There are many ways in
which we try to get
in touch with ourselves and the world around us. Science
offers us a picture of reality that
is based on empirical investigations. Art
offers us ways to broaden our own experience and widen our horizons in
ways. Religion and philosophy suggest to
us ways to view our lives in a different light. Other
activities, from sports to travel or
going out to watch a movie, also can help us get in touch with degrees
freedom that we otherwise tend to overlook.
What is so interesting and deeply satisfying about discovering new aspects of the world, like discovering hidden chambers in a large house that you thought you knew? Apart from the usefulness of wider knowledge and insight, there is something involved that is more directly appealing. There is the joy of getting in touch more directly with what is.
And we don't need to engage in particular activities to taste this joy. Walking on the street, our eyes can suddenly be caught by a ray of sunlight hitting a piece of garbage and showing a wonderful luster. With William Blake, we can suddenly see a world in a grain of sand, although we cannot willfully fabricate such shifts to a wider openness.
WoK aims at exploring the Joy of what Is. As in science, we want to share the joy of insight in the structure of the world, while trying to avoid the dryness and arrogance that often comes with science. As in art, we want to find ways to celebrate the presence of what is, while trying to avoid the tendencies of straining to be fashionable or original for originality's sake. As in religion, we want to regain a childish innocence with which to view the world, while trying to avoid sectarianism and the hierarchy of institutionalized structures.
WoK is about freedom, a
freedom that comes
with a radical and ongoing series of shifts from what we think we are,
but actually have, to what we really are. Steven
and I both have been
frustrated by the lack of a vocabulary in our present culture to convey
in the face of what is, but we also don't want to start a new
would quickly freeze into a new structure.
Rather, we offer WoK as a market place or playground to meet
share our aim of getting more in touch with what is.