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2018-19 transition talks 
 a series in Berkeley Springs


John L Petersen


PAUL H. SMITH PH.D. GATEWAY TO A NEW PARADIGM? A workshop to introduce you to how

December 15
 Ice HouseTheater

the perceptual/consciousness-based


skill known as remote viewing has

is considered by many to be

the potential to change our world for the better.

one of the most informed futurists in the world.

line up 2018-19 March 15, 2019

August 17-18 2019

Linda Mouton Howe

Gregg Braden

Linda Mouton Howe
 Journalist, Emmy AwardWinning film maker, ufologist.

Gregg Braden
 Bridging Science and Spirituality, New York Times Best Selling Author and Scientist.





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JOHN L PETERSEN your host John L. Petersen is considered by many to be one of the most informed futurists in the world. He is best-known for writing and thinking about high impact surprises—wild cards—and the process of surprise anticipation. His current professional involvements include the development of sophisticated tools for anticipatory analysis and surprise anticipation, long-range strategic planning and helping leadership design new approaches for dealing with the future.



Berkeley springs 
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Your host

November 17, Country Inn

John L Petersen - Page 4

Paul H. Smith, Ph.D.

The Why of Transition Talks - Pages 6-7

About Event and Bio- Pages 32-31 Article 

About berkeley Springs

What is Remote Viewing? by Paul H. Smith, Ph.D

Lodging, Dining, Night Life, History,

Pages 34-39

to Sports etc. - Pages 8-9

Events lining-up PAST SPEAKERS October 13-14, Ice House Theater


Eben Alexander and Karen Newell About Event - Pages 10-11 Article
 Living in a Mindful Universe by Dr. Eben

Alexander - Pages 12-30

December 15, Ice House Theater John L Petersen Article

New Energy - Pages 40-43 The Wild Card by John L. Petersen — Page 42


Futurist John L. Petersen, specializes in thinking about global futures and trying to influence rapid, positive change. transition




We encourage systemic, non-linear approaches to planning and believe that effective thinking about the future is enhanced by applying newly emerging technology.

TAI believes that we are living in an era of global transition, to a degree that our species has never seen before. The exponential increase of human knowledge, and the acceleration of its application through technology, is propelling humanity towards a new era of thought and endeavor. Society, science, ecology and commerce are converging at the intersection of danger and opportunity. A complexity and unpredictability that is beyond our past experience characterize the challenges at hand. If humanity's preferred future is to be realized, new tools for strategic planning and problem solving must be invented and combined. We must think differently. We have made it our mission to help facilitate this transition, and to connect and associate with like-

minded people so that we may together embrace the opportunities of this future. In the broadest sense, we help leadership from all sectors chart the most direct course to preferred futures by: •

• • • •

Tracking and evaluating major scientific, technological, social, demographic, and environmental forces that drive change Conducting future-focused studies and initiatives Exploring how trends might crosscut in significant ways Cataloging potential 'wildcards' - low probability high impact events Helping leadership translate information from data to scenarios - into mental maps by which to guide decision making and build sophisticated organizational visions


Therefore, we strive to be agents of change by creating intellectual frameworks & tool-sets for understanding the transition in which we are living.


John L Petersen If the new era we are rapidly converging upon is based on thousands of years of no war, as many ancient, spiritual and indigenous documents explicitly suggest, then what happens between now and the emergence of that new world?

Sat - Lecture 2-5 PM
 Cost: $45

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emergent new world. Built on a new species of human – that appears to become obvious within a decade – the new world will operate fundamentally differently.  New agriculture. New economy. New government. In short, a new paradigm.    Internationally acclaimed futurist, John Petersen, will build a picture of what is happening, when it looks like it will happen and what the outline of the new world will look like.  This is the biggest change in the history of humanity. Come and see the amazing picture of what appears to be ahead.


  Multiple sources are now starting to deliver some common threads that describe that

About: Paul H. Smith Ph D Paul H. Smith, Ph.D. (Major, US Army, ret.) became a psychic spy in 1983 when the US Army recruited him for training as a remote viewer in the Star Gate Program, where he served for seven years as an operational remote viewer and remote viewing instructor. A career intelligence officer, Desert Storm veteran, Arabic Linguist, Middle East specialist and military remote viewer, Paul was trained by the legendary Ingo Swann and Dr. Hal, the creators of remote viewing. After retiring from the military in 1996, he founded Remote Viewing Instructional Services, Inc. Having begun teaching Lyn Buchanan, his first remote viewing student in 1984, Paul is the longest actively serving instructor in field. He is also a founding director and two-time president of the non-profit International Remote Viewing Association. Paul has a bachelor’s degree from BYU and a master’s degree from the National Intelligence University (both in Mid-East Studies), as well as a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin in philosophy of mind, consciousness, and philosophy science. He has appeared numerous times on national and international television and radio shows, including the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, A&E Network, Coast to Coast AM, CBS Sunday Morning, and most recently taught actor Rob Lowe and his sons to remote view successfully on the series The Lowe Files. He is a professional member of the Society for Scientific Exploration and the Parapsychology Association. He is author of Reading the Enemy’s Mind: Inside Star Gate -America’s Psychic Espionage, and The Essential Guide to Remote Viewing: The Secret Remote Perception Skill Anyone Can Learn as well as the home study courses Remote P e r c e p t i o n : B a s i c O p e r a t i o n a l Tr a i n i n g a n d LearnTechnicalDowsing.

EVENT: NOV 17, 2018

This workshop will introduce you to how the perceptual/ consciousness-based skill known as remote viewing has the potential to change our world for the better.

Thomas Kuhn introduced the concept of

paradigm. And the paradigm itself has proved

“paradigm shift” more than fifty years ago. Over

surprisingly resistant to change. But the practices

the decades the phrase has become almost a

revealed from a declassified “black” military

cliche. People in the consciousness and intuition

program promise to transform the old paradigm

communities often throw the idea around

into something fresh and new that honors the

without really thinking about what it implies, and

richer qualities of human nature and the

without considering what kind of uproar might

unsounded depths of consciousness.

result from “changing” today’s dominant


A Remote Viewing: Gateway 
 to a New Paradigm? Nov 17th


Remote viewing is a new way of “being psychic.” Remote viewing is an experimental technique for doing research into extrasensory perception (ESP). Remote viewing is all these things, and more.

Paul H. Smith, Ph. D.

Remote viewing is a mental skill. When, in late 1995, the CIA revealed remote viewing

Remote viewing is a mental skill. Remote viewing is a

to the general public, many people were fascinated by

new way of “being psychic.” Remote viewing is an

the possibilities. But they were often unsure just what

experimental technique for doing research into

remote viewing was. Many still are.

extrasensory perception (ESP). Remote viewing is all

So let’s start off this way: Remote viewing is a mental

these things, and more. You probably already realize that remote viewing is related to what are sometimes

faculty that allows a perceiver (a “viewer”) to receive

called “psi”—or “psychic”—phenomena or ESP (for

impressions from a target that is otherwise not

“extrasensory perception”) such as clairvoyance or

accessible to normal senses. The target being

telepathy. Whatever human ability makes remote

perceived might be hidden by distance, time, or shielding. For example, a viewer might be asked to

viewing possible is probably the same basic ability that makes such things as clairvoyance work. But remote

describe a location on the other side of the world,

viewing (or “RV”) differs from these other, more typical

which he or she has never visited; or describe an event

psi or psychic activities in a number of ways:

that happened long ago; or describe an object sealed in a container or locked in a room; or perhaps even describe a person or an activity; all without being told

Most psychic events happen outside the science lab. Remote viewing, on the other hand, was

anything about the target — not even its name or

actually developed and first explored in a


scientific setting (more about this in the history section). Targets chosen for “viewing” include

You probably already realize that remote viewing is related to what are sometimes called “psi”—or

geographic locations, hidden objects, and even such things as archaeological sites and space

“psychic”—phenomena or ESP (for “extrasensory

objects. In all of these targets, what the remote

perception”) such as clairvoyance or telepathy.

viewer perceives can ultimately be verified.

Unlike other psychic phenomena, remote viewing is not just one thing—in this case “seeing” or “viewing.” It is actually a “cocktail” of various sensory experience. Despite the “viewing” part of the term, remote viewing also involves mental impressions from the other senses, such as sounds, tastes, smells, and textures. In more advanced stages, remote viewing can also include a telepathy-like effect, and in some cases, just plain intuitive “knowing.” RV owes some of these qualities to lessons learned from research in clairvoyance, telepathy, and even out-of-body experiences. Those disciplines, while separate from RV, played a role in its development. In remote viewing, the viewer not only verbalizes what he or she is perceiving, but usually records the results of the RV session in writing, in sketches, and sometimes in three-dimensional modeling Remote viewing tends to be more structured than other psi disciplines. In some important varieties of remote viewing, viewers follow specific scripted formats. These formats are designed to enhance the viewer’s performance in various ways, such as to better deal with mental “noise” (stray thoughts, imaginings, analysis, etc. that degrades the “psychic signal”) or to allow incoming data to

be better managed. Some of these structural methodologies, such as controlled remote viewing, or CRV, are widely used. Other methods are more ad hoc. An individual remote viewer, for example, might develop his or her own customized approach through trial and error. This individually-developed approach is sometimes called “generic remote viewing,” or GRV. •

Proper remote viewing is done within a strict science-based protocol (or “set of rules”). The remote viewer is kept unwitting (also known as “blind”) to either the nature or identity of the target until after the session is completed. Except in training situations, the monitor (a facilitator that may assist the viewer during the session) is also unwitting, and external clues or data about the target are carefully excluded. This maintains what is known as a “double-blind” condition (that is, both the remote viewer and the monitor are kept unaware of anything about the intended target). Sessions are conducted in a setting that prevents knowledge of the target “leaking” to the viewer. These measures are important to guarantee that the viewer does not receive hints or clues about the target in any way other than what would be considered “psychic.”

Cocktail of various experiences

It is a Knowing

Example of a successful remote viewing of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey, by a “blind” remote viewer in Maryland. Remote viewing is not used to give psychic readings, tell fortunes, read auras, or other popular activities of this nature. It is a means of doing serious science research and performing operational tasks in criminal investigations, government intelligence work, commercial applications, etc. Many who want to explore their human potential also become interested in it. (See “Why Learn Remote Viewing?”)

that helps the viewer to facilitate or “harness” his or her own innate, underlying psi abilities. Some RV theorists think that formal RV methods are really just strategies that help the viewer to access his or her subconscious more successfully and reliably. These theorists believe that the subconscious is where information perceived during remote viewing first emerges into human consciousness.

• One last point related to structures or methods that are often used in remote viewing: RV is not really a “psychic phenomenon” as such, but an imposed discipline or skill

Watch this video for an overview of remote viewing: Remote Viewing: Martial Art for the Mind. Or find out how to learn remote viewing yourself.

Criminal, intelligence, commercial


new energy

The Linchpin to Unprecedented Change 
 and the Emergence of a New Era By John L. Petersen roles, etc. to know that the old reality is imploding . . . and

most significant upheaval and transition in the history of

at the same time, similar revolutions are exploding in

the earth and humankind.

consciousness, awareness of extraterrestrial life, the

The change is being driven by a combination of cycles – some many thousands of years long – that are converging together to guarantee that the world that emerges out of

composition of DNA and attendant “magical” capabilities, life extension, velocity and ubiquity of information transfer, among others.

the other side of this extraordinary shift will be made up of

One of the obvious linchpins in the platform that will

capabilities and perspectives that make little sense from in

support the emergence of the new world is certainly

the context of the present.

energy . . . and particularly “new energy”. But the amazing

One only has to casually look around at the accelerating erosion of venerable institutions like politics, international relations, and privacy, the press, government, agriculture, finance, transportation, veracity, work, families and sex

advances being made in the new energy arena, though structurally key to the new future, are truly partners in a larger platoon of converging revolutions that will redesign this place and who we are . . . probably within the next two to three decades.


This planet and its major denizens are in the middle of the

Paradigm shift It’s a no-kidding paradigm shift – the essential way in which we literally make

powerful new images of possible new worlds (who we might become), are all

sense of this reality is undergoing a major overhaul. One way to look at it is

setting the stage for the emergent new human.

through the lens of the four keystones upon which all of human activity is built: Energy, Environment, Tools and Outlook.

Our outlook determines how we develop and use tools – the increasingly amazing technologies that expand basic human capabilities for good and

The environment, writ-large, constrains or enhances the options available for

bad. Blockchain, genetic engineering, 3D manufacturing, Internet 3.0, scalar

human development. Living in Nome, Miami, Johannesburg and New Delhi

energy, plasma systems, electric everything, and many, many more are the

are four really different things, shaped by both climate, culture and economy.

force multipliers that will paint the new world around us.

You can do things in each place that are impossible in the others. The global environment is changing quickly. It’s going to get cold. Soon. The internet has produced an unprecedented revolution in how humans communicate . . . and the metabolism of the whole system. One’s outlook, or perspective, the derivative of all previous experiences, animates and enables the options that seem to be available at each location. New understandings of history (who we have been), the larger context in which we and other non-human beings live (who we are), entheogenenhanced exposure to the larger reality in which we live (what this all is), and

And none of it works without energy – regardless of where and how it is generated. The cost and availability of energy are the most significant modulators (and lubricants) of human activity and opportunity. Options and lives expand when energy becomes cheaper and more ubiquitous. The many moving parts in this unfathomably complex reality in which we live seem all to be moving toward and contributing to a dramatic new world. Ancient texts and present-day channels suggest it is will be a period of thousands of years of peace – an extraordinary new era. We each are therefore contributing to and shaping the emergence of an unprecedented new world. Amazing possibilities and opportunities abound.

John L Petersen


President and Founder of The Arlington Institute. He is considered by many to be one of the most informed futurists in the world. He is best-known for writing and thinking about high impact surprises—wild cards—and the process of surprise anticipation and for having conceived of and developed the first national surprise anticipation system in the world for the government of Singapore. His government and political experience include stints at the National War College, the Institute for National Security Studies, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council staff at the White House. He is a decorated veteran of both the Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars.

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The unprecedented change that we are seeing in almost every area of reality presents the significant likelihood that, in the coming few years, the world will experience one or more low probability, very high impact events Wild Cards - of a scope and magnitude for which we have neither the experience nor theNovember tools to respond 17, Location TBD effectively. TAI (ARLINGTON INSTITUTE) tracks the early indicators that might lead us to anticipate the arrival of selected Wild Cards. We are also developing computerbased tools that would provide new insights into the behavior of these events. For more information on the above opportunities contact John L. Petersen, President and Founder at 703-623-1944 or by email at


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