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Curiosity Saved This Cat

 

“The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin

 

Life to me has always seen wonderfully strange and bizarre. Every time I start to believe that I have fingered it out, my perceptions of my life (that is usually shortened by people to read ‘my life’) flips and I find myself seeing things from a whole different perspective. I have in turn been working on my adaptability to change.
In my darkest moments, the knowledge that change is inevitable and my burning curiosity to see what happens next has kept me going and life has never disappointed me yet.
Blessings, G

 

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Dance of the Tripple GoddessDance of the Triple Goddess by G A Rosenberg

 

Strange ObserversStrange Observers by G A Rosenberg

There Be Dragons!

“People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons. From within.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin

 

I tend to be cautious about denial. It doesn’t matter whether it is denial of someone’s insight into myself or denial of an aspect of reality that I don’t necessarily endorse. After all to avow that something does not exist takes a certain amount of arrogance. Have you truly experienced so much of reality that you can say that something conclusively does not exist? The very fact that we can conceive a concept and hold it in our minds gives it a form of de facto existence if only in the realm of ideas. From there to physically experiencing it is a short hop. Let’s bring it down to the personal. Do I truly know myself so well that I can state categorically that there is some quality perceived by others that I contain not a whit of? It seems unlikely at best and I’ve been working at knowing and understanding myself for quite awhile. The mapmaker is still staying pretty busy on that one. Therefore while I may find some things highly unlikely I will rarely if ever be willing to say that something does not exist, whether within or without.
Blessings, G

 

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Time AskewTime Askew by G A Rosenberg

 

Crystalized MandalaCrystalized by G A Rosenberg

Matchmaking Realities

“What is life without incompatible realities?”
― Ursula K. Le Guin

 

Life is paradox. We seek truth and yet there are so many around. So many answers and they all seem to contradict each other. Even the question of our very identities becomes open to contradiction. Who we are as a parent may be very different than who we are as a child which is very different to who we are as a friend, a lover, a teacher. Yet all of these contradictions are true. Are they incompatible? Well it is a dance for sure. Ultimately tho an integral approach to both our search for meaning and our search for identity (are they truly separate searches, I don’t believe so) pays off well. Taking all of the different aspects of both who we are and what we perceive and understand and finding the larger ways in which they intertwine.
Blessings, G

 

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Electric RibbonsElectric Ribbons by G A Rosenberg

 

Finding AnswersFinding Answers by G A Rosenberg

Of Stories Told and Untold….

“The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin

 

If a story exists but is not communicated does it still hold meaning? Each of us live our stories every day and yet if there is no expression of self in our lives, no way in which we communicate our story than what meaning is gained by it? To me, each tale I hear communicated, each life in which I somehow share whether by talking with people or experiencing their art, music, writing enriches not only me but spreads out in ripples with everything I share. For to experience someone else’s story is to make it part of our own story and part of our being. This in turn even if it is not on a conscious level gets communicated by me in my own art, writing and speech. Perhaps it will only be a turn of phrase, perhaps a colouration of mood yet my expression becomes touched by everything that has touched me. We live in a web of interconnection. With the internet our stories become spread even wider and more pervasive to the point that we tangentially touch almost every other story in the world.If we have but the perspective to appreciate it.
Blessings, G

 

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By the Moon's LightMoonlit by G A Rosenberg

 

FirefallFirefall by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – December 25 2012

“When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin

Dear Spirit of the Season (commonly known as Santa),
What an amazing year it’s been since we’ve last talked. Thank you so much for the magic that I found in my stocking last Christmas morning. It was a small thing but watered with Dreams and Intent grew into a wonderful fire of the imagination.
It allowed me to imagine myself inside the heads and hearts of others and taught me further lessons on the difference between sympathy and compassion and how to truly help others.
It taught me to see the world in different ways than I was raised to see it and how to break free of my conditioned upbringing and understand the world that much better..
It allowed me to stretch my mind to accept that many more views of how the world work and look at each of them critically
It gifted me with the ability to convey my visions in art and writing….
So for this and many gifts that came from that one seed of imagination
Thanks…
I can’t wait to see what comes this year…
Some requests:
Greater understanding felt by all. Sometimes feeling understood is all that’s needed to be able to give it to others.
That everyone at some time feel hugged and loved at least once a day.
That the world leaders smarten up and step down and the world’s followers realize that they don’t need leaders.
Most of all that we realize we’re all in this together
Sincerely,
G
Blessings, G

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Solstice with the triple goddessSolstice Campfire With The Triple Goddess by G A Rosenberg
Journey Mandala
Journey Mandala by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – July 23 2012

“The trouble is that we have a bad habit, encouraged by pendants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid. Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting. This is the treason of the artist: a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain.” ― Ursula K. Le Guin

 

I’m blue-skying it tonight again, talking randomly around a topic with the hopes of fitting it together with something later tho I’m not really attached to it so much.  It seems like a lot of us are attached to evil. We try to look at who or what is behind the evil on our planet. We point it out so everyone can properly disapprove and be aware of it. I have many friends and acquaintances who consider themselves ‘truthers’ and who put a lot of work into making people aware of everything from ‘What really happened in NY on 9/11/01 and who was behind it’ to ‘Who is running and ruining the show today?’ to so much else.

These questions do have import and I am assuredly NOT advocating sticking out heads in the ground but it seems to me that it is becoming more and more of a tar baby situation in that the more we strike out at these truths and identifying these evils, the more attached we become to them. I find the prospect that the more we focus on these evils, the more power we give them in people’s minds if nothing else. Also, the more we focus on the negative, the more we lose sight of the good things, the things that keep us going and growing like love, joy and compassion.  They seem so simple compared to  descriptions of what greed, fear, bigotry and exceptionality are doing to this planet on a daily basis. Look at our social media for example. How many postings, blog entries and tweets do you read a day talking about either negative things happening politically or socially? How many do you read each day that illustrates something beautiful happening or showing how to give someone an amazing back rub or talking about a random act of kindness that someone did for a total stranger? Which would you rather find more interesting? Which would you rather attract in your life?
Blessings, G

 

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Guardians by G A Rosenberg

 

Wheeled Mandala by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – June 4 2012

“The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin,

How much of our story remains unread, unshared and why? This quote brings me a step closer to where I’ve been going in this blog for awhile. Oh I meander aways but my intention is to get their never the less. I wish to share my story. Oh I guess I share it with every thing I write here. After all Doesn’t our philosophical views reflect our stories? I guess if that’s true than the quotes I use and my art also reflect who I am, who I’ve been and possibly clues as to how it all turns out.
Perhaps then we tell our story in everything we do or create. It could be our whole purpose of communication and art–to create, co-create and recreate our story.
Blessings, G

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Electric Web Mandala by G A Rosenberg

Concentric Mandala by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – March 6 2012

“The important thing is not the finding, it is the seeking, it is the devotion with which one spins the wheel of prayer and scripture, discovering the truth little by little. If this machine gave you the truth immediately, you would not recognize it,”
Ursula K. LeGuin

So far the trip to London has been pretty amazing. London is a city with beautiful architecture and direct people. I loved the tower of London but found it strangely sanitized. I also love the tube station.

On the subject of the quote, I really like this one but find myself butting up against the phrase ‘wheel of prayer and scripture’ unless I start to look at it as Ms. LeGuin’s definition of life in which case I say ‘ah’ and yet is the truth a mere reflection, the merest shadow of reality and then does the wheel become a sphere, one that we can study but not fully hold. Namaste, G

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