|Transformation: Death and Resurrection as an essential psychic and spiritual transition from one level of existence to the next.|
|The following quotes excerpted from THE WAY OF WONDER: a return to the mystery of ourselves, by Jack Haas, detail the essential nature of transformation as a death from one form of knowing, into a resurrection of another.|
|“The disorientation and reorientation which comes with the initiation into any mystery is the most wonderful experience which it is possible to have. Everything which the brain has labored for a lifetime to assimilate, categorize and synthesize has to be taken apart and reordered. Moving day for the soul!”
“...the whole terrain founders, the soil underfoot is afloat, the constellations are shaken loose from their moorings, the whole known universe, including the imperishable self, starts moving silently, ominously, shudderingly serene and unconcerned, toward an unknown, unseen destination.”
“Because having touched upon the incomprehensible knot of the dream he accepted the great absurdity that mystery is salvation.”
“...This is the hernia of image, the transcendental rupture of poor words, born of everyday use and miraculously raised to the heart's altitudes.”
“You cannot live without dying. You cannot live if you don't die psychologically every minute. This is not an intellectual paradox. To live completely, wholly, every day as if it were a new loveliness, there must be a dying to everything of yesterday, otherwise you live mechanically, and a mechanical mind can never know what love is or what freedom is. ...To die is to have a mind that is completely empty of itself, empty of all its daily longings, pleasures and agonies. Death is a renewal, a mutation, in which thought does not function at all because thought is old. When there is death there is something totally new. Freedom from the known is death, and then you are living.”
“This is in the end the only kind of courage that is required of us: the courage to face the strangest, most unusual, most inexplicable experiences that can meet us.”
Rainer Maria Rilke
“A disorienting passage through 'the cloud of unknowing' may well be the initial test of our adequacy as individuals.”
“Having to believe that the world is mysterious and unfathomable was the expression of a warrior's innermost predilection.Without it, he had nothing.”
“I had to grow foul with knowledge, realize the futility of everything, smash everything, grow desperate, then humble, then sponge myself off the slate, as it were, in order to recover my authenticity. I had to arrive at the brink and then take a leap in the dark.”
“O gnashing teeth of earth, where would it all lead but some sweet golden eternity, to prove that we've all been wrong, to prove that proving was nil… I realized, 'there is no answer'. I didn't know anything any more, I didn't care, and it didn't matter, and suddenly I felt really free.”
“From that day onward every moment brought me its freshness as an ineffable gift, so that I lived in an almost perpetual state of passionate wonder. I became intoxicated with extreme rapidity, and went about in a sort of daze.”
“...it came to me that to love the mystery surrounding us is the final and only sanction of human existence.”
"...I would be strange and ragged and like the Prophet who has walked across the land to bring the dark Word, and the only Word I had was "Wow!""
|Jack Haas has been called "The Kerouac of the new millennium." (FW)
He is a wilderness explorer, world traveller, and author.
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