Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Fresh Water Rinse

The water available at Laupahoehoe Beach Park is extremely chlorinated - which I discovered when my skin objected, turning dry and scaly and itchy in reaction to the harsh, chemically-treated water.

So I deliberately set my intent to find a way to rinse off the chlorine with fresh water before I took another shower.

A couple days later, still puzzling over how to do this, my guidance said to take a shower the next morning.  I had been putting off the inevitable for as long as possible, but considering the sensibilities of my fellow human beings, my need was great.

I woke up to a very wet, rainy day and decided to go ahead and take my shower.  Since the showers are all outside anyway, it didn't matter that it was raining.

Afterwards, I scurried inside and discovered that the changing room bench was wet from a broken, leaking drainage pipe.

Rain water!  I was MOST DELIGHTED that the Universe had seen fit to provide me with fresh running water so that I could rinse off the all that chlorine.

Exuberant, refreshed and totally invigorated, I emerged from the restroom to discover that the rain had just stopped and the sun was peeking through the clouds!

Perfect timing.   Of course.

Thank you, Universe!!!

Trees and Roots

The ways that trees have of rooting themselves into the earth here in Hawaii fascinate me!  They have all sorts of unusual ways of doing it!  

Some of the huge banyon trees on the island, like this one at Laupahoehoe, planted after the 1946 Tsunami, feel sacred when you walk near or beneath them.

When I went out walking and exploring during the wee moonlit hours the night before the Full Moon/high tide at Laupahoehoe on Monday morning, I tripped and fell, skinning and bruising my hands and knees.   I realized I had lost my connection to my body and the earth in the midst of experiencing all the various kinds of energetic forces dancing around me over the weekend.  (Lots of families were celebrating life in the park in a multitude of diverse ways.)  

These trees here in Hawaii provide lots of inspiration about ways to ground by the various unusual ways they root into the earth.  

May we all find our own effective ways of grounding during these times of shift and change as we cope with the huge waves of energy that are now streaming into the planet!!!

Massive Waves

The Full Moon (Feb.) brought huge swells and stunning displays of wave action to Laupahoehoe Beach Park as the waves hit and plumed and waterfalled over the lava rocks that form the shoreline.

Through conversations with local people over the course of the 11 days I spent at the park, I learned about the various currents and elemental forces that often combine to cause huge rogue waves to form and sweep through the park.  The picnic tables in the main gathering area are now bolted to the concrete floor to keep them from being carried off by the huge waves that can occur here.  

My guidance was to stay down in park the night of the Full Moon, even after hearing from a local man (who left) that the waves were running high enough, that in years past, the old-timers would have closed the park with these same conditions.  I spent a rather uneasy night on full alert.  The next morning I went around and tried photograph the massive waves that were crashing in in a cyclic rhythm.  

I also went to the display boards and read the stories posted about the 1946 Tsunami that wiped out the local school and claimed the lives of 24 students and teachers.  Having experienced for myself the extreme unease I felt just knowing high water COULD come, filled me with great compassion for all the people who went through the actual experience of that 1946 tsunami - the victims, the survivors and the families of the local community. 

Evidently after the first wave came in, some of the kids went out on the grassy area, enthralled by the sight of coral and fish left behind wriggling on the land.  They’d never seen anything like it!  The next wave swept them out to sea.  The teachers cottages perched at the water's edge and most school buildings were also destroyed and swept away.

Just before I left the park and even though it was low tide, I was finally able to catch a video of the massive waves that were continuing build up as they increased in force and magnitude. 

The voices you here towards the end of the video are people yelling for us to get back away from the edge.  Below you can see how the water had come up beyond where we standing during the night and left debris as evidence of its visit.  

Here you can see the debris on the lawn.  The car in the far background is the one I was attempting to sleep in while hearing big waves booming and thundering.  One wave that erupted at high tide during the night actually touched the building in the upper lefthand corner of the photo!

The POWER of the various natural elemental forces at work here on the Big Island of Hawaii is immense and humbling when experienced up close and personal.  It inspires great respect for Mama Earth and her ability to reshape herself.  My night of wondering how far the waves would come up gave me great compassion for all the people in the world who are being affected in different ways by this current dimensional shift we're in.  It's causing the Earth to reconfigure herself, big time!!!

Laupahoehoe Beach Park

Intense, life giving energies surge into the land from the ocean wave action at Laupahoehoe Beach.  I spent five days there at the time of the New Moon in February - often sitting in my car feeling the waves pulsing energy straight at and into me.

My favorite time was right at dawn, watching the sun rise.

I've since returned twice more for three days at time and have been able to observe the waves and sun and rocks dance together in all sorts of moods and weathers.

A sunny day at the north end of the park:

A gray, wet day:

A relatively peaceful day:

Vivid blue sky and ocean, white surf and black lava rocks dancing together joyously:

The thrill of waves crashing into the rocks and pluming into the air:

Waves "waterfalling" over the lava rocks:

The effect of offshore winds:

And waves crashing into spire-shaped rocks at the south end of the beach: