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Meister Eckhart, the Cloud of Unknowing, beatitude, blasphemy, mystics, and God

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

 

                                                  

 

“The true knowledge and the true vision of what we seek

consists precisely in this- in not seeing.”

St. Gregory of Nyssa

 

 

           Knowledge is, in fact, epistemological blasphemy; we insult the majesty of ‘God’, so to speak, when we claim, with our little minds, to understand what God is all about. And we return to faith by giving ourselves over to the fact that we exist without knowing how or why- this is when we are ‘redeemed’ back to the one great mystery itself. And this we accomplish by accomplishing nothing except the annihilation of any separating thoughts or ideas from our minds, and therefore returning again to ignorant innocence.

We can now see that the Occident is not filled to the brim with only orthodox, critical, morally righteous church fathers, casting damnation ruthlessly about towards all transgressors, but there exists also a subtle heritage of more advanced, objective mystics. From them we are shown that we return to the vision of heaven through the destruction of our false vision of earth, for these visions are, in the end, of the same thing- the profane is the sacred; we need only learn to close our corrupted sight off completely, and then to see with innocent, heavenly eyes. Which is to say, we must let what we cannot comprehend remain incomprehensible, that is the only way to give mystery its due. We must no longer eat from the Tree of Knowledge, but now we must gorge ourselves upon the Tree of Unknowledge.

After all, “...this surpassing non-understanding, is ‘un-understandably’ above every affirmation and denial”, as claimed by the anonymous author of The Cloud of Unknowing.

This is the way home.

            What we need is a return to hallowed, intentional ignorance that will lead us out of the darkness of knowing, into the light of the open window of incomprehension.

            Meister Eckhart referred to the value of this ‘non-understanding’, in his exegesis on the first Beatitude, declaring, “...he is poor who knows nothing. ...Therefore we say that a man ought to be empty of his own knowledge, as he was when he did not exist, and let God achieve what he will...”

           When knowledge has been exorcised from our brains, we are better equipped to allow the implausible to be, and we are more open to realize the inexplicable nature of the universe.

 

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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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