In my last Blog I wrote about Sun-gazing, a topic which was fresh in my mind, having just attended the annual Cosolargy convocation during September. The ritual of Sun-gazing has had a recent surge in popularity. It was practised by a number of ancient cultures, including the Egyptians and Aztecs. Modern-day practitioners who claim success with it start at a minute or less per day and build up their exposure over time. Sunrise and Sunset are the preferred times to view the Sun. An informative source is the movie, ‘Eat the Sun’, available on line, or start with the trailer on You-Tube.
A fact well known to the ancient mystical orders, but less commonly realized among the general public today, is that the eyes not only receive light rays and relay them to the brain, but also transmit energy beams. You can conduct a simple experiment to demonstrate this, by staring at a person some distance from you who is not looking in your direction, even when you are not facing one another. More often than not they will turn to look directly back at you. The more fixed your gaze, the greater the success. Planet Earth is basically a big electro-magnet, and the very substance of the material world we live in is itself a conductive medium. The human is the only mammal whose eye shows the sclera, or white of the eye, which is probably an indicator that we are the only mammal capable of transmitting as well as receiving light energy.
Back in the 1930s, Dr. Paul Brunton coined
the term ‘Ocular Radiation’ for this phenomenon but, unfortunately, should
you do an on-line search for this phrase today, it will most likely yield
information about medical radiation treatment. A more apt title would be
‘Ocular Transmission.’ One way you can hone your skills in this practice
is by focused contemplation. I first experienced the awareness of
eye-gazing at a focused meditation conducted by the Brahma Kumaris at Ubud,
Bali, in 2002. A group of about twenty people sat in a darkened room and
focused on a pin-point of light on a neutral coloured wall in hour-long
sessions. The Hindu Yogis called this gazing meditation ‘Trataka.’
The effect is to awaken the knowledge that the beams of energy travel in two
directions, both in and out of the eyes. That the eyes are ‘the gateway’
or ‘window to the soul’ is an expression variously attributed to Shakespeare,
The Gospel of Matthew, Herman Melville and Edgar Allen Poe.
Recognizing that the human eye is not only a passive receiver, but also an active transmitter of radiation, is of great assistance in utilising our creative energy, by sharpening the focus of our willpower. It is said that this radiation consists of electricity and magnetism, the latter, of course, being the instrument of attraction. There is much information out there these days on the popular topic of ‘The Law of Attraction (LOA),’ and Ocular Transmission enables one to cultivate and achieve fixed attention, while the pineal receptor works in drawing the object of desire to oneself. It is advisable to first activate the line from the heart (of the true Self within) to the eyes before establishing your needs and wants, primarily because our real Self is the best judge for what is right for us and, furthermore, our aims have more chance of success if we believe in them ‘with all our heart.’ The reason why so many LOA practitioners fail in their attempts is they accept the validity of what their brain-based ego-self thinks it wants, when all the while there is a conflict going on at the subconscious level between the head and the heart. Passionate beliefs of the heart will usually trump the capricious fancies of the brain.
With the two-way function of our ocular transceivers in mind, what result could be expected if the age-old art of ‘Sun-gazing’ was applied to transmitting our intentionally focused energy to the Sun, instead of just passively receiving its light and life-giving energy?
It is believed that bright light
stimulates the production of serotonin and melatonin in the pineal, and it has
been suggested that the pineal gland is involved in the production of Dimethyltryptamine
(DMT), and other peptides that have psychoactive effects. The pineal sits
above the mouth, suspended in the third ventricle, a chamber filled with
cerebrospinal fluid which, it is said, can be released by combining Sun-gazing
rituals with mantras. These secretions have been called by various names:
nectar of the gods, ambrosia, the living water, and amrita. During
Sun-gazing or deep meditation, this amrita is produced, fills the chamber then
drips down the back of the throat. Amrita has an intensely sweet taste
described as nectar, honey, gold dust, euphoric, ecstatic or
intoxicating. A teaching from Sri Chinmoy states, “There are quite a
few mantras that also help in opening the third eye. The Gayatri Mantra, for
example, helps in opening the third eye, for it invokes the infinite knowledge,
wisdom and light.” Sun yogis usually recite the Gayatri mantra while
sun-gazing. The last line of this mantra can be translated as “May it [the Sun]
activate the brain.” People report that amitra usually is secreted
while practicing the Khechari mudra (tongue upward on palate).
Being aware that we can transmit as well as receive light, Sun-gazers might well reap extra benefit by using their ritual as a time of prayer, expressing intentions, desires and, most beneficially, gratitude. Quantum science describes ‘The Role of the Observer’ in these terms: “Whatever is being watched is affected by whoever is watching it”. Those who do not Sun-gaze can nonetheless benefit from facing the morning or evening Sun with eyes closed and focusing their attention on the pineal gland as their transceiver, while intoning their chosen mantra. According to Canadian blogger Molly A. Chapman, “When you look directly at the sun’s rays, send intent, visualizations, thoughts, feelings, and sensations of divine virtues and situations to bless all, and send any request, through the optic nerve into the rays of the sun. […] Looking at the sun at sunrise or sunset is safe on the eye, and over time, the eye is capable of looking for longer periods of time at brighter light… Remember to send blessings and prayers as well as receive when you gaze at the light.”
Medical practitioners still warn of its potential dangers and I stress that my purpose is not to encourage untrained persons to engage in it, but rather to recommend that those interested should first investigate it thoroughly and talk to existing practitioners, before embarking on any experiments of their own. A great starting place, for those interested, is the newly revamped Cosolargy website. 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.
 The Quest of the Overself, Dr. Paul Brunton, Ch.12 ‘The Mystery of the Eye’ Samuel Weiser Inc, 1970