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Woman tries to live on light

Navenna Shine, the founder and subject of the Living on Light experiment, plans to spend the next four to six months abstaining from food of any kind and living on only light, water and tea.

 

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SEATTLE — Naveena Shine, the local woman who has eschewed food for tea with milk, water and sunlight for the past 45 days, says she is going to give up her “Living on Light” experiment and starting eating food again.

In a posting on her Facebook page Sunday, Shine said she needs to end her “experiment” mainly due to the fact that on Wednesday her telephone and Internet service will be cut off due to non-payment.

Shine had been soliciting donations on her website, and while it can be inferred that she needed money for living expenses, it’s never clearly specified what the money would have been used for.

Shine, an author of fantasy fiction as well as a biographical account of her journey hitchhiking around the world in 1971, explains that “Living on Light” is “not about not eating,” but rather an attempt to capture another level of consciousness in which food is unnecessary for survival.

Shine’s theories and her evasiveness about her ultimate goal is somewhat suspect — “I choose now not to provide the proof, even if I could. It is way too dangerous,” she said.

But in the end, it’s probably a good thing she’s willing to eat again.

Here’s are some of the videos Shine’s released about her “journey,” including an interview with her.

SEATTLE — Is food an addiction? That’s the question one local woman is asking.

naveenaNaveena Shine is on a 100-day quest to avoid eating food. Shine is in the middle of an experiment that she thinks could change the world.

Eight surveillance cameras canvas Shine’s home, inside and out, recording her every move. Shine said the cameras keep her honest about staying away from food.

“I feel great,” Shine said Thursday. “You know what, there’s times where I go through, blah! There’s times where I think, should I stop this now?”

Shine’s pantry is bare and her cupboards are empty.  She’s on a mission to find out if she can survive on only tea and sunlight. Shine believes food is an addiction

“It’s like alcohol, once you start doing something you can’t get off it,” said Shine. “Especially now when they put all the addictions into the food to get you coming back for more, food is so addictive.”

But nutritionists say the practice of self-starvation is dangerous and has been deadly.

A Swiss woman in her fifties died last year after embarking on a reported ‘spiritual journey’ to give up food and water.

Shine now weighs 129 pounds, down 30 pounds since she quit eating. She says she’s not trying to starve or hurt herself.

Her refrigerator does have a ‘life line,’ just in case she feels the experiment has gone too far.

“The other day I bought some miso soup just in case I need to come off very, very quickly,” said Shine. “I wanted to have something here in case. It’s not opened yet.”

Shine said she is getting both encouragement and criticism from around the globe, and that’s what she wants.

She has asked to keep her location a secret so she doesn’t have a bunch of people showing up at her house, looking to see if she’s sneaking food.

Local News
06/13/13

Film to feature Seattle woman living on sunlight

SEATTLE — A teaser for a new documentary featuring a Seattle woman trying to survive solely on light, water and tea was posted to Reddit.com Wednesday.

The trailer, posted by James Allen Smith, features Navenna Shine, the founder and subject of the living on Light Experiment. Shine plans to spend the next four to six months abstaining from food of any kind and living on only light, water and tea.

According to her website Livingonlight.co, Shine started the experiment in an attempt to follow a group of obscure Yogis, who for thousands of years have claimed the ability to live on light. Some who adhere to such practices are called “breatharians,” — someone who gains energy and sustenance strictly through air and sunshine — and Shine hopes to prove it is possible by living out the experiment.

While difficult, Shine hopes the body can be trained to live through the hardships of surviving without food.

“The only way to prove it is by doing it,” Shine said.

There is no release date set yet for the new film.

Local News
06/05/13

Seattle woman attempts to live on sunlight, water

SEATTLE — A few rare plants can live on exclusively sunlight, water and air. But a human? One Seattle woman is trying to find out.

Navenna Shine, the founder and subject of the Living on Light experiment, plans to spend the next four to six months abstaining from food of any kind and living on only light, water and tea.

According to her website Livingonlight.co, Shine started the experiment in an attempt to follow a group of obscure Yogis, who for thousands of years have claimed the ability to live on light. Some who adhere to such practices are called “breatharians,” — someone who gains energy and sustenance strictly through air and sunshine — and Shine hopes to prove it is possible by living out the experiment.

While difficult, Shine hopes the body can be trained to live through the hardships of surviving without food.

“The only way to prove it is by doing it,” Shine said.

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Shine said she is not completely sure she will be able to succeed, but intends to give the experiment a fair attempt. Throughout the experiment, she will film herself on eight cameras positioned throughout her house to ensure to herself and others she does not cheat.

“Can I do this?” Shine asked. “Will I succeed? I don’t know the answer to this because I haven’t done it yet. I only know that I shall not cheat. I want to know this as much as you do. Time will tell the rest.”

Shine called her attempt a “huge moment in history.”

According to Shine’s Facebook page, she was in her 32nd day without food Wednesday. She has lost more than 20 pounds since the experiment started, and in her most recent most post, described how her body has used up all its fat and is looking for other sources of energy.

“I have the feeling that my body has reached a point where it has used up all its stored fats and is now looking around for what next to consume,” Shine wrote. “I suspect this might be the point where it decides either to find and hook into the source where it is able to live on Light, or consume the body for sustenance. I am doing all I can thorough consciousness to open up the space for ‘Living on Light.’ We shall see.”

As many as four “Breatharians” have died while attempting to live solely on light, the website Seattleglobalist.com reported.

To view Shine’s Facebook page and daily updates, click this link.

To view Shine’s YouTube channel, click this link.

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