Today in History:
On October 21, 1967, 100,000 demonstrators gathered around the Reflecting Pool in Washington D.C. to protest the U.S involvement in the war in Vietnam.
Organized by Jerry Rubin, the Fugs’ Ed Sanders and Abbie Hoffman, 50,000 of the protesters would march to the Pentagon in an attempt to levitate the building and exorcise the evil within and to demand the end to the war that less than half of all Americans now supported.
The Movement was gaining momentum due to a surge in the media coverage of the war – but despite tremendous outpouring of public sentiment and protest, President Johnson continued to escalate the war effort by strengthening the American Troop presence to a half-million
… even as young men were returning in body bags at a rate of five hundred a month.
One of the most iconic photographs of the “Flower Power” movement was taken by Bernie Boston of protester George Harris inserting flowers into the rifle of a National Guardsman.
Jan Rose Kasmir, a high-school student, was 17 when this picture was taken by French photojournalist Marc Riboud.
TRUE HIPPIE LEVITATION EXPERIENCE
While the Hippie/Protesters’ attempt at levitation was unfortunately not successful, one night five years later in 1972 I was involved with one that was.
While I was closing up the Crane’s record store that I managed on Pacific Coast Highway in Palos Verdes, California, a couple of co-workers’ friends showed up to set the stage for a supernatural evening.
After letting them in and locking the front door, someone suggested that the group of five of us, three females and two males, should attempt to levitate – which I’d heard of but hadn’t experienced, yet. The solitude of the record store and of all the massive amounts of talent and creativity emanating from the bins and racks of records created just the right ambiance and everyone was totally and seriously into the vibe, which is crucial for success.
Here was our Occult procedure: there had to be at least five willing and dedicated individuals, essentially, true believers; one sits on an average non-folding chair, preferably wood (organic), the other four, after a brief ritual, place a predetermined single finger under and at the edge of the four-cornered (or equidistant) chair’s seat and levitate the chair and the fifth individual nearly above their heads with no effort!
The ritual is a simple one, the first part of the ritual can be done with both hands or with just the hand with the finger that the individual will use (all four must obviously be in agreement), in counter-clockwise order, (to unite and initiate the group’s counter gravity mindset force) each individual places their open hands palms down out at arms’ length with each palm centered over/above the others, the bottom hand is palm up (this traps the energy),each hand is just hovering above but not touching with hands stacked at least four high; silence and seriousness is golden, minds are focused, and soon there will be a rising heat in each individuals’ palms and tops of hands that increases in intensity, this can happen relatively quickly. When all agree that the time/vibe is right all four individuals place their predetermined finger in position and effortlessly levitate the fifth individual and chair nearly above their heads.
We were so successful at levitating the first person with only four single fingers that we each took turns being levitated! Male or female, size or weight, it didn’t matter all were successful and equally amazing feats!
After much giddy fun, I set the alarm and locked the back door of the store and we all “levitated” into the night.
This is a perfect example of mind over matter and shows that the apparently impossible is in fact possible.
All those stories we’ve heard where a mother literally lifts a car to free her trapped child are examples of the supernatural strength we have within us that is available during times of extreme stress – and during times of the joining of like minds.
I considered trying this with a group of very talented but jaded young co-worker dudes in an R&D sector several years back but I was aware of their cynicism and knew it would never happen.
Which once again says a lot for the state of mind that we were in back then – we truly believed that anything was possible – and it was – we ended a war.
This is a rousing, totally psychedelic super Rockin’ protest of the Jackson Kent State murders –
and the war – and therefore is ALWAYS appropriate.
One of 00individual’s Favorite Singles
STEVE MILLER BAND
“JACKSON KENT BLUES“
“Give Peace a Chance”
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