Tag Archives: Rainer Maria Rilke

Secrets and Answers

 

“I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke

 

I want to know the secret hearts of those around me. I want to know how to make joy from pain. How do we awaken the parts of man that works for the benefit of all at the expense of our greed? What is the beginnings of mankind and what happens after we die? How do we make someone love us again once we start? What is the secret to loneliness? Whisper the secrets to me and I will share them….
Blessings, G

 

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At the HeartSeeking Knowledge by G A Rosenberg

 

Heart of the MatterAt the Heart by G A Rosenberg

What I Owe My Fears

 

“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage.”
— Rainer Maria Rilke

My fears have given me so much that I will feel forever in their debt. Without my fear I would never know bravery or at least bravado. They have taught me to face them because avoidance of my fears stopped working. They have taught me transformation. When I was able to face my fears, some transformed into smoke and vanished while others transformed into teachers and dancing partners. They have shown me strength by exposing my weakness and love by standing in its way. They have removed my doubts because my doubts have always belonged to them. Most of all they have taught me gratitude in their passing because my fears have always given me so much.
Blessings, G

 

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Gryphon HelmGryphon Helm by G A Rosenberg

 

Nucleus DividingNucleus Dividing by G A Rosenberg

 

Living With Questions

 

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke

 

Accepting that some of our questions will remain unanswered is one of the bravest thing we humans do. Why am I so alone? Why is there so much injustice? Why am I hungry? What is stopping me from reaching my full potential and why do I sabotage any attempt I make to do so? What is objective truth? We can reach towards all of these answers but most of them will remain at least partially unanswered for us. Oh we can settle for the answers that religion or science gives but in the case of the former they tend to be unsatisfying to the brain and in the case of the latter unsatisfying to the heart. We worry and gnaw at these questions like a dog with a bone and yet only sometimes do we find any greater satisfaction. Sometimes we have to find a way to be ok with having the questions, even enjoying the endless pursuit of ever finding an answer.
Blessings, G

 

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Dark TotemDark Totem by G A Rosenberg

 

Spun OutSpun Out by G A Rosenberg

 

Emotions Streaming

 

“Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going. No feeling is final.”
— Rainer Maria Rilke

 

Flowing through the emotional stream
floating along in ecstatic dream
or is it terror I feel?
In this place It all seems real
tho the illusions dance and sing
they play my heart strings
with wonder and stirrings
of eroticism reoccurring
as their fingers slowly caress
tender parts that may be stressed
of fragile psyche and ego bold
no emotion left untold
Caught in endless reverie
can there be escape for me?
No so I will see it through
nothing left for me to do
but ride the ever present strange
and realize this too will change.
— G A Rosenberg

 

Blessings, G

 

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28-BerithBerith (#28 in Goetia Series) by G A Rosenberg

 

Prowling Through DesolationProwling Through Desolation by G A Rosenberg

 

Quote of the Day – October 19 2012

“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart.
…live in the question.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke

Remain curious. I’ve been given that advice a lot lately in about four different contexts. When speaking to my teenage son, when he tries on teenage defiance, don’t get angry or frustrated, remain curious.
“What are you doing?” or “Where do you see this going?” or “What do you feel is standing in the way of you following these rules?”

Instead of challenging or responding angrily to the challenges of co-workers or people in discussion groups remain curious.
“Why do you believe that?” or “What do you hear me saying?” or “Where do you believe that conclusion comes from?”

Curiosity may or may not kill the cat but it definitely tends to be a good method of staying calm and polite. This works when I start getting frustrated with myself? “What made me react that way?”, “Exactly what button did that person press?”, “What is blocking me from meditation?” It’s amazing seeing what answers come up.
Blessings, G

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Watching by G A Rosenberg

 

Green Grid by G A Rosenberg