When I was a young boy, I loved playing basketball. My family was not able to afford a basketball goal so I built one in the backyard from scrap wood and a couple of tire rims. In our neighborhood, that did the trick. I played ball on that makeshift goal for months before I got noticed that I had trouble seeing the goal. I attributed it initially to allergies, dry eyes, or reading too much. My mother took me to the eye clinic in Rockingham, a town just about ten miles away from my home. He told us that I was developing severe nearsightedness with astigmatism. He prescribed a glasses and regular eye checkups. The very thought of wearing glasses depressed me.
In those days, glasses for boys were large, thick, and embarrassing. Over time, I found that I could not see the basketball goal well enough to play without glasses. I broke the handles on several pairs of glasses before my mother refused to get them fixed anymore. She said that if I didn’t have sense enough to take my glasses off while playing basketball, I would have to wear them taped up. So I taped them up and played in them anyway.
The downside of that decision was that I had to wear them taped up at all times. I wore them to school that way. I wore them to church that way. Needless to say, wearing taped up glasses 24/7 to correct poor vision was deeply embarrassing.
When I got to college, I spent a lot of time in the library. I had learned to stop playing basketball with my glasses on by that time and I saved enough money to get a good pair of glasses. I read a lot in my spare time and I found a book entitle Project X in the lower stacks of Wilson Library. The book was written by Gene Savoy, a man who wrote about some rather extraordinary experiences with sungazing. Savoy discovered that South American priests had learned to use mirrors and solar gazing techniques to connect with energy that emanated from the sun. They used this energy to regenerate their consciousness, regenerate the body, and improve their vision. That line caught my attention.
In the book, he describes his journeys into the jungle and his theories about the energies that emanate from the sun. He was a charming and charismatic teacher that I had the pleasure of meeting on several occasions in Reno Nevada. He formed a community there that dedicated itself to the practice of solar teachings. I learned the basics of taking in sunlight in Reno from this group.
Initially, I was reluctant to look at the sun. I knew enough about the dangers of sunlight that I was very afraid to risk further damage to my already sensitive vision. My vision was measured at 20-100 in both eyes. Not very good in layman’s terms. I used glasses almost all the time, and my initial goal with sungazing was to get some relief from the constant use of eyeglasses. My corneas were very sensitive and contacts just didn’t work, much to my disappointment.
The eye is the only major organ that is connected directly to the brain. The optic tract is a part of the visual system of the brain and is a continuation of the optic nerve. The optic tract runs into the optic chiasm and from there it is connected into the deep tissues of the brain. The ancients taught that the eyes were designed to process the energy of sunlight for information, energy, and sustenance. Solar teachings extended into India, China, Japan, The Middle East, Africa, Europe, The Pacific Island Nations, Ancient Egypt, and many other parts of the world. All of these cultures taught that the sun was a powerful link between human consciousness and divine consciousness.
I was fascinated by this discovery and I would not wait to try taking in sunlight for myself.
I did not start sun gazing right away. I finished college, finished medical school, and began my residency training in Philadelphia. I had purchased Project X and kept the book among my most prized personal possessions. I rented a two bedroom apartment in Mount Airy Philadelphia. My bedroom was on the second floor and faced due west and I had a perfect view of the setting sun. When time permitted, I rushed home from rounds at the end of the day, threw off my clothes, and put on my house coat.
At first, I only experienced a piercing glare from the sun. My sight was unaffected but sometimes after a few minutes of gazing into the sun, I could not see clearly for a minute or so. I knew that I was taking a risk, but I continued the practice. I felt a warm liquid like energy flow into my body after gazing into the sun for a couple of weeks. The flow was not consistent, but I definitely felt its presence. At first, it seemed to flow into and around my brain. My thoughts were clearer and more alive. I felt my nerves fill with a mild kind of tingling fire. By the end of the first month, I could definitely say that something was happening. I could not describe it any clearer than what I just said, but there was an otherness to my consciousness that I could not ignore.
Part Two: The Golden Man
Dr. Mitchell Gibson is the author of The Enlightened Perspective. He is the
bestselling author of Your Immortal Body of Light, Nine Insights for a Happy and
Successful Life, and The Human Body of Light. Gibson received his
medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed
his residency training at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. More than
3.4 million people have downloaded his YouTube videos and millions of people have visited his website http://www.tybro.com The Enlightened Perspective was launched in late January 2013 and in a few short months has grown to attract almost 200,000 views.