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Quote of the Day – July 24 2012

“for there is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one’s own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels with someone, for someone, a pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echoes.” ― Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

 

If we only focus on the positive do we ignore the voices that cry out in pain? Do we say to a child dying of starvation, “You just need to change your attitude and imagine yourself well fed and the Law of Attraction will make it happen”? Can we ignore evil going on in front of us because we aspire to something better? “How many ears must one man have before he can hear people cry?” Are all these questions ‘blowing in the wind’?
I believe compassion and love to be two of the most important qualities that we need to develop in ourselves in order to grow and evolve. I believe compassion to be developed by feeling and when possible healing the pain of others, definitely understanding it and that cannot happen by only focusing on the positive. There is so much suffering going on in the world today and so much healing needed. Understanding the causes of this pain and suffering is necessary otherwise we are just treating symptoms.
Life on this physical plane tends to be a balancing act. One of the tougher balancing points for me is between perceiving the world from the lens presented above  and the lens presented last night. It may be one of the tougher balances but any way I look at it one of the most necessary ones.
Blessings, G

 

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Ghost in the Machine by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – July 23 2012

“The trouble is that we have a bad habit, encouraged by pendants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid. Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting. This is the treason of the artist: a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain.” ― Ursula K. Le Guin

 

I’m blue-skying it tonight again, talking randomly around a topic with the hopes of fitting it together with something later tho I’m not really attached to it so much.  It seems like a lot of us are attached to evil. We try to look at who or what is behind the evil on our planet. We point it out so everyone can properly disapprove and be aware of it. I have many friends and acquaintances who consider themselves ‘truthers’ and who put a lot of work into making people aware of everything from ‘What really happened in NY on 9/11/01 and who was behind it’ to ‘Who is running and ruining the show today?’ to so much else.

These questions do have import and I am assuredly NOT advocating sticking out heads in the ground but it seems to me that it is becoming more and more of a tar baby situation in that the more we strike out at these truths and identifying these evils, the more attached we become to them. I find the prospect that the more we focus on these evils, the more power we give them in people’s minds if nothing else. Also, the more we focus on the negative, the more we lose sight of the good things, the things that keep us going and growing like love, joy and compassion.  They seem so simple compared to  descriptions of what greed, fear, bigotry and exceptionality are doing to this planet on a daily basis. Look at our social media for example. How many postings, blog entries and tweets do you read a day talking about either negative things happening politically or socially? How many do you read each day that illustrates something beautiful happening or showing how to give someone an amazing back rub or talking about a random act of kindness that someone did for a total stranger? Which would you rather find more interesting? Which would you rather attract in your life?
Blessings, G

 

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Guardians by G A Rosenberg

 

Wheeled Mandala by G A Rosenberg

Tarot – Devil Wisdom Reading

Again–The idea of 1 (or 2) spreads for each major arcana card is taken (as are the spreads) from Rachel Pollack’s excellent book Tarot Wisdom. As often as possible I am using the textual definitions from Ms Pollack’s book as otherwise there exists a possibility of skewing the meanings to serve my own ends rather than get any insight into what the cards are showing me. Recently I have also been taking (for the minor arcana) cards some of the textual definitions from Eileen Connolly’s Tarot: The First Handbook for the Master. Way back when I started working with the cards Ms. Connolly’s Tarot for the Apprentice was one of the first books I used.
Lately tho, I have had a new insight. That if the goal of these readings is a greater internal knowledge and understanding these forces then subjectivity may just be the way to go. Still I will give Ms Pollack’s and Ms. Connolly’s definitions because I feel it may be useful for anyone reading this to follow along.

1) What is evil?
Strength
Strength
3) Where does it originate
The High Priestess
High Priestess
4) How should we respond to it?
VIII of Swords
VIII of Swords
2)Why does it exist
Judgement Rev
Judgement

Interpretation

1)What is Evil? Strength

“What should we say when Strength shows up in a reading? …Is it the power to wistand life’s struggles? Overcoming your animal nature? Working with your animal self? ”

When I first saw this card come up, I was a bit puzzled. How could Evil and Strength be equivalent? If you look at it from the point of view of duality, Evil would be at the negative pole of the good / evil dichotomy  where Strength would be at the positive pole of  the Strength / Weakness  one. The more thought that I put into this, the more sense of sorts it makes.

When we think of duality, we always tend to end up chasing our minds in circles. Many of us were brought up in our respective religions with the idea that we should always strive for good and oppose evil, always treasure our strength and eliminate our weaknesses.  Despite Jesus saying that the meek would inherit the earth, few of us conceived of times where not using our strength could be a better choice. It seems that it has only been in the last several decades that the idea of passive resistance would take hold. In other words, both strength and weakness had their place  and value.

What then of evil? Does evil have relative value? I would say that would depend a large part on one’s perspective. A caterpillar might see going into the cocoon as evil, where the butterfly might have quite a different opinion. During the cold war, the Soviet Union was seen as being evil by the US, the average Russian might have had quite a different opinion . The United States, according to several fundamentalist Muslims in the Middle East is considered “the Great Satan”. From my perspective, good and evil seem to be a function of one’s reality tunnel and are totally relative.

Since both evil and strength seem to be defined by the observer, what were the cards telling me personally when it came up that evil = Strength?  Maybe that I have been trying way to hard to ride herd on myself, and to keep a tight rein on the more animalistic part of my nature. I’ve been keeping way too many things bottled up inside, imprisoned as it were and that that has been holding me back a bit from my own growth. Hmmm

2) Why does Evil exist? Judgement Reversed

“Judgement reversed suggests denial, fear, or doubt. We still hear that trumpet call within us, summoning us to embrace a new existence, but we don’t trust it. Perhaps we simply do not know how to recognize what has happened or do not know what to do next. Or we do not want to hurt someone’s feelings or embarrass ourselves”

Wow this fits so well with the idea of evil as Strength, It seems to be saying that evil exists because one is resisting the call of the higher self (or evolution or ascension however you may wish to word it, we could always go back to the caterpillar analogy and say that one is choosing to stay larval.) Maybe our culture and  life at this stage has made us so complacent that for many of us, staying asleep is easier than waking up spiritually. Maybe for many of us, we have to get jolted, woken up either by the awareness of  what we consider our own animal nature (dark side) and the damage it is capable of inflicting or the dark side of our culture and how it has been spiritually numbing to ourselves and everyone around us.

3) Where does evil originate? The High Priestess

“She may at times signify secret doctrines and teachings, or even the office of a priestess, someone who guides and inspires others”

So the Fool falls starts on his journey and in order to evolve splits into duality,  the Magician and the High Priestess. This ties in nicely with what was stated above about the idea of evil coming from duality-consciousness and largely being a matter of perspective. Why the High Priestess and not the Magician for the card answering this question?  It seems easy to say that evil springs from the will, the active principle, deeds and thought would seem a more likely source for evil. Why the High Priestess?  Let’s take a look at the garden of eden story from Genesis. According to the eden story, human beings had no concept of evil until they ate from the Tree of Knowledge. Until that point they were innocent, If I remember correctly the tree is actually called the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil , in other words, folks, the the tree of duality consciousness. It took duality-consciousness and the understanding of the same for evil to exist… that seems to make sense.

4) How should we respond to evil?  VIII of Swords

“Someone needs to understand. Keeping it to yourself will cause hurt and confusion”

“You cannot continue this way. Worry affects health”

“Be straightforward, it is the only way”

“There is no easy way! But it is possible! Get the wheels in motion.”

OK, Let’s look at that, so what the card would be suggesting then is that the response to evil would be to gain understanding of what is really going on, avoid becoming anxious about it, being straightforward and true to ourselves, shining out who we are and realizing that dealing with what would be from our perspective evil is not easy but both possible and necessary in order to transcend it. This reading has struck me as being rather awesome as far as perspective goes…..