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Let It Spill

“From now on I hope always to stay alert, to educate myself as best I can. But lacking this, in Future I will relaxedly turn back to my secret mind to see what it has observed when I thought I was sitting this one out. We never sit anything out.

We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out. ”
― Ray Bradbury

 

The witness knows that I’m too full
of transitory things
Momentary panic that stressors bring
On the surface, clarity gone
as the septic moment lingers
so let it spill on out
underneath is pure
learn to let it go
the empty witness’s sure
In hours it’ll matter less
in days not at all
so pop the troubled bubble
a child’s bubble gum
remember back to times
all it meant was fun
sing that happy song
that once ran through your head
Find the joy in what you are
the pure note’s stead

— G A Rosenberg

Blessings, G

 

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Amber Cathedral MandalaAmber Cathedral Mandala by G A Rosenberg

 

Nebulous MandalaNebulous by G A Rosenberg

Don’t Shoot the Ego Messenger

“How to get rid of ego as dictator and turn it into messenger and servant and scout, to be in your service, is the trick.”
― Joseph Campbell

 

Aleister Crowley in his Liber III vel Jugorum wrote of a whole regiment designed to control the thoughts and train the ego. It involved razor blades and self-flagellation and while it may be effective may be considered a bit much for some people. Still the ego tends to be tricky. Even when we don’t believe that it controls us it can be the most manipulative and passive aggressive of servants. Also, the more we worry and obsess about whether our egos are controlling us or not, the more we can be sure that they are.
Perhaps it is better to just have awareness. Witness our thoughts and witness our actions and emotions and then try to have awareness of who it is that is doing the witnessing. This does not mean that to stop doing things volitionally. It does mean that we can be mindful of our actions and see where that leads us.
Blessings, G

 

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Unexpected Roadside AppearanceUnexpected Roadside Appearance by G A Rosenberg

 

Love's Strange MirrorLove’s Strange Mirror by G A Rosenberg

Our Life as a Spectator Sport.

 

“To become a spectator of one’s own life is to escape the suffering of life.”
— Oscar Wilde

 

As many of us were growing up, we were told the importance of being participants in life and not spectators. Many of us indeed feel the need to act, to achieve to press ever onward and this is a good thing for the most part. There is equally a time to be still, to meditate and to watch. It is so easy to get caught up in the drama of day to day life and to even actively promote the drama. We treat as important situations that will be relatively meaningless a day later never mind in any kind of long run. We get angry when someone cuts us off in traffic. Do we actively promote this anger and either give the other driver the finger or start an altercation or do we just watch from our center and not let it affect us. When a family member is in a bad mood, do we take it on, get into a nice rousing argument where years of buried resentments emerge or do we just see it as what it is. Watching what goes on around us and knowing when to act and when to be still has to be one of the most important life and spiritual skills that there is. This has been a hard won lesson to me and one that needs refreshing often.
Blessings, G

 

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Egg ChamberEgg Chamber by G A Rosenberg

 

Steampunk LizarmanSteampunk Lizardman by G A Rosenberg

Witnessing Thoughts

 

“I’m simply saying that there is a way to be sane. I’m saying that you can
get rid of all this insanity created by the past in you. Just by being a simple
witness of your thought processes.

It is simply sitting silently, witnessing the thoughts, passing before you.
Just witnessing, not interfering not even judging, because the moment you
judge you have lost the pure witness. The moment you say “this is good, this
is bad,” you have already jumped onto the thought process.

It takes a little time to create a gap between the witness and the mind. Once
the gap is there, you are in for a great suprise, that you are not the mind, that
you are the witness, A watcher.

And this process of watching is the very alchemy of real religion. Because as
you become more and more deeply rooted in witnessing, thoughts start
disappearing. You are, but the mind is utterly empty.

That’s the moment of enlightenment. That is the moment that you become for
the first time an unconditioned, sane, really free human being.”
― Osho

 

Letting thoughts go by, watching them without judgement and if I judge then letting that go too. Otherwise we get into a loop of judgement – no evaluation just watching the flow, the go, the know…Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law, the hole down which we spill, chill, will, not the want will but a call to the true self, and always love, prem, cosmic crazy glue that sticks us together with everything else, yet is there anything else? yes on this level we differentiate tho we’re all part of something greater, like the U2 song one but we’re not the same, sane i’ve given up worrying about that long ago, very few worries these daze, letters flow, mind flow watching my thoughts, words on the screen of mind, no mind never mind…
Blessings, G

 

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OcclusionOcclusion by G A Rosenberg

 

ShieldShield by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – March 6 2013

“Learn to watch your drama unfold while at the same time knowing you are more than your drama.”
― Ram Dass

 

How hard is it to escape daily drama? At times it seems near impossible. I have spoken a lot about how foolish it seems to try to escape anything. We tend to bring it all with us especially the drama. Being able to watch it tho, stepping outside the situation we are caught up in and perceive it as a member of the audience, relating from that impartial witness element becomes priceless. Sometimes I believe we go through our teenage years and our kids as a means of teaching us exactly this lesson. I needed this reminder tonight and so I share it with you.
Blessings, G

 

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RepresentationRepresentation by G A Rosenberg

 

Lotus ReflectionLotus Reflection by G A Rosenberg

 

Quote of the Day – January 17 2013

“Nobody is smart enough to be wrong all the time.”
— Ken Wilber

 

What glorious mistakes we make. Each one contributes to who we are and who we will become. At the time anyone of them may seem like the end of the world. Still we get past it and if we’re smart or lucky we learn and go on to make even more glorious mistakes. Each time we become just a little more than we were before. The Fool inside of us, the man (or woman) behind the curtain watches it all in joy. Why not? Behind the curtain in front of which all our actions take place, we watch it all and contain it all. It is all a dance. Come and enjoy this dance with me, this ongoing folly of our lives. Just remember we’re on stage and eventually all the props and costumes as well as our roles and scripts go back in the box leaving only the experience of being, mistakes and all.
Blessings, G

 

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MysteryMystery by G A Rosenberg

 

fiire and water
Energy Patterns – Fire and Water by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – January 22 2012

“We must be able to let things happen in the psyche. For us, this becomes a real art… Consciousness is forever interfering, helping, correcting, and negating, never leaving the single growth of the psychic processes in peace. ”
–Carl Jung

I would like to just be with my thoughts and feelings. Do I mean be like the eye in the hurricane,calmly fixed in the centre while all my thoughts and feelings dance around me. Who knows what magic might spring up? I can journey with my wildest imaginings without worry that judgement could curtail it. I could be wrathful, lustful, beatific, blissful without opposition sometimes all at once. Ah that I may have the grace to find myself perceiving from the view of the witness, just on occasion, to not live from my past or for my future but present, fully present in the now. Namaste, G

A word on tonight’s pictures: Both of these came from dancing with a series of 3-4 brush strokes and seeing what I could make of them-complicated simplicity as it were,

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Primitive Owl by G A Rosenberg

Glow Play by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – December 18 2011

“The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly. ”
–Richard Bach, Illusions

I may have used this quote before but it definitely relates to the ongoing discussion in my being an that i find myself involved with online. A friend posted a video of Charles Manson asking “Do you feel blame?” “Are you mad?” and then gibbering, A few people reacted to the use of Manson himself. Reacting to his crimes and to his being… My friend pointed out that the understanding that their reactions could bring them was worth seeing the video. I find myself agreeing.
More and more I believe awareness to be one of the main points of existence, Awareness of the self, its actions and reactions, otherwise why the variety of life that we see. Beauty, Ugliness, Disgust, Hate, Love, Murder, Lust, Rape, Support, Embrace, Dance, Hug, Fart, Defecate, all part of existence as would be each thought, emotion and action, each records in the witness. Any judgement we make on it all we do with imperfect awareness of the big picture. Who knows what soul-agreements may exist between murderer and victim, raper and rapist, lover and lover. We can be aware of our reactions, our beliefs and our judgements, i see them as being our progress reports. Our reactions serve as a way of introducing our self to our self…
Namaste, G

The Show went amazingly.

I sold one of my pictures (which was awesome) and got many positive reactions so coolness all around

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Corridor by G A Rosenberg

The Goddess Sits in Many Aspects by G A Rosenberg

 

Quote of the Day – December 14 2011

‎”There is a difference. You watch television, you don’t witness it. But, while watching television, if you start witnessing yourself watching television, then there are two processes going on: you are watching television, and something within you is witnessing the process of watching television. Witnessing is deeper, far deeper. It is not equivalent to watching. Watching is superficial.
So remember that meditation is witnessing.”
–Osho

Witnessing, Mindfulness. Letting yourself, or myself in my case have awareness of what I find myself thinking and doing, being inside and outside the moment simultaneously. It can be pretty wild. It makes it a lot harder to act like a jerk when you watch yourself do it. How can i let myself fall into the role of angry parent or complaining spouse or irritable pet owner fully if I have to watch myself doing these things? It makes life a bit more pleasant for those around me and I have to admit for myself to. Does that leave any time when it becomes ok to show anger? Yes, who wants to watch a doormat? Indeed it allows more freedom to pick my battles. If only I could do it more often.
Namaste, G

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Through the Curtains by G A Rosenberg