Quote of the Day – December 31 2011

“Heroes know that things must happen when it is time for them to happen. A quest may not simply be abandoned; unicorns may go unrescued for a long time, but not forever; a happy ending cannot come in the middle of the story.”
–Peter S Beagle

Once again a quote has surprised me. I went looking for quotes on endings, perhaps one that would bring us to a beginning the snake Ourborus forever eating his own tail, or is that tale? Instead I find this amazing quote by Beagle that suggests that the story does not end but will be perpetually in progress.
How do I reconcile this with my belief that every moment can signify a new direction, a new chapter, a new beginning? Need I try? Some stories have the habit of taking wilder shifts than others.
To those of you who follow my blog, who have enjoyed the art, the writing and perhaps even these mini essays, thank you. May this next year find you joyful and healthy and may there be much new art, new jokes, and new stories that we can share.
Namaste G

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Reflecting the Pink Moonlight by G A Rosenberg

A Galaxy in Each of Us by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – December 30 2011

“All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination.”
— Carl Jung

“If you will practice being fictional for a while, you will understand that fictional characters are sometimes more real than people with bodies and heartbeats. ”
— Richard Bach

“And if you ever hear me calling out
And if you’ve been by paupers crowned
Between the worlds of men and
make-believe
I can be found.”
— Dan Fogelberg

Some nights I feel more real than others. Are those the nights that I actualize myself more or the opposite? I dance among the fictions, the things I’ve experienced and the things that people may believe about me. I realize that any autobiography becomes to the witness that resides at the back of our consciousness at least partly a work of fiction. Namaste, G

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Eye in the Lotus by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – December 29 2011

“Some guys step on a rake in the dark, and get mad and go punch somebody. Others step on a rake in the dark and fall down laughing at themselves. I know which kind of guy I’d rather be. So do my friends.”
— Spider Robinson

I hope I possess the gift of being able to laugh at my own foibles. I seem to and have on occasions. Most of the time when I find life a dance, it tends to be because I have trouble keeping my balance. I enjoy that slightly off-kilter feeling. Sometimes I find it easy to laugh at myself along with others. At times not so much. I try my best and you know what. Laughing is better =) Namaste, G

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Descent by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – December 27 2011

“Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.”

–Khalil Gibran

Beauty, noticing rain beading up on my windowsill, an idea being born, an infant’s smile; meditation, someone who has found some inner truth, tears. the sky at sunset or at sunrise, snow, friends making up after an argument, some arguments themselves, going within, doing something well for the first time, a new idea, the human form, most animals, imperfection, the universe, diversity, colours in combination, your smile, your eyes, any eyes, realize, flowers, the smell of cinnamon, art, writing, making love, holding hands, touching, giving or receiving a massage, hope, appreciation, understanding and the fact that this list can continue infinitely.
Namaste, G

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Observed Rising From The Lotus by G A Rosenberg
Blue Lotus, Red Sky by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – December 26 2011

“It’s the questions we can’t answer that teach us the most. They teach us how to think. If you give a man an answer, all he gains is a little fact. But give him a question and he’ll look for his own answers.”
–Patrick Rothfuss

so many people seem reluctant to do just that. They go searching the world seeking for someone who can show them the way. They don’t seek inside themselves. They don’t even seek for answers, not really, they just want someone to tell them not how but what to think, to feel, to intuit. I have also been that ignorant, in many ways I still may be. Namaste , G

A couple of experiments tonight. Do they work for you? I really enjoy your feedback

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Dream Guardians by G A Rosenberg

Neon Flowers by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – December 25 2011

“Faith is a state of openness or trust.”
Alan Watts

Finally a quote on faith that works for me. It seems so often that people use their faith as a reason to close off to anything that may challenge or contradict it. I see faith as being an open dynamic principle, one that can change and grow. My faith in the universe and in my source grows daily, also my faith in myself. Does that mean that my ideas of the nature of what source may be stays the same, no I hope that I understand more and more the nature of.
Hope everyone reading this has had a joyous and blessed changing of the seasons, no matter what name and symbolic significance it has for you.
Namaste, G

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Cavern Christmas 2011 by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – December 24 2011

“In your light I learn how to love.
In your beauty, how to make poems.

You dance inside my chest,
where no one sees you,

but sometimes I do,
and that sight becomes this art

–Rumi

I love reading Rumi and quoting him. I find so much love, wisdom and understanding from him. In this case, I feel he doesn’t speak about an earthly love but love of Godhead (source, the universe, whichever brand name you wish to use) as reflected both without and within…Glimpses of our own spirit and connection with the all indeed makes for poetry and art 🙂

Last night was my 1000th posting on Waking Spirals. In the next week or so, i hope to do something special to commemorate it. For those who follow my art and these entries, a heartfelt thank you. Namaste and Many Blessings G

(In Honour of Christmas eve, besides a new picture I am also reposting my christmas picture from last year)

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Christmas Night by G A Rosenberg

He Needed Her Permission to Enter the Jewelled City by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – December 23 2011

“Remember the quiet wonders. The world has more need of them than it has for warriors.”
–Charles de Lint

That’s not to say there’s not a place for warriors. Warriors of Light illuminating the darkness. Shadow Warriors to expose the light. Peaceful warriors to live the truth. Yet we need our sunrises, and rainbows, the dreams of five year olds and the millions of other every day things that enlivens and inspires us.
Namaste G

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Island in Space by G A Rosenberg

Posed Strength by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – December 22 2011

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

For the second night in a row, I went looking for a quote about faith only to be distracted by something a bit more attractive to me at the moment. I was going to say more meaningful but what can be more meaningful than something one believes with no empirical evidence to back it up? Such as given millions of people a cause to live, fight and die for.
Yet grace, which I discussed a bit last night carries one in a way that faith at least for me couldn’t. When it comes to beliefs, i tend to be fickle. You see, to me everyone has truth and so I tend to wish to be true to them and at the same time every one has dogma and nonsense that leads me to taking them less than seriously. Still I rotate a belief this way and that until I can see where, for now, it fits the greater puzzle. What part of the elephant is this? Hmmm, it could be an ear or an eye or the sky, ah than that is where i will leave it…For now anyway, what is that piece over there? I try on the faith, talk to its adherents, practice its rituals and believe….well not wholeheartedly, when one has been exposed to so many systems of faith and thought, it becomes more and more difficult to say “I have found the right one. This is it!!!” Instead, hmmm, this one answers that question in an interesting fashion and wow the people are positive. Where are the contradictions.. Yet Grace keeps me from losing heart. Drawing the map, to me may be lonely work but it keeps me going.
Namaste and Joyous Solstice,
G

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It’s All About the Light by G A Rosenberg