Sun Gazing for Health: An Ancient Therapy

Multiple Cures Reported

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Posted by K.L. (Dallas, TX) on 12/06/2006

Sun gazing cured caffeine addiction, insomnia, and helped depression! Suffering from insomnia and depression, I had gone to a natural physician who suggested I stopped drinking coffee and replace the coffee drinking with sunshine in the morning by looking almost directly at the sun for a minute or two every morning. He said the effect would be much the same as coffee as far as waking up the body goes.

This physician didn't lie.

For the past 2 years, I go out every morning upon waking, either on the balcony or if not just through my window, and look up for a minute or two towards the direction of the sun. There is an almost immediate energizing of the body. I no longer have any need for caffeine. After 15 years of coffee, I don't crave it at all. I sleep with no sleeping aids (the result of no more caffeine) live a much more peaceful life without all those stimulants, and from my half hearted effort at this "sun gazing" practice, my depression is definitely manageable.

Sun Gazing and Bad Eyes

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Posted by Anne (Tucson, AZ) on 03/24/2015

I have tried this sun gazing seemed worse the next day for a week so I stopped...I recently tried again and the next day I was constantly putting eye drops in to be able to see..couldn't figure out why my eyes were so bad...then I remembered this happened before when I tried this...I have cataracts and eye floaters, is this not good for conditions like this ..does anyone know ?

Sun Gazing and Solar Eclipses

Posted by Chris (North Carolina) on 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

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)

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 darrell
(Buriram, Thailand)

Of course the sun is no less strong during an eclipse.....just remember that this wonderful, energetic practice is only to be done during the very first and very last hours of sunlight of the day!!! D

Sun Gazing and UVB

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

Replied by Virginia

I can tell you I laid in sun or was in it from age 5 to age 70 and I get things pre cancer removed all the time. Sun damages your skin, I was lucky w no wrinkles till 65. Age/Skin spots are ugly from Sun exposure.

Sun Gazing Feedback

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Posted by Sue (WI) on 11/10/2021

I just heard about this sun gazing practice and have enjoyed reading comments as much as reading about the actual practice and would like to throw in my 2 cents now.

As a child, I grew up out in the country with a large garden and was always barefoot. There was absolutely something very special about the feel of warm tilled earth under my feet. I didn't "sun gaze" but would often tilt my face towards the sun and enjoy the feeling of the warm sun on my face and the almost magical feel of the warm earth under my feet. It was almost like an electrical tingle and I felt a vibration throughout my whole body. I loved it and would seek it out whenever possible. I imagine standing in warm water with warm sand would be equally as sweet.

Replied by Tessa

Hi Sue (WI) -

What a lovely picture you painted!

Sun-kissed and barefoot, feeling Mother Earth's energy through the freshly tilled ground ... ah, sounds blissful.

Sadly, there aren't too many people (adults or children) today who can relate to that.

Maybe it's time for a natural "Back to Basics" movement instead of the universal "Great Reset" (and all its soul-draining technology it entails).



Replied by Betty

I enjoyed reading this!

My grandchildren and I take walks in the woods and lay in the field and watch clouds shift to make animals and such. I love those times with them. Light summer showers they always want to go out and dance in the rain and look for a rainbow. They love that. It's the little things.

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Posted by Lisa L. (Bushnell, Florida) on 06/18/2017

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.

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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?

Replied by Diane King
(So Calif)

Yes, Southern California.

Replied by Mike

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

Replied by Cindy
(Illinois, Usa)
446 posts

You can actually close your eyes and imagine sungazing and walking barefoot. Sort of like a sun-walking "meditation". We've had some weird weather over the past few years but the brain doesn't differentiate between what we call "real" and what is imagined so try it. I like a combination of "extreme barefoot walking" on the rugged, rocky bits of the lake shore and sungazing, imagining the physical feeling in your legs, feet and the warmth and light in your eyes can intensify it quite a bit. The more physical sensation you can imagine, the more intense it will be.

Sun Gazing Feedback
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.

Replied by Josephine

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

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Posted by Joy (Manila, Philippines ) on 09/03/2011

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.

Sun Gazing in the UK

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Posted by Rainbow (U.k. ) on 11/19/2017

Hi. I've only been sun gazing for about a month, and because of the weather in England have just got up to 2 minutes. I would like to know if there's anybody else just starting out? Especially in the uk?

Replied by AD

UK here too, as it's the end of November and up North, it's hard work even seeing the sun through the clouds and grounding si touch with the cold, but I think it's worth considering this a life long pursuit and not a sprint. I'll do whatever I can through winter and then commit to more during the better months but keep it up as a life long practice. I also think closed eye gazing during the day has some benefits.

Replied by Darrell
(Buriram, Thailand)

Clouds do not affect the bodies ability to absorb the sun's energy at all......if you have sun gazed regularly, you will know the approximate place where the sun is so you can stare into that place without actually seeing the sun itself!!! Good Luck! Darrell

Sun Gazing in the UK
Posted by Chris (West Midlands, England) on 08/20/2011

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

Sun Gazing Tips

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Posted by Mhikl (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) on 11/12/2018

I DO NOT BELIEVE or ACCEPT anyone's claim to stare at the full sun at high noon! That would burn out the eyes.

Sun gazing must be done in increments beginning with the sun at its lowest ebb adding ten seconds each day and eventually ending when the sun leaves the horizon. To stare at the full sun after it is above the horizon is bloody dangerous to one's eyesight. One would damage the eyes, even to the extent of blindness.

You must then do the practice consistently if choosing to make this part of your lifestyle.

Replied by Adam
(Los Angeles)

Powerfully said :)

Many see you and love you, Lady Light!

Replied by ST

Probably a lot of people don't appreciate being told off--even though they may need it--but I kind of chuckled throughout your post because I totally get both your passion and frustration. So many things are about to be lost, so many standards lowered forever. Critical thinking has fallen by the wayside and it's a loss that will be difficult if not impossible to regain. At least there are a lot of people who mean well even though struggling to outnumber those who don't. I used to gaze at the sun when I was a child but was, of course, warned that it was harmful. I will eagerly start again and listen to my heart. I am a confirmed researcher but I have to say separating the wheat from the chaff is not always easy and there's a lot of chaff out there even when we try our best to do the "right" thing or get information. And, in their defense, some people just don't have the inclination or, more important, the knack. Thanks for your input, I hope people take it to heart. Defensiveness is destroying my country.

Replied by Steve
(Chiang Mai, Thailand)
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I'm inclined to agree, ST. Reading about this, I was immediately seized by a feeling of deja vu, that 'the source of all physical energy in this system must be a benign means of energizing change, ' but of course only if you build up to it, acclimating your retinas to this kind of exposure.

Then I tried it. It was a glorious morning here in Thailand, the sun an unblinking pulsating white disc of such power. After 5 seconds I suddenly 'got it', how incredibly empowering & health-giving this would be over the months & years to come. I did a 2nd 10 second stare into old Sol an hour later. The feeling was even stronger that time. It also intensifies & clarifies dreams, gives mental acuity, & sends that source energy coursing through my heart & all organs. Wow, I'm pumped! Ha ha.



Doesn't this cause retinal damage? Thanks!

Sun Gazing Tips
Posted by Elijah (Bristol, RI) on 04/04/2018

Stare peripherally!!!

I actually gazed at the sun but not directly but peripherally to the left and right meditatively staring at a tree or something your eyes if brown will absorb and change color (light brown). It's like drinking carrot juice and changing your skin tone it goes away after awhile. Its a good asset for the ladies though. Don't do it often I reccommnd . no real benefits maybe. twice a month.

Sun Gazing Tips
Posted by Om (Hope Bc Canada) on 10/28/2014

Madison (Iowa, United States)

Living in the damp ever changing climate in western Canada, sun gazing is a dream. So on better days I do it with eyes closed, directed at the sun. Even that can be, in the winter time, quite elusive.

However, there is a fabulous practice called meditation on the Inner Sun. Need one say more ? It is forever, not temporary and finite.

Problem solved. Namaste... Om

Replied by Cathy
(Delaware Beaches, Usa)

Thank you for this beautiful reminder!

Sun Gazing Tips
Posted by Eli (Ca) on 05/20/2014

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.

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