Is the Sun a Source of Supernatural Power?
The new Superman movie is going to be released today. When I was a kid, I used to jump off the top of my grandfather’s wood shed while wearing a white sheet. I wanted to fly like The Man of Steel. My grandfather stopped me from doing this after a while, but I would still get up there from time to time and hope that just one time I could take off and soar. Superman’s powers are directly connected to the Sun. In many ways, he is one of the most popular solar powered personalities that ever lived.
Superman’s powers rely on his cells’ ability to absorb and metabolize solar energy from local stars like Earth’s sun. His body is a living “solar battery” that absorbs solar energies and converts them for fuel for his powers. His cells also store yellow sun energy so he can use his powers under objects, at night, in dark places, and in space. (Pre-Crisis, yellow stars were said to emit “ultra solar rays” which enabled Kryptonians’ superpowers; penetrating the Earth itself, said rays also enabled Kryptonians to stay super-powered at night. The more yellow sun rays Superman absorbs the stronger he gets; in some instances he has been shown to enter the sun in order to increase his powers to their highest potentials, as seen in 1998’s DC One Million storyline.
Superman is not the only supernatural entity that derives his power from the Sun. Ultraman, Birdman, and Nuclear Man all depend on the rays of the Sun as the source of their super power. Why do we associate the Sun with supernatural energy?
Almost every major culture in the history of the world has looked to the Sun as a source of divine power. The Egyptian peoples honored Ra, the sun god. For people in ancient Egypt, the sun was a source of life. It was power and energy, light and warmth. It was what made the crops grow each season, so it is no surprise that the cult of Ra had immense power and was widespread. Ra was the ruler of the heavens. He was the god of the sun, the bringer of light, and patron to the pharaohs. According to legend, the sun travels the skies as Ra drives his chariot through the heavens. Although he originally was associated only with the midday sun, as time went by, Ra became connected to the sun’s presence all day long.
The Greeks honored Helios, who was similar to Ra in his many aspects. Homer describes Helios as “giving light both to gods and men.” The cult of Helios celebrated each year with an impressive ritual that involved a giant chariot pulled by horses off the end of a cliff and into the sea.
In Native American cultures, such as the Iroquois and Plains peoples, the sun was recognized as a life-giving force. Many Plains tribes still perform a Sun Dance each year, which is seen as a renewal of the bond man has with life, earth, and the growing season. In MesoAmerican cultures, the sun was associated with kingship, and many rulers claimed divine rights by way of their direct descendance from the sun.
As part of the cult of Mithra, early Persian societies celebrated the rising of the sun each day. The legend of Mithra may well have given birth to the Christian resurrection story. Honoring the sun was an integral part of ritual and ceremony in Mithraism, at least as far as scholars have been able to determine. One of the highest ranks one could achieve in a Mithraic temple was that of heliodromus, or sun-carrier.
Sun worship has also been found in Babylonian texts and in a number of Asian religious cults. Today, many Wiccans and Pagans honor the sun at Midsummer, and it continues to shine its fiery energy upon us, bringing light and warmth to the earth
Over the centuries, mankind has looked to the Sun as a source of divine energy. One of my spiritual teachers, Gene Savoy , who passed away in 2007, was, in my opinion, one of the greatest archaeologists of the 20th Century. He discovered 43 lost cities in the jungles of South America and connected his discoveries with others in the Middle East, Pacific islands and Asia.
Savoy taught that in order to fully develop the hidden spiritual potential within, a person had to apply a system called cosolargy, which includes sungazing and other techniques such as meditation, in order to awaken the individual soul or Light Body for a conscious return to the spiritual origins of one’s being.
Cosolargy is a combination of the words “cosmic,” “solar,” and “logos.” It consists of the essential theory, techniques and rituals of a divine religious art and science. In essence, it is the secret teachings of Jesus, the Essenes, and original Christianity before it became adulterated and diluted by the dogma of an orthodox Church. One of these teachings is that a certain quality of sunlight, which Savoy called the “X factor,” can purify the soul, and that pure souls return to the sun. Heaven is in the sun.
My own deeper meditations and spiritual practices have been heavily influenced by my relationship with the Sun. Ancient man and modern mystical explorers point to the Sun as a source of divine supernatural power that is freely available to all who take the time to receive the proper guidance and training. Perhaps our fascination with the solar powered Man of Steel has deeper implications than we are willing to fully admit.
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.