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Existing Imagination

 

“The imagination is not a state: it is the human existence itself.”
— William Blake

 

In imagination I go
where on Land I cannot
sailing through skies and beings
unfamiliar yet known to me
I can handle the paradox
and fold time in two
and lay it out
as a blanket
on which we will drink Saturn’s tea.
We may forget this sojourn
for I always dip in Lethe fore I go
so each timeless time is new
Still I long for the day
when I shall remain
when the real imagines itself
— G A Rosenberg

 

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Dancing at Time's EndDancing at Time’s End by G A Rosenberg

 

OriaxOriax by G A Rosenberg

 

Imaginary Exercise

“Imagination is the real and eternal world of which this vegetable universe is but a faint shadow.”
— William Blake

Close your eyes and rest. See the door and walk towards it. There is writing on the door. What does it say? What kind of handle does the door have and what happens when you open it? That’s it. Open the door. What do you see? What colours are there? What sounds? What smells? Are you indoors or are you outside? What does the sky look like? What is the song that you hear in the background? Take a few steps and explore. What do you see? Have you been here before? Who or what is that coming towards you? Take all the time you need to explore and realize this world may be as real as the one you left from. You can return to this one any time you like or go to another. They are countless.
Blessings, G

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With Thoughts of SoaringWith Thoughts of Soaring (Vapula) by G A Rosenberg
Opening UpOpening Up by G A Rosenberg

How We See It

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the Eyes of others only a Green thing that stands in the way. Some see Nature all Ridicule and Deformity, and by these I shall not regulate my proportions; and some scarce see Nature at all. But to the Eyes of the Man of Imagination, Nature is Imagination itself. As a man is, So he Sees. As the Eye is formed, such are its Powers.”
— William Blake

To some, the universe is a pretty harsh place and life is a difficult process where one is constantly beaten down. To others it is wondrous. Each tree and each street light is magical. There are challenges yes but adventure too and one can easily become the other. Both viewpoints can come from people living in remarkably similar situations. Yet each thing that happens to them will further confirm their viewpoint. To one who sees themselves as the victim of their story, an argument with a friend will be seen as a betrayal. To the other it will be a gift of insight into how people think and act. A loss of a job can be seen as just another example of the world being against them or an opportunity to find something better or have some time off. It’s amazing how the same world can appear through two different lenses. Of course these are only two perspectives out of countless others. Each one an example of the many hues, the prism of experience can break into. Changing perspectives can be a challenge but being able to hold onto as many different ways of looking at things as possible can be endlessly rewarding.
Blessings, G

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Questing on Bear BackQuesting on Bear Back (Puson) by G A Rosenberg
Calm at the Centre of a Randomizing PatternCalm at the Centre of a Randomizing Pattern by G A Rosenberg

The Life of Trees

 

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.”
William Blake

 

strange when you look at trees and meditate beneath them, they take on a life of their own.
It’s difficult to see two with their roots wrapped around each other without imagining them uniting sexually
In a state of eternal bliss.

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tho it is in the glow of the sun set that I get the most enjoyment. As the light fades to be replaced by the different life of the nighttime

 

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Blessings,G

Changing Patterns

 

“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.”
— William Blake

 

Each moment we live contains our lives in miniature. The same or similar patterns play out in the different aspects of our lives, be it love, career, family or self-development. It is possible to break the patterns, roll the dice and reset ourselves but this tends to be quite difficult for most of us. Of course once we take that degree of responsibility than it is up to us to decide what our new patterns will look like. The more we shape them to follow our truest most authentic self the more successful they will tend to be. First and most importantly tho, we need awareness of what our present patterns are. I have found that a combination of divination or analysis (i.e. tarot, I Ching, or Enneagrams) and meditation work well for this.
Once we have determined our underlying patterns and gain awareness on how they play out in our lives, then we can go about changing them. It helps of course if we have a clear idea of what we want our new patterns to be and a clear intent to make the change. This is both easier and more difficult than it sounds.
Blessings, G

 

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Fusion ConfusionFusion Confusion by G A Rosenberg

 

CrystalCrystal in Space by G A Rosenberg

 

Exploring Another’s Reality

 

“I must create a system, or be enslaved by another man’s. I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.”
― William Blake

 

We spend the majority of our lives trapped inside our own heads. No matter how often our viewpoint or reality tunnel may change there is still a certain ‘me-ness’ about it. How refreshing it can be to come across someone who thinks and acts differently. What a great opportunity for understanding. In my life there has been little I have enjoyed more than playing dress up with someone else’s worldview. I love trying it on and parading in front of the mirror and then showing friends and family and see what they think. Far too often tho, the artifice shows through and it fails to impress. This can take anywhere from 30 seconds to 20 years to discover. This aping and acquiring of someone else’s reality is a double edged sword. On the one hand there is something useful in almost any point of view. On the other hand, what is new and refreshing now can oh so quickly become a prison. There are many people who find themselves trapped in religious cults or prison who stayed at the party of someone else’s vision for too long and now can’t find their way home again. Luckily even with determined effort there is only so long that this can be sustained.Eventually we find our way back home to ourselves or at least find ourselves lost. Being lost is a lot better than it sounds as in ways it is a reset to zero and we have a chance to rebuild based on a much clearer vision.
Blessings, G

 

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Joining of FieldsJoining of Fields by G A Rosenberg

 

The Walls Have Eyes and Sometimes ThoughtsThe Walls Have Eyes and Sometimes Thoughts

Quote of the Day – October 31 2012

“If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is – infinite.”
― William Blake

 

What a gift it would be to be able to see things that clearly. An even greater gift would be to be able to convey that infinite vision in such a way that everyone could see it too. Kind of like the late great jazz poet Lord Buckley’s poem about Jesus the Nazz  who ‘ had them pretty eyes.
He wanted everybody to see with pretty eyes and see how pretty it was.’ I used to believe my main quest  in life was understanding and now I realize that that is at best half of it. What good is understanding if you have no way to convey it, no way to use it to help people. It would be an empty insight indeed that stayed up locked up inside one man’s head. Therefore, I wish not only to have ‘pretty eyes’, the kind that sees beauty and finds understanding but I want to grant others the gift of pretty eyes as well.

Blessings, G

 

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Wildfire by G A Rosenberg

 

 

Golden Web by G A Rosenberg

 

Wildfire 2 by G A Rosenberg