As 2008 dawns, my wishes for us all: love and light; good health; prosperity and a more tolerant and peaceful world.
An excerpt from Booker Prize winning author Ben Okri's Starbook: A Magical Tale of Love and Regeneration:
"Many are the ways in which the gods speak to us: through dreams, which we misread, which we do not experience clearly, which we forget, which we wrongly interpret, creating more chaos instead of achieving more clarity; dreams that we act on directly, as if they spoke a literal language; dreams that we fear; dreams that perplex and which we get others to explain to us, when the message and key is with us alone."
"Many are the ways of seeing the future, glimpsing the past. Some stare into crystal balls, into clear waters of prophecy; some read the fall and placement of kola nut lobes in enamel bowls; some read the shapes and direction of the footprint of herons or chickens or rare birds; some read the past in momentary visions had outside time; some use the Bible or other sacred texts; some resort to sorceries and consult wizards that may or may not know the mystery of the stars."
"...Some fly to the moon on the back of beams of light; some wander deaf amongst angels; some consult the ancient oracles and ponder the incomprehensible messages from the gods...Some listen to the prophecies that fall from the mouths of babbling children, or the language of crows, or the accidental words that reach them in marketplaces, or pay too much attention to words said to them by strangers or the insane."
"Such are the perplexities of the ways of man and woman in a world where the past and future do not speak and where the present has not fully revealed itself to our partial-seeing eyes. And thus we live our days between knowing and unknowing; blind and deaf in a vast panorama of revelations, a perpetual theatre of timeless events where history is as much the future as the past, an infinite living book in which all things are present. We live in these wonders and do not see."
Here's hoping we enjoy better vision in the new year! May your hopes and dreams come to fruition.
P.S. My friend Laura has a lovely tribute to Benazir Bhutto here.