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 workbook 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
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.