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Alan Watts

I have suggested that behind almost alllies the mono-plot of the game of hide-and-seek.
Alan Watts lies
What you are basically, deep, deep down, far, far in, is simply the fabric and structure of existence itself.
Alan Watts self
I am amazed that Congressmen can pass a bill imposing severe penalties on anyone who burns the American , whereas they are responsible for burning that for which the flag stands.
Alan Watts men
... does not confusewith thinking aboutwhile one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.
Alan Watts spirituality
Trying to defineis like trying to bite your own teeth.
Alan Watts you
But what we've got going wrong is we've got a kind of bifurcation [in cultural development]: You take your classified telephone directory, and open up "Churches", and have a ruler in your hand. And you will find that the longest space is occupied by , Bible-banging churches. And these people are barbarians, who take the written word of the Bible literally. Because they need terribly, they have a personal need, for something to depend on. … Therealizes that there is a very large number of people like that; and therefore, to keep their , they have to pander to those kind of people. And these are the boys who never grew up; they always need Papa. … The trouble is that the boys who need Papa, are violent. They have the . And they are the types of people who like to be soldiers, policemen— tough guys. And therefore they have a great deal of .
Alan Watts people
If you awaken from this illusion, and you understand that black implies white,implies other,implies— or shall I say,implies life — you can conceive yourself. Not conceive, butyourself, not as ain the , not as someone here on sufferance, on probation, not as something that has arrived here by fluke, but you can begin to feel your own existence as absolutely fundamental. What you are basically, deep, deep down, far, far in, is simply the fabric and structure of existence itself. So, say in Hindu mythology, they say that the world is the drama of . God is not something in Hindu mythology with a white beard that sits on a throne, that has royal perogatives. God in Indian mythology is the self, . Which means , that which is, chit, that which is consciousness; that which isis . In other words, what exists,itself is gorgeous, it is the fullness of total .
Alan Watts life
So in this idea, then, everybody is fundamentally the ultimate . Notin a politically kingly sense, but God in the sense of being the self, the deep-down basic whatever there is. And you're all that, only you're pretending you're not. And it's perfectly OK to pretend you're not, to be perfectly convinced, because this is the whole notion of drama.
Alan Watts men
said there is only really one serious philosophical question, which is whether or not to commit suicide. I think there are four or five serious philosophical questions: The first one is: Who started it? The second is: Are we going to make it? The third is: Where are we going to put it? The fourth is: Who's going to clean up? And the fifth: Is it serious?
Alan Watts art
is always falling apart.
Alan Watts art
There is obviously a place in life for a religious attitude for awe and astonishment at existence. That is also a basis forfor existence. We don’t have much of it in this , even though we call it materialistic. In this culture we call materialistic, today we are of course bent on the total destruction of material and its conversion into junk and poisonous gases. This is of course not a materialistic culture because it has no respect for material. And respect is in turn based on .
Alan Watts life
Ego is a social institution with no physical reality. The ego is simply yourof yourself. Just as the word "" is a noise that symbolizes a certain liquid without being it, so too the idea of ego symbolizes the role you play, who you are, but it is not the same as yourorganism.
Alan Watts reality
I am amazed that Congressmen can pass a bill imposing severe penalties on anyone who burns the American , whereas they are responsible for burning that for which the flag stands: the United States as a territory, as a , and as a biological manifestation. That is an example of our perennial confusion of symbols with realities.
Alan Watts men
Now, you see, if you understand what I'm saying, with your intelligence, and then take the next step and say "But I understood it now, but I didn't feel it." Then, next I raise the question: Why do you want to feel it? You say: "I want something more", because that's again that spiritual greed. And you could only say that because you didn't understand it.
Alan Watts intelligence
Theof all this is, you know, a man like that [] has to have disciples, or no one would ever hear about him. But somehow, as the generations pass, the flame dies out. And eventually the disciples kill him. I wish that there was a way of putting a time-bomb into scriptures and records — not a time-bomb, but some kind of invisible ink, so that all scriptures would un-print themselves about fifty years after the master's death. And just dissolve.
Alan Watts death
Doctors try to get rid of their patients - clergymen try to get them hooked on the medicine so that they will become addicts to the church.
Alan Watts men
There is no formula for generating the authentic warmth of . It cannot be copied.
Alan Watts war
The more we struggle for(as ), the more we are actually killing what we .
Alan Watts struggle
The greater part ofactivity is designed to make permanent those experiences andwhich are only lovable because they are .
Alan Watts art
It must be obvious... that there is a contradiction in wanting to be perfectly secure in a universe whose very nature is momentariness and fluidity.
Alan Watts nature
Running away from fear is fear; fighting pain is pain; trying to be brave is being scared. If the mind is in pain, the mind is pain. The thinker has no other form than his thought.
Alan Watts fear
There is no formula for generating the authentic warmth of love. It cannot be copied. You cannot talk yourself into it or rouse it by straining at the emotions or by dedicating yourself solemnly to the service of mankind. Everyone has love, but it can only come out when he is convinced of the impossibility and the frustration of trying to love himself. This conviction will not come through condemnations, through hating oneself, through calling self love bad names in the universe. It comes only in the awareness that one has no self to love.
Alan Watts love
If we look deeply into such ways of life as Buddhism and Taoism, Vedanta and Yoga, we do not find either philosophy or religion as these are understood in the West. We find something more nearly resembling psychotherapy. ... The main resemblance between these Eastern ways of life and Western psychotherapy is in the concern of both with bringing about changes of consciousness, changes in our ways of feeling our own existence and our relation to human society and the natural world. The psychotherapist has, for the most part, been interested in changing the consciousness of peculiarly disturbed individuals. The disciplines of Buddhism and Taoism are, however, concerned with changing the consciousness of normal, socially adjusted people.
Alan Watts life
Buddhism ... is not a culture but a critique of culture, an enduring nonviolent revolution or “loyal opposition” to the culture in which it is involved.
Alan Watts culture
The psychotherapist ... tries to help the individual to be himself and to go it alone without giving unnecessary offense to his community, to be in the world (of social convention) but not of the world.
Alan Watts world
Whenever the therapist stands with society, he will interpret his work as adjusting the individual and coaxing his 'unconscious drives' into social respectability. But such 'official psychotherapy' lacks integrity and becomes the obedient tool of armies, bureaucracies, churches, corporations, and all agencies that require individual brainwashing. On the other hand, the therapist who is really interested in helping the individual is forced into social criticism. This does not mean that he has to engage directly in political revolution; it means that he has to help the individual in liberating himself from various forms of social conditioning, which includes liberation from hating this conditioning — hatred being a form of bondage to its object.
Alan Watts work
Psychotherapists ... are dealing with people whose distress arises from what may be termed maya, to use the Hindu-Buddhist word whose exact meaning is not merely 'illusion' but the entire world-conception of a culture, considered as illusion in the strict etymological sense of a play (Latin, ludere). The aim of a way of liberation is not the destruction of maya but seeing it for what it is, or seeing through it. Play is not to be taken seriously, or, in other words, ideas of the world and of oneself which are social conventions and institutions are not to be confused with reality.
Alan Watts people
When a man no longer confuses himself with the definition of himself that others have given him, he is at once universal and unique. He is universal by virtue of the inseparability of his organism from the cosmos. He is unique in that he is just this organism and not any stereotype of role, class, or identity assumed for the convenience of social communication.
Alan Watts self
The prevalent sensation ofas a separateenclosed in a bag of skin is a hallucination which accords neither with Westernnor with the experimental - of the East…
Alan Watts men
Everyis an expression of the whole realm of , a unique action of the total .
Alan Watts action
The prevalent sensation ofas a separateenclosed in a bag of skin is a hallucination which accords neither with Westernnor with the experimental - of the East — in particular the central and germinalphilosophy of . This hallucination underlies the misuse offor the violent subjugation of man's natural environment and, consequently, its eventual destruction. We are therefore in urgent need of a sense of our own existence which is in accord with the physical facts and which overcomes our feeling of alienation from the .
Alan Watts philosophy
is no longer a serious taboo. Teenagers sometimes know more about it than adults.
Alan Watts time
There is always something taboo, something repressed, unadmitted, or just glimpsed quickly out of the corner of one's eye because a direct look is too unsettling. Taboos lie within taboos, like the skin of an onion.
Alan Watts lie
is not a disease. Wonder, and its expression inand the , are among the most important things which seem to distinguishfrom other , andand sensitivefrom .
Alan Watts sea
Theis in an extremelysituation, and serious diseases often require the risk of a dangerous cure — like theserum for rabies.
Alan Watts anger
We do not "come into" this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a . As the ocean "waves," the"peoples." Everyis an expression of the whole realm of , a unique action of the total universe. Thisis rarely, if ever, experienced by most individuals. Even those who know it to be true in theory do not sense or feel it, but continue to be aware of themselves as isolated "egos" inside bags of skin.
Alan Watts war
The most strongly enforced of all known taboos is the taboo against knowing who or what you really are behind theof your apparently separate, independent, and isolated ego.
Alan Watts ego
I seem to be a briefthat flashes but once in all the aeons of— a rare, complicated, and all-too-delicate organism on the fringe of biological , where the wave ofbursts into individual, sparkling, and multicolored drops that gleam for a moment... only to vanish forever.
Alan Watts men
Nothing fails like .
Alan Watts
A person who thinks all thehas nothing to think about except . So he loses touch with , and lives in aof illusion.
Alan Watts live
The transformation of though meditation is frustrated, as long as we think of it in terms as something that I, mycan bring about. because it leads to endlessof spiritual oneupmanship, and Guru competitions.
Alan Watts spiritual
[Successful meditation brings about realizations:] That we are no longer this poor little stranger and afraid in a world it never made. But that you are thisand you are creating it in every moment... Because you see it starts now, it didn't begin in the , there was no past. See, if the universe began in the past when that happened it was ; see, but it's still now — and the universe is stillnow, and it's trailing off like the wake of a ship from now, and that wake fades out so does the past. You can look back there to explain things, but the explanation disappears. You'll never find it there... Things are not explained by the past, they are explained by what Happens Now. That Creates the past, and it begins here... That's theof ...
Alan Watts art
If you know that "I", in the sense of the person, the front, the , it really doesn't exist. Then...it won't go to your head too badly, if you wake up and discover that you're .
Alan Watts you
The basic problem is to understand that there are no such things as things; that is to say separate things, separate events. That is only a way of talking. What do you mean by a thing? A thing is a noun. A noun isn’t a part of nature it’s a part of speech. There are no nouns in the physical world. There are no separate things in the physical world either.
Alan Watts art
The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
Alan Watts change
To know that you are God is another way of saying that you feel completely one with this universe.
Alan Watts god

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