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Virgin Mary, virgin mind, immaculate conception, innocent mind, God, unknowing, and mystery

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




             The image of the ‘virgin’ has, from antiquity to the present, been a much misused, misinterpreted, and misunderstood aspect of not a few religious mythologies. Therefore, for the intent of this section, instead of engaging in a digressive polemic regarding the truth or untruth of the various schools of thought around the virgin archetype or actuality (the reader might note, however, that currently there are at least the following four definitions of ‘virgin’ which have been applied religiously: 1: a chaste woman- or man, for that matter 2: an unmarried woman. 3: a self- possessed woman. 4: anyone with a blank or innocent mind), I prefer to cut right to the chase and state that for the purposes of this chapter the reader will come closer to the understanding of the following quotes by recognizing that the definition for ‘virgin’ which I have accepted is most closely related to number 4, and thus, applied in a more secular sense, is symbolically similar to that which is ‘unspoiled or untouched’, as in a virgin forest, or virgin country.

Keeping this in mind, it will be easier to make the essential leap that the ‘virgin mind’ is the innocent and open mind, untrammeled by knowledge and words, and, as it were, without ‘conception’ (profane conception), and therefore ready to be filled by the Sacred seed.



“When it's all over, I want to say: all my life

I was a bride married to amazement.”

Mary Oliver



            Joseph Campbell comments that: “...she is virgin, because her spouse is the Invisible Unknown.” For the virgin, in biblical lore, or myth, is the one impregnated by God. And what is God, but the Unknowable. Therefore, to be impregnated by the Unknowable, requires the openness of Unknowing. Hence one’s conception is immaculate when there is no idea that tarnishes the soul.

            “In the mystic world,” relates Elisabeth Haich, “the Virgin is the human soul which, purged of all earthly dross, has become spotless and has received the divine seed from the spirit of God.”

            Hence it is quite easy to understand the mythological symbology alluded to in the Biblical story where the Virgin Mary becomes impregnated by God without any carnal activity; for carnal activity exists within the realm of particularization, and yet the virgin soul is undivided from the whole, and therefore receives the All without the intermediacy of any part.

Indeed it is the person who is ignorant, and innocent, who is the perfect candidate to receive the spirit. The individual must have a Virgin Mind in order to give birth to the new life.

And what, again, is it to ‘be’ Virgin? Tom Moore explains: “The virginal psyche is innocent, unknowing, untutored... no simplifications, no adjustments to favored styles of thought and expression, no symbolic shorthand. As in the virginal reflection of dreams, learning and logic have no place in the virginal psyche”.

            The message should be obvious: The ‘virgin mind’ (i.e. the unknowing, wondering mind) is the opening through which ‘God the Mystery’ incarnates into the flesh. Any mind which is not virginal cannot possibly receive the great Unknowable, for such a mind is already filled with limitedness.

            Thus the Virgin mind gives immaculate birth to the Child, for “...silence receives as in a womb, the seed of the ineffable source,” wrote Andrew Harvey, and “... [from] this she brings forth all the emanations of the divine being...”


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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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