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Carl Jung, D. H. Lawrence, John Claypool, Guillaume Apollinaire, and the Motherly Buddha

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




“That mystic baffling wonder alone completes all.”

Walt Whitman



And how does the exaltation of wonder ‘complete all’? Carl Jung explains: “It is important to have a secret, a premonition of things unknown. It fills life with something impersonal, a numinosum. A man who has never experienced that has missed something important. He must sense that he lives in a world which in some respects is mysterious; that things happen and can be experienced which remain inexplicable; that not everything which happens can be anticipated. The unexpected and the incredible belong in this world. Only then is life whole. For me the world has from the beginning been infinite and ungraspable.”

          This is the world in which we truly live, if only we would leave the land of exile- the exile called ‘knowing’- and take up conscious residence in bliss and rapture within the Great Mystery itself.



“The sense of wonder, that is our sixth sense.

 And it is the natural religious sense.”

D.H. Lawrence



Of this sense, the Reverend John Claypool sermonized rhapsodically: “...ecstasy- the experience of ‘rising up with wings as eagles.’ Here is an utterly authentic way for the life of God to come into our lives, and the experience of such moments of exuberance and abandon and celebration has always been a part of biblical religion. There is a hint from the very beginning that this is part of the nature of God himself. Do you recall how one of the Genesis accounts depicts God as looking out over all he had been creating and finding it ‘very good’? He promptly proceeded to take a day off simply to celebrate the wonder of ‘isness’. This is ecstasy. ¼[And so] to lose one’s self in wonder, awe, and praise, to forget one’s self before the mystery of God- I would have defined that as the highest spiritual achievement.”

The way in which wonder and mystery have been the cornerstones of many different spiritual and secular paths will be exposed as we move through the following chapters. The important thing, however, is not to have notions about rapture, but to experience rapture itself.

As such, the incredibly idiosyncratic, iconoclastic, and obscure Tibetan Buddhist text, the kun byed rgyal po’i mdo (or, The Sovereign All-Creating Mind, The Motherly Buddha), states: “It is worthwhile to rejoice in the way the sentient beings appear as to their form, appearance, and color. ...One rejoices in them due to a method of not-at-all thinking. ...[Then] whatever comes into existence is My wonder. ...This miraculous and wonderful joy rests like the sky in the deedless. ...If you do not perceive ‘That’ as being different from ignorance, instantly, That comes forth by itself. ...I tell you, do not try to intellectualize this! I recommend that you, oh great bodhisattva, will teach the hosts of retinues in the same way as I taught you.”

             Let us go now, down the forgotten labyrinths of our infinite selves, where, at every turn, if we are open, and honest, and innocent enough we shall discover more mystery, madness, miracle, and magic. Limitations are of the mind. Incomprehension is our freedom. Let us go.

            “We would give you vast and strange domains,” offers Guillaume Apollinaire, “Where flowering mystery waits for him who would pluck it.”


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

by Jack Haas

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