There Be Dragons


“People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons. From within.”
— Ursula K. Le Guin


“I deny my anger. It is a negative emotion and I can’t have those. Oh these? The doctor told me to take these for my stomach. The pain gets bad sometimes. Anyway, as I was saying I am way too advanced to let myself give into hate or anger or jealousy. It lowers my vibration when I give into negativity like that. You should know. Look at what happens when you get pissed off. Good thing I’ve gotten over all that. It really eases my mind. Excuse me, I need to go lie down. I get these cluster headaches sometimes and rest in a dark room is about the only thing that helps.”


Dragons come in many forms


Blessings, G


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57-OseOse (#57 in Goetia Series) by G A Rosenberg


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Letting the Feelings Flow Through


“Nature is playful and terrible. Some see the playful side and dally with it and let it sparkle. Others see the horror and cover their heads and are more dead than alive. The way does not lead between both, but embraces both. It is both cheerful play and cold horror.”
— Carl Jung


Resist not your feelings
Your nature is wild and strong
The times that you are raging
you’re only withstanding the storm
Don’t hide your head neath the covers
feel them with all of your might
the storm that’s intense will pass by you
leaving behind peaceful night


Emotions are just like our weather
clear skies and cloudy mixed in
No use whining or complaining
by the time we’re done, a change has come in.


I once was an uptight bastard
bottling up all my rage
I felt like some wild creature
was trapped in my steel-headed cage
I finally got bored with my anger
my sorrow and feeling alone
I now let the feelings flow through me
not a one am I required to own.
— G A Rosenberg


A bit of doggerel on an evening where I have been awake too many hours with too little sleep. Tho feeling it a bit as a song. Jung’s quote talks about coexisting with nature rather than hiding from it. I have long seen my emotions as being similar to weather patterns. If I acknowledge the negative emotions that come up and let them pass through, it can be liberating. It’s when I try to clamp down on anger or hurt or sorrow that I start to feel trapped. Eventually I end up clamping down so far that I get a case of mental constipation, the shit has no way of coming out.
That doesn’t mean I have to lash out at anyone or punch walls, it just means that I have to acknowledge my anger or frustration. I witness it, witness how it manifests and then go on to other things. With practice, it becomes easier. Since I have started doing this, my stomach hurts less and I get way less stress and sinus headaches. I feel more clear-headed and can better handle whatever has caused the stress in the first place. Of course having my art as an outlet doesn’t hurt either.
Blessings, G


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Will Rise in FlamesWill Rise in Flames by G A Rosenberg


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Working Through the Subtle Perceptions

“If you want to shrink something,
You must first allow it to expand.
If you want to get rid of something,
You must first allow it to flourish.
If you want to take something,
You must first allow it to be given.
This is called the subtle perception
Of the way things are.”

~Tao Te Ching


It’s nigh impossible to get rid of a bad habit of which we are unaware. It is only by realizing that the habit exists, letting it manifest and then playing it out that we can truly transcend it. If we restrict or repress it, then it will find subtler ways of manifesting. This among other things is one of the problems with enforced political correctness.
If we are sad or angry, clamping down on our emotions will not help us get over them. If anything, it just builds up the problem for another day. It is only by letting ourselves feel the emotion in its fullness and doing it mindfully that we can get past it.
Blessings, G


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