Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Learning how to see (ponderings on "Mind Trek")

Something that may be overlooked in the study of Remote Viewing--but which becomes very obvious in Joe McMoneagle's account of his early RV experiences--is that the biggest hurdle that the remote viewer faces (aside from self-doubt) is learning, again, how to "see."  The beginning remote viewer is confronted with a jumble of disconnected images that only slowly form recognizeable gestalts. The RVer is "seeing" something but is unable to comprehend the images perceived. What follows is a period of training and conditioning where the beginning RVer learns, slowly, to assemble the raw images into a self-contained whole, and then, later, learn to associate what is seen with known objects in the physical world.

We face an identical predicament as newborns and infants--the world appears as a jumble of images--and over the next several years of development, with (hopefully) positive input from adults, the newborn builds the necessary neurological infrastructure to make sense of what is seen.  That is also why it's difficult to build a robot that "sees."  The robot can process images, but it does not automatically see the world that we see--like the infant and the beginning remote viewer, it must be trained.

I know that there's a fundamental truth in all this, and I may not be smart enough to articulate it. But what I think is that there may be some truth in the notion that the world that we see as physical, absolute, and "real," is in fact a constructed reality. Our brains and physical sense organs may not only perceive reality, but also construct it. There may be some merit to the argument that our physical world is actually layered with multiple realities and timelines.

Paradoxically, I can't explain why most near-death experiencers seem to be able to immediately perceive their immediate physical environment when out-of-body and recognize it as being identical to the physical. Why don't NDErs have to "learn" all over again how to see the physical world?

Both the NDEr and the remote viewer are using what Seth labeled the "inner senses."  It may be that the remote viewer has to filter what is perceived through the physical brain. The NDEr has no such obstacle. Seth argues that we have to learn how to use our inner senses, because we've forgotten how. "Learning" is largely a function of the physical world. Perception out-of-body is direct and (as Seth would say) "undistorted."  The moment we pull extra-sensory data into the physical brain, we distort it. The process of untangling this distorted data into something that makes sense is the "learning" part of remote viewing.

Overall, I think that within the phenomenon of remote viewing lies a profound truth about the nature of our reality, and it is the fear of this truth that causes the material scientists to reject it, and all extra-sensory perception.

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