Ingo Swann is best known as a pioneer in the field of remote viewing. His high rate of success in this field led him to co-create, along with Harold Puthoff and Russell Targ, the Stanford Research Institute of Remote Viewing and the CIA Stargate Project.
Swann was born high in the Rocky Mountains in Telluride, Colorado, on September 14, 1933. His father was a truck driver and he had two sisters. He fondly described the awesome beauty of his surroundings as a child, particularly the crystal-clear skies where he could see the Milky Way each night.
Swann wrote that he first experienced leaving his body at the age of three, during an operation to remove his tonsils. At that time he also became aware of seeing "butterfly lights" around people, plants, and some animals, which he later learned were auras. By nine, he wrote that he'd remotely traveled to the Milky Way. He famously claimed to have sent his consciousness to Jupiter prior to the arrival of NASA's Voyager satellite probe and accurately described many of the planet's features, including Jupiter's then-unknown rings. His paintings express his passion for exploring the mysteries of the Universe and recapture his visions from leaving his body, remote viewing, and seeing auras. Swann was also a musician and a writer and authored several books, including his autobiography, Penetration: The Question of Extraterrestrial and Human Telepathy (1998). Swann passed on January 31, 2013 in New York City.