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Osho, Ernest Becker, John Van Druten, miracle, enigma, and this incomprehensible world

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




“The stupid effort to drown your ignorance by false knowledge,

is the only barrier between you and …reality.”




             By false thought we repress the only tool we have to honestly deal with the world- ignorance; for, by equating interpretation with understanding, we do not allow ourselves to not-understand, for we are hidden in the mist of thinking we understand.

            What generally happens, however, is that when finally we begin to courageously divorce ourselves from the habit of interpretation, and we stick our heads out of our limited understanding, we suddenly see what we should have been seeing all along- the great Enigma waiting to engulf us. And because we have hidden behind the cowardly walls of interpretation for so long, we cannot now bear the vision of infinite mystery, and therefore we quickly spin about on our heels and crawl back into understanding.

Ernest Becker observed this symptom, writing: “...most of us- by the time we leave childhood- have repressed our vision of the primary miraculousness of creation. We have closed it off, changed it, and no longer perceive the world as it is to raw experience. ...The great boon of repression is that it makes it possible to live decisively in an overwhelmingly miraculous and incomprehensible world...”

           ‘Knowing’, then, is repression; it is a ‘functional delirium’ of the mind, that is all; it is an effective illusion, which allows us to continue avoiding ourselves, avoiding the day when the dam will break and the river of Mystery will sweep us away for good.

            Knowledge is nothing but ineffective nescience, or, imperfect ignorance. It is a way of looking at the world with only one eye open, and so it unfortunately it deceives us into believing that we fully can see.

John Van Druten states: “...for the most part we take for granted these things that are in fact the daily miracles of life, as we take for granted the miracle of growth and germination, scattering seeds in a garden and never being surprised that from those tiny black specks next summer's flowers can be relied upon to come.”

            Interpretation, then, is a covering over the great bewildering immensity; a shell the turtle constructs around itself, to hide and blind itself within; a blanket, pulled between the child and darkness, blocking out the ubiquitous unknown.


excerpted from:


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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