June 13, 2017 at 6:29 pm #1570
Does anyone have any experiences / thoughts in connection with the practice of sungazing? I am primarily thinking in terms of the system taught by Hira Ratan Manek although I suppose there are probably some other approaches out there. Any thoughts appreciated.
elephantJune 14, 2017 at 12:09 am #1573
I have practiced sungazing by Hira’s method and reached 21 min. I couldn’t go any further. I had some of the promised benefits, most notable are:
– being more peaceful and relaxed (I did this technique in a turbo work period of my life. And that is one of the reasons I did it)
– closer connection to nature (inner and outer)
– clarity and centeredness
– improved sleep
There are few occasions when I had rapid improvements:
– once when I sprained my foot. I had this condition for few days, and one afternoon I decided to go for sungazing and did 12 min. It was healed 95% and I didn’t limp any more
– recovering a hangover or exhaustion
Now, lets talk about downsides. First it is definitely not what is promised. So many benefits and miracles are promised, but only few of them really work out. That is my experience and that is the experience of many people I know. I went to sungazing groups, and few of my friends did it. Many of these people did sungazing all the way. I didn’t find them to be so thoroughly transformed. But this is mild judgement. I find myself and others tense sometimes, like supercharged with energy but tense somehow. The thing is, because of following promises and following advice by others I sometimes disregarded the feeling that I shouldn’t do it for so long because of tension. So many times benefits were mixed with disadvantages like tension and energy going up and down (like coffee). One rule which never resonated with me was that I shouldn’t do it on the grass. So I did it on the grass, on the earth, whatever. Only thing is, it was much more beneficial barefoot.
So right now I either do sungazing as long as comfortable or don’t look directly at the sun. But I do it whenever convenient and feel like it. Not like a technique. And nowadays its never more than few minutes. I am also worried that maybe it damages the energy system if you do it more than comfortable and too long.
The benefits of your eyes being exposed to the morning sunlight are now scientifically proven. You get your circadian rhythm set up, production of hormones is dependent on it, and there are other regenerative and healthy benefits. Even more although not mainstream science its still science which confirms that doing it barefoot is much effective. It is something about the photons from the sun charging the electrons that come from the ground. And then those electrons have all kinds of roles in the body, many linked to the mitochondria, the organelles that produce energy.
Now if you want to go deeper into the story, many health benefits come from darkness that would naturally come after sunset. But this darkness is not available to us any more. So many people choose to wear blue blocking glasses, some even blue and green blocking. Because blue light is a signal to the brain that is daytime and time for activity. And the night is time for regeneration and rest. That is one of the roles of melatonin, to set the stage for regeneration and rest. But blue light destroys and blocks the melatonin that we produce during the day and eyes being exposed to morning light is the beginning of this production. So if you want to optimize sleep (which by many health practitioners is considered major factor in health) first thing to do is expose your eyes to morning sunlight (doesn’t have to be direct looking in the sun). Second thing is block blue light in the night. There are many other things to do to optimize sleep but these are the first things. I don’t have my blue blockers yet, so I can’t share any experience here.
Now you probably noticed how the eyes are central to this story. That is because they have more functions that sight. The main circadian clock is there in the eyes. And even blind people who have their SCN working, have the influence of light changes.
Well light is a story of its own and it opens many topics. Because exposing most of your skin has its own benefits, and it wants morning light and it wants afternoon light (though much less) but it wants it. It wants except for the visible spectrum, blue green for energy generation and activation, red for regeneration, it wants infrared, also for regeneration. It wants UVA and UVB for much more than generation of vitamin D. The benefits sunlight exposure of the skin is cutting edge research now, and finally some scientist and doctors realize that there are more benefits than drawbacks to being exposed to the sun. Just like now science is backing up on the claim that fats and cholesterol (from food) are the bad guys, the sun will also be pardoned. Sooner or later. In the meantime some people will put cancerous creams to hide the skin from the sun.
Live long and prosper,
ViktorJune 14, 2017 at 12:05 pm #1575June 14, 2017 at 2:06 pm #1576
Thanks Victor. Good to hear from you. Yes, some of the HRM material does not entirely make sense, and some of the benefits seemed likely unattainable for some people. So, it seems most people will end up improvising with the basic principles, as you’ve done, rather than strictly following the HRM protocol. One variant on the basic practice that I’ve encountered on the web and which makes sense to me involves drawing the energy down to distribute it throughout the body, or alternately, to recirculate it from the heart back to the sun. Though I’m only some days into the practice I can feel how there might be a tendency for the energy to accumulate in the head.
The breatharian phenomenon is something that’s known to traditional Daoist practice and I believe Michael has some articles on it on this site. Whether it can be accomplished through sungazing is another question. Some of the sungazing testimonies I was able to find on the web mention diminished appetite.
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