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Don Juan, Chuck Spezzano, Aleister Crowley, meaninglessness, meaning, and the warrior

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




“Having to believe that the world is mysterious and unfathomable was the expression of a warrior’s innermost predilection. Without it, he had nothing.”

Don Juan



            As with all great hero and heroine journeys, there must be inner trial if there is to be inner reward.

Chuck Spezzano, in his commentary on The Enlightenment Cards, describes this stage of the epic as such: “The meaninglessness and the anguish this engenders- because everything has turned grey and to ashes- can be a great opportunity for you. While many people die in the realms of meaninglessness, it could be one of the places where you make some of your greatest strides in consciousness. ¼[For] when meaninglessness is seen from a high spiritual perspective, it is the realization that the world actually does not have any meaning. [Yet] the ego attempts to lure us off and show us that the world does have meaning: ‘Come right this way! Step right up! The greatest show on earth is about to begin! Come to the sideshow! You will find something interesting that will keep you entertained here!’ Of course, because this is not true, you are eventually brought back to the experience of meaninglessness once again, but this time it is through disappointment in the world. However, meaninglessness is actually a place which is very close to realization, awakening and enlightenment.”

For those people who are tightly wrapped in a comfortable life, with many desires or responsibilities, such an experience of meaninglessness can lead to their downfall- for it destroys their false life completely; they are the ones who, finding themselves fallen into quicksand, thrash wildly about in an attempt to extricate themselves, only to sink deeper and deeper into the mire.

Yet for those who are inherently more elastic, more capable of ‘turning on a dime’, so to speak, of recognizing the virtue of a ‘real’ experience, and thus who are also capable of ‘letting go’, of enjoying the wild ride of inexplicable awe, and then of finding the wherewithal to go forth in life with this new experience as their living corner-stone while rejecting all past structures, these are the ones who will not only survive intact, but will fly instead of drowning, and will flourish from the very same event which caused others to crumble.

Aleister Crowley notes: “¼the best of men, the free men, do not consider the matter in such terms at all. Whatever horrors may afflict the soul, whatever abominations may excite the loathing of the heart, whatever terrors may assail the mind, the answer is the same at every stage: ‘How splendid is the Adventure!’”

There it is. Life is a bewildering event, of that there is no argument. It is simply then a matter of whether we choose to see life as a miraculous adventure, or a tragic misadventure.


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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

author Jack Haas, Canadian, American writer, artist, photographer

















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