ABOUT THE CRV MANUAL
Notes from PJ about the CRV Manual posted at the Firedocs web site.
Where I got this
The Coordinate Remote Viewing Manual
Before anything else, I want to say: This manual does not, and cannot, replace personal instruction in the psychic methodology of Controlled Remote Viewing. There is context and unique-to-you situations that could never be addressed in any mass-marketed form.
Those interested in obtaining CRV training from a legitimate instructor (former members of the US Gov't RV project who were Viewers and instructors in that project) may contact Paul H. Smith at RVIS (Texas USA), or Lyn Buchanan at P>S>I (New Mexico USA) for more information.
I have six copies of this document on my desk. One has a simple typed cover and a copyright page. One has a "Psi-Tech" cover and a copyright page. Another two have Psi-Tech covers and no copyright page. And the other three have a large "CRV" cover with no copyright page. [Later note: OK, that's seven. Whoops!] These were sent me by an assortment of people; another dozen people offered me copies, which I didn't need. I have refused to name my sources of the manual, mostly because I feel it is irrelevent, and also because it would only be used as leverage for those who don't believe it should be public to hassle those who provided it. The original version from the military unit is the simple typed cover with the copyright page included. Whether there were previous or alternate versions within that unit, I don't know.
I am certain this is the manual written in and used in the former Army intelligence unit which utilized remote viewing. Individuals from the unit familiar with it have confirmed this either by comparing contents (page numbers/topics) with their own versions, or by glancing at it and telling me it was indeed the same document. Its accuracy concerning CRV, concerning Swann's own interpretation of CRV, its usefulness as a training document, and other issues are beyond my knowledge or comment.
I typed this manual in from scratch, despite that a few people had scanned copies. I wanted to be sure I learned everything in it that I might not already be aware of, and I better remember what I type. It is possible there may be typos in here somewhere. Spelling, word and hyphenation choices, were not of my doing; I copied this as faithfully as I could, and went to great effort even to format it as exactly matching the original as possible. If you find errors, please send me email and tell me so I can fix them. See also 'Changes in or notes about the online version of this manual,' below.
Smith (Remote Viewing Instructional Services, Inc.
[RVIS]) uses this document as a reference manual; his
training manual is a gradually built notebook made up of
the student's notes, essays and sessions (which is to
say, RVIS doesn't really have its own training manual).
(1) I included the page
numbers in the table of contents, but they do not apply
in this HTML version.
The six good reasons why I decided to post this manual:
1. The claims by others to have invented something which, in fact, Ingo Swann invented. Not only did he not get credit for what is rightfully his, but his own methods were taken and renamed, with some loss of quality, and then sold to an unsuspecting public. Even history was revised to make this possible. This struck me as quite unfair, both to Mr. Swann and to those interested in Remote Viewing. I thought if the original manual were available, it would be immediately obvious that certain people claiming to have invented these methods are, in fact, not telling the truth.
2. The claims by others to be using and/or teaching the CRV methods -- or a newly named derivation of them -- when in fact the later methods presented range from "not doing justice to the original" to "deeply offensive to the original form." Most seriously overcharged the general public, who really had no way of knowing the quality (or lack thereof) of what they were learning. I thought if the original manual were available, it would be immediately obvious just what has been changed, and how, and then students working on any method of RV can decide if those changes helped, harmed, or didn't matter.
3. The strongest of all of my reasons is the continuing and truly frightening cultism associated with the remote viewing field. The nature of the methods being a secret has been the primary sponsor and excuse for this to continue. The "doctrinization" of the methods has created a belief system about them being a rigid end-to-themselves. Groups and schools have, for an inordinate amount of money usually, recruited members of the public impressed by the military history of CRV, and put them in an environment which amounts to little more than cult indoctrination and has nothing whatsoever to do with any aspect of CRV which inspired the public's potential respect. I have spent quite a bit of personal time via email, telephone and in person, counseling individuals who had personal problems as a result of these various cults or simply bad training -- some from the paranoid nature of the groups, some from psyche problems caused during a creative form of 'training' better seen as hypnotic induction to bizarre belief systems, and some simply dealing with issues that badly affected their RV abilities by putting their psychology in various cognitive dissonance situations. It is more than unfair, and more than just unethical; it ought to be illegal. The only way I have to combat this dangerous seduction of the public in the name of RV is to make the supposed secrets available to the public, who should no longer have to risk their money or their sanity simply to find out what RV methods really are.
4. To allow certain facets of remote viewing history, development and methodology understanding to become more clear, not only to RV students but to the general public. Persons familiar with the developments in scientific parapsychology, for instance, will recognize that a good deal of the CRV methodology is based on the work of French researcher Rene Warcollier from the mid-1900's; it was certainly not "invented" in the 1980's. (The CRV methods are better referred to as "compiled.") Some may also recognize that many of CRV's most valuable components, such as the communication issues, are also fairly well known to parapsychologists and well educated psychics worldwide; again, most of these things were not invented in the 1980's. Ingo Swann, being insightful and accomplished in this field, recognized the value of many different sources and combined them in his methods; this combination of sources is one of the strengths of his methods. Not everybody is aware of this though, and others who deserve credit are often overlooked in the assumption that Swann invented it all.
There are two main results of this understanding: the first being to un-guru-ize Mr. Swann, who is a brilliant and dedicated psychic, author and researcher who never asked to be made into a stone icon by the world at large for this; there are a long list of reasons to respect him without projecting things he is not responsible for upon him. Also, hopefully, to un-guru-ize other persons who may be teaching these methods, which should help with reason #3 above. The second result is the realization that, since many of the most useful aspects of CRV are known to others and have in fact been known for longer periods than CRV itself has existed, then these methods, albeit very useful, cannot claim sole expertise or sole competence when it comes to successful psi work. The supposed superiority of anybody trained in RV methods, vs. "natural psychics," is a marketing and ego myth and nothing more.
5. I feel that remote viewing--particularly what it can be used for, with what success, and the value of methods training--has been grossly misrepresented in the media. Remote Viewing itself has very pronounced limitations. To the public who knows nothing of the "technology," it sounds cosmic, and one is forced to pay large sums of money to learn the secret methods just to figure out what is actually involved -- almost invariably with no evidence whatsoever of the value of the methods prior to paying for them. (In fact, the main advertisements for RV are the notable accomplishment of a current remote viewer [Joseph W. McMoneagle] who does not even USE these methods.) I think after reading this manual people will realize that CRV / TRV / all the other RVs are, first and foremost, just somebody's way of going about being psychic. No method has even half the inferred accuracy, sureness, or cosmic clarity that various RV methods have been advertised as having. I happen to have respect for CRV, but I realize it is just one path of many.
As a side note, this manual will also make clear the humorous ostentatiousness of the presentation of these methods: "facilitate a movement exercise" means, in effect, someone told you to look some distance to the left. "Iterate the coordinates and acquire the signal line while remaining in structure" translates to something like, 'monitor says the target #, viewer tunes in and writes down his impressions on the right side of the paper.' It really is comical once you understand CRV, to hear certain individuals in the media talking about RV methodologies, making them sound so incredibly complicated and high-tech; it is a sales pitch, used to obscure, not clarify. Personally I think remote viewing can only benefit from taking this sort of mystery out of the methods.
6. The last--but a very small--reason I'm putting this manual online has to do with my own personal involvement with CRV methodologies and remote viewing. I have invested a good 60++ hours per week into RV-related work for nearly three years, mostly email communication with the public, most to support CRV and support its instructors. I have maintained the privacy of the methods, giving only "tips and tidbits." I have avoided training others because I made the commitment not to. Over the course of these years I have directed well over half a million$ in training monies to CRV instructors, directly or indirectly via my online enterprises of various kinds, as well as providing them support in other ways. So at this point, I feel I have "paid my dues." Guilt at taking potential students away from qualified CRV instructors isn't bothering me. I believe serious students will recognize the need for personal training. Everybody else, or those without the funds, probably wouldn't have bought it anyway.
As a second part to the personal section, I feel I have spent nearly three years "defending" remote viewing from charlatans, cynics, and dis/mis-information both organized and chaotic. As I am 'retiring' I am not going to be around to defend RV anymore; to provide an alternative to some of the bizarre media hype, to provide references to real viewers and scientists, etc.; so in a small way, this manual is my effort to help stop the BS that is choking the remote viewing field once and for all. Hopefully it can accomplish what I could not: getting down to earth facts to the public, without money, without cults, without nonsense.
Considering the first five reasons above, I no longer feel a sense of moral reluctance to publish the CRV manual. For the good of the world, the public, and remote viewing itself, these methods need to be put into the public domain. (I will not, however, publish the other manuals or items used by CRV instructors without their express permission.) Since I am retiring from "online RV" at this time (4 July 1998) to free up time to pursue my own RV work, I felt posting this manual would be the one last gift I could provide to the public. It may not help in the sense of methods training, but it ought to help in the sense of dealing with the five reasons listed above, and they are very good reasons for making it available.
It's long overdue.
Though I support CRV, I do not necessarily agree with all aspects of CRV, particularly the manner some are presented in this manual (this most clear in the issues related to monitoring). In my view, there is a certain lack of context, and a perspective that demonstrates its writing by a student rather than an experienced instructor. The manual may accurately represent what the authors were taught, but I am not sure it is the same thing that the instructor would have written, and over time my own perspective on "the approach" within the methods has shifted. I have learned various degrees of various people's versions of various RV methodologies, and like everybody who has given psi any real thought, have come to my own conclusions. What works for me is what I use, and CRV is a part of that, but certainly not the sole or final answer.
I initially had put footnotes in this manual, to help clarify things. But eventually I realized that in some cases I simply had to disagree with some statement, or something else that in some way seemed to detract from it. Then I decided, if I have something to say, I have my own forums for doing so; there is no reason to invade the sanctity of a historical document with my opinions. And if the manual, sans the footnotes, is totally opaque to most non-methods people and leaves them more confused than when they began -- well, that's just the way it goes. Take it up with the guy who wrote it!
The copyright of this document is attributed to Ingo Swann. Ingo however denies any credit for, participation in, or responsibility toward the document or its copyright. I called him and asked if I could post it. He said it wasn't his and he didn't care. It was written by Paul H. Smith. Paul however wrote it as a work for hire while employed by the DOD/DIA. The DIA did not classify the document, which in legal terms puts it in the public domain (the gov't cannot copyright, they can only classify; unclassified materials are public record; nobody else can then claim ownership of what began a gov't document). SRI-I might lay claim to it, as they funded Swann to develop the proprietary methods in it. But at this point, copies of the document have been disseminated publicly since 1989, which not only would invalidate any SRI/DIA copyright claim (since they have never prosecuted for copyright thus far), but in that case, they'd have to start with the main distributor, which would be Psi-Tech Corp. According to Smith, since the document was a DIA document but not classified, it has been public record (despite that the public hasn't before had open access to it) since it was written. It was written and dated 1986.
So, as far as I'm concerned, it is mine to publish if I please.
I realize that this copy will immediately be stolen off the WWW by others, stripped of all relevent notes, and published elsewhere. That is unfortunate, but there is nothing I can do about that. I considered putting it in a locked .pdf file, but felt that might limit public access to it. I have always made a point to make my projects available to the public without charge and as accessible as possible... I didn't want this to be an exception. For those of you making links to the document, please be kind enough to your visitors to link to the version on my Firedocs site, which is the most 'official' copy possible at this point. Or, at least have the courtesy to include Mr. Swann's own notes with your copy. Thanks.
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