A miracle from BJ…Over 25 years ago, I lived in Iran. At that time, as a woman, I enjoyed many of the same freedoms that anyone did. I was part of a meditation community that practiced “Six Gaum” meditation. Each Gaum is around 20 minutes. To us, Gaum is the practice of repeating a line of scripture over and over as a mantra, with a long pause between each inner utterance. This is done slowly and to oneself.
We would meet in various lovely places to practice. Sometimes we would practice in the mountains, sometimes by streams, and sometimes indoors. This one particular time, we met in a beautiful mansion. It was enormous. I arrived a little bit late, and over 100 people were seated already in a large ballroom-style room. Instructions were given by the leader. One unusual instruction was given this time, and it was to keep your eyes closed no matter what. I wondered at this, but thought, “No problem, I meditate with my eyes closed anyway.”
About 20 minutes into the sitting, I heard a loud thump. I was curious about it, but obeyed the instructions. More time passed and I heard another loud thump. A little while later, another. This went on without a pattern occurring. At one point, I heard a thump very near where I was sitting. I could no longer control my curiosity. I opened my eyes to an amazing sight.
The thumping sounds were from men’s bottoms hitting the floor! At various heights throughout the room, cross legged men were floating in mid-air. One was very near the ceiling. Needless to say, I didn’t get very deep into my own meditation that night. For the rest of the evening I continued to peek at the spectacle.
Because I did not have my own deep experience, I understood the odd instructions at the beginning of the session. Noting what was occurring outside in the physical, stalled me from looking inside. Perhaps there was a special energy available to us on that night. Besides wondering at the wonder, I pondered a few questions.
Why were the men thumping loudly down instead of gently floating back down? Did they suddenly turn their attention to the physical and realize that they were floating, so therefore couldn’t levitate any longer? And why were there only men levitating in a mixed group? Are Iranian men more obedient and less questioning? Hmmm, do you wonder why?
What ever the case, I think it was a miracle that some people can experience when practicing complete trust in the divine and in their fellow humans. Unfortunately, three months after this experience, laws changed, and we were no longer allowed to meditate in large commingled groups.
I understand that the purpose of a miracle is to share love and not to create a spectacle, which is probably why the leader told us to keep our eyes shut. Perhaps his intention was for us to experience the lightness of love without the fear a spectacle would elicit.