Target Pools and Sources of Targets
September 2003. Written for the IRVA Newsletter at the request of Paul H. Smith. Posted on Firedocs with permission, October 2004.
The important physical factor in target pools is keeping targets indistinguishable from one another. No ‘subconscious’ clues should tip off viewers about envelope contents.
For digital photos or my own taskings (such as map points, addresses, etc.), I print or write it fairly small, about 8 to a page. I put each facing an index card, inside a small “security” envelope. This doesn’t cost much and materials can be re-used.
For multiple sessions on the same target, after feedback, write your session ID or date on the index card for reference, and put that envelope back in your pool (this works great for dowsing pools also). For non-digital pictures or photocopies, maps etc., you will need to find an envelope size/ type that will hold all your pool items.
One way to handle differing target packaging is to do target selection after the session. Create your pools, select 6 envelopes total from them, and number 1-6. Task yourself on the target selected for feedback for this session. Do your session, then roll a die, and that envelope becomes “the target.” (Don’t think of the six as ‘targets’—think of them as ‘envelopes’—only the selected envelope is the target.) Don’t violate protocol: don’t look at the others. Put them back in their pools and mix.
It won’t take you long to discover these ‘precog’ sessions can be just as good as pre-selected-target sessions, and that will also help your psychology learn to deal with some of the “time” assumptions that plague viewers, so it’s a good practice.
Keeping the physical size of the ‘targets’ small when you can will make it easier to mix up envelopes in a box or bag. It saves printer toner (and $) when printing feedback photos. It also makes it easy to put a target(s) in a purse, book or coat pocket so you’ve always got ‘some RV to do’ if you find yourself waiting somewhere!
Now, on to sources of targets when making your own pool:
Real locations with in-person feedback are great for learning. These will require some form of transportation, and it helps if you have a camera.
- Get a telephone book of a nearby city. Flip through randomly and get addresses. You can use the yellow pages or the telephone book for your own city as well, if you wish. You will know something about the targets in that case, but that’s not to be fully avoided, as you do want as wide a variety of targets as possible. Do try and get at least a few targets you know nothing about into your pool, one way or another.
Write the address as your tasking, such as, “17 Maple St SW, Shytown”. The target is ‘the location at the time you visit for feedback’. (In “practice” RV, unless otherwise tasked, the target is “what is most important or most relevant to the focus of the feedback.” This is the same whether the feedback is words, a picture, or limited only to knowledge of the tasking intention.)
- Get a city street map(s). Write numbers all over the map, and write the mapname and a number as your tasking. This may be less precise as far as a location within 30 feet goes, but this method has the advantage of being likely to find any imaginable thing in a city, not just buildings—it offers more variety.
If possible, take a picture while you’re at your target location, to keep with your session. You might want to set the ‘timing’ of your target-focus to a brief period, and leave after that span of time. If you stand around your target location all day, it’s going to be too ‘inclusive’ of information to be appropriate for “practice with specific feedback”.
- Read newspapers and magazines, and cut out articles you find interesting, or which have specific detail. You can usually photocopy these at your local library if you can’t afford to purchase them. This can include pictures or writing or both. This feedback may sometimes be more ‘conceptual’ than ‘visual’, but this variety is good. You might want to consider avoiding articles (a) that are not about something factual/known, as otherwise you haven’t much feedback, and (b) which are in the ‘trauma’ category. You’ll have enough work changing your psychology for RV without giving yourself something to fear from your early practice sessions. You can also task newspaper headlines for any given date and well known paper; your local library will usually have digital or microfiche archives of your local newspaper for reference.
- Visit a travel agency(s) and ask them for “outdated” travel booklets they don’t want—they usually have several they’d just throw away, so may will give them free if you ask nicely. These are photographs of many things—from rural scenery to famous buildings, unique structures, ‘gestalt’ pictures of shorelines or rock formations, even social events a region is known for. Along these same lines, “factual” magazines such as National Geographic, and ‘specialty’ magazine issues (like 100 Events That Changed The World or The Greatest Nature Photographs) are also a terrific source of targets—in photo or article form.
- If you are uncomfortable using internet target databases, there are websites you can simply visit, with lots of great images to print or save for a self-made pool. Nearly every state in the USA has an archive of historical photos (most in black & white or sepia, but fabulous targets, as they so greatly expand the ‘time’ and ‘concept’ base of your pool). FEMA, FDA, USDA, NASA—you name it, nearly every alphabet soup group has a ‘photo gallery’ online. Pulitzer.org has photos of real-world events (though they do lean toward the dramatic), and links to articles. Yahoo.com news has a ‘photo’ section, pictures with info on events, places, people, animals, situations, science, politics, sports and more, both local and international. You can also do a web search to put a photo of everything you can imagine in your practice pool. The only problem with getting targets from the web is that collecting them can become so interesting it ends up a full time occupation! The internet is a nearly infinite source of great targets, even without RV target pools.
- Family photo albums (and not just your own) are great for photos of places visited or lived, people or animals known and loved, and events worth remembering.
- Your local library’s reference encyclopedias offer yet more target variety. Many people choose to do occasional sessions at the library. It is quiet, you can sit at a table or on a couch and write comfortably, and you are seldom interrupted.
- If you have a digital camera, start driving at one end of a city… and when you see any building or location you find interesting or unique (or, different than other targets in your pool), stop and take a picture. Be careful doing this on houses lest people think you are ‘casing’ them!—but you can get a good photo library of targets you ‘own’ (and so can publish with no copyright restrictions) in this manner.
- Office Depot and other large computer and office stores usually carry CDs of “royalty free” photographs. For about $20-30 you can get several hundred to several thousand pictures on a disc. Many of these will not be good targets—you want something fairly distinctive and set-apart if possible, so pictures that seem like “graphic creations or composites” you would not wish to use. (Most magazine ads are in this category, and I don’t recommend them as RV targets.) Still, there will be plenty on such a disc that will be usable.
- Don’t forget the number of unique elements to be found at any ‘special event’, or the interest in any ‘special item’. Take snapshots of precious belongings you or others own, rides at your local carnival, local parades, circus acts that visit your town, animals at the nearest zoo, etc.
I want to mention that the mental definition of your targets is very important. Many people using practice pools tend to think of all the targets as “part of the pool”. When you sit down for a session, go over in your mind that this is one target, it is a very specific thing, and it is the only thing you are focusing on. It is not ‘part of the pool’—it stands alone. There are a variety of efforts viewers use to emphasize the separate-ness of pool-sourced targets. These are mental techniques, although sometimes the placement or grouping of envelopes is used to reinforce such ideas. It is not so much the envelope which is important of course; it is your intent.
Keeping your self-tasking clear and your feedback clean helps. This is always the case, but moreso with precog tasking from your own pool. If you are doing a session in the car while your spouse is shopping, and your self-tasking is “the target I’ll choose when I get home and select one for feedback”, be sure that you do go home and you do select a target for feedback when you get there. Assign a date/time to your feedback if you can, such as, “The target is the focus of the feedback I will generate for myself tonight at approximately 9:00 pm.” Anything you can do to make a target specific and distinct in your mind is good.
I strongly recommend you get a copy of Joseph McMoneagle’s book Remote Viewing Secrets: A Handbook. He goes into detail about everything important to doing remote viewing properly, including selecting targets, tasking and feedback issues. This is one of those books that the more you learn about RV, the more you appreciate the importance of some of what he says.
If you enjoy the idea of RV as part of your life, and want to task yourself, remember that psi also exists outside formal sessions and target pools. In daily life, see if you can get a ‘gut feeling’ for where you’ll find a parking space, what will be to the right of your vehicle, what area of a shelf a product will be found on, where the tiger will be in his cage when you arrive there (and in what position—if you see it at all), what colors someone you’re going to meet will be wearing, whether or not someone you don’t see often will be at a gathering you’re attending, what the local newspaper’s front headline will be this coming Friday, whether it’s going to rain on your birthday, etc.
The only limits are your imagination!
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