Ship On The Horizon
This article is inspired by a poem written by Bishop Charles Henry Brent(1862–1929)titled “The Sailing Ship.” I ran across it while reading a fascinating book titled “conversations With Tom - An Adventure In After Death Communication” by Walda Woods.
The poem paints such a powerful portrait of the transition from this life, to the afterlife and next life.
“I am standing on the seashore. A ship sails to the morning breeze and starts for the ocean. She is an object - and I stand watching her Till at last she fades from the horizon, And someone at my side says, “She is gone!” Gone where? Gone from my sight, that is all; She is just as large in the masts, hull and spars as she was when I saw her, And just as able to bear her load of living freight to its destination. The diminished size and total loss of sight is in me, not in her; And just at the moment when someone at my side says, ”She is gone“, There are others who are watching her coming, And other voices take up a glad shout, ”Here she comes“ – and that … is dying.” -Bishop Brent
So as we lose sight of the ship on the horizon, the ship remains with us. Where else would it go? To our perception, it grows smaller and smaller until it fades from view … but this is only OUR perspective from where we stand. The ship remains the same size, with the same abilities, and the same purpose. We just can’t see it anymore.
But on the other side of the horizon, people see it coming, not going. it grows larger and larger the closer it gets to their perspective and where they stand. When ultimately they see her directly in front of them, they see her true glory.
This is such an amazing view of crossing over from one world to the next. From the seen to the unseen. From the observable to the unobservable. And WE … as the Observer in life … are witness to the experience. There are none who are lost. Where else would they go? We are all in One Universe, and all experiences that ever were and ever will be are already here in the present moment. In the NOW.
This is such a difficult process to accept, but consider in this way. You’ve “lost” your car keys. But you know they are here, somewhere, or else you would not search for them. They were misplaced, but they still exist. Where else would they go? If you have lost a loved one, they are not “lost,” they have simply passed into another realm that is not in the same vibrating frequencies as we are. All matter is merely vibrating energy, and energy cannot be created, or destroyed.
In closing, everything in reality is ONE thing. We are all a piece of the essence of the Universe - God/Source Energy. We are all connected through the Matrix of consciousness. We are as much a part of the invisible air as a fish is with water. If you believe yourself to be separate, you captive by illusion rather than free with Truth. All that ever was is right here and right now. In this present moment. This is where Life inspires, and expires, with every breath we take.
Just a thought …
~Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP., DM.