Confession time again: I love to read fringe-y non-fiction. From the paranormal to the other worldly, I can’t get enough of them. Tell Me What You See: Remote Viewing Cases from the World’s Premier Psychic Spy is a book about remote viewing written by Edward Dames. RV, in this review for those who are not familiar with the abbreviation, stands for “remote reviewing”. Remote viewing is a military protocol by which a “viewer” goes into a meditative state, sends his or her consciousness “out” to a target, and then reports on what he or she perceives while there. In this book, Edward writes story after story about using this protocol and cases that he and his group worked on, for the government and, then later, as a private company.
Books by former remote viewers from the military are such a trip to read. These guys were/are on the cutting edge of consciousness exploration. But, don’t go to these books for feel good stories. I’m sure that it is because they were all trained as human weapons to root out threats to the government, but they all seem so dark and obsessed with shadows. Even when Major Dames sets out to have a “fun” RV session on the Ark of the Covenant, his viewers see mainly blood shed and despair.
The methods used in Dames’ sessions were different from others that I’ve read. David Morehouse and Lyn Buchanan (also former military RVers) described RV sessions in which separate viewers with handlers would run through coordinates, while in completely secluded rooms, and then the different sessions would be put together after the fact to try to create a complete picture. Dames, on the other hand, described group RV sessions in which he’d act as the handler, give out the coordinates, and then his viewers would sit in a group setting and say what they were seeing, as they saw it. I found this approach to be interesting, but how would you prevent one mind from influencing the others?
I liked his description of RV: “Remote viewing is about reaching beyond the five senses into the unconscious mind, to look inside and miraculously gather information stored like web pages on a cosmic computer. Even more miraculous is that we all have the innate potential to do this, a prescient sixth sense.” pg 16
The way the mainstream considers RV: “It’s part of my regular curriculum to discuss how badly the authorities treat remote viewing. There’s no reward for being right afterward, no party, no fanfare or parade down Broadway for us. No fingerprints left behind. What people can’t pigeonhole they often reject. We were dealing with a system that treats what we do like watching someone have a seizure from behind a two-way mirror- uninvolved yet shamefully fascinated.” pg 27
Which is why I was surprised when he so vehemently rejects the contributions of the natural psychics, mediums, channelers to his military unit: “Gauvin and his broomstick pals were running us into the ground… Angela’s channeling was bound to be judged useless and scrapped and then maybe she’d go back to her crystal ball. But as Gauvin had correctly pointed out, she was an official member of the unit no matter what I thought about her. I decided to let Angela stay. Who knew, by participating in an actual session maybe she’d catch on to how remote viewing really works. Maybe.” pg 120-121 Unlike mainstream folks, those types of spiritual “witches”, as Dames describes them in other parts of his book, don’t need to be convinced that there are levels of perception beyond those utilized in day to day life. If he had taken the time to look beyond their strange methods and encourage them to organize their natural talents within developed protocols, I think Dames could have found some powerful allies within the military RV program. But, that’s not how he played the game. It was as if you were either completely with Major Dames or against him. I suppose it goes back to his role as a soldier.
Dames’ comparison of RV to out-of-body experiences: “OBEs aren’t anything new. The concept has been around and practiced for thousands of years, dating back to the monks of ancient China and India. Their wizened mystics called it “astral projection,” a practice where, either awake or dreaming, certain adept individuals could cast off their earthly skin and propel their consciousness- astral body- into unknown spirit dimensions across time and space. A strikingly similar trajectory to remove viewing, only we go there mentally step by step, following a rigorous set of proven military protocols.” pg 153
And possibilities for RV in the future: “The ability to remote view is the next step in the evolution of the mind… What started out as a military tool based on the desperate need of warriors seeking to destroy their enemies in battle has now developed into an invaluable instrument in the search for enlightenment. Remote viewing is a teachable psychic-like skill anyone can learn. What is often overlooked is its potential to help us more deeply experience life.” pg 257 I would say so.
If you’re interested in more books like Tell Me What You See, you may want to look into The Seventh Sense: The Secrets of Remote Viewing as Told by a “Psychic Spy” for the U.S. Military by Lyn Buchanan or Remote Viewing: The Complete User’s Manual for Coordinate Remote Viewing by David Morehouse.
Thanks for reading!