The First Sungazing List Group Sungazer’s Survey
Some Preliminary Results after First 56 Responses

Author: Vinny Pinto, MA
Revision # : 1.3
Rev. Date: 6/13/2004


Introduction

Here are some preliminary results from the first Sungazer’s survey administered by the Sungazing list group, offering a simple question-by-question analysis of answer percentages. At this point, almost one month after the survey was started, the survey has accumulated 56 responses (e.g., it was answered by 56 persons…).  A more complex analysis would examine cross-question correlations, and would be able to offer observations such as (examples):

(note: above statements were examples only!)

By the way, the entire raw data set for this survey, including respondent-by-respondent data, is available to any list members who wish to perform further analysis such as cross-item correlative studies. If you wish access to this data set, please ask me (Vinny.)

A Question: Was this a "truly scientific" survey?

Well, I speak here as a trained degreed scientist and statistician who has spent years teaching and training university professors, scientists and graduate students in statistical survey methods, and here are my observations:

Please realize that over 98% of all surveys administered even under scientific auspices, for example, by credentialed scientific researchers working for a legitimate academic institution (such as a university) are not truly “scientific”, and are far more limited in scope, often deliberately so, in order to conserve time and money. Further, many scientific researchers would contend (I do not agree with them) that no survey could be considered to be truly “scientific” unless administered only to a very large number of persons who were part of a well-controlled experiment where their food intake, water intake, sungazing and other activities were carefully monitored, and who were being reimbursed for their time and energy.

As for this current survey: it is quite “scientific” in many ways, but to be fully scientific, it would have needed to meet also the following criteria:

Unfortunately, such a “fully scientific” survey would have been very expensive and time-consuming to design, administer and there would have been problems even in finding enough persons for each “group”, and would have demanded the efforts of at least 3 full-time persons working for a least one month.  So, instead I chose instead to create a useful tool which would simply give us some insights into the practices of sungazers, as well as the results which they seem to notice. So this survey, like most surveys, is not rigorously scientific, but rather a useful survey.

Results
Here are the results, on a question-by-question basis:

Sungazer Survey #1


Organization Name:

  

NA

        

Total Responses:

  

56

Survey Code:

  

Sungaz124319

        

Run Date:

  

6/13/2004 5:48:54 PM


What is your age?

Multiple Choice: Select Only One

Answer

Quantity

% of Total

% of Answered

 

0-15 yrs.

0

0.00%

0.00%

 

16-21 yrs.

2

3.57%

3.57%

 

22-30 yrs.

6

10.71%

10.71%

 

31-45 yrs.

18

32.14%

32.14%

 

46-59 yrs.

26

46.43%

46.43%

 

60-80 yrs.

4

7.14%

7.14%

 

81+ yrs.

0

0.00%

0.00%

 

Answered

56

100.00%

 

 

Unanswered

0

0.00%

 

 

Total

56

100.00%

 

 


What is your gender?

Multiple Choice: Select Only One

Answer

Quantity

% of Total

% of Answered

 

Female

17

30.36%

30.36%

 

Male

39

69.64%

69.64%

 

Transgendered

0

0.00%

0.00%

 

Transvestite

0

0.00%

0.00%

 

Confused

0

0.00%

0.00%

 

Other

0

0.00%

0.00%

 

Answered

56

100.00%

 

 

Unanswered

0

0.00%

 

 

Total

56

100.00%

 

 


When sungazing, have you ever seen the sun as a purple, black, gray, (but not blue) disk?

Multiple Choice: Select Only One

Answer

Quantity

% of Total

% of Answered

 

never

32

57.14%

59.26%

 

once

4

7.14%

7.41%

 

2-5X

9

16.07%

16.67%

 

5-10X

3

5.36%

5.56%

 

10+ times

6

10.71%

11.11%

 

Answered

54

96.43%

 

 

Unanswered

2

3.57%

 

 

Total

56

100.00%

 

 


When sungazing, have you ever seen the sun as a blue disk?

Multiple Choice: Select Only One

Answer

Quantity

% of Total

% of Answered

 

never

37

66.07%

67.27%

 

1X

3

5.36%

5.45%

 

2-5X

3

5.36%

5.45%

 

5-10X

2

3.57%

3.64%

 

10+ times

10

17.86%

18.18%

 

Answered

55

98.21%

 

 

Unanswered

1

1.79%

 

 

Total

56

100.00%

 

 


When sungazing, have you ever seen the sun as concentric light/dark or colored rings/circles?

Multiple Choice: Select Only One

Answer

Quantity

% of Total

% of Answered

 

never

24

42.86%

42.86%

 

1X

3

5.36%

5.36%

 

2-5X

8

14.29%

14.29%

 

6-10X

2

3.57%

3.57%

 

10+ times

19

33.93%

33.93%

 

Answered

56

100.00%

 

 

Unanswered

0

0.00%

 

 

Total

56

100.00%

 

 


What is your average sungazing time per session?

Multiple Choice: Select Only One

Answer

Quantity

% of Total

% of Answered

 

none

0

0.00%

0.00%

 

less than 1 minute

2

3.57%

3.57%

 

1-5 minutes

17

30.36%

30.36%

 

6-10 minutes

15

26.79%

26.79%

 

11-20 minutes

11

19.64%

19.64%

 

21-30 minutes

3

5.36%

5.36%

 

31-44 minutes

5

8.93%

8.93%

 

45-60 minutes

0

0.00%

0.00%

 

over an hour

0

0.00%

0.00%

 

I have completed my sungazing; I rarely gaze anymore

3

5.36%

5.36%

 

Answered

56

100.00%

 

 

Unanswered

0

0.00%

 

 

Total

56

100.00%

 

 


How long have you been sungazing?

Multiple Choice: Select Only One

Answer

Quantity

% of Total

% of Answered

 

not at all

0

0.00%

0.00%

 

1-30 days

13

23.21%

23.21%

 

1-3 months

11

19.64%

19.64%

 

4-12 months

19

33.93%

33.93%

 

1-2 years

5

8.93%

8.93%

 

3-5 years

1

1.79%

1.79%

 

5-10 years

0

0.00%

0.00%

 

10-20 years

4

7.14%

7.14%

 

20-30 years

1

1.79%

1.79%

 

30+ years

2

3.57%

3.57%

 

Answered

56

100.00%

 

 

Unanswered

0

0.00%

 

 

Total

56

100.00%

 

 


How often do you sungaze on average, weather permitting?

Multiple Choice: Select Only One

Answer

Quantity

% of Total

% of Answered

 

never

0

0.00%

0.00%

 

daily

28

50.00%

50.00%

 

4-6x/wk

11

19.64%

19.64%

 

2-3x/wk

12

21.43%

21.43%

 

1x/wk

1

1.79%

1.79%

 

1-3x/month

1

1.79%

1.79%

 

1-11x/year

1

1.79%

1.79%

 

I have completed my sungazing; I rarely gaze anymore

2

3.57%

3.57%

 

Answered

56

100.00%

 

 

Unanswered

0

0.00%

 

 

Total

56

100.00%

 

 


When you sungaze, at what time of day do you usually sungaze?

Multiple Choice: Select Only One

Answer

Quantity

% of Total

% of Answered

 

within 30 minutes of sunrise/sunset

12

21.43%

21.82%

 

within 1 hour of sunrise/sunset

33

58.93%

60.00%

 

1-2 hrs. from sunrise/sunset

4

7.14%

7.27%

 

2-3 hrs. from sunrise/sunset

1

1.79%

1.82%

 

between 10:30 AM and 3:00 PM (high sun)

4

7.14%

7.27%

 

high noon -- highest sun

1

1.79%

1.82%

 

not applicable

0

0.00%

0.00%

 

Answered

55

98.21%

 

 

Unanswered

1

1.79%

 

 

Total

56

100.00%

 

 


Why did you start sungazing (please pick up to 5 choices)?

Multiple Choice: Select All That Apply

Answer

Quantity

% of Total

% of Answered

 

inner guidance

31

55.36%

55.36%

 

sounded neat to me

8

14.29%

14.29%

 

want to become immortal/younger

7

12.50%

12.50%

 

want to gain supernatural powers/siddhis

8

14.29%

14.29%

 

want to achieve inedia (not-eating)

13

23.21%

23.21%

 

want to heal perceived mental or emotional problems

19

33.93%

33.93%

 

want to heal perceived physical health problems

22

39.29%

39.29%

 

want to become enlightened

24

42.86%

42.86%

 

want to become famous

0

0.00%

0.00%

 

want to be different from others

3

5.36%

5.36%

 

a website, book or teacher made lots of promises about SG

4

7.14%

7.14%

 

none of the above

4

7.14%

7.14%

 

Answered

56

100.00%

 

Unanswered

0

0.00%

 

Total

56

100.00%

 


Have you regularly noticed, as a result of sungazing, changes in energy levels?

Multiple Choice: Select Only One

Answer

Quantity

% of Total

% of Answered

 

no significant change

15

29.41%

29.41%

 

increased

25

49.02%

49.02%

 

greatly increased

10

19.61%

19.61%

 

reduced

1

1.96%

1.96%

 

greatly reduced

0

0.00%

0.00%

 

Answered

51

100.00%

 

 

Unanswered

0

0.00%

 

 

Total

51

100.00%

 

 


Have you regularly noticed, as a result of sungazing, changes in sexual energy?

Multiple Choice: Select Only One

Answer

Quantity

% of Total

% of Answered

 

no significant change

23

45.10%

45.10%

 

increased

20

39.22%

39.22%

 

greatly increased

7

13.73%

13.73%

 

decreased

1

1.96%

1.96%

 

greatly decreased

0

0.00%

0.00%

 

Answered

51

100.00%

 

 

Unanswered

0

0.00%

 

 

Total

51

100.00%

 

 


Have you regularly noticed, as a result of sungazing, changes in how attractive or appealing others find you?

Multiple Choice: Select Only One

Answer

Quantity

% of Total

% of Answered

 

no significant change

21

41.18%

42.00%

 

increase

22

43.14%

44.00%

 

great increase

6

11.76%

12.00%

 

decrease

1

1.96%

2.00%

 

great decrease

0

0.00%

0.00%

 

Answered

50

98.04%

 

 

Unanswered

1

1.96%

 

 

Total

51

100.00%

 

 


Have you regularly noticed, as a result of sungazing, a change in your need for food? (water need is NOT included in this question…)

Multiple Choice: Select Only One

Answer

Quantity

% of Total

% of Answered

 

about the same, no significant change

24

47.06%

47.06%

 

increased need

1

1.96%

1.96%

 

greatly increased need

0

0.00%

0.00%

 

decreased need

22

43.14%

43.14%

 

greatly decreased need

3

5.88%

5.88%

 

no longer eat solid food (at least 50 days of not-eating)

1

1.96%

1.96%

 

Answered

51

100.00%

 

 

Unanswered

0

0.00%

 

 

Total

51

100.00%

 

 


Have you ever studied or trained with a sungazing guru or teacher? You may select up to four choices.

Multiple Choice: Select All That Apply

Answer

Quantity

% of Total

% of Answered

 

Hira Manek

7

13.73%

14.58%

 

Patrick Flanagan

0

0.00%

0.00%

 

Gene Savoy

1

1.96%

2.08%

 

Jasmuheen

1

1.96%

2.08%

 

Sunyogi Umasankar

0

0.00%

0.00%

 

Acharya Jowel

0

0.00%

0.00%

 

Mason Dwinell

1

1.96%

2.08%

 

a strange secretive cult that I cannot name

0

0.00%

0.00%

 

other (not named) from India

3

5.88%

6.25%

 

other (not named) from Europe

0

0.00%

0.00%

 

other (not named) from USA/Canada

2

3.92%

4.17%

 

other (not named) from Asia (other than India)

1

1.96%

2.08%

 

none of the above

35

68.63%

72.92%

 

Answered

48

94.12%

 

Unanswered

3

5.88%

 

Total

51

100.00%

 


Have you regularly noticed, as a result of sungazing, any of the following? (okay to pick more than one, up to 6)

Multiple Choice: Select All That Apply

Answer

Quantity

% of Total

% of Answered

 

bliss or joy

32

62.75%

62.75%

 

anxiety or fear

2

3.92%

3.92%

 

peace or calm

44

86.27%

86.27%

 

headaches

7

13.73%

13.73%

 

eye pain or sinus pain

4

7.84%

7.84%

 

burning eyes

4

7.84%

7.84%

 

perceptible visual damage (defects in vision)

1

1.96%

1.96%

 

blind spots in vision

2

3.92%

3.92%

 

hallucinations

0

0.00%

0.00%

 

none of the above

5

9.80%

9.80%

 

Answered

51

100.00%

 

Unanswered

0

0.00%

 

Total

51

100.00%

 


Have you regularly noticed, as a result of sungazing, changes in physical health?

Multiple Choice: Select Only One

Answer

Quantity

% of Total

% of Answered

 

about the same; no significant change

22

43.14%

43.14%

 

improved

22

43.14%

43.14%

 

greatly improved

7

13.73%

13.73%

 

decreased

0

0.00%

0.00%

 

greatly decreased

0

0.00%

0.00%

 

became immortal and am currently over 135 years old

0

0.00%

0.00%

 

Answered

51

100.00%

 

 

Unanswered

0

0.00%

 

 

Total

51

100.00%

 

 


Have you noticed, as a result of sungazing, changes in your capacity for unconditional love?

Multiple Choice: Select Only One

Answer

Quantity

% of Total

% of Answered

 

about the same; no significant change

15

29.41%

29.41%

 

decrease

0

0.00%

0.00%

 

great decrease

0

0.00%

0.00%

 

increase

29

56.86%

56.86%

 

great increase

7

13.73%

13.73%

 

Answered

51

100.00%

 

 

Unanswered

0

0.00%

 

 

Total

51

100.00%

 

 


END OF SURVEY RESULTS REPORT