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Can people really use yogic powers/their mind to levitate?

  1. Jun 21, 2006 #1
    Can people really use yogic powers/their mind to levitate? How do they do this?
     
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  3. Jun 21, 2006 #2

    turbo

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    Yes. I do it every day whenever nobody is looking. I can teach you how to do it, but it will cost you. This is a valuable talent, the knowledge did not come cheap and I still owe my yogi.
     
  4. Jun 21, 2006 #3

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    I saw some guy who claimed to be able to do that. The film footage sucked the intrigue out of it.

    1] He was inside a large closed box. He would make the *box* levitate. You could not actually see *him* levitate.

    2] This is speculation, but I'll bet that he best he has ever *actually* levitated is about a half second. (Note that when you hear abvout someone levtitating, you assume he can do it for a duration lonf enough to show unequivocably that he is in fact hovering.)

    In the film, he was unable to succeed - not the right kind of chai flow or whatever. But it did look a whole lot like he was throwing himself around inside the box - it would jump off the floor several times.

    I imagine that a really skilled person, with the right technique and a good grip and the right kind of jumping could conceivably make a box hang suspended in the air for a half second.
     
  5. Jun 21, 2006 #4
    Of course! And stage magicians are real too. You'd think they're just using slight-of-hands and hidden tricks to deceive a paying audience for entertiainment. But in actually they're merely exploiting natural physical laws that no one else knows about and that must not or can not be replicated under controlled circumstances. It's a secret, you know! :wink:
     
  6. Jun 21, 2006 #5

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    If anyone could and we knew about it, you would see "yogic force" listed with the other forces of nature.

    I wonder if it would go as the inverse square of the distance from a point yogi...? :rolleyes:
     
  7. Jun 22, 2006 #6

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    Okay, the bit about the yogis motivated me to close the thread. I too have seen some of these guys bouncing on their butts and claiming to defy gravity. Frankly, it was embarrassing to even watch. But there are claims of levitation found throughout history. Here is one link that mentions some of the more famous claims.

    http://www.themystica.com/mystica/articles/l/levitation.html

    Also, recently we have seen video trickery in this regard.

    The thread is open.
     
  8. Jun 22, 2006 #7
    Which feild force would be responible for doing this? EM is the only one I can think of.
     
  9. Jun 23, 2006 #8

    Ivan Seeking

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    No way to know. But the question is not how levitation might work, the question is whether or not anyone has ever levitated. I have heard of one or two seemingly compelling stories, but AFAIK, most claims involve religion.
     
  10. Jun 23, 2006 #9

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    Oh thanks. :grumpy: Now you've ruined it for me. Here all this time I thought it was sleight <sp?> of hand. The magic is all gone for me now. :rofl: :tongue2:
     
  11. Jun 23, 2006 #10
    This http://users.erols.com/igoddard/paranorm.htm" [Broken]seems to have a good explantion. It doesn't say anything about levitation but I think this could explain levitaion.
     
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  12. Jun 23, 2006 #11

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    I don't do so well without enough caffeine myself. :rofl:
     
  13. Jun 24, 2006 #12
    I have an old book called "Mental Fascination" I found at the swap meet a few years ago which has a very interesting explanation of levitation and other remarkable things. I've been thinking about starting a thread on the subject.
     
  14. Jun 24, 2006 #13
    so you think David Blaines street magic is genuine? Or is it just sleight of hand?
     
  15. Jun 24, 2006 #14

    Ivan Seeking

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    Come on, do you really think that something like this could be genuine and repeatable without being the headline on every newspaper in the world?
     
  16. Jun 24, 2006 #15
    Pay in picnic baskets? :rofl:
     
  17. Jun 24, 2006 #16
    I have this aunt that says she once levitated while meditating and claims she can do it again. I get soo tired of these people who claim they do this. I'm like "Ok, then let me know the next time you plan on doing this, or at least video tape it!". Never happens of course. Gee i wonder why. lol
     
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  18. Jun 24, 2006 #17
    Look my previous post. The link in it might have a possible explantion.
     
  19. Jun 25, 2006 #18
    That would be auntie-gravity. :tongue:
     
  20. Jun 26, 2006 #19
    I think David Blaine is an especially talented, but conventional magician. The stuff this book describes is of a completely different nature.

    The main reason I haven't started a thread about it yet is that it would require typing out a lengthy quote from the book, and digging up some links to supporting info.
     
  21. Jun 26, 2006 #20

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    Someone tell Evo to take that banner off Danger, we have a new contender! :rofl:
     
  22. Jun 26, 2006 #21

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    No, Yogi does non-sequiturs, and I have to write them. They make my head hurt.
     
  23. Jun 26, 2006 #22
    Thanks for the boost, Brewnog, but one post does not a banner earn. Besides, I wouldn't want to encroach on the turf of someone named Danger. :smile:
     
  24. Sep 25, 2006 #23
    I saw a video of yogis levitating.

    They were crosslegged and on an athletic pad about 15 feet across. They would rock forward, springing with their legs, and hopping about 6 inches off the pad again and again until they hit the other end and then turn around and do it again to get back where they started. I think both the technical and muystical term for this behavior is "bouncing."

    I didn't have a stopwatch but I think they fell back from the top of their bounce at about 32ft/sec/sec.

    The only thing amazing about it is that they thought they were doing something interesting, useful, or gravity defying. It was a study in denial.
     
  25. Sep 25, 2006 #24

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    :rofl: I remember seeing that. They were just bouncing, no different from anything anyone else can do. It was ridiculous.
     
  26. Sep 25, 2006 #25
    This is an activity that comes out of the Transcendental Meditation movement, and I thought is was one of the most embarrassing things I'd ever seen them do.

    However, it's a bit more interesting than it seems. I had it described to me by a teacher of TM and it was clear that the thing about it that all these people hypnotized into thinking they were performing the first stages of levitation is the fact that the thrust they make with the legs to jump is involuntary. They are given a special mantra for this, and when they silently repeat the mantra it results in an involuntary spasm of the legs and butt muscles. That being the case the subjective experience of it could seem like a split second of 0 gravity, or of being lifted by a mysterious force, or some such. Something easily exploited as being mystical in origin.

    I don't have any good explanation for why the mantra causes the muscle spasms, but I know from having taken TM classes 30 years ago that the mantra they give you for straightforward meditation does cause involuntary relaxation. This other mantra somehow causes the opposite.
     
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