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Meister Eckhart, Astavakra Gita, Gary Zukav, Carl Jung, understanding, and agoraphobia

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

 

                                                  

 

“Give up meditation completely and cling to nothing in your mind. You are free in your very nature, so what will you achieve by conceiving?”

Astavakra Gita

 

 

It is the fear of the unharnessed mind’s boundless infinity- conceptual agoraphobia- that is the plague of our times. Yet it is within our freedom to decide whether we constrain ourselves to the way we have been shown how to know things, or instead choose to open up so as to dream, to breathe in the breath of spirit, and to fall away willingly into the limitless ranges of the possible, regardless of what our confused society has to say about it.

 After all, “To stand in awe and wonder is to understand in a very specific way, even if that understanding cannot be described”, wrote Gary Zukav.

            We must bravely become the destroyers of all our own insecurities and hopes. We ourselves must smash through the walls. For the great paradox of the mind is this: it is not that ‘knowing’ is the sign of intelligence, but rather it is the knowing of not-knowing; one must be absolutely intelligent in order to witness their ignorance. To be wise is to recognize that one is ignorant; we must be absolutely intelligent in order to understand the profundity of our unknowing.

           This recognition would lead Carl Jung to state: “I do not call the man who admits his ignorance an obscurantist; I think it is much rather the man whose consciousness is not sufficiently developed for him to be aware of his ignorance.”

            And so, “This ignorance”, declared Meister Eckhart, “does not come from lack of knowledge but rather it is from knowledge that one may achieve this ignorance.”

            The more intelligent we become, the more we realize how little we understand. As such we see that adult wonder does not arise from original ignorance, but rather from new ignorance made lucid by the surrender of yesterday's limited knowings; we proceed from denied ignorance, to revealed ignorance.

 

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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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