A Method to the Madness: Remote Viewing, Scrying, and Dowsing

Jenny Tyson, The Art of Scrying and Dowsing: Foolproof Methods for ESP and Remove Viewing. Llewellyn, 2021.

If you think remote viewing is a modern invention, think again. Coined by Ingo Swann in the early 1970s and then popularized by physicists Russell Targ and Harold Puthoff, the term “remote viewing” is a new label for the ancient practice of scrying. What Targ and Puthoff did, however, was to demystify scrying by establishing a reliable methodology. While the scrying of old veered into the realms of magic and mysticism, remote viewing is fully secular. And, if remote viewing is still not a science, at least it draws on a standardized technique meant to maximize its results. This technique is what author Jenny Tyson describes in her Art of Scrying and Dowsing.

Traditionally, the practice of scrying involved staring at a speculum such as a crystal or a mirror in the attempt to perceive future events; Tyson’s method, instead, hinges on verification. After creating a pool of hidden targets, scryers will pick one at random without knowing what it is. Once the session is over, they will identify the target and compare their findings with the available data. This method, the author suggests, is bound to develop scryers’ skills. On the other hand, the failure to verify one’s results will bring about a progressive deterioration of the ability to scry.

This is not magic, claims Tyson. While she briefly mentions contacting spirits to enlist their help, the author does not articulate a full cosmology; for her, the key to scrying mainly consists of gaining access to what she calls the “deep mind.” There is nothing mystical about this, she argues, and success simply ensues from applying the correct method. In a nod to magic as a technique of the mind, however, Tyson also recommends a ritual meant to create what she calls a “time loop.” The ritual, which she applies to scrying forthcoming events, connects the scryer to her future self for the sake of obtaining information from it.

As a methodology handbook, The Art of Scrying and Dowsing covers a vast array of techniques ranging from external scrying with a speculum to inner vision, and from casting with tarot to dowsing with rods or a pendulum. If you follow Tyson’s methods, you will be able to see faraway places as well as future and past events; you will also locate items on a map or in the field; obtain answers to yes/no questions, and learn how to perceive numbers and words. The range of possibilities is almost limitless and, if you want to try your luck at the casino, you will also find tips on how to scry discreetly in a public setting. The amount of information in this book is such that serious scryers and dowsers will want to read it multiple times–and take notes while doing it.

In conclusion, The Art of Scrying and Dowsing is likely to become a go-to source for all those who intend to hone their remote viewing, scrying, or dowsing skills. It is also a recommended read for anyone interested in a rigorous approach to psychic development as well as for those who are keen on exploring the hidden facets of the human experience.

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