Ingo Swann's book, Everybody's Guide to Natural ESP,
is superb introduction to the use of ESP to perceive visual imagery,
written by one of the great pioneers of remote-viewing.
Everybody's Guide to Natural ESP is a clearly written
book designed for the lay person as an introduction to the psychic
perception of predominantly visual imagery, a process often called
"remote viewing." It's a book filled with fascinating
examples of remote viewing, although Mr. Swann chooses in this book
to refer to the phenomenon more generally as simply ESP. But the
book's true importance is largely tied to the fact that it is written
by one of the few natural psychics whom the military hired to reverse
engineer the remote-viewing process itself. There is gifted insight
in this brief book, and those who are interested in learning about
some of the early thinking of the remote-viewing phenomenon would
be well-served by closely examining Swann's ideas.
In my view, the most important contribution of this book begins
in chapter 8 when Mr. Swann starts to deal in depth with what he
calls "picture drawings." This work has an historical
tie to early research by Rene Warcollier (Mind to Mind
by Rene Warcollier, 1948, New York: Creative Age Press; see also
"The Warcollier Experiments," The Journal of the American
Society for Psychical Research, December 1939, Vol. XXXII,
No. 12). Picture drawings, sometimes known as ideograms, or simply
sketches, range from crude representations of a target's "gestalts"
to detailed portraits of a target location. A target gestalt is
the essential element of a target. For example, a target that is
basically a structure on flat land would have two gestalts, one
being that of a structure and the other that of land. Crude sketches
that represent a target's gestalts are often called "ideograms."
Ideograms often follow the topology of a target, in the sense that
an ideogram of a mountain may look like an upside-down V.
Picture drawings originate from a person's deep intuitions regarding
a target. Often a person "feels" the target more than
envisioning it, but sometimes clear images do occur and a person
can sketch these. The great danger in creating picture drawings
is interference with one's imagination. Information processing associated
with the imagination can interfere horrifically with the raw perceptual
processes of ESP, and learning how to remote view is primarily a
matter of learning how to record direct psychic perceptions without
letting the imagination contaminate the perceived information. Mr.
Swann's book describes the role of the imagination in distorting
psychically perceived informatioin in a way that is very accessible
to people new to remote viewing. He offers an interesting collection
of examples, and he takes the time to explain those example without
utilizing RV jargon.
In Mr. Swann's more advanced work, he has developed the idea of
picture drawings into a system by which crude visual gestalts are
accumulated and built into more complex visual descriptions. Everybody's
Guide to Natural ESP is a good entry point for people who want
to understand Mr. Swann's basic approach to psi functioning. It
is not a "rocket science" book, but it is a coherent introduction
to psychic perception written by one of the original developers
of contemporary remote-viewing methodologies.