I got the opportunity to meet George Cromack during last year's FLOW Zambales retreat. He was one of the doctors in the team of Dr. Gabriel Cousens at Tree of Life in Arizona, a famous raw food & yoga sanctuary. I've known about Cousens since my days working with the people behind Bahay Kalipay. Cromack talked to us about the benefits of sun gazing. I didn't get to try it, had many doubts in my head but eventually gave it a shot last weekend at Anilao.
You're required to gaze at the sun for 10 seconds in increments each day at sunrise or sunset, when the sun is at the closest point to the earth... While being barefoot on soil or sand. (This is the tricky part as we live in mostly cemented city) I'll track my process, although it won't be as often as I would like it to be (since earthing is a challenge in the city where there is minimal access to actual soil- isn't that sad?).
Here are some listed from the global healing website:
Boosts production of melatonin and serotonin. Research shows sungazing stimulates the pineal gland as the direct sunlight hits the eye, moves through retinal-hypothalamic tract, and then hits the brain. This stimulates the pineal (“master gland”) and boosts the secretion of melatonin and serotonin, our “feel-good” hormones.
Increased energy levels. Modern day sungazers say the practice has boosted their vitality. This is probably related to the secretion of the aforementioned hormones.
Increases the actual size of the pineal gland. Not only can this practice boost hormone levels, it has also been shown to increase the size of the pineal gland. Normally, as we age, the pineal gland shrinks. However, brain scans of a long-term practitioner of sungazing show that this 70 year-old man has a gland three times as big as a normal man.
Promotes weight loss. One of the historical theories for sun gazing was that the body and mind could be nourished by the sun, reducing the need for food. Similarly, some modern day sungazers say they have lost excess weight, and some even report a total loss of the desire and need to eat.
There is also a documentary made on sun gazing called EAT THE SUN. Find the trailer on Youtube.
Curious? Give it a shot as well! And tell me about your experience.