the way of sin, the way of liberty
"To be an individual means to exist without pride nor shame, nor yardstick between yourself and all others, but instead to live out your own life, without a thought that it might be different, or wrong, or right, because that is who you are, and there is no option, decision, nor guise. In this way does a person arrive at eternity, having been born out from under the great sea of undifferentiated souls.
If I had only blended in with the world, only operated within the confines of convention, I would have offered no increase to the dimensions of the whole. But that I extended myself out, the whole had to grow with me, since everything is a reflection of everything else.
I found that to be a part of the whole I had to also, paradoxically, be apart from the whole. For there is no symphony without separate instruments, no harmony without distinct notes, and no whole without separate parts. And this, my friend, is what is called …the way of sin.
To sin, to be single, to dare to believe in your own vision, and to give God the greatest gift imaginable- something new, something unique, something called …you. To honour the splendour of being by furthering creation with what has not yet ever been- your self. To dance your own dance, and sing your own song in the middle of the writhing and maddening prima materia.
I say there are possibilities for the modern individual which never existed before in the history of any peoples, or, if they did, these possibilities were found and exercised only by the rare few who were driven by some inward daemon to lift themselves out of context and convention and set themselves adrift above the congealing, slothful evolution of the rest of the world; but the modern individual may more easily rip through the snares which previously held history to the ground; the modern individual has the privileged chance to re-write the rules, to cast the nets of presumption and the bars of tradition aside and to face him or herself, as he or she is, alone, in the cold, naked reality of the unbound self. The modern individual, more than any before, has all the tools necessary to forsake the world and its spiritless ways, and to listen once and for all to the only voice in the cosmos which matters- his or her own.
Oh, there are plenty of excuses which the least creative person can dream up who has not the gusto nor desire to free themselves from the fold. There is a cornucopia of ways to lie away the duty of the self, and to quietly rejoin the legion of lemmings on their march to the sea. But the fact remains that anyone who truly wants to heave it all overboard and start again can do it in the twinkling of an eye.
To do this, not just outwardly, but at the absolute inner essence of all that you are, is to turn yourself upside-down, let your pockets empty themselves of all you have ever been or wanted to be, and then stand back up and walk on without a clue of who you are or where you’re going. And that takes a type of courage which no one applauds, and no movie actor portrays, and no women sing songs of praise and worship about. But it is the only type of courage which will invigorate and grow the mercurial aspect of the soul; it is the only type of courage which will serve the light-body within; it is the only type of courage which matters in the end when all human roads lead to dead ends. ..."
What the critics have said about Jack Haas' books:
"...very strongly recommended reading..." Midwest Book Review
"The Kerouac of the new millennium." Frank Wolf (author of Blind Bay)
"...inspires us to rediscover the mystery of ourselves..." Judine Slaughter (Express Yourself Books)
"...Read in awe." Benjamin Tucker (author of Roadeye)
"...groundbreaking..." Joanne Turner (The Messenger)
"...an embarrassment of riches..." George Fisk (author of A New Sense of Destiny)
"...poetic and stunning..." Nancy Jackson (Dog-Eared Book Reviews)
Books by Jack Haas
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THE WAY OF WONDER: a return to the mystery of ourselves
by Jack Haas ISBN: 0-9731007-0-2, ©2002
A groundbreaking exploration of the mystery of existence, assimilating many divergent paths and showing how these proceed toward the same hallowed destination- wonder. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, this is a book devoted to the miracle, awe, and beauty in all life. It is a book about the rapture of unknowing.
IN, AND OF : memoirs of a mystic journey along Canada’s wild west coast
by Jack Haas ISBN: 0-9731007-1-0, ©2002
The autobiographical account of Haas’ journey into the primitive wilderness of coastal British Columbia, and into the uncharted regions of the soul. A true tale of adventure, misadventure, alchemy, mysticism, wonder, and miracles. This is a prose masterpiece.
ROOTS AND WINGS: adventures of a spirit on earth
by Jack Haas ISBN: 0-9731007-4-5, ©2003
An autobiographical narrative of Haas’ journeys in spirit, and sojourns on earth. This is a rapturous saga, relating the author’s inimitable experiences while out and about in “this crazy, beautiful, impossible world”, as he describes it. His travels encompass a wide variety of places such as India, New Zealand, Nepal, Hawaii,
Europe, Israel, and Iceland. Largely, however, this is a tale of the author’s acceptance, love, and alchemical union with the spirit and earth itself.
THE DREAM OF BEING: aphorisms, ideograms, and aislings by Jack Haas ISBN: 0-9731007-5-3, ©2003
An idiosyncratic compendium of poetic aphorisms, transformational drawings, and esoteric insights, subtly conveying the dream nature of all reality. Contains eighteen drawings by the author.
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