What Is Yogic Flying?
Yogic Flying was introduced in 1976 by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the world’s foremost scientist of consciousness, who has brought to light the knowledge of India’s ancient Vedic tradition. Yogic Flying is a natural extension of the Transcendental Meditation program, which Maharishi introduced in the mid-1950s and which has become the most widely practiced and thoroughly researched program of self-development in the world.
Yogic Flyers use a simple, natural technique that has its origin in the oldest continuous tradition of knowledge on earth, the ancient Vedic tradition of India — specifically, a branch of the ancient Vedic Literature known as the Yoga Sutras of Maharishi Patanjali. These students are actually rising up into the air in a series of blissful hops.
In the silent, self-referral level of their consciousness, they introduce the technique for Yogic Flying, according to the specific procedure they’ve learned, and their bodies spontaneously lift up. At the same time, they experience great clarity of consciousness, energy, exhilaration, and unboundedness.
More than 100,000 people around the world take time twice each day, morning and afternoon, for this practice — doctors and lawyers, teachers and students, business executives and homemakers, military and political and religious leaders, retired people and teens.
The best thing you can do for yourself —
and the best thing you can do for the world
Why do people take time in their busy daily schedules for Yogic Flying?
1. For themselves — to be happier, healthier, more successful
Extensive published scientific research demonstrates that Yogic Flying offers striking practical benefits. For example, scientists have observed remarkable changes in the way the brain functions. During Yogic Flying, brain functioning becomes highly orderly and coherent — with maximum coherence at the point of liftoff. This indicates that the brain is functioning more powerfully, with greater access to its total potential.
This more orderly and powerful brain functioning translates into equally remarkable benefits in everyday life, as many other research studies show. The Transcendental Meditation program and Yogic Flying lead to increased intelligence and creativity, clearer thinking, improved health, enhanced perception, reversal of aging, more fulfilling relationships. In short: people practice Yogic Flying because of its results — they become happier, healthier, more successful, and more fulfilled.
2. For society — to create world peace
Scientific research studies show an even more extraordinary effect. The twice-daily program of Yogic Flying can be practiced by oneself in one’s own home. But extensive research has documented that when people come together and practice Yogic Flying in sufficiently large groups (equal to the square root of one percent of the surrounding population), they create an influence of orderliness and coherence that extends to society.
This coherence-creating effect, termed the Maharishi Effect, neutralizes stress and negativity in the innermost fabric of the nation. The crime rate drops. Sickness and accident rates drop. Inflation and unemployment decline and the economy improves. Even terrorism and open warfare have been reduced or stopped and the superpowers have become friendlier.
For nearly 20 years now, Yogic Flyers have come together in large groups many times and in many places, all over the world. One consistent finding: the larger the group, the greater the effect. Yogic Flying groups have been large enough to generate positive influences statewide, nationwide, and worldwide.
Engaging Natural Law to Work for You
How does Yogic Flying work? Yogic Flying invites us to look at human potential in an altogether new light, to expand our notions of what human beings can accomplish, to think afresh about the connection between human consciousness and the natural world.
In just the last few years, quantum physics has identified the most fundamental field of Nature’s intelligence, the Unified Field of all the Laws of Nature — the level from where all the Laws of Nature, including the force of gravity, arise. This universal level of Natural Law underlies all forms and phenomena in the universe, including the human mind and body.
The ancient Vedic understanding of Nature that Maharishi has brought to light goes further, identifying this universal field as a field of pure consciousness. In Maharishi’s understanding, human consciousness has its foundation in this fundamental field of Natural Law. The human mind, Maharishi explains, can open to this most powerful level of Nature and function from here.
Functioning from this fundamental level, Maharishi points out, we command the total potential of Natural Law; we can harness its power to fulfill our desires. Functioning from here, nothing is impossible for us. Our potential is unbounded.
Yogic Flying provides evidence that human awareness can open to and operate from the most fundamental level of Natural Law. It enables us to access and enliven the total potential of Natural Law residing within each of us — to open this infinite reservoir of energy and intelligence and harness it for all possibilities and fulfillment in daily life.
Yogic Flying communities
Whole educational communities have formed around Yogic Flying. The largest in North America is at Maharishi University of Management and Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment in Fairfield, Iowa. Since 1978, thousands of people from all walks of life have moved to this quiet town as students and professors, and to start businesses, pursue their varied careers, and practice Yogic Flying together twice a day in two specially constructed Golden Domes. A second community, The Spiritual Center of America, has been established in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
The Key to World Peace
“Regular practice of Yogic Flying leads the individual mind to enjoy control of Nature’s central switchboard from where Natural Law governs the life of everyone and administers the entire universe from within the intelligence of every grain of creation.” — Maharishi
Extensive scientific research studies show that Yogic Flying groups create an influence of coherence and orderliness throughout society — reflected in reduced crime, accidents, disease, inflation, unemployment, terrorism.
Supported by this compelling research, Yogic Flyers have made detailed proposals to governments around the world to create large, permanent groups of Yogic Flyers.
Such coherence-creating groups, the research indicates, would bring an end to costly problems and social suffering. Here, then, is a systematic, scientifically verified technology for creating lasting world peace.
Maharishi on Yogic Flying
“It needed a scientific age for the world to appreciate the significance of the philosophy of Yoga and its practical application in creating integrated individuals, integrated nations, and an integrated world family.
“Yoga means union, the union of the individual awareness with the unified field of all the laws of nature in the state of transcendental consciousness. Yogic Flying demonstrates the ability of the individual to enliven the total potential of natural law in all its expressions — mind, body, behavior, and environment. ‘Yogic Flying’ presents in miniature the flight of galaxies in space, all unified in perfect order by Natural Law.
“The mind-body coordination displayed by Yogic Flying shows that consciousness and its expression — the physiology — are in perfect balance. Scientific research has found that maximum coherence in human brain functioning gives rise to Yogic Flying. As the coherently functioning human brain is the unit of world peace, Yogic Flying is the mechanics to make world peace a reality, and thereby bring world health, world happiness, world prosperity, a world free from suffering — Heaven on Earth in this generation.”