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QUESTION
I practiced today in a cloudy sky. My eyes were a little stained and burned at the beginning, probably because of the high position of the sun. Is that harmless?

ANSWER
In cloudy weather the practice can be even more difficult than in clear skies, as the clouds can produce a brighter sky than the cloudless one. This can cause tears and burning eyes. This is a cleansing effect, but you should be careful to keep your practice light and effortless. Persistently but not stubbornly. A relaxed and calm mind is the key. The ego always tries us to do either too much or too little ;). But I can recommend that one does not rub the eyes. This can lead to inflammation of the bags under the eyes. It is better to blink or dab the tears.

 

QUESTION
Do clouds allow us to practice a little longer than at cloudless times to take full advantage of it?

ANSWER
You may be able to practice longer on a cloudy day, but the same recommendations as for the UV index apply here as well: Better stick to the rules ;).

 

QUESTION
Is it effective and safe to practice through clouds? Today there was a cloud cover but the light was still bright. Sometimes you could see the sun disk through it. Is that ok?

ANSWER
It is ok to practice through clouds. It is even beneficial because you don’t interrupt your practice. Take the brightest point in the sky, even if you shouldn’t see the sun directly, because Sungazing is more about light than about the sun (even if the name doesn’t suggest that ;)). If you practice this way, you don’t add 10 seconds that day, but only when you have a clear view of the sun.

 

QUESTION
My UV meter tells me at 3 pm that the UV rays are at 0. Could that be? Does this mean that in winter you can practice from 3 p.m., even if the angle is so high?

ANSWER
In general, Sungazing’s instruction is that only the first or last hour of sunshine is allowed but if the UV index is very low or even 0, it is ok to try the practice. But you should make sure that the sun is not too bright, that meditation is as easy as allowed and does not become strenuous, that the duration of afterglow for you is within your usual range, and that your general well-being does not deteriorate. I recommend that you practice with a slightly shorter duration if you are outside the time window but below a UV index of less than 2, for example: If you practice for 8:20 minutes, try 4 or 5 minutes first and observe what happens, how you and your eyes feel. If it’s as easy and trouble-free as it is at the allowed times, you can slowly increase the times. Find out if you can sungaze the same amount of time or if you need to reduce it by 10, 20 or 30 percent. Let your attention and experience guide you.

 

QUESTION
Since you are allowed to practice in the first or last hour of sunshine you are allowed to practice both on the same day or only once a day?

ANSWER
Only once a day ;). I recommend that you try it for the first time in the morning. If it is too cloudy then you have a second chance in the evening.

 

QUESTION
Alternatively, when the sky is cloudy, is it possible to look into the weak sun behind the clouds outside the permitted time window?

ANSWER
No. The UV rays can still be too high for this practice to be able to practice harmlessly. The allowed one hour time window after sunrise or before sunset has been set to be safe for the eyes.

 

QUESTION
It was cloudy for weeks and the sun was not to be seen… how exactly does this work, do I just continue now?

ANSWER
According to Hira Ratan Manek in this case you simply continue with the last practice duration. If those are just a few days that is fine too. My experience is, however, that if the break was quite long, like weeks or even months, it is good to start with a little less time because the nerves and body chemistry first have to get used to it again – like in muscle training. For example, if you were at 13 minutes, I would start at 10, then increase daily by one minute, then continue at 13:10 with the usual 10-second steps. Your well-being will tell you when you should practice even less or even more.

 

QUESTION
Should one suppress the natural blinking while looking into the sun or is this irrelevant?

ANSWER
Do not suppress blinking, but try not to let it take place as a reflex and instead deliberately blink intentionally, e.g. to drain accumulated tear water.

 

QUESTION
Should you always fix yourself exactly on one point, or can you also look left, right, above and below the sun during a session, or switch the viewpoint during a session?

ANSWER
Sungazing teaches the fixation of the sun and the concentrated gaze. Nevertheless, I can recommend practicing with the soft gaze as explained in the practice guide on this website. As a rule you look into the sun but you are also welcome to go into other positions. The sun should remain in your field of vision.

 

QUESTION
Do you always have to observe the afterglow? I practice Sungazing for a little more than two minutes, but the afterglow lasts up to 10 minutes, is that normal? If I am not able to observe the play of colours to the end does this have a negative effect on the eyes?

ANSWER
These are two questions :). And yes, the afterglow must be observed until it has completely disappeared by itself, only then there is no danger for the eyes. As a rule the afterglow lasts a few moments (or is even not present at all) up to a maximum of 10-15 minutes, so it is still within your limits. Only in the practice of Sunmeditation is it not necessary to observe the afterglow in certain cases, which will be explained at the workshops. Also the meaning of the colors and why the afterglow occurs at all is explained there. In Sunyoga there is no information about this.

 

QUESTION
Why be barefoot during Sungazing?

ANSWER
We exchange positive and negative ions with nature through breath and feet – but only via the feet if barefoot ;). This helps to stabilize our balanced system through Sungazing. You can find out more here.

 

QUESTION
In the meanwhile I have arrived at 19 minutes. When I start in the morning at sunrise everything is wonderful. If I look into the setting sun in the evening, only then I succeed in Sungazing with some effort. Then I often have the feeling that the sun is too bright, although I start in the last half hour. The day before yesterday I started and interrupted again with the input “A full vessel can no longer be filled”. Then I went into a meditation and first let all day impressions flow off. When I had the feeling to have room, I started again with the Sungazing. Then it went wonderfully, but then the sun was also deeper on the horizon. Now my question: Is that something you also do, become empty to let the sun’s energy in?

ANSWER
At different times the mind is active, silent, blocked or free, depending on personal themes, so the sun will work differently every time, more bright or not. As if inner clouds were passing by, which are suddenly reacting to the incoming sunlight. Anything that brings you into a quiet, loving, peaceful, relaxed state helps you to sungaze. So e.g. also your meditation. If your inner being changes you can also better allow the outer light. Therefore the preparatory meditations are also recommended here.

 

QUESTION
It gets quite cold in the morning. How does Sungazing look like in winter? I have a yoga mat made of natural latex. Is that and a pair of warm socks for insulation ok?

ANSWER
Yeah. This is one of the reasons why I spend the winter in Asia. It needs more effort in winter because every opportunity has to be used. And there will often be many days when you can’t practice. Here I can recommend alternative meditations in order to bridge the time and to maintain what has been achieved to some extent. The best one is “Vipassana” after SN Goenka. Otherwise, the preparatory meditations for Sunmeditation are also possible, of which I have collected some here. I myself practiced standing barefoot on a sheepskin but whenever this was not enough I walked barefoot in the apartment for some time. After more experience one can feel the energy flows better and notice when energy wants to discharge into the ground and when not. Cold feet, for example, are a clear sign of energy congestion, then socks off and barefoot walking. Also in the apartment. The earthing is then not perfect, but also not zero.

 

QUESTION
With the right eye I could look better into the sun than with the left eye, which I had to pinch. Trying to look in with my left eye was like the midday sun. Why is this sometimes so different?

ANSWER
This depends on the brain hemisphere activity, which changes approximately every 90 minutes, i.e. mostly one of the two hemispheres is dominant active – for 90 minutes, then the other one is on. This has something to do with the dominant mental blockades, e.g. whether with a reference to the past or the future, whether with people at eye level or those under protection, male & female, Ida and Pingala, etc. There are many possible distinctions. In general, however, this imbalance between the right and left hemispheres of the brain and body is gradually compensated by sun practice. Some practitioners also counter this with alternating breathing or binaural beats.

 

QUESTION
Why be barefoot during Sungazing?

ANSWER
We exchange positive and negative ions with nature through breath and feet – but only via the feet if barefoot ;). This helps to stabilize our Sungazing balanced system. You can find out more here.

 

QUESTION
Is it possible to practice Sungazing through sunglasses?

ANSWER
Sunglasses, as well as window glass, filter out most of the sun’s frequencies. We need all frequencies and not just part of the sun. The earth and all its inhabitants are ideally tuned to these frequencies and problems only arise when they are not in harmony. In addition, the view through darkened glass – as with sunglasses – causes the pupils to open further. Thus those sunrays which are not filtered out reach the retina too much, because the eye is pretended to have the wrong intensity.

 

QUESTION
How does Sungazing work in northern areas where no sun shines for months?

ANSWER
Same as in all other areas :). Of course, people who live in northern areas hardly have the opportunity to practice in winter. That’s why there are other very competent meditations, such as Vipassana after Goenka and all the other meditations I teach, such as spontaneous movement. Because Sungazing depends on the UV rate and not the time it can be worth getting a UV meter for 10-20 €. This allows one to comfortably measure the UV value. Here it is important that the value is below 2, as it is harmless for the eyes. The indication at Sungazing, that one should only practice in the first and last sun hour, comes from the fact that this time window is the safest worldwide. However, the more you come to the north or to the south from the equator, the slower the sun will rise towards the zenith at noon and thus the UV rate will stay much longer under 2. In that case you can sometimes even practice 1.5 to 2 hours before sunset or until after sunrise. In the vicinity of the equator the 1-hour window is already chosen too generous.

 

QUESTION
Why do you sit in Sunyoga/Sunmeditation and stand in Sungazing?

ANSWER
Due to the low position of the sun the energy in Sungazing is not as high as during Sunmeditation and Sunyoga. At high energies certain effects can occur, such as sudden absences, i.e. dropouts of consciousness – this is deliberate and is caused by suddenly loosening unconsciousness and sudden release of melatonin from the pineal gland (this will be explained in more detail at the Sunmeditation workshop). If you stand, this can actually lead to falling down, which is rather unfavorable ;). Another reason is the better grounding if you sit on the ground, but this is secondary if you practice barefoot. Practicing barefoot is recommended in Sungazing and Sunmeditation, it is not part of Sunyoga. Sungazing definitely also works during sitting. Sunmeditation and Sunyoga also, but only for experienced meditators who recognize the signs when the above could occur.

 

QUESTION
Do the digestive organs like stomach and intestines are shrinking?

ANSWER
There is still no long-term experience with this – it seems, however, that some shrink in any case like the stomach, but the organs do not simply atrophy, instead they will fulfill a less coarse energetic function.

 

QUESTION
I am now at 17 minutes 50 seconds and stand here in Lower Bavaria, Germany, barefoot in a sand bed box (depth approx. 2 cm) made of plastic outside in the open air. During rain or snow I look through the open window. My question is, how is done barefoot walking after 44 minutes of Sungazing here in Germany? I get already back into winter and should only walk on earth instead of grass.

ANSWER
First of all: Standing in a box made of plastic and filled with sand doesn’t help :). It’s about the energetic contact with mother earth and this is never possible through plastic. It’s like a power line that insulates plastic, so you could have left your shoes on right away, because the soles are also made of non-conductive material. Therefore, please always follow the instructions exactly if you do not have an intuitive guide. Any change can prevent the effect. It would be as if you were driving with the handbrake on. I did the whole process, including barefoot walking, and was in Indonesia for it in winter. Yes, it’s difficult with the temperatures, so I recommend that you always do it where you can go barefoot and not where it’s not possible. The problem is that most people don’t dare to do that at work and find the snow too cold. Well, that’s a question of commitment and what’s more important to you: the current matrix or the one you want to go into. I also walked barefoot at 0 degrees in Vienna, Austria and that’s no problem with some “practice”. Nevertheless you may help yourself indoors with some earthing/grounding material, like electricians use it.

 

QUESTION
Why do not the sungazers strive to spread their knowledge through the media? (Finally it would be a way against the climate catastrophe or world hunger.)

ANSWER
What matters is not what is said, but who listens. Enter terms like Sunmeditation, Breatharianism or similar in the internet and you will quickly find a lot of websites, videos, instructions, etc.. So it is, for example, although my workshops are offered purely on donation basis, these are not overcrowded, since the vast majority of people are not interested in such topics. Compared to a few years ago the interest has multiplied nevertheless! It is also not the case that the mass media are interested in people who look into the sun or who don’t have to eat anymore. Not yet. I know many, who are available for interviews and more, but are simply not asked. The mass media are not used to bring people to enlightenment, but to keep them away from it. So many want, what you have said, but most are not willing to spend their time doing it. There is a lot to do like translations, research and so on, but it doesn’t matter what has to be done, but who really does it. And there are very, very few of them today. You are welcome to join us :).

 

QUESTION
Will I die if the sky is covered by clouds for weeks and I do not eat? 🙂

ANSWER
Normally you also do not if you eat something 🙂. There are many sources of energy, one is the physical food, another is solar energy by Sunmeditation, Sunyoga or Sungazing to recharge. And there is more, i.e. see this page.

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