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Quote of the Day – April 3 2012

“The universe isn’t vague and ignorant. I am vague and ignorant. Something is true, and it doesn’t matter what it is, I’m not going to be false any more. I have not even the slightest trace of the slightest reservation that I would rather suffer and die figuring out what is true than continue this life as a slave to lies and ignorance.”
–Jed McKenna

Wow, I am relating to this on so many levels. THere are periods on this journey where I see just how far I have to go. The parts of my life that feel less authentic needing to be shed like a snake sheds his skin to find what lies beneath. Longing for the truth of the moment every moment and reaching for the courage to not only say it but live it.I know I have nothing to loose but my chains. Some chains are easier to loose than others. Yet all will fall away in time. Each moment brings new opportunities and new beginnings.
Blessings, G

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Protection by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – February 10 2012

“I like happiness as much as the next guy, but it’s not happiness that sends one in search of truth. It’s rabid, feverish, clawing madness to stop being a lie, regardless of price, come heaven or hell. This isn’t about higher consciousness or self-discovery or heaven on earth. This is about blood-caked swords and Buddha’s rotting head and self-immolation, and anyone who says otherwise is selling something they don’t have.” – Jed McKenna, Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing,

Thanks to vajra krishna for the quote

I read this quote today and it blew me away. It sums up so well my thoughts about authenticity that have been circling my psyche for the last year. What does it mean to be authentic? How can I allow myself to be vulnerable and expose myself warts and all in truth without fear of what anyone (especially those whom I love) might think. Indeed how can I not? Today I realized how much fear I have about being open. Not fear of being hurt, that’s never been a motivator for me but fear of discomfort. I fear being exposed to other people’s disapproval and having to justify my feelings and not knowing whether I can. For the past few years I’ve been helping people face their fears while tucking mine under the carpet. All I can say is I’m working on it. I hope in the next few weeks to share deeper and more interestingly in this blog and start showing not only who I am but how I feel about things and my ever forming beliefs as I circle around truth.
If this is not to your taste, the pretty pictures will still be here. Namaste, G

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Eye Mandala by G A Rosenberg

One Day All This Will Be Yours by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – February 8 2012

“‎”Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies.”
— Friedrich Nietzsche

I believe I’ve mentioned before how attractive I find people with conviction to be. People who believe that they know how the universe works and move along that path, never swaying. Lately I’ve begun to realize that there was an attraction but also a bit of fear and anxiety mixed in. Of late I have watched repeatedly people of conviction challenged by questions, not even opposing viewpoints but questions and instead of taking time to think of an answer or even discus the matter, this group of people dedicated to living in the heart and acting from love went into a feeding frenzy mode that would do any group of sharks proud. They tear into their victims, with derision, mockery and accusations of anything from possession to downright evil intent. Then they would congratulate each other on how non-judgemental and loving they were. It seemed that they did not show judgement on the other person. They discerned them. After all, everyone knows that judgement is a no-no. Apparently discernment is ok. Ah, a rose by any other name…
Without conviction, without absolute certainty in one’s own beliefs, can heresy be possible? How can you reconcile it with Ken Wilber’s belief that “Everyone is right”? Also how can one grow and change if alternative views get shut down? I believe in examining my beliefs as much as possible, to examine what i know now for knowledge from everything I can tell tends to be fluid and absolute truth at least on this level of reality a mathematical limit that one can approach ever closer without ever grocking it completely. Tho I also realize that I too have had and still have some sacred cows and when I feel them challenged I too can be somewhat irrational. Strange tho, I do realize during my more lucid moments that they are my cherished beliefs and like everything else in the book inside my head, may be wrong.
G

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Chamber by G A Rosenberg

Lime Star by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – January 8 2012

““Artists use lies to tell the truth. Yes, I created a lie. But because you believed it, you found something true about yourself.”
— Alan Moore

If you think about discovery of truth as being an ever evolving process, than what we believe at any time would be when compared to Truth (large t) would be a lie or at least an approximation. The thing about lies as most of us learn most often they don’t hold up. The more we build on the foundations of the less true, the shakier it becomes until it becomes perceptible to us…How cool when we can learn from art, story, or performance lessons that shake our perceived reality so that the upheavals become less necessary. Namaste, G

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Life Storm by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – November 27 2011

“Surely the job of fiction is to actually tell the truth. It’s a paradox that’s at the heart of any kind of storytelling.”

–Jeremy Northam

Thinking about storytelling tonight, our stories as well as the ones we read, watch, hear from others. It stopped surprising me a long time ago, the truth and insight that can come from a fictional story, a myth or a legend. The mask of fantasy becomes an armour that even the most vulnerable of truths can wear at least until midnight when the masques come off and the truth becomes revealed. How many of us run off Cinderella like before that can happen? Or is that mixing metaphors? Perhaps tho, someone has found the clues we left behind (and every fiction as well as every truth leaves clues behind) and cares enough to follow us home…Sometimes it may be part of ourselves that hasn’t seen the light of day in way too long…
Namaste,
GAR

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Intersecting Planes by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – September 14 2011

“It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.”
Ram Dass

Some Random Thoughts

..and so I continue to walk around the elephant, honouring each description i hear while never losing sight that a greater truth exists, one that I may never know fully but each person’s truth enlightens me further.

Recognize the moments of joy, beauty and love each day and focus on them..Yes pain, corruption, greed and much much ugliness exists and those we tend to hold close doesn’t the good stuff deserve equal time?

— G A Rosenberg

 

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Cosmic Shower by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – March 29 2011

‎”Because the important thing,” he said, “is for you to know the truth. Until you know it, until you truly understand it, you can show it only in smaller ways, and with outside help, from machines and people and birds. But remember,” he said, “that not being known doesn’t stop the truth from being true.” And he was gone.”

— Richard Bach

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Contemplation on More Than One Level by G A Rosenberg

A Few Odds and Ends That May Amuse

Lately the universe has been sending me messages about personal integrity. Now I usually think of myself as a fairly honest person. If anything, I will stay silent to either avoid conflict or avoid dishonesty. But still everywhere I turn, on line for sure but even in offline conversations, people on the sky train talking about honesty.
Another thing I’ve been hearing a lot. Each moment is a choice…If we want to have greater integrity, we need to keep consciously make that choice and be more conscious in our choice making. All I can say is I’m working on it.

It needs to come from the heart
we need to come from the heart

when you’re honest with your self then you learn to trust yourself
that seems so obvious

the more you (meaning me or anyone) lie to yourself and others, the more on some level you teach yourself that you aren’t trustworthy

when did hope become a bad thing?

Visionary toilets
a visionary’s bath

Wiccan Women (Part of a poem)

Wiccan women calling down the moon
seeking to travel
seeking to learn
Does it speak to the heart?
Does it speak to within
Does it speak to virtue
Does it speak to your sin
and what have you done
for what do you grieve?
You have lived, nothing more
no matter what they believe

Disjointed thoughts on a Monday Evening

It’ feels so much easier to be real when listening than when talking. Listen closely enough for long enough and people usually tell you either what they want to hear, or what they need to hear.. Then depending on how you (who’s you, ok me), depending on how I feel, I will tell them one or the other, perhaps outright, perhaps in the form of a story (by this time in my life, I’ve stored up enough stories , quotes jokes and songs to fit almost any occasion or situation. I thus acquire a reputation for being a good listener or wise counselor or some such.
Yet, speaking from the heart. Trying to impart something I’ve learned or something I truly feel doesn’t seem quite so easy…For one thing, I find almost everything I “know” to be somewhat suspect…I can usually make a valid argument for other points of view, blame an early education in sophistry or just that i have seen evidence of very few absolutes and even those seem to have exceptions…
I enjoy so much hearing and reading the wisdom and knowledge of others and feel that there may be something for me to impart in return and yet….
What of that would come from me?
The Visual art? Well that I am a bit more sure of…If not heArt from my heart than art that comes through me and at least partly of me.. If not the truth than a creative fiction that becomes part of my story…But what is my true expression?
Someone I know pushed me back on this artistic route by stating that “expression is key” and I have truly found it to be so.. But the key to what? I feel sometimes as if my truth lies behind a rusty lock…The key twists and turns but that behind the lock remains unrevealed….