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The Image: A starry night, brighter than most.

It's later in the same evening celebrated in the Crystal Mudra card, about 2:00 a.m. Driving home through the chilly New York night, I glance up into the sky and gasp - the sky is full of light! It takes me a couple of moments to figure out that what I am seeing is the Aurora Borealis, the northern lights. So when I pull into the parking lot of my condo complex, I don't go straight in. I walk out onto the broad lawn behind my building and gaze up at the sky. It is filled with shimmering curtains of light, which shift and dance in the most spectacular way.

It's funny - I've longed to see the northern lights for thirty-odd years, since the day my second-grade teacher first told me about them. And even though this is the first time I've actually caught a glimpse of what is supposedly the planet's finest light show, I am a little underwhelmed. After all, I'm on my way home from a far better show. Still, the sky is beautiful, and I am too jazzed by tonight's talk to sleep, so I do the only logical thing I can think of - I begin to dance.

Spinning and twirling across the lawn, I remember a story Rama told earlier in the evening. He was talking about what it was like to live as a teacher in Tibet, and what he used to do there for fun. He would climb up into the high mountain passes on a night like this, and dance in the moonlight for the sheer joy of seeing the refraction of light from his side of the aura of enlightenment. He laughed and said, "It must have been quite a sight for the yaks and the yeti - this mad monk doing a pas de deux with light."

If my neighbors were to wake up right now and look out their windows, they would be equally startled. Another mad monk, dressed in a Giorgio Armani suit, power tie flapping in the breeze, spins and dances across the frosted lawn. The sky is filled with shimmering light, but the monk dances because for the first time in far too long, so is he.





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