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Secrets and Answers

 

“I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke

 

I want to know the secret hearts of those around me. I want to know how to make joy from pain. How do we awaken the parts of man that works for the benefit of all at the expense of our greed? What is the beginnings of mankind and what happens after we die? How do we make someone love us again once we start? What is the secret to loneliness? Whisper the secrets to me and I will share them….
Blessings, G

 

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At the HeartSeeking Knowledge by G A Rosenberg

 

Heart of the MatterAt the Heart by G A Rosenberg

Living With Questions

 

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke

 

Accepting that some of our questions will remain unanswered is one of the bravest thing we humans do. Why am I so alone? Why is there so much injustice? Why am I hungry? What is stopping me from reaching my full potential and why do I sabotage any attempt I make to do so? What is objective truth? We can reach towards all of these answers but most of them will remain at least partially unanswered for us. Oh we can settle for the answers that religion or science gives but in the case of the former they tend to be unsatisfying to the brain and in the case of the latter unsatisfying to the heart. We worry and gnaw at these questions like a dog with a bone and yet only sometimes do we find any greater satisfaction. Sometimes we have to find a way to be ok with having the questions, even enjoying the endless pursuit of ever finding an answer.
Blessings, G

 

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Dark TotemDark Totem by G A Rosenberg

 

Spun OutSpun Out by G A Rosenberg

 

Calm Water Answers… A Short Consciousness Stream

“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.”
― William S. Burroughs

 

Patience to wait and to weigh possibilities except that chewing over things too much becomes so much mental mastication…internal work more stressful than external, obsession doesn’t solve but dissolves… a solution that ends in dissolution. I’ve noticed that through calm action, walking the dogs…playing a game, yoga, meditation… the answers comes faster and more often…I put out the question to the universe .. like a stone thrown into the water and eventually if I do not splash around too much the answer ripples back..
Blessings, G

 

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The Internal ExitThe Inner Exit by G A Rosenberg

 

Infinity in a Water Drop

Mystic Life Preservers

“The psychotic drowns in the same waters in which the mystic swims with delight.”
― Joseph Campbell

 

What makes a mystic different from a psychotic? This is an intriguing puzzle to me especially as I feel the answer is at the tip of my brain, somewhat obvious yet I can’t find the right words. Yet I have met so many people interested in answering the big questions, call the subject spirituality if you like. If that word makes your brain itch too much then use philosophy or metaphysics which ever one gives you the best water wings. Many of the people I’ve met who have sought answers have found them but in the process they seem to have lost themselves. Most often this seems to come from the acceptance of a definite answer that they know no one else will fully accept. That this bothers the same type of people who reject organized religion because of its limited scope baffles me a little but then we humans tend to be contrary creatures at the best of times.
As I was saying, the people who seem to flounder the most spiritually are those who are convinced that they have found the answer and that everyone else is wrong. I believe that with genuine mystics, the ones who catch a glimpse, return and keep swimming, they know that they grocked a big piece of the puzzle but they are willing to question that understanding and reject it if they find a better answer.
Perhaps ultimately that is the difference between the mystic and the psychotic. The Psychotic’s answers are concrete and inflexible and you know what happens when you try to swim while clutching concrete. A mystic’s answers conversely tend to be light and flexible and incredibly buoyant. I know which type I’d rather swim with.
Blessings, G

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A New DayThe New Day by G A Rosenberg

 

Storms Real and MetaphoricalStorms Real and Metaphorical by G A Rosenberg

The Doors of Righteousness and Wrongeousness — A Thought Stream

“Let go of certainty. The opposite isn’t uncertainty. It’s openness, curiosity and a willingness to embrace paradox, rather than choose up sides. The ultimate challenge is to accept ourselves exactly as we are, but never stop trying to learn and grow.”
― Tony Schwartz

 

“Everything in this book may be wrong”
— Richard Bach

 

Save me from answers or people with same.
If I seek the truth I have no time for answers.
When people have them they seek to use them
to prove others wrong
rather than as the gateways to possibility
each answer covers at least two doors
one that goes to If … then
the other to if not…then
both are valid routes to Truth
(note the large T there folks it matters even if some believe its existence to be as legendary as a unicorn)
until they are imagined not
each determines many new roads…
when you block the doors  of another’s beliefs
you block off their routes and possibilities
hard to imagine a worse theft than that…
Better to understand the doors we choose
and why we choose one and not another
for understanding our choices
matter more than proving another wrong.
Blessings, G

 

 

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Storm CallStorm Call by G A Rosenberg

 

Centre SunCentre Sun by G A Rosenberg

Look With the Heart

“People where you live,” the little prince said, “grow five thousand roses in one garden… yet they don’t find what they’re looking for…

They don’t find it,” I answered.

And yet what they’re looking for could be found in a single rose, or a little water…”

Of course,” I answered.

And the little prince added, “But eyes are blind. You have to look with the heart.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Why can what we find be found in one rose but not in five thousand? Why is it that we pass hundreds of people every day and yet there is only one that makes our heart sing in a certain way? How can we read every holy book, every self-help manual and every book of philosophy out there and yet one question from a child can reveal more universal secrets than any of them?

There is no answer to these questions that cannot be gainsaid or argued. The true answer is in the asking itself. There are questions that the heart asks out of its experience that the brain is not equipped to answer for it is far beyond the mind’s subjectivity.

I am just at the edge of knowing courage enough to write about these questions and returning to the heart’s vision. I have owned my inner scarecrow and inner tin woodman, the lion has been on his way. Our inner depths stir calling to us, and we fear their shadows. Yet we can steer through them also when we are guided by our heart’s voice and vision.
Blessings, G

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Heart WebHeart’s Web by G A Rosenberg
Geiger EncounterGeiger Encounter by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – January 22 2013

“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.”
― Zora Neale Hurston

 

As I get older, it seems that the cycles speed up, first periods of months questioning, then answers, then weeks. Now it feels like I alternate between moments of questioning and moments of answering. Questions of whether or not I am living to my highest potential? Why do I do the things I do? Why do the governments? WHy is there so much pain? Who am I at this moment? What is going on? How can I be in a way that will encourage the most growth, empathy and harmony not only in myself but whoever I may be in contact with? Can we evolve develop enough before we hit the self-destruct button? Answers come as well. Hope, encouragement and love. I also realize how much grace its taken to get us this far. Which brings up the question of where grace comes from?
Blessings, G

 

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Animal Totem on an Alien World
Animal Totem on an Alien World by G A Rosenberg

 

Resonance
Resonance by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – October 7 2011

“Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people of the world, I mean everybody. No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe.”

   –Neil Gaiman

 

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The Answer’s Inside by G A Rosenberg