Tag Archives: Wisdom

Common Miracles

 

“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

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I have a friend who talks every month of his long walks talking with the full moon. He speaks of his relationship with Mother Luna. The first time he spoke of this I was taken a bit aback until my mind shifted a bit and I realized how cool it was. Since then I have built my relationship with as many parts of nature I can. When I walk the dogs I feel the breeze or the rain with every inch of skin I can and embrace it. I too have listened to the moon’s wisdom and to what the rain could teach me. I have always felt the ocean gives me calm and direction when I sit by her. I have found my world lit up by a baby’s smile and by the touch of my partner. These simple miracles of which I have only listed a few here keep enriching my life and my spirit. What common miracles do this for you?
Blessings, G

 

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TrystTryst by G A Rosenberg

 

Purple NetPurple Net by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – March 11 2013

“We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.”
― Marcel Proust

 

Joyful Activities

Light a candle
bring illumination
dispel the darkness

 

Smile
lift the gloom
warm the heart of another

 

Play silly games
Hug a tree
Sing a song that makes you giggle

 

Run around the block
tickle a baby
play with a puppy

 

Say “I love you”
Say “I love you” to your partner
Say “I love you” to a mirror
Say “I love you” to a stranger.

 

Talk deeply with a friend
walk in the woods
walk by a stream

 

Create
Write a poem
Makeup a story
Draw a picture

 

Listen to music that frees your soul
meditate
Feel Gratitude

 

To be continued….

Blessings, G

 

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PriestessPriestess by G A Rosenberg

 

Staring at the Ceiling2Staring at the Ceiling by G A Rosenberg

 

 

Quote of the Day – January 26 2013

“Wisdom cannot be imparted. Wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness to someone else … Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.”
― Hermann Hesse

 

Wisdom, ever elusive, ever incisive and so hard to find. Consider it a gift when someone finds wisdom in your words. It means they have shifted through all the mud and found the gold amidst the sand. Be careful not to let it go to your head. As wise as your words may have been, your next words may yet be foolish. You are after all still here in flesh. Learn to listen quietly and calmly for the wisdom in your own heart. Sometimes the words you most need to hear come from within. Enjoy those moments. Actually enjoy the foolish ones as well.
Blessings, G

 

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Fractal Spider Web Mandala

 

Fractal Spider Web Mandala by G A Rosenberg

Flame Tales under alien skies

Flame Tales Under an Alien Sky by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – December 27 2012

“It is easy to tell the toiler
How best he can carry his pack
But no one can rate a burden’s weight
Until it has been on his back”
― Ella Wheeler Wilcox

 

People ask me for advice from time to time. I find it surprising because I don’t see myself as any kind of example and what insights I have seem to come as much from luck as anything else. Yet as the years go on, I have people making comments about my wisdom. I figure as long as I find it funny and don’t start believing my own press I am probably ok… That’s one of the worst traps I can imagine, believing myself to have any kind of wisdom beyond that of any body willing to listen and say clearly what they are hearing.

 

While we’re on the subject of traps, another one that I am more likely to fall prey to is comparing the burdens that people have. One person may tell me that they were teased and bullied and I may know another who was beaten and sexually abused and abandoned by their parents yet can I truly say the latter had it worse than the former? Perhaps the one who was tortured found a safe and loving home to grow up in and started putting the pieces together in early adulthood. Perhaps the other felt so worthless from being bullied that after years of resenting and hating others gave into their learned loneliness and killed themselves. It seems our capacity to deal with what we bear in life is relative. But then comparing people’s pain is a sucker bet at the best of times. I’d rather share some cool techniques for helping them through it. Better yet, let’s compare back rubs or ways of making another person feel valued. Yeah, a much better use of time.

Blessings, G

 

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Kali at the Fountain

Kali At the Fountain by G A Rosenberg

 

 

Kali Dancing in the Fountain of Time2

Kali Dancing in the Fountain of Time by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – September 20, 2012

“To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe ”
— Marilyn Vos Savant

How much of your knowledge do you own? By owning of course i mean the same as Robert Heinlein meant by the term ‘Groking’ in his book Stranger in a Strange Land Do we espouse lines of thought merely rented…they sound good so we present them as conviction but we have yet to gain true understanding? Quite often I see people, including myself at times espousing and identifying with viewpoints they don’t fully Grok (own). When challenged, rather than being willing to look at another viewpoint which at the least will enable them to understand their own better they fight tooth and nail to avoid that critical thought.
Many people believe that everyone has their truth and that they are all equal. Is there a difference tho between true understanding and beliefs that we espose because they feel good to us?
Just a few questions rolling through my mind these days.
Blessings, G

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Rise of the Indigo by G A Rosenberg

Song to the Wise

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 less
than what you believe

 

Medicine man singing the sun
seeking to guide
seeking to heal
Does it come from spirit
Does it speak to your soul?
Does it bring us together?
and make the parts whole?
and what have we done
what do we believed
With you love, we have grown
A new life we must weave
–G A Rosenberg

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Expressio3 by G A Rosenberg (2010)

Quote of the Day – May 1 2012

I acknowledge the privilege of being alive in a human body at this moment, endowed with senses, memories, emotions, thoughts, and the space of mind in its wisdom aspect.”
–Alex Grey

Not only do I acknowledge the privilege but gratitude flows through me for my existence. I worry at the word wisdom tho much as a dog worries at a bone. Wisdom sure feels a lot easier when dealing with the situations of others and so much harder when dealing with my own emotional storms. Perhaps that is not the time to expect wisdom. As long as I can check in with myself and know that I’m ok. That’s the funny thing isn’t it? I have had days when it felt like emotional meltdowns were happening all over the place yet each time I checked in with myself I was OK. I mean I wasn’t in any present danger. There were no immediate threats to my existence so in that moment things were ok. Perhaps five minutes later I’d be worried about some large unexpected bills or something about the kids and dogs but even then I’d check in with myself and I’d be fine. Could that be all that most stress encompasses, things in the future or things in the past and in the present moment fine??? Hmmm pretty interesting reality check. Since I came to that realization, I’ve been a lot calmer. I just have to keep reminding myself to check in.
Blessings, G

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Spirit Wolf by G A Rosenberg

Flowing Mandala by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – November 2 2011

When nothing is for sure we remain alert, perennially on our toes. It is more exciting not to know which bush the rabbit 

is hiding behind than to behave as though we knew everything.”

 

 

    –Carlos Casteneda

I’ve been thinking about wisdom and how to define it. Self-knowledge seems to be a large component of wisdom. The more I know myself, the more I understand the universe. Do I become wiser as I understand the universe better? As I add to my experiences, I can better help others when they ask for advice or knowledge. Tho I find that if I truly need to know something, all I really need to do is look within and ask and usually I get an answer if I remain patient.. But still, it seems that wisdom has to mean more than just experience. I have met many who have had all varieties of experience whom I would not call wise. Likewise I have met many, who have had relatively sheltered lives yet within them seems to lie the wisdom of the universe. It seems to include understanding, patience so many things. Perhaps I many never be wise. That would be ok, I have the wisdom of others who have touched my life and that gives me (and others thru me?) both comfort and new avenues to explore. I may never be able to point to myself or have others point to me and say “He is wise”  but that’s ok, I still have much ignorance to dispel

    — G A Rosenberg

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Rescue Mission by G A Rosenberg

Psychedelic Forest by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – October 19 2011

“I was so much older then
I’m younger than that now”
–Bob Dylan

..and so I am. This past year I feel like I’ve de-aged, perhaps unlearned some things that might have helped me live one kind of life but not the kind I want to live now. I have been inspired, ignited and taught constantly, as much by myself as by others but so much from others and perhaps I’m finally gaining a sense of priorities. We’ll see where it leads..
A few goals for this next year:
1) I wish to delve into more how I relate to different archetypes. What does it mean to be a warrior? a teacher? a healer? How do I develop further, evoke those sides of myself.
2) Find more ways, preferably through my art and writings to bring more money in financially. Tho computer training is always good.
3) Meditate every day (for longer and longer periods of time)
4) Work on the difference between down time and wasting time.
5) More study time every day would be good also. Hmmm I may have to cut down on my FB time =)

                    –ga rosenberg

“and if i claim to be a wise man
it surely means that I don’t know”
-Kansas

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Shades of Infinity by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – September 29 2011

“Man is a creature who walks in two worlds and traces upon the walls of his cave the wonders and the nightmare experiences of his spiritual pilgrimage. ”
–Morris West

 

Emotions tend to come in waves and tides much like the ocean. You can feel them if you are paying attention. Grief seeps in at the strangest time, a slow seeping and then all of a sudden you’re struck by the wave and it hurts before it rolls back out leaving you a bit more empty than you were before. In some ways it clears our inner cave. In others it just whitewashes the walls.
–G A Rosenberg

 

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Cave of Symbolic Wisdom by G A Rosenberg

 

Patterned Tapestry by G A Rosenberg