Quote of the Day – May 4 2012

“Like those in the valley behind us, most people stand in sight of the spiritual mountains all their lives and never enter them, being content to listen to others who have been there and thus avoid the hardships.”
–Robert Pirsig

For too many years this described me. I read so much about spirituality. Castaneda, Crowley, Blavatsky, Leadbeater, Alice Bailey, Eliphas Levi, an endless list. Yet I never meditated or did any real work on myself. I fooled myself into thinking that I was discovering answers and gaining insight. It was pretty funny actually. At one point I grew disillusioned with, well not so much what I was learning but with myself. I acted in ways that felt a lot like self-betrayal so I left my studying behind. That was when I truly began to climb the mountain. Oh for years I circled the base learned much about relationships, much about my own capacity for self-deception and slowly with much time and much practice quite a bit about love and compassion. Then I started to meditate and create and other things to work on within and the climbing began. I look at the few steps I’ve come since then and look up and up and up at the inner mountains ahead and I smile and I climb.
Blessings, G

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Volcano by G A Rosenberg

Fireworks from the Inside by G A Rosenberg

4 thoughts on “Quote of the Day – May 4 2012”

  1. The jewel for me today is right here: Being Content To Listen To Others Who Have Been There And Thus Avoid The Hardships.”

    I, like you have studied many wonderful teachers and had the lingo down, and met lots of other people who had the lingo down. I found that far to many of them were determined that prove they were a guru, an enlightened being, by doing, or not doing whatever they had to to make sure they never suffered. And if they did, they never admitted to it. Or chalked it up to a part of themselves that was not yet worthy. I posted a song the other day and there is a line where it says, LOVE is not someone who’s seen the light; it’s a cold, it’s a broken Hallelujah. My experience is, that that it the truth of it. Enlightenment is painful and many times lonely.

    It’s the current craze to be a guru. But I find there are few who can lead me out of artificial light, into the dark, through, and then into the true light of understanding. I believe It is only through braving the hardship, openly, honestly, that we get there.

  2. That quote succinctly describes a journey I’m undertaking with one of my narratives. People often reported the terrifying from their travels into the unknown. Sometimes to control others from seeking it and sometimes because they barely survived to tell the tale.

    Its great when you dive in with your whole self because its then you realize that there is no universal benchmark like you might expect from the readings. We’re unique in mind, body, heart and soul.

    Here’s my poetry blog : http://noxcantarum.wordpress.com

  3. I see the images in your “Volcano” and they are all fiery hot… all are effected with fire. By viewing each stroke of this piece of art of yours, I can relate with what it would be like to be trapped in a volcano. Wow! You’re so talented. Thanks for sharing and I really I appreciate of you to join us in my Art Game Fun.. See you around!

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