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Clarice Lispector, Osho, Richard Moss, forgetting oneself, understanding, and being new

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




“I simply don’t know. In fact, I sometimes think I am not me.

I seem to belong to a remote planet,

I am such a stranger unto myself.”

Clarice Lispector



           Yet this is perhaps the most problematic item to erase in the act of forgetting- oneself. How to be oneself, and yet forget oneself? How to turn one’s vision inward, and then with a dexterous maneuver, choose to go blind? It is a sublime and effortless event, for now it is not simply the known which must be forgotten, now it is also the knower.

          Regarding this topic, Osho relates: “When you don't know, you are not. When you know, you are. Knowledge begins to function as the ego. No-knowledge, and the ego cannot exist; it has no props, no support. It falls, collapses, and disappears. And in that state of no-mind, no-ego- no-you- something happens which is more like love. You flow into existence and existence starts flowing into you. You are no longer separate from the existence. The drop has fallen into the ocean, and the ocean into the drop. ...New centers will be awakened, a new individuality will emerge, new experiences will happen- everything will be new. If you are prepared for the new then you must gather courage to part with the old. ...We have to destroy the old man and its ugliness, its rotten ideologies, its stupid discriminations and idiotic superstitions, and create a new man with fresh eyes, with new values- a discontinuity with the past.”

            To forget ourselves is simply a matter of forgetting our knowledge or understanding of ourselves. It is to allow that we are perhaps something very different than we have ever imagined; that perhaps we should not be confining ourselves within the limitations of the mind, and that therefore the essential thing is to divorce ourselves from any image, description, or characteristic. The essential thing is to set ourselves free.

Richard Moss offers the same message, albeit in different terms, writing: “Before we define our experiences, before we accept the labels of our conditioned thoughts and feelings, we must learn to create a space of unknowing- a space of openness to new interpretations.”

           And that space we create must never be filled, it must always be purged, like a conduit, with life flowing, and never stopping, through it; we must make the mind new, not once, but at every moment. We must forget ourselves not once, but always, if the ever new is to occur continually both inwardly and out.


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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

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