The 2017 Great American Solar Eclipse is Coming Here!
Monday, August 21, 2017 at 2:35 pm. Latitude: N 35° 3.761902' Longitude: W 83° 23.088226
We are in the center of the next All American Solar Eclipse. The last Eclipse that crossed the entire country was June 8th, 1918. There have been other eclipses that have crossed one or more states, but none since then that crossed the continent.
As daylight is replaced with darkness and the stars come out,
I stand in the Still Point of the Labyrinth.
As night falls, birds return to their roosts, flowers close and the air becomes chill,
I return to my Source, releasing all that is no longer needed.
As the sun returns, I embrace a New Me, A New World, and a New Day of Infinite Possibilities.
Labyrinth+Eclipse=Still Point Reset
Nature respects the balance of stillness and flow, activity and rest, and is the foundation for the self-correction necessary for health and well being. We are vibrational beings, every cell, atom and structure in our bodies are constantly vibrating. Each cell has a frequency, moving from positive to negative polarity through a neutral still point. This vibrational energy is affected by our internal environment of thoughts and feelings and by our external environment of nature and collective consciousness.
Walking a Labyrinth is one way to access this neutral Still Point, the reset point for body and mind. Research by Schultz, E. D. & Rhodes, J. W. in 2006 showed that 66% - 82% of people who walked a labyrinth reported increased levels of relaxation, clarity, peace, centeredness, openness, quiet, and reflectiveness, and reduced levels of anxiety, stress, and agitation. The experience of labyrinth walking supports recovery, renewal, integration of the whole person, and facilitating a sense of harmony.
A solar eclipse can only happen when the Earth, Moon, and Sun align in a brief Still Point. Ancient cultures feared solar eclipses - believing that in the sudden darkness negative energies and entities are released. However, today we know that calm observation of negativity leads to Light, and we may greet the solar eclipse as an opportunity to experience the ultimate stillness.
At the Otto Labyrinth Park we consider the Solar Eclipse, coming to America on August 21st, 2017, to be a personal and global Still Point Reset. Why is a frequency Still Point Reset important? Shaman and Reiki Master Jim Ewing describes a Still Point in this way. "Your heart is a liquid oscillator. At every beat, there is one moment when it is neither expanding nor contracting, when your being is infinite for one micro-millisecond, when every thought, every intention - your very being- are broadcast to the universe in all dmensions. This is the Stillpoint, the all-time-no-time point of power." A Solar Eclipse is a sacred moment in the Stillpoint of consciousness. It is a time to access the "all-time-no-time point of power more easily. It is a time to reset our lives, from cellular vibrations that affect our health, to energy vibrations that affect our intentions and well being.
On August 21st, 2017 we will hold a Solar Eclipse Gathering at the Otto Labyrinth Park. We will spend the morning learning how to access our Still Points using techniques from CranioSacral and Polarity Therapy. A Journal will be provided to each participant to use in preparation for releasing the old, negative energies from our lives prior to the eclipse event. After a potluck lunch, we will gather at the Labyrinth to await the eclipse. Walking into the Labyrinth, we will gather at the center to experience the combined energy of the Labyrinth and the Total Solar Eclipse to access the Still Point and Reset our Lives in the directions of Healing and Well Being. At the conclusion of the Eclipse we will hold a debriefing, using our Journals to record our experiences and set our intentions for the future.
If you wish to join us, please register in advance below.
Wherever you view the eclipse, we hope you use it for your own journey into Healing and Renewal.
May all be Well in your Life! Jill and Charlie
Path of Totality
The Path of Totality is created when the Moon's Umbral shadow crosses the Earth during a total solar eclipse. The unbral shadow cast by the moon covers only about 0.3% of the Earth's surface, creating the Path of Totality. A second shadow, called the penumbra is much larger and creates a partial eclipse elsewhere.
The total eclipse takes nearly 3 hours, beginning and ending with a partial eclipse. The Total part of the eclipse lasts 2-3 minutes and will look like a "hole in the sky" with the black disk of the Moon surrounded by the Sun's feathery corona ring. A diamond effect occurs as the totality ends and a burst of sunlight appears along the edge of the moon - a celestial engagement ring! At the Otto Labyrinth Park we will be able to view 100% of the sun completely covered using special solar glasses.
Imagine living thousands of years ago and seeing the sun disappear in the middle of the day. What would you think? What would you do to make the sun return?
Ancient Chinese would light fires and shoot arrows at the Sun to make it "catch fire" again.
In 585 BC a total eclipse ended a war in Turkey when 2 fighting armies set down their weapons and made peace.
Eclipses began to be predicted by the mid 1800's and astronomers began traveling many miles to view one and take photographs. Einstein used the total eclipse of 1919 to confirm the bending of starlight by gravity in his general theory of relativity.
The 2017 Solar Eclipse
The Path of the Totality of the eclipse on August 21st is about 70 miles wide from west to east through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The duration of the Totality will be about 2 minutes on the West Coast and 2 ½ minutes on the East Coast. The average speed of the Moon's shadow as it crosses the United States will be nearly 1,700 miles per hour.
The Partial Solar Eclipse will begin at the Otto Labyrinth Park on August 21, 2017 at 1:06 pm, with the Totality Occurring at 2:35 pm. The Totality will last for 2 minutes, 25 seconds.
Solar Glasses are necessary to view the moon's progression across the Sun. Initial partial phases last about 90 minutes. The last 20 minutes before the totality the temperature starts dropping and the sky begins to look strange. Once darkness descends, it is safe to take off your glasses and look at the totality. Once the sun begins to peak around the moon, you must put the glasses back on.
Events the Otto Labyrinth Park on Monday, August 21st for The Path of Totality Solar Eclilpse
Note: These events are open to pre-registered participants only.
10 - 11:30 am
Welcome and Pre-Eclipse Preparation
Participants will receive their Eclipse packets, including eclipse glasses, information sheets and Personal Eclipse Diaries. We will explore the meaning and the experience of a Still Point in preparation for the Eclipse. The Still Point is our Vibrational re-set point which nourishes the physical body and activates the subtle body. The Solar Eclipse acts as a Planetary Still Point - allowing us to re-set our Path. In the morning we will use journaling and other meditation experiences to identify that which is no longer needed in our lives. With correct preparation, during the eclipse totality we can experience the Still Point to change our vibrations and re-set our lives.
11:30 - 1 pm
Pot Luck Lunch. Bring a dish and socialize! Water and tea provided.
1pm - 3 pm
The partial phase of the eclipse begins at 1:06 pm at the Labyrinth Park. During this time participants may explore the Faerie Forest, relax by the stream, or even take a nap on a Far Infrared Biomat! As the time gets closer to the totality, we will begin our Group Labyrinth Walk, timing our steps to be in the center in stillness at 2:35 pm.
As daylight returns, Guided Journaling allows participants to identify and record their unique experiences and determine their future paths. All is re-set for a new life, a new world!
Pre-registration is required by clicking the donate link below. Registration is a donation to the Foundation for Well Being and supports events like these at the Labyrinth Park. Suggested non-refundable donation is adults $25.00, children 12 and under $10.00. After registration you will receive an email with detailed schedule, directions, and preparation information. This event is limited to the first 50 people who register to prevent overcrowding.
We look forward to having you with us in August!
Jill and Charlie Henry
After receiving your tax deductible donation, we will email you with Event specifics.
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