So here we are again, dancing on the edge of the cliffs, Fools that we are, watching the sun set on an old year and rise on a new one. Like Janus the Roman god, two-faced, we look back at what has been and look forward to what will be, simultaneously embodying the present moment.
What amazing creatures we are, Bright Ones! We carry within us this unbounded capacity for hope and healing, for starting again at tabula rasa, that old blank slate. Oh, the old stuff lingers, like those lines of ancient vellum documents that re-appear after they’ve been scraped clean and re-written, ghosts of past that linger, but don’t overpower the new text.
One of my first remembered dreams of 2013 was a word rather than an image, the word Palimpsest, the term to describe those old re-used vellum texts that have given scholars the delight of being able to research two texts in one. I won’t deny that this past year’s fresh text has had its bumpy bits, its painful plot twists at times, but there has been so much light and love, there have been so many epiphanies and mountain views, so many new friends and thoughts and ideas.
(In these twelve nights of Yuletide, I have again been listening more acutely to my dreams. So far, the thing that stands out most clearly is something vague about The Wild Boys of Raccoon Hollow. I’m not feeling the spiritual depth of that one just yet. I’ll keep listening.)
Thank you, Bright Ones, for sharing the journey, for reading my lines here and there. I wish you many bright spots of sunlight on your path, and challenges enough to make you know your true strength. Oh, and dreams that give you vision for the next step.
1. This phrase that someone used today: “The intimate magic of motherhood.” Isn’t that satisfying?
2. Joseph Brodsky, and Alex Estes’ review of his “1-Jan-65” poem. It enlivens the literary critic within me.
3. Knowing my work. Refining the vision.
4. All that we have been and all that we will be, but mostly, who we are right in this exact moment.
5. I have said it before, but it bears repeating on the cusp of the New Year: You. Oh, Bright Ones, You.
May we walk in Beauty!