Faith, 2 Miracles and the eclipse
We traveled to St. Joseph, Missouri this week to see the solar eclipse and had 2 miracles happen. I know this eclipse has ushered in a new age, and I want to talk to you about that but first I want to tell you about the miracles.
We chose St. Joseph for 4 reasons:
- It’s right in the center of the part of the US where the eclipse was happening.
- A large group of astronomers picked it as the place they were going to be, at Rosecrans Air Field.
- It had one of the best chances for clear weather in the country.
- It was one of the easiest places for us to get to, with one direct flight, plus I’m very familiar with that area, having lived in Omaha for many years and visiting my brother who lived in Kansas City.
Before we left, my fiancé Richard kept checking the weather and suddenly one week before it said heavy rain on the day of the eclipse. He said, “baby, we’ve got to do something about this”, so we spent a bunch of time meditating on clear skies and running the energy of how exciting it would be to view the eclipse through a sunny, clear sky.
On Saturday and Sunday we kept hearing stories of the hordes that had descended on Oregon and we decided to go very early in the morning. We flew into Kansas City, had a good night’s sleep, woke up at 5 and were on the road at 6. We got on Interstate 29 for the hour long drive to St. Joseph and happily discovered that the highway was not choked with cars. We got to the exit and there was a big sign that said “Sold Out – Ticket Holders Only”. We looked at each other and said “What the What?” Even after all our reading and planning, we had never seen anything about needing tickets!
Richard said “Let’s start praying” and I started saying (in my mind) the mantra my Catholic mother had taught me as a little child, “Little Flower, show thy power” [This is St. Therese, also called the Little Flower of Jesus and my mother would constantly invoke her for small things like a dryer that had stopped running (and it would start running again, I swear!) and large things like my oldest brother getting into the college of his choice (which also worked!].
It was early, around 7 am and cars were coming, but we were one of the first to arrive. We got to the first checkpoint, and the man asked us to stop and wait for a truck that was pulling out. He told us they were sold out, and that meant 12,000 people. As we pulled away, I said to Richard, “when they ask for the ticket, tell them we’ve come all the way from Arizona and lay it on thick”. I was ready to beg.
We got to the next checkpoint and the man said, “do you have your ticket?” Richard said, “we had no idea we had to have tickets…” and the man immediately handed Richard a piece of paper that he had in his hand and said, “this is the last free one I have, you can have it – put it in on your dash”. Richard said, “God bless you!”.
As we drove away, we were high-fiving and laughing and I said “Oh My God, I can hardly believe that!” We were both so excited and happy. Can you imagine having come all this way, having made all these plans and be turned away because we hadn’t paid for a $41 ticket? Richard said, “I KNEW it was going to be all right!”
We found a great spot – on one side was a family with lots of kids and a baby and a mother who was continually doing things to keep them entertained. On the other side were some really interesting people from California and we had fun talking to them.
The morning was clear and sunny, but the weather kept predicting clouds and rain. We decided to sit in the car and do some more meditating on clear skies.
We walked around, saw lots of vendors and lots of astronomical gear and TV film crews and bought t-shirts and had pulled pork sandwiches (I love the Midwest!)
At about the time that the eclipse was to start, it clouded up and started to sprinkle. We got out our special glasses and started watching and although we couldn’t see it all the time, the clouds would part every few minutes and we would be able to see the eclipse happening through our glasses. Every time the clouds parted and it was visible, people would start whooping and hollering.
Suddenly, it started to really rain and the cloud cover became complete. We got back into the car and we meditated some more. Neither of us ever went into upset or disappointment, and even though we didn’t say it, we both knew that wasn’t the way to go so we didn’t go there.
After about 20 minutes of rain, we saw people starting to leave. We were stunned. Richard said, “Can you imagine coming all this way and then leaving? That’s not what we’re going to do, baby”. Lots of people were driving out and then suddenly the rain stopped. It was 1:05, one minute before totality. As we stepped out of the car, the clouds suddenly parted and at 1:07 (exactly the middle point of totality where we were), we saw the total eclipse. People started hooping and hollering. The people who were in the line driving out stopped their cars, got out and saw it.
And then the truly spectacular sight happened. The shadow crossed the earth and the day went black. I took this video and I’m kind of jostled around a little bit because Richard grabbed me in the middle of it to give me a big kiss, but you can really see the difference between day and night. And you can hear me as I keep saying “Oh my God”. It was one of those days, where we just kept saying “Oh my God” over and over.
What I keep thinking and what I say in the video is can you imagine what the ancients must have thought of the first total eclipse they saw? They must have thought the world was ending.
And then just as suddenly, the world became light again. The people next to us from California kept saying “Those people who left, they had no faith. We had faith and we were rewarded. What if Christopher Columbus had said, “oh it’s raining, I’m turning back”. And then they started a game with it, “what if George Washington..” and kept naming different names and laughing. Richard looked at me and said “it’s all about having faith, baby”.
We spent another hour watching the rest of the eclipse and the clouds would come and go and we were more excited every time the clouds opened up.
What an incredible day — an eclipse plus two miracles — the first when the man gave us his last ticket and the second when the clouds parted at exactly totality. We felt so blessed and so taken care of. And we felt that our faith had indeed been rewarded.
Faith is an interesting thing, isn’t it? It’s so easy to lose our faith. It’s so easy to feel defeated and to not keep on going. It’s so easy to take on the other belief — the one that says I never get what I want.
We have a choice in life – we get to decide what we believe. We can have faith and trust and believe what I have on a flyer in my office – “Things always work out for me” or we can go the other way — we have that choice in every moment.
What I’ve discovered in my own life (and with working with people for over 30 years) is that the more we can stay in the higher, positive vibrations, the more the chances are increasing that everything really does work out for us. The problem is that for most people, staying in those higher, positive vibrations is difficult, if not impossible.
It used to be really difficult for me also. But then everything shifted for me when I first came to Sedona and started working with the amazing practitioners here. That’s why I started Sedona Soul Adventures over 15 years ago — I wanted other people to be able to experience that same kind of transformation.
Are you ready to start believing that everything works out for you and to live a life where that’s true? I’m guessing it might take some shifts for that to happen, and that’s where we come in. You can have those shifts happen incredibly fast in Sedona. It’s a place of true transformation, with incredible healers from all over the world drawn here to do their work. We work with the best of them and we can custom design a retreat that can bring you into the life and the relationship you want. It’s actually easier than you might think.
It’s a particularly potent time to come to Sedona right now, while the eclipse energy is still being felt. I believe that this eclipse has ushered in a new age of consciousness and we’ll be feeling the effects of it for many months. Things are coming up for healing in ways that they haven’t appeared before. Now is the time to take advantage of that.
Connect with us. We’ll talk to you (or both of you, if it’s a couples retreat) in deep conversation. We’ll get at the root of what’s going on and then we’ll custom design a retreat that will bring you into those higher, faster vibrations and even better, we’ll give you the tools to take home so you can stay there.
Experience the miracle that is Sedona.
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Wishing you a week filled with faith and miracles,
Debra Stangl / Founder
Sedona Soul Adventures – Transforming Lives One Soul At A Time
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Have you always wanted to see the Pyramids? Come with me to Egypt Feb. 11-25
Like seeing the eclipse this week, seeing the Great Pyramid was something I always wanted to do, ever since I was a little kid. I was also fascinated by the gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt and the stories of the Pharaohs. I know I’ve seen “The Ten Commandments” over 50 times and I can’t hear the name “Ramses” without thinking of Yul Brynner. For me, Ramses will always be Yul Brynner.
Imagine my surprise when I first came to Egypt and discovered that there are things that are equally amazing and incredible and fantastic? Like the statues of Abu Simbel, the Isis Temple at Philae, the Luxor temple?
Every year on our Egypt trip, it’s the same thing — people are amazed at everything that is there and how magnificent and fantastic it is.
If Egypt is on your bucket list, come with me on our next Return to Egypt trip. We go to all of these amazing places (and more!) Plus, not only do we go to the Great Pyramid, we have 2 hours of private time just for our group where we do ceremony and meditation.
It truly is the trip of a lifetime.
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