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Andre Gide, Judith Handelsman, Blue Rodeo, magic, victory, intoxication, and euphoria

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




“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.”

Andre Gide



            Judith Handelsman wrote of her rapturous experience, exclaiming: “‘Victory for the forces of good! Here, here!’ I cried, jumping up and down, dancing in place, cheering...for the wonders of the invisible world I had just entered.  ...I allowed magic into my life and had opened the way for more to come.”

            Thus the lucky, brave, or innocent individual who receives this intoxication of absolute wonder- of the complete non-understanding of all that ‘is’, including their own self- no longer needs a reasonable explanation of life, because they are wholly free from the mind’s interventions; for them there is nothing gained by trying to apprehend an explanation ...of the unexplainable. Ideas no longer matter, knowledge is gone for good, and the whole of life swells and returns to its original, pristine spectacularness.



“...I start to float away,

and the whole world seems very strange,

in a pleasant kind of way.”

Blue Rodeo



           Though our journey into the realm of mystery may begin as a frightening cataclysm, eventually the loss of understanding- if we are accepting enough of the process- may take over and we may begin to find our ‘footing’, our balance, so to speak, and what originally seemed a chaotic, turbulent, nauseating, ride, becomes a fluid, invigorating, familiar euphoria.

            It is now a joy to positively accept our non-understanding, to embrace it, and in doing so we begin to acknowledge its validity more readily even than our day-to-day realities. We begin to believe that the world of men has been horribly untruthful to us, and that we have finally returned to our senses. We ease back into ourselves. Everything becomes new and spectacular. Nothing exists that is not implausible. A benign, peaceful reverie may begin to grow within our lives.

            This is the gentler side of rapture, easing into the comforting unknowableness of all and everything, and willfully succumbing to the blessed sublime intoxication of the thoughtless presence of being.


excerpted from:


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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