Sunlight is a nutrient. When I was practicing medicine and trying to get pregnant, I made an effort to get outside in the sunlight at least 30 minutes per day because I knew then what is now proven—that exposure to direct sunlight during the follicular phase of a woman’s menstrual cycle increases her BBT (basal body temperature) as well as FSH (follicular stimulating hormone) and LH (luteinizing hormone), which are needed for ovulation to occur.
At that time I didn’t practice sun gazing. But now I do! Sun gazing is simply the practice of gazing directly at the sun for a short period of time so that the sunlight enters your eyes. It’s important to do this during the hours when the UV rays are lowest, so you won’t harm your retinas. This is usually within the first hour after sunrise or the last hour before sunset, which is when I like to sun gaze.
Why Sun Gazing is Beneficial
It is believed that during sun gazing the sun’s energy enters the brain through the eyes and “powers” the brain. Mechanical engineer Hira Ratan Manek (aka HRM) is the most notable researcher of the ancient practice of sun gazing. HRM was inspired by Lord Mahavir of Jains as well as the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and even Native Americans who practiced some form of sun gazing.
It is documented that HRM has lived only on sun energy and water since 1995. He has participated in 3 strict fasts that have been documented by scientists and medical teams. Results from some of the observations showed that the gray cells in HRM’s brain are regenerating. And photographs—of which there are over 700—showed the neurons were active.
In addition, the studies showed that HRM’s pineal gland was expanding. This is unusual because the pineal gland typically shrinks at mid-life and HRM was in his 70s. The average size of a mid-life pineal gland is approximately 6mm x 6mm. However HRM’s pineal gland measured 8mm x 11mm. In addition his hunger was virtually eliminated, which scientists are unable to explain. You can learn more about HRM on his official website.
Why You Should Consider Sun Gazing
Fans of sun gazing claim it has positive and healing effects on mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Here are some of the claimed benefits of sun gazing:
- Regulates circadian rhythm. Sun gazing has been said to reset your circadian rhythm so you experience good energy and restful sleep with better dream recall.
- Increases hormone production. Sun gazing is said to increase the production of melatonin and serotonin.
- Reverses Seasonal Affective Disorder. Sun gazing may improve your mood and help reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This makes sense to me since natural sunlight is often all you need to improve the symptoms of SAD.
- Stimulates the pineal gland. One of the biggest claims regarding sun gazing is its ability to stimulate the pineal gland.
- Relieves stress and tension. Again this makes sense since being outside in the sun can have a relaxing effect.
- Activates the third eye. The third eye is associated with the pineal gland and your ability to perceive higher dimensions.
- Increases energy levels. Again, it’s common to feel more energy on brighter days so sun gazing may, indeed, help you feel energized.
- Reduces hunger pangs. HRM is said to have fasted for extremely long periods of time with only nourishment from the sun.
- Improves eyesight. Many experts warn that you can damage your eyes with sun gazing However, when practiced correctly and at the appropriate times of day this should not be a concern. In fact, some research shows that sunlight can prevent myopia (near sightedness) in children.
- Opens the body’s energy channels. It is claimed that sun gazing opens the nadis (energy channels) in the body.
- Increases memory. This may be related to the relaxation effect of being outside in nature and sunlight.
More scientific research needs to be done to determine whether any of the claims regarding the health benefits of sun gazing are true. But at the very least, watching the sun rise and set can be meditative. So, it is certainly worth a try if it is something that appeals to you.
How to Sun Gaze
If you want to give sun gazing a try, here are some ways to get started:
- Sun gaze at the proper time. Sunrise and sunset when the UV rays are lowest is the best time to sun gaze.
- Stand barefoot. Earthing (grounding) while sun gazing enhances the effects.
- Start slow. Beginners to sun gazing need to build up to slowly. Some experts say to start with just 10 seconds and build up by 10 seconds each time. I’m currently doing 20-30-minute sessions.
- Remove barriers. Sun gazing should be done outside, not through windows. It should be done without sunglasses, contacts, or other barriers so that you eye can receive the entire spectrum of the sunlight.
- Go barefoot. Connecting to the earth (grounding) with bare feet can enhance your sun-gazing experience.
- Listen to your body. If you feel the need to blink, then do so. You can also take breaks by closing your eyes for a second or two. This will help you build up to longer sun gazing sessions.
- Use visualization. As you sun gaze visualize the sun’s energy entering your brain and your body. Imagine all your cells becoming rejuvenated with healing light.
Have you tried sungazing? Please share your practice in the comments section.