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Sisyphean Lessons

 

“Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.”
— John Cotton Dana

 

Sisyphus watches the stone roll down
I watch my plans unravel
Another lesson gone astray
I stand naked
with my naivety hanging out
I thought I could teach
what I had learned
what I had thought
what I had dreamed
yet so little did I know
My teachings taste like ashes
as my students went astray
Back to the basics
back to the road
back to the books
It’s time for this lad to return to school.
— G A Rosenberg

 

Blessings, G

 

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HauntedHaunted by G A Rosenberg

 

She Dreams GeometricallyShe Dreams Geometrically by G A Rosenberg

 

No Path But My Own

 

“To go wrong in one’s own way is better then to go right in someone else’s.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

 

This belief that we know better for anyone but ourselves is a pestilence, a means of control and manipulation that can strangle the will and crush the spirit from any.Equally foul is the conceit that others know better our needs than ourselves for that is the way to sheepdom. It’s better to learn from all without absolutes enjoying the contradictions that arise and holding the paradoxes while listening to that spirit and will within us and trust to its guidance. Thru uncomfortable paradox we learn more than any teacher could show us. Yes by choosing my path I’ll screw up but I’ll do it magnificently. My life has always been a series of falls and rises and will continue to do so. Our mistakes can be great teachers as well. For ultimately each person’s way is unique and the most anyone can show is their own path which may illuminate our own but never determine it.
Blessings, G

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After A Fall Something ArisesAfter the Fall Something Arises by G A Rosenberg

 

Showing off how the cards look with borders on:
 

Wands-Queen (FB)

The Hermit (FB)
Swords-Two (FB)

 

Throwing Away Scripture

 

“When you’ve understood this scripture, throw it away. If you can’t understand this scripture, throw it away. I insist on your freedom.”
― Jack Kerouac

 

Is there someone you look to for answers? Oh I don’t mean a deity or abstract spiritual being. Nor do I mean being open to answers that come from others. What I am actually asking is if there is any one person or group of people who’s word you take as law. Is there a guru to whom you are a chela? Have you surrendered your freedom to him / her or has learning from this teacher brought you a greater freedom then you’ve known so far?
It seems that for most of my early adult years I was in a state of serial cheladom. I would adopt a teacher or they would adopt me (it’s not surprising that so many people feel that they have answers worth teaching. Beware of those who claim to teach much less understand absolute Truth with a capitol T tho. It’s not that they don’t have something worth teaching. In my experience, those who believe that they have found the ONLY way lack context and understanding how their way may fit into the greater whole. They are enslavers who will tie you to their path rather than help you find your own. It took me a long while to realize this tho the other lessons that came were a fair trade off.
In the long run, a true teacher sets you upon your path and frees you from theirs. Whether you understand it or not.
Blessings, G

 

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From Alien SeasFrom Alien Seas by G A Rosenberg

 

He Just Thinks He Doesn't Give A FractalHe Just Thinks He Doesn’t Give a Fractal by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – January 30 2013

“No human relation gives one possession in another—every two souls are absolutely different. In friendship or in love, the two side by side raise hands together to find what one cannot reach alone.”
― Kahlil Gibran

We all reflect the universe in different ways and so become teachers and students to each other. Each one of us can help any other to travel further along their path. Not only in harmony, some people teach us most by being a combination of qualities and opinions we just can’t stand and from experience I know what a good teacher that can be.
Not only do we learn from other people but from anything we encounter. A friend of mine said to me today that “There is nothing that is not GU-RU” and he defined the term GURU as “dispeller of darkness”. I rather like that. We light the way for each other.
Blessings, G

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When He Has An Opening He'll See You
When There is an Opening He Will See You by G A Rosenberg

That's a Moire

That’s a Moire by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – July 17 2012

Quiet Woman at Restaurant: When it was over, all I could think about was how this entire notion of oneself, what we are, is just this logical structure, a place to momentarily house all the abstractions. It was a time to become conscious, to give form and coherence to the mystery, and I had been a part of that. It was a gift. Life was raging all around me and every moment was magical. I loved all the people, dealing with all the contradictory impulses – that’s what I loved the most, connecting with the people. Looking back, that’s all that really mattered. “

— from the movie Waking Life ( (One of the most brilliant consciousness-provoking films I’ve seen in recent years and somehow one that resonates with what my online life feels like of late, for which i am truly grateful)

What is a web but a pattern of connecting strands working its way outwards (or perhaps inwards from another perspective?) Spiders live in them, sleep in them and catch food in them. While that hasn’t proven true in a physical sense for me I have gained so much in terms of consciousness and thought from my interactions on the web that my being feels sustained. Never in my life would I have imagined feeling so close to so many people in many cases so far away. Maybe these connections, as in a spider’s web are fragile and transitory yet still i work hard to make sure that they are mutually beneficial. I am fortunate in my existence to have found so many worthwhile teachers. Thank you.
Blessings, G

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Strange Journey by G A Rosenberg

 

Leaving the Nest by G A Rosenberg

Learning from Everyone…

“If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.”
― Pema Chödrön

Perhaps especially those who drive us crazy. Gratitude abounds to all my teachers with prayers that I can open up further to learn from all
Blessings, G

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Egg-Drop by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – March 28 2012

“The teachers we need will always be there when we need them; no reason to track down somebody else’s.”
–Jed McKenna

Sometimes the teacher’s we most need to learn from tend to be the unexpected ones. Someone enters our life, it could be a teacher, a student, a customer who comes into our store and that person either in a moment or over the course of years. This person might not be a teacher for anyone else but he or she becomes our teacher because they are uniquely qualified to convey that thread of truth which we need at that time.
No ‘guru’ can teach us what that person can. When we need those teachers, they are there or at least I have found that to always be so. BLessings, G

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Cosmic hang five by G A Rosenberg

Along the Path

(Opinions of the present–as always subject to change and perhaps wrong, this is presently where my personal road signs are pointing)
Noone has a lock on your path towards truth or even what your view of reality might be. Not old school gurus, not Team Light, not anyone,
we are all sovereign humans and part of that is having to figure it out for ourselves
Part of this figuring out may mean we subscribe to someone else’s viewpoints for moments, months, or years but we learn from them…but when we do so if we accept their interpretation of what our path could be over our own internal guidance (when there is a conflict) then we are not being true to ourselves
Everybody has a piece of the puzzle, none has an ABSOLUTE lock on the truth, that does not mean that we can’t learn from each person, we can..each person’s outlook can only strengthen ours if we are open to it (perhaps even more so, if we rail against it)
The Absolute is bigger than we CAN conceive–not bigger than we do conceive but bigger than we are capable, anyone who claims to have absolute understanding is to put it mildly mistaken, at least in that regard tho they may have wisdom in others
Likewise….anyone who puts down another’s path and says it is COMPLETELY wrong is mistaken…
At the same time it is easier to advance along a spiritual path by following the way of a teacher , most paths tend to be hierarchical tho eventually any path that is not one’s own will either become less and less of a fit or you will stray further from yourself the longer you are on it..
Getting off a path that no longer works for you is not a bad thing. Trashing it for not being an exact fit does disservice to you and the path.
Actually trashing anyone else’s path tends to be nonproductive.
The only prize that seems worthwhile would be greater self-awareness, self-actualization, How one gets there whether through diksha, initiation, ascension or some other form of transcendence seems less then important.

Stream of Consciousness Rambling

Words flowing
not knowing
a bit uneasy but that’s ok
disquieted what a strange term, i am dising my quiet and why
when i have searched for it for so long..
tho be careful what you ask for
happiness peppered through with anxiety
not about holding on but how to play
and how to be
just be and the how takes care of itself…
feel the mood pass through
music tunes it out as i tune in
all flowing through the consciousness stream
loving, comes easier, the more I practice
Love is my practice

Teachers appearing
so many
i learn from each one
teach myself?
perhaps
after all who else is there?
My spirit has come home
yet that word’s meaning changes…
I have learned to walk in the beauty i perceive
and yet have barely perceived at all.