Poll: Do you practice Earthing or Sun Gazing?
February 26, 2014 by
Okay, so recently I've heard of two techniques of connecting with our source for energy: Earthing and Sun Gazing. I am intrigued to know more about both of these techniques so that I feel comfortable practicing them. I wanted to introduce these ideas to people here who haven't heard of them by sharing what I know, but I'm hoping others will expand upon this knowledge if they are able to; especially if they have experience. I'll come back and post more information as I learn more about it, and once I actually start. Earthing is pretty basic and self explanatory-- anyone could adopt the regimen. I mainly worry about trying to Sun Gaze without knowing the proper technique.


There is a resurgence of age-old concepts to keep up with the deteriorating ever-changing environment – from using natural remedies, alternative healing to yoga/meditation or even a simple act of walking barefoot on earth, known as ‘Grounding/ Earthing’. Throughout time humans and even plants, animals, have always been in closer contact with the Earth, but unfortunately, the modern lifestyle has disconnected us from the Earth’s energy, making us more vulnerable to stress and illness.

Remember your childhood days when walking barefoot in the garden was refreshing and didn’t you love the feeling of tender grass/green blades caressing your skin. Now there is a scientific reason to why the contact with Mother Earth makes you feel good and how we desperately need it in present times.

We live in an environment where we are exposed to an ever-growing amount of electromagnetic fields (EMF), this increases the amount of free radicals being produced in our bodies. Free radicals are positively charged molecules which lead to inflammation. Direct contact with earth instantly transfers natural electrical energy to the body, as the earth is a limitless source of negative-charged free electrons. (Our heart, brain, nervous system, muscles and immune system are all essentially electrical subsystems operating within a ‘bioelectrical’ body.)

When you are in direct contact with the ground (walking, sitting, or laying down on the earth’s surface), the flow of energy from the earth (free electrons) neutralises the impact of free radicals in our body. This induces favorable physiological changes that promote optimum health.

Traditionally shoes were made of leather, which actually conducts electrons and therefore maintains a conductive contact between the Earth and your feet. However modern day rubber and plastics are electrical insulators and therefore block the beneficial flow of electrons from the Earth to your body.

Earthing can be done by walking barefoot and/or sitting outside on the lawn, dirt, or sand. Earthing should be done for at least 60 minutes every day and for optimal benefits as much as you can in a day!

The reasons why we need to walk barefoot and tap into the primal energy of the Earth:
-Inflammation has been linked to nearly every degenerative disease you can think of — cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, glaucoma, autoimmune disorders, cancer and many more. Earthing reduces chronic inflammation and related chronic pain.
-Earthing neutralizes the free radicals in our bodies, significantly reducing oxidative stress and readily recovers us from injuries, trauma and exhaustion.
-Earthing recommended for anyone with an auto-immune condition
-Grounding affects your DNA immediately
-When you ground to the electron-enriched earth, an improved balance of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system occurs.
-Enhances circulation, leading to more energy
-The Earth is the natural antidote for electron deficiency to achieve a healthy balance.
-Improved sleep
-Reduces hormonal and menstrual symptoms

Dr. James Oschman, Ph.D. biophysicist and pioneer Earthing researcher, says, “The moment your foot touches the Earth…, your physiology changes. An immediate normalization begins. and an anti-inflammatory switch is turned on. People stay inflamed because they never connect to the Earth, the source of free electrons, which can neutralize the free radicals in the body that cause disease and cellular destruction.” Isn’t it time for you to kick your shoes off and dirty your feet? What do you think?

{link to article: http://fractalenlightenment.com/14657/sustainabili... }


Sun-gazing (during safe hours) can restore balance and harmony in the mind, body and spirit! There are many proponents of this ancient spiritual technique like the Mayan, Egyptian, Aztec, Tibetan and Indian yoga, who considered the sun as the divine source of energy that heals numerous ailments.

If you haven’t heard of Sun-gazing before, it means gazing at the sun during the safe hours i.e within first hour after sunrise or the last hour before sunset when the sun’s rays are most gentle, UV is zero or very less, therefore it doesn’t damage the eyes. It is done barefoot thereby taking in the earth’s energy as well. {this is where "earthing" comes in}

Generally people reckon that gazing at the sun can cause serious damage to your retina., etc., but if sun-gazing is done in the right manner (more about it below), then it can have unbelievable results, in fact it improves your eye-sight.

Why should you sun-gaze?
Absorbing the sun’s energy through your eye:
-Stimulates the Pineal Gland as the the sun’s energy moves through the eyes and charges the hypothalamus tract, which is the pathway to the rear of the retina leading to the brain.
-Powers the brain and boosts production of serotonin and melatonin (the feel-good hormones)
-Relieves stress and tension
-Activates the third eye and perceive higher dimensions
-Increases energy levels
-Increases the size of the pineal gland – Normally, as we age, the pineal gland shrinks. However, brain scans of Hira Ratan Manek (HRM), a long-term practitioner of sungazing, showed that this 70 year-old man has a gland three times as big as a normal man
-Reduces hunger pangs since body is nourished by the sun
-Improves eyesight
-Opens the energy channels or Nadis (Ida and Pingala) in your body

To elaborate on the example of Hira Ratan Manek or popularly known as HRM, who continues to live only on sun energy and water. This was validated by the medical team of Thomas Jefferson University and University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia where he underwent a 130-day observation period in 2002 and they found that the gray cells in HRM’s brain are regenerating. 700 photographs have been taken where the neurons were reported to be active and not dying. Furthermore, the pineal gland was expanding and not shrinking which is typically what happens after mid fifties and its maximum average size is about 6 x 6 mm, however for HRM, it has been measured to be at 8 x 11 mm. This study confirmed that he was indeed able to survive largely on light with occasionally a small amount of buttermilk or water during this time. He is more healthy than a normal person his age.

Those who have been sun gazing for many years have had their eyes checked to show no damage, though it is advised that you have your eyes checked in the first few weeks of your practice, so you can know for yourself. Ensure that you are grounded while sun-gazing, so that you don’t damage your eyes

How to do Sun-gazing according to HRM

Sungazing is a one-time practice of your lifetime usually for a period of 9 months. You can break up the practice into three phases – 0 to 3 months, 3-6 months and 6-9 months.
You can blink your eyes or flicker, don’t need to keep your eyes steady and don’t wear any lenses, glasses, sunscreen lotions, etc. while sun-gazing. You don’t need anything to block out the full spectrum of sunlight. For safety reasons, you can always go for an eye check-up and also check the UV index using a phone application or photo sun-cards to UV and IR radiation.

0-3 months – Look at the rising or setting sun one time per day during safe hours while standing barefoot on mud, sand or any soil, for 10 seconds on the first day and add 10 seconds every succeeding day. So at the end of 10 continuous days of sun gazing you will be looking at the sun for 100 seconds i.e. 1 minute and 40 seconds. By the time you reach three months gazing duration would be15 minutes at a stretch. Initially the brain gets charged up and you tend to feel more relaxed as mental tension and stress fades away, you gain more confidence and positive mindset as a result and an increased ability to easily solve your problems.

3-6 months – During this period of gazing you would have reached 30 minute duration and studies show that physical diseases start to disappear since by then all the colors of the sun will have reached the brain. The vital organs are dependent on certain sun color like Kidney red, Heart yellow, Liver green etc., each color reaches the organs and address any deficiencies. Thats why its recommended to eat a diet rich in all colours.

6-9 months – By the time you reach 7.5 months of sun-gazing for 35 mins, hunger starts going down palpably as need for food intake decreases. Its like when we eat food we indirectly get the sun energy, here you are directly satisfying the need to eat food from the source. Energy is at a higher level and the brain including the Pineal gland is well activated with the sun energy. Sunshine helps to balance the flow and production of melatonin in the pineal gland.
Once you reach a duration of 44 mins of sun gazing, you need to stop as its harmful for the eyes to continue. But you need to carry on walking barefoot or Earthing for 45 minutes daily for 6 days generally when the sunlight is falling on your body. The reflex for the pineal gland is found in the big toe and the remaining four toes represent other glands – pituitary, hypothalamus, thalamus and amygdala. When you walk barefoot on soil/ mud/sand all these 5 glands are stimulated and combined with sunlight, create a sort of magnetic field in and around your body that recharges you and your brain.

You can continue to reap benefits of sun-gazing by walking barefoot for 45 mins for a year, and few minutes of sun energy falling on you once in 3-4 days will be enough from then on. In yoga, Surya Namaskar or salutation to the sun works on the same principle of tapping the energy of the sun for a better living and health!

Staying connected to nature have more benefits then any other treatment or medicine – more chances of less or no illness at all and in the bargain you also don’t support the profit-making Pharma industries.

If you chose to partake, be very careful, take your time, be cautious, and document your progress. Take advice from an expert, if required! Practice correctly at the right time and get energised!

[sun gazing article including links to videos and list of sources: http://fractalenlightenment.com/14950/spirituality...

Does anyone here go "Earthing" or practice "Grounding"? I'm trying to find a pair of shoes that will protect my feet from the winter cold, especially in the damp cold rain, but I want to find a pair that still conducts Earth's energy.. I'm wondering if anyone here knows of any? Rubber soles don't do the trick Unhappy 


I am constantly grounding... It always feels good to feel connected with nature. There's something very refreshing about walking/running barefoot in the grass. Also, I do feel some kind of energy from the sun. We are all one with the earth and this universe (:
I love grounding. Sun gazing is new to me, but it sounds like something I want to try out. I'll take a look at your link and find out more about it.
As a tour hiking guide in Sedona Arizona, when I take people out on the land on foot I have them, at some point, take off their shoes and sit and lie on the earth and connect to the heart of the Earth deep in the center of the earth. It’s a great way to let go of stress and receiving healing energy. I also sometimes have them hug a tree which also de-stresses and heals.

The powerful Earth energy in Sedona works in conjunction with both Mark's and my healing gifts, as tour guides to assist visitors to make emotional, energetic and spiritual breakthroughs in their lives.

See more @ http://sedonamysticaltours.com/tours
one other way to connect with the sun is the sun worship yoga asana done as it rises