The term “Gestalt” is a central concept in the original terminology of Remote Viewing. Precisely because it is a loan word from the German language, we come into conflict with the translation here, because the meaning of the word is different in RV linguistic usage. (see also: The term “Gestalt” in Remote Viewing)

In common usage in German – that is, the terminology closest to us – “Gestalt” refers to a primarily visual impression, an external shape or outline that characterizes the appearance of things or living things. Translated into English, the term “shape” would most likely be meant. The English-speaking viewer, on the other hand, understands “shape” to mean much more than that, an overall impression, so to speak, an abstract of all perceptible data or even an essence of the target, and is thus not limited to the visual idea we automatically form when we use this word.