The Sacred Practice of Sungazing


Light is absolutely critical to the evolution of all life on the surface of our planet. Our ancestors understood the vital relationship between the sun and health. Most ancient cultures worshipped the sun as the source of all life. All living things on this planet depend on the sun for sustenance. Without the constant rising of the sun everyday, we would lack the energy needed for survival. From the Aztecs to the ancient Egyptians, many past societies revered the esoteric practice of sungazing as a means of communicating/communing with elemental and cosmic energies and it was reserved for high-ranking priests and shamans.

By practicing sungazing, we can attune to the highest aspects of our being and increase our frequencies to a level where disease and the constant hunger for food can eventually be transcended, allowing us to recharge and regenerate our bodies naturally with the sun's radiant energy, just as our ancestors have done. Sungazing can be used for curing all kinds of psychosomatic, mental and physical illnesses as well as enhancing energy levels, immunity, increasing memory power and mental strength and to promote lucid dreaming.

Sun energy is the source that powers the brain, which can enter and leave the human body or the brain only through one organ, the human eye. The eyes need light to resynchronize the bodily systems and recalibrate circadian rhythms. The brain needs light to reset itself or to integrate and balance hormone levels by energizing the pineal gland where the eyes act as receptors. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) has already been proven to be normalized by staring into a tungsten light bulb (low wattage like 5 watts or 10 watts) for a couple of minutes to alleviate depressive states of consciousness, especially in countries where there is light deficiency for many months at a time. Both sungazing and moonbathing activate the pineal gland, which secretes melatonin and governs the body’s circadian rhythms, which balances critical biological processes like fertility, menstruation, endocrine functions, sleep patterns, and blood sugar levels.

During our recent AYA PLAYA retreat, which took place on Costa Rica's pristine Osa peninsula, we practiced sungazing as a group everyday.  It was an extremely powerful practice, whose effects could be felt by the participants over the course of the week, for several reasons.  Firstly, the sun rises out of the Golfo Dulce, so on the days when the tide was high enough, we would swim out and immerse ourselves in the warm waters as the sun was rising, imbibing the healing power of water simultaneously while taking in the benefits of sungazing.  We also combined the sungazing with earthing, so we stood with bare feet on the ground, to allow the earth's electromagnetic field to recalibrate our own.  To integrate an appropriate aromatic component, we utilized Inti Botanical Perfume on our third eyes, temples, throat, heart and palm chakras.  We also collectively chanted the Vedic peace mantra, Om Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu, which translates to "May all beings in all the worlds be happy and free."  To this end, we were able to broadcast our experience of peace and santosha outward, magnified exponentially by our collective efforts.  Here are a few photos of our sungazing experience (pregnant belly and all):