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MIND TREK: Exploring Consciousness, Time and Space through Remote Viewing, by Joseph McMoneagle, Hampton Roads, $10.95, paperback, 227 pages.
Joseph McMoneagle, a former Chief Warrant Officer with U.S. Army Intelligence and Security, was one of the first members of the U.S. military remote-viewing team (see cover story, page 18). MIND TREK is both the story of his psychic awakening and a primer on remote viewing.
Most of the book's chapters are autobiographical, describing McMoneagle's near-death experience in 1970 (which instantly demonlished his previous one-dimensional view of reality), his work with Russell Targ at Stanford Research Institute (where remote viewing was initially developed), and his experiences with consciousness researcher Robert Monroe (author of JOURNEYS OUT OF THE BODY and founder of the Monroe Institute).
Along the way, the reader is confronted both with specific accounts of remote viewing sessions, and with McMoneagle's gradually expanding views of reality. As McMoneagle experiences the boundaries of time and space giving way, he is constantly forced to move beyond fixed concepts; the reader shares this extraordinary journey and, by the middle of the book, is prepared to consider subjects and viewpoints that in other circumstances would seem bizarre or even crazy.
Like many other remote viewers, McMoneagle claims to have had occasional contacts with alien beings and other dimensions of existence and has come to see reality as far more complex and malleable than it appears when viewed solely from within the physical context. "On the other side of physical reality there is no logic because it isn't necessary for understanding," he writes. "In the nonphysical universe there is only knowing or truth...Humanity simply straddles the dividing line. There may be other creatures which do the same, so we may not be as unique as we think we are."
In a chapter titled "Another World," McMoneagle tells what happened when, in the mid-1980s, he turned his remote viewing gaze toward the mysterious pyramidal structures on Mars, which some researchers regard as evidence that the planet was formerly inhabited. "These targets were certainly not of my choosing," says McMoneagle, "because, as usual, I was being kept totally blind to what they were throughout the targeting and information collection process." His impressions of the targets suggested a civilization destroyed by some sort of cosmic catastrophe, perhaps a million years ago.
The chapters "Targeting", "How Does it Work?", "Levels of RV," and "Target Rules" contain much useful information for anyone who wants to understand the remote viewing process in detail or to learn how to remote view.
Unfortunately, MIND TREK contains virtually no discussion of the covert CIA/DIA remote viewing program. Given McMoneagle's prominent role in the program, the omission at first seems odd. The reason for it, however, is not hard to fathom: at the time of the book's publication, project Star Gate was still operational and classified, and McMoneagle apparently did not want to compromise its secrecy.
If you want to know about remote viewing--what it is, how it is done, its implications for our understanding of the human mind--this is an excellent sourcebook. McMoneagle's personal story is gripping, and his insights about consciousness are both credible and revelatory, given his extraordinary, scientifically monitored explorations of nonphysical dimensions.
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