When Naveena Shine started out her highly publicized “experiment” to stop eating and live on light alone, she set the standards for herself. In a press release she spoke of herself in the third person, promising to release video of her every move:
On May 3rd 2013, the Spiritually based endeavor, “Living On Light” began an experiment designed to demonstrate that the human body is capable of thriving without food. In order to test the validity of this assumption, one subject, Naveena Shine (the founder of “Living On Light”) has put herself in a controlled environment for a period of four to six months with no food and only water, tea and coffee to drink. She is now at day ten. Her every move is being filmed and archived for future reference. Eventually the whole experiment can be viewed live on the internet.
At her “Living On Light” website, Naveena Shine declared that vague claims of living without food were insufficient, that people ought to demand proof, and that she would supply it:
Throughout history there have been many people who have claimed this capacity. They say they have stopped eating, sometimes for years, and it seems they thrive very well. Today there are many people in this world who say they live on light. They call themselves Breatharians or they call themselves Sungazers….
The only problem with this is that we do not believe it. We hear about it but, how can we possibly believe somebody who says that they don’t eat? Even family and friends don’t believe them sometimes. The solution is very simple. We have to put it to the test. This is what I intend to do through “Living On Light”. Put it to the test. The only way to prove it is by doing it….
Of course, to have all of these benefits we would have to prove that it is possible. To achieve the first objective it is VERY simple. Here is how we are going to do that.
One subject, that’s me, is going to be in a controlled environment for a period of four to six months. Eight cameras will be set to view every corner of that controlled environment. I will not go outside of those cameras.
We are hoping to live-stream the event so that you, from anywhere in the world, will be able to see me every moment of every day and night, by tuning in to my internet live-stream at www.livingonlight.co for as long or as little as you like. You can just check in and the only question that matters is, “Is she eating or is she not?”
How did Naveena Shine perform according to the standards she set for her own experiment?
Standard 1: “Is She Eating or Is She Not?” By her own admission, Naveena Shine was eating the whole time, regularly consuming tea with milk and packets of Emergen-C powder containing multiple vitamins and 25 calories of fructose. That’s food. That’s eating.
Standard 2: “Eight Cameras… Internet Live Stream… Every Moment.” This never happened, period.
Standard 3: “We Have to Prove That it is Possible.” After declaring that vague assertions to be insufficient, Naveena Shine pledged to provide proof. None emerged.
Any mention of these three standards has since disappeared from Naveena Shine’s website. In their place come the following declarations:
It’s the World’s Fault. “From the feedback I am getting it is becoming patently clear that most of the world is by no means ready to receive the information I am attempting to produce.”
It’s Not about Not Eating After All. “‘Living On Light’ is not about not eating. I see food as the last component that needs to be addressed.”
I’m Not Showing You Because I Don’t Want to Show You. “I choose now not to provide the proof…. You do not need me to prove anything to you…. Now the subject can continue living in the mystery, living in the question, because that is where the progress will come from.”
The Experiment is a Success. “I would say that the ‘Living On Light’ experiment has been amazingly successful. It did not do what I thought it was going to do but it did do what Existence wanted it to do. That is what I call ‘perfect’.”
Yet another person who claims to live without food has failed to do so in a verifiable way. Will this lead people to finally drop breatharianism? Or will people continue to believe in a practice that has no proof behind it?