A 65-year-old woman in Seattle is trying to prove that humans can subsist on nothing but sunlight and water.
Since May 3, Naveena Shine has been documenting her attempt to “live on light” on YouTube. She is abstaining from “carbon-based food” and believes she can derive sustenance from a “pure energy source.”
“Plants live on light, then we eat plants. Are we simply not accessing our inherent ability to live on light?” she wrote on Facebook. “After hearing of the possibility that this might be true, I received a ‘calling’ from within, from the Universe, to find out if it is so.”
Shine appears to be inspired by the writings of Jasmuheen, an advocate of Breatharianism who claims 40,000 people around the world have transcended the need for food.
“The capacity to live on light is directly related to our ability to attract, absorb and radiate Divine Love which is determined by our lifestyle,” wrote Jasmuheen.
Using social media, Shine is keeping track of her progress. She has lost nearly 20 pounds since beginning the experiment and occasionally admits to feeling tired or nauseous. She plans to fast for up to six months, but says she’ll stop if necessary.
“I occasionally get twinges of what feels like hunger,” she says in one video. “But it goes away pretty quickly.”
Although some Facebook commenters support Shine’s mission, many are skeptical.
“If people could live on light and water no one would starve to death. People are watching because its like a car wreck; you can’t turn away,” wrote Kathleen Schmidt.
In a disclaimer posted on her website, Shine acknowledges that people have died while attempting similar experiments.
“Almost nothing is known scientifically about this phenomenon so it would be both foolish and dangerous to embark on such an experiment without proper preparations. It might not be for everybody and should only be attempted after sufficient inner soul searching and higher guidance,” she wrote.