Pineal Gland and Sun Gazing 
By Walter Sorochan

Posted April 05, 2016  Disclaimer   The information presented here is for informative and educational purposes only and is not intended as curative or prescriptive advice.

This article provides information about a seldom discussed gland, the pineal gland, and the mysterious healing power of sunlight that ancients and some persons today refer to as sun-gazing.   Sorcher: Synopsis of film - Eat the Sun

The pineal gland is a small endocrine gland situated near the centre of the brain. It was once dubbed the “third eye,” which originated for many reasons, ranging from its location deep in the center of the brain to its connection to light. 5d-pineal-decalcifyThe pineal gland produces a hormone melatonin, which helps maintain circadian rhythm, enhance the immune system, and regulate reproductive hormones. Melatonin has also been prescribed for Alzheimer's disease or memory loss [dementia], bipolar disorder, a lung disease called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and cancers.  There isn't enough research evidence to know if melatonin is effective for these or other conditions.

But reliable research is linking melatonin, light and the pineal gland! Brainard: Melatonin regulation in humans 2001 Darkness causes the body to produce more melatonin, which signals the body to prepare for sleep. Light decreases melatonin production and signals the body to prepare for being awake. Some people who have trouble sleeping have low levels of melatonin. It is thought that adding melatonin from supplements might help them sleep. Wiki: Melatonin

Anatomy of the Pineal Gland 

While your pineal gland is only about the size of a single grain of rice [5-8 mm] located near the center of the brain, it performs several functions that are extremely important to your body.  It is composed of pinealocytes and neuroglial cells within a rich network of capillaries and postganglionic nerve fibers. This gland is stimulated by nerves from the eye when the sunlight enters the eyepineal gland.

The pineal gland often appears calcified in x-rays, which is usually due to fluoride, calcium, and phosphorus deposits that build up with age. The pineal [calcified and uncalcified] has a high trace element content [zinc, iron, manganese, magnesium, strontium and copper] in humans.   Luke: Fluoride deposits in pineal gland 2001  

Function: The pineal gland is involved in several functions of the body including:  Bailey: Pineal gland 2016 Macchi: Pineal physiology 2004  Wiki: Melatonin

  • Secretion of the Hormone Melatonin
  • Regulation of Endocrine Functions
  • Conversion of Nervous System Signals to Endocrine Signals
  • Causes Feeling of Sleepiness
  • Influences Sexual Development
  • Bolsters the immune system

The pineal gland’s full purpose is still a mystery; we know very little about it!  The detection of melatonin receptors in various lymphoid organs and in lymphocytes suggests multiple mechanisms of action. Melatonin has been shown to also be a powerful antioxidant. 

Pineal gland is sometimes called an oncostatic organ; that is, a gland with a potential cancer affect on the reproductive system.  Jasser: Light & cancer 2006 There are many reports providing evidence for the disturbed function of this gland in patients with neoplastic [ cancer] diseases. A hypothesis suggests that lack of sufficient synthesis and melatonin [MEL] secretion may lead to the development of breast and uterine cancers in women and prostate cancer in men.  For example, in patients with prostate cancer, decline of nocturnal peaks of MEL secretion is connected with 65% decrease of this Melatonin secretion. Kajdaniuk: Pineal gland facts 1999  " A woman's blood provides better sustenance for breast cancer just after she's been exposed to bright light than when she's been in steady darkness," according to researchers led by David E. Blask of the Bassett Research Institute in Cooperstown, N.Y., report. "Light at night is now clearly a risk factor for breast cancer," Blask says. "Breast tumors are awake during the day, and melatonin puts them to sleep at night." Add artificial light to the night environment, and "cancer cells become insomniacs," he says. "Sleep per se is not important for melatonin," says Russel J. Reiter, a neuroendocrinologist at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. "But darkness is." Jasser: Light & cancer 2006  Kajdaniuk: Pineal gland facts 1999

Finally, there are reports of abnormal daily melatonin profiles in a number of psychiatric and neurological disorders, but the significance of such abnormalities is unclear. Macchi: Pineal physiology 2004

It is obvious that the amount of exposure to sunlight has an affect on the functioning of the pineal gland and the pineal gland, in turn, affecting the amount of melatonin being made by the human body.  Research confirms that those with limited exposure to sunlight [e.g. working indoors and those living in north of and near Canadian border latitude] are predisposed to cancers and immune disorders. Kajdaniuk: Pineal gland facts 1999   Although solid research may be lacking in epidemiological linkage between pineal gland, sunlight and cancer, the link is obvious.  How could the current era of medical science overlook the importance of this information?  Just getting an adequate amount of sunlight could have a dramatic affect on the body being able to synthesize vitamin D that, in turn, could prevent cancer and heal many disorders and diseases.

 Sun Gazing 

sunRelated to the pineal gland is an ancient practice of sun gazing or 'sun eating.

Sun gazing is a strict practice of gradually introducing sunlight into your eyes at the lowest ultraviolet-index times of day – sunrise and sunset. Those who teach the practice say there are several rules to the practice. First, it must be done within the hour after sunrise or before sunset to avoid damaging the eyes. Second, you must be barefoot, in contact with the actual earth – sand, dirt or mud; and finally, you must begin with only 10 seconds the first day, increasing by 10 second intervals each day you practice. Following these rules make the practice safe, say sources.  Bliss: NASA confirms superhuman abilities 2013   The idea is to look into the sun at periods of the lowest ultraviolet-index which occur at early sunrise [view an orange colored, half view of sun as illustrated in image on the right side] and late sunset each day. When one follows the recommended safe way to gaze at the sun, there is no harm to the eyes.

The process of sun-gazing: Bliss: NASA confirms superhuman abilities 2013

"The hypothalamus tract is the pathway to the rear of the retina which leads to the brain. The brain then, over time, becomes activated by the energy supply being received from the sun. You will first experience a relief of mental tension and worry, since most worry is fueled by the energy received by the foods we eat. Since food gets it’s energy from the sun, it is said to be readily available to sun-eaters without the trouble of digestion. Though hunger is said to eventually cease, it is fine to continue eating regularly during initial stages, until the appetite disappears naturally.

Another benefit early on is said to be an increase in confidence and an ability to easily solve your problems, as you are without tension. Everyone has at least a bit of psychosis, but during the first few months of sun gazing practice, it is reported that these attitudes go away and a positive nature gracefully replaces the old persona full of fears. By the end of 3 months, the gazing time will have increased to 15 minutes per day.

Reports on sun gazing say that the bad qualities normally associated with any person will gradually disappear and good qualities will remain, explaining that ‘bad qualities’ only develop in the absence of sunlight. Bad qualities like anger, fear, jealousy, lust – are said to disappear – and be replaced by a certain confidence and ‘spiritual knowing’ that senses more purely the heart of an issue.

At 3-6 months of gazing, the studies show that physical diseases start to disappear. They say that by the time one is gazing 30 minutes per day (building up 10 seconds per day) all the colors of the sun will have reached the brain. Color therapists attribute their healing of certain diseases to flooding the body and brain with the particular color that is lacking – depending on the ailment. For example, in liver disease, the color green is deficient. The kidneys need red, and the heart, yellow. All of the organs and all of the systems are said to respond to different colors of the rainbow, which is why it is also recommended to eat a diet rich in a variety of colors. It is recommended during the 3-4 month period that you use autosuggestion to see your body already healed of any perceived weakness or disease. This action will facilitate the process of returning to wholeness.

As you continue the process, it is reported that after 6 months, the energy stored from the technique is no longer being used for repairing the body or the mind and can move now into supporting you in gaining more super-human abilities.

By seven and a half months of gazing, now at 35 minutes, need and desire for food is dwindling. According to sun gazing experts, food is not actually needed to maintain the body, only energy – and ‘sun-eating’ provides that energy. By 9 months, all taste for food, including aroma, all hunger pains and cravings disappear. Those who make it this far say that they report a noticeable ‘change’ in the way their brain feels – like it’s “charged up.” After 9 months of sun-gazing – reaching a maximum of 44 minutes – it is advised that you give up sun-gazing and redirect your attention now to the Earth.

For 6 days straight, one is to walk barefoot on the earth, 45 minutes per day. During this barefoot walking, the pineal gland is said to become activated. Professional sun gazers and those researching the science say that each toe is connected to a specific gland, and by walking barefoot on the Earth, you activate these glands. The big toe is thought to be aligned with the pineal gland, the second toe with the pituitary, then the hypothalamus, thalamus and finally the pinky toe correlates to the amygdala. Walking barefoot, with the sun now falling on the top of your head, practitioners claim to create a sort of magnetic field in and around your body that recharges you and your brain.

Apparently this walking barefoot part is the most important aspect of the practice. As you continue walking on the Earth, this is when the magic really begins. The pineal gland is activated more and more by this walking procedure. Intellect is said to increase, along with memory. The pineal gland has navigational and psychic capabilities, meaning telepathy, the possibility of flight… now we are getting somewhere! Have you ever thought you would like to have your body in more than one place at a time? Well, sun-gazing is said to be the magical key to such abilities.

If you can barefoot walk 45 minutes every day for a year – you are golden. At that point, only a maintenance of 3-4 days a week is necessary to maintain the capabilities you have acquired."

Advocates say sun gazing can help dramatically improve sleep quality, boost energy levels, improve eyesight, enhance endocrine health, improve immune system and, perhaps most interestingly, "decalcify" the pineal gland.

Is all this sunshine miracle true?   Well, there are testimonials but as yet limited scientific proof that sun gazing really heals and works.  Although the validation is mirky and lacking at this time, the possibility of such healing power coming from the sun may be a real possibility!  After all, the energy from the sun does provide for sunlight energy on earth, solar panels can harness the sun, the sun heats up the air and causes temperature changes, the sun warms up cold blooded reptiles, the sun activates photosynthesis and plant growth, the sun synthesizes body vitamin D and our ability to see.  Ancient civilizations .... Mayan, Egyptian, Aztec, Tibetian and Indian yoga, reported not only healing benefits to common illnesses, but obtaining super-human abilities such as advanced telepathy and going completely without the need for food. These ancient people worshiped the sun for its power and healing although they may not have understood how the sun worked its miracles on them.

Likewise, we may not understand the concept of sun gazing but, over 100 years ago, neither did we understand the chemical processes of sun panels, photosynthesis and vitamin D.  Incidentally, vitamin D-3 supplement ingested by someone living indoors mostly and not exposed to sunlight, does not have the same affect on the pineal gland that direct sunlight exposure may have.  And one wonders if those falling asleep in the late afternoon could prevent doing so if they have more direct sunlight exposure and synthesized more melatonin? Research on all of this is skimpy!

HRM phenomenom:   "Sun-gazing is a practice also called the HRM phenomenom, coined as such after Hira Ratan Manek, [ a mechanical engineer in India ] the man who submitted himself to NASA for scientific testing to confirm that he does indeed possess the almost ‘super-human’ ability of not eating, gained through his dedication to this interesting marvel. Funded by NASA, a team of medical doctors Andrew Newberg [leading authority on the brain] and Andrew  Branard [leading expert on pineal gland] at the University of Pennsylvania. The two medical-scientists observed Hira Ratan Manek 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 120 days. NASA confirmed that he was indeed able to survive largely on light with occasionally a small amount of buttermilk or water during this time."  Bliss: NASA confirms superhuman abilities 2013  In 2012, NASA  confirmed sun-gazing as a valid practice. Bliss: NASA confirms superhuman abilities 2013  Unfortunately, neither medical nor scientific communities at large acknowledge NASA validity.

Additional supporting medical research was done by Sudhir V.Shah, MD. and neurosurgeon, member of the medical team that examined Shri Hira Ratan Manek several times during his unique fasting and monitored him closely for 411 days.  The medical team examined Manek several times during his unique fasting.  Dr. Shah came up with a hypothesis to explain Manek's unique journey without food.   Shah speculated that some form of photosynthesis must be taking place in the brain.  Shah: Sunlight as food 2001  There are additional reports of similar "sunlight-no food" experiences.  Times India: Wonder diet 2003

We should have an open mind to the possible merits of sun gazing and that it is related to the pineal gland; about which we are aware that it is sun sensitive but otherwise really know very, very little.  There is a lot of controversy and skepticism that one can be empowered by the sun to live without eating food.  We need more research on this mystic experience.  Before you try sun-gazing, you need to do your homework. 

This article opens the door for you and has made you aware of this information.  The author does not advocate sun-gazing nor does he deny the possibility of sun-gazing.  But the incidental reports of Shri Hira Ratan Manek and others claiming to be able to actually benefit from sun-gazing is both mind-boggling and exciting.  Future healing possibilities warrant more research!

So, what should you gather from this article?:

    1. We need more research about the pineal gland.
    2. Pineal gland is linked to sunlight.
    3. Pineal gland synthesizes melatonin; melatonin regulates our sleeping patterns, immunity, healing and predisposition to diseases.
    4. Sun-gazing may be possible but we lack good research to support it.  It may not be a safe practice for most persons unless it is done correctly and under the guidance of an experienced guide. Do your homework and you are on your own.
    5. Your best option at this time is to get minimum of about half an hour of direct sunshine exposure each day [ no sun screen ] and thus have your body synthesize natural vitamin D at the same time.  Your body needs some direct sunshine exposure each day so it can absorb some sun energy. In spite of the controversy about wearing sunglasses, you should consider being in the sun without sunglasses for periods of time so the eyes can become stronger.

Sunshine exposure, such as sunbathing or sun-tanning, is not sun-gazing directly at the sun.

This article prompts more questions than answers.

Below are several videos explaining how sun-gazing works:

Video Free Energy: How To Sun Gaze with David Wolfe - length = 3:30 mns.: 

Sun gazing How to do Sun-gazing : HRM Method of Sun Gazing   Length = 15:37 mns

Video Sun Gazing by Hira Manek, also known as HRM Sep 13, 2013  Length 1:36 hour:

Video eye test confirming no eye damage from correct sun-gazing Length = 3:12 mns

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