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The Advanced Levels of Scientology and Their Relationship to Remote Viewing


The Advanced levels of Scientology are those levels or grades above Grade IV which at the time that Remote Viewing was developed in the early 1970’s included Power, Power Plus, R6EW, the Clearing Course and OT I – VII.


I’ve included a screen shot of the actual Grade Chart that was issued at the time which included the alleged ability attained for each one.



The levels above OT III are of particular interest since they include:






After OT VI  one allegedly achieves the “ability to operate freely as a thetan exterior and to act pan-determinedly others; extends the influence of the thetan to the universe of others.”



The author is not suggesting that this is possible merely asking the reader to suspend his or her belief and consider the possibility of a thetan, Hubbard’s word for spirit, being freed from the confines of his or her physical body and allowed to go where thou wilt.


For instance given a coordinate or a random number representing such and then being able to go to that location unhampered by time or distance and accurately report what one perceived in this disembodied state.


Whether this is possible or not. One can see where Harold Puthoff and his friend Ingo Swann may have gotten the idea that Remote Viewing was feasible using whatever abilities they gained or felt they gained from the Advanced Levels of Scientology . 


Though Puthoff has been somewhat reticent about Scientology’s relationship to Remote Viewing. Swann has been vocal about Scientology’s relationship to his psychic abilities in the past even going on record as saying:




“They are solely the result of auditing. Not particularly even the OT Levels.

“I had extremely good gains from lower grades. And some had developed certainly by the time Power Processing took place.

“But steady good control over them, the control I have now — which is not perfect by the way — occurred after the completion of OT III Expanded, and is even better than ever now that I have finished OT VII.

“So they are solely the result of auditing.”


Excerpt from Advance Issue 21 Oct/Nov 1973


Published by the Advanced Organization of the Church of Scientology


Why would he obscure this relationship later on when writing his memoirs?


On the other hand it seems that Harold (Hal) Puthoff himself immediately distanced himself from the subject when he wrote a somewhat long technical treatise in an effort to explain Remote Viewing as a phenomenon connected to Quantum Physics or Mechanics.


Was this an effort on his part to make Remote Viewing  appear or seem more “Scientific” in order to make the phenomenon more acceptable to the orthodox scientific community which as some have suggested has become a religious practice in its own right?


Or was there some more clandestine purpose such as to obfuscate its actual source in order to control access to such information?


In any case.


What is also interesting is that after the Remote Viewing Program got into full swing that the Church of Scientology dropped the above levels into some memory hole and replaced them with newer levels.


Remote Viewing: From Metaphysics to Quantum Physics


The word Metaphysics is derived from a series of dissertations given by Aristotle which came after those he gave on Physics. “Meta”  simply means after or beyond in this case physics and is a word that was coined by Aristotelian scholars centuries after his death.

They couldn’t be included in “Physics” because they were discussions by Aristotle of the abstract of what can not immediately be perceived by the senses and thus beyond physics such as  the “supernatural”, the “paranormal” and what is considered “unexplained phenomenon” or “things that go boomp in the night”.

The “immaterial” as opposed to the “material” in philosophy. What is called dualism.

This includes the realm of what makes consciousness and awareness and the question of :Who or what is it that perceives?

Metaphysics like its close neighbor Parapsychology deal with things that it is not currently possible to accurately or possibly can not be quantified by the usual scientific means because of their subjectivity or abstraction. Therefore they exist outside the boundary of what Immanuel Kant called the “knowable” or at least what can be known objectively with any accuracy.

Like musicians some Remote Viewers seem more talented and capable than others.

Able to produce what some in the Intelligence Community have called the “eight martini result”.

Effort has been made to explain Remote Viewing as a phenomenon similar to “entanglement“, what Einstein called “spooky action from a distance” and other strange phenomena that has been observed in the field of quantum mechanics or physics, by Harold or “Hal” Puthoff the man who along with Russell Targ were the two individuals contracted by CIA to conduct the original research on Remote Viewing.

Both Targ and Puthoff a serious physicists with PHDs to their credit yet like many before them for example Einstein and Newton believed there may be something beyond the physical.

Puthoff in particular who like Ingo Swann was an adherent of the Church of Scientology at the time and had been initiated into the Church’s Advanced Levels which were directed toward the phenomenon of stable exteriorization and being able to operate exclusively outside the body as a spirit or as Scientologists call it a Thetan.

Something the author will explain in the next chapter.

Scientological Techniques: a Modern Paradigm for the Exploration of Consciousness and Psychic Integration; Remote Viewing and the Scientology Connection


Ingo Swann is the author of a paper entitled Scientological Techniques: a Modern Paradigm for the Exploration of Consciousness and Psychic Integration. Published by the Joint Publications Research Service as Document No. JPRS L/5022-1 and is restricted to “Government Use Only”, yet copies can be obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

I’ve included it in the following link:

Ingo Scientological copy

The paper itself was presented at the First International Conference on Psychotronic Research given in Prague Czechoslovakia which was a Warsaw Pact nation at the time circa late 1973 and makes the connection between Scientology Techniques and Remote Viewing.

Swann considered by many to be the “father of remote viewing” passed away earlier this year.

It would be remiss in any discussion of remote viewing to omit Swann’s influence. According to his own ebook Remote Viewing – the Real Story he is the one who personally created the neologism giving the precise date and almost the exact time he suggested the term.

Book itself is very interesting reading however even more interesting is that Swann himself for whatever reason doesn’t mention what he at one time considered a major influence in his own psychic journey and that is Scientology.

Not that this nexus is any secret.

The fact is that a majority of the founding fathers of remote viewing including Ingo Swann with the exception of Russell Targ were high level Scientologists who had reached the level of “Operating Thetan”.

“Thetan” from the Greek letter theta is the word used in Scientology for spirit.

An “operating thetan” is one, who according to Scientology lore, can operate outside the body.

Ingo himself was not only an “OT” a term that is commonly abbreviated but also a Scientology Minister. One who is educated in many of the techniques and procedures used in allegedly (since all things spiritual or dealing with the mind are for the most part subjective) achieving this state.

For some reason as Swann became more of an authority in later years he began to obscure this connection.

Unfortunately since Ingo has kissed Earth goodbye we can not ask him why.

To quote former DCI Stanfield Turner when asked about the late Pat Price:

“He died, and we haven’t heard from him since.”