Quote of the Day – November 30 2012

“I don’t want to live in the kind of world where we don’t look out for each other. Not just the people that are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand. I cant change the way anybody else thinks, or what they choose to do, but I can do my bit.”
― Charles de Lint

Today  I had the fortune to meet a friend with whom I’ve communicated for the last year or two mainly on Face Book, Trevor Eyster. I always find it interesting meeting someone I’ve only known through social media and videos because it always has an unknown quality to it. In this case I felt comfortable very quickly. We had an enjoyable lunch and conversation. Trevor has been working hard at finding ways of turning people into angels Please take a moment and check out the …and then Angels Descended web site for the details.

Anyway Trevor told me a story that I wanted to share with you. It illustrates the different ways the intention to help can manifest and some of the roadblocks along the way. I hope I do the story justice here.

Trevor and Jake were hiking one day in a mountainous area. They saw a guy across a large gap who had climbed up between two waterfalls and had gotten stuck, unable to get down. As Trevor was preparing to call 911, they saw a man come by with a rope. Trevor called to him to help but the guy replied that he had to get home to dinner and since the hiker had gotten himself up there, surely he could get down again. So even tho he had a rope he would just be on his way.

Soon after that some kids came by wanting to know what they could do to help. Trevor asked them if they had a rope but unfortunately they didn’t. Trevor was struck by the contrast of the man who had the means to help but not the willingness and the kids who had the willingness but not the means. He knew that with rope they could easily get the guy to safety 

Trevor called 911 and twenty minutes later, a helicopter came by making such a forceful wind that it nearly blew the guy who was stuck off the mountain. Trevor and Jake had to duck for cover to avoid flying debris. The helicopter was followed by several ambulances, police and reduce cars etc. Where all that was needed was a few men and a rope, here almost more damage was done by the very people who might have been able to help out. It struck me as Trevor was recounting this part of the story that this was a pretty typical institutional response. In the case of a happening, the procedure is b with no account taken for any individual situation. We respond this way with no room for critical thinking at all.

So then when you want to help people, how do you avoid either being unwilling, unable or too  invested in a rigid response system?

Blessings, G

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Angelic
Angelic by G A Rosenberg

Icarus Transmuted

Transfigured by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – November 29, 2012

“Sometimes I think that’s where most of us are,” I said. “Fighting off the crazy as best we can. Trying to become something better than we were. It’s that second bit that’s important”
–Jim Butcher

 

Modern life in three-dimensional reality demands much of us. We have to be different things in different relationships to different people at different times while maintaining the integrity of being ourselves. Many of us over schedule ourselves to a ridiculous extent trying to do so many things at once and still hold on, still get it done. It gets so tempting to give our loved ones including ourselves short shrift believing that when we find the time, we will focus on growth. Seldom forgetting that in all this mess growth we are becoming and hopefully through it all becoming something better than we have been before…
Blessings, G

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Returning Home to a Mirrored Existence by G A Rosenberg

Fiery Gateway by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – November 28 2012

“A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien

Without the dream, how would we know it was possible to change our reality? Without the fantasy how would we be able to shape our dreams? Imagination becomes a strong currency indeed as we stretch from what is to what can be and make it so.

Apologies for the brevity of the posting tonight. I am once again on the road travelling, this time to Long Beach California.
Blessings, G

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…And I Went Into A Dream by G A Rosenberg

Arachne Spins by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – November 27 2012

“There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches.”
― Ray Bradbury

 

Ideas according to man are notoriously difficult to kill.  Yet people try to kill ideas all the time. Either they try to excise all uses of the ideas and thought or they distort the meaning so that noone will recognize it such as freedom.
Yet ideas like books can also be preserved by those who love them and those who believe in them. Noone can stop an idea that’s been shared. Noone can squash a dream that’s in the hearts and heads of many.

So hear’s what I propose we do. Consider it an exercise for our growth, an invocation and an exorcism at the same time. As soon as you have an idea worth sharing, do so. Write a book, tell a story, sing a song, paint a picture, photoshop an image… carve it out of mash potatoes but communicate it. Send it out into the world and it will live. You know its happened when you have the idea com back to you.  Even if the form is different you sent a new meme into the world and in your own way have changed human history. Just by expressing your idea and doing it well. Kind of humbling it is.

Blessings, G

 

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Small Tear in the Framework by G A Rosenberg

 

Reflection by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – November 26 2012

“To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

 

Wise man, Sun Tzu. So many of our conflicts can be solved by avoiding the easy way out of open conflict and using both compassion and communication to win out. One of my favourite fantasies involves world leaders waking up in inside the head of the poorest person in the country they see most as an enemy. Even more perhaps as one of the poorest people in their own. They may gain true insight and true victories may occur.
What about inner battles? Can we win victories without fighting, there? I believe so and understanding how may pave our way towards understanding the avoidance of external conflicts. How? By listening to our heads to hear all sides of the inner conflict and our heart to know what we really want to do? Understanding and inner knowledge. Hmmm So practicing the compassion on ourselves that we wish to practice on others.What a concept 🙂
Blessings, G

 

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Tarot- Six of Wands by G A Rosenberg

 

Fantasy Temple at Night by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – November 25 2012

“The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.”
― Vincent van Gogh

When you have the need to feed your village , your family or even your head, it becomes easier to take risks. In general, when you are answering a need especially when it is one of the spirit, then you transcend risks. I think we’ve all reached points in our life where staying on shore no longer seems like a viable option. It doesn’t mean that the dangers don’t exist and you may need to prepare and fight your way through them and yes risk death. It does mean that you are willing to die if necessary rather than to not undertake the journey at all.
Blessings, G

 

 

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Lovestruck by G A Rosenberg

Stormflower Abstract by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – November 24 2012

“The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

Why do we stick to positions? It seems that no matter how open-minded we are, we hit a point on something like politics or religion or the right way to crack eggs and we decide “Here I stand. I won’t change, no way, no how” and no matter what new evidence comes up, they dismiss rather than look at either themselves or the other side of the discussion. I don’t quite get it.  I mean, one of my key principles is that last line in the Messiah’s Handbook in Richard Bach’s Illusions . “Everything in this book may be wrong” I have opinions but can usually see the other side or at least acknowledge that it exists. I can understand having blind spots but I can’t understand not being willing to look at them.
Blessings, G

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Knight of Pentacles by G A Rosenberg

Congruence by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – November 23 2012

“Just as anyone who listens to the muse will hear, you can write out of your own intention or out of inspiration. There is such a thing. It comes up and talks. And those who have heard deeply the rhythms and hymns of the gods, can recite those hymns in such a way that the gods will be attracted.”
― Joseph Campbell

Invoke o man the deity
that speaks your souls desire
Invoke with passion
and with sound
Invoke with song
and with colour
Draw Sigils in the air
and on the ground
in water
Ignite your sign with fire
Use perfume pleasing to god or goddess
and know their presence
Worship with open mind and soul
and see purpose fulfilled
— G A Rosenberg

 

Repeat as needed for as many different aspects of the universe you wish to know and to integrate within. The hardest part I always find for myself becomes the channeling of intent tho I become better at it.
If you have difficulty believing in the efficacy of such a practice, try it. If the idea of invoking a deity offends you, try invoking an emotion, a feeling or perhaps a saint or angel, astrological sign or tarot card, whichever speaks to you. At the very least it may lead you to effective meditation and powerful prayer.
Blessings, G

 

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Knight of Swords by G A Rosenberg

Green Vortex by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – November 22 2012

“Try the meditation of the trail, just walk along looking at the trail at your feet and don’t look about and just fall into a trance as the ground zips by. Trails are like that: you’re floating along in a Shakespearean Arden paradise and expect to see nymphs and fluteboys, then suddenly you’re struggling in a hot broiling sun of hell in dust and nettles and poison oak… just like life.”
― Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

 

Of course it can happen the other way around, one moment stepping around quicksand and rattlesnakes, all of a sudden the trail clears and you gain certainty where you are… the next step is always a tricky one… or at least unexpected…after awhile the road becomes simply the road without any expectations, after all if you are unsure where you’ll end up then the road as someone said doesn’t really matter. Each moment becomes a crossroads and each companion on the road a scrying pool for self-understanding
Blessings, G

 

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Apotheosis by G A Rosenberg

 

The Other Side of the Gate Mandala by G A Rosenberg