Remote Viewing And Consciousness

by Scott Morrice on 01/28/2012

Remote viewing and consciousness are the subjects of a fascinating book that I just finished reading. The book is  Limitless Mind by Russell Targ and Jean Houston.

Now I know that at first blush this topic sounds like something out of fairyland, but stay with me.

A quick side-note, for credibility purposes. Russell Targ is a well known physicist and author. He was a pioneer in the development of the laser, and a cofounder of Stanford Research Institute’s investigation into psychic abilities. His scientific work on remote viewing have been published worldwide.

Next, a definition. Remote viewing is the ability of people to receive information—about a place, an object, a person—that is not available through any normal sensory mechanism. It is really just a process in which you can “inflow” information from anywhere in the world. There appears to be an abundance of rigorous scientific research that shows that you can focus attention at a specific location anywhere in the world and often describe what is there. Targ refers to this as “nonlocal awareness”. Remote viewing and consciousness are cousins in the same family, as it were.

We’ve run across this term “nonlocal” before in two of my previous posts, A Consciousness Definition and The Universal Energy Field. It is a term that has its home in quantum physics theory. According to this particular principle, any quanta that has had a prior relationship with another quanta, such as two electrons orbiting the same nucleus, will always be instantly affected by the behavior of the other, no matter where it is located, despite there being no exchange of force or energy between the two. It is suggested that these quanta are forever locked into a relationship with each other, and can no longer be considered separate. Therefore it is postulated that the universe, at its most basic, should be viewed as a web of interdependent relationships, and is indivisible.

Targ is of the view that remote viewing is an example of this kind of nonlocal activity, an instantaneous spanning of time and space. In fact, he argues, and he is far from being alone in this respect, that space and time are just a function, or a part, of our human perception, and are not actual attributes of our physical world. In support he refers to the The Undivided Universe, a book by physicist David Bohm. Bohm, as I have already discussed in my A Consciousness Definition post, is of the belief that the whole universe is in someway enfolded in everything, and that each thing is enfolded in the whole. He is saying that each region of space-time contains information about every other point in space-time. In that way everything exists at the same place and time. At this level there is no past, present or future, everything exists at the same time, and in the same place.

And Targ believes that the information at this level is readily available to our consciousness.

It is his view that our ability to access information that is unavailable to our normal perception is because at some level, at some other level of reality that we can’t access with our normal perception but is there nevertheless, there is no separation between the viewer and the information the viewer is seeking. And there is no transmission of energy involved in accessing this nonlocal space, its simply there, existing as a fundamental nature of space and time. He also believes, and he is supported in this by the evidence of hundreds of remote viewing trials, that this information can be accessed by the consciousness of ordinary people, at will, using intentionality—which, as I wrote in my Understanding Intention Part 1 post, is a goal orientated process.

So enough about what remote viewing is for now. In my next post I will try to take this to the next level and discuss some of its apparent features, and characteristics, and what we do know about it.

I’ll keep you posted.

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