Trapped in Amber – A Consciousness Stream

 

“Well, here we are…trapped in the amber of this moment. There is no why.”
— Kurt Vonnegut

 

Here we are, trapped in this moment. Luckily we have the ability to entertain both ourselves and each other so its a nice time to share some thoughts. Today was Thanksgiving in the land of my birth so maybe I should say somethings I’m grateful for (besides the fact that I was not a native some 300+ years ago). I am thankful for friends, family and the intersection of both. I have been lucky to have an abundance of love in this spin of the wheel and it is something I try never to take for granted. I am thankful for a mind, hands and spirit all of which work reasonably well and for so many things to learn and do. I am thankful especially for the lessons in compassion and that I can feel so much of what is going on in the world and make things better when and how I can. I am thankful for teachers and for each of you reading these words. I am thankful for the growth that I have experienced in this past year and even the hard lessons and pain I have experienced. But enough gratitude for now. What are your dreams and hopes? In what way do you hope to move outside your comfort zone? What inner demons do you face and can I help you dance with them? Of late I seem to have no end of questions, we live in confusing times where many act strangely and expect everyone to follow along. We live in systematic cultures and the systems are running down as they find that their one size fits all solutions fit very few and that a culture based on scarcity and contrived monetary values will eventually fall apart. As the supposed scarcity increases, the greedy get greedier as people fear loss more than they fear not having in the first place and here I am on my soapbox again. Perhaps we can just enjoy the moment, this time together trapped in the nonmoving now but then aren’t we always?
Blessings, G

 

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Open SpaceOpen Space by G A Rosenberg

 

Crystal GazeCrystal Gaze by G A Rosenberg

 

Embracing Our Completer Selves

 

“We live with our archetypes, but can we live in them?”
— Poul Anderson

 

Who are we? Who do we want to be? Are we the businessman / Emperor archetype who somewhat benevolently brings order to our underlings existence? Are we the rebel / Punk who wants everything torn down? Are we an artist or a Mother Nature expanding in self expression? Do we try so hard to live inside our chosen archetypes that we deny expression to other aspects of ourself that run counter to them? What parts of ourselves do we keep hidden in the shadows because they don’t fit our internal image of who we should be?
In my experience, the more we make ourselves into something that only partially represents, the more we deny our own identities. We can’t defeat our shadow by denying it, it will always win in the end. It is only by embracing everything that we are, giving it all full expression that we can fully self-actualize and truly know what our purpose in life may be.
Blessings, G

 

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SerpentSerpent by G A Rosenberg

 

Celling out (Abstract)Celling Out by G A Rosenberg

 

The Serpent and the Sword (Botis)The Serpent and The Sword (Botis) by G A Rosenberg

Arachne spins (Redux)

 

Spider spinning fate
Weave me a new life pattern
from the old worn threads.

 

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Arachne spins (Redux)Arachne Spins (Redux) by G A Rosenberg

 

Persistance

 

“I must continue to follow the path I take now. If I do nothing, if I study nothing, if I cease searching, then, woe is me, I am lost. That is how I look at it — keep going, keep going come what may.
But what is your final goal, you may ask. That goal will become clearer, will emerge slowly but surely, much as the rough draught turns into a sketch, and the sketch into a painting through the serious work done on it, through the elaboration of the original vague idea and through the consolidation of the first fleeting and passing thought.”
— Vincent van Gogh

 

Staying the course
tho the skies start to cloud
Keep trudging along
even stuck in the crowd.
Finding my way
tho the path may be blocked
Knowing I’ll open
every door that is locked.

 

It’s never that easy
and it’s never that clear
yet the end will be reached
and my goal I will near

 

Taking each step
tho I don’t know which direction
Moving so slow
yet I’m moving with intention
Giving some space
to the doubts I feel within
yet still satisfied
with persistance I will win

— G A Rosenberg

 

Blessings, G

 

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Raven GoddessRaven Goddess by G A Rosenberg

 

Light at the CoreLight at the Core by G A Rosenberg

Ways Outside the Box

 

“The whole and sole object of all true Magical and Mystical training is to become free from every kind of limitation.”
— Aleister Crowley

 

We humans tend to find astonishing ways to limit ourselves. We do it through almost every social affiliation we have (whether it be religious, vocational, social or political). We do it by lack of imagination. We also limit ourselves through self-doubt. We are limitless beings and only by getting outside our boxes do we allow ourselves to see it. That is why Magical and / or Mystical training does such a good job of freeing us. By discipling ourselves out of the box and by training our focus and imagination we can transcend ourselves and find true freedom. There is no other way out with the possible exception of recreational drug use and that way is dicey at best. It offers only temporary glimpses and all too often becomes a limiting box in itself. They can be a good gateway however in terms of glimpsing possibilities as long as one remembers they are tools at best, rather like a double-edged sword that can easily cut the wielder as it does the target.
Blessings, G

 

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Healing Transformations (Marbas)Healing Transformation (Marbas) by G A Rosenberg

 

Entering  the GatesEntering the Gate by G A Rosenberg

Shared

 

Shared joy is increased,Shared pain lessened and thus we refute the law of entropy.”
–Spider Robinson

 

There are very few things better than sharing a good time with people whom we care about. We rack up memories of golden moments, of laughs and pure enjoyment of a day. We remember most the sunrises, sunsets and walks under the stars that we have shared with others and few things can be as wonderful as pure laughter of a joke shared. The joy of the moment is more than doubled.
Likewise when we are hurting, little helps more than being able to unburden ourselves on those we love. We can cry and cop to the things that we did wrong in the situation and ways we have hurt others and the pain that we allowed them to give us and find release where in solitude the pressure would just build up until we surrendered to it. It is important to have friends with whom we can do this and not fear the response, knowing that we will find understanding and solace and possibly a kick in the ass when we wallow in it. It helps also to know that we can be there for other people when they are hurting and be that sounding board they need, helping them find solution and absolution.
I have been lucky in my life to have people with whom I can share both joy and pain. They have taught me the true meaning of friendship and caring. I hope that I will have the chance to share this lesson with many others.
Blessings, G

 

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A Space in my HeadA Space in My Head by G A Rosenberg

 

Gaze DeeplyGaze Deeply by G A Rosenberg

 

In Deep Rising Up (Redux)

 

Focused intention
Energy rises up spine
Understanding grows.

 

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In Deep Rising Up(Redux)In Deep Rising Upwards (redux) by G A Rosenberg

 

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