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Walt Whitman, Dostoyevsky, Prince Myshkin, Jesus channeled, wonder, and the child within

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




“A child said What is the grass?

fetching it to me with full hands;

 How could I answer the child?

I do not know what it is

 any more than he.”

Walt Whitman



Speaking of his youthful inwardness, the well-humbled Prince Myshkin (from Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot) unabashedly declared: “[My doctor]...was quite convinced I was an absolute child, that is to say, I resembled a grown-up only in stature and face; in development, spirit and nature, and perhaps even in mind, I was not an adult at all, and would remain that way even if I lived to be sixty.”

To come to this place of innocence, like Myshkin, we must relinquish all sense of propriety, responsibility, accomplishment, knowledge, success, honor, and need. We must return to the unquestioned trust of a child in the midst of all things magical, for: “When you become the rigid, unyielding adult who is lost to the ability to embrace the imaginative and non-judgmental nature of the child within, then you become lost to the sense of wonder and playfulness that you are intended to experience”, states a ‘channeled’ version of Jesus’ teachings.

           To become new of mind at every moment, is to forget all we have learned, and to begin to see the world as if for the very first time; unless we do this we are doomed to continue to see life in the profane, linear, fragmented and fragmenting way we have been taught, and never to see it as the brilliant, spirited, genuine drama of the free and unknowable Spirit to which we entirely belong.

And so, the door to heavenly wonder can only be opened, contends Pila Chiles, with “A key that can only be turned by the child. ¼One who has had the courage to embrace innocence again and regain the power, the childlike wonderment. ¼This is the innocence that explores the world¼bringing back the joy which is the pure excitement of living in our Maker’s creation.”



“The more you know, the more you feel how ignorant you are.

And those who are really wise, they become ignorant.

They become as simple as children or as simple as idiots.”




Let us end this chapter with Oscar Wilde’s splendid proclamation of the necessity of our regressional evolution. He states: “It will be a marvelous thing- the true personality of man- when we see it. It will grow naturally and simply, flowerlike, or as a tree grows. It will not be at discord. It will never argue or dispute. It will not prove things. It will know everything. And yet it will not busy itself about knowledge. It will have wisdom. ...The personality of man will be very wonderful. It will be as wonderful as the personality of a child.”


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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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