“I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.”
— Vincent van Gogh
With half my heart
I took a step
unsure of direction
I didn’t feel it
and so was frozen in place
I didn’t want it bad enough
Life happened and years passed
Half-heartedly I lived them all
yet nothing called to me
and then something called to me
with siren’s voice
I could not resist
I threw myself in
with all of my existence striving
no holding back
Falling in yet enjoying the ride
and still the call goes on.
— G A Rosenberg
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Fiery Dream by G A Rosenberg
Colour Study by G A Rosenberg
“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?”
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…
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Audience Chamber by G A Rosenberg
Falling by G A Rosenberg
The Universe Lies Within