Remote Viewing

Photo Credit: Robert M. Knight.

In 1999, the International Remote Viewing Association, in an effort to develop a standard definition of remote viewing, defined remote viewing or RV as the following:

“Remote Viewing is a parapsychological technique whereby a person can describe people, places or events that are perceived mentally but are separated from the “viewer” by distance, shielding, and even time.”

The technique was developed in the early 1970s under the auspices of the Defense department and used by the U.S. military and the Central intelligence Agency for two and a half decades to gather military intelligence on threats to national security. In 1995, the CIA deactivated and declassified the program. Since then, many diverse groups and individuals have expanded the use of remote viewing into the civilian world. It has been the focus of extensive media attention and the subject of several books.

The term “remote viewing” was first coined in the early 1970’s by artist Ingo Swann and researcher Janet Mitchell at the American Society for Psychical Research (ASPR). The term remote viewing is a process by which an individual perceives information about a distant location using “something” other than the known five senses.

In 1976, the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) team of Harold Puthoff and Russell Targ published the results of their early remote viewing research in a peer-reviewed journal, an IEEE paper entitled A Perceptual Channel for Information Transfer over Kilometer Distances.

Remote viewing in its simplest definition, according to Puthoff and Targ, is “A perceptual channel whereby certain individuals are able to perceive and describe remote data not presented to any known sense.” They further described remote viewing as:

“A human information-accessing capability that we call ‘remote viewing’. This phenomenon pertains to the ability of certain individuals to access and describe by means of mental processes, information sources blocked from ordinary perception, and generally accepted as secure against such access.”


Eventually, Puthoff and Targ initiated “Project Scannate”, remote viewing by coordinates, which was suggested to them by Ingo Swann. In this methodology Swann and other viewers, including Pat Price, were provided with latitude and longitude, and they attempted to view the geographical location at those coordinates. Swann and Price were remarkable accurate. Ingo Swann worked with the SRI team from 1982 to 1985. Further rigorous testing of Swann, Price, photographer Hella Hamid, and others, at SRI convinced Targ and Puthoff that remote viewing was not just an ability to be enjoyed by certain psychics but that almost anybody could do it.

In the early 1980’s SRI was commissioned by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and the U.S. Army to devise a way for soldiers to be taught remote viewing and so the Controlled Remote Viewing (CRV) method was developed. CRV is based on a very structured, sequential order of stages or phases that gradually allows the viewer increasing access to the target. You can find a copy of the DIA/CRV manual by clicking here.