Aug 20, 2016
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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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
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Posted by Darrell (Buri Ram, Thailand) on 05/25/2015
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
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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?
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Posted by Sam (Uk) on 04/17/2014
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.
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Posted by Karyn (Santa Barbara, California, USA) on 03/13/2014
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
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
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.
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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.
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Posted by Biljana Leone (Belgrade, Serbia) on 02/06/2011
I loved this video about sungazing www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsPu2QkBixs Thank you.
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Posted by Diana Moore (Auckland, New Zealand) on 11/16/2010
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.
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Posted by Kirsten (London, UK) on 07/24/2009
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.
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Posted by Mauro Giller (Curitiba, PR - Brazil) on 01/18/2009
I wish to tell you all a experience I had with Sun Gazing a few years back.
At that time I had never heard of any "Sun Gazing " therapy. So it all happenned by accident or by "instinct!
This happened here in Brazil during the Carnival festivities in 1989. I went to the beach with some friends to stay there for the 5 day holyday. On the first day (it was a saturday ) and it was very hot and we stayed drinking beers and caipirinhas in front of the beach. At night we went to this night club and danced a lot and drinked a awfull lot as well. When we got out of the club we noticed that the day was dawning. We were very very tired and a bit drunk as well. So some of our friends decided that we should go to this small plateau of rocks near the ocean to watch the sunrise. We sat at the rocks and started watching the Big Sun God in golden and reddish color slowly coming out of the South Atlantic. I kind of entered a meditative state automatically.The vision was amazing. The Sun went up and and when it became a full disk and started to glow more and more we went home. I noticed that all my tiredness and drunkness went away and I was replenished with energy for the entire sunday.No one slept. It was really amazing all of us didnt'feel tired or sleepy. I figured that the rising sun gives more life energy than in the sunset. especially coming out from the horizon on the sea. It's a surplus of energy made of high level of impressions entering the body.
Posted by Shad (Houston, TX) on 07/04/2008
My Sufi teacher has Mr.K.S.Azeemi( at age 81 he does not need eye glasses) done sungazing and he reccomends sungazing with closed eyes for enhancing energy level. Best time he recommends is when at sunrise the disk is orange-red (infra_red). Sungazing with closed eyes is considered safer. But increase your time gradually. This whole thing about bare-foot is nonsense though.
He recommends that while sungazing imagine that energy is coming to your body through the third eye (between eye brows).
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