Ten Thousand Roads Remote Viewing and Dowsing Project


Remote Viewing Protocol

The combined set of rules, regulations, processes, procedures, and instructions in a laboratory experiment is often called the "protocol."

In Remote Viewing, the protocol encompasses every aspect of the experiment. The details can vary, but there are three points of RV Protocol that are always expected to be followed:

  • Planned and Aimed. The psychic session must be planned and done on purpose. If you get a "spontaneous insight" or have a dream, that is not Remote Viewing. RV is when you intend to collect information about a specific target.
  • Double-Blind. In most experiments, if the person giving the answers does not know the question, it would be called "blind" or "single-blind". Remote Viewing is required to be "double-blind". That means there are two (double) layers of "blinding". It means the psychic cannot know the target, AND, nobody else who is present with the psychic during the session (even by remote means such as webcam or phone) can know the target either. This is because even pheremones, voice-frequencies, and many other "invisible" physiological senses can transfer information below the conscious level. (See Ingo Swann's article 'Your 17 Senses.')
          If a psychic (viewer) is working alone and does not know the target, we call this "solo blind". This is not the same as "single-blind," which implies someone with the viewer did know the target (that would be out of protocol). Solo blind just means the 'double' is "not applicable," because the viewer was alone in the room from start to finish.
  • Feedback. Although you can be psychic about anything (the future, for example), in order to "validate" the data IS psychic and not just a wild guess, it has to be at least partly correct. In order to know what is correct, we need the real info to 'compare to' the session data. We call that info "feedback." For example, a target could be a building, and a photograph could be taken of the building. The instructions to the viewer might say, "Describe the focus of the photo at the time the photo was taken." The "feedback" would be the photograph. This photo would help the viewer (and any judge or scientist) evaluate how much of the viewer's information is accurate. If you are viewing offline, a target could also be a future event, or your experience of visiting a nearby location. In online viewing, most things are photos and/or text or brief video clips.

What is Remote Viewing?

The term "Remote Viewing" has one definition with two separate parts to it. The first part of the definition says it is:

The process of an individual acquiring information about a person, place, thing or event which is distant in time or space, when that information could not be accessible to the individual through any means currently known to science.

Sounds like psychic work, yes? The second part of the definition is the groundwork for the first part. Remote viewing is technically:

A certain type of psychic or "ESP" process, defined as Remote Viewing instead of ESP by the fact that it is done within an approved Remote Viewing protocol.

There are rules in RV to ensure the information one is obtaining could not be accessible to the psychic through any means but psi. These rules, taken as a set, are called "the Remote Viewing Protocol." (An RV protocol can vary from good to bad, but there are a few 'basics' they are all expected to have. See 'RV Protocol' on this page.)

'Approved' in that last definition, refers to validation by the leading scientists in the field that it is 'tight' enough to prevent anything from fraud to accidental information transfer to creep in 'disguised as' 'real psi'. If you are doing psi work within an approved RV protocol, it is certain you are using Psi (or at the least, you are the luckiest guesser on earth). The protocol followed properly ensures that if the data is accurate, it is NOT fraud, NOT subconscious physiological data transfer, NOT errors of accidental data provision.

So you might say the first part of the definition defines psychic work; the second part of the definition about the protocol, validates the psychic work as truly-psychic. The protocol exists not to 'make' something psychic, but to be sure that whatever is going on, it is not something "else".

The protocol does not affect one being psychic; it doesn't have much to do with the psychic process itself (usually). Rather, it affects the situation one is being psychic "within." (See 'RV Methods' on this page.)

Most psychics who work in an RV protocol (for slang we call these "viewers") do all kinds of psi work, including targets that may currently not have any feedback, for example. For example, the target might be the winner of a sporting event. At the time of the session, there is no feedback. You don't know if genuine 'remote viewing' has taken place until you know if something is accurate, and you won't know it's accurate until you get feedback. In general though, most "viewers" refer to their psychic process as "viewing" even when they are not officially inside every point of protocol (e.g. if they are frontloaded with 'some' info about the target) -- but most good viewers will take care to spell out these issues when talking about such work.

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TKR as a project understands that psychic work is a larger spectrum of human activity and experience than just RV.

TKR is primarily geared to Remote Viewing and Dowsing. We strongly support and recommend all viewing work be done within an appropriate RV protocol whenever possible.

However, TKR also supports psychics and various psychic interests as well. Most viewers have interest or experience in both worlds.

Remote Viewing Methods

When a person is "being psychic on purpose" -- collecting information about an unknown target -- we call this process of being psychic and communicating/recording it somehow, a "session." The "how-to" of their session (how they go about getting that information), is what we call a "psychic method."

In Remote Viewing, as slang, many viewers simply refer to their psychic method as their 'viewing'. For example, "ORV" stands for "Open Remote Viewing" (a method taught by Vance West at Trinity Science -- no relation to TKR, just an example), but it is understood that ORV itself is a 'psychic method' which is designed to be used within a remote viewing protocol (when possible) -- that is why it has 'RV' as part of its name.

Whether everybody with a _RV method name actually does use it within a decent RV protocol is another story. In terms of naming, they should, or there was no point to calling it RV at all. A method however is only one factor out of a larger 'RV Protocol' that usually has ten or more factors. See the image at the bottom of this page for a simplified overview of 'RV protocol' and where the 'psychic method' fits into that.

When geographical coordinates were used as tasking (target numbers given the viewer), that approach to RV was called 'Coordinate Remote Viewing'. When associated-targets were used as tasking (a means of 'mapping' one thing onto another via 'tasker intent'), that approach to RV was called 'Associative Remote Viewing'. These are 'tasking protocols'. The psychic method used in these is not defined (it can be anything).

When the coordinates changed to 'encrypted' numeric sequences, and then later to simple 'random' numeric or alpha-numeric sequences, and then still-later to anything that was convenient (file or database record ID numbers for example), the 'coordinate' part of the label became moot.

When a protocol was highly specific, even if it included more than just a tasking format (and might even include the psychic method itself), it usually was given a specific name of its own. For example, there is 'Ganzfeld Remote Viewing': this has several distinct points of protocol, including a degree of method, spelled out for it.

In the 1980's, Ingo Swann (and others) wanted to explore the difference between a spontaneous and/or "unstructured" personal process, for viewing, vs. something done on purpose: a compilation of existing psychic techniques, scientific discoveries, new ideas, and personal preferences, that could be put together as a structured approach to the process. Swann was at that time was the most scientifically studied and publicly in-protocol-demonstrated psychic in the world. Swann's experimental method eventually came to be called "Controlled" Remote Viewing. This was to indicate that (a) it was expected to be used within a remote viewing protocol, and (b) it was designed to assist the individual in "bringing the process under their conscious control".

(Since that time, viewer Joseph McMoneagle has surpassed both the science study quantity, and public in-protocol demonstration numbers, to become the best-validated viewer in the world. Swann and McMoneagle are considered the leaders in the field, and have both published several books. They both have websites. [Swann] [McMoneagle])

In 1995 when major publicity about RV suddenly occurred, clones and derivatives of Swann's "CRV" experimental method (sometimes identical, sometimes with slight or major differences) sprang up, sometimes with new names. This was in part so that they could be marketed as their own product which nobody else could sell; and on occasion to specify a different approach to the Art in some fashion. This split the public RV field into many 'factions', as viewers felt competitive about which expert was 'more' expert, which method was 'better', which method had 'more official lineage', etc. This created a lot of marketing competition and online "social politics."

One reason TKR came to exist, was as an attempt to bring a central social strength to the RV field that would bring everybody together, rather than having them feuding apart.

See below for a visual example of how a method "fits into" the larger Remote Viewing protocol."

Remote Viewing is first and always based on the science that coined the term "Remote Viewing" and which has continued to evolve since that time.

Whether you learned a formal method or none, the most important thing is to learn, understand and apply the RV protocol to your psychic work. This is what validates the psi as real, and helps ensure you are not deluding yourself or others by accident or design.

The RV Protocol is the only reason that "Remote Viewing" as a study and practice got respect that ordinary "psychic work" didn't. Without the protocol, it is NOT REMOTE VIEWING. You can call psychic work 'viewing' as slang, if the psychic normally does a lot of RV. That is just slang though. It is not reality.

All the other things (your interests, your method(s), etc.) are just the details.

Courtesy of PJ Gaenir's Firedocs Remote Viewing Collection