state should make it easier to detect these impressions with less mental noise. In reality, this noise does not seem any less in ERV than it does in other remote viewing methods.
The term ERV was originally coined by Capt. F. Holmes "Skip" Atwater while he was operations and training officer for the Army's remote viewing unit at Ft. Meade, MD. ERV existed before its name did, and was used by some of the first military viewers. Because an ERV session took longer than did a CRV one, Skip decided to call it by "extended" RV, and the name stuck.