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When Horizons Disappear

When Horizons Disappear

As Lainie and I departed Ramatuelle, we peered westward toward a line of racing yachts skirting a southeastward French coastal breeze. After we returned to our laptops to unload our day's photos, we both noticed something we had actually seen, yet failed to notice.  The horizon had vanished when the immense Mediterranean Sea and an afternoon sky meshed into a magnificent cerulean backdrop. More than a beautiful array / display of white sails south of St. Tropez was a beautiful blending of blues. 

 As we neared the parking lot, I first noticed the sails and the horizon from the heights of Ramatuelle, France.

As we neared the parking lot, I first noticed the sails and the horizon from the heights of Ramatuelle, France.

What happens when a sea horizon disappears?

It seems when sky and sea blues blend, their separate beings appear to dissolve. Their unique natures seem to fade away upon a human eye, while neither of them evaporates or vanishes. They actually remain the same, but their disappearance defies our vision and thoughts. We have matured to know "out of sight, out of mind" is indeed childish.

 The blurring of horizons allows us to view life differently.

The blurring of horizons allows us to view life differently.

We can't always see the sea or sky clearly, but their vanishing act is our misperception - our mind-altering experience. Our mind's eye knows sky and sea still exist.  And while they remain out of sight in their separateness, our senses can envision them as both separate and a part of each other.

Of course, when eyes experience a blend, minds still can grasp a separate entity. So when the two blues meshed along the Cote d'Azur, I also saw their togetherness. Even the sails were part of the entire wondrous oneness. The scene exuded a wholeness that was both exhilarating and inspiring. 

 Lainie's photography began to bring into focus what she had captured.

Lainie's photography began to bring into focus what she had captured.

All seas have definite shores. All are geographical borders or boundaries. Certainly, each sea ends somewhere even if each isn't seen or known.  But that seemingly endless view isn't true.Anyone who has stared at water horizons, probably has realized the sea often appears in optimum light and disappears in dark, fog or endlessness. 

One might say a sea disappears even though it continues to exist. What is always true, though not always accepted, is that human limitations determine one's view and vision. And when sea and sky are seen as separate entities, conscious souls also  know they too are all part of our universe. Part of the whole! All those who observe can absorb that what is seen as only a portion of reality. Though distance may blur sight, it does not need to distort or distract thought. 

So what once appears separate and then disappears, does not mean it is lost or gone. It just means our limited vision can't see it. Even an extremely clear vision can not reveal all of what is truly present or missing...or what is happening...or what exists....or what is beyond human ability sight and understanding. Of course, to spectate sailboats racing from a ways is easy to discern as the white sails contrast against a cerulean seascape like a bright star millions of light year away in a darkened sky. But from a view two miles away, it was impossible to see skipper and crew...impossible to see their efforts or energies...to see their thoughts ...their moods, movements and motives.  These invisibles are all part of our whole...our whole universe!

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While humans tend to judge, interpret and project, some can't see beyond what isn't present. Maybe they imagine beauty, but ignore struggle. Maybe they see romance but miss teamwork or commitment. Maybe they see money or the exclusivity rather than pleasurable or joyful competition. Maybe nothing is noticeable or true. Maybe seeing no difference is also a true state. Maybe when the differences disappear and we see different and change as normal, we see the mystery, magic and miracles of life more clearly. 

Of course, our eyes see a blend while our minds knows there is a separateness out there. Maybe a blurry horizon is dismissed as an optical illusion because we all know our Earth is an orb in orbit.  We all know when the angle of the sun or the disappearance of the mist will alter our view and will clearly show the division between things.  

What happens when a horizon disappears? This disappearing act only happens on water. Land and sky do not reflect each other as the blue sky and sea can. This phenomenon becomes one when the sea and seas blend colors.  Together the two mesh their blues along the Cote d'Azur. And this blending is indeed possible for humanity.

But many do not notice the oneness of life because they are too focused on the definite division of view of our world.  When the horizon When lines vanish, When I see blending, boundaries or borders disappear, so too do the limits of one's imagination.   Of course, a horizon is just a line. The reality of earth and sea are no longer separate. It is as if all float upon a larger sea. What happens when human horizons disappear? What happens when humanity's lines blend and disappear? 

In the short time I have been living in France, I have noticed many interesting developments, especially if I compared them to my experiences in 1967, when I camped through much of Europe. Then I crossed many borders and security checkpoints. Today the European Union does not stop vehicle traffic at the French/Italian border to check passports. "How is that possible?" some ardent nationalists might respond.  Doesn't an open door policy and free society invite crime, abuse, illegal immigration or terrorism? Actually it is no surprise really that it appears to invite humanity and civility.  When restrictions and control disappear, so too do life limitations. 

 On Thursday, Dec. 02, 1993 Time magazine published its weekly edition entitled The New Face of America which highlighted a New World Order - a vision of "a wide-open frontier of polyglot terms and post national trends."

On Thursday, Dec. 02, 1993 Time magazine published its weekly edition entitled The New Face of America which highlighted a New World Order - a vision of "a wide-open frontier of polyglot terms and post national trends."

Passports still exist, especially aboard trains and airports, but checking passports seems less restrictive and freer. To some, it may be somewhat surprising given the huge influx of immigrants from Syria and African nations. The policy seems to welcome and advocate acceptance of differences and blending of nationalities. If people and nations become more united with homogenous populations, this is a good thing. The world was never created for privileged, righteous or rich. It exists for all to live a fruitful life. When humanity realizes the inevitability of the blending of different cultures, then it too will foreshadow the dawn of a new and freer reality. A world full of willful divisive walls and disproportionate wealth will only delay the inevitable natural blending and changing of humanity.

This is the typical day of a relatively typical soul in today’s diversified world. I wake up to the sound of my Japanese clock radio, put on a T shirt sent me by an uncle in Nigeria and walk out into the street, past German cars, to my office. Around me are English-language students from Korea, Switzerland and Argentina — all on this Spanish-named road in this Mediterranean-style town. On TV, I find, the news is in Mandarin; today’s baseball game is being broadcast in Korean. For lunch I can walk to a sushi bar, a tandoori palace, a Thai cafe...
— Pico Iyer - an excerpt from the 1993 Time Magazine article
 The wind changes more southerly and spinnakers appear along with the horizon as we reach the Pampelonne Plage and Lainie takes a few telephotos. -  Lainie Wrightson Photography

The wind changes more southerly and spinnakers appear along with the horizon as we reach the Pampelonne Plage and Lainie takes a few telephotos. - Lainie Wrightson Photography

While viewing from afar may blur our sight, closeness may blur as well. No matter what our vision, our perception need not distort our perspective.  When a sea horizon is within our line of sight, but disappears before our very eyes, we know this view is playing a mind trick on us. We know what our vision sees, but if we deny what we don't see, we like ship captains are likely to run into the shallows as they too are often unseen. 

When we see sea and sky as separate entities, we know they too are all part of our universe. If we could wake up as a world, we could view reality as a only a small portion of what we see. Maybe if we Whether we are too close or too far away, what we see is a distortion of reality.  Our perspective changes with how intimate we are to the world.  Our world views would change if we could see and understand how others view the world.  To deny these visions is to diminish ourselves.

This separateness as the oneness similar to a sea of humanity is like a drop in the ocean. How about the stars and planets as not separate from, but part of the wholeness of the universe?

Crazy Wind

Crazy Wind

Ramatuelle

Ramatuelle