On a Clear Day, Part 5: Remote Viewing and Missing Persons
27 Jun 2015 · by Brennan Storr · Be the first to comment!
Technical difficulties, that great modern plague which afflicts all gatherings of people involving any technology more complex than a conch shell, delayed the Saturday morning start of IRVA president Pam Coronado’s presentation just long enough for me to arrive on time. Others were drifting in around the same time, many of whom I recalled seeing at the previous night’s masquerade party and all of whom seemed to have the same opinion of an 8:30 start as I did. In keeping with the theme of my time in New Orleans, Coronado was here to talk about missing people.
Coronado came to psychic investigation in 1996 when she dreamed the location of a local missing woman; since then she’s gone on to assist law enforcement in a number of high profile missing persons, fugitive, and human trafficking cases. In her presentation “Remote Viewing and Missing Persons”, Coronado expanded on the process she has used in some of these cases.
One of Coronado’s opening points – remote viewing has limits - was also one of the most interesting for me. So often, authorities on the subject of remote viewing talk about its vast reach and scope – for example, in a talk to MUFON Los Angeles Joe McMoneagle spoke about seeing a temple on Mars in the year 1,000,000 BC – but rarely its limitations.
According to Coronado, the limitations of remote viewing are in specifics; for example, arriving at a particular location but being unable to identify the streets, town or state without a great deal of supporting information. During the Q&A period later, someone asked about reading street signs and the crowd laughed, so I took it that reading during remote viewing is not possible. A conversation I had later corrected that notion – despite what many believe, it is possible, but not common. Fascinating that even the remote viewing community has its skeptics
Coronado also said that targets in the deep woods or ocean are extraordinarily difficult to pinpoint because there’s no specific location marker to grab onto; the ocean is so difficult she routinely refuses cases where a body is lost at sea. Talk of limitations was kept short, however, as Coronado went on to say that she was working on a new system, the specifics of which she can not yet discuss, which would eventually overcome them.
Of the five different methods of remote viewing described by Nancy Jeane on Friday, Coronado identified CRV – controlled remote viewing – as her preferred method since it allows a viewer to stay in a targeting session as long as their patience and concentration allows; Coronado will typically stay in session until she can get her bearings, usually by locating something manmade.
Hearing the process through which she explores a location was fascinating, as it describes something to which I have no clear analogue. First, says Coronado, you anchor yourself to the location of the thing you’re seeking – usually a dead body – and resist your subconscious’ urge to protect you by taking you somewhere more pleasant. The subconscious, says Coronado, may also try to drift to somewhere more interesting – for example, if your target is in a large field near a barn, you may end up at the barn simply because it stands out. Once you've surmounted these problems and found your way to the target, the first order of business is describe the surface beneath you.
“You’re gonna get soil,” says Coronado. “So if it’s red clay, say red clay. It may not be everywhere and that detail could be important. So stamp your feet, feel the ground. It can be tedious, but incredibly helpful.”
Once anchored, you begin exploring the surrounding area, 50 to 100 feet at a time, depending on the situation. Apparently this even extends underwater, which can confuse remote viewers who don’t always realize where they are and confuse the sea bed for sand dunes in the desert.
Coronado joked that law enforcement like to needle her by saying, “Let me guess – it’s near a body of water” but said that locating the nearest water can be a good way to establish location. What’s important, she said, is to determine what kind of water you’re looking at – be it a river, stream, lake, and so on. From there, she said, you move on to manmade structures and finally, sketching; onscreen appeared a series of crude sketches.
“This is why I didn’t do the sketching workshop yesterday,” Coronado said with a laugh.
With sketching, you attempt to tease out the specific shapes and configurations obtained during the remote viewing session.
“The shape of a lake, for example,” said Coronado. “Can be extremely important in trying to narrow down a location.”
Pointing to a blank spot on the page, she explained that even empty space on a sketch can be useful.
“Sometimes,” she said, “you can touch pen to paper and ask for more info. Sometimes a blank space is just a question waiting to be asked.”