THE ART OF NONSENSE

The importance of nonsense hardly can be overstated. The more clearly we experience something as 'nonsense,' the more clearly we are experiencing the boundaries of our self-imposed cognitive structures. 'Nonsense' is that which does not fit into the prearranged patterns which we have superimposed on reality. There is no such thing as 'nonsense' apart from a judgmental intellect which calls it that.
Gary Zukav, The Dancing Wu Li Masters

When we are able to drop disbelief through disorder of the mind, or rather disorder of logical constructs that we have imposed on our minds, fantasy and imagination step right in as if driven by magical energies. Breaking down the logical thinking patterns we have come to accept leaves us open for the paranormal to manifest. After all, we created the word \"para-normal\" as a verbal (defense) mechanism to designate, like \"non-sense,\" that which, from our self-conscious point of view, is non-intelligible or lies beyond the parameters of our prescriptive norms. Gazing into mirrors or crystals, consulting oracles, looking at images on a card spread; all these forms of nonsense intrigue us because they challenge our understanding of what is supposed to be normal or logical ways of communication.

Dr. Raymond Moody has recently written a workbook on The Wisdom of Nonsense with the intention of categorizing the innumerable and intriguing ways that nonsense has always been present in the evolution of consciousness. There is a rich tradition, and even a philosophy of nonsense, that reveals how ideas and creativity need to be allowed free expression by the expansion -or even the deconstruction- of linguistic structures.

What is fascinating about Prof. Moody\'s work is his proposal to use the exercises in his work book as a springboard into the world of the paranormal by training the mind to be receptive to the playfulness of nonsense and to the irrationality of this mysterious world that also comprises the art of divination.

Can we really gain easier access to the paranormal when we allow nonsense into our life? Are the mental structures we have learned to live with the main obstacle that keeps us from seeing and experiencing the so-called invisible world?

 

References:
Raymond A. Moody, Jr., M.D., Ph.D. 
The Wisdom of Nonsense: an Afterlife Adventure. Dallas,
2003.  Please note, this textbook has not been published yet.  It was used at a PRS/UPR
course.  Please contact the Philosophical Research Society for additional information.

Marie-Louise von Franz. On Divination and Synchronicity: The Psychology of Meaningful
Change.
  Toronto, 1980.