What is Sun Gazing?
Sun gazing is the act of looking directly into the Sun. It is sometimes done as part of a spiritual or religious practice.
It has been referred to by many names such as Sun Yoga, Surya Yoga, Solar Yoga, solar gazing, and solar healing.
It is recommended to practice it within the hour after sunrise and hour before sunset.
I do it within the 15-minute window right after sunrise and before sunset.
I started looking at the sun for 10 seconds and have added 2 seconds each day.
I have stopped at 25 seconds at a time and have already seen results.
I may add more time later but I will listen to my intuition.
I strongly suggest listening your own inner guidance as well.
No one else is responsible for you or your choices.
Where did it originate?
Sun gazing can be traced back to India more than 2,000 years ago with the teaching of Lord Mahavir of Jain.
It was referred to as Jainism, one of the oldest religions originating on the Indian subcontinent. Jain believed that every soul is divine with the potential of achieving God-consciousness.
Sun gazing was also practiced by ancient Celts, Egyptians, Incas, Aztecs, Greeks, Mayans, in Tibetan Yoga and some traditions of Qigong, Tai Chi, and by some Native American tribes.
Do We Really Need Food?
Have you ever just wanted to stop eating and worrying about food?
Think of all the time and energy we’d have if we were not needing to think about or worry about our food.
Think of the money we’d save if food were no longer a necessity.
I’m not talking about starving ourselves and forcing ourselves to fast. I am talking about no longer desiring or needing food.
Many sun gazers get so much essential solar energy from the sun that their body stops needing food.
They naturally lose their appetite.
As a life long yo-yo dieter, and food addict, this sounds pretty awesome to me.
I’ve often envied alcoholics because they can just cut out alcohol altogether since moderation is not always easy for an addict.
It would be a relief to get my fuel from a stable source and not need anything else.
I’d love not having to think about getting enough nutrients, calories, fat, amino acids, superfoods, vitamins, etc…
Getting all I need from one living source sounds like freedom to me.
Not to mention the no harm was done in the process part.
Belief is Key
One of the main opposing issues to sun gazing and not eating is the common belief that if we don’t eat our body will die.
Belief plays a big role in the practice of sun gazing according to many experienced sun gazers.
It is suggested to practice sun gazing with faith and an open heart.
There has to be a belief of healing and possibilities rather than fear.
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If you don’t believe in healing and miracles, I recommend you not sun gazing.
If you feel it is wrong for you, don’t do it.
Your belief, if based in fear, can cause more harm than good.
Instead, do what feels right for you.
“The only zen you find at the top of mountains is the zen you bring up there.” –Robert M. Pirsig”
Reasons to Sun Gaze
1. You feel inspired
If you already intuitively sense the power of solar energy, you will more likely be ready to receive its healing energy and knowledge.
2. To Gain Vitality
Sun gazing has been known to fuel the body in more efficient ways.
Rather than eating plants and animals to nourish our bodies we are going to the source of the light first.
Sun gazers report heightened vitality due to the release of melatonin and serotonin.
3. To Lose Weight
Sun gazing suppresses the appetite and aids in weight reduction.
When we don’t receive enough sunlight, vitamin D levels drop which can lead to weight gain.
According to A 2011 study published in The Journal of Investigative Dermatology Sunlight burns fat.
4. To Feel Happier & Sleep Better
When direct sunlight enters the eyes, it moves through the retinal-hypothalamic tract and continues into the brain.
Recent studies have discovered a new receptor in the neurolayer of the retina that has a link directly to the pineal gland.
When the light stimulates the pineal gland it secretes both melatonin and serotonin.
These are known to regulate positive states of mind, sleep and wake patterns.
In addition, when we have low levels of serotonin, we can have increase cravings for sugar and carbs. This can keep us feeling constantly dissatisfied and hungry.
This can keep us feeling constantly dissatisfied and hungry.
5. For Greater Youthfulness
Melatonin is a potent antioxidant which slows the ill effects of aging.
Sun gazing has also been proven to enlarge the pineal gland.
Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania, including Dr. George C. Brenard, a leading authority on the pineal gland, observed sun yogi HRM for 130 days in 2002. They found that his pineal exhibited growth and reactivation.
The average size of the pineal is 6×6 mm, but in HRM’s case it was 8×11 mm.
When the pineal is active it stimulates the pituitary to secrete Human Growth Hormone.
As a result, many sungazers report experiencing rapid hair growth, restoration of hair color, and general rejuvenation.
They often claim to look and feel more youthful.
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