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Don Juan, Martin Heidegger, Georges de Chirico, creation, novelty, and eternal newness

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

 

         

          

“When you see there are no longer familiar features in the world. Everything is new. Everything never happened before. The world is incredible!”

Don Juan

 

 

           In fact, all we need to do is recognize that we do not understand at least one thing which we thought we understood, and subsequently every other thing related to it then becomes suspect, and we may suddenly look upon a world which we have never truly seen before. The most commonplace occurrence can be the catalyst to seeing fresh novelty everywhere.

Martin Heidegger stated: “In wonder what is most usual of all and in all, in whatever manner this might be, becomes the most unusual.”

How could it be otherwise? Until we recognize that we do not understand what we thought we understood- which is everything- we shall not stand in dutiful reverence to the nonunderstandable, and we shall not look at ourselves nor the world in any way other than the way we have been shown.

Wisdom is the living Sophia, so long forgotten in the playless rules of philo-sophia.

The Dadaist, Georges de Chirico claims: “Above all, what we have to do is to rid art of everything it has known until the present, every subject, every idea, every thought, every symbol has to be tossed aside. ...Only when our thinking has been cleared of all that we call logic and sense, when it has removed all its human shackles, will things appear to us in a new light as though illuminated by a constellation that has appeared for the first time.”

           This observation carries over into all of life. Creation creates. Everything that is taking place now and always is eternally new. Life is art. There is nothing but newness always happening.

Now, taking a giant leap forward, if we recognize that all of life is Creation- if all of life is art- then we ourselves are art; we are what is eternally new at every moment. We must not only see the world again from a novel standpoint, we must also learn to see ourselves, our ‘I’, as if we had never known ourselves before. And this we must do not just once, but always. The ‘I’ that is in all of us must never become old, but instead must be re-newed over and over again with the passion of forgetful wonderment.

 

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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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