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Maturing the Warrior Way


“There are lots of things a warrior can do at a certain time which he couldn’t do years before. Those things themselves did not change; what changed was his idea of himself.”
― Carlos Castaneda


When we’re younger, we have a strange mixture of foolhardiness and lack of confidence. We’ll do things to do things not worried about whether they work or not and tend to give up on things faster if they don’t work the first few times we do them. Other things we won’t try at all because we doubt that we have the expertise or knowledge to pull them off successfully. As we age and gain in knowledge and experience and perhaps even wisdom (if we’re lucky) we develop both more patience and more confidence. We are willing to make mistakes and try again after we’ve learned that very few mistakes are permanent. We have seen evidence that if we follow through on our intent, eventually we will be successful and perhaps that willingness to see something through is the beginning of wisdom.
Blessings, G


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DiscourseDiscourse by G A Rosenberg


Night Flower BloomBlooming Night Flower by G A Rosenberg



“Maturity is not when we start speaking big things, it is when we start understanding small things.”
— Aamir Khan


Each age brings its own Maturity. At least that is the way it has been for me. At fifteen many of us believe that we are mature and that we know and understand it all. We believe that we are ready for any test that life can give us and (at least in our minds) we believe that we speak and act like adults. We pronounce on the universe and our place in it.
In our twenties, many of us start to question our beliefs. Indeed we may question whether we know anything for sure. s. Life starts to test us and we find that things may not be as easy as we once thought. The questioning can often be the beginning of new wisdom.
In our thirties, we my come to an appreciation of more subtle things. We refine our beliefs or become fixed in them. We seek to expand our knowledge and our power. As we watch the generation before ours age we may start to question our mortality.
In our forties and beyond some of us once again question wheat we know and indeed whether it is possible to know. We come to an appreciation of the more subtle things in life and appreciate the many gifts that we have been given. We realize that we don’t have the life we expected to have but what we have is in many ways brighter and richer. We learn patience from our children, our partners, our coworkers and our parents. If we haven’t learned it yet, we learn that there is life beyond ours and it will continue after we are gone.
I can’t wait to see what happens next
Note: When I use the word ‘know’ in the above, I mean an experiential understanding beyond the intellectual. Something akin to what Heinlein meant when he used the term ‘grock’.
Blessings, G


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IntroductionIntroduction by G A Rosenberg


Falling Into ItFalling Into It by G A Rosenberg


Linking Real

“So books are real to me, too; they link me not just with other minds but with the vision of other minds, what those minds understand and see. I see their worlds as well as I see my own.”
― Philip K. Dick


Feeling my heart open
feeling my wounds bleed
My blood spilling out
of view and precious need
to reveal what’s inside
That spark of truth
that separates bifurcates
my age from my youth
I lied to myself
so easily when young
seeing myself in the lyrics I sung
or the books that i read
heroic tales
grandiose successes
dramatic fails
the passage of time
did honesty bring
those old half truths
no longer would fling
so now I can bleed
confessions and truth
I no longer need
the protections of youth


Wow, where did that come from…Partly the wish to be more open and then realizing that its easier to be honest with time… There is both less reason and less desire to hide… Not that it was ever necessary. Hiding sent me on some amazing adventures as did eventually facing myself…
Blessings, G


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Sacrifice and RenewalSacrifice and Renewal by G A Rosenberg


Mandala with Flame threadsMandala with Flame Threads by G A Rosenberg