How many of you have heard of ‘sun gazing’ before? I’ll be honest, I hadn’t heard of it until recently; I was going through the internet looking for stuff that had to do with stress relief and I came across this Facebook post on this page called Enlightened Consciousness. They post a lot of uplifting, spiritual and interesting things (quotes, videos, articles), you should check it out if you get the chance. Anyway, I was browsing through this page and I found this post which was a link to an article they wrote called, “SUN-GAZING: WHY YOU SHOULD BE DOING IT!” which is on their website enlightened-consciousness.com.
The following lines are pretty much me summarising everything in their article but in my own words; so if you do go to their site and check out their article and see similarities – well that is why. Just want to put that out there.
So, as the title of the article suggests, sun gazing means staring at the sun. You only do it for short periods of time, but yes that is essentially it. The idea is that staring at the sun for certain periods of time will benefit you in various ways. According to the article sun gazing will:
- Relieve you of any stress and tension you feel
- Increase your energy
- Boost the production of serotonin and melatonin
- Improve your eyesight
- Reduce hunger
And going on the more spiritual side of things the benefits are:
- It stimulates the pineal gland (an endocrine gland in our brain that produces melatonin, thought to be linked to the third eye)
- Increases the size of the pineal gland
- Releases internal blockages
- Increases human potential
Sun gazing is sometimes done as a spiritual or religious practice which is why I separated the benefits.
So how exactly do you sun gaze? Well, luckily there is only one hard and fast rule you need to follow in order to sun gaze properly. You should only sun gaze during the first hour of sunrise and/or the last hour before the sun sets. It is very, VERY, important that you do it at these times and no other, otherwise you’ll probably ruin your eyes; even the article where I got all this information from says so. Why is this? Apparently it has to do with the UV rays from the sun, dawn and dusk are when the UV rays are at their lowest and is therefore the best time to sun gaze, any other time the UV rays are too much for our eyes to handle and staring at the sun at any other time will cause irreparable damage.
So there are many different ways to sun gaze but I’m just going to talk about the method mentioned in the article:
- You start out by staring at the sun at the safe times for 10 seconds; apparently you’re supposed to do this barefoot on bare earth; it’s supposed to enhance the benefits. However it isn’t necessary.
- As you stare at the sun, visualize its energy entering your body, mind, heart and soul and rejuvenate you.
- On the next day you increase the time you look at the sun by another 10 seconds so you stare at the sun for a total of 20 seconds.
- Keep doing this until you reach 44 minutes of total sun gazing; depending on the weather this should take 9 to 10 months (that and if you don’t take shortcuts like jumping to 1 minute after just 2 days of sun gazing).
- And that’s it, you just keep doing this 6 days a week. I should mention that the article states you should try to walk barefoot as well but again it isn’t strictly necessary.
The entire exercise is more a type of meditation where you are trying to connect yourself with nature and life more than anything else.
If you want you can watch these two YouTube videos which talk about gazing and they will tell you a little more. I would like to mention that I found these videos from the sun gazing article I mentioned earlier.
Sun Gazing became popular in the western world thanks to a man named Hira Ratan Manek. He has a website called solarhealing.com and he swears by the power of the sun. Supposedly the man can survive on nothing but sunlight and liquids; he doesn’t need solid food at all. Apparently Hira Ratan Manek or HRM as he is also known did not consume any solid food for a prolonged period of time. All he needed was liquids and the energy he got from the sun (who is this man!?).
In case this sounds too spiritual and you think there is no scientific evidence to back it up, well take a look at this. A survey was conducted by a scientist named Vinny Pinto on 56 participants, and he shared the results in an article he calls “The First Sungazing List Group Sungazer’s Survey.” Here are some of the results of the survey, as stated in the article from Enlightened Consciousness: ”
- Health improvements especially among women
- People who practiced sun gazing for more than five years were more likely to report adverse effects (which means that 44 minutes is probably too much)
- 35 out of the 51 participants reported to have “increased or greatly increased energy” while only 1 participant reported reduced energy
- The number of people who reported a “decreased need for solid food” was approximately equal to the number of people who reported “no significant change in the need for food.” Only 1 person in the study reported an increased need for food.
- People who had sun gazed for at least a year for at least 4 times per week were far more likely to report a decreased need for solid food.
- The most common physical/mental/spiritual experiences reported from sun gazing were bliss, joy, peace and calmness.
- No one from the study reported a decrease in physical health, everyone reported that his or her health was the same or had improved.”
So is sun gazing a good idea? Well I’ll say this, there is a reason why people like watching sun-rises and sun-sets so much, and truth be told I’m more interested in the fact that sun gazing might actually help relieve stress, anxiety and make me feel happy, joyful and calm. I will admit I am a bit sceptical, especially about the not needing to eat solid food part, but I want to keep an open mind and like I said I am focussing on stress and anxiety relief part of it, so I am going to try it out for myself. I won’t be doing it in the morning, I don’t think I could get myself to wake up at the crack of dawn everyday but I will try the evening one, when the weather permits; I already go out for a walk every evening so why not? You can try it out for yourself too if you want, just make sure to follow the instructions, don’t just go staring at the sun willy nilly, and I don’t want anyone hurting themselves and going blind. I hope you enjoy your sun gazing and I hope it works out well for you.