Remote viewing as originally developed by the military Star Gate program (see Ingo Swan, father of remote viewing) offers special training in developing your perceptual and intuitive skills and abilities. The websites below offer a lot of free material for learning and practicing controlled remote viewing (CRV) as well as other methods of remote viewing for those who are interested. The techniques help refine natural abilities and increase accuracy. I have been a student of remote viewing since 2007. I took Courtney Brown's free online course (at Farsight below) and in 2010 I took David Morehouse's course through Sounds True, Inc. I belong to RV groups for ongoing study with some of the original practitioners of CRV and their students as well as others. Lyn Buchanan (The Seventh Sense) and Teresa Frisch have been especially generous with their instruction. (Lyn's website is crviewer and Teresa's is aestheticimpact --- see below).
The CRV (controlled remote viewing) skills I have learned and continue to practice have been valuable in expanding my awareness, helping me find things, and developing my abilities and sensitivities. Sometimes I include working with the runes (a rune is similar in nature and function to a "target coordinate" or "ideogram" in CRV. Just as these entities "stand for" the target and help the viewer get on the "signal line," so do the runes. Oracles in general [tarot, I Ching, Medicine Cards, etc.] provide a focus, or handle, for unpacking data from the field ["akasha" in Sanskrit]). Often I also use ERV [extended remote viewing], or freeform RV. I use Linda Howe's process for accessing the akasha for spiritual readings, as it provides a great focus and "container" for setting up the energy. It is good to have more than one tool in one's toolbox!
Here are some main RV sites; they all have links to other RV sites. There are over a hundred other sites worth exploring if you are interested in RV. Extended remote viewing and remote shamanic journeying, OOB travels, and other methods are also valid, of course. However, in order to be called pure "remote viewing," the remote viewing community requires that blind protocol be observed. Methodology may vary, but not protocol. "Blind" means you are blind to the target. You don't have a clue as to what, of the many millions of things in the world or out in the universe, it might be, or where it might be, or when it might be.
Minimal frontloading may be acceptable, such as "the target is a location." Or "the target is a person." Or the target is an object." "The target is an event." Minimal frontloading is done to enable the viewer to zero in on the target faster. At any target site, there are millions of things the viewer might be attracted to view that are not the main feature. A viewer can spend a lot of time describing the landscape, for example, if that's what catches his attention, or even become engrossed in a small item (this is called "doorknobbing"), and not describe the main target at all. This depends on many variables, including personal interests and inclinations, experience, and practice. Sometimes it depends on aversions, such as the time I got a target with performing dolphins. I don't like other species being used as slaves for human entertainment, and as soon as I touched on this target, I fled the scene and found something more interesting at a site nearby, which I later verified.
Newsflash 2019: Lori Williams (Intuitive Specialists) is offering a great online class (six weeks in length, with many side benefits) in CRV. Paul Smith also offers a course on CD as well as in person.
See Lyn Buchanan's website for a list of RV terms and RV parables. As noted above, his website is crviewer. Just click on it below to check it out. He also has many fantastic targets. Just doing his targets provides an education on the amazing world we live in. He is working on offering classes online.