Have you ever seen someone levitate off the ground or a bed and float in the air for a while? Neither have I, but I've read plenty of accounts of claimed levitation. While the most prominent examples of levitation likely come from magicians who use optical illusions, there are traditions of levitation among occultists and practitioners of mainstream religions like Hinduism, Gnosticism, Helenism and Christianity.
How do people levitate? That's a topic of great debate, but there are three schools of thought among believers. One is that a person's psychic power enables levitation through telekinesis or the movement of objects with the mind.Another line of thought is that levitation is achieved when a person's spirit overcomes the body or the person's higher form winning out over the fleshy tabernacle. The third school of thought is that people levitate when acted upon by unseen forces like ghosts or demons.
Skeptics claim levitation is the product of optical illusions, drug-induced hallucinations or some other form of trickery. Levitation has never successfully been performed in a laboratory and so cannot be scientifically verified nor understood.
So what do you think: is levitation a real event or something used only by scam artists?