SunGazing [anyone tried it?]

Adam C (@addosh) 10 years, 6 months ago

So we’ve all been told not to look in to the sun because it causes blindness etc.
I’ve recently stumbled upon the practice of Sungazing and was wondering if anyone here has found info, practiced it or just some general opinions.
A summary from Wikipedia – "Sungazing is a practice that includes gazing at the sun for nourishment or as a spiritual practice. Looking into the sun is dangerous, and can cause solar retinopathy and lead to permanent eye damage or blindness"

What I have found so far [the main main HRM (Hira Ratan Manek)] suggests starting off slow at 10 seconds. The following day increase it to 20 seconds, then 30 the day after and so on. Eventually people get up to 45 minutes and believe that this restores your body to 100% health, also saying they lose the need to eat. Strange, huh!?
Only doing it within the first hour of the sunrise or last hour before sunset, when there are zero UV rays. I’ve downloaded an app to confirm there are no UV’s in those times and so far have got up to 1 minute 10 seconds. It’s a small start as I definitely would not rush the process. So far I have been feeling great, and am not yet blind haha!
Anyway, I know it is quite strange, and thought this might be the perfect forum to get some group feedback.


March 15, 2012 at 1:54 am
ZionBorn (89) (@irievibes) 10 years, 6 months ago ago

I read up on this last summer and I tried it out. I also did it at the times you are supposed to do it and it never hurt my eyes.

I’m not sure what exactly it did for me. I was having an awesome summer to begin with so I don’t want to say it made a huge difference. I never committed to it on any kind of schedule either, just at random sunsets maybe a few times a week.

Taras (534) (@painfulfart) 10 years, 6 months ago ago

juggling plenty of new things now but this one is sure as hell going on my to do list when my schedule frees up :) Thanks for this! sounds very interesting :)!

Adam C (1) (@addosh) 10 years, 6 months ago ago

Glad you’re interested Taras!
The first few days, obviously, there is quite a daze. And afterwards I sit there for a while {barefoot on the earth too} and cover my eyes with my hands until the daze goes. Sort of meditating on how it feels, was also scared as shit, thinking “why the F did i just do that!”
Ha! But after looking a lot more in to it, there are many different views.
I just think it’s something I want to experiement with, and as I say, take time.
I have started off in morning, but did go down to the beach one evening and watched as it was setting on the horizon. Strangely, after the first couple of days, I find that I can actually stare at the sun without being blinded.
It’s an amazing force that gives life to all things, and to take that all in, as the sun sets, I find it to be an amazing feeling!
Also, being able to stare at it, it sort of changes forms, very interesting.
Would love to hear from anyone else that gets involved :-)
Also, on a sidenote, I’m in Australia and we are just coming out of Summer. There is another site I found with a sunzgazing challenge:
“in5d will be orchestrating a Global Sungazing Project beginning on the Spring Equinox (March 21, 2012) and carrying on past the Winter Solstice on December 21, 2012.”

Eric (1,819)M (@blankey) 10 years, 6 months ago ago

I don’t necessarily gaze at the sun, but I do look at it for ten or seconds from time to time out of pure curiosity. I suppose I’ll start trying this, but I do sometimes have a tough time eating so maybe I shouldn’t..

Adam C (1) (@addosh) 10 years, 6 months ago ago

I’m not recommending anyone to do this!
Just to find out for yourself first – research, research, research!

And then we can compare notes ;-)

Joseph (114) (@warriors41) 10 years, 6 months ago ago

The placebo effect is really a powerful experience.

CatchAWinkFromGod (45) (@alya) 10 years, 6 months ago ago

the placebo effect is still an effect. whose to say the difference!

Eric (1,819)M (@blankey) 10 years, 6 months ago ago

@Aly, Well, there is a difference. One is caused by the mind, the other by something external. However, you are right, both are experiences…which is what I am sure you meant. :)

BirdFlyingHigh (152) (@birdflyinghigh) 10 years, 6 months ago ago

It’s bad for your eyes!! >.<

Pata (4) (@odjur) 10 years, 6 months ago ago

If you do it right it will actiully heal your eyes. Some of the native american tribes did it n they had telescopic vision. its also one of the tibetan practices for better eyesight. my eyes used to be shitty but now i have eyes like a hawk n its part due to sungazin.

you get this super awsom chill buzz in your body too n more energy. dunno how it works but it sure as hell works n its super great.

my frends n i all do it n we all get super results.

Pata (4) (@odjur) 10 years, 6 months ago ago

most eye problems are a result of lack of sunlight n exess of lookin at things that are close.

theres lots of sunlight comin from the sun n its very far away (you can call me capn obvious) so lookin at it counters both the problems.

Sunlight is good in general. Were suposed to be out in the sun all day cuz thats how we evolved. we need sunlight n most people get waaay to little of that stuff. sunlight is good for everything. where i grew up (rural Magburaka in Sierra leone) the medicine men recommended sunlight for most problems n they all did sungazing. Sunlight is super good for you n the eyes are the most light sensitive body part n thats why people use sungazing to pump their energy.

i read some studies before that compared modern western people with people in africa n asia that were outdoor all day. it showed that the people who were out in the open had much better eyes. Bein indoors or in a dense city all day means your eyes are only lookin at close objects all the time so your eye muscles get fucked up. Imagine keepin your elbows locked in a certain angle all the time, imagine wat that woud do to them. Thats exactly what people are doin to theyr eyes. You gotta look at objects far away too to keep your eye muscles workin right n to keep your eyes the right shape (when your eye muscles are unbalanced your eye gets longer in either direction or even rotated n thats what causes poor vision.) Lookin at far away objects is also easier on the eyes than lookin at things right in front of you.

Sunlight has been recommended by healers n doctors thru the ages all over the globe. its not just a coincidense. In ancient egypt n rome sungazin was practiced daily by the elite n forbidden for evryone else. if you did it you got yo ass thrown in jail. The same thing went on in china n japan at some era in history too.

And if your eyes can handle daily long exposure to computers n tvs n stuff like that, if you can look at lazers (concerts/clubs, even the eye doctors use it) then obviously you can handle lookin at the sun for a while when the uv rays arent there.

Keep it awsom


John OMallen (15) (@omallen) 10 years, 6 months ago ago

I wouldn’t try it personally, it just sounds dangerous-risky. That and it seem like the whole concept is of sun worship, and if you’re in to that, I suppose it’s something you could do, but I’d rather not ‘admire a flaming ball of gas.

‘(if you will, as admire isn’t a strong enough word, but worship seems too strong- the idea I’m trying to get across is between admire, desire, and worship),

Pata (4) (@odjur) 10 years, 6 months ago ago

Aint nuffin wrong with admirin the sun. They call it father sun for a good reason. We couldnt live without it.

Evryone loves the sun. Thats why people get so happy in the spring n its why people go to sunny places on vacation n why they get depressed in the fall. Its why bein tan is hot n bein pale isnt and its why people long for summer.

When animals go into hibernation its like they say “no sun? fuck this. wake me up when the sun comes back.” And aint that what we all do evryday? Birds n other things that fly move to where the sun is.

Hell the whole dam world orbits the sun. Its foolish not to admire that thing.

Anonymous (194) (@) 10 years, 6 months ago ago

the sun is around in the Winter as well, it’s also there in the Fall too, I think the emotions you are attaching to those seasons are due to other factors. Also, I’ve read that in Asian countries pale is considered beautiful. They have skin paling products just like America has bronzers. It’s all what you’ve been conditioned to think beauty is.
Now that that’s out of the way, this does seem a bit dangerous, and I’d be curious to see the science behind what your eyes do with sunlight that the rest of your body cannot do. You can absorb the vitamins/nutrients through your skin so why do you have to look at it? Is it something to do with specific types of rays or could you do this with sunglasses on? I’m interested now…

John OMallen (15) (@omallen) 10 years, 6 months ago ago

(Admire as in: to take pleasure; like or desire)
(Also being tan is only an aesthetic value by our society. In the dark ages the ‘sexy’ look was fat and pale, because it meant you were rich and didn’t need to labor in the fields. In Japan and certain other Asian counties, I believe, the idea of pale is considered much sexier than tan, in fact, much of their face creams contain bleach for that very reason.)

Chris (74) (@comicsanmc) 10 years, 6 months ago ago


Gotta say I’m a bit skeptical about the use of sunlight in healing eyes. While there is no doubt that it’s awesome for our bodies, I don’t see how absorbing it through our eyes could somehow heal us when the only path from the eyes is to the brain.

Our eyes constrict in light making me hesitant to believe we evolved to stare at the sun, also considering the abhorrent rate of blindness in Africa, I’m not sure about it doing a lot for them either. I’d suggest a good dose of good ole western medicine for those cataracts.

As for lasers, yes in the hands of a medical professional they can do a lot of good for eyes. However shining even your normal consumer level laser in someone’s eye for more than .25 seconds has been shown to have the ability to damage the eye.

Now considering that the light you see from the sun and the light from a laser are both made of photons in variable frequencies, doesn’t it seem plausible that the our own thermonuclear ball could damage your eyes via prolonged exposure?

EDIT: @Mike

Women used to cover up and wear umbrella’s outside in the Western World primarily due considering a tan as a sign of lower class. (IE: Someone who worked for a living!)

It wasn’t until a fashion designer accidentally got sunburned that attitudes for it changed, assisted by the onset of “vacations/holidays” traditions.

Voukol (0) (@vuokul) 10 years, 6 months ago ago

I didn’t read through everything, but this reminded me of a book I read recently called nocturne (a book about a guy who travels the world searching for stories about the moon and was quite good BTW) which had a little piece about a machine in arizona that used focused moonlight to “cure” certain things. I can probably find it if you give me a bit, but someone on here might know what I’m talking about.
Here’s the book as it’s kinda hard to find

I could go more in depth but that might be getting off topic. I though the book was relevant.

Kyle (20) (@krim98) 10 years, 6 months ago ago

i read the whole process. in full it takes 9 months starting at 10 seconds the first day and adding ten until you get to 44 minutes. i plan on trying it once i hit the road and wake up at the sunrise every morning.

Alex (551) (@hollowinfinity) 10 years, 6 months ago ago


This was recently brought to my attention by my roommate. He was reading a book that touched on it, so he looked it up a little more. Apparently, if you sun gaze for a little while every day for 9 months, you can sustain yourself without food, because each individual cell in your body is feeding from the sun.

Martijn Schirp (112,780)A (@martijn) 10 years, 6 months ago ago

Thoughts? Safe Africa. No seriously, do it.

You guys understand that if it’s light outside, it’s from the sun right? So you are actually always sun gazing already. Second, plants use photosynthesis to gain energy from the sun, we can’t, so we eat plants.

vishnu (1,235) (@vizznou) 10 years, 6 months ago ago

it has once worked for me, and i didnt even know what sungazing was. i just woke up early one day and meditated looking at the sun for half an hour… it was early morning like 630.. at the end of that day i had like 80% energy i had in the morning. simply amazing!

Athens (13) (@giraffe) 10 years, 6 months ago ago

@Martijn What does “Safe Africa.” mean?

I looked at the sun today and it didn’t feel right at all. I won’t be sun gazing.

If it’s to do with looking at a far-away object then why not play it safe and look at stars or something…

Martijn Schirp (112,780)A (@martijn) 10 years, 6 months ago ago

@Giraffe Apparently, if you sun gaze for a little while every day for 9 months, you can sustain yourself without food, because each individual cell in your body is feeding from the sun.

Sun + Starving people = Safe africa. Sorry if I was a little harsh, but if it was that simple, people would have done it by now. Same goes for the so called healing properties for eye damage.

Anyways, if you can do it, even for a month, here’s a quick million for you:

Anonymous (2,654) (@) 10 years, 6 months ago ago

What the fuck ? I eat once in 2-3 days and I don’t even like the sun. I love the winter. That’s some pretty bullshit right there. ^
Or maybe it’s because I eat sunflower seeds.

Athens (13) (@giraffe) 10 years, 6 months ago ago

ok thanks for clearing that up Martijn, good example.

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