I’ve been reading “Blink” by Malcolm Gladwell, and I am mesmerized by it. If you’ve never read it, it is a must-read, truly.
Malcolm talks about how normal human beings can essentially “read minds” by simply interpreting facial expressions accurately.
The key word here is “accurately”. How often do we misunderstand someone’s facial expression?
More often than not, we do correctly interpret meaning from a facial expression. Hundreds – perhaps even thousands – of times per day! It is something that most of us (excluding those with certain forms of autism or a condition known as prosopagnosia) do without even realizing we are doing it.
We use one part of our brains – a very sophisticated part called the fusiform gyrus -- to interpret faces, and a totally different and less powerful part of our brains called the inferior temporal gyrus to look at objects.
As Malcolm says, “The difference in the sophistication of those two regions explains why you can recognize Sally from the eighth grade forty years later, but have trouble picking out your bag on the airport luggage carousel.”
Your Face Tells the Story
As I read through the book, I was fascinated to learn that the muscles of the face not only manifest our emotions involuntarily – meaning that we cannot control them – but that the autonomic nervous system reacts when we purposely create facial expressions.
Researchers came up with over 5,000 combinations of facial muscular movements. During the research, they were shocked when they experienced emotions caused by their re-creating and practicing a certain facial expression, such as anger, all day long.
Smile: It’s a Two-Way Street
In other words, emotions create facial expressions and facial expressions can create emotions. It is a two-way street!
Malcolm says, “We think of the face as the residue of emotion. What this research showed, though, is that the process works in the opposite direction as well. Emotion can also start on the face.”
I had always heard that if you are feeling depressed and you force yourself to smile – really smile, enough to make the corners of your eyes crinkle and your forehead to contract – it will lighten your mood. To be honest, I never believed it. But now I do!
Muscles, Nerves and Emotions are All Connected
In one study, volunteers were hooked up to monitors measuring heart rate and body temperature, which are the physiological signals of emotions such as anger, fear and sadness. They were then separated into two groups.
One group was asked to think of an experience that was extremely stressful. The other half was shown how to move their facial muscles in a way that manifests anger, sadness, fear or other stressful emotions.
In other words, one group was mentally reliving some horrible stressful experience and the other group didn’t have to think of anything in particular, but just allowed their faces to mimic looking stressed out.
Guess what? The group that was just mimicking facial expressions experienced the same increase in heart rate and body temperature as the first group!
The Mechanics of Intuition
The reason I am so fascinated by Blink is that Malcolm Gladwell seems to be taking apart and examining the mechanics of intuition, in a way. The book digs deep, relating fascinating instances of instinctual reactions that defy explanation.
For example, Gladwell tells a story about how the J. Paul Getty museum in California wanted to purchase a valuable, ancient marble statue dating from the 6th century BC. (The book goes into a lot of detail in relating this story, so for the sake of brevity, I am going to summarize it here.)
Scientists and legal scholars examined the statue and accompanying documents and found quite a bit of evidence indicating that the statue was genuine.
However, when it was proudly shown to several scholars and experts, they universally experienced something instantaneous that made them think the statue was a fake.
The experiences indicating it was a fake were subconscious cues that came up unexpectedly.
One man heard the word “fresh” in his mind, and realized his mind was telling him the statue was in too good of condition to be from the 6th century BC.
Several people felt a sudden rush of revulsion or nausea when they looked at it.
The Body is the Link… Again!
Remember how often we say, “The body is the link between the conscious and subconscious mind”? This is a great example of that!
By having a physical reaction to the statue (revulsion, nausea) the body of the experts told them something was wrong with the statue.
Due to the negative reaction of so many respected people, Getty museum officials looked deeper and did more research into the statue and its background. And it turned out that the gut instincts of those who reacted physically to the statue were accurate, while the evidence found by the scientists was wrong. The statue was indeed a fake!
What does this have to do with Remote Viewing? Well, let’s look at that…
CRV and Reading Minds
It is the rare viewer who can view people accurately – not only describing someone physically (gender, age, height, weight, race, eye color, hair color, etc.) but who can also describe a person’s attitudes, beliefs, moods, personality and more.
During the Intermediate CRV course, the student viewer learns how to gain information about a target person’s thoughts and reactions. This is accomplished by physically creating (on paper) and then probing (with a pen or finger) a column for information. We refer to this written column as the “Site Impact” (SI) or “Emotional Impact” (EI) column.
In essence, we have created a sort of “mind-reading tool” by forming a physical column on a piece of paper and then touching that column with the intention of connecting to someone at the target. Let me give you an example of what I mean…
A Case of Kidnapping
Many years ago, I was privileged to be a viewer working on a kidnapping case. This was the sort of project that requires multiple sessions carried out over a period of weeks or even months.
Many of you know that the more often a viewer visits the same target, the easier it becomes to view. We build what we call a “memory path” to the target. Think of it this way: If I take a machete and begin hacking my way through a dense jungle, it is hard for me, because I am the first one to attempt to create a trail. The next person who follows me will have an easier time of it. The one who follows him will have an even EASIER time, and so on.
So the more people that view a target, the easier it will be to view. And when I am the person hacking through that same pathway over and over, I make it easier for myself - over time.
Keeping this in mind, I worked on this case day after day. Eventually, the target became almost instantaneous for me to connect to the kidnapped victim.
One evening while in session, I found myself in a brightly lit corridor with locked doors going down the hallway on both sides of me. I sensed that I was underground, and realized that these doors were cells, and that there were prisoners in the cells. It was a shock to realize that the victim I was supposed to help was not the only kidnapping victim in this location.
A guard sat in the hallway. Using the Site Impact column mentioned above, I connected mentally with the guard. Surprisingly, I found him to be quite sincere and kind. He was a family man, with a wife and children he loved. How could he be a kidnapper, I wondered?
The SI column allows the viewer to connect on a deep subconscious level with another human being. And by connecting with this guard, I discovered who was responsible for the kidnapping.
In a moment of Extended Remote Viewing (ERV), I heard the guard say the name of the group who had kidnapped the target person. It was a long, drawn-out name in a foreign language (because the kidnapping happened in a foreign country) – a name that reminded me of the Symbionese Liberation Army that kidnapped Patty Hearst in 1974. Although I am usually hesitant to include a lot of names and nouns in my session reports, this time it felt imperative that I do so.
After reading my report, the investigators told me that they were unfamiliar with that particular terrorist group, but then discovered that a group by that name did exist in the area where the kidnapping had taken place.
Incredibly, the name of the organization that I ‘heard’ the guard say during my session turned out to be accurate.
Instantly, I understood the philosophy of the kidnappers. I understood their motives. I had melded with them to the point that – momentarily – I felt as though we may be on the wrong side of the issueI
I turned to my monitor - Jim - and said in alarm, “Jim! I think we may be on the wrong side of this thing!”
Thankfully, Jim looked at me and said, “Does someone need to detox?”
We stopped and did an in-session detox right then and there. It is so important to be self-aware and to know when you should stop everything and do a detox.
There is much more to this story than I can relate here – so I will shorten this to say that the information gained from connecting with the consciousness of this one guard was invaluable to the investigation.
Can Remote Viewers Read Minds?
We now know that in the physical, humans can ‘read’ other humans through gestures and facial expressions. The studies related by Malcolm Gladwell in Blink thoroughly explain the mechanics of this process.
Human beings can be so amazing – and I suspect that we haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of what we are truly capable of!
But what happens when we cannot physically see the person? When we are in session, we don’t have anything to go by! There are no tangible clues in front of us to guide us.
How is it that some remote viewers are able to literally connect with and describe the consciousness of another human being?
Some people may question and doubt whether remote viewers can, in fact, read minds. But I have had enough experience, both as a viewer myself and from instructing close to 1,000 students, that there is no doubt whatsoever.
Explore the Mystery…
I just wish I could understand the mechanics of how it works and why it works.
Remote viewing is a misnomer, because it is so limited. We viewers don’t just view. We sense, in a very broad way – seeing, feeling, smelling, hearing, tasting…
Remote viewing encompasses the vast range of human perceptions. There are those nuances that cannot be comprehended even by the most intelligent minds on the planet. We can discern dimensional aspects of objects, the motives behind an action, the causes of an event…
Like electricity, we know it works, we even know how to use it – but we don’t truly understand it.
How does your hand catch something that is falling off the table before your conscious mind has even registered that it is falling?
It happens because your body is so well-connected to your super-smart, super-fast, all-knowing subconscious mind!
Would You Like to Be a Mind Reader? Here’s How:
Not all remote viewers are naturally adept at viewing people. In fact, it is a small percentage that become really good at it. Whatever we learn to do well in our day-to-day lives transfers and adds to our remote viewing skill.
Here are some pointers you can start practicing right away that will actually help you be better at remote viewing people:
1. Begin by observing people.
2. Look at facial expressions when you are on
a. the subway,
b. the train,
c. the bus,
d. stopped in traffic,
e. sitting at the park,
f. in a grocery store, etc.
3. Really notice them.
4. When you are watching a live broadcast of someone
a. a politician or
b. a celebrity interview, for example
5. notice the muscular movements of their faces.
a. What do they tell you?
6. At a social gathering, as you chat with someone, look deeper and really notice what they aren’t saying.
Have Greater Enjoyment in Your Life through Practical Remote Viewing
Practicing these tips will also help you to have greater understanding and compassion for others.
How often do we not hear what someone is saying?
We filter everything through the lens of our previous experiences, trauma, heartache, suspicions, attitudes, and learned thought processes.
Sometimes, we are so filled with our own thoughts, we can’t hear anything else.
That leads to arguments, confusion, and misunderstandings.
My goal as your instructor is to give you a better quality of life. Life is meant to be enjoyed! And our presence in this reality is all about learning to love .
So, may this class – and your study of Practical Remote Viewing – help you to find greater happiness and more fulfilling relationships!