Article written by JoeRoger, re-published from the United Psionics Club, permission granted by Float, UPC administrator.
You may think it’s redundant to dedicate an entire article to analytic overlay. After all, “It’s just AOL”. While that may be true to some extent, there are a few things about AOL that I think people should be aware of. The goal of this article, with some simple and straightforward methods, is to help people reduce the number of AOL incidents.
I wrote this article at a time I didn’t have too much experience with perceptive abilities, but my impression remains the same that this article can be of use for a lot of people, especially for those who are starting out.
Analytic overlay is often mentioned when practising perceptive skills, such as energetic scanning, telepathy, remote viewing (RV), et al. Analytic overlay is what you get when you’re obtaining information through other means than your five senses (i.e. clairvoyance) and your analytical mind interferes in a harmful manner. The result is receiving something that is usually wrong information. Sometimes this analytical mind will produce accurate observations and guesses, but the information is not the result of pure reception. Thus, in most cases AOL is something we psychics try to avoid. As defined in the Coordinate Remote Viewing manual, used by the US military during their RV research, AOL is “conscious subjective interpretations of signal line data, which may or may not be relevant to the site.” With time, people in the OEC (Online Energy Community) have started using this term in more situations than just Remote Viewing sessions, which has given the word a slightly broader definition.
Any perceptive skill can be affected by ‘AOL interference’. This includes, but is not limited to, energetic scanning, telepathic receiving, and any given application of clairvoyance. When you get AOL, it’s usually due to one of the following two reasons:
You have preconceived ideas about the target due to prior information or expectations about the target, which manifest themselves in your results. Your ‘chattering mind’ is too active during the session and creates information on its own by analysing what you receive.
The most important thing you can do before a practice is preparation. Usually this is done by a simple mind-clearing exercise. This can be done through a brief meditation. For example, slowly counting backwards from ten in your mind, grounding/centering, or entering a light trance.
The second thing you should do before the practice, which in my opinion is just as important, is to make sure you don’t have any expectations about the target based on previous experience or impression. This is something you can learn to do automatically with some practice, but you may also find self-hypnosis to be useful for dealing with this issue. Doing this helps with preventing yourself from getting tempted to guess, and instead plainly do what you’re supposed to do: perform a psychic skill. It can also be useful to tell your subconscious to start from scratch before each attempt, to avoid expecting things too much.
Lastly, one tip that may aid AOL, as well as all areas of psychic skills, is to begin meditating regularly. Though this is not necessary, it does teach you the valuable ability of quieting your mind.
Most people experience AOL from time to time, and when it occurs it’s useful to know how to identify it so it can be dealt with properly. Here’s a scenario that can happen when someone is practising construct scanning: Jack scans Bob’s construct and thinks he’s getting a green triangle. Suddenly it occurs to him that he got the same thing the last time he scanned a construct from Bob. Suddenly he begins thinking it might be a white cube. He thinks to himself that his first impression didn’t feel right, decides it was probably analytic overlay, and goes with the white cube. He’s wrong. What happened? Just because the construct was a green triangle before, does not mean it’s not a green triangle again. The key is to go with your first instinct. Don’t analyse your results, save that for after.
Now, in some situations, maybe you’ll feel as if it is a green triangle again, you’ll pick that as your answer, and you’ll be wrong. Now what happened here? Usually it is that you didn’t prepare and clear you mind before you began. The thought was sort of “left over” and was still residing in your mind. The key is to, before every attempt, completely clear you mind and focus yourself, begin receiving the information in a passive state (remember, leave the analysing for later), and then go with your first instinct. After awhile of this proper practice, after a time of sifting through answers and analysing your results after your practice, you’ll begin to get an indescribable “feel” for what is the right answer and what is analytical overlay.
How you like to receive your impressions and which way suits you best are of course different for each person. Practice can show you how you best interpret the information. Some people like to see everything visually, while others prefer getting the information through words. Try different approaches and see what you prefer. Simply make the affirmation before you begin receiving that you will receive the information that way.
When doing Remote Viewing, it’s common to scribble down your impressions on a piece of paper. That way you can look over your data, and try to determine what’s ‘the real deal’, and what might be AOL. That is generally easier when you have an overall impression of all the bits and pieces of information. It’s also useful in the sense that your impressions may be fluctuating and it is easy to forget or overlook. In order to prevent AOL when remote viewing specifically, it’s generally useful to be descriptive but not defining while receiving. It’s a known fact among remote viewers that if you start a remote viewing session by writing the word ‘car’, it’s more likely to be AOL than if you carefully describe what you’re receiving using only adjectives, such as ‘moving, rolling, metallic’ (in which case you can likely assume you’re dealing with a car or a vehicle when looking over your accumulated data). Because of the nature of Remote Viewing, this will make your results much more reliable. This approach can actually also be used successfully in conjunction with almost anything involving the perceptive abilities.
There’s really not much to it. Analytic overlay can sometimes be a pain, but you can learn to effectively identify and prevent it when it occurs. The methods I’ve provided in this article can improve your accuracy through some simple steps. While some of them may help you immediately, nothing can replace well-spent practice time. So keep practising and have fun.