Inspired by Price and Swann, Puthoff and his colleague Russell Targ decided to test normal folks. They obtained funding for preliminary research and Project Scanate was born. SRI scientists were now ready to buckle down and prove the accuracy of RV. The system was set up like this: 1.) Have a group of people put together hundreds of locations, each in its own folder with the "coordinates" or number assignments showing on the outside. Seal each location in an envelope and write the corresponding target number on the envelope. (Two folders were in each envelope, including driving instructions.) 2.) A researcher, who knows nothing about the locations, has a computer randomly generate which target to use for the experiment. 3.) Another person, who doesn't know the targets that have been chosen, is given one of the folders. 4.) This third person drives to the assigned location. 5.) At an agreed-upon time, the remote viewer sits quietly with the researcher and is asked to describe where the 3rd person has gone. (All preliminary test targets were within a two-hour drive of SRI.)

Time and again, target sites given to Swann, Price, other "psychic" subjects, and "normal non-psychic" subjects were correctly identified--often down to minute details. The most surprising fact was the accuracy of the non-psychic subjects. The results astounded the researchers as well as the remote viewers themselves.

As word of the program's success got around, so-called "debunkers" in the scientific and political arena began to come forward with their very own test coordinates, only to be mystified by the confirmation that, indeed, remote viewing works. It was a reality, threatening to some and exciting to others. Either way, in the 1970s, skeptics were becoming believers by the dozens.

After the successful results of Project Scanate got around, the CIA became very interested in furthering SRI's research. Not long after, the DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency) and the NSA (National Security Agency) became involved as well. To date, the government has funded over 20 million dollars of RV research..

The process of becoming a CRV is not all fun and games. There are dangers involved in opening the trap door of your mind to the "astral plane." At a parapsychology conference held in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1973, Swann and other SRI researchers were approached by the KGB and asked "How do you keep your psychics from going crazy?" In the U.S.S.R., government experiments in the paranormal have been underway since the 1930s.

In the words of author and military-trained remote viewer Joseph McMoneagle: "the learning of remote viewing is not a single act or function; it's more like two sides of a coin standing on edge, or two sides of an argument. When you alter one side or perspective, you must change the counter side as well." He insists that the BELIEF that you can RV is as important as understanding the act of RV. He goes on to describe the feeling while you are remote viewing as "a feather brushing across the mind...always escaping from your grasp just before your fingers are able to close about it."

"Mind Reach," by Russell Targ and Hal Puthoff, details these steps to trying remote viewing for yourself.

1. Be open to the fact that you can, indeed, be a remote viewer, and that you do have the capacity to view a remote location without leaving your present position.

2. Ask a friend or colleague to pick a location and go there at an exact, agreed-upon time. The friend must simply be at the location and observe his/her surroundings. Ask him or her to remain there for 15-20 minutes.

3. You, at the same exact time, relax your mind. Sit in a quiet place and be comfortable but completely alert. Ignore your racing mind and quiet your "internal dialogue."

4. Have a second friend with you if possible--one who does not know the target location. Describe the mental images you see. Try to describe where the first friend is (colors, shapes, any impressions you get). Do not analyze your thoughts. Just relay the images that come to you. Stick to impressions, not the "total" picture.

5. Try sketching what you see. Even if the drawings don't make sense or you are not familiar with what you draw, things may become more clear later.

6. After the session, you should visit the location. The feedback will help you learn what "signals" to pay attention to.

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Most importantly: don't beat yourself up if you weren't dead on. Remote viewing is a learned skill much the same as reading or playing a musical instrument. The process of RV takes as much practice as any other skill and, inevitably, some will progress more quickly than others. The key ingredient is believing that you, in fact, possess the ability to perform remote viewing.

Also, keep in mind that remote viewing works with the "right brain." Images, pictures, feelings, etc. are more easily accessible. (If you’re wondering why people don't just use it find out what lottery numbers will come up, there's your answer.) Somehow numbers and other analytical information do not show up prominently to the viewer. Even when trying to focus on them, the task is beyond difficult-nearly impossible-and may be skewed by the analytical mind.

An instructional tape on how to train yourself to become a remote viewer is in the works. For more information about the video, call Paraview (a literary, film and television company in New York City) at 212-489-5343.

RIA FINAZZO works secretly within The Company and does a little work in the film business as well. She lives in Manhattan when she's not in Seattle.

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