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Ripples of Change

 

“I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.”
― Aldous Huxley

 

The other night I was discussing how small changes in routine can give us the courage to make larger changes in ourselves. At the very least, it can cause energy to flow into new channels and perceiving these flows can be instructive. It may be something simple like walking the dogs an hour earlier which results in the day ending earlier and either getting more rest or starting the next day sooner. Commit to starting the day by watching the sun rise can have huge implications on our appreciation of beauty. Ripples spread out from there. When we change our perceptions of our days or ourselves, we change how we perceive the world which on a very personal level causes the world to change. As we address the world with heightened perception, we change how it responds to us as well and the ripples of change spread out further.
Blessings, G

 

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StudiedStudied by G A Rosenberg

 

Shielded ImageShielded Image by G A Rosenberg

Beating Reality

“Reality can be beaten with enough imagination.”
― Mark Twain

 

If we combine our imagination with a bit of will reality bends our way. Perhaps the change will be one of outlook. Quite often how we look in our lives can be the difference between a life that is less than satisfactory to one with endless possibilities. Perhaps the change will be one of action, where the dream itself gives us the impetus to make it happen. The change may be an inspirational one where our imagination inspires others to make changes with us and thus we create a better world.
Blessings, G

 

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Mountain ShadowMountain Shadow by G A Rosenberg

 

A Face Peers BackFrom the Abyss a Face Peers Back

The Big Moments are Gonna Come

“Bottom line is, even if you see ’em coming, you’re not ready for the big moments. No one asks for their life to change, not really. But it does. So what are we, helpless? Puppets? No. The big moments are gonna come. You can’t help that. It’s what you do afterwards that counts. That’s when you find out who you are.”
― Joss Whedon

 

We’ve all had them. Maybe we didn’t recognize them at the time but all of a sudden we look up and everything has changed. I call them cusp moments, tho they can also be called crossroad moments or twilight moments or any other metaphor that catches your mind. It could be a parent’s death or a graduation ceremony. It almost always is when you lose your virginity. It could involve a bad breakup or an accident. It could even be a peak experience. However it happens in one fell swoop every map of reality that you have gets systematically erased. You look around you at places and people that were once familiar and you see strangers and strange places.
When this happens you can freak out and scramble towards anything that reminds you of your past and try as best as you can to recreate your own map or you can look at everything with the wonder of a child. You can be free to draw a new map with each new thing in front of you that you see with your new eyes. It can be the best thing ever.
I have spoken before about how every moment can be a new starting point and it can. You may not be able to force either a traumatic or a peak experience but you can consciously and willfully toss out your existing maps and look at your life and your environment with new eyes as if you’ve never seen it before. Redefine your relationships with everything and anything in front of you. Feel free to explore and learn and grow. Grab a hold of the potential new beginning that every moment brings
Blessings, G

 

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Brain StormBrainstorm by G A Rosenberg

 

RibbonsRibbons by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – January 27 2013

“We know what we are, but not what we may be.”
― William Shakespeare

 

Infinite potential to change, Infinite potential to discover. A universe of experiences to perceive. Each day we realize more of who we are, each realization another drop of the infinite. If we are each the image of the infinite  then we embody everything. All we have to do is be willing to change, to become the new and not let ourselves fear what we may be giving up. In the long run, nothing is lost that is needed. After all what is this life but an actor’s dream. When we have played our part, our costumes return to storage,  and we leave the stage. We will perform again and who knows what the stage will be like next time. The adventure continues, always in progress.
Blessings, G

 

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SSSSalllySsssally by G A Rosenberg

 

Diving Into ActionDiving Into Action by G A Rosenberg

Tarot Post – Two of Pentacles

Two of Pentacles (Change)

 

two of PentaclesTarot- Two of Pentacles (Revised) by G A Rosenberg

 

Balls are in the air

Can the balance be maintained

or will I drop them?

 

New given way by old
A tale I’ve oft been told
yet how do I proceed?

 

Surrender to become
Surrender what myself
then who am I to be?

 

Transitional Being
Balancing the meaning
combining alchemy

 

I stand in between
change’s doorway I mean
I hold and I balance
— G A Rosenberg

 

In the tarot  the suit of Pentacles refers to the element of Earth and of practical matters such as work and partnerships of a business nature and of the home. They can also represent nature, the Earth itself. Twos  represent duality, subject and object and relationship between the two. In the case of the two of Pentacles this means balancing between two different aspects of life and changing from one aspect to the other. This change also involves the idea of balance in this case between the old and the new. Other balances are between work and home, spouse and children, friends and work etc. This balance and maintaining it can be tricky as quite often we find one overbalanced at the expense of the other.
When writing of this card before I wrote:

 

“The other day I was watching a juggler balancing on a unicycle and juggling plates. I could relate for I too juggle on what seems at times an equally unsteady pedestal.

On the one hand my family and practical existence. At a time in my life when I had given up on steadiness, given up on love, I met someone who transformed my existence. Together we became married, we’ve raised kids, bought the house, have too many pets. We’ve worked hard to get to this point and there is always more to do. Joy and Satisfaction is there for the taking…at the right times and places and yet…
This year, my spirit has soared. New avenues to explore. New aspects of godhood to love. I feel freer, more awake and more alive than I have felt before. Creatively, I write, I create art. Ideas and expression flow through me like some kind of divine river that I just wish to surrender and el it carry me off. Teachers, Students and friends are there to join me on the journey. and yet…

The garbage needs to be taken out, The kid needs to be dressed. The dog needs to be walked “Oh by the way, we’re going to the movies today, be ready at two.”
It’s not as if I begrudge my family the time. They are my foundation. Anything I have done has been an outgrowth of their love and support. And yet…

Meditation, , a blog that needs updating., and something new and wonderful to share.
How do I keep my balance without falling off of this thing?

 

As much as I wish I could say I’ve managed this balancing act  I must confess that the juggling is at least as tricky as it was before. Still perhaps I am learning..

 

Astrological Correspondence -Jupiter in Capricorn – Jupiter in Capricorn is an interesting study in balance–Jupiter expands in a cheerful optimistic way that looks towards the future. Capricorn moves slowly, carefully and tends to be about learning the lessons from the past. The combination of the two can bring success but only through hard work to methodically balance things out….

 

I Ching Correspondence- 16) Yü Enthusiasm

I Ching: 16

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Chȇn Thunder over K’un Earth– It is the strong fourth line that pulls all the other weak lines with it by din of its Ashe (personal power, charisma, flow), Movement. Leading people in the direction you want along the path of least resistance. To determine this, the great man or leader has to balance what he needs done with the most likely way the people he leads will flow….

 

In readings: This card is variously referred to as either change or harmony and it tends to be a dynamic one. Movement is needed to keep the two disks moving. Likewise, when balancing different aspects of our lives and relationships we can’t expect to rest on our laurels, we need to constantly adjust according to feedback in order to keep things harmonious. When the card is upright or positively aspected, things are flowing smoothly
Reversed in readings: The balance is not flowing so smoothly. Either we are not adjusting our balance in accordance with the feedback we are getting or things are moving too quickly for us to do so.

 

 

Quote of the Day – December 20 2012

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”
― Andy Warhol

Funny, I could hear this in Warhol’s characteristic voice and I find myself smiling and wondering why I haven’t quoted Andy Warhol a lot more in this blog. He had some amazingly profound sound bites. Did he intend the depth that pondering on them brings? I don’t know. I prefer to believe that in this case he did. After all, I don’t see time as the cause of change merely the medium in which it happens. Consciousness causes change. Whether it is the consciousness of a plant that follows its cycles, the consciousness of a puppy tearing through clothes and furniture looking for the perfect chew toy, the consciousness of a planet or a universe that contains us all and sets the templates for the cycles we follow or our own consciousness.

That last is the tricky one. So often we claim to want change but we are unwilling to make it happen. Sometimes this happens out of fear, sometimes out of complacency and sometimes because we actually enjoy having a life with enough specific known hassles that we can complain about in it that we really don’t wish to change.

Change after all can be intimidating. It can also be an amazing adventure. As Mr. Warhol stated, it is up to us.
Blessings, G

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Seeking Shelter

Seeking Shelter by G A Rosenberg

spread light mandala

Spreading Fire Mandala 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 1 2012

“She wasn’t afraid of difficulties; what frightened her was being forced to choose one particular path.
Choosing a path meant having to miss out on others. She had a whole life to live and she was always thinking that, in future, she might regret the choices she made now.
‘I’m afraid of committing myself,’ she thought to herself. She wanted to follow all possible paths and so ended up following none.
― Paulo Coelho, Brida

 

Wow…this one rings so true for so much of my life. The great illusion of choosing among paths and keeping my options open has controlled so many of my decisions. Recently tho I finally realized that whether I chose a path or not I have been on a path the whole time. And like any other path it has been made up of every step I’ve taken no matter what direction and that’s ok.. Where does that bring me? Well where does any path bring us.. from beginning to end and like any other path, its what I do along the way that matters.
Blessings, G

 

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Purple Tongue Mandala by G A Rosenberg
Eternity Emerging by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – October 18 2012

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late … to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.”
― Eric Roth

This one was a hard learned one for me or perhaps it was a hard earned one. In a way it empowers more than anything else and also shows where the responsibility and the accountability lie. We make the choices…and more often than not, we can choose joy, its always there on the menu…bliss as well.
The numbers on my personal odometer have spun around again as the calendar keeps apace… This past year brought so much bittersweetness, such amazing joy and bliss spiced by moments of gloom or sadness, to all of which I responded as I would. May this year bring deeper meditations, more amazing ways to show gratitude to the universe as well as those around me. May we all feel even more bliss, may more justice happen between nations and between people. May the suffering of all be relieved . May freedom and joy reign and may you all be blessed,
G

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Past Yields to Present by G A Rosenberg

 

Prodding the Centre by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – October 17 2012

“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”
–Heraclitus

Any day I feel I am following a routine and perhaps one that I don’t particularly enjoy, cleaning out the cat’s letterbox, bringing a forgotten book or computer to school, dishes etc.. I try to remember this one. If I find some way to grow and expand every day than this is not something I’ve done before. For this ‘I’ has just been born and nothing is routine. Like many forms of wisdom, knowing this beyond the intellect and feeling it in my heart, living the truth are two different things. Work in progress here… and when I’m done and i have nothing left to learn it will be onto the next adventure.
Blessings, G

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Angelic Magician by G A Rosenberg

Crystalline by G A Rosenberg