Sun Gazing - Direct Nutrition Straight From the Source of Our Planet's Light

  Ancient sun gazing practice resurrected as modern practitioners gather together to stare into the sun and absorb its energy.

Ancient sun gazing practice resurrected as modern practitioners gather together to stare into the sun and absorb its energy.

Sun worshiping is more than just a trendy slogan on t-shirts littering storefronts at the beach. The sun is the building block for all forms of energy on earth. It creates the positive charges necessary to power electricity. It's the reason why the plants, that humans eat, grow. It provides our bodies with essential vitamins (such as Vitamin D) that our diets alone cannot supply. The whole reason humans eat in the first place is because our bodies convert the nutrients to sugars that provide us with the energy we need to get through our day. Food is the middle-man between humans and energy. That is why "eating the sun," or sun gazing has become such a growing practice for those who practice mindful living.


  An illustration showing how light rays from the sun travel from your eyes and carry energy that stimulates your pineal gland.

An illustration showing how light rays from the sun travel from your eyes and carry energy that stimulates your pineal gland.

Sun gazing is a practice where a person follows a strict regimen of gradually exposing their eyes to direct sunlight for longer periods of time each day over a nine month period. The practice is a derivative of an age-old healing ritual that originated in India over 2,000 years ago, but the benefits of sun gazing were not widely known until 2002.

A man named Hira Ratan Manek ("HRM" as he likes to go by) made a claim that, besides the odd cup of coffee, tea, or buttermilk, he had been living solely off energy from the sun and water since 1995. He offered himself for observation to a team that consisted of three doctors from the University of Philadelphia and Thomas Jefferson University. The three doctors paid specific focus on their specialty areas, which were HRM’s retina, brain, and pineal gland.

  HRM, Hira Ratan Manek – the revitalizer of the ancient art of Sun Gazing

HRM, Hira Ratan Manek – the revitalizer of the ancient art of Sun Gazing

They witnessed that during HRM's sun-fast diet, the gray cells within the brain were regenerating. This is uncommon for people in their fifties, which is why the elderly begin to struggle with muscle and sensory issues such as memory, speech, and decision-making skills.

The doctors also noted that HRM's pineal gland began opening up, rather than calcifying. The pineal gland is where you would imagine your third eye being. It’s tucked away in the middle of the brain and is responsible for your body’s production of melatonin, therefore regulating your sleep cycles. It also provides the hormone, serotonin, which gives your body a sense of calm and happiness. The final piece of information that the doctors recorded was, that besides some buttermilk, HRM did not need food for the 130 days. The sun did indeed provide enough nourishment for him to be in good health.

To achieve maximum nourishment from the practice of sun gazing, while avoiding permanent eye damage, there is a strict procedure that one must adhere to. Here is the 9-month process of becoming a sun gazer, and how it will affect how you consume your energy.


  • First Three Months

First and foremost, you want to look at the sun when the ultraviolet waves are at their weakest. So, begin your practice within one hour of sunrise or sunset. Place your bare feet on the ground to create a connection with the earth. On the first day of practice, look directly at the sun for 10 seconds. Continue to add 10 more seconds to your practice each day following. So by day 10,  you should be looking at the sun for 100 seconds.

During the first month, many sun gazers report having a more positive outlook on life, as well as less stress and fatigue. They also report still consuming solid foods. However, they find themselves eating less. As your body begins sun gazing, the sun's energy charges the neurons in the hypothalamus tract in the brain. This is the pathway at the end of your eye's retina that leads to the brain.

With this influx of energy, the brain becomes stimulated by its almost direct contact with the sun's energy. It is not receiving the second-hand energy that it typically gets from solid foods thus, it suppresses the mental stress we perceive to feel when our body believes that it is hungry.

  • Three to Nine Months

By the time you reach three months, gaze time should equal around 15 minutes. Now that your body has eased the tensions and worries that lack of food creates in our brains, these drains on your body's energy supply will begin to subside permanently. This allows your body to use the sun's energy in more productive manners, such as fighting off illnesses and strengthening organs. Appetites will continue to diminish as the minutes are added to your practice. Between eight and nine months, the practice should take 44 minutes. sun gazers note that they have higher energy levels at this point of the practice.

  • After Nine Months

Once the ninth month of the practice is complete, stop gazing at the sun. Your eyes cannot handle much more of its solar rays without becoming damaged. Without looking directly at the sun your body will begin to act like a battery losing its charge. When you are taken away from the power supply, you need to find ways to recharge it. In order to recharge, walk barefoot on the earth. Be sure to take this stroll during daytime hours to receive the energy the sun is trading with the ground. Partake in these walks 45 minutes a day for at least 6 days a week.

As explained by reflexology, the big toe has a connection to the pineal gland, while the other toes are associated with other glands throughout the body. Walking barefoot on a positively charged earth helps stimulate the pineal gland, which is what kick started the benefits of sun gazing in the first place.


Many eye doctors warn against looking into the sun because ultraviolet rays can do damage to eyes. They also claim that staring when the sun rays are not at their strongest (sunrise and sunset) will only lessen the stress on the actual eyeballs during the practice itself.  This leads the sun gazer into a false sense of security that no damage is being done. Just like when someone gets a sunburn while the sun hides in the clouds, UV rays can still penetrate the eyes at sunrise and sunset. If you feel any discomfort in the eyes while sun gazing, stop immediately. Listening to your body can save you from creating irreparable damage.