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Getting Started with Remote Viewing

Remote viewing is a structured use of the natural psychic ability latent in all of us. It is intent driven, and has purpose, method, and conventions that distinguish it from other forms of psychic functioning such as uncalled-for psychic impressions, out-of-body experiences, mediumship, and astral travel.

These conventions are:

  • Information is recorded
  • the remote viewer is ‘blind’ to the target

The Coordinate or Target Reference Number

The remote viewing task is called the ‘target’, and is often identified by what is known as a ‘coordinate’ or target reference number (TRN).  The TRN is usually a random number designated by the person assigning the task. It hides the actual subject from you, but allows it to be referenced. As the viewer, you are blind to the target.

How to Remote View

Here’s some things to remember:

  • There is a vast store of documented evidence of successful remote viewing, even from first attempts. It appears that psychic abilities are latent in all of us to some extent. 
  • RV is a not an analytical process, you won’t work the answer out with logic.
  • RV is an intent driven proves.
  • Write everything down.
  • Aim to describe, not name, the target. Keep your answers to short descriptive words.
  • Use all your senses.
  • Sketch. Allowing yourself to freely sketch, with your intent focused on gaining information about the target, is another good method of accessing the target. 
  • Even the best remote viewers have off days.
  • If you want to improve: practice, practice, practice!

Procedure for Remote Viewing

A simple way to think about a procedure for remote viewing is as a question and answer dialog. Get yourself some paper and a pen, find a quiet place to sit, and follow these steps:

1.  Relax

It sounds simple, but relaxing is something many of us have forgotten how to do effectively. It is, however, the key to successful remote viewing.

With your feet on the floor, take several slow, deep breaths, and bring some calming image to mind.

The goal is to reach a state of ‘no expectation’.

2.  Prompt

In the state of ‘no expectation’ bring your awareness to the target by saying and thinking of the target coordinate. In doing so you are making a connection to the target.

The first time through the procedure, you’re looking to capture your initial impressions of the target. Later, this step is used to prompt each of your senses in turn and ask for specific information.

3.  Listen

Now move from the state of ‘no expectation’ to a state of open ‘expectation’ – you’ve asked a question (in the prompt step) and you now expect an answer.

4.  Become Aware

With your awareness tuned to your body and feelings, you may become aware of a sense, maybe a feeling, a colour, or a smell - some perception. You may sense a series of impressions all at once, for example, several colours may come to mind.

If nothing comes, don’t force it as your analytical mind will make something up, stay relaxed and open, and then move on to your next prompt.

It is important not to analyse the received perception, but to immediately write down what you sensed (step 5).

5.  Record

Objectify – get it out! Write it down, say it out loud.

Keep your responses to single words or short phrases, use short basic descriptive words, (such as ‘cold’, ‘hard’, ‘flat’, ‘red’).

Don’t analyse and don’t filter. If you might think the data doesn’t make sense, as it doesn’t fit the image you’re building of the target then you’re not recording, you’re analysing and filtering.

Repeat the Steps

The first time through this procedure at step 2, prompt yourself with the target reference number, then sense and record your initial impressions.

Now repeat the steps; get yourself into the relaxed, ‘no expectation’ state, and prompt yourself again. If nothing comes to your awareness, prompt yourself with a particular sense, e.g. ‘What can I hear?’ and move through to the listen, awareness, and record steps.

Continue looping around the steps until you have run through all your senses, and all the questions you have about the target until you feel you have described it.

Don’t forget to make at least one sketch.



Further Reading

There is a lot, lot more to remote viewing, there’s other methods, and applications, many books, and trainers, and web sites where you can find practise targets.  A great to start to dig in deeper is Jon Knowles’  http://www.mprv.net/one20.html

Remote Viewing uses the inherent psychic skills we all have. 

There are three main methods of remote viewing; Natural Remote Viewing (Remote Viewing), Controlled Remote Viewing (CRV), and Extended Remote Viewing (ERV). 


The ‘Targ/ Schwartz’ or ‘Natural’ remote viewing, is a ‘sit-down, shut up, focus your intention, and describe’ - a straight forward approach. It is flexible in that you can tailor it to what you feel works best for you, as long as your sessions are planned and recorded. For an introduction, I would suggest my own slim, practical guide to remote viewing, www.naturalremoteviewing.com on which the text above is based.

This could be described as an informal method compared to more structured Controlled Remote Viewing (CRV) primarily used in the military program. 

For more information:


Daz Smith’s Open Source CRV manual is a great introduction to CRV.