In 2008, I listened to an interview with a self-proclaimed breatharian. This word was new to me and so was the phenomenon it referred to. Breatharianism, or inedia, is the underlying idea that the human body has the ability to survive indefinitely – and thrive – without the nourishment of food or drink. Different sources attribute this ability to consciousness, to a divine connection, to sungazing, or to “prana” or the life-force energy found in all of creation.
My introduction to this phenomenon coincided with bouts of fasting that I had been engaging in at the time. One week here, two weeks there, and once I went three full months without food. Bearing in mind that I only weighed 130 lbs at the start of my longest fast, I was not lethargic or weak during this time. Rather, I was climbing mountains, playing sports, and my brain was clicking on all cylinders. This personal experience opened my mind, even if only slightly, to the possibility that science and medicine have not done an adequate job factoring consciousness into the equation.
If you’re reading articles on this website, more than likely you already mistrust virtually everything you’ve been told by society at large. Still, let’s cut the anecdotes. Only sophists like personal anecdotes.
I dared to ask, “Is it scientifically possible for our physical bodies to subsist off of the immaterial?” How pseudo-scientific and guilty I felt, until I began to find evidence to support this notion.
Let it be known, the following is not a proof for breatharianism. It is merely an analysis of some interesting data, a plug for an outstanding documentary, and some armchair philosophy sprinkled on top.
In the Beginning there was Light – 2009
In his 2010 film In the Beginning there was Light, director P.A. Straubinger traveled the world extensively for 5 years interviewing ostensible cases of breatharianism, documenting their stories, their medical studies, and tracing back the mythology of the phenomenon. Without writing too many spoiler alerts, the film chronicles several individuals who have defied all established laws of science under empirical medical examination. In some cases, their bodies contain physical anomalies and in other they appear as normal people.
The most curious cases in the film are of individuals who were the subjects of intensive medical scrutiny that were told by hospitals and medical research journals that their conclusive findings would not be published, acknowledged, or admitted by the institutions. The film touches on the medical and scientific conspiracy to keep this information suppressed.
Check out the trailer for it below.
Eat the Sun – 2011
Another fantastic film that deserves honorable mention is director Peter Sorcher’s 2011 Eat the Sun.
Dr. Paul Web & the Flaws of Calorimetry
The following excerpt from www.lightdocumentary.com/scientific-proof.html discusses the discrepancies in calorimetry as discovered by Dr. Paul Webb.
From 1972 on, Dr. Paul Webb, a specialist in calorimetry and metabolic research, conducted with his research team a series of scientifc studies trying to replicate the experiments of Atwater and Benedict with improved calorimeters.
Dr. Webb worked especially in the field of aerospace medicine and in the 1960s developed for the NASA a new suit calorimeter that allowed measurements on a whole new level, and that questioned the universal validity of Calorie Theory in the human body on a fundamental basis.
The revolutionary results, which were published in 1980 in the renowned, peer-reviewed American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, pointed to a crucial discrepancy between the theoretical amount of energy produced by metabolism (the results of indirect calorimetry measuring the consumption of oxygen and production of carbon dioxide) and the actual measurable (by direct calorimetry) amount of energy produced by the body. This discrepency was up to 23 percent, the so called “unmeasured energy”, meaning that in some cases for nearly a quarter of the energy produced in the test persons, the scientists had no explanation at all.
And the study states: “The greater the food deficit, the larger was the unmeasured energy”.
The results were so groundbreaking, that Dr. Webb started to look at other studies concerning the same subject.
Beginning with the work of Atwater and Benedict, in all, he found fifty-two studies comparing direct and indirect calorimetry which were applicable to his inquiry. What he found confirmed the results of his own laboratory work. He wrote: “The more careful the study, the more clearly there is evidence of energy not accounted for.”
Faced with this evidence of “energy not accounted for,” the author felt that it was necessary to introduce a new term into the calculation of energy balance. He used the term Qx – Energy coming from an unknown source, or “Energy out of nothing”.
Psychic Surrender and the Culture of Fear
… we are so full of apprehensions, fears, that we don’t know exactly to what it points… a great change of our psychological attitude is imminent, that is certain…because we need more understanding of human nature because …the only real danger that exists is man himself… and we know nothing of man – his psyche should be studied because we are the origin of all coming evil… – Carl Jung
Today, man’s current predicament is that he has deeply ingrained fears that stem back to cataclysms of past ages. There are legitimate fears such as water, fire, changes in the environment, predators, abandonment, and things of that nature. However, there are also irrational fears. There exists within the mind of man irrational fears and resistance towards things like freedom, love, and connectedness.
One begs the question: Where are these irrational fears coming from? If, on the surface, man is apparently seeking freedom from tyranny, oppression, prejudice, and so on, why has he not attained his desires after thousands of years of society building? He claims to seek love and peace, and that is what most people accept as a given.
Is there something that is preventing man, if even on an individual level, from achieving freedom, love, and peace?
Man Fighting Himself
These irrational fears stem from a misunderstanding of ourselves and our potential. If man was to remove the lens of the Ego to see the world, nature, creation, and himself as they truly are, his fears would instantly be assuaged, he would feel existentially content in the moment, and he would no longer be seeking Love, seeking Connectedness, or seeking Freedom. He would realize he is Love, he is Connected, and he is Free. He would allow rather than resist.
Is man’s misunderstanding of himself the root of all evil? Is the duality of good versus evil more accurately described as man versus himself?
This misunderstanding man has of himself is the Illusion of Necessity – the false notion that he lacks something essential. He goes out into the world, puts on a suit of armor, he gets his gloves and a shovel and follows this treasure map in a quest for Freedom, Love, and Truth.
Man takes the path of most resistance. He tries to conquer, to overcome, to outsmart. If man would release his expectations, live existentially, and realize that he already possesses that which he seeks, his itchy irritability for more would be satiated.
Man is free to choose not to be conscious, but not free to escape the penalty of unconsciousness: destruction. –Ayn Rand
The Emergent Self
One thing to be pointed out is that the Self is emergent as well as the ego because the ego tries to play catch up with the Self. The ego tries to preserve itself and in the process, creates new challenges for the Self all the time.
The Self is an ever-changing amalgam of experience. How man identifies with the Self – the individual experience of Self, or that which man calls “myself” – is part of a larger quandry. However, through psychological deconstruction of one’s belief system, definitions, and what Michael Tsarion refers to as mysteriums – one can begin to matriculate back into wholeness with Nature and come to understand the Self better.
Identifying egotistically with the individual experience of the Self leads one to become trapped in the past, future, or a non-existential parallel reality. These are all nothing more than figments of the imagination. Man should strongly consider what is.
Part of that equation – the what is equation – is the I am. The I am is beneath layers and layers and layers of conditioned and externally supplanted ideologies, dogmas, and definitions. This is inherently an apophatic process, or a process of negation.
We can use Shadow Work as our primary instrument to carefully remove that which is not to arrive at that which is.
We live in a monochromatic, mono-emotive, one-season culture. The only way we see others dealing with their emotions is by not dealing with them. Individuals often outsource their “melodrama” to others because they don’t have the time or patience for introspection and transmutation. Instead, repression is the name of the game. We procrastinate emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually.
Is humanity slowly transitioning to breatharianism? Is food a form of materialism that we are unwilling to admit? Is our future one of such advanced spiritual self-mastery and self-knowledge that we repudiate our old ways and old addictions and embrace our divinity and our power?
By reclaiming our authority and taking accountability for our shadow material, we realize that they do not have power over us, but we have power over them. Traumatic events exist in your past for a reason. They are there to serve you. Ultimately, reaching that place of I am is a lifelong – or multi-lifelong – process. Open your mind and enjoy the ride.