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D. H. Lawrence, Icarus, heaven, hell, apocalypse, beauty, horror, and wonder

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




           For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, and this statement applies as much to metaphysics as it does to physics. Having been lifted into the stratosphere of exaltation on the wings of awe, not a few individuals find themselves returning to the world with all the grace of Icarus. This is because the experience of absolute wonder destroys false walls, and does not create new ones; everything false is demolished, and nothing but the real, stupefying nudity of ‘what is’ remains. For the most part, this rapture is a positive experience, but because everything a person ‘understood’ is suddenly and thoroughly disproven, many individuals coming to this ‘unrealization’ cannot endure the expansive infinity confronting them, and so tumble down from that great height.



“We ought to dance with rapture that we should be alive and in the flesh, and part of the living, incarnate cosmos.”

D.H. Lawrence



            We ought to be mad with disbelief, aghast with awe, engrossed with gratitude, and joyful with incertitude. This is how we should be, but this is not how we are.

            At the threshold where the cacophony of the limited mind drops away, many individuals find themselves in a debilitating whirlwind of exasperation, making it impossible to take a firm grip upon conventional existence again, and therefore causing them to drift helplessly off into the fringe realms of life. This sounds bleak, and perhaps it is, but, as the saying goes, “the road to heaven leads through hell.”

When the limited, programmed mind finally opens up to the infinity of the mystery which has been repressed until then, a person often finds him or herself drowning in limitless implausibility, and this does not assist the individual to lead a responsible, capable, limited life. For when the mind is finally divorced from all its previous assumptions, ideas, and understandings, it suddenly stands upon the brink of the chilling Unknowable. It is at this point where some sink, some swim, some fall to their deaths, and some ...learn to fly. 

This is the vertiginous uncertainty of life, of absolute incomprehension, when all supports and suppositions come crashing inexorably to the ground. There is nothing left to grab hold of. The slate is wiped clean, and because you yourself are also on the slate- you are gone as well. This may sound extreme, but that is because is extreme. I am speaking of an inner Apocalypse, a death which goes either nowhere, or ...leads to further life. The individual who undergoes such a catastrophic and transforming undoing cannot continue living with the conceptions of life he or she had previously existed within. That is the beauty and horror of wonder.


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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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