|Paul Smith, former military remote viewer and vice president of the International Remote Viewing Association (IRVA), delivering a tribute to Ingo Swann|
Many years ago, when I was just starting out my journey to explore psychic intuition, I interviewed a well known psychic. She was associated with Edgar Cayce's Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.) in Virginia Beach. I was secretly terrified of my inadequacies in the psychic realm and was concerned I wouldn't be able to understand her or that she would see through me.
We sat down over a brief lunch. She was a heavy-set woman, as many psychic women tend to be, and she had the tell-tale eyes of a psychic. Difficult for me to explain - but in the words of Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart's famous attempt to define obscenity in a 1964 case: "I know it when I see it." I knew she had psychic eyes. They were clear sparkling blue, heavy-lidded, dangerous, glittering like a snake's eyes, outlined, ancient Egyptian-style with black eye liner. They weren't quite looking at me, perhaps through me, and they lacked focus on my physical body.
She said, " Maybe someday people will come to respect our work in the psychic field. I'm betting that remote viewing is going to make that happen."
"Why do you say that?" I asked.
"I think remote viewing will gain acceptance because it is primarily done by men," she said.
I never forgot that. She was right.
Remote viewing is, by my own personal definition, a form of "Militarized Clairvoyance." It has traditionally fallen into the realm of men. It was created, largely in part by my former mentor Ingo Swann, as a method to formalize ways to mind read and access psychic information. Since the methodologies were created for the CIA, and subsequently different branches of the military and DIA. Remote viewing was used as a tool by which to train mostly military men to spy on our enemies in other countries.
The fact that remote viewing was created as a military tool was interesting. Traditionally more women have been deemed to be clairvoyant than men. Psychic abilities are generally more accepted among women than among men. By structuring clairvoyance as a new kind of military intelligence tool and reformulating its essence into a series of rigid protocols, guidelines and rules, remote viewing became more acceptable to men. Women never used their clairvoyance as a "tool" in the past. The only "application" ever promoted by women for their psychic abilities was generally in the healing realm.
And so, it was very interesting to me, as a newcomer - and guest speaker - to the International Remote Viewing Association's ("IRVA") annual conference (June 27-29, 2014) , to assess the masculine and feminine qualities of the experience. My overall sense of the organization was heavily masculine. The military influence is palpable. However, the new president of the organization, psychic detective Pamela Coronado, is a woman, and there are a growing number of women on the board of directors. There were also a fair number of women in the audience.
To me, this equalization of the sexes, is indicative of the growing acceptance of clairvoyance. It reminds me, by analogy, of my early days at Princeton University when I was accepted into the fifth class of women ever to attend the university. Life was strange for a woman because there were so few of us. To give you an idea, the first class of women was only 25 women! You had to walk a long distance to find a ladies' room, half of the eating clubs were all-male, and girls were still bussed in from neighboring colleges for dates. Today, the bathrooms are uni-sex, the eating clubs are all coed, and 49 percent of the student body is now female. The feminine component is now fully integrated and Princeton has normalized.
The IRVA presentations had an obvious "male" character to them. They focused on analysis, statistics, mathematical formulas, research study results and military games. And so when I made my presentation - which was very different from the rest - I was a bit nervous. My presentation, titled "The Myth of the Sixth Sense," contained colorful images, flowers, whimsical drawings and fun facts. I had an entire section devoted to explaining the reality of women's intuition. I secretly feared my presentation would not be respected since it was lacking in dry methodology and statistics,
I was very pleased when, at the end, many men and women (military and non-military)came up to me to personally thank me for my presentation. They said it was refreshing to have more of a woman's perspective in the field. They said my presentation helped them understand clairvoyance, the underpinning of remote viewing, from a new vantage point, and not just as a mysterious set of strict protocols.
To me, this was the highlight of my trip. I was able to inject my feminine perspective into the field created and founded by Ingo - who certainly understood the value of masculine and feminine attributes - and who managed to reformulate a type of clairvoyance that could be seen as acceptable to both men and women.