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Jim Morrison, Antonin Artaud, Anais Nin, existence, infinity, madness, and ecstasy

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




“Back in those days, everything was simpler

and more confused.”

Jim Morrison



To arrive at the precious and perilous realm of incohesion, of unawareness, we must be willing and brave; we must allow the veneer of being to immolate completely; nothing of what we hold onto or believe in can survive a single moment of true, apocalyptic wonder. All the monuments fall in the earthquake of incognition; it may mean that our old well-ordered lives are ruined completely, that we are done for, if we come to rupturous, rapturous non-understanding correctly. Nothing remains of life as it was imagined to be- for finally we have matured beyond the pablum of knowledge. That is the way of the mad and the mystic.

Lispector describes this maturity in one of her characters, writing: “With this enormous courage the man had finally stopped being intelligent.” Which is to say, to give yourself away to the mystery that you are, to float upward like a balloon without a mooring, to unrecognize existence with a fearless glance unshaken by the nebulous infinity, is to die and be born again, at every moment, without a clue what is happening to you.




“It is the logic of Illogic. And this is all one can say.

…My lucid unreason is not afraid of chaos.”

Antonin Artaud



Though Artaud is one of the mystical madmen who perhaps lost it too completely in the end (spending nine years in an asylum in France, where he aggressively declared, “I am a fanatic, I am not a madman”), at least he went down swinging.

Anais Nin wrote, after meeting Artaud, “All I could see that evening was his revolt against interpretations. He was impatient with their presence, as if they prevented him from exaltation.” And so he was a hero indeed, forfeiting all reasonableness and caution for one thing and one thing only- ecstasy.

          Wonder for some individuals, then, is not merely an experience to be had and then quickly 'gotten over', as it were; it is instead an outlook which must be sedulously integrated until it becomes a fanatical disposition demanding intimacy with the unfathomableness of being, and this is the power which redeems all of creation from the bounds of logic and reason.


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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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