The sunrise and the sunset are spiritual windows. These are the power times of the day. At these two junctures, some people can feel the change in energy.
So, there are good reasons you find yourself drawn to these special times of the day. They are the times when energy shifts. Many people love to watch the rising and the setting sun. There are two spiritual twilight windows each day.
Some people like sunrises and others prefer sunsets. Still, others are feel equally drawn by both solar events. These celestial events are not just beautiful, they project an energy that resonates with us on a spiritual level.
The Power Times of the Day
Mystics and Sages write poems about these celestial events. Much of early mythology focuses on alignment with these events. The basis of all the Sun-God mythologies is the setting and rising of the sun. This represents death and rebirth or resurrection. You will find many ancient structures align facing either East or West.
Unfortunately, many of the specific rituals and rites are lost. But the monuments for these spiritual twilight windows testify to their importance. Historical evidence suggests that many cultures find significance in these daily changes. These daily events are energy portals. Along with the changing light they are also a continuous magnetic wave.
Everyone enjoys the fleeting beauty of a sunset or sunrise. Many people find deep significance in these moments. Some people are drawn more to one time of day than the other. It doesn’t matter to some. There are of course some people who couldn’t care less. There are reasons for these preferences.
This is an ancient practice. You can find it in cultures around the globe. This is the practice of gazing with unfocused eyes in the direction of the sun. It is only done during the short window of time when the sun is rising or setting. These are the spiritual twilight windows. This is when Ultraviolet rays are at their lowest.
The safe window for gazing at the sun will vary depending on the time of the year and location. It can be a short as 5 minutes in the summer. During the summer, the window is shorter because the Sun is more intense. But during the winter the safe window extends up to an hour. Your location also affects this safe window of opportunity. The closer to the equator the more intense the sun and the shorter the window of safety.
Above all, one needs to gaze using your peripheral vision. Otherwise, you can cause permanent damage to the retina which could cause blindness. Since Sun gazing has the potential for damaging the eyes, why chance it? Well, it is said that one can exist without food through the daily practice of the proper technique. Some claim to live on Sun energy alone. Unfortunately, there is no credible evidence of people doing this. The only real evidence is for those who have died from starvation or dehydration. We couldn’t find any evidence to support these claims.
However, there are some less dangerous reasons for gazing during these twilight windows. You don’t need to resort to sun gazing to gain the benefit from the energy of the sunrise or sunset.
Rituals for Spiritual Twilight Windows
Walking your path is an important aspect of spiritual exploration. Some people find that part of this involves developing your spiritual rituals. Rituals are an important way to focus your intent and summon confidence, which is needed to overcome life’s obstacles. Some people use the moon and its cycles as a focal point. However, the power times of the day, the sunset and sunrise are perfect focal points because you have two opportunities every day. Perhaps this is why religions use them?
We are not suggesting that you start your own religion. There are already plenty of mythologies without the need for any more. What we are suggesting is that you use these power times as a focus when the opportunity arises. When you can go outside during the sunrise and sunset. Give thanks to your ancestors and the Earth. Practice some form of moving meditation. Make it a special time. It will help your attitude and overall health and wellness.
If you are looking for an easy way to tune in or energize, then the power times of the day are a perfect opportunity. If you feel inclined to try sun gazing be safe. Do your research first to find out the window of time that is safe. Start with only a few seconds. Always use peripheral vision.
Otherwise, you can always just enjoy the sunrise or sunset when the sun is obscured. Or simply don’t look directly at the sun.
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia