A Glimpse of “Remote Viewing”

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In the 1970s, the U.S. Army Intelligence and Stanford Research Institute (SRI) created a top secret psychic spy training program dubbed Project Stargate. They called their technique “Remote Viewing” (RV) – a very thoroughly detailed system of protocols, standards and controls designed to test, measure and train to ability to “see” things from a distance (regardless of time or space), while eliminating opportunities for fraud, coincidence and misreporting. Congress invested $20 million, in research that continued for about 20 years.

(If this sounds like the plot of a Hollywood movie, that’s probably because in 2009, “Men Who Stare at Goats” – staring George Clooney – portrayed a fictional account loosely based on some of the real-life characters involved.)

Joseph McMoneagle – a really fascinating guy and excellent teacher.

Joseph McMoneagle, then a U.S. Army NCO and Chief Warrant Officer, was one of the first recruits into the program and known as “Remote Viewer #1”. A few years ago, while I was trying to understand my own psychic experiences, I learned that Joe lives and works at The Monroe Institute (TMI) outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. In 2013, I traveled there to meet Joe and take one of his RV training classes.


Actually, my first TMI class was (essentially) a prerequisite which had nothing to do with RV. However, towards the end of the week-long training, our group of 15 students gathered together in the very spartan, unadorned lecture room.“Today, we’re going to try something different,” said Bob, our instructor. “We’re going to try Remote Viewing.” I was excited. This is why I had come. Maybe I start getting some answers.

Bob proceeded to write a series of GPS coordinates on the Dry Erase board at the front of the room. Without any other preamble, Bob launched right in. “These coordinates represent 1-square kilometer. Take a piece of paper and a pencil. You have two minutes to describe the images related to these coordinates.”

We looked at each other with bemused smiles. Somebody asked “Can you give us a clue?” to which Bob responded “Sure … it’s somewhere in America.” We looked around at each other. What the hell were we supposed to do? GPS coordinates? I don’t know anything about GPS! But we weren’t given any other information.

I took a piece of paper, closed my eyes, hoping that some image would float up. Thirty seconds … nothing. One minute … zero. I started getting frustrated, opened my eyes, took a long, steady breath, closed my eyes and tried again.

Suddenly, I saw a photograph in my mind’s eye, as clear as I could imagine, an aerial image, looking from the sky down.The image didn’t last more than a second, if that, and I tried to capture the information as quickly as possible.

Yes, I saved that piece of paper!! (Click to enlarge)

The first thing I wrote down was “like a football stadium.” Then, I wrote down some descriptor words — round, oval, large building, white. I crossed a couple of words out, because suddenly I was doubting what I had ‘seen’. Just as I was about to set down my pencil, another image suddenly flashed … it was too quick to get any detail, but the impression was ‘pyramid.’  So I wrote that down, too. It seemed weird to me, but that’s what I got.  Our two minutes were up and, placing pencils down, we waited.

Bob turned on the overhead projected and showed and showed us a ground-level view of the the St. Louis Arch. I’ve never been to St. Louis, but of course recognized the Arch. I thought “Okay, I guess it looks kinda pyramidal, but who am I kidding??!!” I was a bit crestfallen, and thought that this was the end of the experiment. It turns out I was wrong.

A second image popped up on the screen … a bridge across the Mississippi, near the Arch. A few people in my group yelped. One person had drawn a river, another a bridge. The were pretty excited! Bob showed a third image … a small church, apparently nestled close to the Arch. No yelps from the group this time.

That sinking feeling in my gut got larger … I had come all the way to Virginia, hoping for exactly this opportunity, and had failed. But then Bob showed a fourth, final photograph:

Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri


Strictly speaking, this was not a controlled Remote Viewing test, which would require a double blind environment in which nobody, including the tester, would know the answer. Subsequently, I’ve continued my training and testing (using a variety of methods)… click here to see more examples.

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