Tag Archives: connection

Going Through the Motions

 

“Enlightenment cannot be according to any system. It has to resolve and clarify your own situation. The realization must satisfy and fulfill your heart, not the standards of some system. The liberation must be of you, you personally…The quest does not bring about improvement or perfection. It brings about a maturity, a humanity, and a wisdom.”
— A.H. Almaas.

 

We can follow the rules of any given spiritual school and be initiated at every level yet come out of it almost unchanged. I have met a few people where this was the case. Oh they had the necessary answers to satisfy the requirements that they derived either intellectually or intuitively yet after going through the motions, the energy released was not the energy that they personally needed to bring them to the next level. Castaneda’s Don Juan would say the path wasn’t one with heart for them. From my own experience I would say that they hadn’t found a way to plug in deeply enough. Anything if we are open and ready for it can bring a peak experience. If we are not ready tho any experience will be merely that no matter how much we may wish it were something else.
Blessings, G

 

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Night Wolf SpiritNight Wolf Spirit by G A Rosenberg

Awakening AuroraAwakening Aurora by G A Rosenberg

 

The Fire That Comes From Cold Embers

 

“The poet, therefore, is truly the thief of fire.
He is responsible for humanity, for animals even; he will have to make sure his visions can be smelled, fondled, listened to; if what he brings back from beyond has form, he gives it form; if it has none, he gives it none. A language must be found…of the soul, for the soul and will include everything: perfumes, sounds colors, thought grappling with thought”
― Arthur Rimbaud

 

My heart speaks silently
tho sometimes it screams
in its search for meaning
for connection
stuck in its babel tower
along with so many others
crying in its own separate tongue
What does it take to understand?
Where is the commonality?
Without arms I reach out
and pull back
If I have fire to share
than what cold embers
shall I encourage to glow?
I have done this before
and watched an inferno develop
I have had these moments
If we can not understand
than we can be together in incomprehension
Connection is Made.
— G A Rosenberg

 

Blessings, G

 

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In the TunnelsIn the Tunnels by G A Rosenberg

 

A Solvable PuzzleA Solvable Puzzle by G A Rosenberg

 

Connections – Made and Lost

 

“Invisible connection is stronger than visible. To arrive at the basic structure of things we must go into their darkness.”
— Heraclitus

 

I reach out to your touch
something unspoken pulls back
connection falters

 

Your touch caresses
my back as I rub your feet
Connection is made

 

Something inside me
pulls away from your embrace
connection is lost

 

I touch inner wounds
with my own scarred memories
Connection is real
— G A Rosenberg

 

So many of us hide our shadows and our scars not only from others but ourselves as well. We put on our game faces even with those we love and keep so much buried. What happens then is a connection of masks and many judge the strength of their relationship on how well their personas interrelate without ever going deeper. Since many of us change our personas over the years as life happens, the relationships fall apart because neither one has met the true being of the other. It is only by delving deeper and making ourselves vulnerable that true inner connection can happen even if that means showing the less savoury parts of ourselves. You can always tell when that happens between people as it results in healing and self-knowledge rather than a feeling of holding a telephone to one’s ear long after the other person has hung up their line.
Blessings, G

 

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Landscape AbstractLandscape Abstract by G A Rosenberg

 

Two of LantersTwo of Lanterns by G A Rosenberg

 

Connection

 

“Each story we approach in the same way, with curiosity and interest and determination to get behind the image.”
— Martin Bashir

 

What lies beneath the surface of the images I create?
What dreams cast shadows on my eyes
and transfer themselves through conscious will
upon the screen?
What meanings have I stated outright and which
are made to slip unnoticed
into the wells of imagination?
For I seek to commune on many levels
and be not merely what one sees
but what one knows within.
— G A Rosenberg

 

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War's Campfire (Eligos)War’s Campfire (Eligos) by G A Rosenberg

 

Atavistic ShadowsAtavistic Shadows by G A Rosenberg

 

Frayed Linkages

 

“No work or love will flourish out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.”
— Alan Watts

 

Lost in memories
of the child on my shoulders
reaching for the stars.
The feeling of connection
so real, so deep, so frayed now.
Tho childhood doesn’t last forever
and the shoulders weaken
and there is a pulling away.
Feelings of pride fighting with fear
yet still the link exists
tho so much else is lost.
Perhaps one day
it will strengthen
shared memories and meaning return
or passed on as we pass through the world

 

Blessings, G

 

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Claiming the WorldClaiming the World by G A Rosenberg

 

Beneath the Ground in WinterBeneath the Ground in Winter by G A Rosenberg

 

The HeArt Connection

“If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads. I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories — science fiction or otherwise. Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”
― Ray Bradbury

 

Art involves folly and perhaps a bit of hubris. To believe that you can bring a feeling or a knowing to others through an image, a story or song lyrics takes guts. Yet for those who create and that includes everyone in one way or another, it is what we attempt to do. What are the very words we speak but symbols we string together to convey meaning. Through exposing ourselves to how others have communicated in these ways in the past and even more importantly developing clarity and compassion, we can learn to connect better with others. Art can touch us in ways that mere spoken words cannot. Through story, song and image we touch not only the minds but the hearts of others.
Blessings, G

 

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Cosmic Key and LockCosmic Key and Lock by G A Rosenberg

 

ConvergenceConvergence by G A Rosenberg

Interwoven Plot lines in the Story of the World

 

“I watched the people passing below, each of them a story, each story part of somebody else’s, all of it connected to the big story of the world. People weren’t islands, so far as I was concerned. How could they be, when their stories kept getting tangled up in everybody else’s?”
— Charles de Lint

 

Have you ever stopped and listened to the story of the world? Have you leaned in close and heard the whispers of life that pass by you? There are many ways to connect if you’re open to it. Perhaps the easiest is become aware of the thread of your own life and see where it touches others. Follow their threads for awhile. All it takes is compassion and willingness to feel their thread without judgement of width texture or colour. What threads go on from there. After awhile you start to realize the shape of the tapestry, the repeated motifs and where the strange turns come in. Eventually if you’re lucky you may come to realize how deeply each of us is connected to every other thing on this world just one of the billions of interwoven plot lines in the story of the world.
Blessings, G

 

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Dream PriestessDream Priestess by G A Rosenberg

 

A Multi-dimensional Soap BubbleMulti-Dimensional Soap Bubble by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – January 31 2013

“I now see how gifts like courage, compassion, and connection only work when they are exercised. Every day.”
― Brene Brown

 

Connection
flowing through
into me, into you
checking in
harmony
playing in unity

 

Disconnection
playing solo
feeling solo
where are you?
lonely, not really feeling
see the ceiling
that’s the floor

 

Snapping out
realizing my part
plugging in my heart
here we are
peace, watching the weather
emotions together
all will pass

— G A Rosenberg

 

Today I felt an enormous sense of disconnection all day. Sad, lonely, cut off form those around me. I couldn’t figure out quite what it was but gradually as the day wore on and I started to witness more and more it came clear. Funny, I have written about watching the emotional weather patterns pass through but actually having to practice it? Took some work
Blessings, G

 

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Propagation
Propagation by G A Rosenberg

 

Night FlowerNight Flower by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – July 17 2012

Quiet Woman at Restaurant: When it was over, all I could think about was how this entire notion of oneself, what we are, is just this logical structure, a place to momentarily house all the abstractions. It was a time to become conscious, to give form and coherence to the mystery, and I had been a part of that. It was a gift. Life was raging all around me and every moment was magical. I loved all the people, dealing with all the contradictory impulses – that’s what I loved the most, connecting with the people. Looking back, that’s all that really mattered. “

— from the movie Waking Life ( (One of the most brilliant consciousness-provoking films I’ve seen in recent years and somehow one that resonates with what my online life feels like of late, for which i am truly grateful)

What is a web but a pattern of connecting strands working its way outwards (or perhaps inwards from another perspective?) Spiders live in them, sleep in them and catch food in them. While that hasn’t proven true in a physical sense for me I have gained so much in terms of consciousness and thought from my interactions on the web that my being feels sustained. Never in my life would I have imagined feeling so close to so many people in many cases so far away. Maybe these connections, as in a spider’s web are fragile and transitory yet still i work hard to make sure that they are mutually beneficial. I am fortunate in my existence to have found so many worthwhile teachers. Thank you.
Blessings, G

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Strange Journey by G A Rosenberg

 

Leaving the Nest by G A Rosenberg