As I write this, we have just crossed the September Equinox and a number of people I know have posted about it on social media, with comments such as it being an opportune time to receive healing energies from the Sun.
I’ve just returned from the annual Cosolargy convocation in Reno, Nevada USA, where the Sun featured prominently in our discussions and activities. Over several consecutive mornings I joined large gatherings of members at elevated sacred places in the high desert country to partake in respectful ceremonies, as we viewed the rising of the Sun. It manifested itself slightly differently to us on each occasion and, even when a smoky haze drifted in from fires in a neighbouring state one morning, the large orange solar orb did not fail to impress us with its majesty.
Back at home in Australia, I will be writing and talking about Cosolargy a lot in future. In addition to solar techniques, the Community’s teachings cover a wide range of subjects including the force centres (chakras), higher dimensions, the Light body, solar viewing (Sun gazing), healing with sound and light, ancient solar cultures, Andean explorations, and the transformation of humans into a new world species.
Sun Gazing has become increasingly popular in recent years. A quick search online will produce a myriad of web sites advancing some form of solar viewing. We know that many ancient cultures and civilizations held the Sun in high regard. But in many cases, this, too, went far beyond the commonly held concept of “Sun worship.” The great spiritual Masters and Teachers knew that the physical Sun was actually a gateway to another world – a Sun behind the Sun. They also knew that sunlight was the conveyor of Intelligence and Information. This was the teaching of the great Masters of the mystery schools on which the noble religions and philosophies of the world were originally founded. A few years ago, I wrote a brief summary of the ancient cultures who venerated the Sun, for New Dawn magazine (Special Issue Vol 10 No.6, Dec 2016). The list included Egypt, India, Sumeria, China, Britain, Greece, Rome, Palestine & Syria, Central & South America, Japan.
My personal work has always drawn me in particular to Western Civilization and religion, during the period of the past two and a half thousand years. I believe that this sphere of time and place was deliberately created, and is now nearing its inevitable end. The seeds of Western Civilization were, I believe, sown in Greece by a luminary (referred to later as a ‘deity’) called Apollo. His teachings were disseminated first by Pythagoras, followed by Empedocles and later, Plato. [I should mention that this paragraph is part of my own personal instruction and may not necessarily coincide with the teachings of Cosolargy].
The respected author Peter Kingsley has written, “Civilizations never just happen. They are brought into existence quite consciously, with unbelievable compassion and determination, from another world. Then the job of people experienced in ecstasy is to prepare the soil for them; carefully sow and plant them; care for them; watch them grow. And each culture is just like a tree whose essence and whole potential are already contained in the seed. Nothing during the course of a civilization is ever discovered, or invented, or created, which was not already present inside that seed.”
The Ancient Greeks believed the Sun we see is just the physical form of a higher ‘Intelligible or Spiritual Sun.’ Philo of Alexandria called it: “The Sun of the sun, the Intelligible object behind the object comprehensible by sense, and from invisible fountains he supplies the visible beams which our eyes behold.” In addition to the light, heat and solar winds the Sun sends our way, the Greeks taught that our Psyche receives a more subtle, invisible life-force called Pneuma, which, along with rays of the light spectrum, enters the human being via the eyes. I will write more about the connection between the Sun and our eyes in a future blog.
The Pythagoreans of Greece, as well as the followers of Plato, held the Sun and the associated solar deities in high esteem. It is likely that they too were Sun-gazing. The Greeks and Romans were known to use sunlight for healing various physical and mental illnesses.
The Essenes were known to rise early in the morning, take a ritual bath, then climb to the highest spot in the area to pray while observing the rising Sun.
St. Francis of Assisi was by no means a pagan Sun worshiper, yet his spiritual awakening involved the Sun. Few realize the importance of the fact that he was laying in his bed watching the sunrise, when the revelation that awakened his spiritual side and transformed his life occurred.
Jacob Boehme was another great Christian mystic who was awakened by the Sun. Jacob was carrying a shiny metal bowl when the morning Sun reflected off it, striking him in the eyes. He entered a kind of ecstasy that lasted several days. When he came out of it, he began writing a series of books on spirituality and spiritual growth.
In the interests of being inclusive, I should add that Cosolargy is not the only community that embraces Sun gazing as part of it practices, although I hasten to add that it does not publish its techniques indiscriminately. Information is imparted to its members as part of an orderly and organized system. A Google search will often lead seekers to others who publish their ideas openly, and the uninitiated need to be aware of certain dangers involved in self-tuition.
One such popular source is the HRM method, so named after Hira Ratan Manek, who shares a yogic technique of Sun gazing. HRM has given free lectures in many countries and rightly points out that most parts of Australia host ideal conditions for Sun-gazers who, they say, should practice at the safe times of Sunrise and Sunset, after proper instruction.
Following is an extract of HRM’s method, as described
on the SunEnlightenment website:
“Sungazing is a one-time practice of your lifetime usually for a period of 9 months. You can break up the practice in three phases. 0 to 3months, 3-6months and 6- 9months. You have to walk barefoot for 45 minutes for the rest of your life. Food makes us commit the maximum pain to others and exploit others. The practice entails looking at the rising or setting Sun one time per day only during the safe hours. No harm will come to your eyes during the morning and evening safe hours. The safe hours are anytime within 1-hour window after sunrise or anytime within the 1-hr window before sunset”
“First day, during the safe hours, look for a maximum of 10 seconds. Second day look for 20 seconds at the rising sun adding ten 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. Stand on bare earth with bare foot. Eyes can blink and/or flicker. Stillness or Steadiness of the eyes is not required. Do not where any lenses or glasses while Sungazing.”
The transcendent system of Cosolargy – a modern term for an ancient spiritual discipline of becoming – has been practiced by solar mystics and spiritual seekers the world over, and this year is an auspicious time for the Community, as it celebrates the 60th anniversary of its founding. It teaches the individual how to use the light of the physical Sun to enhance not only physical attributes, but dormant psycho-spiritual faculties as well. The force centres (chakras) are enlivened; they begin to spin and take on personality. Importantly, they are developed in harmony with each other. In time, the practicing solar adept penetrates beyond physical sunlight into Worlds of Light, or spiritual worlds, a place beyond the physical but from where it emerged. The process takes one on a personal journey where they can retrace their origin to the Godhead and escape the cycle of life and death. It is a revitalizing experience – one which goes far beyond ordinary Sun gazing.
As always, I add the caveat: Gazing at the Sun should not be undertaken without guidance from experienced experts. Direct staring at the Sun itself should be avoided – gazers usually look around it rather than directly at it, and only at Sunrise or Sunset.
 “A Story Waiting to Pierce You,” Peter Kingsley, 2010, Publisher: The Golden Sufi Center, Page 80
 Philo, The Special Laws 1, LI (279)