When I began my training in remote viewing, I was so busy learning the structure I didn’t have time to worry about “missing” the target. I didn’t have expectations that I would succeed in “hitting” the target. That was a great place to be. Little did I know that I was about to embark on a journey that would take me away from that safe space and drop me right in the middle of my own personal “stuff.”
Over the years, I have been through some tough turns, which were always great learning lessons. Luckily, I eventually came back to the place where that unattached mindset was accessible to me more or less on command.
My Battle with My Ego Begins
I remember it clearly, although I don’t remember exactly when it happened. It was probably right after my first successful remote viewing session. I remember feeling like I had made it. It could only get better from here—I was going to master this skill and become a famous remote viewer.
With practice, you can train your mind to let go of anxiety. This is a skill that is required for all high-level mental functioning. It is not isolated to remote viewing—any skilled athlete or performer would also need to learn how to overcome anxiety.
I was still high from this success when I prepared for my next practice session. I was feeling extremely confident. As I gathered my paper and pen, I reviewed the structure in my mind. Then it hit—that feeling of anxiety starting with tension in my stomach and spreading from there. Doubts flooded my thoughts. What if I miss this one? What if my session is total crap? What if that last hit was a fluke? Am I just a flash in the pan? What if I freeze in the middle of the session? AOL! AOL! Calgon take me away!
A Rite of Passage
Viewer anxiety is a rite of passage for any dedicated remote viewer. I liken it to the Van Allen Belt surrounding planet Earth, through which an astronaut must pass on the way to the Moon. If you survive the journey through it, you just might be in for the long haul.
Viewer anxiety can be so dangerous and painful that some beginners will never get through it. It can send them crashing back to Earth feeling defeated and bruised.
Let’s be honest—viewer anxiety is really a fear of failure, and if you fail, it’s your ego that gets bruised. Remote viewing will slap your ego silly and kick it when it’s down. And for good reason, I might add, because the ego is full of bad habits. The ego thinks it knows what’s best and what’s right. And during a remote viewing session, that doesn’t always equate to “the target.”
I am not saying that remote viewers don’t have egos! In fact, making it through the remote viewing Van Allen Belt and hitting the Moon a few times can definitely fill your ego with rocket fuel. It can happen. But if your ego is too involved in your remote viewing sessions, it is in for the worst beating of its life! It cannot be allowed to run the show, or your sessions will suffer.
Surviving the Van Allen Belt
I’ve had my share of sessions that had little to do with the feedback photo. During my training with F.M. Bonsall, he told me to focus on perfecting the structure instead of trying to get the target. Remaining unattached to the feedback photo and the outcome of the session would relieve my anxiety. I made a habit of this, and it got me through those tough years.
F.M.’s advice helped me tremendously to understand the importance of the structure and to view the entire remote viewing session as a snapshot of my own consciousness. Instead of feeling bruised and battered, I became fascinated by what was happening in my mind and body as I put it all down on paper. This process has helped me to understand more about myself than anything else I have done in my entire life.
Overcoming Viewer Anxiety
There are many ways to deal with viewer anxiety, but first you need to observe yourself and recognize what is going on. In many cases, the simple act of observing your anxiety can make it disappear. With practice, you can train your mind to let go of anxiety. This is a skill that is required for all high-level mental functioning. It is not isolated to remote viewing—any skilled athlete or performer would also need to learn how to overcome anxiety. So don’t give up—you can train your mind to be fully aware and present during the remote viewing structure, without the mental chatter and physical discomfort caused by anxiety.
So I say to all aspiring remote viewers out there, you are not alone if you are feeling viewer anxiety. But I have good news for you: If you can recognize it and change your perception of it, you just might make it to the Moon!