Tag Archives: Timothy Leary

Thoughts on Ultimate Freedom

 

The aim of human life is to know thyself. Think for yourself. Question authority. Think with your friends. Create, create new realities. Philosophy is a team sport. Philosophy is the ultimate, the ultimate aphrodisiac pleasure. Learning how to operate your brain, learning how to operate your mind, learning how to redesign chaos.
-Timothy Leary

 

We create new worlds and inhabit our fictions. Our imaginations take us to real places that defy conventional thinking. Each moment is a chance to take something from the worlds inside our heads and manifest it externally. It can be art, music, drama, recipes or ourselves. By recreating the world we defy the rules of standardization. The truth is that while there may be laws the only rules we have are the ones we make for ourselves. That can mean living within society’s laws or outside of them being willing to take responsibility for our thoughts and actions and the consequences that may result from them. Ultimately we have total freedom. This tends to frighten the rule makers and keepers of society senseless but in reality we are the ones in control. That’s a frightening thought for many which is why so few are willing to think outside the box. It can be amazingly liberating to do so however.
Blessings, G

 
 

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Oroborus's StareOroborus’s Stare by G A Rosenberg

 

GeneratorGenerator by G A Rosenberg

 

In Praise of Confusion

 

“Throughout human history, as our species has faced the frightening, terrorizing fact that we do not know who we are, or where we are going in this ocean of chaos, it has been the authorities — the political, the religious, the educational authorities — who attempted to comfort us by giving us order, rules, regulations, informing — forming in our minds — their view of reality. To think for yourself you must question authority and learn how to put yourself in a state of vulnerable open-mindedness, chaotic, confused vulnerability to inform yourself.”
— Timothy Leary

 

I like being confused. Not so much because I like what it does to my face as that I like what it does to my psyche. Every time I am sure I have the definitive answer to something, I am more than likely wrong or am settling because I am not looking deeply enough into the well of the question or the well of myself. When I am confused as I often am by the way to settle conflicts or even which way to proceed on a picture or a poem, I know that I must go deeper until I have found a solution which at least feels more right for the moment than any other. Even then the chances are that at a later point I will return to picture or writing and tweak it according to my best guess at the moment.
When I look at political situations with conflicting narratives, whether it be one of the messes in the middle east or the local teacher’s strikes I also want to be confused. It is when I have a clear vision of who is right that I shut myself off to the other narrative. All too often choosing a side does not nor will it ever resolve things. There is always greater truth and greater flow to be found. I would rather be confused and questioning than right and settling.
Blessings, G

 

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Goat Mask PerspectiveGoat Mask Perspective by G A Rosenberg

 

Strange Playground labyrinthStrange Playground Labyrinth by G A Rosenberg

The Myth of Science and the Science of Myth… A Thought Stream

“I wanted to scientize myth and mythologize science.”

–TIMOTHY LEARY

 

Scientific Myth… walking along the shadows and legends within our psyches… seeking commonalities of dreams and nightmares and finding them… the clothes of the deities change, the outward forms that can be described but the functions amazingly similar..the trickster, the teacher, the dark mother, War Gods and Death Gods abound as do 3s and 7s… patterns described and flowing…
Mythological Science… Song of the Living Dead Cat as we surf Schrödinger’s wave… Dogs that salivate and things that are two things at once… you can know what you are or where you’re going but not both…as the genetic code unravels… fundamental building blocks that can be analogized to the deities…
Science and Myth combine in new ways daily… as do new ways of understanding each through the other’s lens.
Blessings, G

 

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Talismanic SunriseTalismanic Sunrise by G A Rosenberg

 

Purple StormPurple Storm by G A Rosenberg

To know but not Be sure…

“Just Say Know”
― Timothy Leary

 

“What is important is to spread confusion, not eliminate it.”
― Salvador Dalí

 

Yes we can know but then not consistently and what we know can often lead to doubt. Confusion? Let’s hope so. If I know with too much certainty than I can no longer learn for learning implies ignorance cured. May learning be the destination but may the confusing journey last an eternity so that each thing learned bring  joy and yet more questions, more contradictions and yes more confusion. Confusion is the area outside of our maps. Confusion exists outside our comfort zone and confusion causes leaps. May the mists of confusion and the clear skies of knowledge continue to interact with my understanding forever.
Blessings, G

 

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Life FormsLife Forms by G A Rosenberg

 

Staring into the AbyssStaring into the Abyss by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – February 2 2012

“The universe is an intelligence test.”
–Timothy Leary

If the universe is a test, at least it is an open-book one with many many life-lines. My mind races with this quote taking off running with the metaphor, stretching it, bouncing it and seeing how far I can take it. Would part of life be multiple-choice like those standardized tests we’ve taken in school? How about the essays? Do they really count for more? Do we get some credit just for filling in our names correctly?
Like any metaphor or map, eventually it gets limiting. I could also say that the universe enhances intelligence or that it evokes intelligence calling it out from within us. To take it in another direction the universe can also be thought of as a test of wisdom, heart or internal strength and resilience. Would those be considered forms of intelligence now? In what way does the universe not test us? Ultimately tho we all pass. And like every test, we come thru it with greater understanding and knowledge than we had before. Namaste, G

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Taking Off by G A Rosenberg

Mandala by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – November 17 2011

Two Timothy Leary quotes tonight:

The universe is an intelligence test”

and

You’re only as young as the last time you changed your mind”

      –Timothy Leary

 

Given the picture I made tonight, Timothy Leary seemed a natural choice for the quote (s) to accompany it. Blowing your mind. Thinking outside the box. Going down the rabbit hole. Leaving your comfort zone. All beginnings of a quest that leaves you transformed. Very few people transform their lives doing the same thing day after day (assuming that thing is not spiritual practices such as yoga and meditation and even then as soon as it becomes routine perhaps it should be changed.  I have found that only that which challenges my every day life, which makes it impossible to follow routine can show me something new about myself. Only the thought that makes me uneasy enables me to think in new ways. Usually that is only true if I start looking to understand why it makes me uneasy. What am I resisting? Why is it dangerous? Why is it uncomfortable? The most primitive parts of our brain always tries to connect those two things, Discomfort and Dangerous. I want thoughts that discomfort. I want to learn new things, definitely about myself and always about others, how we relate and how everything relates to everything else.

Namaste,  GAR

 

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Mind Blown by G A Rosenberg