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Recreating a Legendary History

 

“History records man’s perceptions of the “truth” and these perceptions are firmly distorted, as anyone knows who has researched historical sources.
On the other hand Legend and Myth preserve the essence of the truth. This is validated by the similarity of world legends that persist in all parts of the world and in all cultures and religions. ”
-Christopher S. Hyatt

 

We honour our pasts in strange ways
tho we remember it not
after all it is not the truth that lives on
and facts are easily distorted
It is story that lingers.
Everyone knows the myths of their country and culture and connect to it on a visceral level more than they ever could dry historical facts.
If you want history to be remembered a certain way despite how it may or may not have happened, the easiest way is to make your version of history legendary. Have clear heroes and villains. Remember everything the heroes did in the most positive light possible and everything the antagonists did in the most negative. Make it romantic and sexy and you too will have created a new legendary history that will be taught in school textbooks and sworn to be the way it was.
I’m sure some examples easily come to mind.
Blessings, G

 

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Staged RitualStaged Ritual by G A Rosenberg

 

The Doctor Will See You NowThe Doctor Will See You Now by G A Rosenberg

 

Unfolding Our Own Myth

 

“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”
― Rumi

 

What is your story? What is the myth you will pass on to your children and grandchildren? How did it begin? What have you been striving for? What hardships did you face on the road and how did you overcome them? In what ways were you tested and how did you do? What was your motivation? What kind of story is it? Can you put it to music?
We are our stories yet we constantly recreate them both our past and our present. We cannot follow another’s trail tho we can try to ape it and thus do ourselves and them a grave injustice? We are the heroes and our stories are unique? By telling them, we add to the world’s story. Weaving new myths that may just stand the test of time.
Blessings, G

 

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In Flight (Ipos)In Flight (Ipos) by G A Rosenberg

 

I've Been Down This Road BeforeI’ve Been Down This Road Before by G A Rosenberg

 

Dreams and Shadows

 

“Nights through dreams tell the myths forgotten by the day.”
― C.G. Jung

 

In our dreams we see wonders. Some of them give us positive feelings. We dream of loved ones or walk in fantasy realms. Others are more unsettling. Our own personal symbols of darkness come and threaten us in some way. Our fears play out and we wake up haunted. Yet what one person finds deeply unsettling another might find entertaining. Is it because some of us have darker shadows than others and a greater list of what we are unwilling to face? WIf we can look at our fears in the light of day than our dreams may become lighter. Perhaps tho its easier to externalize our shadows in dreams and work them out there. I guess it all depends on what we’re willing to face.
Blessings, G

 

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I Dreamt a Skewed LandscapeI Dreamt a Skewed Landscape by G A Rosenberg

 

Guardian of Dark DreamsGuardian of Dark Dreams by G A Rosenberg

The Myth of Expectation

 

“It was a rainy night. It was the myth of a rainy night.”
― Jack Kerouac

 

We live in a world of myths and we try to keep up. There is the myth of romance and the myth of rain. We have the myth of Christmas and Family Get-togethers and holiday vacations. When most of us encounter any of these things, we have an idea in our heads built up of the past and media exposure and stories we’ve read and heard of exactly what they should be like and feel like. Yet how often are we disappointed when the reality does not live up to the archetypal image in our heads? It may actually be better, bigger and more wonderful yet how easy is it to get caught up in, “I thought it would be different.” Whenever I find myself expressing anything like the feeling of disappointment in those situations, I try very quickly to get past it.
The only thing that I can expect from a rainy night is that it will probably be wet and probably dark. The only thing I can expect from a travelling holiday is I will probably not be at home. After that its a matter of throwing out the maps and models and treat it as something new never encountered before. It is only then that I am truly experiencing it. Would we really want things to be exactly like they are in the brochure with no surprises? Where then is the chance to experience something wonderful that no one else ever has?
Blessings, G

 

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Cathedral Beneath the WavesCathedral Beneath the Waves by G A Rosenberg

 

Centering in a Star Shaped PoolCentring in a Star Shaped Pool by G A Rosenberg

 

Unfold Your Own Myth

 

“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”
― Rumi, Essential Rumi

 

What is your heroic tale? When times feel dark and it feels like endless night ahead, what stories of past success do you carry to help you through to dawn? We all have them. Sometimes they work in reverse and we use a loser myth to steal away our sun but why choose that? I use to use my failure myth all the time to keep me frozen in place and not to accomplish. Funny thing tho. Most of my times of failure have been followed by times of joy and or accomplishment. It is hard to see the wheel turn without believing that circumstances never stay the same and to enjoy the balance. Overall, thanks to many lovely people and my own effort, I have seen more of the good stuff than otherwise. Part of the power of the dark times is that like any bad trip, it feels like it will last forever. Once you let go of that it becomes a lot easier. That’s my myth and I’m sticking to it.
Blessings, G

 

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Campfire RevelsCampfire Revels by G A Rosenberg

 

Soul SeedSoul Seed by G A Rosenberg

Build Me Your Myth

 

“Myth is much more important and true than history. History is just journalism and you know how reliable that is.”
― Joseph Campbell

 

Bring me a story
Build on your myth
Open to wonder
surrender to bliss.

Show me an image
Strike me a chord
Play on my symbols
Strike with your sword.

Take on new depths
with new clarity
to inner resources
the lock and the key

Show me my shadow
and I’ll reveal yours
no part of our being
held in reserve

Meld with my being
Unite us as one
Let long night bring us
to brilliant new sun

— G A Rosenberg

 

Blessings, G

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Free Your MindFree Your Mind by G A Rosenberg

 

Lost in the FlamesLost in the Flames by G A Rosenberg

Unfold Your Own Myth

 

“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”
― Rumi

 

“This always happens to me. I have everything going my way and then bam… the universe laughs at me and my life falls apart”
“I can’t win for losing”
“Life’s a bitch”
No, No, No, No. NO NO NO!!!!!!
Are these the stories we want to tell ourselves? Really? We can do better than that?
“My life keeps getting better all the time”
“No matter how bad things feel, I know I have these things that make me happy”
“I feel grateful for being alive in a world with those flowers or eyes and a smile like that girl / man had.”
Do the above sound overly syrupy or sentimental to you? I can see how but seriously no matter how bad things have gotten for me, pretty consistently the difference between happiness and anger and despair has come down to a choice.
Try it, if you feel like things have been rough for you lately, ask yourself these questions at the end of each day. What was the most beautiful thing I saw today? What made me laugh? If nothing else what am I thankful for? What is the highest outcome I could hope for tomorrow? Keep asking yourself those questions and watch your life start to change.
blessings, G

 

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EmotiveEmotive by G A Rosenberg

 

ReleaseRelease by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – October 13 2012

“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.”
― Robert Fulghum

 

Knowledge can give us facts but it takes imagination to bring understanding . History is biased and ever changing but myth enters our subconscious and builds new countries there . Hope, that odd combination of imagination and myth can truly trump experience because it shows us that no matter what has happened so far, something better may be right around the corner. But then I’ve always been a hope fiend and I may flatter myself by believing that I’m a dreamer. We build better worlds than this one and learn to inhabit them.
Blessings, G

 

 

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Tarot Trump XIV – Temperance

 

Abstract Vision by G A Rosenberg