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Remote Viewing: What Is It?

I love reading and writing. I came to writing late in life and discovered a world where I feel like a fish in the water.


Last week, I finished reading Paul H. Smith’s book, “Reading the Enemy's Mind: Inside Star Gate, America's Psychic Espionage Program”. I borrowed this book from the public library and read it on a weekend.

Star Gate was a psychic spying program sponsored by an agency of the US army. This program ran for about 25 years and was in charge of training American soldiers and civilian spies in extra-sensory perception. Their role was to uncover the secrets of America's enemies using skills for "remote viewing”.

Remote viewing (RV) is the practice of seeking impressions about a remote or hidden target, sensing it with the mind.

Genuine or Pseudoscience?

Opinions are split between skeptics and believers.

The general opinion is that there is no scientific evidence that remote viewing really works, and the topic of remote viewing is considered pseudoscience. Remote viewing experiments have in the past been criticized because they lacked proper controls and repeatability.

P.H. Smith published his book in 2005, decades after the cancellation of the Star Gate program due to lack of funding and shortly after it was declassified. A US Army Major, he was one of the viewers assigned to the remote viewing unit in 1983. He served ten years taking part in several American national-security crises of the twentieth century.

Smith refuted the lack of proper controls and repeatability claims and presented in his book facts and examples of what his spying unit had accomplished. He talked about this top-secret program in details and presented a thought-provoking argument on the power of the human mind to go beyond time and space limitations.

Professional Trainers

Lyn Buchanan was one of the professional remote viewers in the Stargate program. These days, he teaches online basic and advanced remote viewing courses. He is the author of the book, “The Seventh Sense: The Secrets of Remote Viewing as Told by a Psychi”. I just finished reading his book that I found interesting and thorough. Some of his students and their students call him teasingly “Pope Lyn”.

Joseph McMoneagle, retired US Army, also was one of the professional remote viewers in the Stargate program. He spent more than 30 years of his professional life developing his expertise as a Remote Viewer and researcher in the paranormal. I just started reading his “Remote Viewing Secrets” eBook version. He says that “Remote viewing is not simply using psychic ability to obtain information. It is using a scientific protocol to develop and extend that ability so that ordinary people can learn to do what psychics do.”

Lori Williams studied with Lyn Buchanan. She became a professional remote viewer and currently teaches various aspects of remote viewing such as controlled remote viewing (CRV), practical remote viewing, and CRV Healing. She tells how she used to drive six hours one-way, every other weekend for six months, to get to Buchanan’s house for her rigorous training.

What Is Controlled Remote Viewing (CRV)?

According to Ms. Williams, CRV involves “accessing information that may come in different forms such as visuals, sounds, smells, tastes, the understanding of concepts, shapes, sizes, patterns”.

CRV is a well-defined, step-by-step group of protocols that teaches to separate imagination from real intuitive perceptions. This process allows anyone to access hidden or distant information using only the mind.

This means the remote viewers sit quietly, become still, and find strength inside themselves to access the small inner voice that guides.

To become a really good remote viewer means “to reach deep levels of profound wisdom and knowledge requires going into a place within you that few want to access.”

In addition to a precise structure and well-defined protocols, trainees learn the three basic rules of remote viewing, one of which is “Describe, Don’t Identify”.

Lori Williams regularly publishes informational articles on her website for intuitive specialists.

Practical Benefits

Ms. Williams says that CRV is used by entrepreneurs, CEOs of major corporations, medical doctors, scientists, teachers, realtors, parents, psychologists, archaeologists, engineers, and authors. They find it useful in their day-to-day life.

The police sometimes have recourse to a remote viewer to help them solve a murder or find a missing person.

You can apply it in many situations and use it as a toolbox. I heard a woman who completed the training say she feels less worried about unknown situations and less nervous about new situations.

In the words of Ms. Williams, trainees become “experts in intuition”.

Free Masterclass

As a novelty, I attended Ms. Williams’ four-part masterclass on controlled remote viewing in March 2021. The virtual basic course in RV was packed with useful information. We did a couple of exercises that made me believe I should get deeper into this training.

I like the way Ms. Williams presents the training like having “A Drawer Organizer for Your Brain”.

The reason I have not seriously considered training on remote viewing is that it works best when done as part of a team. The remote viewer needs a person to help as a monitor as well as regular feedback on his or her performance.


Remote viewing is the practice of seeking impressions about a remote or hidden target by sensing it with the mind. People from all walks of life can learn RV and become remote viewers.

Remote viewing works best when done as part of a team as the viewer benefit from the assistance of a monitor.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Liliane Najm


John Coviello from New Jersey on April 21, 2021:

That's a good idea for an article. I'm just not sure if I want to put it out there in the public realm.

Liliane Najm (author) from Toronto, Canada on April 21, 2021:

I’d like one day to read about your convincing interactions.

John Coviello from New Jersey on April 20, 2021:

I hosted a seminar on remote viewing 25 years ago with Lyn Buchanan as the key speaker. I have to be honest that I was never totally convinced it was real despite his strong presentation. Since then, I've had a lot of convincing interactions with psychics, which has opened my mind up to the possibility that remote viewing is a real thing. Certainly, the U.S. military took it seriously.

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