Sunlight – Can we tap into this source of energy?

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This may be correct in that “plants convert light into carbohydrates and humans do not”.

What I want to talk about is, what we as humans actually do with sunlight and the possibility of gaining directly from the sun what we gain by eating carbohydrates.

Energy !!


Can humans perform photosynthesis?

Research has shown there is real power in green foods, which all contain chlorophyll, as they can increase your metabolic energy production when you are exposed to light. (4)

There have been animal experiments that indicate that the human body could generate metabolic energy within cells by exposure to light. Chlorophyll is produced and stored in plants after photosynthesis. This is stored light energy.

It has been found that after eating a chlorophyll-rich diet, breakdown chlorophyll products attached to the mitochondria in the body. When exposed to light the amount of cellular energy produced was greater than when in the dark. (4)

In other words, when eating a lot of green food your body starts to photosynthesize more energy molecules in the sun. If this is true, humans can actually perform photosynthesis and get energy directly from the sun.

We already know that our brain synthesizes hormones such as serotonin when light travels down the optic nerve into the brain. The role of the pineal gland is to translate light inputs from the retina into chemical signals for the rest of the body. This is achieved via the production and metabolism of serotonin and melatonin by the pineal gland.

In one clinical study, by simply looking at the sun for a few minutes each day an Indian man survived 411 days without any food whatsoever and was still able to climb a mountain on day 404. (1)

How can this all be possible?

Understanding Photosynthesis

First of all, what is light and what is that energy coming from the sun? This is a very interesting topic and I found it fascinating to study, in fact, it really opened my eyes.

Light is the lifeblood of our planet and the sun itself provides the constant supply of the ‘life energy’ we need to exist on earth along with the heavier physical elements. The power of light and the information it can carry is incredible, take fiber optics for example.

Let’s start by looking at photosynthesis in a little more detail because there is a huge amount of potential energy available by grasping this concept.


In the first stage, light-dependent reactions or photosynthetic reactions (also called the Light Reactions) capture the energy of light and use it to make high-energy molecules. These are then converted into simple carbs (sugars) during the Calvin cycle which does not require light.

Where then, has the light gone?

According to simple laws of physics, the energy never disappears from our universe, it simply changes from one form into another. That means the light has been transformed from electromagnetic radiation into sugar, (or Chlorophyll, the plant pigment).

Human Cellular energy

Here I will raise another point that we find when we look deeper into our body’s energy process. The Krebs cycle is the final process of carbohydrate breakdown that takes place deep within all our body’s cells. We will not go through this process here as it is very complicated. (Click the link below to learn more about the Krebs cycle if you are interested)

Put simply, the Krebs cycle is the combustion chamber within the mitochondria in our cells that provides the energy for all other metabolic functions. This is where the light is released again and transformed into another molecular form (ATP) for your body to use as energy.

Studies have shown that light-harvesting chlorophyll pigments enable mammalian mitochondria to capture photonic energy and produce cellular energy as ATP. (1)

What I believe is missed in our physiology lessons on cellular energy is the key point of this article.

Our body runs on light!

Think of it this way. Heat, light, and electricity are all simply variations of the same thing, an electromagnetic energy form. See the diagram below. The electromagnetic energy that radiates from our body is what constitutes our life force and indicates that we are alive. It’s exactly the same with food. If we process our food in a factory with chemicals, irradiate, fumigate, pasteurize, and then cook it to death before eating, what electromagnetic life force is left?

I don’t think this light consists of the very small spectrum of visible light, but includes ‘life force’, ‘Chi’ or ‘Prana’ itself. I know this may sound “out there”, but I ask you to consider this:

We know that SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is real. People get depressed in the dark seasons due to a lack of light. This is because they produce less serotonin. Yes, you make hormones in response to light via the pineal gland. You even feel more energized when the sun is out. Your body has an electromagnetic field and you have the power to tap into energy directly from the sun. Not just visible light, but also electromagnetic (or invisible) light. People who meditate have a lot more energy and perhaps this is because they open themselves up to receive this invisible light (electromagnetism).

Electromagnetic spectrum

The Pineal gland

The pineal gland, also known as the pineal body, conarium or epiphysis cerebri, is a small endocrine gland in the vertebrate brain. It produces melatonin, a serotonin derived hormone, which affects the modulation of sleep patterns in both seasonal and circadian rhythms. (3)

Mainly called pineal “glands” in the last decades, the pineal organs actually represent a differentiated form of photoreceptors. (like those in the human eye) Supposed to be outgrown groups of deep brain photoreceptors, pineal organs also contain neurons. Pineal organs are sensitive to different wavelengths of light and contain photoreceptor cells and are thus “light receptors” (2)

From the point of view of biological evolution, the pineal gland represents a kind of atrophied photoreceptor. In the brain of some species of amphibians and reptiles, it is linked to a vestigial organ, known as the parietal eye which is also called the ‘third eye’. (3)

Opening this ‘third eye’ is said to lead to enlightenment. Funny that!

sunlight in trees

Here is my method for directly tapping into light as an energy source.

Beginner method

  • Eat lots of green foods especially raw green food.
  • Sit upright (like a plant when it senses sunlight) in direct sunlight with your eyes closed.
  • Feel the light on your body. Look into the back of your eyelids and see the beautiful colors.
  • Now breathe deeply and feel what is going on through your body.
  • Realize that the sun is emitting more than just visible light but also life force.
  • Contemplate this for five to ten minutes and be mindful of your feelings.
  • Now see how you feel for the rest of the day.

Advanced method

  • Again, eat lots of green foods especially raw green food.
  • Get up just before sunrise
  • Stand and look directly into the sun as the sun rises
  • Allow for the light to penetrate the center of your forehead
  • Imagine the light entering your nervous system (brain)
  • Start with 30 seconds, and increase to 2 minutes and eventually work your way up to 5 minutes daily

Doing this exercise regularly should reduce your body’s need for simple food significantly and help you maintain your energy levels during the day.

People also report feeling a lot more positive and having improved vision.

Click here to learn more about the Calvin Cycle 

Click here to learn more about the Krebs Cycle 

Brett Elliott ©

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