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Levitation

LEVITATION is the alleged suspension of gravity during deep meditation or under occult power. There are many reports, but no known confirmable cases. Levitation is associated with demon possession, Buddhist and Hindu ascetics, and medieval Catholic mystics. Teresa of Avila and Catherine of Siena were reported to levitate while in trances. Though Teresa’s friends feared she was possessed, Teresa believed that her levitations were God’s favors, though she “begged God very much not to give me any more favors in public.” (source)

“The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets. For God is not a God of disorder.” (1 Corinthians 14:32, 33).

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Labyrinth

LABYRINTH (place of the double ax)
Predating Christianity by thousands of years and found nowhere in Old Testament worship, the labyrinth is a maze-like construction with only one way in and out. Traditionally it’s an ancient symbol for the divine feminine, probably derived from the myth of a goddess slaying a foe with a double ax. The patterns are similar in purpose to mandalas of South Asian Buddhism, physical representations of the spiritual realm designed to aid in meditation.

In the early ’90s, when New Age channeler Jean Houston introduced the labyrinth to Lauren Artress, canon of San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral, Artress was at first overcome with “almost violent anxiety” but has since promoted the use of the labyrinth.

Not all labyrinth walks produce the desired “shift in consciousness.” Some people experience dizziness, aches, and strange or vivid dreams. Apparently the labyrinth—with or without belief in God—may produce a “spiritual” experience.

“Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight” (Psalm 119:35).

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