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Interview with Joe McMoneagle

Written By: Cassandra Frost

Posted: 7/15/2002 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 1491   Submitted By:0x6a656666   Category: Remote Viewing
Reprinted with permission from Suite101.com 
When I saw on the Rense.com site that the April 1 show was going to be with Joe McMoneagle, I wondered if it was an April fool’s joke. No offense to Rense because he does an over-the-top job with his show and site as he bravely covers stories that other news outlets will not touch.  
I remember listening and thinking ‘Woo Hoo!’ as he began his show by announcing a new Joe McMoneagle book that is due out next month.  
The actual interview concerned McMoneagle’s recent remote viewing and locating two missing Japanese people, including one woman who’d been missing for 27 years. He was able to locate her by targeting a sealed envelope with only her name inside, and then identified the city and actual apartment where she was living. Investigators were able to locate her based on RV data.  
I sent McMoneagle an email last week asking him for information about his new book to be published by Hampton Roads. 
“Is there any news about your upcoming book which I might be able to post,’ I asked him.  
‘You can tell everyone they have to wait until August. Sorry. My publisher’s wishes. I can tell you that it is hard cover and coming out under current affairs, and that it’s sold over 5,000 copies already and it hasn’t been printed yet,’ he answered. 
‘It’s mostly about me and my background. I really had a career before Remote Viewing, which everyone seems to forget. I was sitting in the number one seat for my MOS in the Army when I was recruited. No one else can say that,’ he concluded. 
I persisted and sent him a list of questions to find outwhat he’s up to today. He graciously took the time from his busy life to answer them.  
How’s your wife, Nancy? 
Joe: My wife is well. She continues to pursue her interests in Astrology which I encourage. She is very good at it. 
How are your cats?  
Joe: My cats are like any other cats - totally psychic. They are of course experts at reading human body language as well. As they currently know I’m saying something about them, they are all trying to get into my lap at the same time. They can’t type (only because their claws are not adaptable and they think it’s a waste of time), but like to see what’s being printed on the screen. 
What is your current passion? 
Joe: Riding my Kawasaki Vulcan full out on a mountain road. Writing, reading and arithmetic. Hiking in the mountains alone. Working in a garden. Just being with my wife and cats. Fishing. 
What are you currently reading? 
Joe: Books = "Who’s Who in the Middle Ages," by John Fines. "XML," by Emily Vander Veer and Rev Mengle. "Philosophy in the Age of Crisis," by Eleanor Kuykendall. And, an English translation of the Koran. Magazines = "Cruiser Magazine," and "Wooden Boat." 
What’s your favorite food? 
Joe: Fresh Fish, Italian, Indian, Chinese, Thai, German,etc. I guess all of it. 
What kind of music are you listening to? 
Joe: All Classical done on original instruments (e.g., gut strung violins, etc.) Oldies but goodies - 1950 through 1965. 
Can you please describe the basic foundation of your spirituality? 
Joe: Zen. 
Can you please describe your daily spiritual discipline? 
Joe: At least one hour of meditation - being consciously awake and aware as much as possible throughout the day. 
Can you describe how you are experiencing and dealing with the aging process? 
Joe: What aging process? 
What is your biggest professional challenge? 
Joe: Remote Viewing. 
If you could straighten out the biggest misconception you think people have about you, what would that be? 
Joe: I guess I don’t care about misconceptions people have about me. That would be putting a misconception on top of a misconception. There is a general misconception that I, in some way, jumped from an embryonic state straight into RV. No one credits me with having a life prior to 1978. I suppose that is somewhat my own fault, since I don’t talk a great deal about it. I suppose like misconceptions, I don’t have any primal urge to correct the problem. 
Can you please describe your latest work as a research associate with the Cognitive Sciences Laboratory as you work with Dr. Edwin May? 
Joe: I’m supporting a study, which is investigating non-cognitive reactions in humans. It’s a study that’s been ongoing now for nearly two years. We are essentially collecting data (done properly, it is the hardest work about scientific exploration.) We are getting very positive results that are encouraging. Any further comment at this time would be pure speculation. 
On page 16 of your first book ‘Mind Trek’ you suggest that the term paranormal be substituted with the term ‘cognitive talent’ (CT). Is this still true for you? 
Joe: I suggested that because I don’t view the things that humans do as being beyond the normal. That implies some have and other don’t have such talents. I know that everyone has at least to some degree, such talents. So, that would make them normally human. What becomes an issue is the degree that someone possesses such talent. People get really upset when they discover they are not world class psychics. Do you ever see anyone getting really upset when someone tells them they can’t play an instrument, or their golf is not up to par?  
Well, if you tell someone they aren’t very good as a psychic, for some reason they take this very emotionally and react very badly as though it’s some sort of personal attack or condemnation of their character which it isn’t. The whole issue is overplayed. I’ll repeat myself here - 
Excellence in remote viewing like any other paranormalactivity is a result of - 33% talent, 33% understanding the rules, and 33% practice. You need 25% or better in all three to call yourself a virtuoso as a remote viewer. If someone isn’t,is that bad? No. There are people I know who do fairly well at only producing abstracts or gross characteristics about a target – but they do it with great consistency.  
You can apply that creatively to problem solving and it’s just as valuable as anyone who is a world class remote viewer. If you can do neither, move on to something that you’re good at, it is certainly nothing to be ashamed of. 
You also wrote that you found the edges or boundaries of self? Are there really any edges or boundaries? 
Joe: The edges and boundaries of self are self proscribed. We set them and we move them. Sometimes out of fear, sometimes out of curiosity, but always in accordance with ego. 
What is the biggest piece of advice you can give to the RV community? 
Joe: Try to have fun. 
What do you think the best thing is right now about the current state of RV? 
Joe: People’s honest and skeptical interest. 
The worst thing? 
Joe: Egos. 
What is your current view of our world?  
Joe: It’s the same as it has always been. I believe that civilization is a term used to describe a very thin coating of fantasy humanity has sprayed across the globe - it’s kind of our own self-delusion. The single biggest threat to almost all developing cultures is currently viewed as being the American Culture. This ideal of American Culture is born out of the issues our own media views as important to us - with a focus on greed, hypocrisy, and violence.  
In the eyes of the world, these media-bites erroneously frame most Americans with severe flaws of character, when our greatest gift to the world - freedom to live as we chose - is lost on most people who can’t see through the media blitz. It also causes some to misjudge us in a way that promotes actions on their part that are birthed out of ignorance, stupidity, or arrogance. This can only result in dreadful consequences wherein everyone suffers. It’s time to clean up our act, and time to demand that our media, businesses, and leaders clean up theirs. 
What do you want to be best known for? 
Joe: Having served my country in its time of need, having been in the balance of things, a good and honorable person, who cares about others regardless of background, nationality, race, or religion.  
If you had control of the world’s media and could tell everyone anything you wanted, what would that be? 
Joe: Clean up your act (and) there’s more news than American news.