A Complete Guide to Developing Real Superpowers and Extraordinary Abilities
BY JUSTIN FAERMAN
The idea of becoming superhuman has fascinated mankind for ages. Emperors of bygone eras searched for the elixirs of immortality, shaolin monks have pushed the limits of what’s possible with the body for thousands of years, and the alchemists of old searched for ways to transmute metals into gold. The yogis and holy men of India meditated in caves and explored the tantras and sutras of Hindu philosophy in search of the legendary siddhis, a set of supernatural powers believed to be the byproduct of intensive meditation and yoga practice. Tibetan monks meditated for decades to master the control of their physical and etheric bodies and beyond, learning to travel the astral planes and afterlife, and sorcerers in medieval times sought countless magical powers from healing the sick to controlling others through the use of herbs, spells and spirits.
Even today, the idea of superhuman abilities captivates the masses. Comic books portray any number of colorful characters trying to cope with their miraculous superpowers, and countless movies and TV shows from Limitless and Lucy to The X Files, Stranger Things and even the entire Sci-Fi channel and more explore the limits of what we believe is possible and then some. You could even make the case that today’s scientists and researchers are involved in the pursuit as well: Many believe we are on the cusp of curing all disease and extending lifespan indefinitely. Working body parts can be grown in labs, blindness and deafness are close to being cured, and we can now genetically engineer virtually any trait into human embryos and beyond.
And yet despite this underlying, intrepid fascination with humankind’s innate higher abilities most are skeptical that they even exist. After all, what proof is there? If these abilities exist and can be accessed by anyone, then why don’t we see more people walking around demonstrating them? Surely after thousands of years someone would have figured out how to reliably access our innate powers, right? Yes and no. The answer, it turns out, is not quite as clear as it first seems.
There is actually quite a bit of scientific proof, or evidence, if you will, that indeed superpowers, for lack of a better term, are real and actually do exist. In fact, there are a number of fairly prominent and somewhat less well-known people who clearly have mastery over a wide range of superhuman abilities and can demonstrate them at will and on command, even in the face of scientific scrutiny. And the good news is that these masters of the body, mind and spirit all claim anyone can develop these abilities as well, with a bit—or a lot—of focused practice and discipline.
Once you dive past the initial skepticism of die hard rationalists in the scientific community and beyond, you find there is mountains of well documented evidence—from prestigious research institutions like Stanford and so on—proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that not only are supernatural abilities real, but they can be trained and developed in nearly anyone with a serious commitment to doing so.
And, I assume, that’s why you are here reading this in the first place. To some degree you are interested in developing or learning more about your innate abilities. Or maybe not. Maybe you still need to be convinced. Either way, whichever camp you fall into, you’ll find something powerful in this article that will help you on your journey to tapping into and embracing those higher aspects of yourself.Below, we’ll explore some of the most well-documented and impressive cases of people demonstrating extraordinary powers and superhuman abilities in perhaps all of human history and dive into exactly what is necessary to experience them yourself, according to the teachings of the masters who have achieved them.
The Art and Science of Developing Superhuman Abilities
The first thing to understand when it comes to developing these powers if you will, is that there is a lot of them and not every teacher or master is able to demonstrate them all. According to the the classical Hindu text, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, which talks about such things, there are approximately 19 siddhis or supernatural powers that are attainable. Here’s a sampling of the list of superpowers outlined by Patanjali, the ancient Hindu sage, with added commentary by world renowned parapsychologist Dean Radin, Ph.D.:
Siddhi III.21. Disappearance of the body from view, as a result of looking at the body with the inner eye. This is sometimes translated as the power of invisibility, because the Sanskrit aphorism contains words suggesting a “suspension of the coarse or limited projection of the body.” But it may also be interpreted as the ability to perceive aspects of the body that are beyond the limited scope of the ordinary senses. In other words, we could interpret this as clairvoyance, or perhaps as psychokinesis.
Siddhi III.39 and 42. Levitation, through samyama on the feeling of lightness. This siddhi is said to allow the yogi to float, hover, fly, or walk on water. It could be interpreted as a highly advanced form of psychokinesis.
Siddhi III.44–45. Mastery over the elements, through samyama on the elements, enabling manipulation of matter, including the size, appearance, and condition of the body. Variations of these abilities include the fulfillment of any desire, or to create or destroy material manifestations; a highly refined version of psychokinesis.
Siddhi III.46. Perfection of the body. This could be interpreted as a melding of exceptional mind-body control combined with psychokinesis. It would manifest in extreme cases as indefinite life extension, as incorruption of the body after physical death, perhaps as the “rainbow body” in Tibetan tradition, in which the corpse does not decay but rather slowly fades away and turns into colored lights.
Achieving mastery over even one of these abilities is a considerable feat and would put you in the .000001% of the human population that has access to real siddhis or something to that degree. Developing full control over all 19 is the stuff that legends are made of. This is because each siddhi has its own subtleties and nuances and often times requires mastery of one or more of the different faculties of the human mind, body, energy body and spirit.
According to those that have attained them and teach the process of doing so, being able to demonstrate superhuman abilities or is kind of like training for the olympics. Anyone who puts in the time and effort can qualify, but only the most talented go on to win the gold or even place in the top three. And so it is with the siddhis. If you put in the time and practice, you can enter the realm of the extraordinary and begin to exhibit some of the easier abilities there is to attain, but only those people with an unusual level of commitment or innate natural talent or ability will develop true mastery over one or more of their superhuman powers.And this, of course, is in part why it is so rare to see people demonstrating these types of superpowers. Few have the discipline, focus and commitment necessary to train themselves to exhibit them. And beyond that, things are compounded by the fact that accurate information on how to perform them and develop them correctly is often obscure and hard to find. And that is if you are one of the rare people who even believes they exist in the first place.
But if you have made it this far in your search and found yourself here, you are in for a treat, because what you are about to dive into will surely change your life, and if you are in pursuit of these superhuman abilities yourself, well, let’s just say things are about to get interesting…
The Masters and What They Teach
John Chang: The Magus of Java
Of all the living masters of superhuman abilities, perhaps the most impressive and well-documented is that of John Chang, a Chinese Neigong practitioner and healer in the Mo Pai tradition who has developed an extraordinary level of control and ability over the subtle energies of the body, known in many spiritual traditions as qi, prana, life force, mana and so on.
He is able to use the qi energy that he has spent decades cultivating and refining to be able to perform superhuman feats like lighting things on fire with his hands, taking a bullet at point blank, pushing chopsticks through tables, healing the sick, conjuring spirits, displaying extraordinay strength and much, much more.
This clip from the documentary Ring of Fire captures John demonstrating many of these miraculous superpowers:
This video, supposedly shot by one of his students, shows John pushing a chopstick into a block of solid wood fairly easily:
As you can imagine, when these videos came out, it spurred a wave of people all over the world who sought out Chang somewhere on the Indonesian island of Java (his current whereabouts are unknown) to learn for themselves how to achieve these kinds of abilities. One man, Kosta Danaos, a greek engineer, was able to find John somewhere in Indonesian—not an easy thing to do I might add—through a series of highly synchronous events. John agreed to take Kosta on as one of his first and only Western, non-Chinese, non-Indonesian students. Kosta studied with John for years and took copious notes on his experiences, recording many of John’s core teachings of the Mo Pai system that allowed him to develop such extraordinary abilities and supernatural powers.
Kosta later turned these notes into a book called The Magus of Java. If you are interested in studying the Mo Pai system that John uses and getting started on this path to developing your own superpowers, reading Kosta’s book is the best place to start.
It’s well written and reveals many of the fundamental concepts you need to know to safely practice and train the fundamentals in the Mo Pai tradition and start developing superhuman powers like John.
Learn More: The Magus of Java by Kosta Danaos
Wim Hof: The Ice Man
Another extraordinarily well-documented living master with real life superhuman abilities is that of Dutchman Wim Hof. Wim has essentially mastered the ability to control various aspects of his physical body and, to some extent, his mind in a way that allows him to withstand extreme conditions of cold, heat and endurance.He is most famous for climbing Mount Everest in his underwear and barefoot, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro under the same conditions and immersing himself in ice water in the middle of the Arctic for hours at a time. He also ran a marathon (26 miles) in the desert without drinking water. He is able to do this, he says, because he has mastered a special breathing technique he developed that allows him to develop an extraordinary level of control over his body and mind, which essentially makes him to a large degree impervious to the freezing cold (and sometimes hot) conditions he is operating in.
In this video, Wim talks about his process of developing superhuman control of his body and mind, and you can see footage of him performing some of the miraculous feats outlined above:
Many of the world’s greatest athletes have gone to study with Wim because he has clearly mastered something extraordinary. What’s great about Wim is that he is alive and well and openly teaches his methods for developing practical, real life superhuman abilities. Furthermore, they tend to be less esoteric and difficult than any of the other masters mentioned in this article, making them a great place to get started in learning how to tap into and develop your own extraordinary abilities.
Wim has developed a 10-week online training program for anyone seeking to master his methods, which is highly affordable and can be found here:
Learn more about The Wim Hof Method Training Course
He’s had over 10,000 graduates to date, many of which went on to develop similar levels of superhuman abilities that he himself has. Furthermore, many of the practices that Wim teaches overlap beautifully with some of the other teachers and systems mentioned in this article, essentially allowing you to make progress on multiple fronts at the same time.
Ken Wilber: The Einstein of Consciousness
Ken Wilber, who is often endearingly referred to in many circles as the ‘Einstein of Consciousness’ is a psycho-spiritual genius who has done an incredible amount of work to bridge science, spirituality, psychology, physics, ecology and more into a grand unified theory of existence and human consciousness.
The body of work he has created is impressive, and many consider him to be one of the greatest living teachers of our time. However, his work is, in many ways, so advanced and sophisticated that it has been hard for many to grasp and apply on a practical level even though within his teachings lie many of the keys to unlocking advanced abilities of your mind, body and spirit, including superhuman intelligence, incredible mind-body control, awareness and access to deeper spiritual realities, deep intuition and more. However, in recent years Ken has developed a program called Superhuman OS that is accessible to anyone and allows people to access his most advanced teachings in a fairly simple way.
Ken’s work is basically a key to unlock your highest potential and awaken your true self on every level, mind, body, spirit and beyond, which is foundational for any of the more advanced practices that lead to the development of superhuman intelligence and other extraordinary abilities. In fact, learning, practicing and mastering Ken’s Integral spiritual practices will allow you to develop superpowers much more rapidly than you otherwise would have.
This is because developing these kinds of real life superpowers requires a high degree of self mastery, psychological mastery and spiritual awareness. Ken’s work has the ability to exponentially speed your progress on these paths and help you to develop a deep understanding of the workings of your own mind, body and spirit.
Regular practice of Ken’s Integral work can and does also lead to the development of some incredible abilities as well, as demonstrated in this video where Ken uses special types of meditation that he discovered (and teaches) that allows you to enter enlightened states and gain control over your brain activity:
In an effort to make his work more accessible to people who want to master what he teaches and unlock their highest potential and latent genius-level intelligence and spiritual abilities, he’s developed the Superhuman OS program, which is an accelerated course to get you operating at the highest possible levels of your consciousness and awareness.
You can learn more about Ken’s training here: Superhuman OS
The Psychic Science of Remote Viewing
One of the most fascinating and easily accessible of all our innate powers is the ability to remote view. Remote viewing is supernatural ability that we all possess to project our consciousness across space and time to essentially any conceivable location to perceive and observe accurate information about that place, object or person as if you were standing there in person. It may sound far fetched, but hold off your skepticism because prestigious institutions like Stanford University and powerful organizations like the various branches of the U.S. military and U.S. Intelligence community (CIA) have invested tens of millions of dollars into researching and developing this superhuman technology over the last 60 years.
Many books have been written about the art and science of remote viewing and its extensive scientific backing by such authors as Russell Targ, Ph.D., and Lynne McTaggart. In fact, it is well documented that the U.S. military has developed in-depth training programs to teach select soldiers remote viewing abilities and special corps of elite soldiers and spies actively use the technology to this day for intelligence purposes. Some of the people who have been trained by the government and elsewhere to develop these expanded spiritual intelligence technologies have since left their active duty posts and now run training programs of their own to help people who are interested in developing these superpowers within themselves to learn how to do so.
Books on Remote Viewing
The following are widely regarded as some of the top books on developing psychic powers and mastering the art and science of remote viewing:
Limitless Mind: A Guide to Remote Viewing and Transformation of Consciousness By Russell Targ, Ph.D.
Remote Viewing Secrets: A Handbook By Joseph McMoneagle
Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality By Dean Radin, Ph.D.
The Reality of ESP: A Physicist’s Proof of Psychic Abilities By Russell Targ, Ph.D.
The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World By Lynn McTaggart
Training Programs on Remote Viewing
You can find a directory of the top remote viewing training programs here: Learn the Art and Science of Remote Viewing
These are ideal for people who want to go deeper and truly develop mastery-level extraordinary abilities.
Here’s a video of Russell Targ, Ph.D. talking about the art and science of remote viewing and other psychic abilities:
The Powers and Siddhis of the Ancient Yogis
As mentioned, the fascination and enchantment with superhuman abilities are nothing new to humankind and have been written about for thousands of years. And of everything that has been written on the subject, perhaps the most famous is Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, which is a collection of expositions and fragments of ancient texts on the development of consciousness into Samadhi (enlightenment) and other subjects relating to that path such as yoga and meditation.
Patanjali states in the Sutras that a serious and committed practitioner of the meditative and yogic arts will eventually develop siddhis or superhuman powers as a result of effective practice and discipline. In the Sutras, Patanjali goes into great depth outlining approximately 19 siddhis that can develop as a result of spiritual development through the meditative and yogic arts.
Some believe that the practices and secrets to attaining the siddhis can be found in Patanjali’s Sutras themselves. Although no explicit techniques or exercises are taught, the Sutras do offer many guidelines on how to live and raise consciousness in a way that would cause siddhis to develop. Many consider Patanjali’s Sutras an essential text on not just siddhis but the path to achieving real life superpowers and, beyond that, developing truly extraordinary levels of consciousness. It should be noted that Patanjali gives stern warning that the siddhis should not be sought in and of themselves directly as this is a distraction from the true purpose of life which is spiritual development in the hopes of achieving Samadhi (enlightenment) and beyond.
No matter what you believe or your intent, if you are set on tapping into your own powers and abilities, reading Patanjali’s Sutras and understanding the 19 siddhis is an essential step on the path.
Learn more about the siddhis: Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
Masters of Reality: The Kahunas & Polynesian Shamanism
Before Christian missionaries and encroaching Western culture effectively stamped out Polynesian spiritual traditions in the later part of the 20th century, Hawaii was a hotbed of Kahuna activity with powerful shamans regularly and openly demonstrating a long list of extraordinary superpowers. Kahunas, which are essentially Hawaiian shaman or spiritual elders/wisdom keepers, were the product of thousands of years of sophisticated Polynesian spiritual knowledge that had been passed down secretly from generation to generation. As the Polynesian diaspora spread westward into Hawaii long ago, the Kahuna secret wisdom came with it and flourished on the islands.
There are literally hundreds of documented case studies and firsthand accounts of truly extraordinary superhuman feats being performed by the Kahunas, ranging from walking on scorching hot lava for extended periods of time and instantly healing life-threatening wounds, broken bones and any and all disease in a matter of seconds (to the point where any record of them ever having occurred couldn’t be found or seen) to instant materialization of physical objects, levitation, the ability to manipulate reality in their favor, the ability to contact and interact with spirits at will, the ability to teleport and bilocate, the ability to see into the future and past at will and to project their consciousness nearly anywhere on the planet or in the universe and observe what they saw, among many other things.
We know this in part because a budding scientist and parapsychological researcher named Max Freedom Long found himself on the Hawaiian islands in the early part of the 19th century. Fascinated with superhuman abilities and these sorts of things, he quickly became intrigued by the stories he was hearing about the Kahunas from the Hawaiians whose trust he had gained. Through a series of highly synchronistic events he finally got in contact with real Kahunas who could actively demonstrate the supernatural powers outlined above, however, there was one catch: They refused to reveal any of their secrets as it was forbidden to do so to non-Polynesians in their cultural traditions.
Not one to be deterred by unfavorable circumstances, Long figured out a backdoor to gain access to the miraculous secrets he sought—by decoding the Hawaiian language. It turns out, as is often the case in indigenous cultures, that their secrets were passed down orally for thousands of years and their entire system of consciousness and spiritual wisdom was encoded into the etymology of their language. Max figured this out by meticulously studying Hawaiian and Polynesian languages and through a multi-year-long practice of trial and error eventually unlocked their secrets and began to gain access to their legendary powers.
Fascinatingly, the esoteric knowledge he found hidden in their language, which had been passed down as spiritual wisdom for thousands of years was not only up to speed with what Western psychologists in Europe and the U.S. had discovered about the nature and structure of the mind, but it was far more nuanced and sophisticated by a long shot.
After discovering the Kahuna secrets to performing superhuman feats and demonstrating extraordinary abilities, he went on to write a series of books that offered an entire system and practical framework for putting them into effect.
Thankfully, those books are still in print today and contain many deep insights not found anywhere else into unlocking these same abilities within yourself.
They are The Secret Science Behind Miracles and The Secret Science at Work. There are others that he authored as well but these two, read in the order outlined above, are the only two that sincere seekers in this domain need to get started on the path to developing advanced abilities and extraordinary superpowers.
Sai Baba: Master of Miracles & Materialization
Depending on who you ask, Sai Baba is widely considered to be one of the greatest avatars and spiritual teachers to walk the planet in recent times. He certainly left an indelible mark on Hindu spiritual culture and the thriving 1960’s and 70’s counterculture of the U.S. as well. But far beyond all that, is the fact that Sai Baba was known in large part for regularly performing miracles—and not the kind of miracles you see preachers performing on late night TV. No, Sai Baba purportedly had a long list of superpowers and abilities that ranged from such things as the ability to bilocate, perform instant healings and resurrect life from the dead to, perhaps most famously, materialize physical objects out of thin air simply using the power of his projected consciousness.
There are many videos (one of the better ones is posted below) and firsthand reports from millions of people who watched him perform this superpower of physical object materialization time and time again during his many public appearances. In some of the videos floating around you can watch him consistently create beautiful gold necklaces and jewelry out of thin air and manifest copious amounts of Bhasma (a sacred holy ash powder) in front of huge audiences of devotees and supporters.
Sai Baba, like any major guru, is not without his detractors and critics—some claim he was a world-class magician, however, it’s hard to argue with the videos and the millions of people who have seen him live, in person and close up swear by his legendary supernatural abilities. One thing is for sure, Sai Baba was indeed a master spiritual teacher and his writings and commentaries are quite deep and profound. Before leaving this earth he created a massive legacy and empowered millions of people worldwide in unquestionably positive ways, which is quite a feat in and of itself that few ever achieve.
Videos of Sai Baba
Activating the Third Eye With Sun Gazing
Supposedly a lost art practiced by Egyptian Pharoahs and mystery school initiates, sun gazing is the practice of staring into the sun in the early morning just after rising or in the evening during its setting to raise consciousness and activate dormant superhuman abilities. When most people hear of sun gazing they are reminded of the scolding rules they were given as children not to look directly into the sun “…or you’ll go blind!” And while there is some truth to that—as it is actually dangerous to look directly into the sun at certain times of the day—it’s actually been shown that you can look directly at the sun up to 30-40 minutes after sunrise and up to 30-40 minutes before sunset with relative safety. This is because at these times of the day the sun is lower on the horizon and is filtered through significantly greater amounts of the earth’s atmosphere, which dulls the light and radiation emitting from the giant star to safe and even harmless levels.
And while that may be true, the question remains: Why bother looking at the sun in the first place? Well if you are interested in developing superpowers then you might want to consider it for a number of reasons. The main one being that the optic nerve—the one that is stimulated by light coming into your eye—is connected directly to the pineal gland, which in spiritual and esoteric circles is considered the gateway to higher consciousness and, when activated, the mediator of many desirable advanced abilities. Looking at the sun, which is arguably the source of all life and a majorly powerful source of light, is arguably the most powerful and effective way to activate the pineal gland, according to sun gazers. And there is some truth to this claim—it’s widely known in the medical communities that exposure to sunlight has a major effect on our circadian rhythms (sleep-wake cycles) and melatonin production, which, you guessed it, is controlled almost entirely by the pineal gland.
By staring directly at the sun, so the sun gazing logic goes, you can stimulate your pineal gland to the point where it becomes hyper-charged and begins releasing special hormones that alter your consciousness and engender superhuman abilities in the mind and body. The pineal gland is also synonymously famous with the third eye chakra, which has been associated with a long list of superpowers like telepathy, psychic abilities, clairvoyance, genius-level intelligence and beyond, the ability to control mind and matter and more in ancient and modern spiritual texts. Sun gazing is supposedly an accelerator or shortcut to advanced powers like those described above.
And there is some evidence that sun gazing does indeed produce some fascinating effects for some people that could be considered in the range of superhuman ability.
One of the most interesting and also controversial cases is that of Wiley Brooks who is an avid sun gazer and claims that as a result he has almost completely lost the need to eat food and, beyond that, has been able to at various times lift up to 1100 lbs of weights—nearly ten times his own body weight. What’s more is that as a result of not eating food he is very skinny but despite the clear lack of muscle mass there is unquestionable footage documenting that he indeed is able to lift world-record level weights in the documentary Eat the Sun, which chronicles the lives of a number of famous sun gazers.
If this is something you are interested in, there is a wealth of information that can be found through a few google searches and an excellent documentary called Eat the Sun that was released a few years ago.
It’s an easy enough practice to start if you live somewhere fairly sunny, just make sure to only do it at the recommended times and start very slowly and work up to give you eyes time to adjust.
Whichever path you choose to begin your pursuit of superhuman powers and abilities, one thing is sure, it will require dedication, time and focus more than anything else. If I could impart one final piece of knowledge it’s this: don’t ever give up. When it comes to the realm of the extraordinary, often times the difference between those who are successful and those who fail is simply persistence.
About The Author
Justin Faerman is the co-founder of Conscious Lifestyle Magazine and a consciousness researcher dedicated to unlocking human potential through the bridging of science and spirituality.