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Wednesday, December 16, 2015   4:26 PM

Remote Viewing Training, Part One: The Initial Phases, with Paul H. Smith


Paul H. Smith, PhD, is a founder and past-president of the International Remote Viewing Association. A former Army intelligence officer, he served for seven years as part of the military’s top-secret remote viewing program. He is author of Reading the Enemy’s Mind and The Essential Guide to Remote Viewing. He currently serves as president and chief trainer for Remote Viewing Instructional Services.

Here he describes how he was recruited into the Army’s remote viewing program, although he had no previous experience of a parapsychological nature. He discusses the early phases of his training with Ingo Swann and Hal Puthoff at SRI International. He argues that remote viewing is an ability that everyone possesses. But, most people are unaware of this talent because the subtle, paranormal signal is usually drowned out by mental noise. He maintains that people can be trained to distinguish this signal from background mental and emotional activity. He discusses how his own training proceeded through various stages over a period of many months. The elements of this training are based on research regarding acquisition of other human skills such as language and music.

New Thinking Allowed host, Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD, is author of The Roots of Consciousness, Psi Development Systems, and The PK Man. Between 1986 and 2002 he hosted and co-produced the original Thinking Allowed public television series. He is the recipient of the only doctoral diploma in "parapsychology" ever awarded by an accredited university (University of California, Berkeley, 1980). His master's degree is in criminology. He serves as dean of transformational psychology at the University of Philosophical Research. He teaches parapsychology for ministers in training with the Centers for Spiritual Living through the Holmes Institute. He has served as vice-president of the Association for Humanistic Psychology, and is the recipient of its Pathfinder Award for outstanding contributions to the field of human consciousness. He is also past-president of the non-profit Intuition Network, an organization dedicated to creating a world in which all people are encouraged to cultivate and apply their inner, intuitive abilities.

(Recorded October 9, 2015) 

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