The Sungazing is the act of looking directly at the sun during sunrise and / or sunset to draw energy and other benefits. It is sometimes practiced as part of a spiritual or religious practice. The human eye is very sensitive and prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can also lead to serious damage to the eyes: this is why in this article we are going to see how to practice it correctly and how to benefit from it.
In 1962, Mother Mira of the Ashram, Pondicherry, India, suggested to Hira Raten Manek (HRM) that it was time to bring sun observation to the modern world as well. HRM then read extensively and deeply for thirty long years about the sun-gazing practices of ancient times, which were once common across the globe in nearly every culture. This method is now accepted as a popular health practice known as Sun Gazing…
The sun, directly or indirectly, energizes, nourishes, recharges and revitalizes all life, especially the physical body. Think about why we like to be outdoors in the sun, and especially those sun-kissed beach holidays? The sun can affect our moods as well as our health. We generally feel happy and healthy when exposed to the sun (even in small doses) and gloomy after several consecutive cloudy, gray and rainy days.
Those who live in areas where sunlight is minimal suffer from “winter blues,” a type of depression also known as SAD (seasonal affective disorder), and light therapy is often required.
– “ Vitamin D, ‘the sunshine vitamin’ is a vital nutrient for your body. Vitamin D is only produced in the body through the sun ”- says Paula Begoun. Vitamin D supplements are a bad substitute for direct sunlight and must therefore be integrated with correct and constant exposure to sunlight.
The daily practice of observing the sun provides the body with the necessary Chi or Prana (life energy) and when absorbed through the eyes it can help reduce stress, worry, anxiety, fear, anger, sadness … According to Hira Ratan Manek, looking at the sun can apparently balance emotions within the first 3 months (up to 15 minutes) of practice and heal the body of illness within 3-6 months (15-30 minutes) and 6 to 9 months ( 30-44 minutes) and regulates the need for large food intakes. Obviously these results vary from person to person and depend on where it is practiced and the consistency of daily practice.
Scientific research supports the benefits of observing the sun.
According to Dr. Edward F. Group III of the Global Healing Center, some benefits of the practice include increased production of melatonin and serotonin. Research has found that when direct sunlight enters the eye, it travels through the retinohypothalamic tract and continues into the brain. The pineal gland is then stimulated to secrete both melatonin and serotonin, two fundamental hormones that regulate sleep / wake cycles and positive moods, respectively. Melatonin is also a powerful antioxidant that slows down the negative effects of aging.
Increased size of the pineal gland: Bombarded with fluoride, toxins and electromagnetic pollution, the pineal gland shrinks and calcifies as we age, compromising the production of melatonin and serotonin. Looking at the sun has been shown to enlarge the gland. Brain scans from a 70-year-old longtime practitioner revealed a pineal gland three times larger than an average man.
More energy: Observers of the sun report greater vitality.
Dr. Group believes this is due to the release of melatonin and serotonin. Watching the sun also curbs your appetite and helps you reduce weight. When we don’t get enough sunlight, vitamin D levels drop, which leads to weight gain. The craving for carbohydrates and sugar also increases due to low serotonin, triggering false hunger signals. The benefits of the practice are substantial, but it’s not for everyone. As Dr. Group points out, “ observing the sun is an interesting practice that touches the spiritual and psychological realms, which are very personal things. Everyone is wired a little differently ”.
Every human being is endowed with innumerable talents and infinite powers intrinsic by nature. Individuals should never underestimate themselves. Everyone has it. If we use these powers we can take ourselves to great levels …
If we can activate the human brain and awaken these infinite powers inherent in us, then we can rise to higher levels. We can achieve all the desired results. Solar energy is the source that powers the brain, which can enter and leave the human body or brain only through one organ: the eye.
The best time to stare directly into the sun is during sunrise or sunset as the rays aren’t as strong as the rest of the day.
It is scientifically proven beyond a reasonable doubt that in those certain moments you are free from exposure to UV and IR rays, therefore safe.
How to practice watching the sun safely
- Practice it in the morning, within one hour of sunrise or / and sunset because, as we have just said, these are the safest times to do it.
- Stand barefoot on the ground. If you can’t see the sun from the ground, then a balcony or roof will work.
- Remove contact lenses or glasses and don’t look at the sun through windows.
- Look directly at the sun for 10 seconds and rise to about 30 minutes per day.
- If the sun is too bright, you can squint, look around the sun, or raise your hands and form a triangle and hold it against the sun. Then stare either around the sun or across the space between your hands.
- On cloudy days, observe the position where the sun is behind the clouds.
- Set your intentions in the sun as part of your daily meditation practice.
– ” Also visualize the light entering the front of your chakras, all your trillions of cells, your organs, in the center of your brain, especially in the parts where you are in pain ” – (Michaela Light)
This phenomenon is in fact a rediscovery of a scientific ritual, which in ancient times was used to cure physical, mental, emotional and spiritual diseases. The ancient Indians called this practice Surya Namaskar, where the ancient Egyptians and Americans called it heliotherapy and Europeans called it Apollo therapy …
Traditionally, humans eat secondary sources of energy as plants and other vegetation depend heavily on the sun for their growth, in a nutshell, the idea here is to learn to absorb energy from the primary source, ie the sun itself.
The pineal gland is strongly connected to sunlight for this reason many traditions recommend waking up very early and meditating and observing the sun at dawn. The same reason why populations in which there is a lot of women and men develop earlier and have greater fertility.
The eye would be the portal from the external world to the internal world: in fact what we see and how we move the eye generates nerve impulses that reach the hypothalamus and have a cascading effect on all the glands and the endocrine system of the body. The ancients said that the eye is the mirror of the soul …
In the Taoist tradition, there are specific practices for observing the sun and they are taught only to initiates. They must be practiced correctly and in any case do not involve observing the sun for more than a few minutes at sunrise or sunset. And observing the sun is only part of the technique, then this energy is used specifically. Therefore, the Taoist technique is in contrast with the claims of those who argue that we must necessarily reach 40 minutes a day.
According to Hira Ratan Manek, the diffuser and creator of the modern Sun Gazing technique, there are many benefits and few risks. The ancient practices that involved observing the sun were more complex and did not involve observing the sun for a long time and above all they were not recommended to the population but only to initiates …