Break the rules. Do exactly what they tell you not to do. Shoot directly into the sun. Let the light and color explode right in front of the lens.
Nothing bad will happen. I promise. Your lens won’t be hurt. The sensor won’t catch fire. Your brain won’t explode.
You may get lucky. You may make some art. Or, you might fall flat on your face. Doesn’t matter. That’s how you learn.
One more thing. I’m still looking for a taco.