Origins of the Ft. Meade RV Program
The Approval, continued
“How much are we talking about?” he asked as I walked out from behind the podium to hand him the SED remote-viewing action plan, cloaked as a budget request.
“Just a couple of thousand to cover travel expenses until the end of the fiscal year,” I said casually.
Having handed him the budget request I returned to the podium, turned and began to speak, “If we…” and he cut me off mid-sentence. “Here’s your approval, Lieutenant,” he said while handing the budget request to Keenan. The general had apparently signed it while I was returning to the podium. Looking at Keenan he asked, “What’s next Major?” Keenan looked up at me and gruffly ordered, “Atwater, tell Captain Cole out in the hall he’s next with his briefing on personnel-security issues.”
“Yes, Sir,” I replied and without another word picked up my documents and, as I headed out of the conference room, Keenan passed me the remote viewing action plan that the general had signed.
As I left the conference room I could see Captain Cole waiting patiently in the hall. I smiled at him and told him that Major Keenan said he was up next. After Cole went into the conference room, everyone else waiting wanted to know how it went for me. I just smiled and waved the signed budget authorization and action plan in the air.
As I walked back to my cubicle I began to realize how fast things were moving and how far I had come in just the several weeks since I got assigned to Fort Meade. My plan was to use the funds the general had just authorized to visit SRI and other organizations and come up with a training plan to teach professional intelligence personnel remote viewing. Working with the DIA, I arranged a visit with Hal Puthoff and Russell Targ at SRI in Menlo Park.
And that’s how it all started for me.
[And now we get to questions and answers relayed via email in January of 2001.]
What are you currently doing?
I resigned my position as Operations and Training Officer for the remote-viewing unit in the summer of 1987. I went on terminal leave from the Army and left Fort Meade in December 1987, and we moved into the new house I had built in Virginia. I was officially retired from the Army in February 1988.
Retiring from the Army and moving to Virginia without a specific job offer might seem like a risky thing to do. But I had grown to trust Guidance as expressed through gentle feelings and a sense of divine-right-action. It was not as though I heard a booming voice say, “Retire from the Army, move to Virginia, and get a job at The Monroe Institute.” I just knew in my heart it was the right thing to do.
An understanding of the technology time window is important here. In the mid to late eighties desktop office computers began to change the workplace forever. Personal ownership of a computer, a concept shared by only the most forward-looking entrepreneurs, became possible. I took to this new computer era with great enthusiasm. I bought a home computer and learned how to operate a variety of systems and to write my own applications programs.
This new age of technology made widespread application of computerized electroencephalography, popularly referred to as brain mapping, a reality. I found a fledgling company in Colorado called Lexicor Medical Technology that had developed a 24-channel computerized EEG recording and analysis instrument. This remarkable-for-its-time system worked in conjunction with the latest in desktop computers—an IBM-compatible 286 with a 20-Megabyte hard drive and 8-Megabytes of RAM. I realize that such figures sound ridiculous by today’s standards, but back then it was state-of-the-art, so to speak.
Bob Monroe and I discussed the possibility of getting such a device for the Institute and using it to measure brainwave changes in people listening to Hemi-Sync. Ever since my experience through the flavor straw back in 1977 I had been curious. What was it about Hemi-Sync that made this journey possible and how was it that Bob ever came up with this sound technology?
Bob had told me at the time that my specific experience was the result of my metaphysical upbringing and my intent. But my curiosity went further. Do the Hemi-Sync sounds alter brain activity and consciousness?
Bob assured me that this was probably true but there was no objective evidence to demonstrate such changes. But now, with the advent desktop computers, such measurements would be possible outside a multimillion-dollar medical diagnostic facility. Bob sent me to Colorado to check out the Lexicor device.
During this same period of time I programmed my home computer, which was equipped with a stereo sound card, to produce complex binaural beats—the stuff of Hemi-Sync. I packed up my computer and took it to Bob to show him how computers could be used to produce his Hemi-Sync sounds. He was skeptical at first; then he asked me to dial in a few different binaural-beat patterns.
The short version of the rest of the story is that I did not leave with my computer. Bob was truly amazed. For years he had been mixing together many layers of sounds from analog tape through a multi-channel audio mixing board. This method took hours and hours of work. With a computer such mixing became obsolete as such combinations could simply be programmed into the sound card.
When I came back from Colorado and explained to Bob how the Lexicor device worked and what it would reveal, I recommended that he get one for the Institute. He asked me if I could operate it and the computer we would need to buy. I assured him that I could. It was only then, in June of 1988, that Bob actually offered me a job at the Institute.
After a provisional ninety-day hire, during which I setup and began to use the Lexicor, Bob offered me the position of Research Director at the Institute in September 1988. He was in fact inviting me to join him in a scientific journey on a course charted to discover the why and how of Hemi-Sync, a journey from Bob’s intuitive foundation in the 1950's and 1960's to the rapidly evolving field of neuroscience at the dawn of the 21st Century and our current understanding of the Hemi-Sync process.
What is your opinion of the state of RV in the civilian world?
I think it’s fantastic. The arguments I hear are no longer about the reality of remote viewing but what technique or training method is best.
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