One of the greatest minds and deep thinkers, Alan Watts shares his wisdom about our connection to the universe through analogies that resonate.
“Underneath the superficial self, which pays attention to this and that, there is another self more really us than “I”. And the more you become aware of the unknown self, if you become aware of it, the more you realize that it is inseparably connected with everything else that is. And the more you become aware of the unknown self; if you become aware of it; the more you realize that it is inseparably connected with everything else that is. You are a function of this total galaxy, bounded by the Milky Way, and this galaxy is a function of all other galaxies. You are that vast thing that you see far, far off with great telescopes. You look and look, and one day you are going to wake up and say, “Why, that’s me!” And in knowing that, you know that you never die. You are the eternal thing that comes and goes that appears — now as John Jones, now as Mary Smith, now as Betty Brown — and so it goes, forever and ever and ever… See, the source of all light is in the eye. If there were no eyes in this world, the sun would not be light…”
“YOU evoke light out of the universe, in the same way you, by nature of having a soft skin, evoke hardness out of wood. Wood is only hard in relation to a soft skin. It’s your eardrum that evokes noise out of the air. You, by being this organism, call into being this whole universe of light and color and hardness and heaviness and everything…”
“Every one of us is an aperture through which the whole cosmos looks out. it’s as if you had a light covered with a black ball and in this ball were pinholes, and each pinhole is an aperture through which the light comes out. so in that way every one of us is actually a pinhole through which the fundamental light, that is the existence itself, looks out. only the game we are playing is not to know this.”
“Your skin doesn’t separate you from the world; it’s a bridge from which the external world flows into you, and you flow into it… What you are basically, deep, deep down, far, far in, is simply the fabric and structure of existence itself.”
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Music: Our Hope – Stefano Mocini
Lectures: Alan Watts – The Nature of Consciousness, Man in Nature
Compiled by: Isaac S
This post is dedication to my friend, who passed away this morning.
Godspeed David Ludewig w/ Love
August 24th 1989 – August 2nd 2014