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I just read about this over on theatlantic. I too thought many people could do this and never thought much about it aside from a party trick now and then.
Of course, I was that strange kid that stared in the mirror, poking my muscles around my neck and ears until I figured out which once controlled my ears, then practiced until I could move them both independently.
Anyway, if you need another subject to study, I have very powerful control over my goosebumps. It is more difficult when the temperature rises, but still usually requires only some back of the neck and ear moving muscles to start the piloerection wave across my body.
I'm a 41 year old female who can do this. Oddly, I just figured out I can do it on demand, even in Florida swamp heat. Only discovered because Ive been trying to increase my psychic abilities and it started happening when my intuition was correct about something. I've tested it consistently, I ask if trees have blue leaves, nothing. Then I ask if green leaves, immediate goose bumps. That's only one example, I've tried many different questions, and goose bumps come when answer is yes. Crazy? Perhaps. Confused myself? Yes. Repeatedly works? Yes. In researching this phenomenon, wiki says the more a person has an openess to experience, the more likely they can do this. Coincidence? No way.
I can do the same thing. I have been able.to.domit for as long as I can remember. I can do it at will in any condition. Eyes open, closed, cold or hot. I don't have to think about it either. I just do it. I don't show to many people anymore. I have not personally met anyone else that can control the piloerection. Speaking of erection, it does give me a very pleasurable sensation everytime I do it. It's like a skin or bodygasm. It also feels like I am taking in the energy from around me and moving it through my body. I can transfer the bumps from one side to the other. Like the others I feel it in the back of my head and it expands to my frontal lobe and all over my whole body. It's an intense tingling/ vibration that moves through me like waves. I use it when praying to God. I also see the things I am praying for in my mind and push out my feelings/intent. Mostly I send been out feelings of love. Maybe I said to much. I don't know. I just know that most people are not able to do this and I wonder why. I have been hesitant to talk about it for fear of being poked and prodded or whatever. I am glad there are other people out there who have the same ability. I believe it's something to be looked into and more studies should be done. It's just odd to me that there isn't more people talking about this. There is just not enough info out there yet. I believe its definitely a special ability.
This is a topic I've always wondered about. I can make the goosebumps appear if I think about it too. Even just as I was reading everyone's comments, and with no music playing, I was able to create this. I agree most of the time it starts from my neck, but this time it was starting from my legs. Once it starts, it's easy to produce more and control it. The comment above me is an interesting thought as well. I too can get the feeling from a hot leather seat or something very warm. So it's not just cold or fear as mostly documented. Music is the biggest factor for me. I can have it go through my entire body, sometimes quite strongly and easily. I didn't know that other people can't feel it. Since I got my degree in music, I had always wondered if I could write a song that would produce best results for this kind of thing. What led me to this site today is if I wonder if I were to create this sensation on regular basis, what positive or negative affects could it have on the body. I can only imagine positive things coming from it. Could it help you to not age as fast? etc. I would love to be apart of a study if there ever was one to go on again. email@example.com if anyone wants to contact me.
Finally. I can do it as well. Anytime, how long i want to, any part of my body, and I can make it flow inside me. It's like a some sort of waves of energy moving inside you. It's weird. There was a time that I almost fainted trying to reach the maximum point. I was doing it for almost 2 hours. Im intrigued to know more about this.
Hi, today is the first time in my life that I google this ability of mine which I've had since when I was a kid. I'm 26 now. I always thought it was weird, but I used it as an excuse not to go to school when I was little, pretending to be sick. Then I used it to warm me up or get some energy during the day when I was sleepy, it worked (and still does) like a wake up call. So happy to discover that there are other people with this strange but interesting ability
I also can control piloerection. I can also cause the cessation of hiccups as well as pain. I had terribly strong empathic abilities as a child and suffered from almost daily panic attacks as well as depersonalization episodes. Insomnia followed as a result. Once I became a teenager I realized drugs and alcohol deadened these “curses” and as a result I drugged and drank for the following 20 years. I am now sober for 39 days save for an ssri I am tapering off of and these abilities are slowing returning. I would love to talk to somebody who also understands.
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Yes I can do this and keep it for like 4 mins its like a pulse of energy flowing from top of my head to the hands or feet. Its funny but I was practicing the few last years to make it other parts of my body like mustache or bottom of legs and some other parts :) . If you need any survey for this or anything reach me at : farshad.badiee @ gmail.com
I have been able to do this since I was a child. In 2012 I developed Multiple Sclerosis. I hadn't thought about it much but stumbled on The Atlantic article and tried and couldn't anymore.
Like the girl mentioned in the article, if I try, but don't, I have a very uncomfortable feeling. I wouldn't say this feeling was profound throughout the day but sometimes, during more relaxing activities, it still bugged me. So I kept trying. It was like an itch I couldn't scratch.
For totally unrelated reasons, I recently dediced to figure what was so great about meditation (turns out it's awesome) and found I could do it again while meditating; even as a beginner. I've been meditating quite a bit for the past few weeks and now, with slightly more concentration than it took before, I can do it again. Like many of the others, it starts toward the back of the head, moves forward and down in waves. Sometimes it feels like I can help it along by pulling from my abdomen.
The effort and concentration it took to do this again felt distinctly like the rehabilitative therapy I did after my first major MS episode.
Not sure if it's noteworthy, but pre-MS, when I felt I strong negative emotion my palms developed an uncomfortable tingle. This still happens but to a much lesser degree.
I can also do this, I have just recently be doing some research (not sure why I waited so long) but I’ll try to put this in simple words. It feels like energy is flowing throughout my body starting from the rear of my neck just below the brain and above the top vertebrae of my spine, it then travels down my spine to the designated area). I can focus this sensation to my limbs, even finger tips. The sensation is like a wave or waves of warmth that I can direct to areas of my body. I have studied martial arts since I was young and attested this to that but as I got older I found applications (like chi/ki/Kai) I found that the pain of slight cut or abrasions on my skin can either be turned off or sometimes even closed with extreme concentration. I have also found that when I practice tai-chi while using this sensation my movements are much more focused and direct. So far the length of time that I have been able to continuously evoke these sensations are around 10-12 minutes where after I feel drained while in my workouts (more so if I am being strenuous in my training) I have yet to actually put this sensation into practical physical contact applications in fear of doing something I would regret.
A side note: I have noticed that as I utilize this sensation more and more (Guesstimation) my metabolism seems to increase, that isnt to say that my genetics don’t have a role to play in this but I feel there’s much more to this then I can understand on my own, hence why I’m here. If anyone has any feed back I would appreciate it.
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I have read these comment. I too control goose bumps since childhood. Started searching for this but could not get much. But one thing I observe more you do more control you get. At start you may need to memorize strong emotional incidence. Slowly that too does not require. By controlling sequences of respiration can achieve. Further with concentration one can create ghoos bumps only in specific body parts, like hands or legs. Tingligling sensations over the body are observed. I see comment from martial art guy, that was interesting.
Based on some reading from yoga, this ability can be extended. I need also for understanding science behind this.