Sun Gazing for Health: An Ancient Therapy

Aug 23, 2017

9 Amazing Sun Gazing Health Benefits

We are constantly looking for new ways to improve health and treat specific ailments – an endeavor that takes us around the world and into many different cultures. During one of those quests, we came across the process of sun gazing for improved health. It may sound like an unusual health treatment; however, it is actually considered to be one of the most effective therapeutic activities.

What Is Sun Gazing?

Sun gazing, a practice also known as sun eating, is a strict regimen of gradually allowing sunlight into your eyes at specific periods of the day. The goal when implementing the practice is to look into the sun at periods of the lowest ultraviolet-index which occur at sunrise and sunset each day. The practice follows specific guidelines to render the most benefits and to limit dangerous exposure.

The practice is also known as the HRM phenomenon, a termed that the practice received after Hira Ratan Manek submitted himself to NASA for testing. Research suggested that Manek actually did possess the seemingly super-human ability of not eating. With regular practice, following a strict regimen over a period of approximately 9 months, many practitioners report losing the need for food and subsisting on energy from the sun.

What Are the Benefits of Sun Eating?

In essence, sun gazing provides beneficial stimulation to the body. The process itself negates the body’s innate need for food and retrains it to run on the energy of the sun. As such, the process helps increase energy, clarity of thinking, and overall health. NASA research suggested that the process could make an individual maintain a level of health that was far better in comparison to other individuals of the same age.

The process has also been shown as an effective treatment for specific conditions. Melanoma, non-hodgkin’s lymphoma, and a number of other cancers benefit from the treatment. Likewise, the increased vitamin D gained from the process is a known healing agent.

How Do I Start Sun Gazing?

Following the specific process for sun gazing is crucial to prevent sun damage. The process involves a 9 month practice, which is typically broken into three phases: 0 to 3 months, 3 to 6 months, and 6 to 9 months. After the initial phase, you’ll continue walking barefoot for 45 minutes daily for the rest of your life.

To begin, select a safe period of the day (sunrise or sunset) and gaze at the sun for 10 seconds. Continue consecutively adding 10 seconds a day. Be sure to stand on the bare earth and look straight into the sun. During the first three months, you’ll notice mental depression subside and an increase in balance of the body and mind.

Continue daily gazing at the sun adding 10 seconds each day through the next phase and you’ll experience the curing of physical diseases. Progress into the last phase, 6 to 9 months, continuing to gradually increase the amount of gazing to 44 minutes. Once you have reached 44 minutes, begin walking barefoot on the earth for 45 minutes daily. Complete this practice for a total of 6 days straight at a period of the day when the earth is warm and the sun shines on your body. This period is when you’ll realize the full effects of the practice.

To maintain the benefits of sun gazing and to boost the immune system, continue the practice of walking daily. The process is illuminating and enlightening and has the potential for increasing health in super-human ways.  To find out more from people who have been sun-gazing for years, continue reading below for feedback from our  readers.

Tried Sun Gazing therapy? Let us know what you think!



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Posted by Muhammadel (Denver, Colorado) on 05/02/2017
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I have been gazing for years every since the age of 11. I usually like the sun at 10:30 - 11:00 am for about 10 minutes every other day. I have 20/15 vision. Doctors are amazed how I'm curing myself with this form of treatment, its funny how they tell me to stay away from vitamin D.


Posted by Mohan (Maharashtra) on 09/29/2016
4 out of 5 stars

BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS

I do sun gazing during the last one hour of sun sets. I do it for half hour for almost 15 days. I have read that it helps to open pineal gland. It has improved my eye sight a lot. However, now I am getting lot of itching on my entire body mostly during late evening hours. I really wish to continue sun gazing. I simply love it. I don't know what to do now. Please help

Replied by Aleksandar
Qatar
10/15/2016

Can I do sun eating at Doha Qatar? Here the Sun have more strong impact since is closes to the earth? Will it damage my eyse if I do ii here, rather then others place?

Replied by Michael
New Zealand
10/17/2016
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Don't do it if you value your eyesight! Who recommended this to you? Highly irresponsible of them! When I worked in the Middle East for seven years, just going outside during the hot months was like opening the door of an oven. No kidding. You could feel your eyeballs heating up! (And various other parts also). I would strongly advise against staring at the sun- very damaging indeed. Why else would astronomers advise using very dark glasses when looking at a solar eclipse? Strangely enough though, people would look at the sunSET in Muscat but they would never do that in New Zealand! Our light may well be the strongest in the world and the Middle Eastern heat may well be the strongest. Don't stare at the sun is my message to you. It ought to come with a statuary health warning from the Surgeon General.

Replied by Geoff
Here Now
11/26/2016

I'd guess it's a build of of energy and YOU strongly urging YOU to go out of body...

Replied by Fred
Los Angeles
03/20/2017

First guess, it could be lymph moving faster than your body can handle. Add any type of jumping exercise: rebounder, skipping, jump rope, etc.
Start with ten min per day and build to one hour.

A second guess would be from air toxins.

In a bucket, put 20 mule team borax and a few squirts of antibacterial dish soap.

Dissolve this with very hot water. if the borax fully dissolves then add more borax. Some should be undissolved on the bottom of the pail. when cool enough to use, stand in the shower, using a washcloth...wash down every part of your body. do not rinse. put on a bathrobe and let the liquid air dry. you should have some borax all over your body. when dry, the borax easily brushes off. then some people cover their body with glycerin. I did not do the glycerin but the borax alone got rid of the itch.

Replied by Gleb
Gulf Port
04/09/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I have been looking for others that can stare at the sun. I have been doing it for over two years. I can for hours if I wanted too. It has no effect on me. Anytime of the day on any day. I don't know why others can't. I have great sight and doesn't affect me one bit. Come visit me and I will show anyone who don't believe me.

Replied by No Name
Earth
08/21/2017

^^^ You Never mention HOW MUCH BORAX!!!


Posted by Yolanda (Montreal, Canada) on 07/06/2015
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I am in my 60s, I am diabetic for the last 10 years, the point is I started gazing at the sun for about 7-8 years. And every time I visit my eye doctor his amazed that my eye sight has not changed at all in 10 years, he told me on my last visit, that it's amazing that my eye sight has not changed in over 10 years, especially for someone who's 67 and diabetic.

I only gaze at the sun for few seconds at time, I don't gaze for minutes at a time.

Can you explain this to me please. Thank you. Yolanda

Replied by Ram Jagessar
Toronto
03/28/2016

Your situation is not uncommon among sungazers, Yolande. I have been doing HRM method sungazing for 12 years now, and have seen major improvements with my eyes. I am also a type 2 diabetic for 25 years and am now 68 years old.

Early in our sungazing both my wife and I threw away our sunglasses because we found we didn't need them any more. Bright sunlight didn't bother us. My night vision for driving, which had declined badly, recovered fully and now I can drive all night if I have to. The vision in my eyes came better by three quarters of a diopter in both eyes. I observed that the floaters in my eyes, which were plentiful before, declined significantly.

I know several people who have thrown away their reading glasses after doing sungazing for a time. My sister in law found that she could do without her glasses entirely even for driving, although her driver's license said she had to wear corrective lenses.

I met one Canadian woman at a sungazing lecture by Hira Ratan Manek in Toronto several years ago. She came up with a white cane as she was legally blind. A few months later I held a little sungazers get together at my house in Toronto and invited the woman, who came with a friend, but minus the white cane. I was quite shocked, but then she said her peripheral vision had improved due to the sungazing and now she could see some blurred shapes, enough for her to avoid bumping into things. Previously she could see nothing at all, only light and darkness. She said she only used the cane in winter because her vision was not sharp enough to detect icy patches on the ground that would cause her to fall, and so had to use the cane to feel out those patches.

As a diabetic I have seen major major advances in my ability to manage my diabetes from the early days and continuing. Before sungazing I had to be very careful with taking my medication on time and eating meals on time. If I missed out by an hour or two either on medicine or meals my eyes would start getting blurry, I would start feeling very uneasy and my hands would start trembling. After a couple years of sungazing and until today, I find I can miss medication or mealtimes by five or six hours and not feel any diabetic symptoms. I can miss medication for an entire day and three or more meals without paying the cost. I have done and can do fasting (no meals at all) for two or three days comfortably, which diabetics normally can't do at all.

You don't have to convince me of the benefits of sungazing, as I've had many other than the eye and diabetes one mentioned above. Best of all, it all free!

Ram Jagessar

Replied by Mfzl
San Jose, Ca
07/07/2016

I recently started sungazing, and now I am at 7:30. It is doable at this point, it will be impossible to do over 30 minutes in the morning because I work full time, 8:30 to 5 Mon to Fri.

Would it be still effective if I split the sungazing time to sunrise and sunset, for example 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening?

Also, the area I live often gets cloudy in the morning in autumn and winter. If I miss the sun in the morning, would it be OK to do sungazing in the evening?

Replied by Vicki
Toronto, Canada
08/20/2016
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I have started sun gazing June 26, 2016 and after finishing 10.20 minutes of sun gazing, my eye sight improve with 40%. I can read without my glasses for short period. my insomnia disapear I am sleepign 6-8 hours, my arthritis pain is gone. My doctor prescribd very strong pain killer which used for cancer petient. I took only one pill and made me very sick. By the way I am 77 and for long time did not feel so good as today.

Replied by Glen
Gulf Port
04/09/2017

Amazing. I can look directly into sun for as long as I like. At anytime also. It's amazing and wonder why others can't. I can for as long as I choose. No effects on sight at all.


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Posted by Darrell (Buri Ram, Thailand) on 05/25/2015
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Dear Earth Clinic,

I started "drinking" in sunlight immediately after the article of NASA bringing an Indian man for observation. I found it to be very "energizing" immediately! I've been doing it for about 1.5 years now and its just amazing!!!

I do feel that someone has taken the simple truth of the situation and made it much too complex by telling people to walk for 45 minutes after they have reached a 44 minute sun-gazing level. Its as simple as letting the direct sunlight into ones eyes during the first and last hour of each day. Additionally, live barefoot as much as you can for "grounding" of you electrical current. You can take a few minutes out of the process and give the baby a bottle or go to the bathroom......stopping the process temporarily doesn't affect the intake at all. Once your "tank" is full of this amazing energy you can just keep topping off the tank wherever possible. You don't have to do it EVERY morning or evening.

I lay down on a lawn-chair as my legs are quite bad.....so you don't have to stand up barefooted to benefit from taking in the sun's energy!

It makes me want to scream at how some "left-brain" dominant people have made this seem quite complicated.....when its as simple as looking into the sun in the early hours of the morning and the late hours of each day. Then be aware of "grounding" your body by barefooted contact with the earth, the floor of your house or the ocean!

I've eventually combined my "sun-drinking" with a crystal mediation over the 12 chakras at the same time. I place a quartz crystal gemstone over the chakras for just a few minutes in each position while I'm drinking in the sun! At 66, and badly needing 3 major leg operations, I FEEL FANTASTIC!!! Its truly amazing! In a recently re-discovered article interview of Nickola Tesla, he mentions getting energy directly from the sun......but he hadn't discovered "sun-gazing" yet!

ps: drink "kifir/kambucha" too!!!!

Darrell "Rollee" Rolstone, American ExPat in Asia

Replied by Cynthia
Boulder, Co
05/27/2015
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I agree that you do not have to slowly add gazing times by 10 seconds a day. I accelerated my gazing very quickly and worked up to a full hour within two months over a dozen sun rises. I only did it at sunrise when the light was safe. I Earth whenever possible, but can't do it daily due to cold weather.


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Posted by John (Trang Thailand) on 03/29/2017

Re: Sun Gazing & UVB, are they long waves or short. Do they do good via the eyeball or are just bad for the skin. I dunno, I am confused. A 1000 years ago I read a book by John Ott – Health & Light which is about – light, sun & artificial. I thought it said that UVB that goes in through the eyeball does bloody good, like make progesterone in menopausal ladies that makes them feel nice. Heaps more in the ebook or a free download on the WWW. BUT in a search for UVB & stem cells - they also do bloody good - heaps spoke about the bad effects of UVA, UVB, & UVC. Because this gets us to sun gazing – not looking at the sun but around it and between 1100 am. & 1300 pm. before & after this time, UVB won't show its face. Too shy I guess. Anyone know? John


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Posted by Happyone (Northern Virginia ) on 08/19/2017
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I didn't know this was a thing. I've been looking at the full sun at full day since I was a child. I'm in perfect health and have maintained 20/19 eyesight my entire life (40+). I do it instinctually just as I do most everything else. I'm not saying that I always remember to quiet my mind enough to hear my inner knowing, but I do my best.

Sun gazing feels as natural to me as taking deep breaths. I don't follow a ritual or do it at a specific time of day for any regular length of time. However, I recall that I sungazed a lot more during the periods when I was fasting.

I always trust my instincts over any "authority". If you think sun gazing may help you, it probably will. If you're afraid you'll damage your eyes. You probably will. Listen to your inner guidance on all matters.

Satnam


Posted by Lisa L. (Bushnell, Florida) on 06/18/2017
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I started sungazing only recently. Sunrises at 6:30am here and I can see it from out of all the trees by 6:45/50am. I earth walk a bit before during and after and meditate. I'm enjoying it and my brother does it with me.

I read that staring at an eclipse of sun or moon through a telescope is actually worse for you than anything.

I will continue doing my sungazing. Im already part blind in my left eye so perhaps it will improve. I'll keep you all updated.


Posted by Lenny (San Francisco, California) on 05/22/2015

Sun Gazing: Is there any artificial lighting that can be used? I've done sun gazing and have had positive results but I'm not going to get 9 mos. of cloud and/or fog free horizon and I can't go to the desert quite yet for that. Anybody know where there are 9 month clear morning horizons or even clear evening horizons?

Replied by Diane King
So Calif
06/07/2015

Yes, Southern California.

Replied by Bill
Ecuador
05/30/2016
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YES, the coast of Chile from Valparaso to norther border you can sun gaze every day and its a beautiful country .. I Sun gazed for 9 months there cured my Body of very serius problems and was awakened to a whole new life.

Replied by Mike
Usa
08/31/2016

I too am trying to find out if there is any artificial light that can be used to sun gazing. Have you found any?


Posted by Dennis (Tampa, FL) on 08/26/2014

I have only recently learned about Sun Gazing practice through your web site and would like to try it, but I have a Vitreous Detachment in my my right eye - would that make it unsafe for me to practice Sun Gazing ?

Replied by Mmsg
Europe
08/26/2014

Dennis, of course you should err on the side of precaution.

Replied by Josephine
Madison
07/09/2016

I am also having posterior vitreous detachment, can I do sun gazing?


Posted by Lenny (San Francisco,ca.) on 06/12/2014

I live in "Fog City U.S.A."{San Francisco} Ca. Do you know where I might get 9 months of clear morning horizons? I've tried sun gazing and like the results.

Replied by Eli
Toronto, CA
02/08/2015

@ Lenny - use it as an incredible excuse to go on holiday ;)

It's for a really good reason!!! You simply must go on a tropical vacation!!! ENJOY


Posted by Sam (Uk) on 04/17/2014
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I have been sun gazing since I was a child, I am now in my 40's. I came across articles about sun gazing recently like it is a new thing and that someone has suddenly invented it, which is not at all the case. I have read some of the other comments about rules and suchlike regarding sun gazing and I personally feel that individuals should research carefully so called "new" methods of healing and health before practicing. However I also agree that the individual must follow their instinct when it comes to these things as there really is no rule or set path to healing, as we are all individuals with our own way. What works for one does not necessarily work for another. I have personally been sun gazing for over 40 years with my eyes closed. That's it. No particular time of day or place and no particular amount of time except when I feel it is time to stop. The sun is a nourishing life giving energetic force, so any moment at any time or place I personally feel is suitable. Healing does not occur in specific places except in our minds and there is no right or wrong way. There is no right or wrong way to connect to the source .. there just is. Healing is healing as long as our intent is there and we follow our instinct along with common sense and plenty of research. Energy will follow thought.

Replied by Kathleen
Calif
05/30/2015

I don't consider it to be sun gazing if you have your eyes closed. I know that can feel good & I use to sun my eyes closed, but the effect from sun gazing with your eyes open takes on a whole different meaning. I've been sun gazing for eleven years.


Posted by Karyn (Santa Barbara, California, USA) on 03/13/2014
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I learned about sun gazing from an old friend in the 1980s. Every so often I go to the beach before the sun sets and watch it go down, I'd say about 10 minutes total. Like others have said, it is very energizing and produces wonderful and intense dreams. It absolutely affects the pineal gland!! I have no proof of this, but I believe this practice has kept my eyes strong.


Posted by Lovelychuo (Manila, Philippines) on 10/28/2013
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Sungazing is really very helpful since as we all know sun contains a lot of energy but it must be done in correct and proper way or else one may suffer eye damage.


Posted by Lady Light (Phoenix, Arizona) on 11/25/2011
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Amazing how so many people criticize or condemn something without actually doing it, or researching it! I am a "sun gazer" of FULL sun light! I DO follow HRM's protocol of standing barefoot on DIRT, relaxing my eyes and body, and ONLY looking at the full sun just after it tops the horizon, when there is NO appreciable UV in the sun--this is the KEY! Also, to begin at 5 or 10 SECONDS for the day, until your eyes can withstand looking at the sun without tearing or hurting; THEN and ONLY then can you add more time in 5-10 SECOND intervals!!! It is about THE JOURNEY, not the destination!

People who stare at the sun for unequal amounts of time, at any time of the day, or add 1 or more MINUTES per day are totally missing the point of Sun Gazing!

When I first began Sun Gazing in 2005, I lived on the beach in San Diego, and got up to 25 minutes - I felt the best physically and mentally in years, and had phenomenal physical strength (I was 59 yo). I moved to Colorado, and encountered trees and snow, so I ended my gazing at 30 minutes. My physical and mental health totally deteriorated in Colorado! Artificial light did not "do it" for me! There I was finally diagnosed with lifelong, mis-diagnosed Celiac Disease that has destroyed my ability to absorb B vitamins and lipids from my foods.

6 years later, I have moved to Arizona - the land of the sun - and have started up Sun Gazing again. I had to stay on 5 SECONDS for an entire week until I could add another 5 SECONDS per day! Then I began to add the normal 10 seconds/day, and I am up to 2 minutes of gazing -NOT STARING - into the new sun each morning.

I cannot begin to tell you how "whole" I now feel! My endocrine system is coming back into balance, even at this beginning stage! I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, which is primarily a disorder of the ADRENAL glands, which severely unbalances the thyroid and sex hormones, the endocrine triad. When it is cloudy, I go outside and practice my gazing, but I do not add more time after - I only add time after finishing the SUN gazing, and ONLY if I feel that I can move on to more time! HRM and others who successfully practice REAL Sun Gazing write and tell, over and over, that it is up to the individual to feel comfortable with this practice, to slowly add 5-10 seconds per day, and to STOP if it does not feel right; that it is a SPIRITUAL practice that will OPEN up a person to using the other parts of their brain that lie dormant; that it is about SLOWLY releasing the emotional content stored within us, cleansing, revitalizing with the energy of the sun, and becoming a whole new person. It is not a race, not a fad, not something to take on as a whim.

It is very upsetting to hear so many messages of people who do NOT follow SAFE practices of Sun Gazing as taught by HRM. Don't get me wrong--I do not follow a "guru", but I DO recognize SAFE protocols, which he outlines on his website. To point-blank say that looking at the sun will cause you blindness is pure hysteria! I just finished reading an extensive account of the FACT that Galileo did NOT go blind from looking at the sun through his telescope, but from cataracts, diet, and other causes, AFTER he was 73, and LONG after he had FINISHED his telescope viewing. Besides, people who look at the sun during eclipses ONLY damage the CENTRAL part of their retina - they can SEE perfectly well except for their central vision - they do NOT go "blind"! And most of them actually regain all of their vision 3-4 months later! The media does not report that.

Mis-information is far worse than ignorance, althought they come form the same source. Paranoia and hysteria, such as I have read in many of these messages, are ill-founded. I was up to 30 minutes per day STARING INTO THE FULL SUN at sunrise, and I have NOT gone blind - in fact, as I begin again, my vision is gettting BETTER!

I feel that the most important factor in Sun Gazing has not even been touched on by anyone commenting on this message list: that of SURRENDERING oneself to the sun and cleaning out the mind, body, and spirit in doing so. This is a SPIRITUAL practice, handed down for centuries in some cultural practices. It is not for those wishing to get over hangovers quick, or to brag to others about what they are doing! If you really WANT to get into a SPIRITUAL practice that involves a complete mind, body, spirit transformation, then DO SOME RESEARCH, first, before spouting off hysteria and showing the world your ignorance. Really. Lack of research - meaning, combing the web and libraries and reading MANY research papers, many websites, COMPARING notes on who said what, with what facts to back it up, etc. - is the root of all misconceptions that lead to OPINIONS, not fact. Research in today's American society means 120 characters on Twitter! Impossible! But that is what we have degenerated into... A nation of "twitter-heads", a nation of fast-paced society that will not take the ime to stop and smell the flowers, or stop and take the time to do a week, a month, a year of research. But, that's not the instantaneous gratification that our nation has become addicted to. So, it's best to condemn before spending so much time discovering the truth.

I started Sun Gazing with 4 other friends six years ago, and all of us are just fine and have NO vision damage! Other friends reached their 44 minutes of GAZING into the full sun at sunrise/sunset without the ills perpetrated here. And we are all better "connected" with nature and vibrational frequencies because of our Sun Gazing experience.

The very FIRST question that you will want to ask yourself is this: WHY do you want to do Sun Gazing, anyway? The ONLY answer that is acceptable is: to actualize your full potential. And HOW would you even get to that answer is by researching everything about Sun Gazing, which is very evident that 99% of the commenters here have not done.

I wish you all better intentions and better research for a more real experience and outcome.

Replied by George
Sydney, Australia
05/18/2012

To Lady Light and all others that have provided viewpoints and perspectives here about the safe practice of sungazing. Thank you. It is warming to know that there are other beings treating it with respect and reverance. May all of you find peace and happiness if you haven't already. And may your light be an example to all beings everywhere.

Warmest regards, George

Replied by Eloven11
Reno, NV
09/26/2012

To Lady Light from Phoenix, good job on reporting your personal research with Sun Gazing. I myself am up to 20min 20seconds as of this morning. :) I concur with the increased energy and spiritual aspects, and I believe that more people should educate themselves on the different levels of alternative medicines. Feed your mind, and not with junk food. :) Thank you again for your report. :))) eLoven11 to all

Replied by G.b.t.
Bangalore, India
12/19/2013
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YES, YES, and YES, Finally! Thankyou so much Lady Light. I wish that your perfect TRUTH, about safe sun gazing will reach out everywhere. I do think that people who are messing arround in good things, doubting, changing it etc, maybe are just not ready to commit themselves to it.... don't know. I'm also following SAFE SUN GAZING/SOLAR MEDITATION, following EXACTLY what an expert, HRM, is telling...its sooo simple, and if there is any questions we just email him, and the answer is there within 3 days. Again, THANK YOU.

Replied by Charles
Bali Indonesia
05/13/2014

Response to Lady Light:

Better intentions? Hmmmmm ... and who is to judge of these intentions? Having the intention to Sungaze to cure a hangover or having the intention to sungaze to achieve oneness with the supreme are one in the same...There is no difference.

It's been said "The road to hell is paved with good intentions." And I say "The road to heaven is paved with bad intentions."

There is no Light without Darkness!

Charles

Replied by Sue
Florida
05/09/2015

I am curious to know why it has to be absorbed through the eyes? It seems the pineal gland to be the activator and the sun could go through the 3rd eye, couldn't it? Eyes closed method, I guess, to protect the eyes from harm.

Replied by Tom
Usa
05/13/2015

The pineal gland is in the middle of the brain, right? Well the macula of the eyes absorbs all the good stuff from the sun and transfers it back to the brain in which the brain becomes energized and then sends the body its share of the suns goodies. Very simple process with large benefits.

Replied by Ray
South Africa
11/17/2016

Try boron for your thyroid, research it like you say with sungazing

Replied by Jody
Honolulu, Hi
05/26/2017
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My last sun gazing session was for about 35 min, & I'm not blind, in fact my eyesight has never been better, the depression that I've been battling most of my life has completely disappeared & I am so happy and relieved to finally feel normal and happy everyday!! I also have Hashimotos, would love to keep in touch with you!! Feel free to email me whenever!! light & love. -Jody

Replied by Chris
North Carolina
08/19/2017

I'm wondering about the fear mongering over the eclipse. I don't see that the sun could be any more or less potent during an eclipse then normal. I'm wondering if you had any experience looking at eclipses/.

Replied by Marilynn
Oregon
08/19/2017

Trying to find out what the difference is between looking at the partially eclipsed sun and looking at the full sun, the only cogent response I saw ANYWHERE on the internet was that the pupils would start to dilate as the sun disappeared behind the moon, possibly allow damaging rays to hit the retina. Whether or not this is true I wouldn't know, but at least the theory took more thought than "you'll go blind! " repeated ad nauseam.

I've been sun gazing for a number of years, not according to any formula, just barefoot whenever possible, usually for about 10 minutes or so. Where I live the wooded hills make it impossible to view the sun shortly before sunset, so I've been gazing when it is fairly high. At 73, no problems and I've never needed glasses (except for reading). No sign of cataracts, glaucoma or macular degeneration. Eye doctor says my eyesight has actually improved since the last exam. I can attest to the fact that my night vision, which had started to deteriorate slightly due to age, has recovered.

One interesting effect is that, whenever I have been sleep deprived, sun gazing makes my eyes want to close, not because the light is disturbing, but my eyelids will feel heavy and close. I honor what my body and the sun are telling me and simply bask in the sunlight with closed eyes.

Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc
08/21/2017

Hi Marilyn ....I'd like to know more about your sun gazing practices. I occasionally sun gaze and here is how I do it: As the sun rises, there is a window of opportunity for about 30 minutes that is optimal. The reason for early gazing is because of the refraction of detrimental rays at that early time of day. That is the theory I read years ago. That is: sunlight is photons....but there is a range of photons and the radiation varies in type and intensity. I may be totally misinformed on this...but know that the range of visible light is not the only type of "light" there is and early non refracted photons are beneficial. The less refracted means more damaging radiation photons are getting through the atmosphere.

I "gaze" for about two minutes in these very early morning conditions. I could do the same at sunset.

So I think that is your question. Without more research, I'm only giving you what I read about "somewhere" thirty years ago. I've been doing this kind of very limited gazing for thirty years. And not every day.

If someone knows about what I have discussed and wants to disabuse me of misconceptions please do so.

Replied by Anil
Michigan
08/23/2017

Did you take some medication for your depression also. When did you start sungazing
Do you do at sunrise or sunset.


Posted by Diana Parker (Mill Valley, Ca, Usa) on 04/05/2011

Given that your community has an interest in sungazing, we thought you might be interested in a new documentary film coming out later this month called Eat The Sun. The film explores the litte known world of sungazing by following a young man around the country meeting others who felt benefits from staring at the sun. It's a surprising film and inspires some fascinating discussions surrounding the benefits and risks of staring directly into the sun.

Replied by Bernard
Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
03/12/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I have been sungazing for close on three years. I do not follow any "ritual" such as standing on bare soil or counting the seconds and minutes because I do not think that this will really make a difference; if anything it gets in the way of surrendering to the process.

My special procedure involves placing myself in such a way that I have the foliage of a tree between myself and the sun; using a gentle swaying motion I can control the amount of light that hits the eye.

Occasionally I gaze at the sun (I live in a subtropical area) at noon time for a up to a minute at a time and can only say that the alleged dangers of doing this are nothing but hysterical hype, coming from people who have never done any kind of any sun gazing.

Namaste

Replied by Tom
Toronto, Ontario,canada
04/04/2013


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