In my book Mind to Matter, I review research showing
how human consciousness affects three of the four
fundamental forces of physics (the strong nuclear force
that binds subatomic particles together, the weak nuclear
force evident in the decay of radioactive elements, and
electromagnetism). What about the fourth fundamental
It may seem unlikely that human consciousness could
truly affect gravity. After all, the gravitational constant is a
known scientific value. I don’t weigh 185 pounds one day
and 132 pounds the next day, as gravity waxes and wanes.
Gravity is a fixed scientific fact.
Or is it?
In May 2018, during the Second European Energy
Psychology Conference, Lissa Rankin, M.D., author of
Mind Over Medicine (Hay House, 2013), told a story about
watching a ceremony with a group of Kogi shamans in
Peru. “I suddenly realized that one of them was floating
about 10 inches off the floor,” she reported. “I nudged the
participant next to me, pointed, and said, ‘Are you seeing
what I’m seeing?’
‘Yup,’ he said, ‘there’s air between his butt and
Throughout history, many eyewitness accounts tell of
people who defied gravity. Perhaps the most famous is St.
Joseph of Copertino. Joseph was born in 1603 to a poor
Italian family. When he was 9 years old, he suffered from
a painful and crippling infection. He escaped into his
imagination and at times experienced ecstasy.
When he recovered five years later, he’d missed out on
schooling as well as socialization. Many people in society
regarded him as a misfit; for example, he was sometimes
so entranced by sacred music that his mouth hung open,
earning him the nickname Boccaperta (“gaping mouth”).
Ordained as a Catholic priest at 25, Joseph soon
exhibited anomalous abilities such as healing, precognition,
and telepathy. The one that got him into the most trouble
was levitation. When saying mass, he would spontaneously
rise off the ground. Thousands of people witnessed this on
hundreds of occasions.
The medieval church had no time for miracle workers.
Bishops moved Joseph to a different diocese whenever his
notoriety became too great, but soon people in the new
congregation would realize they had the floating priest in
their midst. Eventually Joseph was summoned to Rome to
stand before the Inquisition. They ordered him to say mass
to find out if the stories were true. He levitated before their
He was ordered to stop his foolishness, but he continued
to levitate spontaneously. Eventually the church arrested
him again and hid him for the rest of his life. A century
after his death, he was canonized as Saint Joseph, based
on 35 years of written testimony from kings, cardinals,
Other Christian saints observed to levitate include Saint
Teresa of Avila, Saint Pio (also known as Padre Pio), Saint
Martin de Porres, Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Alphonsus
Ligouri, and the Russian Orthodox Saint Seraphim of Sarov.
In his 1946 classic Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramahansa
Yogananda wrote about yogis who have the advanced
spiritual power (siddhi) of levitation. He devoted an
entire chapter to Nagendra Nath Bhaduri, known as “the
Several You Tube videos show contemporary Buddhist
monks levitating. As they go deep into meditation, their
bodies simply float off the ground.
We’re accustomed to thinking of prayer, affirmations,
and meditation as confined to the intangible domain
of spirituality. Levitating saints remind us that our
consciousness has the power to shift the mere fabric of
our material world.
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DAWSON CHURCH, PH.D., AUTHOR OF MIND
TO MATTER (HAY HOUSE, 2018) AND THE GENIE
IN YOUR GENES (ENERGY PS YCHOLOG Y PRESS,
2008), IS A GENETIC RESEARCHER AND AN
ORDAINED NEW THOUGHT MINISTER. HE SHARES
SCIENTIFIC BREAKTHROUGHS ON GENETICS AND
SPIRITUALTY AT DAWSONGIFT.COM.