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  • Remember tonight... for it is
    the beginning of always.

    Dante Alighieri

    All your life you had been looking for something, and suddenly you knew you had found it.

    Your whole body sang with recognition and rightness.

    It felt as though all your atoms had jumped into orbit and were singing Handel's "Alleluia Chorus," at the top of their lungs.

    It was like the time when you sat down to rest in the jungle, and realized that you were sitting on a carved stone altar in the ruins of an ancient celestial observatory.

    It was like the time when you first looked back at Earth from the moon, and wept.

    It was like the time when you thought you were putting together the shattered fragments of a Middle Kingdom bowl, and then in a flash of pure insight knew that what you held in your trembling hands was in fact pieces of the Grail.

    And it was like the time when you were circling Earth every hour and a half in the space capsule, when you looked down and saw no boundaries. You looked down and saw no boundaries, and realized that the only boundaries that exist on Earth are the ones that we have drawn in our imaginations – we could reinvent the world tomorrow if we wanted to.

    All your life you had been looking for something, and when you found it you wondered what blindness, all these years, had kept you from seeing something so obvious, so much a part of the natural order of things. In that moment of seeing, the dense fog of all your outgrown opinions and attitudes lifted, and you saw your past, future and present as one.

    You saw yourself as a point of light, connected to billions of other points of light.

    You saw the whole world and its living beings connected up in points of light, each one shining, and within this network of lights, each single light capable of igniting the whole system.

    You saw yourself as a tiny light, but a necessary spark and catalyst in the galactic system.

    And you saw our planet Earth as one point of light in a dark universe, linked up to billions of other points of potential light.

    And then you saw the whole universe glow, and become a point of light pulsing against Infinity.

    You saw that this pulsing light, this dawning joy in your own heart was a beginning.

    You saw that you stood at the precise heart of it all, at the center which is at once nowhere and everywhere. You watched the sun come up, and knew that a new day was dawning and that you, standing at the center, were the energy, conscience, and impetus of this day. And that you were one among an infinite number of points of light, all resonating and harmonizing together, as one great universal heartbeat of life and love.

    It was so simple, so gentle, so childlike. You felt the sun on your face. You realized that you were needed as a necessary candle and catalyst in this great unfolding network of lights. And, for the first time in your life, you found your holy purpose and a reason for being.

    (Photograph by Alex in Lauk's Island, in the 3-D virtual world of Second Life)
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