Losing Our Boundaries in Darkness


“Darkness is your candle.
Your boundaries are your quest”
— Rumi


In daylight boundaries are easy to spot. We see signs or post markings that divide what is our territory and what is our neighbours. They also mark clearly areas which are known which for many of us translates to safe versus what is unknown. At night in the darkness it is never quite clear. Signs easily read in the light are missed and lines crossed without realizing. It is easy to lose our way tho that is not necessarily a bad thing.
This extends well beyond the physical. When we are satisfied and walking in sunlight, it is easier to stick with what is familiar and avoid that which is not. Oh we may dip our toes over the line but that is a far cry from immersing ourselves into the unknown. It is when we leave our safe well-lit areas behind us and turn off the blinding light of preconceptions that we can allow ourselves to wander into areas that are not ours and not necessarily safe. However they are the most likely to bring knowledge and awareness that is greater than that which we’ve known before.
Blessings, G


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Cave CommunicationCave Communication by G A Rosenberg


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Keep on Dancing


“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.”
― Rumi


The dance continues. Each day a new step and a new movement. One section comes to a close now and a new one starts with new themes. To fear the dance is to fear the endless stream of life and its constant change. To resist change is to resist the dance and to become stagnant for even when we stand still, the dance continues and we can either direct our movement or be pulled along helpless in its stream. When we participate, we get a say in what our steps are and may even control the dance for a bit or we can without care or fear allow the dance to take us wherever it may.
Blessings, G


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Unfolding Our Own Myth


“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”
― Rumi


What is your story? What is the myth you will pass on to your children and grandchildren? How did it begin? What have you been striving for? What hardships did you face on the road and how did you overcome them? In what ways were you tested and how did you do? What was your motivation? What kind of story is it? Can you put it to music?
We are our stories yet we constantly recreate them both our past and our present. We cannot follow another’s trail tho we can try to ape it and thus do ourselves and them a grave injustice? We are the heroes and our stories are unique? By telling them, we add to the world’s story. Weaving new myths that may just stand the test of time.
Blessings, G


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In Flight (Ipos)In Flight (Ipos) by G A Rosenberg


I've Been Down This Road BeforeI’ve Been Down This Road Before by G A Rosenberg


Take a Moment


“Observe the wonders as they occur around you.
Don’t claim them. Feel the artistry
moving through, and be silent.”
— Rumi


Sometimes the wonders passing through get pretty dark. Our relationships or some other area of our lives feels troubled and the taste of life just kind of crumbles or turns bitter like wine that has just started to turn. We turn to friends yet don’t wish to be burdensome with troubles that objectively seem minor. It’s just internally that they jump at our inner walls battering already beleaguered defences. To me that is the time to tune everything out put on some music that’s calming and inspirational and take myself out of the picture.
I can meditate. I can make art and write. I can walk in nature or I can close my eyes and do anyone of those or countless other things in my imagination. It’s amazing how even the shortest of removes can strengthen one’s resolve to see things through. It sounds trite and rather new agey to say ‘find your happy place’ and I am not suggesting living there or even sojourning. Hiding from troubles tends to strengthen them. However when we take these moments to strengthen ourselves then we can come back with a lot fresher perspective on what has been troubling us…
Blessings, G


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ThroneThrone by G A Rosenberg


GravityGravity by G A Rosenberg



“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.”
― Rumi


Trade your riches for magic beans
take the offered adventure in innocence
Climb the hill to see what’s there…
Show compassion to a stranger
Show compassion to a friend
Show compassion to yourself
Open yourself up to a new outlook.
Imagine what the world would look like if everything you knew was wrong…
Introduce yourself as a stranger
See yourself as pure, unchanging…
sacrifice something that no longer suits you
Mditate and be
Surrender it all to be who you’ll become…


Blessings, G


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Camaflouged SnakesCamouflaged Snakes by G A Rosenberg


Atoms flying in a mediumAtoms in a Medium by G A Rosenberg

Casting Spells


“Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words.”
― Rumi


Yet words cast spells and bind reality into existence
they bring us together and rub us raw against each other
as each rough edge, exposed wears down
we smooth and sooth
and then skim ourselves across the water
casting more spells in turn.
By our words we are known
and by our deeds we are told
we erect Towers with our words
then crash them upon the shore of our beings
waiting for truer ones to come…
Without words how would we ever know silence?


Blessings, G


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Confronting DesireConfronting Desire by G A Rosenberg


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The Dance Continues


“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.”
― Rumi


dancing through hazy conversational memories,
making sense in the abstract
while the concrete moment falls around me…
Dancing, praying, hoping, laying….
and still the mountain calls.
Climbing it will be another dance
one of purpose and intent
and as I reach the top
one of vision as I seek
the next steps
My rhythm may be off
yet to my music I hold true
as gradually the tune’s completeness
returns to view…
— G A Rosenberg


And I have been so honoured by those with who I share my dance. I thank you all my fellow wise foolish dancers.
Blessings, G


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Poking the Space Time EventPoking the Space-Time Event by G A Rosenberg


Indigo StarIndigo Star by G A Rosenberg

Unfold Your Own Myth


“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”
― Rumi, Essential Rumi


What is your heroic tale? When times feel dark and it feels like endless night ahead, what stories of past success do you carry to help you through to dawn? We all have them. Sometimes they work in reverse and we use a loser myth to steal away our sun but why choose that? I use to use my failure myth all the time to keep me frozen in place and not to accomplish. Funny thing tho. Most of my times of failure have been followed by times of joy and or accomplishment. It is hard to see the wheel turn without believing that circumstances never stay the same and to enjoy the balance. Overall, thanks to many lovely people and my own effort, I have seen more of the good stuff than otherwise. Part of the power of the dark times is that like any bad trip, it feels like it will last forever. Once you let go of that it becomes a lot easier. That’s my myth and I’m sticking to it.
Blessings, G


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Campfire RevelsCampfire Revels by G A Rosenberg


Soul SeedSoul Seed by G A Rosenberg

Unfold Your Own Myth


“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”
― Rumi


“This always happens to me. I have everything going my way and then bam… the universe laughs at me and my life falls apart”
“I can’t win for losing”
“Life’s a bitch”
No, No, No, No. NO NO NO!!!!!!
Are these the stories we want to tell ourselves? Really? We can do better than that?
“My life keeps getting better all the time”
“No matter how bad things feel, I know I have these things that make me happy”
“I feel grateful for being alive in a world with those flowers or eyes and a smile like that girl / man had.”
Do the above sound overly syrupy or sentimental to you? I can see how but seriously no matter how bad things have gotten for me, pretty consistently the difference between happiness and anger and despair has come down to a choice.
Try it, if you feel like things have been rough for you lately, ask yourself these questions at the end of each day. What was the most beautiful thing I saw today? What made me laugh? If nothing else what am I thankful for? What is the highest outcome I could hope for tomorrow? Keep asking yourself those questions and watch your life start to change.
blessings, G


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EmotiveEmotive by G A Rosenberg


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Quote of the Day – March 5 2013

“Each moment from all sides rushes to us the call to love.
We are running to contemplate its vast green field.
Do you want to come with us?”
― Rumi


Dialogue between myself and Chris Topher Harper of  (http://colubrinedeuce.blogspot.com/)


Chris Topher Harper: Naw, I am good.


Gary Johannes-Rosenberg: Cool, don’t forget to write all views welcome


Chris Topher Harper: You guys go ahead.
Behind the humor;
There lies the implication that this is not love already.
Do you see?


Gary Johannes-Rosenberg: Well you know, as someone or other said, we see things not as they are but as we are….

Can’t you be called to something you are already doing?


Chris Topher Harper: Why ask that?
The whole premise of the idea that it is all love negates the notion of the uneasiness that we have to strive to be, or go somewhere that we already are.
Which is the whole premise for Rumis work in most cases, speaking to someone that needs some kind of relation like that there has to be something better than this. Some kind of greener, sweeter grass.
It is the whole idea behind romance, to sweep someone off their feet, and be their eternal lover knowing that they already know this, the tingles provide a similar connection, and leave the reader wanting more.
Oh sweet love, why is it that I can’t be happy without you in my presence? What must I do to ever get you to accept my hand?
All the while, the talk is usually from Rumi’s conscious self to his unconscious self. He speaks of things He would tell himself, to beckon himself to stop whatever he is doing and go. Which is subservant to the lesson at hand.
One of my favorite quotes of his is; “Your task is not to seek for love, but to remove your barriers against it.” Rumi
Which is almost a direct opposite to this quote. Don’t worry about the love to find. You worry about why you are not seeing it right now. DOn’t expect to go somewhere, look to know yourself and why you are not fully immersed in it now…


Gary Johannes-Rosenberg : So in this quote you see a seeking implied? Contemplating something is not the same as seeking it… or is it the idea of ‘the call to’ and the ‘running to’ that you object to…
I don’t find that inconsistent myself with removing the barriers against it at all, if anything they go hand in hand
Have you ever sat down to create art and contemplated the finished piece either before you began, while you were working on it or both
I find so much of art, contemplating the finished piece and removing everything that does not belong


Chris Topher Harper: I would say that we are always seeking love, in everything we do.
Until we understand that we are it.
And that it is everything.
Just in that understanding, there leaves no reason to not be aligned, but a desire of our choosing.
It is the seeking that is part of that love, it is the being that is part of that love.
It is the creation of art that fllls us with the idea of spreading something that everyone already has…


Gary Johannes-Rosenberg: YES… the greatest sculpture is that of our own being


Chris Topher Harper: So, the first two lines, were pretty solid.
I just passed on the needing to go anywhere.
We are already there, man, already there…


Gary Johannes-Rosenberg: Yes, but sometimes we need to journey to discover that we are already home…

Blessings, G


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Audience Chambre
Audience Chamber by G A Rosenberg


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