Total solar eclipse 2017: a self-reflection within lightness and darkness

Tomorrow is the solar eclipse, and it is going to ground you in a huge way.

On Monday, August 21, the sky will enter a straight 3 minutes of pure darkness across 13 places in the world, including the contiguous United States. This is the first occurrence of this in 99 years.

First, there will be a magnificent arrangement of colors lighting up our eyes.
Then, there will be an eery sense of calmness. And then, there will be black.

This is called totality.

But have no fear. Everyone is building cool DIY solar glasses so that they can watch and post a selfie on Facebook– but what exactly does this mean for your overall sense of wellbeing, your career, and your relationship?

In short, your world will experience a swift shake-up.

Although I am one person and also not an expert in any way shape or form, I can say this: you will feel something worthy and beautiful, if you allow yourself to be open.

Fear not. Be still.

The actual event will likely create what many experts are calling “fear and fascination” (mindbodygreen). The biggest lesson on self-reflection here may be to acknowledge your feelings towards the concept of lightness and darkness. MBG says that, “The ability to stand within the tension between dark and light, and to bring them into union within ourselves, reflects spiritual maturity.” Having the opportunity to be granted such a once-in-a-lifetime experience, I will certainly do this. I invite you to do the same. Don’t know where to start?

Let the following quotes and excerpts from popular creatives and light workers serve as maybe a starting point for channeling your inner totality during tomorrow’s solar eclipse:

“Darkness deserves gratitude. It is the alleluia point at which we learn to understand that all growth does not take place in the sunlight.” – Joan D. Chittister, author of Between the Dark and the Daylight: Embracing the Contradictions of Life

“A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.” – Leonardo da Vinci, mathematician and inventor

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr., American Civil Rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize recipient

You have the power to shift your way of thinking…

but only if you allow God, the universe — whatever you prefer to call your higher power — to better serve you by first acknowledging, then serving him/it/them.

Are you ready for the total solar eclipse of 2017?

tell me how you’re spending it.

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