Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Alan Watts: Consciousness Beyond Our Separateness

" you see the problem is this, we identify in our experience a differentiation between what we do and what happens to us "

" when you decide to open your hand, do you first decide to decide ? you don't do you? you just decide.. and how do you do that? and if you don't know how you do it is it voluntary or involuntary?

" your body knows that you are one with the universe. .. "

" your physical organism is one continuous process with everything else that's going on . just as the waves are continuous with the ocean , your body is continuos with the total energy system of the cosmos , and it's all you, only you're playing this game that you're only this bit of it… but there are in physical reality no such things as separate events"

" what was it like to wake up after having never gone to sleep ? that was when you were born..

" you don't have to know how to shine the sun.. you just do it "

" this organism is a continuous energy with everything else that's going on "

" only we've got this idea that we're only something in this body.. the ego; that's a joke.. the ego is nothing other than the focus of conscious attention.. it's like a radar on ship.. the radar on ship is a troubleshooter, " is there anything in the way? " .. and conscious attention is a designed function to scan the environment, like a radar does, and note for any troublemaking changes.. but if you identify your self, with your troubleshooter, then naturally you define yourself as being in a perpetual state of anxiety; and the moment we cease to identify with the ego , and become aware that we are the whole organism, you realize how harmonious it all is"

" you suddenly realize that everything that you are and do is .. as magnificent and as free of blemish as the patterns in waves.. the markings in model.. the way a cat moves.. and that this world is really ok.. and can't be anything else , otherwise it couldn't exist.. "

" it's all process.. it isn't stuff… on one hand and form on the other; it's just.. it is pattern.. life is pattern.. it is a dance of energy "

" … but the truth is funnier than that.. it is that you are looking right at the brilliant light now, that the experience you are having which you call ordinary everyday consciousness, pretending you're not " it " , that experience is exactly the same thing as it!.. there's no difference at all.. and when you find that out you laugh yourself silly .. hahahah"


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Celestial Elf said...

Alan Watts is a wonderful inspiration, thank you.
Here's my animation of his' account of Nirvana as recorded in his Lectures on Buddhism:
Watts' Nirvana