This course is actually designed for the student who has taken at least the Basic course in Controlled Remote Viewing, but I included some introductory information that will be helpful to the person who is interested in the military system of Remote Viewing, but has no clue how to begin.
For my students (and students of other CRV instructors) there is some good information here that will take you beyond the Basics so that you can begin using ideograms in ways that can protect you, increase your accuracy with precognition, and improve your decision-making!
What is an Ideogram?
Ideograms are amazing! Back in November of 1996, I first heard the term, “Ideograms” while sitting in Lyn Buchanan’s living room. They seemed very mysterious to me then.
What are ideograms? That question could lead to a very long discussion, but since this is a mini-class, let’s limit the definition to what basic written ideograms are in the practice of a Controlled Remote Viewing session.
Ideograms are the written physical language between you and your subconscious mind. Each ideogram is a symbol for an idea, a concept, or a thing. We refer to the ideas, concepts and things that ideograms represent as gestalts.
An example of a gestalt is the idea of land. We all know what land is, right? But there are many types of land: Rocky land, marshy land, inclined land, hilly land…
What about water? Water comes in many forms: liquid, ice, steam, vapor, snow, clouds, the sweat on your brow, the wine in your glass… So when we consider the gestalt of water, we know that it is an overall concept of that which is water-like in some way.
Lyn Buchanan refers to this as the “i-ness” of something… the “water-i-ness.” The land-i-ness. When we use ideograms in the context of remote viewing, the ideograms should come through to us spontaneously, without thought, and convey that “land-i-ness” and/or “water-i-ness” is an element at the target site being viewed.
Ideograms can be created for any overall concept or idea. When I teach the Basic (Level 1) Controlled Remote Viewing Course, we begin on the first day by developing seven basic ideograms for the “i-ness” of: land, water, manmade, natural, space/air, motion/energy, and biological/organic/live. Each student develops his or her own symbols for these seven concepts.
The Purpose of Phase 1:
In the practice of CRV, ideograms give us our first glimpse of the target. In Phase 1 of the CRV process, we are not supposed to be remote viewing… yet. Phase 1 is all about ideograms! In Phase 1, we allow our hands to make a quick spontaneous scribble, immediately after we have written the target coordinates. We spend the rest of our time in Phase 1 examining that ideogram through a protocol that we refer to as the “I-A-B Process.” On that first day, learning about ideograms and then doing the very first session can take a new student 30 minutes or more. Eventually, the seasoned remote viewer often gets through Phase 1 in about 60 seconds.
So what is the purpose of Phase 1? The ideograms obtained in Phase 1 provide information about the target… and that information is very broad and gestaltic. They may tell us that there is a component of land-i-ness, water-i-ness, manmade-i-ness and something that is living or has had life (biological/organic/live) that is important at the target site. When we move into Phase 2, we will begin to describe each of those gestalts.
So Phase 1 is vitally important to the CRV process because it provides the foundation of the entire session. That foundation is what we build upon in the subsequent Phases (or Stages) of the CRV process.
The Importance of Phase 1:
Occasionally, I hear from a student who studied CRV many years ago with me or another instructor and who has fallen a bit out of practice. It happens to all of us from time to time!
For some strange reason, it is often the case that they have forgotten the structure of Stage or Phase One. The Ideogram-A-B process has been forgotten. Some have added a “C” to the process. Some have dropped ideograms altogether. That is a huge mistake.
Remember that getting the gestalts of the target site is what creates the foundation of your session. Without the gestalts, there is nothing to move to and/or describe!
If someone is not used to using ideograms to gain information about the target, he or she will be unable to “grab an ideogram” during the session when a perception appears (such as “blue”) and he/she needs to know to which gestalt the “blue” perception belongs.
Is the water blue? Is the space/air blue? Is the manmade blue? Perhaps all three are blue! But it helps to be able to write the word “blue” as though it were a coordinate and allow your pen to quickly jerk or make a squiggle. There’s the ideogram! And now you know exactly what is “blue” at the target.
Using Ideograms Throughout Your Day
Over the years, I have come to depend on ideograms to get quick information from my subconscious at any given moment throughout my day.
Before we continue, if you are new at this, or if you have not yet taken a CRV course, do not move beyond the 7 Basic Ideograms until you have learned them so well that you can do them in your sleep!
We have an Ideogram Practice tool available for you (free!) right here: http://intuitivespecialists.com/ideogram-practice/
In order to utilize ideograms for practical purposes, first you’ll need to reach beyond the first seven ideograms you learned in Basic Class:
- Biological/Organic/Live (or “bio/org”)
Think about your average day. What situations are you faced with on a regular basis?
Below are some ideas for commonly needed ideograms. As you read this list, think about how a particular gestalt might be useful to have as one of your regularly-practiced ideograms.
Ideograms Designed to Warn You:
You’re Being Taken Advantage Of
Diagnostic Ideograms for Healing Yourself and Others:
Spiritual Problem or Cord
Ideograms for Helping Yourself & Others (in the AI and SI Columns of the P4 Matrix):
The above lists are by no means complete! You can probably think of many other words with which to create ideograms.
Learning the Nuances of Your Ideograms
As I gave my ideograms a practical use beyond the day-to-day “targets in envelopes” practice, I found that my more common ideogram shapes began to appear in different configurations and with added information that was expressed through slight changes to the ideogram, itself.
Here are some of my examples. You’ll find your own examples as you begin to use ideograms in practical ways throughout your day.
Ideogram Nuance Examples:
Unknown Ideograms and What to Do When They Show Up
Every now and then, a brand new ideogram will pop in. It will be a completely new shape, one that you haven’t seen before. However, you may find that once a new ideogram shows up, it will continue to show up as long as whatever it represents continues to be part of the targets you are viewing.
One way to find out what the ideogram is trying to tell you is to simply declare the unknown ideogram as “Unknown” in the B part of the I-A-B process. That way, when you have moved into the describing part of your session (which would be in Phase or Stage 2 as well as in Phase or Stage 4) you can describe the “unknown” and eventually you should be able to tell what that unknown ideogram represents.
Every now and then, however, I have discovered that the minute I touch the ideogram, I automatically know what it means. This “instant knowing” didn’t begin to occur until I had several years of consistent practice in the use of my regular ideograms, but it has proven itself to be dependable. The ideogram is an instant connection to my subconscious mind, which is communicating to me via gestaltic ideas.
Sometimes, a student will say, “I just can’t seem to come up with any new ideogram shapes!” Then a spontaneous ideogram, like those shown above, will just pop in. When it happens to me, I always think, “Well, there’s a new shape!”
Here are two examples of new ideogram shapes that appeared within my sessions:
If you practice, you’ll find that new ideograms will begin popping in on a regular basis. When that happens, here is what I suggest you do:
- After writing the shape and feel of the ideogram in the “A” portion of the I-A-B process, before taking your “wild-assed guess” as your “B”, try touching the ideogram and see what it is communicating to you.
- If you don’t immediately get something, simply write “Unknown” as your B.
- Then, in Phase 2 (or Phase 4, depending on where you are in the session) move to the “Unknown” and describe it. If you picked up on a gestalt automatically when you wrote your “B” you will go ahead and describe it. If you wrote “Unknown”, you’ll go ahead and describe it. Either way, you end up with a description, which is the goal.
When you work with your subconscious mind on a regular basis, you’ll find that the conscious and subconscious tug of war subsides and the two minds become friends. When that happens, it is a tremendous relief! Frequent use of ideograms facilitates the enhancing of that relationship.
The Role of Ideograms in Stages/Phases 1 through 6:
So whatever you do as a remote viewer, know that ideograms play a crucial role in the remote viewing process!
- Ideograms are used in Stage/Phase 1 to determine which gestalts compose the target and to create the foundation for Stages/Phases 2 through 4.
- Ideograms can appear spontaneously in Stage/Phase 2 to establish the gestalt behind a certain perception.
- Stage/Phase 3 sketching is really all about 2-dimensional ideograms!
- The Stage/Phase 4 matrix is actually an ideogram! You can touch the columns and get information!
- In Stage/Phase 6, it is as though you have a huge toy box, and you grab a toy or a tool from that toy box to find out key information about the target. Each toy or tool you grab is… you guess it! An ideogram! When you build the target out of toy blocks or Legos or clay, you can touch the model you’ve created and get more information about the target! These are 3-dimensional ideograms!
I hope you have enjoyed this “mini-class” on Ideograms! Ideograms are a tool, and they can be very versatile! Ideograms and their uses are truly unlimited. When you are accomplished at using them daily – at work, at home, doing intuitive consultations (or readings) or even while shopping – you have an edge that most people do not have. Remember that becoming accomplished at anything requires practice. But I find practicing ideograms to be FUN, especially with our new ideogram tool.
Many thanks to Lyn Buchanan for teaching me all those many years, and for designing the original Ideogram Practice program for Windows 3.1 way back when! And thank you Stephen Ross, for taking Lyn’s program and creating a web-based version, helping me to record the cues and convert the files, etc. Stephen is a jewel who offered his talents free of charge so that we could offer this program free to all of you! Thank you, Gabe Marihugh of GloPilot.com, for working with Stephen to put the program on my website and for working with me since 2012 to take my dream of a creating a very comprehensive, informative and visually beautiful website and making it a reality. I love you all!