Who said that the way to spiritual freedom would be serious, dreadful, and boring stuff? 

The joy of discovery surely lies at the root of any true progress!

 And what could better describe this joy of discovery than snooping around in this Universe without the burden of having to drag around a human body?

 The talk is about Remote Viewing-- a very intriguing subject which carries considerable emotional charge on all levels of human existence. As with all major paradigms, Remote Viewing could be taken just by itself as a theme for building a Bridge to the Beyond. 

The Being, once it recognizes its existence in spheres of emanations that are different from, but yet connected to, the human experience, will naturally begin looking outward. The more its perceptions are spreading out and pervading the surrounding environment of the body it was previously chained to, the more the Being will establish its freedom from the world and its phenomena.

 Thus, gradually, the Being frees itself by gaining a larger and yet increasingly more detailed picture of the world.

 The term "viewing" could be interpreted as concentrating solely on the visual aspects of perceptions. It may come as a surprise but other perceptions are becoming very important, too, and the wording "Remote Sensing" may better capture the variety of astonishing perceptions that become available after resolving the hypnotic fixation onto one's current body.

 Furthermore, there is an established school of Remote Viewing, Far Sight at http://www.farsight.org/ , which works by the principle of "funneled info packets" with the objective to gather intelligence data-- an approach which is not addressed in PNOHTEFTU at all since it is quite limited in terms of fostering the spiritual liberation of the Being. To avoid confusion with such indirect techniques to gain information, the set of processes introduced in PNOHTEFTU will officially be called "Straightline Remote Sensing" instead of "Remote Viewing." 

Two dire warnings, though, before the fun begins:

Remote sensing was always regarded to be an ability that would be beyond the reach of the "average human." It is quite often a side effect of spiritual freedom and, as such, it can be easily confused with the latter. However, it is in no way an indication, or even a measure, of the achievement of individual, spiritual freedom.

 On the contrary, having abilities that others don't have can quickly become a considerable trap for the Being. In particular, it can lead to an increasing identification with a Being's emanations on a "higher" level than the human body. Thus, the Being can wind up stalled half-way "home," and cease striving for liberation altogether.

 This, probably, was the main reason why Gotamo Siddharto (now known as the "Buddha") sternly rejected the pursuit of any kind of supra-normal ability (Pali: "siddhi") as a goal in itself.

 Secondly, and more from a down-to-Earth viewpoint, one's ability to see things far away or tucked away in concealed places is better kept a darn good secret.

 Humans go through incredible efforts to hide things from others and from themselves. And nothing throws a human mind in a bigger loop than the uncertainty about whether someone else found out about such a hidden thing or not. 

Therefore, if someone is being suspected to be able to gain knowledge of hidden things, he or she can be certain to become the distinct focus of the compounded wrath of fellow humans who feel threatened that some of their sacred secrets may become exposed, rightfully so or not.

 Now, in the following there are some selected exercises to bring about or to increase the ability of remote sensing. The emphasis is put on breaking the fixation onto the current body and its organs. The actual outcome is of secondary importance in the context of PNOHTEFTU, the "Little Purple Notebook On How To Escape From This Universe."
Here is the first exercise, followed by its rationale:

"Imagine a mirror and see yourself-- in the mirror-- while you're doing whatever you're currently doing."

This can be done anywhere and at any time. The more places and the more different the circumstances, the better.

 The angle and the distance of the imagined (!) mirror can be varied and played with at will. As a side note, it is generally not a good idea to stare in a real mirror for too long-- it is further interiorizing an already existing fixation.

 This exercise, the "mirror trick," has too many benefits to list.

 First and foremost, it leads to a diversion from the fixation onto one's "own" body. This alone is worth doing it.

 Furthermore, it is giving an interesting and immediate feedback in daily life, fostering a variety of self-corrections in respect to personal appearance. 

It also opens the path to "multiple viewpoints": holding several views of an event in one's mind at the same time. "Multiple viewpoint processing" is one of the most powerful tools that are out there.

 Looking at a mirror "automatically" triggers the "observation mode" (Castaneda calls it the "stalking mode"). This means it prompts the person to "look" at what is there. This is in contrast to the predominant mode of operation amongst today's humans, which consists of "dreaming" and making-up what they think should be there instead of witnessing what's really there.

 The mirror is a 2D visual reflection of a multi-dimensional environment, making it easier to digest the information as a visual experience.

 Most people do not see "2 1/2 D" and even fewer see true "3D." The latter is sometimes called "holographic viewing," and exercises to bring about this truly spectacular experience will be described later.

 Thus, reducing an event to an obvious two-dimensional picture filters out additional sensations and perceptions that could be overwhelming or distractive in the initial observation process.

 Perhaps the most surprising result of engaging in remote viewing is the rediscovery of perceptions that, often, one wasn't aware that one had in the first place. Density, structure, weight, temperature, and emotional frequencies of materials are properties which suddenly, and unexpectedly, become rediscovered.

 It's an amazing world out there, really!

 In a nutshell, and quite ironically, the main obstacle to remote viewing is NOT the ability to look at a remote scenery, but the tendency of the human mind to construct a picture of what it is used to THINKING is out there WITHOUT even looking at it.

 This tendency to "dub-in" a picture instead of perceiving an ongoing event as it unfolds needs to be resolved.

 The above exercise goes a long way toward gaining certainty of accurate observation through immediate confirmation and corrective feedback. It is still bound to the immediate environment. But how can one accurately observe an event in a distance if the scenery at hand is not grasped?

 The benefits of remote sensing abilities rely on, and transfer directly into, present time. In a sense, every "viewing" is remote to begin with and "remote viewing" is just changing some of the parameters of the general setup.

 The next installment of the "Exercises in Straightline Remote Sensing" will cause one's vision to shift, probably, to the most unlikely place one could imagine...

 In the meantime, have fun with "mirror trick"-- and be ready to be surprised!