One classic and easy-to-do experiential remote viewing exercise is called an “outbounder,” or “beacon” experiment. Legendary remote viewing creator Ingo Swann originated the concept in 1971. At the time he was working with the American Society for Psychical Research, or ASPR, in New York City. “Why not send someone to an undisclosed location, then have the remote viewer try to perceive and describe their surroundings?” he wondered. He suggested the idea to the ASPR researchers, and they agreed to try it.
They launched the first-ever outbounder experiment on February 22, 1972. The Natural History Museum in New York as the target, and a woman name Vera Feldman acted as “beacon” or “outbounder.” Ingo was the perceiver. During the experiment he was confined to a chair in the ASPR experiment room. As the beacon proceeded randomly through the museum, Ingo reported things like “I think she’s in a room that’s round with a hallway and a flight of stairs to the south. There are large paintings on the wall.” (This was almost completely true.) And “She’s in a large room that is darkened. There are lots of animals.” That one was a direct hit.
He also reported “…a long corridor and there is a telephone booth nearby.” On her return to give feedback, Ms Feldman didn’t recall a telephone in the hall, but on a visit shortly after they discovered a phone on the wall. “That’s the room with the dinosaurs in it,” Ingo perceived just at the time the beacon was in there. The only thing he got wrong was he thought she had exited the building shortly before she actually had.
Once Ingo Swann and the SRI scientists joined forces later in 1972, this remote viewing “hide-and-seek” outbounder protocol became one of their most successful research models, generating many impressive results. And that’s where Dr. Marilyn Schlitz, this year’s Remote Viewing Conference keynote speaker comes into the picture.
No scientific discovery is complete unless it has been replicated–in other words, duplicated with similar results by other scientists. Several researchers attempted to use Ingo’s outbounder protocol, as further refined by SRI, to see if they, too, could make remote viewing work. One of these early researchers was Marilyn Schlitz. Starting shortly after the SRI program published its first papers detailing the outbounder process, she began her own work.
After a few preliminary experiments she and fellow researcher Dr. Elmar Gruber set up an outbounder they called a “transcontinental remote viewing experiment.” Dr. Schlitz, in Detroit, was the perceiver. She attempted to remote view blindly-selected locations of her co-researcher, Dr. Gruber in Rome, Italy. The results were highly significant. (The resulting paper will be reprinted in the next issue of Aperture, and she will tell us more in her talk at the conference.) The takeaway for you is that during the 2016 Remote Viewing conference you, too, along with all your fellow conference attendees will be guided to remote view the hidden location of a person on the other side of an ocean.
You can’t have a complete remote viewing conference without a full set of interactive events and workshops to capture your interest and get your remote viewing juices going. In past years we have offered a single outbounder experiment. We’ve had some impressive results, even from folks who have never before had a remote viewing success. But for the 2016 Remote Viewing Conference, we are going to do two outbounder experiments. In addition to the traditional one focused on a target in the same city as the conference, we’re also going to replicate Dr. Schlitz’s iconic experiment from the early days of remote viewing–with everyone participating.
You will be in the conference room in New Orleans. There will be a beacon on the other side of an ocean (we’re not going to tell you which one!) at an undisclosed location. A facilitator will provide you some basic guidance. At the appointed time your mission will be to perceive and describe the location and setting of the beacon. After everyone is done, you will be shown feedback of the target location so you can compare what you got during your remote viewing with reality. If it’s like previous years, we expect many to do quite well.
Sounds simple, doesn’t it! Don’t miss this rare opportunity. Sign up here!