Review of the 2001 Remote Viewing Conference
Written By: Casandra Frost
September 6, 1995, a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) press release acknowledged their use of a parapsychological phenomena called ‘Remote Viewing’ (RV) and that they were declassifying the program’s history.
November 28, 1995, the Nightline TV show hosted Robert Gates, former CIA director, who estimated that the intelligence community had invested about $20 million into Remote Viewing the past sixteen-years.
Halloween night, 1996, radio talk show host Art Bell first interviewed Major Ed Dames, the training and operations officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency psychic intelligence collection unit, codename STAR GATE.
Overnight, tens of millions worldwide demanded more information. They clamored to know more about this technically applied psychic ability used by the US during the cold war to close the ‘psychic warfare gap’.
Even though RV information was available through the 70’s and 80’s, it took this series of events to catapult the Remote Viewing (RV) experts into the limelight. They were asking ‘How we can we discuss what we did and how we did it without sounding like flaky, fly-by-night fortune tellers?’ ‘How can we explain this controversial field of ‘Remote Viewing’ scientifically while avoiding professional ridicule?’
The 2001 Remote Viewing (RV) Conference, held June 15 to June 17 in Las Vegas, NV featured speakers to address these very questions. These speakers included scientists, former members of the Government’s STAR GATE psychic espionage program, experts from Remote Viewing’s past and present and others with an interest in exploring, discussing and discovering the outside edges of human consciousness.
The RV conference program defined Remote Viewing as:
The mental (“psychic”) skill used by the United States Government for almost 25 years to ferret out secrets no other intelligence-gathering means could gather.
The goals of the conference were to:
1. Provide a stimulating environment for education, understanding, and expanded awareness in the rapidly growing Remote Viewing community.
2. Bring together a wide range of Remote Viewing practitioners, trainers and researchers to share their experiences and knowledge in a friendly and supportive group setting.
3. Foster communication, expand friendships, and facilitate intellectual cross-pollination among those wishing to help expand the boundaries of human consciousness.
4. Provide an accurate and responsible picture of Remote Viewing history and state-of-the-art.
The first day, Friday, June 15, about noon-thirty, the Master of Ceremonies, Lieut. Col. Kent D. Johnson, USAF, a retired fighter pilot, opened the conference. His job was to keep three days of about 22 right-brained speakers on track while managing about 300 attendees. Kind of like herding ducks with a stick. But he did it. He then introduced Paul H. Smith, conference chairman and past STAR GATE team member. Smith welcomed everyone and announced the first speaker, Gabrielle Pettingell.
Pettingell served for four years in the government‘s STAR GATE program at Fort Meade, MD from 1987 to 1991. She was trained as a remote viewer in 1987 and later served as the unit‘s operations and training officer. She discussed Remote Viewing’s civilian birth in the early 1970’s when Dr. Hal Puthoff at Stanford Research Institute’s-International‘s Radio Physics Lab in Menlo Park, California tested Ingo Swann, New York artist and psychical researcher, to see if he could mentally affect a meter that measured quark’s magnetic fields. Swann’s success helped SRI obtain research program funding.
Working together, Puthoff, Swann and others experimented and developed the psychic technique ultimately dubbed "Remote Viewing." The CIA became interested in SRI’s work in the early 70’s when it was discovered that the Soviets were using psychic research to enhance their intelligence gathering. The CIA decided to see if the Soviet ‘psychic spying’ posed a threat to national security and if RV could be used for our advantage. The CIA tested Swann and one of his gifted RV peers, Pat Price and got astounding results.
The CIA scandals in the mid 70’s made their RV interests a hot potato, so oversight of the controversial program was tossed to the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) In 1978 the Army‘s, OpSec program at Fort Meade focused on protecting our intelligence assets, including from possible psychic infiltration. Lt. Skip Atwater was tasked with developing the Department of Defense and Army program that evolved from identifying our intelligence weaknesses to psychic spying on our Cold War adversaries.
The RV program grew and was juggled from one intelligence agency to another until the STAR GATE program was cancelled and partially declassified in mid-1995.
Pettingell then explained Remote Viewing criteria, RV types and how controlled Remote Viewing works. She said that RV is accomplished when the viewer gleans little packets of information and that it’s not like ‘TV in the brain.’
Remote Viewing’s criteria are:
The Viewer must be ‘blind.’
There must be non-suggestive cueing.
The viewer must get feedback.
The target must exist.
RV works best when the viewer is paired with an interviewer or person holding the cueing information. The four types of Remote Viewing are:
Outbounder or Beacon.
Extended RV or meditative.
Associative RV to answer questions.
Controlled RV that is step by step.
The STAR GATE program used controlled Remote Viewing protocols developed by Ingo Swann. Controlled RV works by viewing, in order:
The Major Gestalt such as land, water, structures.
Sensory Data such as tastes, smells, colors, textures, sounds.
Interrogation of precepts by breaking down the information.
Four-dimensional assessment because at this point, the viewer can move through time.
The next speaker was Jack Houck, an aerospace systems engineer, who’s researched RV for over two decades. He explained how Schumann in 1952 identified and measured the earth’s magnetic field’s frequency at 7.8 HZ. Using the Schumann frequency as a baseline, he then displayed brain wave patterns from some of last year’s attendees. He categorized the patterns as engineers, psychics, healers, millionaires, and remote viewers.
Physicist Elizabeth Rauscher, Ph.D., then presented ‘The Speed of Thought’. She explained the physics of precognition. Her talk was fast and furious as she used transparencies to illustrate the models and formulae of non-locality is based on an 8 dimensional ‘complex Minkowski space’ metric. She explained that the Minkowski space allows a connection of zero distance between points in ‘normal’ space and how major elements of parapsychology are consistent with the structure of modern physics.
John Alexander, Ph.D., and an international expert in non-lethal weaponry, presented ‘Remote Viewing Perspectives: Science and the Public’. He explored the Catch-22 that shackles remote viewers as they try to satisfy the public’s craving for RV information. They try to avoid being physics dependent and laboratory bound while trying to avoid the spooky, kooky sensationalism the media creates and feeds upon.
Friday night’s final speaker was Marty Rosenblatt, Ph.D. He’s a computational physicist who’s developed an online associative remote-viewing project to track stock market activity. He works with viewers to identify two possible photo-targets that are randomly associated with an ‘up’ or ‘not up’ stock event based on the changes on closing stock prices between two future trading days. If the viewers are correct, they get paid.
After dinner, Jack Houck hosted a PK (psycho-kinesis) party where a lively, excited group of a couple hundred people cheered and hollered ‘BEND’ as they bent spoons and metal rods and buckled spoons. Others experienced PK as they sprouted seeds in their hands.
Saturday morning’s speakers were as eye opening as a quad latte.
First, Dean Radin, Ph.D., described his online ESP precognition experiment held at http://www.boundaryinstitute.org/. The site has over 28,100 daily sessions where people can test their "psi" abilities based on the same techniques used in more formal laboratory experiments and get immediate feedback about their performance.
Next, Russell Targ, Ph.D. spoke on ‘Why I teach Remote Viewing’. He’s one of the original RVer’s who worked with pioneers Ingo Swann and Hal Putoff at SRI in the early 70’s.
He spoke how he enjoyed teaching three recent workshops in Italy where he emphasized expanding awareness of who we are rather than how to find car keys and parking spaces.
Dr. Targ explained through Carl Jung’s collective unconscious model that “We all have the ability to go on the path to transcendence. Consciousness expansion puts us in contact with the physical and non-physical worlds.” He emphasized that Remote Viewing offers us a chance for enlightenment while we pursue our spiritual paths and not just work at performing the ‘what is in the box trick.’
Lyn Buchanan, former STAR GATE remote viewer/trainer spoke before lunch. He gave a powerful and convincing technical presentation offering suggestions on how improved training can produce higher quality viewers as well as stronger data base for both training and field reference. He suggested that RV trainers leave a well-documented paper trail so they can better evaluate and monitor their student’s progress.
Buchanan emphasized the critical importance of RV trainers picking targets based on their student’s strengths and weaknesses to help maximize the student’s chances of training and viewing success. The trainer needs to also act as coach to help combat student’s worst roadblock to RV success, the fears of failure.
After lunch, Stephan Schwartz, RV explorer and researcher, described ‘Remote Viewing in Egypt: the Alexandria Project, Cleopatra, Alexander the Great and the Lighthouse of Pharos’. His archeological research methods proved successful as he enlisted the help of remote viewer, Hella Hammond to walk through the blazing Egyptian desert to locate ruins that the local archeologists did not exist. In 1977 Schwartz was offered money to work on classified projects. He refused because he feels that the information obtained by Remote Viewing should be public. He has worked in the public sector his whole career exploring and writing about archeology and applied Remote Viewing, medicine and healing and parapsychology. Saturday night’s keynote speaker was Edgar Mitchell, Ph.D., and the sixth man to walk on the Moon.
Scientist, test pilot, naval officer, Apollo astronaut, entrepreneur, author, lecturer and founder of The Institute of Noetic Science, Dr. Mitchell presented ‘The Quantum Hologram, What it is, why it is Important’. He began by stating that patterns of energy are nature’s basic information system and that physics is about energy and matter. He explained the properties of the quantum hologram as phase-conjugate-adaptive-resonance (PCAR). PCAR is a mathematical term describing how resonance takes place and how information is carried in the phase relationships into our brains when it acts as a phase gate. He described that the Quantum Hologram is rooted in the physics of absorption and re-emission.
Jeffrey Mishlove, Ph.D., was Sunday morning’s first speaker. He began by warmly wishing everyone a happy Father’s Day and welcoming us to Las Vegas, his new home. Dr. Mishlove’s talk ‘Remote-Viewing Training: Does It Work?’ challenged both trainers and students. He is the only person in the nation to hold a doctorate in parapsychology from the University of California in Berkeley, 1980 and has spent the last four years helping develop a Master’s degree program in Consciousness Studies through the University of Philosophical Research.
Dr. Mishlove holds that holds that consciousness is primary and matter is secondary and that all perception is extrasensory. He very clearly stood his ground when he suggested that RV Training might be unnecessary. He explained that we all have the ability to remote view if we basically just relax and follow our own intuition; that we’d soon learn to use it as our other senses. He categorized Remote Viewing simply as a sub-classification of intuition and that the field needs to be focused on the best results.
Skip Atwater, currently Research Director at the Monroe Institute, proved to be the most relaxed yet tempered STAR GATE veteran. ‘Let’s not get all wrapped around the axle’ he advised as he gave the conferences most lively presentation. He began by explaining how the Monroe Institutes hemi-sync technology helps, through the natural process of ‘binaural beat technology’, induce physiological phenomenon that stimulates consciousness expansion. He then described how he’d been raised in an open-minded California family and how that helped him, as a young Army Lieutenant, enhance the strictest standards of military intelligence gathering with the seemingly far-out psychic technique called Remote Viewing.
Atwater essentially laid the groundwork for the DIA’s psychic spy/Remote Viewing program. He recalled his first meeting with Robert Monroe, founder of the Monroe Institute, how Monroe led him to his lab, laid Atwater on a shelf/bed, put earphones on him and let him experience first hand, how hemi-sync stimulates consciousness expansion. He shared how top STAR GATE remote viewer Joseph McMoneagle received ten non-consecutive weeks of hemi-sync training from Monroe and played a tape of the experiment conducted to measure the training’s success. Atwater wrote ‘Mars, 1 million years BC’ on a little card, put it in Monroe’s shirt pocket and got ready to see if McMoneagle’s RV abilities had improved. Atwater then played an audiotape of McMoneagle’s landmark viewing of how ancient Martian civilizations had been destroyed by meteors.
The final speaker, Paul H. Smith, discussed ‘Remote Viewing’s Biggest Bugaboo: How we come to think we know what really isn’t so.’ After the conference, an informal panel discussion was held between Russell Targ, Paul H. Smith, Skip Atwater and Mel Riley, an enlisted former member of the STAR GATE team.