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A Judgement of Vampires

 

“The place to improve the world is first in one’s own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there.”
― Robert M. Pirsig

 

The din of a thousand words echoing
decrying each other’s faults
criticizing each other’s actions
feeding on the blood they sense in the wind
on the water
at their feet.
Yet in their mirrorless existences
for they cannot see their reflections
and will not reflect on their thoughts
except when echoed by others.
Unkind? Unjust? Unfair?
Perhaps only human
for am I not committing the sin
by naming it
by blaming it
by shaming it?
I will uncover my looking glass
and gaze into the water
and reflect on myself
and change from within
and evolve from without
and resolve to be kind
— G A Rosenberg

 

Blessings, G

 

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The Maze Reflects on Many LevelsThe Maze Reflects on Many Levels by G A Rosenberg

 

Enigmatic TotemEnigmatic Totem by G A Rosenberg

 

Moving Outside the Frame

 

“In a car you’re always in a compartment, and because you’re used to it you don’t realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV. You’re a passive observer and it is all moving by you boringly in a frame. On a cycle the frame is gone. You’re completely in contact with it all. You’re in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming.”
— Robert M. Pirsig

 

These days most of us spend way too much time removed from our surroundings. We spend time on our computers and phones and look out the windows of our offices, homes and cars. Being truly in our surroundings with nothing separating us from our experience enhances our lives so much. It is not only in our bodies that we limit ourselves to viewing life through a window. We do it constantly with our thoughts. We dismiss experiences and outlooks that are outside our frame of reference either because we fear what we may see, find it too odd or too opposed to how we see life. If only we could drop our life lenses and leave our reality tunnels aside and consider each viewpoint directly without worrying about how it fits in with ours. It would be like going outdoors after too long a period of just looking through the window and the scenery is so beautiful.
Blessings, G

 

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Riding Under the Stars (Aloces)Riding Under the Stars (Aloces) by G A Rosenberg

 

Fetching the UniverseFetching the Universe by G A Rosenberg

 

Being and Making the Change

 

“But to tear down a factory or to revolt against a government or to avoid repair of a motorcycle because it is a system is to attack effects rather than causes; and as long as the attack is upon effects only, no change is possible. The true system, the real system, is our present construction of systematic thought itself, rationality itself, and if a factory is torn down but the rationality which produced it is left standing, then that rationality will simply produce another factory. If a revolution destroys a systematic government, but the systematic patterns of thought that produced that government are left intact, then those patterns will repeat themselves in the succeeding government. There’s so much talk about the system. And so little understanding.”
― Robert M. Pirsig

 

So many of us see the need for the world to change. All too often we forget that we are part of the world and so part of the job, perhaps the main part for each of us is to change ourselves. We become more interested in tearing down what doesn’t work rather than create a world that does. Lately I have been trying to change my focus a bit. Taking an example from some of the best visioning and self-development courses I have seen, I have started asking myself a few questions and I invite you to do the same.

 

If the world were to change tomorrow and become the world of my dreams, what would that look like?
What values does a person who lives in that optimal world hold?
What are they like emotionally, mentally and spiritually?
Am I the personification of a person living in that optimal world?
In what ways do I fall short?
What has to happen for the world to reach that state? How could it get there?
How do I need to change to become that optimal self?
What are the first steps that I can do to become that self?
What are the first steps I can take to bring the world there?

 

This usually gives me quite a bit to work on. It’s amazing how much harder it is to be the change rather than just say it yet I know its possible.
Blessings, G

 

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Creation Engine 2Creation Engine by G A Rosenberg

 

Widening gyreWidening Gyre by G A Rosenberg

Learning How to Help

 

“The place to improve the world is first in one’s own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there.”
— Robert M. Pirsig

 

So many people
want to live the way they do.
Train wrecks in motion
not caring what comes through
They feel entitled
to live their life their way
but when it falls apart
you can hear them say

 

Rescue me but don’t save me
Prove to me you care
Don’t help me walk, carry me
Please come ease my fears.

 

I’ve made some choices
that landed me in the rough
put myself in places
that taught me to get tough
I’ve had some people
who have brought me to my feet
gave me some pointers
to make myself complete.

 

Taking advantage
would have felt kind of sleazy
Blaming the world
felt a bit too easy.
I had to find
a way that worked for me
to face the mirror
responsibility

 

Save me but don’t rescue me
point out ways to go
trust that I’ll get there
Learn how much I know

 

I try hard not to be judge people. I know how rough many people have it and we are all products of our past and unique. Living in this world costs and living in this world consciously can take its toll no matter how joyous aspects of it can be.
There have been times when I’ve needed help and people were there for me, family, friends and wondrous strangers who’s memory I bless. More often than not tho, they didn’t help me with money but with opportunities to put my life back together. I had to hold up my end and actually do the work. Some of those opportunities I screwed up and found myself in as rough shape as before. In some of those cases, I tried blaming the people who helped me, accusing them in my mind of setting me up to fail. Luckily in most of those cases I started laughing at myself, realizing that they actually had more confidence in me than I had in myself. Eventually I learned.
It’s a special gift to know how to be there for others. It’s easy to give money to friends rather than help them self-actualize. I would rather help them find that spark of self-esteem that will help them much more.
Blessings, G

 

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Dryads Tree DancingTree Dancing (Dryads) by G A Rosenberg

 

Fox's Starry NightFox’s Starry Night by G A Rosenberg

 

Quote of the Day – May 4 2012

“Like those in the valley behind us, most people stand in sight of the spiritual mountains all their lives and never enter them, being content to listen to others who have been there and thus avoid the hardships.”
–Robert Pirsig

For too many years this described me. I read so much about spirituality. Castaneda, Crowley, Blavatsky, Leadbeater, Alice Bailey, Eliphas Levi, an endless list. Yet I never meditated or did any real work on myself. I fooled myself into thinking that I was discovering answers and gaining insight. It was pretty funny actually. At one point I grew disillusioned with, well not so much what I was learning but with myself. I acted in ways that felt a lot like self-betrayal so I left my studying behind. That was when I truly began to climb the mountain. Oh for years I circled the base learned much about relationships, much about my own capacity for self-deception and slowly with much time and much practice quite a bit about love and compassion. Then I started to meditate and create and other things to work on within and the climbing began. I look at the few steps I’ve come since then and look up and up and up at the inner mountains ahead and I smile and I climb.
Blessings, G

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Volcano by G A Rosenberg

Fireworks from the Inside by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – January 3 2012

“To live for some future goal is shallow. It’s the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top.”

— Robert M Pirsig

I wish to be enlightened. I wish to be rich. I wish to be loved. Then learn, then earn, then love. Enjoy the journey. The destination seems always out of reach. Perhaps any goal worth achieving resembles a mathematical limit in that sense, always approaching, never there. I like that. I want to enjoy each moment along the way. Life seems to happen in those moments. If we see, even our mistakes as milestones on the way there, then we honour them. I needed to screw up before I could achieve..In that case, was it a screw up or a way station? I guess no real tragedies exist then do they? Only pieces of our path. Namaste, G

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Baby Steps into the Infinite by G A Rosenberg

Cradled by the Goddess by G A Rosenberg