Those Pesky Paradigms
Why is PSI TECH and remote viewing so controversial and misunderstood? Well, in essence we are selling idea of round-the-world cruises to people who still think world is flat. When you describe Technical Remote Viewing® to someone who has no experience or knowledge base regarding it, you usually see them roll their eyes into back of their head. "Remote what? Is that like some psychic thing?" Remote Viewing can't possibly be real. Collecting data about people and events remote in time and space with just a pen, paper, and alert mind sounds like an invention of a modern day PT Barnum. Yet almost all Americans believe they possess ESP or a sixth sense. So why is it so hard to believe in possibility of technology that taps into and focuses that innate ability? A technology Pentagon spent $20 million developing and kept secret for 17 years.
For those of us who have learned skill of TRV® by installing protocols into our autonomic nervous system and perform TRV on a daily basis, we are constantly amazed by fact that human mind really can do this. And because we have become so immersed in our own TRV culture, we tend to forget what it was like before we learned this skill. If it's still incredible for those of us who practice TRV that we possess this ability, it must be totally incredulous to someone who has no idea what it even is.
Humans have a long history of not accepting new ideas until forced to, usually because their very survival is at stake. In words of Ghandi, "First they laugh at you, then they fear you, then they fight you, then you win." The process for a new paradigm or belief system to become established in a society, can take generations.
But why? Why do new ideas that benefit mankind to such a degree as remote viewing, cause such defensive angst?
Galileo Found Guilty Of Heresy
Travel back in time with me. The year is 1633. The headline on this spring day throughout Europe reads, "Galileo Found Guilty of Heresy: Condemned to Life Imprisonment For Publishing That The Earth Moves." Galileo invented telescope. His observations strengthened his belief in Copernicus' theory that Earth and all other planets revolve around Sun. Most people in Galileo's time believed that Earth was center of Universe and that Sun and planets revolved around it. The Catholic Church was ruling authority of day and when Galileo published his paper on his theory, it infuriated Pope. So Pope ordered Galileo imprisoned for life to prevent him from further disseminating his discoveries.
Ever wonder why whenever you discuss politics or religion to people whose ideas oppose yours they immediately become entrenched and ultra-defensive about their beliefs? Even most intelligent and logically minded are reduced to emotionally charged argument and fights. It's because they are protecting their paradigms. A paradigm is a belief system. It's a set of shared assumptions, and values that constitute a way of viewing reality. These fundamental beliefs do not change easily in individuals or cultures. Usually not until a person repeatedly encounters evidence that Reality is simply not as one had thought it was.
The first response to evidence that challenges an existing paradigm is to deny it. We accuse such people of fraud or even witchcraft and convince ourselves that evidence that seems so contrary to our reality as we know it simply does not exist. When a belief system is threatened because it is in conflict with cultural institutions or an individual's paradigms it evokes a survival response. Wars are started over such ideological conflicts.