Lyn Buchanan's CRV FAQS

Do CRV And Dowsing Relate?


How do dowsing and CRV work together?


The main thrust of Controlled Remote Viewing is to describe, not to identify. CRV describes. That can cause a problem when someone asks for a location. A dowser will take a map and make an X at a certain point on it. A CRVer will describe the location and let the person find it themselves, through other means.

The formal CRV protocol originally created by Ingo Swann does not allow for dowsing as one of its standardized "tools", but during the span of its use, a method of "plugging in" a form of dowsing has been found and has now become one of the standard Phase 6 tools.

Of course, nothing "plugs into" the CRV methodology without a lot of datakeeping, and that means a strong and unforgiving method of analysis. The "tool" of Phase 6 dowsing will not be explained here, since there are several variations of it, each for a different purpose, and since an explanation of the tool without an understanding of the methodology which surrounds it would be virtually meaningless. The method of analysis and judging, however, is pertinent to all forms of dowsing.

Let us say that a PRACTICE target is located at point D4 on a map which starts at A1 in the upper left hand corner and goes to J10 in the lower right hand corner. Let us further say that you work this target and make your mark at C7. In order to judge how good you were, one would measure the distance from D4 to the farthest corner from it (in this case, J10). That measurement shows the distance of the greatest possible error he could make. Now, he measures the distance from D4 to his mark at C7. This measurement shows the amount of error he actually made. If you divide the maximum possible error into the actual error, you get the percentage of error. Subtract this percentage from 100% and you have the percentage of success.

This method of measurement is totally independent of map size, map scale, map shape (square or rectangle, for example), and even works on portions of a spherical map as well as a flat one. What is the advantage of this? I hate to sound like a broken record, but it helps build a CRVer's profile of strengths and weaknesses. For example, if one viewer consistently makes his/her mark with a 70% success rate, and another CRVer (or normal dowser) makes his/hers with only a 40% dependability, you would ask the one with the higher consistent success rate to dowse for you. When training, a dowser can know his/her average success rate and try to improve on it. I have found no other way to fairly and consistently judge a dowser's ability to perform.