Tag Archives: truth

Leaf and Star

 

“Most people…are like a falling leaf that drifts and turns in the air, flutters, and falls to the ground. But a few others are like stars which travel one defined path: no wind reaches them, they have within themselves their guide and path.”
― Hermann Hesse

 

May I be both star and leaf? Leaf floats on the wind and follows gravely down. Yet for a moment it is borne away from any life it could have imagined for itself as if in defiance of the universe itself on a flight to who knows where. It does not fall as much as is carried in joy.
May I also be a star following a course and shining so bright. I have purpose direction and a conscious awareness that dwarves all. Both star and leaf, ephemeral and constant. Yet is there something of which the star itself is but a leaf in comparison? What connection to wisdom that would be.
Blessings, G

 

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Image of Crowley Over K2 MountainImage of Crowley Over K2 Mountain by G A Rosenberg

 

Gone FissionGone Fission by G A Rosenberg

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

Truth Will Out…

 

“It is always the false that makes you suffer, the false desires and fears, the false values and ideas, the false relationships between people. Abandon the false and you are free of pain; truth makes happy, truth liberates.”
― Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

 

Truth Liberates. Yet first because truth illuminates falsehood, we suffer if only it is the dissolution of the illusions that we live with. “I stay in this relationship for my children.” “Noone need ever know.” “I am doing this for you not for me.” Truth shows us our self interest and our rationalizations and makes us see ourselves for who we are. Of course this comes with the opportunity to become something better yet first comes that shock and yes that suffering. It’s not a bad trade tho it sucks at the time. Yet truth will out eventually.
Blessings, G

 

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Illusory EdificeIllusory Edifice by G A Rosenberg

 

The Burning WebThe Burning Web by G A Rosenberg

Build Me Your Myth

 

“Myth is much more important and true than history. History is just journalism and you know how reliable that is.”
― Joseph Campbell

 

Bring me a story
Build on your myth
Open to wonder
surrender to bliss.

Show me an image
Strike me a chord
Play on my symbols
Strike with your sword.

Take on new depths
with new clarity
to inner resources
the lock and the key

Show me my shadow
and I’ll reveal yours
no part of our being
held in reserve

Meld with my being
Unite us as one
Let long night bring us
to brilliant new sun

— G A Rosenberg

 

Blessings, G

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Free Your MindFree Your Mind by G A Rosenberg

 

Lost in the FlamesLost in the Flames by G A Rosenberg

Sightseeing

 

“«Who are the true philosophers you have in mind?» he asked.

«Sightseers of the truth,» I answered.

«That must be right, but what exactly does it mean?» he asked.”
― Plato, The Republic

 

When you go sightseeing what do you look at? Do you look at everything in the guidebook that you clutch like the bible (or perhaps the modern equivalent of the browser on your iPhone? Do you look at the obvious sites, the ones that ‘everyone’ goes to? Perhaps you are adventurous, talking to the people who live in whatever area you are exploring, listening to their word of mouth tales of the hidden treasure, the sites that few see that somehow feel so much more memorable than the standard museums, castles and monuments. Perhaps, if you are like me, you prefer to wander,hang out with the natives and see what only they see.
It seems that when we go exploring reality the same choices present themselves. There are the truths that exist in all the holy books and many choose to just acknowledge those. Then there are those who read more and deeper, looking for the meanings behind the truths, perhaps to discover a bit of what’s hidden beneath the surface. There are other paths as well. Talking to people and discovering the personal takes that only they know, meditating, exploring within and discovering our own connection to truth as well.
Just as in sightseeing, I believe in doing it all, reading, meditating, praying, compassionately knowing people and integrating the experience . Of course sometimes the large monuments are cool as well.
Blessings, G

 

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Flames of CreationFlames of Creation by G A Rosenberg

 

Texture - Color PlayTexture Colour Play by G A Rosenberg

Attack of the Living – Dead Faith

“Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.”
~Andre Gide

 

“I Slept With Faith And Found A Corpse In My Arms Upon Awakening; I Drank And Danced All Night With Doubt And Found Her A Virgin In The Morning”
–Aleister Crowley

 

Is it easier to doubt or to believe? It seems that many people have a fear of doubting that manifests in them adopting either an early choice of belief that of their ancestors. Once they decide they believe something they will fight for it against any comers, doubters or those who hold different beliefs, they will honour their beliefs, raise statues and hold feasts to it and do everything but examine it. In my experience an unexamined belief or faith all too quickly becomes like Aleister Crowley says a corpse or worst yet, a zombie like thing that apes life while missing some vital spark.
Only by constantly examining our beliefs and trying them against new ideas in a cage match no holds barred vigorous debate can our concept of truth grow, change, evolve and remain alive, not through blind belief but through a hunger to seek what’s true, no matter how shaky our footing may be.
Blessings, G

 

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Tunnel Vision Compassionate EyesCompassionate eyes by G A Rosenberg

 

Tunnel VisionTunnel Vision by G A Rosenberg

Lion Truth

“The truth is like a lion, You don’t have to defend it. Let it loose. It will defend itself.”
— St. Augustine

If something is the truth, then no matter how people try to pervert it, it ultimately wins out. Every time I have tried to convince myself that I could live a lie, I would end up either sabotaging my experience or the falsehoods I was living would keep hitting me in the back of the head until I had to act on it. This has proven to be the case whether it was a relationship I knew I shouldn’t be in, a job I shouldn’t have taken or a life choice that I knew entering into it would not work out. Eventually in each of those situations (most of which I’ve done more than once but then I tend to have a stubborn streak) I finally had to move on because things had collapsed underneath me.

If this is true of my inner (small t truth) then it is definitely true for the Big T Truths. Say you come across a statement of belief. Try and falsify it and measure it against its opposite and let the two vigorously engage with each other. Eventually it will become clear that either the original statement was true on an objective level, the opposite was or in some ways they were both true even if that leads to paradox. Most large T truths tend to do that

Blessings, G

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Dream StreamDream Stream by G A Rosenberg
Elaborate SquidElaborate Squid by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – March 9 2013

“We are sun and moon, dear friend; we are sea and land. It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is: each the other’s opposite and complement.”
– Hermann Hesse

 

Accepting that people we love may have a different path to the truth than us with very different perceptions of what truth is seems to be difficult for many of us to accept. I wonder at times how much strength it takes to allow for the differences in the outlook of a friend and try to integrate the two rather than believe automatically that one has to be true and the other false. Hegel’s dialectic is thesis, antithesis, synthesis. Two things that oppose each other that seek a combination of some sort, an integration which in turn becomes a new thesis and thus we evolve our viewpoints.
Yet so many people get caught up in the belief that what they currently believe is the only possible truth and would rather break off discussions or friendships rather than risk that belief. More and more I have become determined to not identify as much with my beliefs but to constantly aim towards finding a higher truth.
Blessings,
G

 

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Manifesting Mathematics
Manifesting Trance Formations by G A Rosenberg

 

ShadowsShadow Dance by G A Rosenberg

 

 

Quote of the Day – February 27 2013

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”
― Jack Kerouac

 

I often over think  things, well everything really. I indulge my mythology with convoluted tales either on a personal or political level. More and more I realize that what I need to do is simplify. So much of the complexities I tell myself are inventions that obscure the truth. I’m learning tho to unravel the layers and discover more and more who I truly am.
I will find the simple words that express the truth of my being and I will know they are the right words because of their simplicity.
Blessings, G

 

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SalutationSalutation by G A Rosenberg

 

GalaxiesGalaxies by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – February 18 2013

“It wasn’t until I was 37 that I grasped the great truth that you’ve got to write your own books and nobody else’s, and then everything followed from there.”
― William Golding

 

This quote has applications that go beyond books.  We cannot live another’s life no matter how they inspire us. We can’t improve them or make them worse, at most all we can do is live a strange parody of what we perceive them as doing. That isn’t to say that we can’t have heroes nor learn from the examples of others. Indeed sometimes it feels like I have done little else in my life but the journey we take is ultimately our own with our own unique perceptions of it. Somewhere on this blog is another quote that says that any path that we can see the beginning and the end of is not our path but that of another. Good thing that I’ve always liked forging my own trail
Blessings, G

 

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Energy Blast

Energy Ascension by G A Rosenberg

 

Hawkseye Meanderings

The Wheel’s Still in Spin by G A Rosenberg