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D. H. Lawrence, Jiddu Krishnamurti , newness, novelty, surrender, and the phoenix

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




           The sense of ever occurring newness is one of the hallmarks of approaching the benediction of wonder, for it is through ahistorical vision that we see life as if for the very first time and come to recognize its profound, unbelievable implausibility. And this perception of newness comes to the child without effort, for the child does nothing but perceive ‘what is’ without memory, and that alone makes ‘what is’ perpetually new.



“[Life]...doesn’t need understanding. It needs newness.”

D.H. Lawrence



            The living moment is always now, always new, and always ending and beginning. We simply fail to recognize this because we are too lazy to pay attention, too lazy to forget, too lazy to “care for the watching”, as Jiddu Krishnamurti continually admonished. Yet when our living consciousness is freed from the Form, it cannot help but despise stagnation and repetition. Just as a spectator would prefer to watch a new episode of an ongoing television show, rather than a repeat performance, so it is with the innocent, ‘detached’ witness, who seeks not the security of ‘what has been’, but instead seeks newness always, if for no reason other than the joy of novelty.

And so, if we are to come to the self-effacement necessary to truly embrace the ever-unfolding newness of being- to lose ourselves at every moment, and live as if for the very first time (a fact which is easy to rationally understand, but extremely difficult- or devilishly easy- to assimilate into our conditioned perceptions)- we must learn to see the beauty and magic eternally occurring new at every moment ...which never was before. We must be new at every moment.

          Now, with the term ‘self-effacement’, as used in the above paragraph, I have encroached dangerously into the problematic topic of ‘psychological surrender’ (as opposed to ‘epistemological surrender’). However, it appears that both of these capitulations are so inextricably interconnected, that if we attempt to tackle one, we must necessarily end in dealing with both.

           The moment you do not know who or what you are, the ego dissipates, and all vanity and neurosis melt away along with it. Incomprehension is the least painful way to die, to lose everything you thought you had, to become as nothing, and to be born again always new from the ashes. Thus the phoenix, so often used in alchemical symbolism, represents the new person rising out of the death of the old.


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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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