On Saturday, thanks to Pam Coronado's
presentation, "Remote Viewing and Missing Persons" and Noreen Reiner's "Think You're Not a Remote Viewer?
Technical difficulties, that great modern plague which afflicts all gatherings of people involving any technology more complex than a conch shell, delayed the Saturday morning start of IRVA president Pam Coronado's presentation just long enough for me to arrive on time.
Others were drifting in around the same time, many of whom I recalled seeing at the previous night's masquerade party and all of whom seemed to have the same opinion of an 8:30 start as I did.
In keeping with the theme of my time in New Orleans, Coronado
was here to talk about missing people.
came to psychic investigation in 1996 when she
dreamed the location of a local missing woman; since then she's
gone on to assist law enforcement in a number of high profile missing persons, fugitive, and human trafficking cases.
presentation "Remote Viewing and Missing Persons", Coronado
expanded on the process she
has used in some of these cases.
One of Coronado's opening points - remote viewing has limits - was also one of the most interesting for me. So often, authorities on the subject of remote viewing talk about its vast reach and scope - for example, in a talk to MUFON Los Angeles Joe McMoneagle spoke about seeing a temple on Mars in the year 1,000,000 BC - but rarely its limitations.
According to Coronado
, the limitations of remote viewing are in specifics; for example, arriving at a particular location but being unable to identify the streets, town or state without a great deal of supporting information.
During the Q&A period later, someone asked about reading street signs and the crowd laughed, so I took it that reading during remote viewing is not possible.
A conversation I had later corrected that notion - despite what many believe, it is possible, but not common.
Fascinating that even the remote viewing community has its skeptics
also said that targets in the deep woods or ocean are extraordinarily difficult to pinpoint because there's no specific location marker to grab onto; the ocean is so difficult she
routinely refuses cases where a body is lost at sea.
Talk of limitations was kept short, however, as Coronado
went on to say that she
was working on a new system, the specifics of which she
can not yet discuss, which would eventually overcome them.
Of the five different methods of remote viewing described by Nancy Jeane on Friday, Coronado
identified CRV - controlled remote viewing - as her
preferred method since it allows a viewer to stay in a targeting session as long as their patience and concentration allows; Coronado
will typically stay in session until she
can get her
bearings, usually by locating something manmade.
Hearing the process through which she
explores a location was fascinating, as it describes something to which I have no clear analogue.
First, says Coronado
, you anchor yourself to the location of the thing you're seeking - usually a dead body - and resist your subconscious' urge to protect you by taking you somewhere more pleasant.
The subconscious, says Coronado
, may also try to drift to somewhere more interesting - for example, if your target is in a large field near a barn, you may end up at the barn simply because it stands out.
Once you've surmounted these problems and found your way to the target, the first order of business is describe the surface beneath you.
"You're gonna get soil," says Coronado
joked that law enforcement like to needle her
by saying, "Let me guess - it's near a body of water" but said that locating the nearest water can be a good way to establish location.
What's important, she
said, is to determine what kind of water you're looking at - be it a river, stream, lake, and so on.
From there, she
said, you move on to manmade structures and finally, sketching; onscreen appeared a series of crude sketches.
"This is why I didn't do the sketching workshop yesterday," Coronado
said with a laugh.
With sketching, you attempt to tease out the specific shapes and configurations obtained during the remote viewing session.
"The shape of a lake, for example," said Coronado
"Can be extremely important in trying to narrow down a location."
Pointing to a blank spot on the page, she
explained that even empty space on a sketch can be useful.
said, "you can touch pen to paper and ask for more info.
Coronado, who also happens to be the association's first female president, explained that the history, people, architecture, food and traditions of New Orleans made the city a great fit for IRVA, and that it was hoped a more easterly location would allow more of their membership to attend.
Also announced was the live webcast, which, it was hoped, would open up the proceedings to IRVA members who still could not make the journey.
Addressing newcomers in the crowd, a group which obviously includes myself, Coronado
said that, "Sometimes remote viewing sneaks up on you.
It challenges you emotionally and mentally, gets ahold of your heart and changes your life from the inside out.
Coronado, a psychic detective who assists law enforcement with missing persons cases, among other things, spoke about her desire to see remote viewing become a more respected field, where viewers are trained, hired, and paid like any other professional.
"I would like to see remote viewing used more in crime work," said Coronado
"Specifically in missing persons cases, hostage recovery and human trafficking."
acknowledged that it was an uphill battle but expressed hope for remote viewing's upward progress in the ranks of acknowledged professional fields.
"It is my hope that noise from the fringe doesn't drown out good scientific research," said Coronado