Without the sun life cannot exist. The sun is what gives us life, energy, heat and existence through nature. Spiritual texts believe that there are two suns. The natural sun, and the spiritual sun, or the “Son of God.” Whatever theory or religious belief you may have, we cannot deny the power of this ball of light.
The sun represents many things, but here are three uncommon spiritual notions regarding the sun, its existence and flow with humans that I have found during my spiritual studies.
The Sun and The Human Metabolism
During my alternative health studies, I learned that humans and the sun are directly related. It makes sense when we talk about the circadian rhythm or “sleep-wake cycle.” This is when the body produces a hormonal release depending on whether light or darkness surrounds us. This helps us wake up and go to sleep. Ancient and Ayurvedic studies believe that the human metabolism is directly linked to the movement of the sun. Thus, many Ayurvedic philosophies state that the biggest meal of the day should be at lunch.
Why is this? Because the sun is burning its brightest and is hottest at mid-day. The metabolism, like the sun, is heat that is emitted from the body. So, those “late night” meals that make you feel sluggish in fact are related to nature – since the sun is down, the metabolism is slower.
Too Much of Anything is Never Good
Can we have light without darkness? Probably not. That’s part of life's reality. Light and dark, good and evil, one cannot exist without its polar opposite. But if light is so good, why don’t we want more of it?
One ancient Chinese mythology proves that too much of anything is not ideal. The story is of Yi and the Ten Suns. Yi, a famous soldier, was a skillful archer. At this time, ten suns lived in the Fu Sang tree beyond the eastern edge of the world. During this time, each of the ten suns would take its own turn to light the earth. The suns grew rebellious and one day all ten suns rose into the sky simultaneously. The extra light and energy pleased the people on the earth – until their crops shriveled and rivers dried up. The Lord of Heaven sent Yi, the skilled archer, to resolve the problem. He shot nine of the suns out of the sky. This legend brings light that we can’t have one without the other.
The Whirling Rainbow
Sometimes it’s difficult to comprehend the challenges of life. Pain, suffering, and violence – no one wants to live in a world like that. Unfortunately, the reality is that the planet and its people are still evolving. If you’ve ever looked at the sun and saw a circular rainbow, or colors around the ball of light that is known as the Whirling Rainbow. What is it? And what does it mean?
Native Americans speak of this philosophy as a time of change and is a sign from God. I am not sure if the sign means a personal or universal change, but expect something.
Another Native concept signifies the Whirling Rainbow means peace. On a larger level it means equality and unity.
You can Google more about the Whirling Rainbow philosophy, but legend has it that one day everyone will be equal – man and nature. Race, color, ethnicity and gender will be put aside. Everyone will be united and equal like the Creator intended.
Though humanity is not there, the sun and planets need to find a way to communicate change on a personal and universal level. On an individual level, what are you thinking about or worrying about at that time in your life when you see the Whirling Rainbow?
Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com