Remote Viewing… and an unstructured trip through my mind…

Not a lot of structure today. I’m just going to blab a bit. Care to listen? Currently I am reading We Don’t Die: A Skeptic’s Discovery of Life After Death by Sandra Champlain, one of the books from my Five Books for Summer 2013. I just finished a section that the author wrote about her journey into remote viewing, and bells went off in my head (not the paranormal kind) telling me that this was a great topic for a blog! According to the International Remote Viewing Association (IRVA) website, Remote Viewing is the “mental faculty that allows a perceiver (a ‘viewer’) to describe or give details about a target that is inaccessible to normal senses due to distance, time, or shielding”. This is a practice that can apparently be learned by anyone and does not require a psychic or medium because it doesn’t involve channeling or the help of a spirit entity of any kind. It is also different from the practice of astral travel or astral projection because a “viewer” apparently “remote views” in a fully aware and awakened, conscious state. Remote viewing doesn’t have to be what a group of people do in a secret room while trying to obtain secret information from other countries, but can also simply be trying to correctly identify what’s in your mailbox before opening it, or even describing the details of the next page in a magazine before flipping it.

Astral ProjectionIn reading both the author’s suggested exercises and the “how to” link from the IRVA site, I was reminded of the exercises in the books Astral Projection by John Magnus and definitely Know Yourself by Patricia Hayes. When I read Astral Projection a few years ago, I remember very clumsily attempting to astrally get out of bed (without the use of my body, of course) to identify objects on my night stand and attempting to read out of the book that was there. I remember even being disturbed by the fact that it was possible for anyone to astral travel into my home. What?! I wasn’t very far into my spiritual shift at that time and so this book seemed really heavy and far out. I do recall having some intense dreams during the time that I read this book, but I just wasn’t ready for astral travel yet. It’s on my list of books to reread at some point.

Know Yourself is out of print and very hard to find (check for used copies on Amazon or eBay), but it’s almost written as if it’s a text for a course on psychic development. Patricia Hayes collaborated and learned from Arthur Ford in the 1960s and 70s and has since founded Delphi University with her husband. Delphi offers courses in Healing, Metaphysics, Psychic Training, Transpersonal Psychology, and Spiritual and Intuitive Development. Boy would I LOVE to get my hands on any of her Delphi texts or materials.

In thinking about remote viewing, I also think back to exercises from the channeling course I took from psychic medium Marilyn Painter. Trying to correctly identify items in a paper bag. Holding a stone or crystal and feeling and describing the energy it has… psychometry stuff.

I can’t say that I’ve been incredibly successful with a lot of things like this that I’ve researched and tried over the last several years, but remote viewing is one that seems so interesting. Of course, in books they make these things sound SO SIMPLE! Even so, I think I’ll find a partner and experiment sometime.

I’ve strayed a bit from astral travel today… I followed my mind where it wanted to go. Want to get right back on topic? Check out the video below. It is a video about remote viewing that can be found on the IRVA website. But before I go… have you experienced or tried remote viewing? 




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About Patrick Keller

Patrick Keller is an educator, blogger, and the host of the Big Séance Podcast, which is a place for paranerds to have an open discussion on all things paranormal, but specifically topics like ghosts and hauntings, paranormal research, spirit communication, psychics and mediums, and life after death. He’s the founder of the now inactive Missouri Spirit Seekers and has spent a lot of time experimenting with spirit communication tools and techniques, such as EVP. Patrick also has a passion for spending hours at a time in cemeteries and loves cemetery photography. Visit! View all posts by Patrick Keller

11 responses to “Remote Viewing… and an unstructured trip through my mind…

  • Gary Leigh

    I can’t say I’ve ever managed to astral travel myself, in spite of years of trying on and off.. mostly off.. .but would love to one day.

    There was a controversial, but prolific writer about that subject called Tuesday Lobsang Rampa. He wrote many books on the subject, and claimed he could do it himself.

    All his books are online for free (albeit without permission).

    Thought you might be interested in that tidbit.

  • LeeAllenHoward

    I’ve read a bit about remote viewing. (Mind Trek by Joseph McMoneagle, Remote Viewing by Tim Rifat, and Remote Perceptions by Angela Thompson Smith.) IMO, “remote viewing” is simply another term for conscious clairvoyance. And, yes, anyone can learn to do it if they work at it and practice enough. It’s the same with most of the “clairs.” They are natural human abilities — not gifts for a special few. Clairvoyance/remote viewing works at a distance (telescopic), works close up (microscopically), works internally and externally, and works on the past as well as the future.

    • Patrick

      I like your opinion. I was actually having a hard time understanding that remote viewing wasn’t the same as the clairs, like much of the info I’d read stated. Do you recommend one of those books more than the others?

  • Debbie

    Have you read Dr. Mary Neal’s book… HEAVEN AND BACK? She writes about her NDE. She’s been on the talk show circuit recently. I can’t wait to read it.

    • Patrick

      I hadn’t heard about this, Debbie. Thanks. Just by reading the description, it seems similar to “Proof of Heaven” which I just read recently.

  • Marilyn Painter

    I’d love to practice remote viewing with you. My take on remote viewing is it is tapping into the Collective Consciousness…. Becoming one/merging energies. Know that you are not limited to a physical body. Picture your body being WITHIN your spirtual energy field and you can expand this field to any focal point, time, or space. Focusing and visualizing your body being within you and not you inside of your body also does wonders on relieving pain and headaches 😉 This technight was shown to me during a consultation with my Higher Self.
    Hope you are enjoying your summer and lets practice some remote viewing!

    • Patrick

      Maybe this should be our next project? 🙂 And I’m going to come back here and read this again when I have a headache or back pain. 🙂 I hope you and the family are having a lovely summer as well and that you’re enjoying the new office for AhtahSanctuary!

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  • Sally Bosco

    Hi Patrick: Thanks so much for this post. It got me interested in the idea of remote viewing and I’m going to check out some books on the subject. I’ve had some recent success with out of body travel. I set a goal for myself to have an experience and actually did. The book that clicked for me was “Adventures Beyond the Body: How to Experience Out-of-Body Travel” by William Buhlman. Now I’d like to get to the point where i can repeat the experience at will. The book helped me to overcome some of my fears.

    • Patrick

      Thank you Sally. I just might have to check the book out. On a related note, I just received Michelle Belanger’s “Psychic Dreamwalking” book. I’m totally excited… but it has to wait in queue. 🙂

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