Sungazing is a simple practice which is as the name suggests: gazing at the sun. At sunrise or sunset, when the sun is closest to our planet, sungazers stand on the ground and look at the sun for about ten seconds. Ten seconds are added every day, and some people reach a duration of 44 minutes.
Ancient Egyptians, Tibetans, Indians, Aztecs, and Mayans understood the strong link between the sun and health and argued that that this practice benefited them by healing common diseases, eliminating the need to eat, and even making telepathy possible. While this idea seems far-fetched, there is scientific evidence which suggests that sun gazing basically provides human beings with super-human abilities!
As a matter of fact, even Nikola Tesla suggested that such abilities are possible: “My idea is that the development of life must lead to forms of existence that will be possible without nourishment and which will not be shackled by consequent limitations. Why should a living being not be able to obtain all the energy it needs for the performance of its life functions from the environment, instead of through consumption of food, and transforming, by a complicated process, the energy of chemical combinations into life-sustaining energy?”
As explained in the very beginning, to reap the full benefits of this practice, you need to allow sunlight to enter your eyes at sunset or sunrise and keep your bare feet on the earth. Start by looking at the sun for ten seconds, for twenty on the second day, thirty on the third day, etc. After nine months, you will reach a duration of forty-five minutes daily.
Hira Ratan Manek is the man who made sun gazing popular as the HRM phenomenon and let NASA test him to validate the benefits of the practice. The test was done by doctors at the University of Pennsylvania and it involved tracking 24 hours daily, 24/7. Manek managed to survive the ordeal by consuming small amounts of water and buttermilk in addition to sunlight.
Experts claim that energy-not food- is needed in order to maintain the human body properly. Furthermore, they claim that after nine months of sun gazing, the cravings for taste of foods go away completely. This doesn’t mean that foregoing food to be replaced by sunlight affects the brain negatively, but it actually makes it feel mentally charged.
Here is a short list of the benefits associated with this practice and the reasons why it is experiencing a revival in popularity:
1. Boosts production of melatonin and serotonin
It has been scientifically shown that sungazing activates the pineal gland as the sunlight hits the eye. It stimulates this gland to boost the production of our feel-good hormones, that is melatonin and serotonin.
2. Increases energy levels
Sun gazing boosts energy levels and vitality, probably due to the increased production of melatonin and serotonin.
3. Increases the size of the pineal gland
Science also shows that sun gazing increases the pineal gland, which tends to shrink as we age.
4. Promotes weight loss
The sun nourishes the body and the mind, which in turn reduces the need for food and promotes weight loss.