Blurred Boundaries
This image, like many of my photographs, is an artifact of synchronicity. I was walking down the street in Santa Fe having just had an insight into the blurred boundaries issue. I realized I should make this the subject of a Zap Oracle card and began mentally reviewing in my mind various photos I had on file that could be a suitable representation of the issue. I was realizing that none of them were quite right, when I noticed the blurred reflection of a pedestrian crossing sign reflected in a puddle. CARD URL:

Card #675 – Blurred Boundaries


The blurred boundary situation can be one of life’s greatest challenges. So many things can cause us to be confused about where we leave off, and another person begins, and other people can have the same confusion about us.

The most dramatic example of blurred boundaries occurs when someone lights up in our Eros as all-attractive. It is of the nature of Eros to want to blur boundaries with the beloved. Eros seeks merger, and since it reaches toward the beloved with a will toward pleasure and fulfillment, it inevitably confuses and merges what it needs or wants with presumptions about the beloved’s needs or wants. This leads to a violation (in thought and/or action) of the prime directive of interpersonal relations: Recognize and respect that other persons are free-willed autonomous entities non-identical to our projections onto them.

The boundary between where our psyche and conditioned perceptions leave off and where the free-willed autonomous entity begins easily becomes blurred. The image or fantasy we have of the other has such a powerful existence in our psyche that we naturally assume that this inner version of the other corresponds to the actual other. The road to hell is paved with such assumptions!

It is crucial to respect the otherness of others. They are like another world, another dimension, and despite whatever proximity they have to our world/dimension, there are so many unknown aspects. It is a lifetime struggle to begin to know ourselves. How easily and falsely do we presume to know others and merge our agenda and projections with their veiled identity!

There are many classic versions of the blurred boundary situation. In the case of romantic infatuation, we may project our soul onto the other person and feel this eternal recurrence sense that they are destined to be with us (see links below). Other cases of merged boundaries happen because the other has a resemblance or resonance to past relationships that we project onto them. Maybe the other has an age or typological resemblance to mom or dad, and we experience a transference of all the baggage of that relationship onto them. Maybe the other resembles the boy or girl who stole away our boyfriend/girlfriend in high school, and we resent his/her attractiveness, or they resemble the boyfriend/girlfriend we wish we had in high school and feel he/she has reappeared to make amends for the past, etc. These are merely examples of the myriad forms of problematic blurred boundaries.

Parent/child relations are classically blurred, and parents typically confuse what they want their child to be with the free-willed autonomous entity that incarnated through their bodies but has their own developmental track (so often fantastically different than what parents expected).

Each of us has already gone through so many versions of the blurred boundary situation. If you have experienced the unpleasantness of someone else’s blurred boundaries leaking onto you, be vigilant about not blurring your boundaries and leaking onto someone else! The golden rule is to respect the boundaries of others as you would have your own boundaries respected.

Part II of the blurred boundaries theme written within a day of this card in 2007:
Lessons for an Entity Incarnating as a Mammal

Super relevant Zap Oracle cards: The Other Stars, Respecting the Otherness of Others

See also: What are my/your Intentions Toward the Other?
Stop the Hottie!

When Worlds don’t Necessarily Collide — Orbiting with Planet Hottie

Casting Precious into the Cracks of Doom…
No Tristans Allowed Beyond this Point — Debunking the Western Myth of Romantic Love

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