On a Clear Day, Part 3: Opening Remarks
26 Jun 2015 · by Brennan Storr · Be the first to comment!
The 2015 International Remote Viewing Association conference, their first in New Orleans after more than decade in Las Vegas, opened this morning with remarks by Master of Ceremonies Bill Wray. Standing at the front of the room in his black suit, Wray, a tall, slender 38-year veteran of US Army Intelligence and member of the Remote Viewing project Star Gate from 1984 to 1987, cut an imposing figure but quickly put his audience at ease with a jab about his ability to use a cellphone.
“In the army they called me Mr. Screwdriver the same way you call a bald man Curly,” said Wray. “You could say I’m technologically challenged.”
After asking people to turn off their mobile devices – a request punctuated by a ringing phone, no less – Wray introduced the audience to the new format, which would involve hour-long presentations followed by a brief Q&A period.
Wray was followed by the State of the Union address from IRVA president Pam Coronado, who led off by saying she would explain why the conference had changed locales; “make it good”, said one sotto voce whisper. Coronado, who also happens to be the association’s first female president, explained that the history, people, architecture, food and traditions of New Orleans made the city a great fit for IRVA, and that it was hoped a more easterly location would allow more of their membership to attend. Also announced was the live webcast, which, it was hoped, would open up the proceedings to IRVA members who still could not make the journey.
Addressing newcomers in the crowd, a group which obviously includes myself, Coronado said that, “Sometimes remote viewing sneaks up on you. It challenges you emotionally and mentally, gets ahold of your heart and changes your life from the inside out.” Coronado, a psychic detective who assists law enforcement with missing persons cases, among other things, spoke about her desire to see remote viewing become a more respected field, where viewers are trained, hired, and paid like any other professional.
“I would like to see remote viewing used more in crime work,” said Coronado. “Specifically in missing persons cases, hostage recovery and human trafficking.”
She acknowledged that it was an uphill battle but expressed hope for remote viewing’s upward progress in the ranks of acknowledged professional fields.
“It is my hope that noise from the fringe doesn’t drown out good scientific research,” said Coronado. “We don’t have all the answers [but[ the more we seek to understand, the better we can fine-tune this tool.”
Following Coronado’s remarks there was a brief break, followed by a presentation from Nancy C. Jeane, which will be in my next update.
Pam Coronado talking to Russell Targ