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Representing Our Species

 

“You are an explorer, and you represent our species, and the greatest good you can do is to bring back a new idea, because our world is endangered by the absence of good ideas. Our world is in crisis because of the absence of consciousness.”
― Terence McKenna

 

When is the last time you explored your world? By that I mean when is the last time you woke up and looked at your every day existence as a stranger, someone who had never seen it before and questioned what you saw and experienced? Does it all make sense? What wonders did you see that you might have missed experiencing it in the same old way? What new insights did the stranger in your life reveal to you and what were you able to do with it? We live so much of our lives accepting that what we experience is normal and forgetting that there is no such thing. How good a representative of our species are we? Isn’t that a great question to ask ourselves perhaps each day?
Blessings, G

 

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Seeing Into A Dark WorldSeeing Into A Dark World by G A Rosenberg

 

Rough PassageRough Passage by G A Rosenberg

Representing Our Species

 

“You are an explorer, and you represent our species, and the greatest good you can do is to bring back a new idea, because our world is endangered by the absence of good ideas. Our world is in crisis because of the absence of consciousness.”
― Terence McKenna

 

When is the last time you explored your world? By that I mean when is the last time you woke up and looked at your every day existence as a stranger, someone who had never seen it before and questioned what you saw and experienced? Does it all make sense? What wonders did you see that you might have missed experiencing it in the same old way? What new insights did the stranger in your life reveal to you and what were you able to do with it? We live so much of our lives accepting that what we experience is normal and forgetting that there is no such thing. How good a representative of our species are we? Isn’t that a great question to ask ourselves perhaps each day?
Blessings, G

 

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Seeing Into A Dark WorldSeeing Into A Dark World by G A Rosenberg

 

Rough PassageRough Passage by G A Rosenberg

Imagine Better

 

“We live in condensations of our imagination”
― Terence McKenna

 

So much of what each of us consider real comes from our interpretations. When someone whom we respect tells us that we have done a good job do we swell up with pride or do we become angry at condescension? Do we become puzzled and hurt and try to figure out what they might mean by it and base our reactions on the conclusion we come to? A single mother leaves her child in the car so she can run in to a store. Is she negligent or is it ok? The answer to that depends on the imagination of the observer. So much of our reality is dependent on our viewpoint and how we fill in the blanks and there are always blanks. There are always unknown factors that we are unaware of. How we fill these voids depends on our experience in similar situations and what we imagine the consequences may be.
In either case, it is our imagination that determines our reality. Understanding this gives us the opportunity to imagine other possibilities. If we want to change the world, it may help us to adapt different interpretations. Imagining other viewpoints or other reality tunnels can enable us to act more compassionately and more positively and more openly to other people. Imagining better makes us better.
Blessings, G

 

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Waiting ChamberWaiting Chamber by G A Rosenberg

 

Strange Abstract PortalStrange Abstract Portal by G A Rosenberg

 

Willingness to Change

 

“We have been to the moon, we have charted the depths of the ocean and the heart of the atom, but we have a fear of looking inward to ourselves because we sense that is where all the contradictions flow together.”
― Terence McKenna

 

Why do we do the things we do? What are our processes? What in us is a product of cultural, family and media conditioning and what is our authentic selves? Are we our views and our reasoning on any given viewpoint? All too often we accept our conditioning and viewpoints as our reality and we defend any challenge to them as if they were a personal attack. Why? If our viewpoints cannot withstand challenge doesn’t that mean it may be time to change them? If we are looking to gain more understanding of ourselves, doesn’t that make it a good idea to welcome challenge? Can we learn to accept that something we believe in may be wrong and change it even if we believe it passionately?
I have been working on these questions for awhile now and I have finally come to the point where I welcome my ideas being challenged. If I find myself getting personally offended when a statement I make has been challenged, I see it as an opportunity to look at what part of me feels wounded by the challenge? I can change a viewpoint knowing that it does not mean changing my real authentic self just part of the barnacles that have grown on the surface.
Blessings, G

 

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ConservatoryConservatory by G A Rosenberg

 

Passion of the ImaginationPassion of the imagination by G A Rosenberg

 

Artist’s Task

 

“The artist’s task is to save the soul of mankind; and anything less is a dithering while Rome burns. If artists cannot find the way, then the way cannot be found.”
-Terence McKenna

 

We’re all artists, our mediums may differ but we all create our lives from our imagination using the tools and materials at hand. Some of us give up way too easily leaving designs half finished or we spend our lives searching for others who will complete our designs for us. Some of us finger paint and let our designs go willy-nilly. Don’t get me wrong for this method can produce beauty and fractal patterns never before seen. Some of us tho, partly by design and partly by taking advantage of patterns that we see as they develop, create true beauty that inspires. Our lives leap off the page or off the board and influence others to see what they can truly do and become.
Blessings, G

 

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Bronze SpinBronze Spin by G A Rosenberg

 

Psychedelic Carpet stylePsychedelic Carpet by G A Rosenberg

The Responsibility of Understanding

“You have to take seriously the notion that understanding the universe is your responsibility, because the only understanding of the universe that will be useful to you is your own understanding.”
― Terence McKenna

 

In my experience the easiest way to feel ripped off is to give someone else the responsibility of understanding and transmitting how the universe works and yet we do this all the time. When I say this comes from my experience I do not exaggerate. When I was younger I tried to pan this job off on anybody. First on the rabbis, then all of the great atheistic teachers, then the Moonies, the Charismatic Christians, C. S. Lewis and various friends and religious leaders of all stripes. Each time I felt betrayed and finally gave up on anyone else’s interpretation defining reality for me.
Once I did this, the fun truly began. Not beholden to any one person I could learn from all and pick and choose my interpretation and my understanding. This yielded both a wider perspective and appreciation for all but also a greater understanding of the universe as a whole. Never again will any one interpretation do.
Blessings G

 

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Her Thoughts Stormy and WindtornsmHer Thoughts Storms and Windtorn by G A Rosenberg

 

Pattern StretchingsmPattern Stretching by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – January 13, 2013

“We tend to disempower ourselves. We tend to believe that we don’t matter. And in the act of taking that idea to ourselves we give everything away to somebody else, to something else.”
– Terence McKenna

 

Today a friend of mine posted a video on FB entitled “An Incredible Act of Love” This video shows an actor pretending to have a flat tire and a good Samaritan stopping to help out. The guy helping refuses to accept money and the camera crew watching this became flabbergasted. This depressed my friend who posted it bemoaning the state of humanity that has brought us the point where a basic good deed that almost any one of the people reading this would do was seen as “An Incredible Act” My friend really wanted me and a few other people to offer our take on it. After pondering it for a bit, this was what i wrote..

“Well a couple of things come up.. I think that the person who titled it has an extremely negative viewpoint of humanity. I also believe that we have been trained by the media to have the most suspicious negative view of our fellow humans possible and that feeding into it, spreading this view increases the damage.
Humanity has achieved much in its history. We touch on the divine. Shakespeare said
“What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how
infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and
admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like
a god!”
and its true in potential we hold so much that we have yet to realize tho its happening slowly and hopefully we will make a huge leap before we close down this shop in our immaturity.
We do more by building each other than giving into despair

I don’t mean not to be real. There are immature selfish dark agendas out there but kindness DOES exist and SO much potential. Which do we want to build on

In my experience any day you can look and find at least one example of someone going out of their way for another person. It’s there but never quite as ‘flashy’, ‘cool’ or ‘remarkable’ as someone being truly shitty to each other…
Again the media plays into it… think of the news each night showing one feelgood story amidst as many stories of tragedy as they can…and then acting as if that is the ratio in the world…
I admit that thanks to media there are more people that is easier for many of us to describe ten ways of emotionally or physically torturing another being than people who can instruct you in giving a really awesome back rub.. I know which one of those is the most useful… and I believe its catching on… This is definitely a situation where if we’re not part of the solution we are increasing the problem… Sorry about the soap box but this is where ‘Be the change you want to see comes in’ for me. I would rather inspire people by being this person who will help. It may just be contagious.
Why I always recommend not only committing random acts of senseless kindness but acknowledging those of others in an everyday sense…
I’m fixing to be a full out rapturist”

Blessings G

 

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Seven of Swords
Tarot – Seven of Swords by G A Rosenberg

 

Techno McArthur's Park
Cosmic McArthur’s Park by G A Rosenberg