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Albert Einstein, Carl Jung, Christ, the kingdom of Heaven, becoming as children

excerpted from THE WAY OF WONDER: a return to the mystery of ourselves, by Jack Haas

 

                                                  

            

“For me it is enough to wonder at the secrets.”

Albert Einstein

 

 

             It is likely the case that not all of us have retained such vivid memories of childhood wonder as Traherne, however there seems to be a consistent recognition amongst most of us about the amazingness and freshness which was part of our daily lives as children. We remember at least that to have been a child, was to experience awe.

Similarly to Traherne, Carl Jung relates his experience of infancy: “One memory comes up which is perhaps the earliest of my life. ¼I am lying in a pram, in the shadow of a tree. It is a fine, warm summer day, the sky blue, and the golden sunlight darting through the green leaves. The hood of the pram has been left up. I have just awakened to the glorious beauty of the day, and have a sense of indescribable well-being. I see the sun glittering through the leaves and blossoms of the bushes. Everything is wholly wonderful, colorful, and splendid.”

Along with Traherne and Jung we can accept that as children we often stood aghast in front of some crazy, mysterious object or happening, like a bug, a flower, or a television, only then to ‘grow up’ (if I may use this misnomer) and begin to brand these magical happenings with labels, and in the process learn to become ever more and more oblivious to their marvels.

Perhaps this is why Christ stated blatantly, “Unless you become as children, you shall not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” For the Child sees without preconceptions, facts, or theories: the child sees ‘what is’, and this ‘what is’, when divorced from our ‘fallen’ way of seeing it, is the Kingdom of Heaven.

 

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way of wonder, sacred geometry, sri yantra

 

 

THE WAY OF WONDER: a return to the mystery of ourselves

by Jack Haas

author Jack Haas, Canadian, American writer, artist, photographer

 

 

 

      

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