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  • When the storm is over and night falls
    and the moon is out in all its glory and
    all you're left with is the rhythm of the
    sea, of the waves, you know what God
    intended for the human race, you know
    what paradise is.

    Harold Pinter

    Today, things are different. I cannot say exactly how
    except that there has been a shift, somewhere in the cosmos,
    or at least in the cosmos of my own consciousness.

    Today, I have a sense of calm that I cannot describe,
    like the calm that descends on a lake at night, when the wind stops
    and the water is dark and still, like black glass, reflecting stars.

    Today, my heart knows that everything is going to be different,
    a shift, perhaps tectonic, perhaps only subtle but a definite shift,
    a shift from the way it was to the way it is now.

    Today, I can see farther ahead than before, there is a map.
    Before, there was no map, no GPS, nothing but far horizons,
    horizons that kept receding, melting, melting away, away.

    Today, I wish I could put into words this deep feeling,
    this knowing that there is no more flat earth, that
    our planet circles the sun, that everything is connected.

    Today is a day I have waited for all my life, and perhaps
    for you, too, today is a day you have waited for all your life.
    Pause for a moment, and consider this possibility.

    Today may be, for you, the day when everything has changed,
    when you know there is no going back to where you were.
    There is a peace in this, a sense of ease, when the wind stops,

    When suddenly you find yourself in a new universe,
    an extraordinary Paradise of soaring towers and light,
    a new life of clarity, grace, hope, and overwhelming joy.

    (Photograph by Alex in DB Bailey's LOCUS installation, in the 3-D virtual world of Second Life.)
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