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Getting the Viewer to the Target: How Does it Really Work?

The history and mechanism of coordinates, target reference numbers, tags, etc.—and a humble suggestion for a better, more accurate term.

Paul H. Smith, Ph.D.

“All you need is an address,” said Jacques Vallée, the legendary computer scientist and UFO researcher, during a meaningful conversation with Ingo Swann, the father of Remote Viewing. This exchange took place in the mid-1970s at SRI-International, a prominent research center in California. The focus of their discussion was a crucial question in Remote Viewing: How do you get remote viewers to “go” to the correct target, so they could access, perceive, and describe it especially when they have to be blind to it (in other words can’t know what it is or anything about it when they start the session)? People discovering remote viewing for the first time aren’t the only ones asking this question. Even for many experienced remote viewers, it is sometimes a great unsolved mystery.

This introduces the concept of “tasking”—the process for getting the remote viewer to view the correct target and then perceive and objectify the information the consumer needs to solve the problem. So how does the person doing the tasking get the remote viewer “to” the target? Of course, experienced viewers know the simple answer to this question: “Someone gives me a number, and I write it down to start my remote viewing session.” However, the unanswered question is, “But how does that work?” My talk explains how tasking evolved over the past five decades, some of the key principles involved, and how they play out in a likely answer to the how-does-it-work question. And then I offer a better way to talk about it.