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Quote of the Day – October 22 2012

“A traveller am I and a navigator, and every day I discover a new region within my soul”
–Kahlil Gibran, Sand and Foam

Of course, some of these regions are easier to integrate into the map of my soul that I carry within me easier than others. At times I get both dismayed at the depths I still carry within me and elated at the heights that I can reach. Still that’s the challenge innit? To be able to know how low we are capable of sinking, how bright we can shine and all of the flavours in between and surrounding those extremes and see each one as its own challenge. So often, on the mundane level we become use to responding to each new thing, whether it be a flavour of ice cream, a surprise, entertainment or even another person with either a “yikes” or a “goodie”. I keep thinking how cool it would be to start channeling my warrior aspect more and more to the extent that there are no yikes, no goodies just challenges and new aspects to be understood (Grocked)_ and cherished….
Blessings,
G

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Healing the Land by G A Rosenberg

 

Rainbow-Hued by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – October 7 2012

“Is there a greater fault than being conscious of the other person’s faults?

If the other person laughs at you, you can pity him, but if you laugh at him you may never forgive yourself
If the other person injures you, you may forget the injury, but if you injure him you will always remember.
in truth the other person is your most sensitive self given another body”
–Kahlil Gibran

 

And yet we still criticize. Tho often the fact that we can recognize a fault in another also means that the fault lies at least in potential within us. Could that be the answer, so simple? To keep a notebook handy and track every thing we say about others to see how it leads back… That could work… tho for many of us it would lead to notebooks growing very full very quickly.. Hmmm that might not be a bad thing to see either…
Still I have learned much from friends pointing out blind spots, I learn from and consider each of them with gratitude… Occasionally I even find the courage and fortitude to work on them and so perhaps grow..
Blessings, G

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Emerald Mandala by G A Rosenberg

 

Goddess Energy by G A Rosenberg

Additional Quote of the Day – July 2 2012

“I have found both freedom and safety in my madness; the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us.”
― Khalil Gibran, The Madman

I so get this one. Understanding can be a trap for both the comprehender and the understood. When I say I understand you, I usually mean I understand the snapshot, the you or the situation as you are at this space / time. It does not mean that I understand all the yous that ever were or ever shall be. Thus, if you wish to know you are understood you have to present yourself to me as the snapshot and thus you are enslaved.
Thus I seek to always work towards understanding each you in space / time and thus set you free. I may be successful.
Blessings, G

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Fire and Ice by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – June 2 2012

“I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind. I should not be ungrateful to these teachers.”
― Khalil Gibran

Amazing if I have learned these things then I have to ask myself what have I been teaching? Sanity? Wisdom? Patience?. Perhaps I need to keep asking myself this at any given time. What am I teaching by my words and actions. This gets driven home to me quite often when I notice my teenage son emulating behaviours of mine that I don’t even want to admit to. Bits of my shadow self that I still haven’t worked my way through.
Still gratitude of all of these things I find to be paramount. No matter how difficult my life may be, I feel grateful for the challenges that come my way even from those who have been less than kind, less than tolerant, and less than silent. Of course grateful for the good stuff too. Always that
Blessings, G

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In My Sights by G A Rosenberg

Flame War by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – May 12 2012

“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding… And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy”
― Khalil Gibran

When I was quite a bit younger I had an amazingly wise friend Delores. She told me that she gained her perspective due to the many health crises that she had. One day I was bemoaning my life and all my problems to her. I was having the usual problems relating to my father and deciding what I wanted to do with my life. She listened patiently until I summed it all up with one question.

“Why Me?” Sometimes I believe that question is one of the most common ones that us humans use. What Delores answered floored me.

“Why not you?”

“Huh?”

“Why not you? Why should you be so special that you shouldn’t have your share of problems and difficulties, your share of heartbreaks and pain. That’s what you should be asking.”

I think Delores intuitively understood what Kahlil Gibran was saying here. Pain is part of our lives and to deny it is to deny life’s full experience. Indeed our pain always tells us something. Either a part of our body needs to be attended to or possibly even a part of our attitude or a part of our life. Pain in any of those cases is the best early warning system we have. There are also times when pushing past our pain, accepting it and moving forward brings lessons to us that can’t or won’t come any other way.  I know that very seldom in my life have I learned things the easy way. Friends and I have discussed whether it is possible to learn the big lessons we need in a gentle way and always end up either shelving the question or deciding that somethings are meant to be learned through that great teacher, pain.

Blessings, G

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Blue Marbled Hallway by G A Rosenberg
Glowy Caterpillars eating my Lettuce  by G A Rosenberg

Blue Marble Cathedral by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – April 17 2012 (The Second)

“I love you my brother whoever you are whether you worship in your church, kneel in your temple, or pray in your mosque.You and I are all children of one faith, for the diverse paths of religion are fingers of the loving hand of one Supreme Being, a hand extended to all, offering completeness of spirit to all, eager to receive all.”
–Kahlil Gibran

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Light by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – April 17 2012

“Those who give you a serpent when you ask for a fish, may have nothing but serpents to give. It is then generosity on their part.”
–Kahlil Gibran

Sometimes we expect so much from one another. We forget that as we have been wounded, others bear wounds also. Perhaps we don’t have them in the same place but of this I am sure. Noone has come through life unscathed. I have learned so much from what others have had to deal with and the courage with which they dealt with it. I have seen single mothers of Kids with severe disabilities working to bring out that extra smile for their child at the end of the day. I have seen survivors of so much pain looking and finding joy and sometimes not. Sometimes we do reach a part of our cycle where we don’t have it to give anymore or to use Gibran’s metaphor when we’re out of fish. We may then, in trying to have the interaction communicate our frustration or our weariness because that is what we have. I have been learning to appreciate honest communication even when it is that of pain. Because once that is gone, healing can happen. Call it a restocking of the river.
Blessings, G

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Lizardart by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – February 3 2012

‎”In your waking dreams when you are hushed and listening to your deepest self, your thoughts, like snowflakes, fall and flutter and garment all the sounds of your spaces with white silence”
— Kahlil Gibran, Garden of the Prophet

The process of going within; letting my thoughts fall away, watching them gradually growing silent as i watch myself watching eventually the thoughts slow down their clamouring and i watch and listen, echoes of the well, answers to questions and moments of deepest still silence…
lately even when awake my thoughts rush here and there, why i love sometimes just letting my consciousness stream, Proust like and go where they will merely typing their flow onto the screen.
The truth flows in between the 1s and 0s of the computers binary consciousness. That I can agree with for yes and no seem far too limiting as choices. Einstein stated that God does not play dice with the universe. Are we to believe that he plays tic-tac-toe? As I type this, somewhat concurrently I find myself having a conversation with a friend on FaceBook where past and future, memory and imagination are set at a strange juxtaposition to each other. It was just implied to me that the two are one and the same if time is a factor. To me, this gives me interesting insight into my art… Makes manifestation, a child of the two.
Can we manifest without imagination and experience meeting somewhere? If manifestation could occur, then would we be able to perceive it. The mind boggles which in its own way generates silence. Namaste, G

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Blue and Gold by G A Rosenberg

Rivers by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – January 28 2012

“The Reality of The Other Person Lies Not In What He Reveals To You, But What He Cannot Reveal To You.
Therefore, If You Would Understand Him, Listen Not To What He Says, But Rather To What He Does Not Say.”
–Kahlil Gibran

I find magic in being able to be comfortably with another person in silence. Far too often it seems, when we share an environment where conversation does not reign , we start making assumptions out of fear. “Why doesn’t he / she say something? Are they angry? Did I do something to offend them?” We try to fill up their silence with words of our own devising. The more comfortable I feel with myself, the more I can quiet the chatter of the model of the other I have created in my head and I can actually be open to both them and myself. Namaste, G

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Reflection / Refraction by G A Rosenberg