Can you learn to levitate?

"A flower does not think

of competing with the flower

next to it. It just blooms."

- Zenkei Shibayama


Is it possible for someone to physically levitate?  Most likely not, but can your mind learn to levitate?  Without question.

“I’m Floating”

I have been using an isolation/floatation tank for the past 2 ½ years.  I go to the tank once a month at Vibetatlity in Chandler, AZ. It has been a tremendous help for me on my journey.  It is unlike any experience that you can have while living in gravity. Whether your eyes are open or closed it matters not, you are in complete darkness.   It is sound proof.  When you are still, you will only hear your heart pumping and your breath.  The temperature of the 1,000 pounds of salt water is the same as your skin.  Once you adjust to the unusual environment and be still, it almost feels like you are levitating.  With these conditions, it is easier to let your mind float as your body is floating.  I let it take me where it will.  I do not try to accomplish anything in particular.  Every time I go into the tank, it is a different experience.  What I have realized recently is that I want my mind to float like that all the time.

Can My Mind Float?

I would like to be free from all attachments.  Free of judgment, free of hate, free of past conditioning.  I would like to be free from the “good feelings” such as love and pleasure as well.  What I mean by free is that I will experience these things, but to experience them at the moment and then to let them go once they pass.  Not to cling, as is the nature of the mind, but to live in the moment as it happens.  To just be.  I have read that my mind can float like that most of the time or at least part of the time.  I am not sure it is possible while continually living through the five senses to be completely free.  I am sure that I can become more aware and recognize that I am not floating and then begin to practice letting go. I want to emphasize the word practice.  For those of you who are Christian, I think of this passage from Matthew 6:28-30 when I think of this possibility. “Why are you worried about clothing?  "Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.” 

The Art of Letting Go

I have come to understand that the practice of letting go is truly an art.  A form of art that takes considerable practice and diligence to master.  You may ask is this an art that can be mastered?  Perhaps not, but as I need to remind myself I am not trying to nor will I likely reach some destination.  I have to let go of that, as I let go of everything else.  To float, to just be.

Until Next Week,

Rich Decker – Mindful Accord