An oldschool Yogi trick of "levitation" was done by balancing on a specially shaped staff that had a slight bend in it right where your hip rests on
the staff and your hand holding the staff keeps it levered into your body. I saw a vid once of a guy who was doing this and he'd stand there with
his staff, and with apparently little effort, pull both feet up into full lotus and just hover there. The weight was on his hip and his hand
balances the whole deal.
Staff levitation is a feat in itself in that you need balance and strength, as well as being able to just pull your legs up into lotus.
I've also seen on several occasions some highly advanced martial artists claim to use chi to change the weight on the scale they were standing on.
They'd stand on the scale and basically be able to change it's reading at will by a few pounds.
I bet the yogi staff trick was in large part responsible for a lot of myth, and while i've seen people use some mechanism to alter their weight by a
few pounds, i've never seen anyone just levitate with chi energy. If someone can do it he/she probably isn't posting it on youtube though, and
probably lives in cave in the Himalayas and spends 20 hours a day practicing levitating. He probsbly never told anyone he can do it either on the
grounds that nobody ever asked "Hey, can you levitate?".
When i meditate i float, but not in the sense that i hover above the physical ground, but more of the attainment of a state that's like floating in
zero g, not relative, because if you detach there's nothing to stand on and to let go of everything means you float in Mu. It's important to detach
even from your own physical being, and the effects of the physical world upon it. Think of floating as total sensory deprivation that happens
within, you shut off every sense and you'll float.
Don't worry of you don't physically fly around the room, i've seen people who think they actually do that, and they claim that their "energy"
gets them in the air, but basically they're jumping off the ground in full lotus with a powerful upper body snap and leveling out, kind of like
bunnyhopping on a bike. They say they just meditate until they're launched in the air, but i think it's like when i meditate on an activity like
biking or skating, i'll have the same reaction. It's more of an involuntary muscle movement than the fact that i think myself into the air.
Nonetheless it's still a feeling that you're being involuntarily tossed in some direction involuntarily, and there is a feeling of a surge of energy
when that happens, a tingling, a building up, charging, and then release, but i know that personally that's due to the fact that i meditate while
biking or skating, so when i do it while at rest, my mind forgets to not send the signal for the proper action. To me it feels good, even though i
get occasional sprains or pulled muscles it does provide an energy spike of some sort and i suspect a good shot of adrenaline and other endorphins,
because i kinda get a little "fix" from it. (I'm addicted to adrenaline and endorphins
But, i'd probably say that yeah, floating like a vegas magician isn't what floating is supposed to mean, but floating through existence is more on
target with the goal of floating meditation.
That said, if you can meditate and physically hover, post it on youtube, i wanna see it!
[edit on 8/1/2009 by DezertSkies]