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Sun Gazing for Health: An Ancient Therapy

Last Modified on Mar 29, 2016

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.

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Posted by Bill (Massachusetts) on 07/22/2015


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Posted by Yolanda (Montreal, Canada) on 07/06/2015

[YEA]  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

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

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

[YEA]  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 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
[YEA]   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.

Posted by Lucie (Deventer, Holland) on 05/23/2015

Dear friends,

Thank you for this wonderful resource you've created.

I read your page about sun gazing - how to do it.

One thing that I am still uncertain about is whether one has to be barefoot outdoors (toching the earth) while doing the 9 months of incremental gazing. The instructions for the follow up period are clear.

NOTE: This is what I remember reading on some other sites in the past - I think from Hira Ratan Manek, the man who revived the practice in recent decades. This was also the main reason I never did it because I live in a climate where it is too cold to stand or walk outside berefoot in the colder months (that's 3/4 of the year, at least, in Holland :-). It is also considerably wet and can't see the sunrise every day for 9 nine months straight. So I think the only way to benefit from that practice for lifetime is to move to a tropical climate - or perhaps build an indoor space of some sort for daily barefoot walking with one open wall allowing sunlight to shine on the body. I don't know what type of material would block the wind while allowing full spectrum of sunlight...and this of course would be beneficial only of the sungazing worked even on cloudy days? Is this the case?

My other question is: does the 9 month period of sungazing have to be done standing still or can one walk while facing the sun?

Thanks for any guidance you could offer on these points!

Greetings from Holland,


Replied by Brighid
Hi Lucie,

Your message caught my attention, I hope you don't mind if I say what occured to me. I´m still doing research and haven´t started sungazing yet but I somehow feel that with your question about walking or staying still while sungazing, that you are the person who knows the answer. I think, and of course I might be wrong, that whatever feels most natural to you, whatever you feel like doing while sungazing, be it singing, tai chi, walking, dancing, sitting in the lotus position...will probably be the right way for you to sungaze.

Perhaps its like listening to music. it also energises us and some of us like to listen while lying down best, and others simply have to move their bodies while listening and dance. others never dance but they still recieve the benefit of the music.

You mentioned some rather complicated ways of getting sun and staying warm. if its cold, I wouldnt go barefoot for the sake of it. why not just in the summer, or whenever you can and feel like it?

I go barefoot all the time, and always have done. id never thought about it so intrinsically before but it is true, it is good. it is simply very very good. people always tell me "put on some shoes! " "you´ll catch a cold! " but I love it and it dosent bother me in the slightest if people give me funny looks for being barefoot.

Lots of love, Brige

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
Yes, Southern California.

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

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
@ 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

[YEA]  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
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

[YEA]  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

[YEA]  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

[YEA]  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
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
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
[YEA]   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
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!


Replied by Sue
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
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.

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
[YEA]   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.


Replied by Tom
Toronto, Ontario,canada

Posted by Biljana Leone (Belgrade, Serbia) on 02/06/2011

[YEA]  I loved this video about sungazing Thank you.

Replied by Im Nazelis
Portland, Or
You will not go blind sungazing. Geesh! If you can watch TV for 3 hours, surely you can see look into the sun. This is an ancient practice, and if you do ALL your homework before committing to the 9 months it takes to get to 44 minutes, then you know that there are guidelines to go by. Eye can receive the entire spectrum of sunlight. The rising and setting sun has minimal to zero UV rays. It is important for anyone who is looking into this SAFE practice to do their research first, because if you don't, then it is no longer considered a safe practice because you are not following the correct way. Hira Ratan Manek (HRM) is the best source to look at. He has several university studies behind him. I have been sungazing for about 2-3 months, and I am at 11 minutes, just about to finishing the 1st (of 3) stages, which allows the sun's energy or the sunrays passing through the human eye to charge the hypothalamus tract, which is the pathway behind the retina leading to the human brain.

Stage 2 (15- 30 minutes), mental depression will go away, It is possible to achieve a perfect balance of mind. Physical diseases will start being cured as well. 70 to 80% of the energy synthesized from food is taken by the brain and is used up in fueling tensions and worries. With a lack of mental tension, brain does not require the same amount of energy as before. As you proceed in sun gazing and as your tensions decrease food intake goes down.

When you reach 30 - 44 minutes duration of continuously looking at sun you will slowly be liberated from physical diseases since by now all the colors of the sun reach the brain through the eye. Brain regulates the flow of color prana appropriately to the respective organs. All the internal organs get ample supply of the required color prana. The vital organs are dependent on certain sun color prana. Kidney red, Heart yellow, Liver green etc. Colors reach the organs and address any deficiencies.

Replied by Anne
Tucson, AZ
I would hardly compare the TV to the apples to broccoli I would think...

A 2013 study linked LED lights in bulbs, computers, cell phones, and TVs to increased risk of irreparable harm to the retina in the eye. Researchers stated the damage came from high levels of radiation in the "blue band" of light. They estimated the problem is likely to grow as more computers, mobile phones and TV screens use LED lights. Experts have called for built-in filters to cut down on the blue glare.

Replied by Sue
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.

Posted by Diana Moore (Auckland, New Zealand) on 11/16/2010

[YEA]  My husband and I have been sungazing for a few weeks now and we feel amazing. We also have changed to a Raw Food Diet consisting of mainly fruit too.. So it could be a bit of both. But after Sungazing you just feel so good. We are addicted to it and can't wait to get out there and do it again. It makes you feel more connected. I have really deep sleeps now with vivid dreams. I have noticed my appetite has decreased already.. With a feeling of wanting to eat to heal my body instead of just satisfying it with taste. I am increasing the sungazing time 10 seconds a day. The first time I did it for 10 seconds, I could barely look at the sun. Now I can gaze at it for a long time with no problems. I am hoping for better eyesight in the long run.

Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
Can't it burn your retina?
Replied by Jai
Calgary, Alberta
Sungazing is one of the most high vibrational methods that helps us awaken to our unlimited potential. Intuitive Breathing (pranayama) and sungazing along with a few other methods have been the most powerful I've come across. In fact, you can see Hira Ratan Manek (HRM) and Umasankar in the award winning sungazing movie, What If? The Movie
Replied by Elaine
Edmond, Oklahoma
Do not do that!!! Your eyeball is made up mostly of water. The sun heats it up and litterally boils/cooks your eyes. Your skin sunburns and so do your eyes except being made up of so much water it happens more quickly. If you burn your retina it's permanent damage. If you don't believe me ask an eye doctor. I just don't want to see anyone cause permenant damage to their sight.
Replied by Lou In Texas
Somewhere, Texas
When I was a little girl, we drove about 20 miles to church. To pass the time, I used to stare at the sun all the way there. I have told several opthalmologists about this, and they all said that my eyes were not damaged from it.
Replied by Wyleen
Santa Rosa, Ca
I ran across that docu yesterday on the documentry channel. I highly recommend it. It was very informative.
Replied by Chris
West Midlands, England
The issue with sungazing is - living in england where I live, we see the sun rare so building up 10seconds a day would result in about 5-7years before building upto the full time of sun gazing time, plus where I live - there is absolutely no accessible place to sungaze where there is soil. I do sungaze when possible and I started off with more than 10seconds and it didnt cause me no harm. Im now on 7minutes but I do this in 3minutes then another 3minutes then a further minute a present. What would be the feedback advise? to just increase one sitting of sun dose? because clouds dominate the skies by me almost 24/7 so getting to see it for more than 3minutes is somewhat of a revelation in england. Its constantly grey industrial skies here but if you need soil too - then I just cannot do that because id be too low that I would miss the sun completely in the rising and setting hours. I live in the shitty (i mean city) end basically.

i have noticed that I have gone 5hrs sleep on many nights in a row though lately and I walk several miles a day and go the gym and although I wake up worn out always, I manage to stay awake during the day for much longer now. Cant say as im on top of the world mind anywhere near yet

Replied by Quanlan
New York
[WARNING!]   Have you ever taken a magnifying lens and positioned it in the SUN so its focal point was a piece of paper, and the paper caught fire? You are doing exactly the same thing if you look at the sun. By burning the maculas of your eyes, you will lose your central vision for life. Don't be a fool.
San Diego
[YEA]   I am a teen who has an opinion on all of this. I have the best eyesight in my family. I am in the top of my classes. But I have never even heard of this before. But I have also done this many many times before. When I look straight at that sun during the car ride while its sun set I see a bright yellow ball form and it starts turning clockwise. It always was wierd and always did wonder.

People say it's not safe and I believe them but also don't believe them. Don't trust anybody but always look beneath the lines. Don't trust anything because you'll never know sometimes, you have do more research and ask the right questions.

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
sun"gazing" for a few minutes WITH EYES CLOSED, I find it is very calming.
Replied by Oscar Donate

Syracuse, New York
I am very reluctant to critisize any of the treatments discussed here. But I have to agree very much with what Quanlan has to say about "sungazing". Sunlight is very damaging to skin. Sun burn is a very real phenomonen, many of us have first hand experience with sunburn to our skin. What would anyone expect to gain by focusing these damaging rays on what are very delicate tissues as described so well by Quanlan ? That is why it hurts our eyes to look directly at the sun. Thank you Quanlan for pointing this out to your fellow forum members. Any one who doubts that can do that simple experiment with a magnifing glass and a piece of paper. That is what you are doing to your eyes when SUNGAZING....Oscar
Replied by Mike
Visalia, Ca Usa
Yes it can be damaging if you dont know how to do it properly. If you even just google it you will see that your only to do it at sunrise or sunset, preferably sunrise between 4am and 6am and no longer than 10min. Some do it in 3min increments and like everything else you must work up to it very slowly. So yes caution is necessary. Please research before trying, best of luck
Replied by Joy
Manila, Philippines
Jo-ann Ramos/Philippines: I have been doing sun gazing for more than a year, at most 10 minutes. My eyes are still intact. My eyes closes at the first attempt of sun contact. After this, there are small dark spots appearing on the second sun contact and finally these small dark spots form a circle and covers the sun. Then, I see the sun very clearly, as if I am just gazing at the moon.
Replied by Eli
It is true that sun gazing may damage your eyes, IF YOU DO IT DURING UNSAFE TIMES. If you do it during safe times, unless you are on the equator or that one place in Africa with no ozone lair, It is literally impossible for you to damage your eyes, unless you looked at it through a magnifying glass...Do some research before saying things like this.

Posted by Kirsten (London, UK) on 07/24/2009

[YEA]  I have started sun gazing after hearing my mother in law raving about it. At first it was just curiosity and I stopped when the weather went bad. I then went to this group where a guy Hira Ratan Manek was talking about sun gazing and made some amazing claims. I started up again and before long my appetite started to fall dramatically. HRM teaches that one should sun gaze at safe levels starting at 10 seconds and adding 10 seconds each day until you reach 45 mins, then you can go back to 15 mins or stop all together. He claims that when you reach 45 mins all physical problems will be healed, you will no longer need food as you get all your energy from the sun and can even drink water energized by the sun (store in glass not plastic in a spot where it will be exposed to lots of sun for a day minimum). He says that addictions and mental health problems will be cured as the body is finally working at peak efficiency.

My first thought was that these are some wild claims, however with the increased energy I feel and the way my body seems to be able to process food better so that I get more from simple fruit and feel full very quickly which is the exact opposite of how I have felt my entire life I do wonder what more benefit I will get by keeping up with it. I am up to 9 mins today. I would love it if sun gazing will give me enough energy to reduce how much I sleep at night (10hrs) and break my dependence on smoking- that would be enough to totally change my life forever.


Replied by Lee
London, U.K.
This is for Kirsten and her motherinlaw.

As you can see I too live in London and reslly want to meet others who have been gazeing at the sun.

I'm not even sure if you will get this message as I am truly computer iliterate and things tend to go awol into cyberspace, so I hope this gets through. I thought I was the only person who did this and have been sungazing for 10 years. So was surprised to see that there was a worldwide community. None of whom seems to have had the same experince as me. As I say me and technology don't get along I'm very much would like a face to face chat with as many people as possible so anyone who reads this and wants to get together let me know. Love and peace, Lee.

Replied by Minerva
Houston, TX
I'm up 9:20 seconds, mentally and physically I feel more of a disconnect. Like my focus is gone as if suffering from a bad case of 'brain frat' does anyone have a suggestion? Thx in advance.