Russell Targ and Remote Viewing

By: ; Date: Mon Jan 04 2021 13:13:44 GMT-0800 (Pacific Standard Time)

The first time I met Russell Targ I was attending the Parapsychology Research Group meeting in San Francisco. I walked into the room a little early, and this older man walks up, sticks out his hand, and says "Hi, I'm Russ Targ". Which sent me to a strange place, because I'd read of Russell Targ, and that he'd spent a long time working with the U.S. Defense Department and the CIA researching psychic phenomena, most especially training psychics to spy for the military. I'd never, to my knowledge, met an honest-to-goodness spy master, so I didn't know what to say. Fortunately he's a nice fella.

I've heard Russell Targ described as having done the most of anybody in history to establish credence for psychic phenomena. He did this, as I said, by working under research contracts with the Defense Department. The contracts were about researching psychic methodologies, and turning them into a training program which allowed them to train jarheads (U.S. Marines, that is) how to be psychic. He did this work for over 30 years, and along the way established a lot of credible observations and measurements. Unfortunately most of the work was done under top secret ratings, and is hidden away inside the Defense Department.

Among Russell's results is the whole Remote Viewing movement. The principle RV teachers are the former psychic spies trained in Russell Targ's program. If he, and his partners Ingo Swann and Hal Puthoff had not done their research, and created the training program, then Remote Viewing would not have existed.

The Parapsychology Research Group itself was another of his results. It was a regular meeting held in San Francisco for many years, allowing physicists, other scientists, psychics and healers to meet and discuss psychic phenomena. By the time I attended the group it had existed for 30 years, and the leadership of the group had passed to his daughter, Elizabeth Targ, and her partner (later husband) Mark Comings.

And, speaking of Elizabeth, she did her own research into remote "mental influencing" of a sort. While Russell's schtick was remote viewing, Elizabeth's interest was remote healing. She conducted several studies of remote healing, culminating in a study of healing with AIDS patients which was published in a peer-reviewed medical journal. Unfortunately she has since died.

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What is Remote Viewing?

Remote Viewing is another word for clairvoyance. One book I read on the subject claimed they chose that word to cut down the giggle factor. I suppose it was easier to roam the corridors of the Pentagon tossing around scientifically worded phrases like that, than to say they were training psychic spies in clairvoyance.

However, Remote Viewing is not just "seeing" psychically. It's a structured process to help you work with the mind chatter, recognize your mind chatter, and thereby hopefully come up with better picturings of what you're trying to see.

It's worth noting that Russell found it very easy to teach remote viewing to even the rawest of novices. He says whenever someone would come from Washington wanting to see some proof, he'd have them do the remote viewing themselves. After all, what better proof than to do it yourself. And he generally got good results, even with the most mental of viewers.

At the beginning of a remote viewing session, the viewer is asked a question. For example, "what's in this bag". Or even more obtuse, "describe what's at longitude xxx latitude yyyy". But after some time they realized the viewers may have learned over time what's likely to be at certain map coordinates, and so they switched to generating random numbers and asking something like "describe what's at 8437638".

There are several stages to the official remote viewing protocol. In the first stage you're simply looking for the most rudimentary information. In all the stages you're asked to draw or write whatever comes to mind as you intend to learn about the target. In the first stage you might just get some lines or circles or textures. The idea is to draw or write whatever you're getting, and most importantly to keep your mind from analyzing what you're getting.

See, the mind (mine anyway) likes to fill in any gaps of unknown knowledge with whatever it can analyze. But if you're given a question like "what's at coordinate 63535" there's no way to know what that random number connects with, and your mind is going to interfere with the process if it tries to analyze anything. It's best to keep the mind out of this process.

As you go through the stages the drawings are expected to be more detailed and accurate representations. In the final stage you might even be modeling the destination with clay.

Think about the opening scenes in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (30th Anniversary Ultimate Edition) where Richard Dreyfus's character kept getting psychic input of a specific mountain, to the point where he built a huge model of Devils Tower. He was using the remote viewing process.

Books and Video about Remote Viewing

Mind Trek: Exploring Consciousness, Time, and Space Through Remote Viewing: Remote Viewing (RV) is the ability to perceive and describe detailed information about a remote place, person, or thing--regardless of the normal boundaries of time and space. For over 25 years it has represented the cutting edge of research into the powers of the mind. Mind Trek provides us with insight into new perceptions and realities and gives us an understanding of how to deal with the doubts and fears of the RV learning process. By showing the effects research has had on the author as a subject, it points to consciousness as the ultimate time-machine and the mind as the gateway to human creativity. It also establishes our own clear responsibility for the design of our future.

Remote Viewing Through Time and Space: This 10 DVD set, boxed in two volumes, contains approximately 11 hours of broadcast quality instruction on the history, the art, and the science of Remote Viewing, including pictures of legendary viewings that have become benchmarks in the history of Remote Viewing. Includes illustrated presentations by Hal Puthoff, Russell Targ, Stephan A. Schwartz, Ingo Swann, James Spottiswoode, Paul Smith, Dale Graff, Skip Atwater, Henry Reed, and Edgar Evans Cayce. Much of this material has been rarely seen, and would be very hard to locate from other sources.

Learn Remote Viewing 4-DVD Course: This DVD set features retired U.S. Military Intelligence Officer, Major Ed Dames, former head of operations and training for the RV 'psychic spy' unit. With over 20 years of teaching experience, Major Dames has now perfected remote viewing techniques and streamlined the RV training program. Now, this training is available to you!

Tell Me What You See: Remote Viewing Cases from the World's Premier Psychic Spy: Decorated army officer Major Ed Dames tells the shocking true story of his time as operations and training officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency's top-secret Psychic Intelligence Unit. Together with his Psi Spy team, Dames used the practice of remote viewing to uncover accurate and verifiable military intelligence by going where no intel operatives on the ground could go -- into the very mind of the enemy. After retiring from the military, he turned his paranormal detective skills to finding missing persons such as millionaire pilot Steve Fossett, whose plane vanished in Nevada, and a young Colorado girl named Christina White, who disappeared seemingly without a trace. He has even located one of the most legendary missing objects in history, the Ark of the Covenant. In Tell Me What You See, cosmic Columbo Major Ed Dames takes you behind the scenes of some of his most mind-bending cases.

Remote Viewing: The Gold Standard Course: This is a unique course in Remote Viewing as taught by the masters of the craft, the scientists, viewers, and military intelligence officers who created the field of Remote Viewing: Hal Puthoff, Russell Targ, Ingo Swann, Stephan A. Schwartz, James Spottiswoode, Paul Smith, Skip Atwater, Dale Graff, Henry Reed, and Edgar Evans Cayce -- There is nothing else like it available on the market today. It comes with 15 disks in three volumes. Ten disks are broadcast quality DVDs which comprise 11 hours of intellectual instruction. Four disks are stereo CDs -- designed to be used over and over -- which take you through experiential sessions exactly as if you had come in to a Remote Viewing laboratory. A fifth CD contains .pdf files of the forms used to conduct and record your sessions.

Remote Viewing Secrets: A Handbook: Joseph McMoneagle was one of the original remote viewers recruited into the military's Project Stargate, a once secret army project designed to use trained remote viewers for spying during the cold war. For the uninitiated, remote viewing (often referred to as RV) is a skill that allows a person (viewer) to envision events, people, or objects that are not within eyesight--in another room or in another country (and sometimes in the future).

McMoneagle believes that anybody can be trained in remote viewing (no psychic gifts required). However, it requires a huge commitment and a highly disciplined mind. Using the analogy of martial arts, McMoneagle sees RV training in levels, starting with white belt where viewers can expect to see a gestalt (an overall impression) of a target. By the time readers reach the red-black belt-great master, McMoneagle claims they will have gained "a near-perfect union of one's paranormal talent blended within extant reality. People who reach this level no longer have to think about it, they simply do." Although readers won't become a great master by reading this one book, McMoneagle does provide a comprehensive training program as well as important chapters on the ethics, protocol, and applications of remote viewing.

Remote Viewing: The Complete User's Manual for Coordinate Remote Viewing: Do human beings have the power to see across space and time? Are we really more than just the physical? Tens of thousands of students have found unshakable proof of their direct connection to the universe through a teacher named David Morehouse and a technique known as "Remote Viewing." Now, this world-renowned expert presents Remote Viewing, the first and only comprehensive teaching manual that gives readers a top-to-bottom exploration of this remarkable practice for training the innate psychic gifts that all humans possess.

The Remote Viewing Training Course: Author David Morehouse invites listeners to "transcend the physical world to view people, places, and things remote in time and space." He teaches the same remote viewing techniques he learned in the U.S. military top-secret intelligence Stargate Program. Today, dedicated to the peaceful uses of this practice, Morehouse offers a complete step-by-step program that includes: 175 page illustrated workbook, More than 20 hours of guided instruction on CD, 3 sealed viewing "missions", Eye mask, and a "Pink Noise" focusing CD.

Psychic Warrior: The True Story of America's Foremost Psychic Spy and the Cover-Up of the CIA's Top-Secret Stargate Program: David Morehouse-A highly decorated, exemplary Army officer, special operations infantryman, and elite Airborne Ranger Company Commander. Wounded by machine-gun fire during a training mission, Morehouse began to have inexplicable visions and haunting nighmares-an experience that would redirect his military career and land him in the government's top-secret Stargate Program. His life would never be the same... Stargate-For nearly two decades, the United States military intelligence community delved into the dark world of psychic espionage, recruiting a team of psychic spies to serve as "remote viewers," individuals who used their paranormal gifts to transcend time and space and uncover the highly guarded military secrets of other nations.

The Seventh Sense: The Secrets of Remote Viewing as Told by a "Psychic Spy" for the U.S. Military: The more you read, the more you wonder if this expose is really a put-on. But, finally, the author, at least, seems to believe what he is saying--which is that, for the last quarter century, the U.S. military has been training personnel to provide intelligence through psychic means. Buchanan claims to have been one of the best of the government's "remote viewers." He even suggests that through subliminal messaging, he may have been partly responsible for Mikhail Gorbachev's dismantling of communism! Naturally, this is all pretty interesting stuff, and even though the organization is muddled, and the discourse tends to the paranoid, the book is temptingly wide ranging, covering everything from Buchanan's various assignments (Iranian hostage situation, Desert Storm) to how to develop one's own "seventh sense." Even though Buchanan makes it clear that this is not a "how-to," he does introduce the principles on which remote viewing is based. Whether it's the new frontier or simply far-fetched, there is no doubt that remote viewing is a hot topic in the making.

Limitless Mind: A Guide to Remote Viewing and Transformation of Consciousness: The psychic abilities of most humans are dampened by the clatter of our conscious minds. In this timely book, Russell Targ draws on the work of ancient mystics and traditions - Gnostic, Christian, Buddhist, Kabalistic Jewish, Sufi, yogi, and especially Hindu spiritual master Patanjali - to show readers how to quiet this noise and see into the far reaches of time and space through remote viewing. This psychic ability offers a path of self-inquiry and self-realization and expands each person's limited awareness of the consciousness shared by all humans. Targ explores its scientific as well as spiritual implications and offers techniques and exercises to nurture this universal but mostly untapped skill.

Miracles of Mind: Exploring Nonlocal Consciousness and Spritual Healing: Relying on their strengths--he a pioneering physicist and she a highly respected spiritual healer--Targ and Katra reveal scientific evidence and gripping stories to prove the innate psychic power of the human mind. This collaboration first began when Katra helped Targ miraculously cure himself of metastatic cancer. Skeptics will probably find themselves impressed by the thoroughness of Targ's research as well as his highly plausible conclusions. For example, Targ reveals for the first time the startling results of declassified CIA experiments in psychic spying during the Cold War. Believers in spiritual healing will find support in Katra's impressive credentials and rich storytelling. The authors share a gift for engaging but spare prose, which makes for highly palatable reading, despite the density of ideas and information.

The Stargate Chronicles: Back in 1964, 18-year-old Joseph McMoneagle joined the army to escape an unhappy family in the Miami projects. McMoneagle had shown high aptitude in intelligence tests and soon wound up in several interesting assignments in the Bahamas, West Germany and Thailand as an intelligence officer. But McMoneagle was not happy-his military career interfered with what was eventually a failed marriage, and his applications for promotion went answered. Still, he seemed to have a charmed life and met people who directed him along his path. In 1977, he was recruited for a top secret army project that became known as Star Gate-psychic spying on behalf of the United States. The army showed McMoneagle secret documents, based on information compiled by the Stanford Research Institute, that revealed enemy psychic spying on the United States. Willing to learn more, McMoneagle soon became immersed in the program, which was set up in some old buildings on the periphery of Fort Meade, Md., near Washington, D.C. During the 10 years that McMoneagle spent with this program, he allegedly developed an uncanny ability at "remote viewing," a process by which he was able to psychically see a targeted object, at one point seeing into a secret Soviet submarine construction facility and at another pinpointing where an American general was being held by members of Italy's Red Brigades. McMoneagle retired from this draining work in 1987, married a third time and devoted his time to freelance work, sometimes at Stanford. After the Star Gate program was revealed to the public on Nightline, McMoneagle appeared on television in America and Japan. This book (his fourth on remote viewing) is a fascinating peek into the secret world of an offbeat military intelligence program and a life lived within it.

Reading the Enemy's Mind: Inside Star Gate: America's Psychic Espionage Program: From behind the cloak of U.S. military secrecy comes the story of Star Gate, the project that for nearly a quarter of a century trained soldiers and civilian spies in extra-sensory perception (ESP). Their objective: To search out the secrets of America's cold war enemies using a skill called "remote viewing." Paul H. Smith, a U.S. Army Major, was one of these viewers. Assigned to the remote viewing unit in 1983 at a pivotal time in its history, Smith served for the rest of the decade, witnessing and taking part in many of the seminal national-security crises of the twentieth century.

Essential books in parapsychology

More recently Russell Targ has gone into the book publishing business. He has arranged to republish a collection of seminal books on psychic phenomena. In his research he came to find that hundreds (or more) books had been published in the late 1800's of researchers studying psychic phenomena. It's curious why that effort stopped, but the books they left behind proved to be invaluable in Russell Targs work to develop Remote Viewing.

In his publishing venture he's selected what he feels are the best of those books.

Dream Telepathy: Experiments in Nocturnal Extrasensory Perception (Studies in Consciousness): Ullman and Krippner's report on their ten years of experimentation with the human power to communicate across barriers of time, space, and speep presages the use of dream telepathy in all areas of paranormal study.

Human Personality: And Its Survival of Bodily Death, Vol. 1 of 2 (Classic Reprint) and Human Personality, and Its Survival of Bodily Death, Vol. 2 of 2 (Classic Reprint): Myers cofounded the famed Society for Psychical Research. This book, Myers' definitive work, is a classic study of the overwhelming possibilities for discovery using consciousness research.

An Experiment with Time (Studies in Consciousness): Spurred by dreams and other personal experiences to an intense interest in the nature of time and human perception, Dunne designed an experiment whose purpose was to isolate the barrier dividing our knowledge of the past from that of the future. Conversant with the concepts and language of physics - which he deemed inadequate to describe a world that is largely experiential - Dunne weaves an intriguing, intelligent, and convincing theory that has earned him a place of honor among the twentieth century's brightest minds.

Mental Radio: Upton Sinclair is primiarily known as the Pulitzer Prize- winning author of "The Jungle," "Oil," and "Dragon's Teeth," and as a fiery advocate of social justice and reform. Few know, however, of Sinclair's deep interest in, and connection to, psychic research. Sinclair's own wife, Mary Craig Kimbrough, claimed to have "mind reading" or telepahic abilities, and asked Sinclair to help her better understand these abilities. He devised a fascinating series of 300 tests that incontrovertibly proved the reality of telepathy while revealing the vast, untold powers of the mind. In one room, Sinclair would make a drawing and place it into a sealed enevelope, while in another, Mary would "tune in," retrieve the image, and make her own copy. Or she would record a telepathic message sent from someone far away. Her accuracy rate was astonishing, leaving no room for random chance as an explanation, as they continued to collect scientific data over three years. Preface by Albert Einstein

Mind to Mind (Classics in Consciousness Series Books): The man Joe McMoneagle calls the father of remote viewing reveals the precise details of several experiments in telepathic communication.

Mind at Large: IEEE Symposia on the Nature of Extrasensory Perception (Studies in Consciousness): A collection of essays covering the diverse areas of paranormal study from the pre-eminent names in the field including Edgar Mitchell, Ingo Swann, Charles Tart, Harold Puthoff and Russell Targ.

Experiments in Mental Suggestion (Studies in Consciousness): A prominent Russian scientist reports the results of his many years studying long-distance hypnosis and the power of mental suggestion to influence other people's behavior.

Distant Mental Influence: Its Contributions to Science, Healing, and Human Interactions (Studies in Consciousness): William Braud, Ph.D., is a highly regarded researcher in the field of transpersonal psychology, and "Distant Mental Influence" represents twenty years of his original thinking and experiments. A compilation of articles originally published in peer-reviewed journals between 1983 and 2000, "Distant Mental Influence" covers a diverse array of subject matter in the fields of biochemistry and transpersonal psychology. These twelve articles reveal Braud's discovery of experiments capable of measuring human interconnection and person-to-person influence across space and time.

Thoughts through Space: A Remarkable Adventure in the Realm of Mind (Studies in Consciousness): In 1937 noted explorer Sir Hubert Wilkins flew several trans-Arctic flights searching for a downed plane. While in the Arctic, Wilkins mentally projected his thoughts toward Harold Sherman who sat 3400 miles away in a hotel room logging any impressions he received. When their notes were matched, a stunning pattern of accurates "hits" emerged, making Thoughts Through Space still one of the most indisputable proofs of mental telepathy ever published.

The Future and Beyond: Evidence for Precognition and the Survival of Death (Studies in Consciousness): The Future and Beyond comprises two of Harold Francis Saltmarsh's literary and scholarly jewels. Foreknowledge is Saltmarsh's thoughtfully organized summary of compelling data from the early 20th century for the existence of non-inferential precognition. He analyzes these startling, well-documented cases of the future affecting the past, discusses the implication of this data for our understanding of free will and causality, and proposes the existence of an extended subliminal present from which we obtain information about the apparent future. In Evidence of Personal Survival from Cross Correspondences, Saltmarsh brilliantly unravels and clearly explains F. W. H. Myers' famous postmortem communications known as cross-correspondences. Myers, a great classics scholar and passionate psychical researcher of the 19th century, apparently sent messages after his death to several well-known spirit mediums on distant continents. Only partially intelligible separately, the messages proved to combine like jig-saw puzzle pieces. They offer striking evidence for the survival of the intelligence that was Myers, and provide some of the best evidence we have for the survival of bodily death. Myers' purpose, presented by Saltmarsh, was to show that these messages were not telepathic or clairvoyant perceptions but were actually communications from the deceased Myers. These two rare books, published here together, belong in the library of anyone endeavoring to understand psychic phenomena.

The Secret Vaults of Time: Psychic Archaeology and the Quest for Man's Beginnings (Studies in Consciousness): The Secrets Vaults of Time is a fascinating look at the best psychics and remote viewers of the 20th century, including Edgar Cayce and George McMullen, and their impressive contributions to science, in particular the advancement of archaeology. Schwartz uncovers never-before-detailed background on some of the most important digs of the past 100 years, including the recovery of Glastonbury Abbey -- known as both the legendary Avalon of King Arthur and the birthplace of Christianity in England. The 12th title in Hampton Roads' Studies in Consciousness line, The Secrets Vaults of Time was originally published by Grosset & Dunlap in 1978 (ISBN 0448127172) and hailed by Publishers Weekly as "compelling and cogent . . .new evidence that the thinking and writing on things psychic has attained a maturity that commands the most serious attention." Stephan Schwartz is the former research director of the Mobius Society, as well as a founder and past president of the Society of the Anthropology of Consciousness.