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A Pause For Prayer: Using The Eclipse For Peace

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James performs for Pope Benedict and religious leaders in Assisi, Italy. Courtesy of James Twyman

While you’re gazing at the solar eclipse on August 21, don’t forget to take a look around you. With its simplistic nature alone, this celestial event is expected to unite millions around the globe in reverent awe.  

The last total eclipse viewable to Americans was 38 years ago and during its coverage the late ABC News anchor, Frank Reynolds, hoped for a better world at 2017’s eclipse, with his closing remark, “May the shadow of the moon fall on a world of peace.”

Some may say the world isn’t much different from 1979, in terms of human strife. World peace speaker and best-selling author of The Moses Code and Emissary of Light, James Twyman, believes it is.

“An event like this is a moment of global pause,” says Twyman, who is also the producer and director of the award winning movies Indigo and Redwood Highway and sees the eclipse as humanity’s opportunity to discover themselves profoundly connected to a world-wide tribe of like-minded kin. “We have a chance to go inward, to ask deeper questions. It gives us the chance to look at ourselves in the world in new ways.”

“It would be easy to look at the world and this country and think we are very far from peace. In many ways we have never been more divided than we are now, but I also believe that the division we are experiencing is proof that we are closer than we know. The old saying ‘it’s always darkest before dawn’ seems appropriate. I believe we’re experiencing the last gasp of a divided country and a divided world and we’re closer to peace than we think,” he says.

Never in Earth’s history has there been this many inhabitants, let alone so many millions compelled to travel, some of them thousands of miles, to witness and be a part of a cosmic occurrence.

“If we begin focusing more on the ways we are the same rather than the ways we are different, peace would come on its own,” says Twyman, who communicates his message of peace around the globe through prayers from numerous religions which he has put to music. He has performed concerts, prayer vigils and meditations in many war-torn countries such as Bosnia, Iraq and South Africa where he witnessed the positive effects by masses of people coming together for good. “They weren’t trying to change the world; they were changing their thoughts about the world,” he adds.

Media coverage leaves little doubt there will be a massive movement of people to the “path of totality,” where the moon’s shadow will cross the U.S. Traffic jams, communication systems failure and crowd control logistics are but a few of the predicted challenges local residents, business owners and emergency personnel will confront within the corridor. Alaska Airlines will “chase the eclipse” during a specially chartered flight, NASA is airing live coverage, including views by the astronauts aboard the ISS, and numerous observatories will host celebrations, to name a few of the outstanding viewing opportunities.

“I think if enough of us held space during the eclipse and just felt the reality of peace, use this way of amplifying it, something remarkable might happen,” he says. “I’m hoping people will use this opportunity to stop and pray, not in a traditional or dogmatic way, but because they feel something is important here.”

Recent studies, such as the Global Coherence Initiative by the HeartMath Institute, are proving we are more physically bonded together by our hearts and the events we choose to watch than previously thought. “Everything we experience is within and the universe adapts to what we are experiencing, both personally and collectively,” he says. “This is something that has been taught by all the great spiritual paths in the world, and it’s starting to be proven scientifically as well. If we could go back to the basics, every spiritual tradition has peace and love at its heart. The truth is whoever we are, wherever we live, we all want the same thing for ourselves and for our children – peace.”


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