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Invisible Rainbows

Invisible Rainbows

Ever seen a rainbow? No, I mean really seen it? Seen one midday? how about on a cloudless morning or evening? How about at dawn or dusk? How about overhead? Ever watched one for an hour? Ever touched one or felt one? Do you know rainbows appear only to those positioned to see them? You know they don't really exist don't you?

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The reality is that if you are not standing in just the right place, you might not see a rainbow even though many others might. Some may observe colors while others may not.  But then again rainbows don't actually exist as a tangible entity. They are inanimate, only visual under certain conditions, like a mirage. In other words, they do not have any physical properties, existing temporarily as a visual or mental image.  Similar to beach art which is washed away by an incoming tide.

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While rainbows have color, size and shape, they are void of weight, depth, volume and texture. Like beach art, they are part of Nature's temporal tapestry.  Momentary prism dashes of color on an ever-changing sky canvas. Awesome! But in many ways rainbows are just optical illusions that often fascinate and even inspire dreams.

Yet no one has ever touched a rainbow. In the history of humanity no one has ever felt or been caught inside a rainbow. No one has found a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. How could they? There is no end point so no one has even found the end. The end happens within moments without a location. Exists, but doesn't? Can see, but can't touch? Here one minute, then gone? Hum?

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In fact, the closer an observer gets to a rainbow, the more likely it is to disappear or move away. But ask millions of people if they have felt the awe and fascination of watching them. Maybe they have witnessed them expand, grow more colorful and beautiful. But no one alive can testify before a Senate hearing that the Russians are somehow behind this Skyfull ruse. Well maybe!

Many of us still believe if something is invisible we can't see it. Out of sight out of mind. Yet we don't have to be in East Oshkosh to know it's raining there.  There are ways to confirm the weather. Eyewitness accounts, weather channels, internet or a quick call to Aunt Edna in DesMoine.  All without our actually witnessing an event..without even our real time awareness because we can't feel the wet or the soak. But many of us still feel like something has to be confirmed...let me watch the News at 6:00pm to verify the weather outside is what they tell me it is. Of course, is easily seen out any window or outside door if we got up from our flabby fannies!

Most of us know we don't need to be in California to experience the mudslides and the wildfires. But when many live in air conditioning during summer months in  "climate control" environments, some of us hesitate to venture out to experience heat. And suffer when a midnight power shortage might disrupt our soundless sleep.

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We have our remote and can switch stations or temperatures with push button ease. We know discomfort is out there, but we prefer to ignore it! Nature is out there as well which we also ignore. And we delude ourselves into thinking we either do or don't need our personal experience first hand the disappearance of our shorelines. Besides science evidence, our collective consciousness and observation tells us these events are happening all around us every day without our witnessing or even our awareness. But many of us still feel like something has to be confirmed by our own eyes to know and feel our version of truth. Put in other words, some of us can only trust our own personal version of life.

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If we trust the weather forecasts, a traffic app, the New York Times, Newsweek or Time magazines, YouTube, Comedy Central or Facebook, we trust others to verify life is happening without us. Of course, skeptics can say any photo or video has been white-washed, doctored or photoshopped. If Fox NEWS reported it, it must be true! Why would anyone skew the news? What possible agenda could they have to alter minds? How scary would it be if we trusted in a false reality and integrity. It's difficult to imagine what populations would do if they discovered they had been misled and lied to?  Breaking the public trust could be catastrophic. Chaos would reign if confidence in our culture was underminde. Imagine!

Many phenomenon exist but can't be seen by all. Only by some!  Not everyone can notice the colors. Some of us are colored blind. Nature is extraordinary when it comes to art. It knows how to paint a pretty picture. But our view is only ours. All others have a different view because their angle and same vantage point are unique. Plus they have to see it with their own mindset and perspective. This composite post is a collection views that inspired invisible. If we can imagine it we can envision it. And if we can envision it appears in our mind's eye.

One of the things I realized about life is that we often don't see what is right in front of our eyes. Sometimes our mind plays tricks on us, but that happens when our thoughts are unfocused or distracted.  Occasionally, when we don't pay attention to what is in our line of sight, we don't see straight.  And to make matters worse, our senses don't always pick up the messages and its accompanying meaning. We miss what lies ahead of us. While this can be a frustrating part of life, it is part many of us compound by failing to accept our own limitations or weaknesses.

Of course, we could use glasses, binoculars, telescopic lens or someone else's sets of eyes or values, but that may still not be enough to see accurately. Sometimes we have to see with all our senses to observe what us in front of us. Some scientists therorize that we may see, without recognition. So what is real may be invisible to the mind. And then one can hallucinate or exaggerate because emotions are too raw to understand accurately. Our perceptions too tainted by our kaleidoscopic vision? 

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How many of us see the photo above and only see the red Inflatable dinghy or the stadium in the background? Almost everybody! But the photo was not focused on either of those two obvious images. It was taken to capture the start of a paddleboard race  On a placid Saturday morning n Marine Stadium east of Miami a few hundred people gather on a nearby beach to compete. Barely visible! Is the human eye distracted? Is the distance too great to see all the people? Is the light too hazy in the early morning? Is the iPhone camera just not strong enough?

Then our mind can mislead us. We imagine something is there when it isn't or maybe worse we don't see the alien space ship because we can't believe our eyes. The real becomes invisible. Could these variables possibly, partially explain our different views of reality? 

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