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Rainer Maria Rilke, God, creation, and Letters from a Living Dead Man

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




“You are the meaning deepest inside things,

that never reveals the secret of its owner.”

Rainer Maria Rilke



            It is becoming apparent why life is the outlandish absurdity which it is- because the Unknowable Creator is caught in an unknowable creation and is trying to use knowing as a way to get out.

This concept is advanced in The Kybalion of hermetic philosophy, which runs as follows: “This process is called the stage of Involution, in which THE ALL becomes ‘involved’, or ‘wrapped up’, in its creation. This process is believed by the Hermeticists to have a Correspondence to the mental process of an artist, writer, or inventor, who becomes so wrapped up in his mental creation as to almost forget his own existence and who, for the time being, almost ‘lives in his creation’. If instead of ‘wrapped’ we use the word ‘rapt’, perhaps we will give a better idea of what is meant.”

Now, summarizing the absurdity of this immanent show, Elsa Barker relates the words of an anonymous spirit in Letters from a Living Dead Man, which state: “Sometimes when praying, for I prayed much, there would come to me the sudden question, ‘To what are you praying?’ And I would answer aloud, ‘To God, to God!’ But though I prayed to Him everyday for years, only occasionally did I get a flash of that true consciousness of God. Finally one day when I was alone in the woods, there came the great revelation. It came not in any form of words, but rather in a wordless and formless wonder, too vast for the limitation of thought. ...Then gradually...I could put into the form of words the realization which had been too much for my mortality to bear, and the words I used to myself were, ‘All that is, is God.’ It seemed very simple, yet it was far from simple. ‘All that is, is God.’ That must include me and my fellow beings... From that moment life assumed a new meaning for me. I could not see a human face without remembering the revelation- that the human being I saw was a part of God. ...The realization nearly took my breath away. Life became unbelievably beautiful. ...[For] I found that as more and more I sought God in [others], more and more God responded to me through them. And life became still more wonderful. ...Sometimes I tried to tell others what I felt, but they did not always understand me. It was thus I began to realize that God had purposely, for some reason of his own, covered Himself with veils. Was it that He might have the pleasure of tearing them away?”

God wakes up to Godness with bewildered astonishment.


 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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