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Rumi, Henry Miller, Aldous Huxley, Anais Nin, mystery, knowledge, and ignorance

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




“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.”




             It is our duty to ourselves to re-mystify the world, to steal it back from the thieves of wonder. Henry Miller described this vocation- to bring us back to the inescapable joy in the miracle of being- in one of his letters to Anais Nin. He wrote: “...a writer could completely baffle a psychologist; not only that, but that he was more of a psychologist than the other since he ramified the mysteries, extended them, developed them, and left the answers to go hang, because the answers weren't important, it was the drama, the mystery, the undecipherable pattern that was vital.”

             Our task is not to understand, but to return to perfect non-understanding, for truths are subtle atrocities by which we are unwittingly made falsely ignorant by false knowledge, and so we never have the expansive delight of vitalizing true ignorance.

Aldous Huxley remarked, “…the pleasures of ignorance are as great, in their way, as the pleasures of knowledge.”

            So we see that ‘knowledge’ obfuscates our unknowable life, because knowledge is impure ignorance; it is the smoke‑screen of true ignorance, of the infinite freedom of awe, of liberating rapture.

We do not know what we are, we do not know why we are, we do not know who we are. We do not know! Let us finally, absolutely accept this, and begin to live again not as we think we are, but as we truly are, becoming like one of Clarice Lispector's emancipated characters, of whom she wrote: “... now that the layer of words had been removed from things, now that he had lost speech, he was finally standing in the calm depths of the mystery.”

The calm depths cannot be attained on the tempestuous surface. Without words, without labels, the world becomes naked and bare of the veil obscuring its authenticity, and though this effect is discomforting to the mind which requires things in little boxes, to the individual who has come to appreciate the value of ‘innocent looking’, so to speak, he or she finds that the world comes to make more sense ...because it makes less sense.


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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

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