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Sungazing is gazing directly into the sun, something your mother told you specifically not to do.
 Links with the New Age
Proponents of some New Age movements, ostensibly drawing on Eastern philosophies, claim that humans can absorb the sun's energy directly and efficiently through their eyes by staring into the sun for extended periods. This lacks any scientific explanation since the eye does not have any means of photosynthesis and so cannot convert light into usable energy. While photons striking the retina do cause chemical reactions that are then detected by the optic nerves read by the brain as sight, the body does not and cannot harvest that energy.
Nevertheless, some sungazers claim that they are able to survive without food, since they obtain all their "nourishment" directly from the sun. This is a form of breatharianism (or inedia), a belief in survival without eating, a concept wholly rejected by the scientific community (and any other community with an ounce of common sense). While Superman does get his powers from Earth's yellow sun, he's an alien from the planet Krypton, not a human being. Even plants, which do photosynthesise, require other nutrients for survival.
 Conflict with reality
Currently, none of the sungazers' claims to obtain energy from sunlight or survive without food have been verified or reliably tested. Sungazers often also claim to achieve spiritual enlightenment by sungazing, a concept much less testable.
Due to the potential damage to the human eye, sungazing activities are usually confined to the times after sunrise or before sunset when the sun is at its least bright, although some experienced practitioners have sungazed for long hours at other times of day.
In 2009, several Roman Catholic sungazers, who were hoping to see divine visions of the Virgin Mary rather than adhering to any of the New Age beliefs mentioned above, were treated for severe eye damage.
 Warning to amateur welders
Don't look at the bright light with naked eyes. Ever! This is taught in "Welding 101". Welders use eye protection. So should you, if you decide to look at the Sun.
 See also
- Kevin Trudeau, who promotes this practice in both of his "natural cures" books
- Bates eye method
- Sungazing.com - most content pulled offline due to medical and legal concerns "as well as an unready consciousness".
- ↑ And according to the first Christopher Reeve Superman movie, even he eats when he's hungry.
- ↑ http://www.naturalnews.com/024256_sun_gazing_food_disease.html
- ↑ http://waterspirit.lefora.com/2005/04/02/sungazing-do-we-need-food-to-live-and-to-heal/
- ↑ "It's no miracle, I could see but now I am blind", Independent.ie, December 02 2009.
- ↑ Hubpages