On a Clear Day, Part 6: Rubble
28 Jun 2015 · by Brennan Storr · Be the first to comment!
One question which occurred to me as I read John Herlosky’s “A Sorcerer’s Apprentice”, with its accounts of remote viewing from one end of the world to another (and sometimes beyond), was, “What is the practical application of all this?” In an earlier article I expressed my doubts about shelling out for RV training and a large part of that was because there didn’t seem to be to any use for the newfound skill aside from maybe peeping on strangers in the shower and becoming a remote viewing trainer.
On Saturday, thanks to Pam Coronado’s presentation, “Remote Viewing and Missing Persons” and Noreen Reiner’s “Think You’re Not a Remote Viewer? Think Again” I learned that one real world use of remote viewing is in the assistance of law enforcement. On Sunday, Angela T. Smith’s “Remote Viewing in Humanitarian Aid Work” provided another answer. A Manchester, England native who emigrated to the USA in 1981, Angela Smith has been exploring psi research since the late 1970s and was a founding member of IRVA in 1999
Smith told the story of Walter Ratterman, an electrical engineer and humanitarian aid worker with a Master’s in electrical science and engineering for renewable energy technology from Australia’s Murdoch University. Ratterman, who specialized in bringing renewable energy to the developing world, was working in Port-au-Prince, Haiti when,, that country was rocked by the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010. The 7.0 magnitude quake is estimated to have killed some 160,000 people and left scars on the Haitian way of life which remain to this day.
Unable to re-establish contact with her husband following the earthquake, Jeanne Ratterman, who had trained under famous remote viewer David Morehouse, turned to former classmate Linda Rodkey. Rodkey, a master remote viewer based out of Massachusetts, in turn contacted Morehouse for assistance and was put in touch with Don Hopkins of the Nevada Remote Viewing Group. Hopkins immediately enlisted the help of Smith, who founded the NRVG in 2002.
“Time is of the essence,” said Hopkins. “We don’t know if he’s dead or alive. We don’t know where he is. All we know the last place he was seen was the Hotel Montana.”
Prior to the earthquake, Hotel Montana was a lovely, oasis-like art deco hotel with panoramic views of Petionville and Port-au-Prince bay. After the earthquake it looked like it had caught the attention of an angry , baseball-bat wielding giant; what hadn’t been reduced to rubble was filled with it and the chances of finding anyone in such a state of destruction seemed exceedingly slim.
Before handing the assignment out to what she calls her “emergency firefighting squad” of crisis remote viewers, Smith conducted her own ERV sessions, directed by Hopkins via email.
Once in session, Smith locked on to the target and immediately became aware of what appeared to be three large bullseyes on the hotel grounds, which she attributed to analytical overlay; AO is the phenomenon by which the remote viewer’s conscious mind tries to make sense of input data instead of recording it as-is, often resulting in incorrect conclusions. Using these bullseyes as anchor points, Smith began to explore the ruined hotel and surrounding area, eventually locating Ratterman and another man at the bottom of a flight of stairs. Reporting back to Hopkins, Smith said Ratterman was pale and did not appear to be breathing.
“We try to never use the word ‘dead’,” said Smith. “But you report what you see.”
After her session, Hopkins sent her an aerial photo of the Montana Hotel site, complete with three helicopter pads styled as bullseyes. It turned our that her “analytical overlay”, wasn’t.
On February 6, 2010, the remote viewing team began exploring the ruins of the Montana. Despite it being more than two weeks since the disaster struck, Ratterman’s family held out hope for his survival; a young Haitian girl had recently been rescued from under tons of rubble, so it was not impossible Ratterman was in a similar situation, alive but trapped.
Using a combination of methods including ERV and dowinsg, the group scoured the hotel’s grounds for Ratterman, passing their data back to Hopkins, Smith and Rodkey. A majority of the viewers pointed to the courtyard, saying Ratterman was either there or close by and that information was then relayed to Knightsbridge International, a US-based NGO who was on the ground in Haiti helping with search efforts.
On February 7, 2010, the Ratterman family was informed that Walt’s body, along with that of his coworker Herb Kanski, had been recovered from the hotel’s courtyard coffee shop. Searchers believe Kanski had dragged Ratterman from the bottom of a nearby stairwell before succumbing to his own injuries.
Though they were not able to save Walt Ratterman, the remote viewing search and rescue team who helped recover his remains made an enormous impact on the Ratterman family. At the 2012 IRVA conference, Smith was approached by a woman she didn’t know who asked whether she would be speaking on the subject of Haiti.
“Why do you ask?” asked Smith.
“Because I’m Walt Ratterman’s widow,” replied the woman. “And I’ve come to thank your group personally.”