Quote of the Day — September 6 2012

“I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.”
— T S Eliot

Tonight I found a lesson in breaking the fourth wall. I was talking to some friends in one FB group or another while listening to music and playing with art. One friend was talking about his enlightenment in a manner that some do as if they have moved beyond earthly thoughts and patterns and was somehow above it all. This tends to irk some and inspire others. I tend to feel a kind of bemusement at it. I feel that even in hard times when the path feels its hardest, I would still much rather feel like I have a far way to go than that I have arrived at a stopping point. What would be the purpose and where the fun in that? Which basically was the question I asked my friend. What do you do for fun? There was a long pause and then he started talking about his love of photography and we talked about capturing the moment that doesn’t come again and the conversation became to me a lot more interesting.

I realized that I had gotten my friend to break the fourth wall. In stage, television and movies where sets are three walls the two sides and back, the fourth wall is that invisible wall which separates the actors and the characters they play from the audience. The audience watches its window into the world of the play and sustains the belief that these are not actors playing characters but events unfolding. Likewise, the actors and the characters usually pretend that the audience is a non existent one. However, in some plays the actor or the character he plays breaks the fourth wall and for a moment breaks character and speaks directly to the audience. Groucho did it in a few of the Marx Brothers movies, George Burns did it all the time in his show. For just a moment, my friend had broken the fourth wall, dropped the character of enlightened master and spoke as an excited human. At that moment, he became so much easier to relate to.

It got me thinking. Who is behind our fourth wall? Does the universe (God) consciously watch and feel its parts acting out its myriad dramas? How about the part of our unconscious that Ken Wilber calls the witness, that part below the surface that dispassionately watches all the events of our life. The more we identify with our witness and the less with all the drama, the farther we have come. We connect the most with the universe when we pray and the most with the witness when we meditate. In this way prayer and meditation would be the two methods by which we break down the fourth wall and come down from the state.
Blessings, G

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Paths to and From the Centre by G A Rosenberg


Red Gray Waking Spiral by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – September 5 2012

“People only ask questions when they’re ready to hear the answers.”
― John Irving

If we accept that we only question the things that we’re ready to learn than perhaps it is time to ask. Why do so many cause themselves needless heartache and how can I help make it better? Why do some people believe that they are chosen by God and so are more deserving ? How do we cure them of their madness and heal the damage they have caused? How can I lose judgement but keep love? How can I overcome my own blindness? What is the next step and how can I find the courage to take it? What is utopia and how can I help build it?
I feel ready for these answers and so many more….
Blessings, G

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Bowed but Not Beaten by G A Rosenberg

Mandala in a Storm  by G A Rosenberg

Quotes of the Day – September 4 2012

“I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can’t see from the center.”
― Kurt Vonnegut

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”
― Kurt Vonnegut


To jump or not to jump, is that the question? Do we stand on the edge on our tiptoes to get the fullest safe view we can or do we leap trusting that we can develop wings on the way down with little to no problem. Trust seems difficult when it is so easy to hedge my bets here on the edge. People brag about being on the edge, being edgy, pushing the envelope yet in a way they’re the ones without the courage to make the leap.  Perhaps they’re the smart ones…going as close as they can, they inhabit the crossroads of potentiality where any direction including  off is possible. So centre, edge or jump? Which resonates most for you?

Blessings, G

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Reaching For More Time by G A Rosenberg

Existing in a Bubble World by G A Rosenberg

Dream Images Waking Redux

Infinite snow globe
angel frozen in ice
A mad tea parting with friends
Images flowing through but not remaining
Dream symbols that travel in waking mind
We grasp at meanings but lose the point

They go flying by on bat’s wings
lost loves as mermaids
or flashing eyes or flowers crushed by indifferent feet
Star beings lighting up our skies
awakening our dreaming minds.

Those bits and visions of
‘outside’ reality
pieces to place in our jigsaw beings…
Brought to us to pave our path
bringing us home.


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Out of Their Element by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – September 3 2012

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
–George Bernard Shaw

And so I create myself.. and I feel most days like the Esher drawing of a hand coming out of the drawing  to draw a hand coming out of the drawing to draw it. I create the person who will create my tomorrow who in many ways creates me. For as we grow, we look on and know our past with more insight. Who will this creation become? Will people like it? It doesn’t really matter, it won’t be for sale.

I choose what goes into the mix. The books, websites, art that I look at and music I listen to will all influence the shape of the me that I create. Will  I feed it from controlled media sources that want to take away our power to think for ourselves or will I choose ideas that open up and flower. Will I eat healthy so that the me I create will have energy or will I run it down. So many choices and in each one some creativity comes in. I want to look on the me I create as a masterpiece as hopefully it will look on me.

Blessings, G


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Rising Towards by G A Rosenberg


Purple Flame Cross by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – September 2 2012

Don’t make assumptions – Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
–Don Miguel Ruiz


Thanks to Vajra and Tammy two friends for bringing up an interesting discussion about assumptions

What assumptions do we make? Without assumptions how do we examine anything? Don’t problems arise a lot more often when we take our assumptions as facts?I would say that most of our insights into life are mainly assumptions. I guess my point is that what is any of our world views but assumptions? If Fuller was right that the universe is an asynchronoumously apprehended phenomenon than we cannot ‘get it’ all at once and some assumptions are inevitable. I value it highly when someone not only questions and tests every assumption they make but encourages the others around them to do the same. If I honestly seek to understand and integrate other views of the universe how can I resist testing any assumptions I have against those of any and all comers and testing their views against mine?
I love knowing so little, if anything for sure. It means that I have a lot to learn with never an end in sight…
Blessings, G


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Totemic by G A Rosenberg


Red Yellow Vortex by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – September 1 2012

““People today are in danger of drowning in information; but, because they have been taught that information is useful, they are more willing to drown than they need be.If they could handle information, they would not have to drown at all.”

― Idries Shah, Reflections


I met a caterpillar the other day. He called to me as I was walking past a tree in my backyard. I bent down to see him better.

“Look at my wings are they not beautiful” he said spreading out his feet.

“Pardon me, you don’t have wings, you are a caterpillar”

“No I am a Butterfly. You know all caterpillars become butterflies and I am one. Look at my wings.”

“I don’t see wings as yet and have no doubt that you will one day have beautiful wings but at this point you have none.”

“You’re just not able to see them. One day you will be as advanced as I am and then you will know I have wings and you will know them for the beauties they are”

“No doubt”, I said and made my farewells and left. I’ve met many people like that. People who had read so much about enlightenment and advanced perceptions that they needed to not only believe that they were there but have others believe it as well. For me, I have few doubts that I grow and advance and on some level beyond space and time there is nothing to attain but in the here and now, I intend to enjoy every part of the process, every lesson learned, even the hard ones.
Blessings, G

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Butterfly Over Crop Circle by G A Rosenberg


Collision by G A Rosenberg