Current Update as of November 27, 2003
Inspired by The Edgar Cayce Institute for Intuitive Studies
Edited by HENRY REED, Ph.D.
response to The seventh sense: The secrets of remote viewing
as told by a "psychic spy"for the U.S. military
(Paraview Pocket Books)
Interest in things psychic arouses also some fear. "Opening up" to the psychic may also spell an "opening" to danger as wellówhy else seek "protection" by "surrounding" oneself with "light?" What of these metaphors? What is the danger, where does it exist, and what to do about it?
Consider The seventh sense: The secrets of remote viewing as told by a "psychic spy"for the U.S. military (Paraview Pocket Books) by Lyn Buchanan. It contains many interesting stories of the authorís use of remote viewing (RV) for military purposes, up to and including Desert Storm. Spying may be a rather unseemly use of psychic ability, but even more disturbing is that Buchanan argues that protection from spying is not possible. If he is correct, it is scary. His reasoning, however, is very intriguing.
term remote viewing is itself a metaphor, suggesting distance and
eye-balling. Certainly, sticking your eyeballs into someone elseís
mind should be something that the person should be able to detect
and defend against, in the same way that oneís immune system casts
off alien organisms. Yet Buchanan explains that RV is actually a sensitivity
to oneís own subconscious mind, which, he claims, already knows everything.
People vary in how sensitively they listen. Some will hear only your words. Others will hear also the feelings in what you say, sometimes hearing you at a deeper level than your own awareness. Is that spying into your mind or is it simply being sensitive to what you are broadcasting? Complicating matters is that even sensitive listeners tend to hear more readily those feelings that they can personally identify with and recognize. As we learned in kindergarten, "it takes one to know one."
home from work one day, Buchanan daydreams about the "honeydew"
list awaiting him and just happens to notice a passing thought about
how he is going to kill his wife. Startled, he stops his car to introspect
and recalls that dayís RV session spying on the mental state of a
potentially dangerous foreign leader, He realizes that one of the
thoughts in that foreign leaderís mind had to do with murdering his
If RV is, as Buchanan describes it, actually experiencing your own mind rather than the mind of someone else, then for Buchanan to accurately reflect the mind of the foreign leader, he had to connect with his own capacity to harbor murderous feelings. His saving grace was that the evil thought became conscious before it triggered action.
describes RV training NOT as learning to become psychic, because we
already are psychic, but instead as learning to dissolve the barrier
between the conscious and the subconscious mind, which knows everything
in some inexplicable fashion. Siding with psychoanalytic experience,
Buchanan notes that when the conscious mind no longer has any barriers
to the subconscious a powerful transformation develops in the individual.
experience with RV suggests that the spiritual challenge to opening
your psychic awareness is not whether you will do bad things with
your new "powers," but whether or not the powers will do
something bad to you. Can you can handle the totality of yourself?
He quotes someone, "If you donít learn how to control your own
mind, someone else will." But you canít control what you donít
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