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Rene Daumal, H. G. Wells, Sam Keen, existence, enigma, mind, and this miraculous world

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




“All will be desperately lost in this sudden bedazzlement.”

Rene Daumal



H.G. Wells aptly titled his last book- from which the quote noted above arises- Mind at the End of Its Tether. I say ‘aptly’ because for one who has struggled his whole life to understand and explain life, and then, at the eleventh-hour, to realize he understands nothing, it is logical that this non-understanding would appear as a bitter defeat, rather than as an ultimate success.

Any individual such as Wells, caught rapt in the grip of immanent exasperation, often becomes effectively incapacitated from this conceptual breakdown; and it is existence itself which is the debilitating enigma- because ‘what is’ is, and ...because one cannot understand it.

            Sam Keen notes: “The primal source of wonder is not an object but the fact the mind is sometimes jarred into the realization that there is no necessary reason for the existence of the world or anything in it. …In speaking of [this]…Tillich said that, viewed from the standpoint of the possibility of nonbeing, being is a mystery. However odd it may be linguistically or logically, there are states of mind in which the very existence of the world seems strange and miraculous…”

It is as if a person is immobilized by awareness itself, by the transfixed vision of magnificence and confusion. And this is an event of either horror, or elation; when the mind is entirely freed the individual is either emancipated, or condemned by the terror of that freedom.


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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