Considered auspicious in many traditions, the number eight symbolizes luck, divinity and renewal. So on this day I find myself thinking of the pending ’08 election and the real possibility of Senator Barack Obama becoming President Obama, heralding a fresh beginning for our country, and indeed the world. The America reviled by many across the globe could be seen in a new, progressive light.
Yet, as evidenced by the arrest of Raymond Geisel for threatening the Democratic presidential candidate’s life, there are those whose intentions are to go beyond vitriolic spew and silence forever a voice of expansive worldview and the best of the American “Melting Pot” ideal.
I think of my candidate today and wish him “a hedge of protection,” “a surrounding of angels,” “white light.” I hope others will join me in keeping a good thought for his safety, be it a prayer to the Creator, a vibration sent into the universe, or even crossing fingers and hoping for the best.
Laying on of hands. This widely forwarded photo says it all.