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?',~-Approved For Release 2000/08/11 :CIA-RDP96-007928000500600034-0 Science Applications International Corporation Cognitive Sciences Laboratory Memorandum ,~ ~~ ~ ~, (2 SG1J Date: 14 February 1994 To from : Ms. L. Faith and Dr. E. May Subject: Dolin's ~ainig'Ibchnique Dr. Dolin..emphasizes that the training, experience, and techniques of operators are crucial for the success of "remote influence" experiments. Below we detail the training procedures as they are practiced in his Tabora- [ones. (1) The main prerequisite for an aspiring operator is his self-confidence and, in particular, confidence in his ability to "connect" with the person-receiver and/or to affect the receiver's mentallemotionalstale and/or physiology. Previous experience in yoga (especially in practicing yogic breathing techniques) and/or martial arts training is helpful but not mandatory. (2) Correct breathing is important, but the process of breathing should not distract the operator from his con- centration onmental images and visualization process. So-called three-phase breathing is advisable: (1) to exhale slowly, through the nose or through a narrow opening between the compressed lips; (2) breath retention, the duration of which is found individually from experience, within comfortable limits; (3) to inhale through the nose, automatically and effortlessly, just allowing air to fill the lungs. (3) Another important point of the training is for an operator to learn to concentrate his attention on a particu- lar mental image. The operator should be able W visualize clearly the face of the receiver and the situa- tion/surroundirigs/actions ofthereceiver. (4) The operator should know the receiver as well as possible and have a good rapport with him/her. During the "remote influence" session, the operator attempts to mentally "impose" on the receiver an image of an event which would be pleasant Cn calming-down trials) or upsetting (in "arousing" trials) for the re- ceiver. It should be pointed out that, if the operator attempts to "impose" an image which maybe upset- ting for someone, but which is not a part of the life or experience of this particular receiver, it usually does not work. Thus, the operator has to learn what can be emotionally arousing, upsetting, or pleasant for this particulaz person. In addition, not only the image itself is important but the emotion accompanying this image. It is advisable for the operator to learn to simulate and experience emotions as vividly as possible. In other wonis, this part of the training resembles actors' training, i.e., in order to portray. different emo- tionsactors have to learn to experience them "on demand." (5) The operator is not required to keep up intense concentration for the entire trial period, i.e., three to five minutes, depending on the particulaz protocol. Rather, he is asked to work in an "impulse mode," concen- trating from approximately 2 to 15 seconds, then relaxing, and afterwazd repeating the process. (ti) The best mental concentration is achieved while .exhaling and/or during the breath retention phase after the exhalation. (7) During mental concentration, the body muscles should be relaxed. (8) The visualized mental image is not expected to be of exceptional, hallucinatory clarity. Rather, it can resemble a memory of a particulaz event. Practice of visualization and achievement of more vivid mental images is helpful but not essential. What counts more is the operator's clear intent and inner confidence in his ability to "connect." X0600034-0 Approved For Release 2000/08/11 :CIA-RDP96-007928000500600034-0 (9) It can be subjectively helpful for the operator to visualize the process of "remote influence" as entering the receiver's brain through the receiver's eyes. It is important for the operator to see the receiver's eyes clearly. For those operators who are knowledgeable in neuroanatomy, it may be helpful (but not essen- tial) to attempt affecting particular structures of the receiver's brain (e.g., substanda nigra in a subcortical area). (10)When the "connection" is established, an operator often experiences some kind of subjective feedback, i.e., he has a burning sensation in the middle of his forehead. (11)The process of training is atrial-and-error procedure, and the operaWr-in-training often repeatedly modi- fies his approach after learning the outcome of a particular trial, until a certain degree of success is achieved. t?n the other hand, an operator is aware of the fact that the effect is relatively weak and statisti- cal. Thus, he knows that sometimes changes of the receiver's physiology in the desired direction do not happen during given trial, and should not be discouraged by that. (12)Dr. Dolin calls the above method "mental influence." In addition, many of his operators master "field influence" or "field effect" that can be used at relatively short distances, i.e., dozens of meters. In using this method, the operator imagines/ visualizes himself to be near the receiver and imagines that his (the operator's) hands emit "energy" which is directed at the receiver's head or other parts of the body. This method requires a lesser degree of mental concentration on the part of the operator. For increased effec- tiveness, anoperator can combine the "field" and mental effect, if such a combination does not disrupt his mental concentration. (13)Even with experienced operators, it takes from two to five days (at times up w seven days) for an operator to establish rapport with a new receiver. The same is often true when an operator begins to work with a new biological system, e.g., with plants. The operator's mental strategy is usually developed intuitively (e.g., a mental image of a significant change in temperature or lighting conditions in the plant's surround- ings) and is confirmed or modified through the above-described trial and error approach. (14)In addition [o the above, operator's performance has an important non-verbal component that can be mastered only in the process of observation of experienced. operators and close personal interaction with them. Thus, this kind of training is a one-on-one apprenticeship requiring patience on the part of the operator-in- training so he can function in an intuitive, open, and perceptive mode. o i 00600034-0