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St. Joseph of Cupertino:
St. Joseph of Cupertino (1603-1663) was a saint at the low end of intelligence scale. In fact, his family thought him to be mentally retarded. But he was eventually admitted into the Franciscan order — after many failures to learn a trade. At his acceptance, Joseph was placed in charge of taking care of the abbey’s horses. It was then that St. Joseph began praying before a broken Statue of Mary in the stable where he worked, and his levitations began during these times of prayer before the Virgin Mary statue.
Ultimately, he was able to become a priest, and over 70 times while he was saying mass or praying, he would go into an ecstasy and float in the air. Finally, his contemporaries had to restrict him to the church’s balcony because of the uproar his levitations would cause the people observing him.
The Original Flying Nun – St. Teresa of Avila:
St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) was a Doctor of the Catholic Church. This was no small or insignificant title. A Doctor of the Church is a saint whose writings have been of great advantage to the entire church, no matter which century they are read in. Of thousands of Catholic saints, there are only 33 Doctors of the Church. Teresa’s contribution was her writing and teaching on prayer. She was the founder of the discalced Carmelite nuns.
Teresa’s levitations occurred during times of deep prayer. She regarded her levitations as chastisement from God. When she would feel like God was going to levitate her body, she would lie down on the ground and ask her sister nuns to sit on her and hold her down. She continually begged God to stop causing her to levitate in public.
More Levitating Saints:
St. Francis of Assisi levitated. So did St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Joseph of the Cross, Sr. Maria of the Passion, Venerated Mary of Agreda, St. Martin de Porres, St. Gemma Galgani, St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Philip Neri, St. Rita of Casca and Sister Mary, an Arabian Carmelite nun who lived in the 1700s in Bethlehem. There are over 200 accountings of saints and other holy people levitating.
In 1911, Father Suarez, a priest in Argentina, was observed levitating. This was the most recent recounting of levitation that I could find, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there were instances in the recent past or even in the present.
Amazing Levitating Saints!
I use dowsing rods religiously almost everyday at work to locate underground utilities. I’ve meet numerous people in the past 25 years dowsing that the rods will not work for. I always wondered why that was.
Thanks for your comments, it's nice to have made the aquaintance of someone who truly understands the craft of dowsing, and given your lengthy experience I would hazard a guess that you're a pretty effective dowser by now.. If you don't mind, I might well send some questions your way as I begin to get to grips with the art of dowsing? Unfortunately, my physical health restricts me in terms of the amount & type of practice I'd be able to engage in, with regards to fieldwork which is testable (providing that all-important element of feedback/testing of your answers..)
originally posted by: Enduro
I use dowsing rods religiously almost everyday at work to locate underground utilities.
I've come to the conclusion that learning to dowse using maps, and non-tool techniques, would be the most practical general technique for me to use in order to engage with the discipline, as I can utilise the maps from the comfort of my bed, and I'd be able to go out later to test the answers I get whenever I'm feeling physically up to it, for a short excursion to obtain that feedback. I'm a bit gutted actually, that I'm not physically up to the task of stomping around in fields for hours with the rather beautiful Chinese craftsman-made brass L-rods which I purchased recently (for a very reasonable price, in light of the quality).
My condition precludes me from lengthy engagement in any sort of activity whatsoever, meaning I can only manage at most half an hour of gentle walking about in a small area before I need to go home, medicate & rest for a minimum of three hours to recover. Bloody frustrating, to be sure!
Anyway, reading your comments & reflecting on what I could potentially get up to with the much-needed 'practice makes perfect' activities has inspired me to get involved & find ways to work around my limitations.. It's a dying art, and I'd love to be able to help preserve the skillset for future generations to follow on with. Thanks for your input & feedback, it's much appreciated!
originally posted by: idusmartias
a reply to: FlyInTheOintment
You cannot willfully violate the laws of physics. You can continue trying but you'll die disappointed. What you need is a particular type of spirit, I don't know if only one type or certain spirits. I tell you this because on the TV show "Paranormal Caught On Camera" there is a segment where a woman suspected nefarious goings on during her sleep. She set up a night vision camera and, sure enough, the resulting video shows her laying asleep on her bed and her body is levitated a few feet above her bed. Of course, I would never recommend messing with the spirit world and maybe she didn't. I never thought levitating was possible but after watching her footage all things are possible.