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Breaking the Rules (Essence Over Form)


“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”
― Pablo Picasso


I was told tonight on social media that my haikus would never sell in Japan because I don’t stick to the strict rules of haiku. There is supposed to be mention of a season in each one and strict attention not only to syllable count but sentence construction within so that:

The autumn flower
in its last breath’s conclusion
prepares for a new life

might work and satisfy but

Seeking more knowledge
I submerge within shadow
finding my substance

doesn’t even tho it may prove more evocative for many and definitely is a clearer form of self-expression. I replied that to analyze poetry with slavish attention to rules might very well miss the point of the poem entirely. It’s always good to have an understanding of the rules of any system yet I value essence over form any day. It may not sell in Japan or anywhere else but it is definitely a more satisfying experience.
Blessings, G


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Nature Friend (Barbatos)Barbatos by G A Rosenberg


Insect AbstractInsect Abstract 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

Quote of the Day – March 31 2012

“Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system.”
–Bruce Lee


Yet people keep trying to classify, label and sort us to find exactly where we fit into the current systems. Of course it doesn’t work. None of us despite our best efforts can ever easily fit. The systems of labelling decay as do the labellers with it. The only systems that will work are organic ones, ones that will grow and alter with us as we do.
Blessings, G

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Shaping the Vortex by G A Rosenberg

Happy by G A Rosenberg

Blue -Drop Mandala by G A Rosenberg