Mudras are positions of the hands that are said to influence the energy of your physical, emotional and spiritual body.

Mudras have been used in the East for thousands of years and were practiced by many spiritual leaders including Buddha. Today, mudras are still used in yoga and meditation.

Sometimes we may subconsciously place our hands into mudra positions without knowing it, and other times we use them to help channel and stimulate healing.

There are hundreds of mudras but here are some that are most common:

1.) Gyan Mudra (Mudra of Knowledge):

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The tip of the index finger touches the tip of the thumb while the other fingers remain straight.

Benefits: Enhances knowledge, stimulates the pituitary and endocrine glands, increases memory, helps meditation, prevents insomnia, and can boost mood and bring clarity.

Practice: Any time while sitting, standing or lying in bed.

2.) Prithvi Mudra (Mudra of Earth):

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The tip of the ring finger touches the thumb while the other fingers remain straight out.

Benefits: Reduces physical and spiritual weaknesses, can increase life force, can help clear skin, and promotes body functionality.

Practice: Any time.

3.) Varuna Mudra (Mudra of Water):

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Benefits: Helps to balance emotion, helps to retain water, helps to relieve constipation and cramps, and can also help regulate menstrual cycles and hormonal conditions.

Practice: 15 minutes three times a day.

4.) Vayu Mudra (Mudra of Air):

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The thumb wraps over the index finger while the rest of the fingers remain straight.

Benefits: Helps to calm an anxious mind, soothes a strained voice, can help decrease stress, and helps reduce impatience and indecisiveness.

Practice: 10 to 15 minutes, 3 times per day.

5.) Shunya Mudra (Mudra of Emptiness):

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The tip of the thumb presses the middle finger down while the rest of the fingers stand straight up.

Benefits: Reduces dullness in the body, can be highly effective for ear aches, helps restore confidence, and boosts mental cognition.

Practice: 40-60 minutes daily or, for an earache, 4 to 5 minutes.

6.) Surya Mudra (Mudra of the Sun):

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Bend the ring finger under the thumb while the rest of the fingers remain straight.

Benefits: Helps stimulate the thyroid gland, helps to alleviate weight gain and reduces appetite, stimulates digestion, helps relieve anxiety and stress, and helps to guide you to your purpose.

Practice: 5 to 15 minutes, twice daily.

7.) Prana Mudra (Mudra of Life):

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The ring and pinky finger both bend to meet the thumb while the index and middle finger remain pointed straight up.

Benefits: Improves the life force, helps to strengthen the mind, body and spirit, helps promote taking action, improves immunity and motivation, helps enhance vision, and reduces fatigue.

Practice: Any time.

8.) Apana Mudra (Mudra of Digestion):

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The middle and ring finger are bent under the thumb while the pinky and index finger stand straight up.

Benefits: Helps to regulate the excretory system, helps detoxify and stimulates bowel movements, and helpful at relieving constipation and piles.

Practice: 45 minutes daily

9.) Apana Vayu Mudra (Mudra of the Heart):

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The index finger bends to touch the base of the thumb while the middle and ring finger bend to touch the tip of the thumb. The pinky finger remains stretched out.

Benefits: Stimulates healing of the heart, helps physically protect the heart, and can also help reduce gas and heart burn.

Practice: 15 minutes, twice daily

10.) Linga Mudra (Mudra of Heat):

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Interlock the fingers of both hands but keep the thumb of the left hand pointing up. Take the right thumb and wrap it around the left thumb so it touches the index finger of the right hand.

Benefits: helps to stimulate heat in the body, helps reduce phlegm and congestion, good for strengthening the lungs, and helps to invigorate and balance the body.

Practice: Any time but do not over practice.

Written by Tanaaz of www.wakingtimes.com

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I feel like I should warn you. There is a fierce feminine fire building. It is Kali Ma-like, creator and destroyer.

Burner of all that must go so that life can give birth to life. She is the wolf-woman coming, hard and strong and asking you for more than you want to give, but only because she loves you.

She knows that your greatest self can only rise from the ashes of the lesser you.

Kali means dark mother or black one. She is most often depicted in her destructive form — a bloodthirsty goddess, killer of Shiva and eater of babies. The demon goddess, the goddess of death.

But Kali is more than that. She is not just ruler of death, but of life, too. The early Tantric texts identify Kali as Mother, the primary and primordial creator, the womb of the Universe. All things rise from her and disappear again into her; endless cycles of birth and death, creation and destruction.

Kali is Om, she is Shakti, she is existence.

Understanding destruction as an exquisite and essential element of life, this is not the tender feminine, this is tough love to the core. This is purification by fire.

In The Encyclopedia of Myths, Barbara Walker tell us that,

Tantric worshippers of Kali thought it essential to face her Curse, the terror of death, as willingly as they accepted Blessings from her beautiful, nurturing, maternal aspect.

For them, wisdom meant learning that no coin has only one side: as death can’t exist without life, so also life can’t exist without death.

And so you must do the same. Have the courage and endurance to face what must die in you, and the rewards will be unparalleled.

I met this energy fullest in Peru last year; in Ayahuasca, the Mother Vine. Never have I experienced such annihilation, or such great love.

She taught me many things, among which was the importance of the labor pain and the sacrifice we make for our children, whether they be of blood and bone or another structure.

It’s no coincidence so many people are having babies right now.

We (especially women) are being asked to understand this role, both submission to the larger forces — to the archetype of this fierce goddess, and our power as an active participant in the destruction and re-birthing that happens in our individual lives.

There is change coming, sacrifice that needs to be made. This is not new, it’s been happening all year, but it’s not done. And it hasn’t demanded this much from you yet, so be ready.

Maybe you’ll want to think about where your loyalty lies, so that you don’t get caught off-guard when it hits. Is it with your ego’s will or with your soul, your destiny? What are you willing to give for that?

Those who’ve already done a lot of work this year may find she’s not too rough, but if you have been avoiding your work, or avoiding it in specific areas, get ready to be called out.

Prepare. Nurture yourself. Do some internal house-cleaning. Know what, and who, supports you and have them close. Most of all: breathe, trust.

It’s all for your highest good.

“If you prefer smoke over fire
then get up now and leave.
For I do not intend to perfume
your mind’s clothing
with more sooty knowledge.

 

No, I have something else in mind.
Today I hold a flame in my left hand
and a sword in my right.
There will be no damage control today.

 

For God is in a mood
to plunder your riches and
fling you nakedly
into such breathtaking poverty
that all that will be left of you
will be a tendency to shine.

 

So don’t just sit around this flame
choking on your mind.
For this is no campfire song
to mindlessly mantra yourself to sleep with.

 

Jump now into the space
between thoughts
and exit this dream
before I burn the damn place down.”

 

Adyashanti

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At the time of the Planetary dimensional shift, those that have lifted their frequency beyond the old vibratory rates will not undergo physical death. It will be harmless because they will be anchored to the planet while it shifts from 3rd dimension to the 5th dimension. The way it works is, imagine a figure eight shaped hourglass. 3D is located on one side and 5D is located in the other side of the hourglass. In the middle of the hourglass, this narrow gap represents the gateway or the 4D portal for the planetary shift that occurs when two dimensional planes eclipse each other. It is a highly charged membrane of photons, which acts as the wavelength bridge to connect one side of the dimensional frequency band with the next highest band. All living things on the planet has two parallel bodies. The biological body is carbon/matter and interfaces with the ethereal body. The ethereal body exists as plasma/anti-matter. To consciously experience the dimensional shift, the ethereal body needs to be at the same wavelength as the ethereal frequency of the planet. The people that have not raised their frequency or do not raise their frequency now will not be able to physically handle the wave of high frequency energy as the planet enters through the dimensional gateway. Their bodies will disconnect from the planets ethereal body during the shift. This is how the “spiritual selection” process works.

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The current calamities we are experiencing right now on the planet with the destructive actions such as war, pollution, nuclear waste has a direct impact on the planet’s life force, because any negative energy stored within our ethereal bodies filters directly into the planets ethereal body. And this is how the controllers are trying to stop the planet from shifting into the next dimension. For those of us who are compatible with the higher frequencies during the shift transition, we will feel like we exist but do not exist. Our consciousness is energy and will be traveling as energy and we will actually flow as light energy through the dimensional gateway, but we might not really feel it because it will take about a second to travel through the dimensional gateway and we will be re-materialized on the other side in 5D. When we undergo this frequency jump, our ethereal body, which contains the blueprint of our physical body will automatically re-materialized our body. Our body will have the same physical appearance as it does right now, except our new body will be Crystal/Silica because the higher frequencies from the solar flares have altered the atomic structure of our body. Only anti-matter will ascend and pass through the dimensional gateway. Meaning only naturally occurring things within the planet will ascend. All man made objects and synthetic materials within the 3D reality will disintegrate during the shift. So most of humanity’s current technology will not exist after the shift. It will take about 24 hours for the planet to fully spiral upwards into the next dimension. During the shift man made/synthetic objects will begin to fade out and disappear from our view, but at the same time, new Earth will begin to appear and materialize around us. So the shift will act as a 3D filter, any item or object that has a 3D frequency will spin off the planet and disappear when we move into 5D.

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The dimensional shift will be the catalyst for some major transmutations to the planet. Everything will look brighter and there will be new shapes and colors which will define our new plane of reality. You will notice that some family and friends are not with you. Please understand that a greater part of the worlds population for whatever reason will decide not to ascend to new Earth. We are now in crucial times, this is the moment of truthfulness for every being on the planet. Will they choose to allow themselves to be fully immersed and flooded with the higher dimensional frequency or reject the energy? The people who say no will ethereally spin off the planet by going through the normal physical death process and will reincarnate to a place that matches the level of consciousness they are, in another 3D planet similar to Earth. The bottom line is everyone will ascend at the time of the planetary shift, but not everyone will choose to ascend to new Earth.

by Romeo Baron


The Fall Equinox 2016 will allow another huge acceleration of ascension energies to blast through the Christic Grids of Mother Earth. And then the Winter Solstice, the final BLAST of cosmic light energy coming from the Collective Consciousness of the Elohim Guardians, including the alliance of the cosmos. When this great explosion of divine light flows throughout the planet, Everything Will Change!

This Fall will bring the first stage of the planetary shift; the opening of Ascension portals that will allow all the Star gates to activate. The opening the Ascension Portals will be completed and this will allow the original Christ light consciousness to REMOVE anything that is not in harmonic alignment with the original divine plan for mother Earth. This is what will truly shift us into a new Earth reality.

The great awakening commences between September 22nd and October 21st. The big energy wave will unleash the Truth and it will mark the end of the false reality and the outdated modalities. It will mark the beginning of the new Earth reality in the unified field of consciousness.

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In this Ascension cycle, the soul will see past events transmuted into the frequency of completion. We will transmute all previous experiences and emotions in the highest frequencies of Source. There will be a Huge activation of Cosmic Memory for many thousands of human beings. This is the time of remembering who we really are. Our Starry Families will make sure to make it to our Graduation at the end of this year 2016.

When we speak of the “Second Coming of Christ”, it means we will be returning back to the vibration of God Source, the frequency associated with the Absolute Divine; Christ Consciousness. This is what we have to look forward to in the Fall of 2016, the return of the Cosmic Christ Consciousness.

The Cartel will be exposed. Corrupt Pharmacy will be exposed. All Corruption will be exposed. Everything! This will continue on through the second half of 2016. And then a brand new Earth reality will appear after the Truth Sets us free from the layers and layers of lies that we have been living in.

By the end of 2016 after two high dimensional frequency waves of the Cosmic Christ Light consciousness pours into the Christic Grids of Mother Earth, the collective consciousness will be changed so much, that the controllers will just Loose their control.

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There will be a mothership that will arrive in the 4th quarter 2016. The City-Size Ship was created by the Elohim Guardians with the help of the Galactic humanities of the cosmos. The good people will live their until the earth changes are completed. We are in the FINAL STAGE of this process that will complete by the end of 2016.

The 5D frequency jumper will commence in the Autumn Equinox and we will completely merge with Earth’s 5D parallel body – new Earth in the Winter Solstice of 2016. We will separate from the third dimension and it will not seem as if reality is quite right. There will be a strange Feeling that we have moved some place and the world will seem brighter.

There are Ascension portals between Earth and Parallel 5D Earth. Those living within the Inner Earth Cities of Light will be able to remove all of the radiation from the oceans once they are given the signal to move between domains after the portals are fully open by the end of 2016.

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By the end of 2016 new Earth will be fully established, and will take a few more years after that to rebuild many new Earth communities. A new social system will emerge and it will function on the universal Law of One. We will have universal rights and there will not be strict laws or regulations on living.

We are at a time of the most exciting experience you will ever have. For those of us who are ready, it will be more like a Huge Miracle appearing before us. It will be the most wonderful of all occasions. All will be redeemed and reformed in miraculous ways. It will be the most glorious, harmonious, divine flowing reality we could ever imagine.

by Romeo Baron


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Feasting on Sunshine

Posted: June 22, 2016 in 2016

 

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Have you ever wished you didn’t have to bother with eating or preparing food at all? When you stop to consider how many hours you spend thinking about food, planning meals, shopping for fresh produce, preparing and cooking meals, and eating, I would imagine nearly everyone has had this fantasy at least once.

Astonishing as this may seem, one Indian man is doing exactly this: converting the sun’s energy into nourishment, and he believes you can do it too.

Before you read this please understand that I am not advocating gazing into the sun directly but merely reporting on a phenomena that is already occurring. Also it is important to avoid scanning this article. If you scan the material you will think it is ok to gaze at the sun anytime and this is not only inaccurate, but quite dangerous.

Sun gazing is done around dawn or sunset. If you perform it at other hours you can cause serious damage to your retina.

The Practice of Sun Gazing

Sun gazing also known as solar healing, solargazing, sun staring, Sun Yoga, Surya Yoga and Solar Yoga. All terms refer to the practice of staring directly at the sun in order to receive nourishment, healing and spiritual enlightenment. The gazing is done only during the first hour after sunrise or the last hour before sunset, when the sun’s rays are most gentle to your eye.

Hira Ratan Manek was born in 1937 in Bodhavad, India, and was raised in Calicut, Kerala, India, where he earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kerala. After graduating, he joined his family’s spice trade business before retiring from that in 1992 to pursue a life-long interest in sun gazing.

Manek states that we have a super computer in our bodies, given to us by nature — our brain — which he calls the “brainuter.” He says that sun gazing activates the full potential of your brain, bringing forth “infinite inherent powers” that have remained dormant for millennia.

In order to activate these dormant brain powers, Manek suggests:

Being a holistic entity it needs a holistic power supply. Sun energy is the source that powers the brain, which can enter and leave the human body or the brain only through one organ that is the human eye. Eyes are the Sun Energy’s entry door to the human brain.

Converting solar energy to physical nourishment is not a new phenomenon but the rediscovery of an age-old healing ritual. Sun gazing originated in India more than 2,000 years ago with the teaching of Lord Mahavir of Jain, also known as Mahavira or Vardhamana. Lord Mahavir established Jainism, one of the oldest religions originating on the Indian subcontinent. Jains believe that every soul is divine and has the potential to achieve God-consciousness.

Sun gazing was also practiced by ancient Egyptians, Aztecs, Greeks, Mayans, in Tibetan Yoga and some traditions of Qigong, Tai Chi, and by some Native American tribes.

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Hira Ratan Manekwho prefers the simple nickname HRM, states that the sun can be used to heal the mind, body and spirit. As a result of sun gazing, he claims to have better physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.

Perhaps the most startling claim HRM makes is that, since he became a devoted sun gazer, he has been able to sustain himself on solar energy alone for very long periods, without eating any food. Somewhere along the line, this became known as the “HRM phenomenon.”

He claims he has been living on sun energy and water alone since June 18, 1995, with only occasional tea, coffee and buttermilk for “hospitality and social purposes.” He has also undergone three strict long-term fastings, during which he was under the control and observation of various scientific and medical teams.

The first fast lasted 211 days in 1995-96, in Calicut, India, and was directed by Dr. C.K. Ramachandran, a medical expert on allopathic and ayurvedic medicine. This was followed by a second fast lasting 411 days in Ahmedabad, India, directed by an international team of 21 doctors and scientists, led by Dr. Sudhir Shah.

The third observed fasting was in the United States, where he was observed by a team at Thomas Jefferson University and the University of Philadelphia for 130 days. The specific focus of this observation was his retina, pineal gland and brain, and the team was led by Dr. Andrew B. Newberg, and Dr. George C. Brainard, a leading authority on the pineal gland.

Their findings were unexpected.

HRM claims they discovered his brain’s gray cells were regenerating and that his pineal gland was expanding, rather than the shrinking that is typical after the mid-fifties.

Since 2002, Manek has given hundreds of lectures all over the world and has been the subject of many articles, interviews, and even a film. In 2002, he established the Solar Healing Center, with headquarters in Orlando, Florida. There are now Solar Healing Centers all over the world, as well as over thousands of enthusiastic sun gazing followers.

The Sun Gazing Process

HRM has developed a method for sun gazing, based on years of study, and trial and error. He states it can be accomplished by anyone, in any part of the world, at any time of the year. Sun gazing is a one-time practice that takes 9 months to complete. It is generally broken into three phases:

  • First 3 months
  • 3-6 months
  • 6-9 months

After the 9 months, there is a life-long regimen of “bare foot walking” on earth soil for 45 minutes a day, and the more you stick to this regimen, the more your body will be “recharged.” More about this later.

First Three Months

Manek instructs sun gazers to begin their sun gazing journey by spending a maximum of 10 seconds on the first day looking directly into the sun during the safe hours, which are defined as within one hour after sunrise or within one hour of sunset. While sun gazing, it is important if possible to stand on warm, bare earth. This helps to ground you and enhances the sun gazing benefits.

On the second day, look for 20 seconds. Add 10 additional seconds every day thereafter. So, after 10 days, you will be looking at the sun for 100 seconds (e.g., one minute and 40 seconds).

In this first phase, it is common for people to begin experiencing a more positive mindset, less negativity, more confidence, more compassion, and less fear.

Three to Six Months

At the end of three months, your gazing time will be about 15 minutes. This is the period during which many people begin to find their physical diseases subsiding.

HRM also states that 70-80 percent of the energy synthesized from food is used by your brain to “fuel tensions and worries”, and after three months, these tensions go away, leaving this newly freed energy available for more productive use. You might also find your need for food decreasing.

When you reach 30 minutes duration, he states you will be “slowly liberated from physical disease” since, by then, your organs are all receiving their needed Prana, or life energy, directly from the sun.

Your body needs energy, not necessarily food. Food is actually our “secondary energy source,” according to HRM. The human body does not convert sunlight into energy in the same way plants do, with chlorophyll, but through a different photosynthesis process, like a photovoltaic cell.

HRM states:

“You are your own master at the end of 6 months.”

Six to Nine Months

After 6 months, you will start to utilize the original form of “micro food,” which comes from the sun. This has the additional benefit of having no toxic waste attached to it.

At around 7.5 months, or 35 minutes per day of sun gazing, you can expect your hunger to start decreasing appreciably. Hunger results from the energy requirements of your body, which is a must for your existence. Conventionally, you are getting the sun energy indirectly by eating foods that are a by-product of sun energy. Now, you are getting the energy directly.

Between 8 and 9 months (44 minutes), HRM says you can expect your hunger to be pretty much gone. If it isn’t, he says it is because you don’t have enough belief in the process, and it will take you a little longer, but it is still achievable.

More importantly, at this stage, your energy levels are very high and you will have a very deep sense of well-being.

After Nine Months

After nine months, you should discontinue solar gazing for the sake of eye care–your eyes have reached the limits of what they can safely take. However, your body will eventually become “discharged,” kind of like a battery, and must be recharged.

Recharging is accomplished by walking bare-foot, on bare earth, preferably in the sun, since the bare earth contains a great deal of sun energy.

This works, HRM explains, because the act of walking stimulates your pineal gland. As is described in reflexology your foot is a microcosm of your entire body, and your big toe is connected with your pineal gland. The other toes are connected to the other major glands of your body. More information about the pineal gland will be presented in a following section.

The recommended walking schedule is, walk for 6 consecutive days once you have completed your nine months of sun gazing, for 45 minutes per day. Just walk at a relaxed pace–no need to walk briskly or jog.

Then, walk regularly (he doesn’t give a minimum or maximum) for a year, always for 45 minutes. After a year of “recharging,” if you are satisfied with how you feel, you can discontinue bare foot walking. But if you want to strengthen your immune system, memory, intelligence, etc., then continue the walking.

He also mentions that many other mental and spiritual benefits are possible during this time, such as new psychic abilities, a built-in “navigational” system, and higher levels of brain activity. He states:

“Almost all problems get solved.”

For more detailed instructions, please refer to his website.

The Pineal Gland

The pineal gland[vi] [vii](also called the pineal body, epiphysis cerebri, or epiphysis) is a small endocrine gland in your brain, about the size of a pea. It produces melatonin, a hormone that influences your wake/sleep patterns and photoperiodic (seasonal) functions. It is shaped like a tiny pine cone (hence its name), and is located near the center of your brain, tucked into a groove between the two hemispheres.

pineal glandThe pineal gland was the last gland to have its function discovered. Its long status as the “mystery gland” caused it to be shrouded in myth, superstition and the object of numerous metaphysical theories about its function.

The pineal gland is associated with the sixth chakra, also called Ajna or the “third eye” in yoga, and is considered to be the seat of “inner wisdom.” It is believed by many to be a dormant organ that, when activated, awakens psychic abilities. Some consider it to be where consciousness resides in your body. Rene Descartes devoted a great deal of his life to its study and called the gland “the seat of the soul[viii].”

Interestingly, the gland is activated by light. Light reaches it by passing into your eyes, then along a pathway from your retina to your hypothalamus called the retinohypothalamic tract, then along nerve pathways to your pineal gland.

Light impulses inhibit the production of melatonin, and at night when it is dark, pineal inhibition ceases, and melatonin is released. Therefore, the pineal gland is an important timekeeper for your body. Melatonin is also produced during visualization and relaxation.

How is the pineal gland associated with sun gazing?

According to Dr. Sudhir Shah:

The hypothalamus is the commander of autonomic nervous system, and the pineal gland is in proximity to the autonomic nervous system, so it is logical that new energy transportation may either activate this system or it may use this system as vehicle.

HRM believes that the light energy you take in while sun gazing activates your dormant pineal gland, which then turns your “brainuter” on. It is this activation that causes you to experience the magical conversion of sun energy into nutrition, healing of disease, heightened energy, increased psychic abilities and, ultimately, enlightenment.

Looking at Sun Gazing With a Skeptical Eye

Is sun gazing really safe?

Sun gazing is highly controversial due to the considerable evidence which states that looking directly at the sun can be damaging to your eyes. Solar retinopathy[ix] [x] is a form of damage to the retina from solar radiation, usually seen in those who look directly at the sun during a solar eclipse. Although vision loss due to the sun is generally reversible, permanent damage and loss of vision have been reported.

But how much of a danger is sun gazing, if practiced within the established safety guidelines?

Most eye care professionals will advise you against looking directly at the sun, during solar eclipses and otherwise. However, there seems to be a multitude of sun gazers out there who are carefully following “safe” sun gazing guidelines, without any real horror stories about visual damage or blindness.

So, who is right?

Since so many people appear to be successfully engaged in this practice and are reporting benefits, perhaps there is some validity to sun gazing, provided it is done with an appropriate measure of caution in order to minimize the risk to your eyes.

Astronomer Andrew T. Young[xi] wrote an article about the history of solar retinal injuries, exploring fact versus folktale. He states there is ample evidence in the literature that the normal human eye is able to look briefly at the sun without harm. He uses the statistical distribution of solar injuries as evidence for the safety of sun gazing:

…The near-total eclipses at which eye injury occasionally occurs are visible only a few minutes per century at any given location on Earth; the unobscured Sun is available for viewing every clear day. If we suppose the Sun is up (on the average) for 12 hours a day, that’s about 440,000 hours or over 26 million minutes per century that the Sun is up outside of eclipse, compared to a few minutes of dangerous time near totality.

So you’d expect eye injuries from unprotected Sun-viewing to be roughly a million times more common than injuries during eclipses.

However, what we find is that the vast majority of solar retinal injuries occur as a result of viewing a solar eclipse without adequate protection because the pupil is opened up, allowing very high levels of UV to penetrate in a short time.

There are impressively few reports of any such injuries from non-eclipse sun gazing. And even eclipse-viewing injuries are relatively uncommon.

Dr. Young’s conclusion…

The potential for serious eye damage from sun gazing at sunrise or sunset is small; about the only way you could seriously damage yourself would be to stare at the full sun at high noon while your pupils were dilated by some kind of drug. (Quite a variety of nasal decongestants and other common drugs, as well as exposure to some pesticides, have been reported to dilate the pupils.)

Vinny Pinto of the Raw Paleolithic Diet website[xii], who has done a tremendous amount of research in the area of sun gazing and is a sun gazer himself, writes:

There is definitely some potential danger to staring at the sun for any significant length of time anytime after a couple of hours after sunrise or a couple of hours before sunset, and particularly at high noon and during early afternoon, but even then the harm would likely be minor or temporary. There is also some significant danger from staring at an eclipse for even a short length of time, since the pupil may be tricked by the apparent low light intensity into allowing too great an influx of solar radiation at harmful wavelengths into the eye.

It is also worth mentioning that the urban legends about several students going blind in the 1960s while tripping out on LSD[xiii] [xiv] and staring at the sun were nothing but a hoax designed to scare kids into avoiding drugs.

Have the Claims of Hira Ratan Manek Been Substantiated?

Currently, there exists no solid scientific proof that sun gazing actually works in the manner that the “sun gazing gurus” claim, nor is there solid proof to the contrary. The sun gazing community is enthusiastically awaiting rigorous and definitive scientific studies on sun gazing to resolve the matter.

But until those come forth, the best you can do is to review the data yourself, and follow your gut.

Dr. Sudhir Shah[xv], a neurologist who led the 21-physician team that evaluated and monitored HRM during his 411-day water-and-solar-energy fast, publicized his conclusions and theories about how HRM can subsist on sunlight. He posited that HRM sustains himself based on four key factors/processes:

1. Reducing calorie requirement by chronic adaptation

2. Deriving basic energy from sun energy

3. Utilizing the energy in an efficient way, and recycling it in his body

4. Possessing a genetically or phenotypically different body disposition

He goes into great detail about each factor in his theoretical summary, which you can read in his online report.

Dr. Shah concludes that the sun gazing phenomenon is genuine, stating, “It’s just fantastic, and absolutely amazing, but this is not a myth.”

A glowing article[xvi] in support of HRM was written by Dr. Maurie D. Pressman, a Holistic-Spiritual Psychoanalyst and Director of the Pressman Center for Mind/Body Wellness in Philadelphia. Dr. Pressman states he spent a good deal of “personal time” with HRM and believes he is one of the “realized beings among us.”

He describes how struck he was with how HRM’s body looked–very slender, graceful, and firm–not emaciated at all. He was also impressed with his quiet, self-assured manner.

Other reports are not so glowing.

In 2003, when trying to confirm reports that NASA had invited HRM for study[xvii], Jan Steinar Haugland[xviii] received a response from NASA spokesperson Dolores Beasley saying she had no idea why reports had claimed that NASA had invited Manek. She went on to say that they have no record of his being involved with them. She also checked all offices doing related research at centers such as Johnson, Marshall, and Ames.

Doctors who were supposedly wowed by HRM’s performance in the United States seem less than eager to publicly express their praise.

The third “observed” fast lasting 130 days was supposedly performed in Philadelphia, PA, under the direction of Dr. Andrew Newberg[xix] and Dr. George Brainard[xx]. However, contact with Dr. Newberg apparently revealed that Manek was only studied for “brain scans of meditation” at the University of Pennsylvania, not for his ability to fast indefinitely.

Dr. Newberg also denied ever undertaking the 130-day study, according to Wikipedia.

I emailed HRM himself and asked if he could shed some light on this conflicting information. He responded promptly, stating:

When an experience of a person becomes reproducible, it becomes a science. Sun gazing is not for non-eating. It is for health of mind, body and spirit…

…The media sometimes reports things in haste, I have never said anything about NASA. Those who believe, they do it, and those who do not believe–to them, any amount of explanation won’t work.

So, you will have to decide for yourself as to the validity of the claims of Hira Ratan Manek, and other sun gazers. What can be found easily are many reports from people who have been utilizing his sun gazing protocol to their benefit, without any negative consequences.

In fact, the very ambitious Vinny Pinto has posted online the results of his First Sungazing List Group Sungazer’s Survey[xxi]. Results are encouraging for those of you who are bold enough to consider trying out this esoteric practice. His major findings were:

  • Health improvements were reported, especially among women.
  • Persons who had sun gazed for at least a year, at least 4 times per week, were far more likely to report a decreased need for solid food.
  • Persons who had sun gazed for more than five years and who gazed near mid-day were more likely to report adverse effects.
  • 35 of the 51 participants reported “increased or greatly increased energy” while only 1 participant reported reduced energy.
  • The number of people who reported a “decreased need for solid food” was approximately equal to the number of people who reported “no significant change in need for food.” Only 1 person reported an increased need.
  • The most common physical/mental/spiritual experiences reported from sun gazing were bliss/joy and peace/calm.
  • Not one person reported a decrease in physical health. All participants reported their health was the same or improved.

When asked how scientific his survey was, Pinto stated it was “not rigorously scientific, but a useful tool.”

That said, he describes himself as a degreed scientist and statistician who has trained others in statistical methodology, stating he made the study as scientific as he could, within his time and financial constraints. Therefore, it is probably a pretty good representation of the sun gazing population.

Closing Thoughts

Just how sun gazing works remains a mystery, but the same can be said of many esoteric practices, such as acupuncture and Qigong, which have been around for millennia and survived the test of time. One would expect these things to fall by the wayside if they offered no benefits at all.

Sun gazing appears to be gaining momentum in this country, as more complementary health practices are gaining acceptance by the public. If we always demand an explanation for how something works before trying it, we might be cheating ourselves out of some great tools that can provide benefit.

One fairly comprehensive resource is a book called Living on Sunlight by Vina Parma, MBA. It is available for FREE download here.

I recommend that you read multiple sources of information before diving in, if sun gazing is something you decide you want to explore. At least then, you will be embarking on the journey with your eyes wide open.

By Dr. Mercola

 


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