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Longchenpa, Richard Bach, Russell Hoban, Riddley Walker, Clarice Lispector, and wonder

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




“The wonderment of pristine cognitions is the path of no-more-learning when one has come to the end of one's labors...”




As such, Richard Bach exultantly admitted: “For a moment I tasted my new ignorance, shifted it on my tongue. What am I to do? Whatever will become of me? ¼a surprise new pleasure broke and surged over me like a cool breaker from far deeps. I didn’t know what I’d do!”

That is, if we are ready to let all thought and knowledge slip carelessly away from our minds and lives we shall neither find ourselves sitting in a corner of a room, cringing against the staggering reality before us, nor, through weakness or discomfort will we ever again need to return to the horrid mind-frame of words, conceptions, presumptions and all that separates us from our true selves. We shall instead bask comfortably in the dynamic, wordless, eternal warm glow of the voiceless song of our beings.

Russell Hoban’s unique character, Riddley Walker, comes forth with his own bewildered and yet accepting appreciation of this new essence; in the full, apocalyptic colloquialisms of his voice, he gargles out, “My head begun to feal like it wer widening like circles on water I dint know if it wud ever stop I dint know where the end of it wud be. The stranger it took me the mor I fealt at hoam with it. The mor I fealt Iwd be long where ever it wer widening me to.”

And Clarice Lispector describes this acquiescence about one of her characters, writing: “[He] no longer asked for the name of things. It was enough for him to recognize them in the dark- And rejoice, clumsily.”

           So when we are strong in the foothold of ignorance, all of existence will blend into the fabulous harmony of its infinite, singular mystery; we shall worship life in the act of living it, and with that we shall return to wholeness in the union of our awe.


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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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