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In the Beginning there was Light - Documentary


Is it possible to live on Qi alone?

A documentary about how to live without food or water

Qi as Nourishment

"He who is filled with Qi needs no food" (ancient Chinese saying).

Is it possible that human beings can survive without food or water for years and live on 'light' alone? According to many Yogis and Qigong Masters, yes!

Apparently, according to Dr Rosinov from the Bio Energy Institute in Russia, there are 30,000 people in the world living on Qi alone.

Normally we eat plants in order to sustain us. Plants photosynthesize sunlight to survive and grow. By going directly to the source we can apparently cut out the middle man!

Unfortunately we seriously deplete our Qi reserves through everyday living, in particular through using our 5 senses and sending these senses 'outwards' every day to see, hear, listen, talk etc. This is why we often feel exhausted at the end of the day and is one of the reasons we practice Qigong: to re-fill our Qi resevoir and fill up our 'Qi battery'. In Qigong practice, we gather 'Qi' or life force / prana from an infinite supply in the universe to restore our own diminished reserves.

Interestingly enough, in Chinese lettering, the symbol for 'Qi' (life force, prana) incorporates the symbol for 'grains'. The etymological explanation for the form of the qi logogram (or chi) in the traditional form  is "steam () rising from rice () as it cooks". One could also interpret this as Qi is food and water, or sustenance.

"Some Chinese thinkers began to believe that there were different fractions of qi and that the coarsest and heaviest fractions of qi formed solids, lighter fractions formed liquids, and the most ethereal fractions were the "lifebreath" that animates living beings". (Source: Wikepedia).

In ancient China, the art of living without food or drink is called BI GU (without food). Practitioners are able to reach this state through rigorous training in Qigong.

In the Beginning there was Light - The Film

IN THE BEGINNING THERE WAS LIGHT is a film which follows a phenomenon only a few in the Western world are aware of: Breatharianism.

The documentary follows people who say they can survive without food or fluid for weeks, years and even decades. 

Many people would spontaneously say that this is impossible! But based on certified reports of personal experiences, interviews and scientifically documented laboratory experiments, the film follows the phenomenon of “living on light” or “breatharianism”.

As incredible as it may seem, there is evidence that people are living today, and some existing thousands of years ago, who do / did not need food to live or sustain metabolism.

These people live on "light" alone. Depending on the tradition this light is called PRANA, CHI (Qi) or ORGON-Energy...

This film goes on a fascinating and intriguing journey around the globe, exploring the latest explanatory research from quantum physics and knowledge from ancient eastern spiritual traditions, including Qigong.

It is not the film’s intention to advocate one should stop eating, but it does trigger 'food for thought', aspiring new perspectives and enhancing new ways of thinking and living. Could this be the way of the future?...

Praise for the film

"I watched it and I loved it...This film is an epic exercise in expanding our worldview without losing our discernment"


"A brilliant pioneering study of a fascinating phenomenon“ 

PROF. RUPERT SHELDRAKE, Biologist ("Morphic Fields"), University of Cambridge

"A well made and wonderful balanced documentary. I like“ 

PROF. AMIT GOSWAMI, Quantum physicist, University of Oregon

“Light” is a pioneering and provocative film on the controversial claims of ‘breatharians. This film will inspire some, perplex others, and infuriate the rest — but you will not be bored”.

DEAN RADIN, Chief Scientist, Instiute of Noetic Sciences

"You can’t convince anyone of something their consciousness is not ready to comprehend"

Zinaida Baranova - Breatharian for over 20 years

In the Beginning There Was Light

In the Beginning there was Light - Documentary on Breatharianism

Is it possible to live on light alone?
Original Title: Am Anfang war das Licht (2010)
Director: P.A. Straubinger
Running time: 90 minutes
Language: English, German, Russian, Mandarin, Gujarati
Subtitles: English
Company: Allegro Film
Country: Austria
Year: 2013


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