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The Milky Way with northern lights
Blue Mountains, northeastern Oregon

Separated from the noises and lights and clutter of the city, standing there alone I became aware of the rhythm of my own heartbeat and the rustle of a small critter watching me from behind a bush. The stars appeared incredibly bright over the stillness. I tried to empty my mind but found it to be impossible. Too many thoughts, images, sounds, emotions that would not be extinguished.

Then the relentless question: Is this how the ancients saw it?

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