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A Picture Can Speak A Thousand Words

Updated on November 16, 2012

The Artist


I came across Øistein Alexander Ruud's amazing work on the website and immediately fell in love with it. His pictures accurately portrayed so much of what I have been trying to express through the written word in my own website blog and in my hubs.Mr Ruud goes under the name AlexGroseth on the deviantart website and you can purchase block prints of his art on that site all of which are very reasonably priced. From the onset I want to make it clear that I am not profiting from this in any way except in that it gives me great pleasure to promote great talent with such a meaningful message for the world today. I profit spiritually from shouting this artists work from the rooftops!

Following are a selection of pictures from the AlexGroseth gallery on the deviantart website and I explain how each piece I have chosen describes the ideas I try to express in my writing.



I believe that we are in essence pure love energy residing in human form. We put on our bodies to experience this world and take off our bodies when we leave it. I believe that being human is just one experience of many that we have and each one of us has experienced being human many many times and this life you are experiencing now. It is impossible for any of us to learn all the lessons that life has to teach in just one lifetime. Some of us last only minutes, some are born into horrendous conditions and still other are born into great wealth and abundance. How can anyone imagine that just one experience is going to do it for us?

I believe we choose our parents, the country of birth and even the way we are to look. We do this by the way we live our present life. Nobody escapes the consequences of their words, thoughts or actions because if we do not learn the lessons life has to teach then life will find ways for us to learn them. There is no more effective way for a murderer to learn to empathise with his victim than to be reborn as a victim.


The world is perfect and everything that is happening is happening for a very good reason however we are not able to appreciate this because of our human condition. Our limited view of reality prevents us from being aware of our true nature and ensures that we only experience what we need to in order to progress from where we are now.

From birth we develop a filter called our ego through which we view the world. This filter comprises all that we believe to be true so we can only entertain ideas that conform with our belief system. This is the mechanism that holds us captive in a world we ourselves have created for ourselves by the way we have lived our previous lives. There is no dark force outside of us that is creating all the pain and suffering we see in the world. We are collectively responsible and it is we who must realise this if not in this life then in another. Life will eventually prevail but we can make it easier by waking up and doing our duty. 


Some people actually believe that they are their bodies. Some people believe they are their brains. Our bodies are very elaborate space suits we wear in order to live on this planet and interact with each other. The space suits wear out but we never die.

The problem with these space suits is that they have a mind of their own. Our bodies have a separate mind. We experience this when we become addicted to things like chocolate, tobacco, alcohol, drugs, sex and all kinds of food and drink. The cravings of our bodies are very real and it takes a  huge force of will to deny the body what it demands.

One of the lessons we must learn in this life is to become the master of our own bodies. The body is there to serve us and not the other way around. Many people never realise this and spend their lives a slaves to their own bodies never realising the divine within themselves.


Life is a journey. We each enter this world alone and we leave it alone.There are many distractions along the way but there have been great souls who came into this world to give us guidance. None of these great souls ever wrote one word of what they said. Their message cannot be described intellectually in words but passed from heart to heart and not head to head.

People have created religions based on what they believe the messages of these great souls to be.They have written books describing what these great souls have said and they have used these words to wield power over the masses for generations.

Religion is like a sign post. All religions are pointing the way for us to travel. Some people mistake the sign post for the destination and many even lay down their lives for their sign post.


The critical factor is the gatekeeper. Only ideas that conform to what you hold true will be allowed past the gatekeeper who stands guard over your subconscious. Only ideas that support what you believe to be true are allowed through everything else is ignored or is never even noticed. This is why you will see such extremes in this world. The rich and affluent cannot imagine life being any other way and the poor feel the same way about their own situation. Two belief systems creating completely different results.

In order to affect change in your life you must first learn to get past the gatekeeper in order to access the subconscious and replace the belief responsible for the condition you want to change.Will power alone is not sufficient to get past the gatekeeper and this is where man's blind pride in the power of his intellect to overcome all his problems fails miserably. The intellect is impotent in the world of the subconscious and that is probably the biggest challenge facing man today ... to acknowledge the subconscious as the real power behind his life and not his intellect.

My desire to know myself and to be able to access my own subconscious was the driving force behind me choosing to become a Clinical Hypno-Psychotherapist.


" Be still and know that "I" is God." is my favourite quote from the bible. It says it all in that short command.

Be still refers to quieting the monkey mind. Your mind like your body is a tool but most people identify with the mind and some even believe that they are their minds. It is by stilling the constant chatter of your mind and remaining in silence for regular periods each day that you realise that you are much more than a mind.

Your thoughts are energy for you to direct and use to create what you want. Thoughts are not supposed to use you. Sit in silence without any noise inside or outside of yourself and this you can do while riding the bus or in the middle of an earthquake. The noise I refer to hear is the chatter of an indisciplined mind which like a spoiled child is a bottomless pit that can never be satisfied.

There is nothing in this world other than "I" and "I" is love. Be still and realise this truth and become free!

To see more of Øistein Alexander Ruud's art please follow the link below:

>>> AlexGroseth deviantart gallery <<<


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      Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Haha!! Yes we did not understand each other and at the moment I remembered a comment You made ones about how it is very difficult to understand each other because we all speak from our own unique perspective - well, those were not your exact words, I paraphrased. If my definition of will power is Being then, Being includes the conscious and the subconscious. And even when we get back from the adventures in the subconscious, what do we do? We get to thinking and to explaining and deciphering of what that experience meant - we use our conscious mind to talk about the subconscious. Just like You and I are doing now. Or when You decide to meditate - it is the power of your mind/ego which helps You get there. Only one with specific training and abilities can get there - not any ego/mind can get to such a point. Without will-power one would not even be able to talk about the subconscious, explain it or even visit it - in my opinion and with my own understanding of will power.

      "Word definitions can get in the way of communication." - I cannot underline this more and that is why usually I try to express myself as clear as possible - on top of which, I remember Nietzsche quote lol

      "There is no separation between us" - Okay, so I just made coffee I'm pouring You a cup and please do not let it get cold. I'm waiting. : )

      I'm swimming in paradoxes sometimes ...

      We are all one: it is the Law of One.


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      Xavier Nathan 4 years ago from Isle of Man

      You say:

      "So, to get to the subconscious we still use will power. And to talk about the subconscious we use will power. To analyze the subconscious we use will power."

      I say:

      No I don't agree. Will power cannot get us to the subconscious and in my capacity as a hypno-psychotherapist I have witnessed and experienced how impotent the conscious mind is when it comes to accessing the subconscious. In fact it is only through a dropping of the "will" that any progress is made. In any definition of "will power" you will see the ego inherently present and it is in dropping the ego during therapy that removes the obstacle to accessing the subconscious.

      You say:

      "we have no similar basis for expressing ourselves"

      I say:

      We are all One so for you to say this is a contradiction. Word definitions can get in the way of communication. It is not important to try to convince anyone of anything because we are all talking to ourselves. There is no separation between us and expressing opinions is fine and fun as long as we accept we are only talking to aspects of ourselves. If you give up expressing yourself because you feel misunderstood then you are subscribing to the illusion of separateness and you are denying communication to a part of yourself you have given up on!

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      Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      This is such a difficult topic to discuss, Mr. Spirit Whisperer ...

      "Will Power" is what people use consciously to achieve something - So, to get to the subconscious we still use will power. And to talk about the subconscious we use will power. To analyze the subconscious we use will power. To live, we use will power. Yet, will power is impotent in some cases?

      I am the one who left the dictionary meaning of will power here because I see will power as the will to live. The subconscious as well as the conscious world are Impotent to Will Power.

      The point I was trying to make though, is that we have no similar basis for expressing ourselves thus, we often (way too often in my opinion) misunderstand each other. I was the one who walked away from the dictionary definition of will power, this time around. And now, we no longer understand each other on this topic LOL

      Alrighty, You have a great day! : )

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      Xavier Nathan 4 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you Mr Happy for taking the time to read this and comment. The intellect is what we use consciously and we are aware of our thinking. The subconscious dwells below the level of our conscious awareness and no amount of thinking can make us aware of what is not available to our conscious awareness. "Will Power" is what people use consciously to achieve something and that is why in the world of the unconscious, "Will Power" is impotent. I hope this expresses it more clearly.

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      Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      "Will power alone is not sufficient to get past the gatekeeper and this is where man's blind pride in the power of his intellect to overcome all his problems fails miserably. The intellect is impotent in the world of the subconscious and that is probably the biggest challenge facing man today ..." - I disagree here but that is what happens when two people use the same word but with different meanings (i.e. "Will Power"). This will continue to happen until people begin to express themselves clearly.

      "Mystical explanation. - Mystical explanation are considered deep. The truth is they are not even superficial." - The Gay Science, page 182 - Friedrich Nietzsche.

      All the best!

      P.S. Great photos! : )

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      MysteriousOne 6 years ago

      Very inspiring ,Spirit Whisperer..Much enjoyed your write,very interesting!...Thank you!

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      tumblintumblweed 6 years ago

      Thank you,Spirit Whisper!Not only were the pictures awesome, but I so enjoyed your write with the visuals.Very useful and interesting piece...Voted up,useful & awesome!

      Kudos to the artist.Beautiful work! Thank you for sharing!

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      Xavier Nathan 6 years ago from Isle of Man

      You are welcome. I am glad you like it.

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      Edlira 6 years ago

      Beautiful tribute to a talented artist! Loved the pictures! Thanks for introducing his work to me! Cheers, Edlira.