Very interesting article. I appreciate how you make sungazing/lightgazing accessible and safe for anyone to try. I am just beginning my exploration of sungazing. I produced a short video that explores one person's experience with it, meditating during sunrise in New York City. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsPu2QkBixs
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.
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.
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).
Fountain of Youth
I have sungazed since October 2006. I stopped for about 3 months, not sure if i should continue. I felt like I needed a break and then started up. My appetite reduced significantly and I did a 7 day water fast feeling great, whereas in the past if I tried to fast, I could barely wait until the end. My body felt weak and deprived of food. I feel great, have lots of energy.I still binge on food , think to keep me grounded. It almost feels impossible sub consiously to be able to live completely without food. I am just not hungry and it scares me sometimes , so I will eat a little and the odd time go crazy for a day, feel really aweful and stop again.
I still love Chocolate alot.
People will come up to me and say" What are you doing , you look incredible , you have a twinkle in your eye, you are so youthful"
Try it you'll love it. Oh and I did see an eye doctor and confirmed that my eyesight is perfect and she supports sungazing during safe hours 100% She said "Good for you, the sun has gotten a bad rap for far too long
Ted's Sun Gazing Feedback
Yes, a common improvement in sun gazing is the body's circadian rhythm is synchronized with the sun. The body's pineal gland now goes and work in cycle. The reason is that the body needs something to reset its clock. What really messes our body is the use of artificial lighting which can be opened for 24 hours a day and the body's clocks are off. The other issue is the light spectrum of the artificial lighting is incomplete causing very favorable biological effects. People who raises fish aquarium noticed that fishes needs a full spectrum lighting so that fishes don't get cataract, or their scales don't become dull as well as causing them to be more healthy generally. The reality is, you need the sun, but you really shouldn't stare directly into the sun either. This will cause blindness. Just look indirectly is the best approach. The simple fact of just opening your windows in the morning to allow the sun to shine through and enjoying the sunlight is more than enough for the body to re sync itself, but preferably getting the sun exposed without the filtering of glass windows or plastic windows is much more preferred then anything else.
Multiple Cures Reported
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.
Multiple Cures Reported
I started sungazing one year ago because I needed more balance in my life. I was depressed do to the lack of sunlight in Western Washington state. In the past year I have logged hundreds of hours of sungazing directly at the sun. Depression disappeared in a matter of weeks, my vision and night vision have both improved. I sleep less and have more energy then I have ever had before. Being in a good mood almost all of the time is another wonderful side effect.
Sun Gazing Tips
I have been sun gazing for four years now, and have learned from a couple prominent sun gazers, one being scientist Vinny Pinto. I write you because of one poster's admonition that sun gazing at clouds is safer than looking straight at the sun. This is not accurate.
Clouds cause a glare, that can actually be harmful. Doing so for short periods of time on occasion is okay, but not often. The best time is early in the day, or later in the day, looking at the sun directly. I sun gaze at all hours with full sun exposure, with no problem, as do many sun gazers I know. This however is not suggested for beginners, who should only sun gaze early, or later in the day. The thing is you must be barefoot on actual soil, and after gazing, continue to stand on bare earth for at least 10 minutes to ground the energy. This last part is very important. No corrective lenses should be in use at the time of gazing. Starting at one half minute, and working up a half minute a day is ideal. So, first day one half minute, second day one minute, etc. As your eyes adjust, eventually you can do it for long periods of time. I can do it for twenty minutes a day now. My lens prescription improved by a couple numbers doing this practice. Do expect there will be a blinding effect for up to an hour afterward, but this effect lessens, the longer one sun gazes. I highly suggest thoroughly reading Vinny Pinto's suggestions before gazing which can be found near the bottom of this page: http://www.rawpaleodiet.org/sungazing/
Sincerely, Diana Geo