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Quote of the Day – March 30 2012

“‘Q: What can each one of us do to help alleviate the suffering of the world?

‘That’s a good question. The first thing is that you be aware of it and recognize it unsentimentally… that you just be aware of what it’s really like. Then the next thing you do is that you don’t get bummed by it, because that makes you contribute to it.’

‘What you do is that you take care of the first thing at hand, which is right between your ears. Fix your head….’

Q: How do you fix your head?

‘You have to tell the truth all the time even in uncomfortable situations, even if there’s great social difficulty.’

‘What that does is that it keeps you from having [things] subconscious; and if you don’t have subconscious you should be smart enough to figure everything else out yourself. If you don’t have subconscious the clear light of God can shine through you. Your own subconscious is the filter that keeps that out.’
–Stephen Gaskin

I was thinking of only using one of the question answer pairs here but I have to admit I find the whole of it pretty awesome. He talks about compassion so off-hand. Recognize suffering and be aware of what it’s really like in an unsentimental fashion. That statement realizes that sentimentality can totally blindside empathy and stop it on its way to compassion if we let it. It seems so easy to put value judgements on what we perceive from others that rather than openly put ourselves in another’s shoes, we both romanticize and trivialize it. I know I have been guilty of this in the past and still catch myself doing it sometimes.
As a friend of mine would say “See how we are”
The total honesty all the time part is something that I wish I had the courage to try. I know that it is a necessity in order to have true lasting communication with others, still it is something I approach as a goal and have been working towards. Closer every day.
Blessings, G

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The Sky Was Filled With Wonder by G A Rosenberg

Flowering Cosmos by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – November 19 2011

“When a baby is born it’s God’s opinion that there’s room for one more avatar in the world”
–Stephen Gaskin

Love the quote, even with the undefined (need for agreement on what the terms mean or at least an understanding for what they mean to each of the people present in order for there to be meaningful communication) terms God and avatar. I love the concept that every single person born has the potential to become a spiritual master, or perhaps is one already.

A quote or paragraph from a conversation on FB today. A friend of mind posed a question to the group about whether it was rich to accuse another of heresy or ostracize them because they disagree with what the other members of the group believe. I put my two cents in:

“It seems counter-productive at best to do so. It assumes not only that we know and understand all but that our assumptions are all correct. I would find that boring. One of my favourite books Illusions by Richard Bach has a book within it called the Messiah’s Handbook-Lessons that one would find useful on the way to Spiritual Mastery. The last page in the book says “Everything in this book may be wrong”.
No matter how much i learn, from books, from others, even from direct apprehension I add that tagline to.
I might not have the comfort of KNOWING all the answers but I find life ever so much more interesting that way.”
Namaste
–GAR

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Emergence by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – November 11 2011

The only 11-11-11 there has been– but then isn’t each moment unique. This moment is the only one we’ll ever have. To paraphrase Stephen Gaskin “We are this moment’s children”

“I have one major rule: Everybody is right. More specifically, everybody — including me — has some important pieces of truth, and all of those pieces need to be honored, cherished, and included in a more gracious, spacious, and compassionate embrace”
–Ken Wilber

We have this moment in which to awaken
this moment in which to dream
this moment in which to love
to feel joy and sorrow
to transcend..
not yesterday
not tomorrow
this moment
but then I belabour the obvious 🙂

And besides I wanted to talk about Dr. Wilber’s quote a bit. How can EVERYONE be right. More to the point how can anyone not be? Do you KNOW they’re not? So many people claim to know. The more of existence I experience, the less I know and I kind of prefer it that way. It seems more and more that the more a person knows, the more certainty they have, the more experiences they close themselves off to. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say, the more types of experience they close themselves off to. If reality really is too big to understand all at once by someone in physical incarnation as R Buckminster Fuller and many others have suggested, then we cannot know it fully, we can only understand it in parts. Or so it seems to me. Namaste
–G A R

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Transcending by G A Rosenberg