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How to Remote View in 12 Steps

Understanding Controlled Remote Viewing

What is it?

Remote viewing or controlled remote viewing (CRV) is an advanced psychic skill enabling a person to mentally see objects hundreds or even thousands of miles away. It is an activity whereby a remote viewer tunes in to an object, location, or event inaccessible by normal means—regardless of time, distance, or location.

How does the process begin?

Remote viewing is implemented when an individual usually law enforcement, a corporation or private person/organization requests a remote viewer to look into a past or future event or request a visit to a location as it existed in the past or future. It is also used when someone wants to view or peek at something locked or hidden away. Once the remote viewer locates the object or event and views it he or she will report the revealed information to the individual. The  remote viewer does this by using a structured process, incorporating written information, verbal statements, or illustrated sketches.

What are remote viewers looking for?

Remote viewers are often asked to see places or objects situated in unreachable locations, which may be on the other side of the globe. They are also asked to describe events in the past, such as the outcome of Amelia Earhart’s last flight, or a look inside a sealed container or locked room.

The goal and objective

The goal of remote viewing efforts is to receive signals and messages from the subconscious mind, with the help of our senses, and then interpret and decode that data to the viewer’s conscious mind. The signals are said to travel through the viewer’s subconscious mind and then into the their consciousness, where it is deciphered into a form (verbally or materially) that can be reported clearly to others. Psychics with this ability are expected to actually view or see things without previous information or assistance. This is commonly referred to as being blind to the target.

You need not be psychic to remote view!

There is a big difference between psychic ability and remote viewing. A remote viewer is a trained skill that anyone can learn.

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Using Your Senses to Remote View

The remote viewer relies on hearing the sounds surrounding the target and experiencing the tastes, smells, and textures vital to completely seeing the location, item, or event.

Remote viewing also relies on the viewer’s interpretive skills for effective analysis and a comprehensive reporting of what he or she has seen. Once the viewer mentally interprets what he or she witnesses, he or she must convey that information to the client. It is not unusual for a remote viewer to be meticulously trained and to have a customized approach only he or she uses to conduct a complete a remote viewing transcript.

It is not uncommon for a viewer during a session to lick or sniff the air or put their pen and touch the air in an effort to connect with and obtain an essence of what they can feel at the target. This is using senses in a heightened, subconscious way. The viewer acts as if they are at the target location and receives through their senses subconsciously.

It’s Not Astral Travel

In her book Harper’s Encyclopedia of Mystical Paranormal Experience, Rosemary Ellen Guiley, an American researcher and writer on topics related to spirituality and the paranormal, described Distant Sensing as, “Seeing remote or hidden objects clairvoyantly with the inner eye or through out-of-body travel.” However, one does not need to travel out of body to learn this skill of remote viewing. Anyone can learn this skill, and simply adhering to the structured process typically leads to successful identifying of the target location.

Ingo Swann, Leading the Way

Things of the spirit are difficult to prove scientifically, but remote viewing remains a valid practice by those who have witnessed its results. Ingo Swann, an extraordinary psychic, artist, and author has been credited as the creator of the process of remote viewing. He is widely known for his work in paranormal research for the military venture known as the Star Gate Project. Swann refers to himself as a “consciousness researcher,” who experiences “altered states of consciousness.”

Swann developed while working at the Stanford Research Institute in the early 1970s working in tandem with American physicists Russell Targ and Hal Puthoff. Swann’s experiments with remote viewing caught the attention of the CIA. In The Reality of ESP: A Physicist’s Proof of Psychic Abilities, Targ presents it was Swann who coined the term remote viewing and who also taught the army how to remote view.

Mental Noise Be Gone: Analytical Overlay

Remote viewing, like all psychic abilities and modalities, requires one to limit any mental noise (analytical overlay) from interfering with the execution of the psychic skill. This requirement is of utmost importance to the remote viewer. It is critical because mind chatter (thoughts regarding worldly concerns) that seeps into the viewer’s consciousness will prevent correct and authentic information from being recovered. The process of remote viewing involves training would-be viewers to deal with and control the pollution and illegitimate imaginations often experienced in any intuitive process. It is one’s inability to control mind noise that prevents a clear, undamaged extraction of information.

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How Remote Viewing Is Used

  • Locating missing people or objects
  • Look into your own past or future
  • Law enforcement cases
  • In mining, locating things like minerals, water, etc.
  • Accessing information about a person, place, or thing
  • Seeing and recording an event in the past, present, or future
  • Viewing inside inaccessible objects, like safes and locked rooms
  • Visiting locations in the past

Steps to Remote Viewing

  1. You’ll Want a Monitor:  Your remote viewing assistant, often called a Monitor, in a remote viewing session will be necessary. Find a trusted friend to support you! The most important aspect about your Monitor is that they have a clear intention for your successful viewing of the target.
  2. Create a Target Pool: Your Monitor should choose five interesting images, preferably each unique, as this will  make it easier to assess and evaluate the often partial results produced by a beginning remote viewers session. The Monitor may select a real world image of a person, place, object, structure or event. The images should be simplistic in nature and engaging to the viewer to the extent it piques their interest and/or grabs their attention on a subconscious level. Be mindful of selecting an image that is not offensive or disturbing to the viewer.
  3. Seal Images in an Envelope: Your Monitor should seal each image in an envelope and place a random number on each envelope. You can use a random number generator for this. This random number is called your coordinate. This coordinate is the key to accessing the target with your subconscious mind. Naturally, you should have no information about these targets your Monitor selected and put in the envelopes.
  4. Your Cool Down: This is the time to quiet your mind. Make an agreement with your left brain that you’ll come back to all the to-dos of the day after you are complete. Ask all thought, mind chatter, concerns, distractions and even the ego’s need to get the target exactly right to leave now. Be mindful that the most successful remote viewers have this skill of quieting their mind perfected. Above all else, achieve this space of equanimity and a clutter free mind.
  5. Begin Your Session: Choose any one of the envelopes from the target pool. Have a small stack of blank white paper and a black ball point pen on hand. You’ll want to be sitting at a desk or table in a quiet, well lit space. In the upper right corner of your paper, write your name, the date and time. Next say out loud and while you write it down, the coordinate/target number of the envelope you selected. Saying this out loud is called objectifying data. Think of this as enhancing your connection to the target location as it serves to embed your intention even deeper to connect to the target.
  6. Relax and Perceive: Using your senses of sight, sound, taste, touch and smell, perceive the impressions that come to you. At first, these small bits of perception might feel fragmented or make no sense. Not to worry. Continue to describe these impressions you have of the first target site, event or person. Do you notice subtle smell or taste. Is there a sense it is a structure? Is there water here? What sounds do you hear? Chirping? Wind blowing? Set you pen down and touch the air out in front of you. Do you feel something smooth? Furry? Warm? Rough? Is it cold or hot? If you look up, what do you see? If you gaze below your feet do you feel or see? You might perceive sizes, shapes and patterns. These are called dimensionals. Do you notice an emotional reaction to the target? Yes, the target can inspire emotions like joy or excitement within you. If you feel this, be sure to write this and all descriptors down. Write any and all that comes. Don’t judge it or second guess it. Just purge all impressions. It is safe to do so. Remember the target will rarely be with you think. Thinking is mind work, from the brain. It is all also fraught with ego. Rather, the target will be what naturally and with ease presents itself to you.
  7. Sketch the Target: Draw what comes to you. Don’t be concerned with what your sketch looks like. This is not an art contest. Your sketch might seem meaningless or even silly as you first make them. Upon feedback, you’ll be pleasantly surprised that your sketches are a rather accurate rendition of the target.
  8. Movement Techniques: Let’s gain a bird’s eye view of the target. Ask your subconscious self to travel or float 100 feet over the target locations. What do you see from here? Does anything stand out or surprise you about the target? Write this down. You may choose to float even higher to gain more impressions from each new, higher perspective.
  9. End the Session: As you feel complete with your session, say “End” out loud while you also write the word down just like you did with the coordinate. Next, jot down the time. Your session is complete. One way to know you are complete is that impressions no longer flow to you effortlessly and you have a sense you are searching or looking for more.
  10. Summary: Write a brief summary of what you perceived.
  11. Feedback: Pull the image from the envelope and see how you did. Take your time to really look at the sketched, dimensionals, colors and sensory information you perceived and compare it to your notes. You may be delightfully surprised at the outcome. Make note of all things that were correct.
  12. Stay Consistent & Repeat: The main point of remote viewing is to learn about yourself, not just to be accurate. Remember that remote viewing is an ability you may cultivate. Repeat the process above for the remaining targets in the envelope.

Be mindful of letting go of being right! The need to be right is pure ego. Most important, have fun! This unconscious data is coming from your mind and autonomic nervous system. Remember that your unconscious is ever present and aware of all that is, all the ever was, and all that ever will be. Your subconscious knows what is that target location and it merely need now link with the target location. Trust your subconscious has got this and let the process happen. It is a subtle process that has a life force all its own. It does not need the help of your ego. It need only your subconscious self set it free. Even the best remote viewers may not connect with the target from time to time. So, if you didn’t connect with anything in the photo it’s normal and is okay. Move to your next envelope and coordinate. The most important aspect of remote viewing is self-actualization – to learn about yourself. It is not solely about being accurate. Remote viewing is an ability you cultivate and grows stronger over time with your intention, practice and consistency.


I Want to Learn More!

In my psychic development book, Take the Leap: What It Really Means to Be Psychic, I give you an overview of remote viewing, along with fun exercises. Go check it out! You might also try my Beginning Controlled Remote Viewing Course!

What’s Next?

I hope you enjoyed this article on the very popular topic of remote viewing. If you’re looking for more spiritual development information like this or other divinations like numerology, sound therapy, the pendulum, runes and much more, check out The Intuitive Hour: Awaken Your Inner Voice podcast, along with my over 183 episodes covering a wide variety of intuitive development topics.

This article is based on an episode at the Intuitive Hour: Awaken Your Inner Voice, one of the Top 8 Podcasts of 2022 To Improve Your Interpersonal Skills right alongside some of the podcast greats: Anthony Robbins, Jay Shetty, Brendon Burchard and featured as 45 Best Psychic Podcasts.

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  • Lawrence Kariuki says:

    Thanks for the good enlightening article. Keep up!

  • Sean Kirby says:

    Hi Michelle,
    Just learning to do this. I have a question: In #6 of how to do RV, you mentioned looking up or below your feet, and what you percieved. Are our eyes supposed to be open or closed? Because, all I see is what I normally see… the ceiling and the floor. Am I supposed to see something other than where I am?

  • Sean Kirby says:

    One more question Michelle,
    My place where I live is never quiet. Should I go to a park or where headphones at home?
    Can I listen to soft instrumental or new age music while doing these exercises?

  • Bongani Jaceni says:

    It’s great to know that we can access our subconscious mind.
    I used to think this is only done by people who are specially gifted.
    I had the same question as Sean Kirby but you have covered that.
    Thanks Michelle!

  • akila udara says:

    I have a queation. During this session should I close my eyes and see from the minds eye or open my eyes and see from minds eye? Open eyes are disturbing. Please let me the answer

  • DR says:


    I can connect with the emotions of a person at the time of a photograph taken, very easily. I was wondering if there was a simple yet effective technique to connect to the emotions of the person in the present moment,
    rather than at time of photograph. Would it be a command or statement of sort to myself to be able to connect to the person in the present? I don’t have monitor to work with.

    Thanks for a great website.

  • Alli Boissey says:

    I have a friend who’s husband is missing. They have 3 young children and there has been minimal help to find him. Is there a remote viewer I can contact to help her? Any help at all is appreciated for her and her family.
    Thank you,

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