Ignite the Mind

 

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.”
— Plutarch

 

Leaving school
with mind overfilled
yet underinsured
I need to find a spark
something that will ignite
the spirit
Too many thoughts
circle within me
and none of it feels important
how do I use what I know?
How do I find the glow
that will fulfill me?
— G A Rosenberg

Blessings, G

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Harlequin Carries The World SeedHarlequin Carries the World Seed by G A Rosenberg

 

A Game of LifeA Game of Life by G A Rosenberg

 

The Madness of an Artistic Fool

 

“”I have pretended to go mad in order to tell you the things I need to. I call it art. Because art is the word we give to our feelings made public. And art doesn’t worry anyone.”
— Iain Thomas

 

Real art has the ability to make us uneasy. Yet like the King’s Fool of old, the artist is allowed to say things in their art that others would never be able to. At its best, it holds up a mirror to show us both our flaws and our beauty and force us to see things from a new angle. If artists are considered off in ways or mad, perhaps it is the insanity that comes from looking too often into the dark and unusual aspects of our existences. After all fools do go where angels may fear to tread.
Blessings, G

 

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Eye in the FlameEye in the Flame by G A Rosenberg

 

Her Avatar AppearedHer Avatar Appeared by G A Rosenberg

 

Mauve Gateway2Mauve Gateway by G A Rosenberg

 

It’s All Done With Internal Mirrors

 

“The difference between magick and therapy is that, for magick, truth lies in experience, whereas therapy is concerned with questions of “meaning” and “interpretation”. The therapist traces the meaning of symptoms back to the unconscious, over and over again. In other words, issues on the surface are exposed as being the product of issues hidden at a lower level. It is all “about” issues. Magick, on the other hand, enables us to experience issues directly as something else—as a “demon”, an “angel”; as something other.”
— Duncan Barford

 

Symbolic battles actualized
the gods battle outside
I side with demons
so I can understand their ways
and realize their nature’s illusion.
No sides exist but perspective
The energy is in the realization
I tear down my internal walls
and seek what lies beyond
as the universe spins me in place
— G A Rosenberg

 

Blessings, G

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Angel of the MorningAngel of the Morning by G A Rosenberg

 

Tesseract UnraveledTesseract Unraveled by G A Rosenberg

 

See You in a Mile – An Experiment in Understanding

 

“You don’t really understand an antagonist until you understand why he’s a protagonist in his own version of the world.”
— John Rogers

 

I have always believed that there are few actual villains in this world and those who would describe themselves as villainous or evil believe that they are justified in their actions and behaviours. This isn’t to say that we all believe we are doing the right thing. Our reasons for doing wrong can be quite interesting. Even when our actions go beyond what most people see as excusable or acceptable in anyway. Trying to understand peoples’ motivation and reality tunnels can be enlightening to say the best. At the very least it frees us from blind hatred. Especially if we can put ourselves even momentarily in the shoes of someone we would normally despise.
Some examples:
1) If you consider yourself conservative, try to see the world from the perspective of Bernie Sanders.
2) If you see yourself as liberal or left-leaning try to perceive the world the way Ted Cruz or Donald Trump sees it.
3) If you are black, jewish or gay try seeing the world from the perspective of a white supremacist.
4) If you are homophobic, try to see life from the point of view of someone who is gay or trans.
5) Try understanding why a member of ISIS would act the way they do. What do they aspire to?
6) If you are Jewish, try perceiving Israel the way a Palestinian does.
7) If you are Islamic try perceiving Israel and Palestine the way that Netanyahu does.
Just for the hell of it even if you don’t fit into any of the above categories, try to adopt each of the above views for an hour each, you might find afterwards that your own viewpoint has become a lot more malleable.
Blessings, G

 

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She Watches and WaitsShe Watches and Waits by G A Rosenberg

 

Rlyeh WonderlandR’lyeh Wonderland by G A Rosenberg