Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Testing Remote Viewing and Psi Ability: Experiment #1

I have done some tests in remote viewing, loosely following the protocols set out by Ingo Swann in his book, Natural ESP. I was very surprised by the results. 

In the first experiment, I had another person draw on paper a simple image of their choosing, doing so while alone and leaving the drawing in a predetermined place where I could not access it physically (a locked room). The person was instructed to let me know when the drawing was finished and in the location agreed upon, at which point I would try to remotely view it and draw my impressions. 

When I was ready, I sat in silence and allowed my mind to open up, allowing random visual impressions to flow freely, and when any impressions arose, I made quick representations on paper. By the end of ten or fifteen minutes, I had recorded two or three different impressions. Each impression was different, but all were similar in certain respects. One of these impressions was of a star-like formation of crossed lines, such as an asterisk or the spokes of a bicycle wheel without the tire rim included. A second impression was of a simple lattice-work pattern that was angled so that a series of lines formed slight trapezoids or angled squares in uniform rows. 

Later on, after this remote viewing attempt, I received the target drawing for comparison. It had been a simple line drawing of a Star of David. Although this was not what I had visualized or drawn, there were nevertheless certain significant correlations to my recorded impressions. First of all, the target drawing and my star-like drawing both contained identical symmetrical factors. Second, my second impression of an angled lattice-work pattern could be easily compared to the angles of the crossed lines in the target drawing. A Star of David consists of 30 and 60 degree angles, and these were the approximate degrees of the angles I saw in my mind and drew, rather than lateral, horizontal, or 45 degree angles. Third, both of my drawings reflected the stark line-work of the target drawing. 

As a first attempt at any remote viewing experiments, I am amazed at how accurate my impressions were, the more I consider them. The effort I made to focus on the target was not at all hard, and I simply waited passively for seemingly random mental impressions of a visual nature to arise, after thinking about the drawing at the location it was placed at. I did not consider the mental impressions as necessarily having to be anything that can be drawn, and in fact, the lattice-work pattern I visualized was not of a two-dimensional nature and had light and shade effects that made it seem more three-dimensional. But in putting it on paper it actually became more consistent with the actual target. 

It seems that from this last point, the final definitive impression was not complete until it had been reinterpreted from a mental impression into a drawing. This may indicate that my subconscious knew that the impression would be more accurately coordinated with the actual target once it was consciously drawn out, which it certainly was. 

Together, both of my drawings contained all of the information that made up the target drawing, but they just didn't have the proper relationships to one another. Ingo Swann calls this 'lack of fusion', and states that it indicates that a lot of accurate information is getting through, but the preconscious processes of the brain are not properly combining them. The psychic channel is open but still too weak to send more than bits and pieces of the total target drawing. If I had combined the elements of both received impressions, all of the basic relationships of the target drawing would have been present, and the target would have been easier to recognize. Swan says that lack of fusion is often apparent when the target is too complex for the psychic channel to bear. This was my very first attempt at remote viewing and I spent very little time at it and applied very little effort, and my psychic channel was weak and undeveloped, so something as simple as a line drawing of a Star of David was still complex enough to overwhelm the channel with information, and it was only able to send some of the information, or it was coming through in bits and pieces that didn't properly come together again either because the preconscious processes interfered, or because some of the information was still absent. Swann states that lack of fusion can also be a good indication that the ESP core is about to get more efficient. 

In comparing my two drawings to the target drawing, I also realize that the actual mental impressions I had received were not all that similar to either the target drawing or the two-dimensional line drawings that were produced to represent them, and it was the final drawings that more closely resembled the target drawing. The preconscious processes, with their various levels of filtering that the information must avoid in order to come through clearly and accurately, and the necessity of having to translate that information from its more abstract mental impression into a two-dimensional line drawing, can both cause errors in interpretation. In my case, it may be that the necessity of translating my impressions back to paper was subconsciously understood. Swann states that the more prominent elements will be received and recognized first, and smaller details will come through later, just as with our normal visual impressions. Between my first and second drawing, I can see this. The first impression and resulting drawing consisted of 1) lines at 2) relative angles that were 3) symmetrically positioned. The complexity of the target beyond that was lacking, but otherwise the main elements of the target were present. In my second drawing, greater detail was included, but was again misinterpreted. A close examination of the lattice-work pattern I drew reveals 4) sets of parallel lines and 5) only horizontal and 60 degree angles. A Star of David is made up of three sets of parallel lines at 0, 60, and 120 degrees. This appears to indicate that between my two drawings, virtually all of the information was received but misinterpreted because it was broken up. There were no erroneous elements involved in either of my drawings. All the necessary information was present and nothing extra. It was only the way it was recombined that was flawed, and this occurred in the mental impression, before it was translated to paper. This suggests that the preconscious processes interfered, and understanding this will lead to resolving the problem as the subconscious learns to interpret psychic information more accurately. 

This first attempt at remote viewing was quite remarkable, in my opinion, and my success was probably helped greatly by the fact that I had been studying the subject quite heavily and had a clear understanding of the processes involved and was open to whatever might happen, knowing the statistical averages and not expecting too much beyond that. I appear to have done fairly well. 

Anthony Forwood

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