Please share some of your favorite Alan Watts quotes here so we can all start gettting excited about this journey!
My favorite Alan quote, would have to be:
“We thought of life by analogy with a journey, a pilgrimage, which had a serious purpose at the end, and the thing was to get to that end, success or whatever it is, maybe heaven after you’re dead. But we missed the point the whole way along. It was a musical thing and you were supposed to sing or to dance while the music was being played.”
I’m so excited for this course and to gain even more Alan Watts-isms!
You’re under no obligation to be the person you were 5 minutes ago.
Difficult to chose only one…
“Your skin does not separate you from the world. It’s a bridge through which the external world flows into you. And you flow into it.”
You see, it depends on what kind of attitude you want to take to the world. If you want to put the world down, you say, "Oh, well, fundamentally it’s only just a lot of geology. It’s a stupidity.
On the other hand, if you feel warm-hearted towards the universe, you put it up instead of putting it down and you say about rocks, “They’re really conscious, but a very primitive form of consciousness.”
No current will “flow” through a wire until the positive pole is connected with the negative, or, to put it very simply, no current will start unless it has a “point of arrival” apart from which there can never be the “currents” or phenomena of light, heat, weight, hardness, and so forth. One might almost say that the magic of the brain is to evoke these marvels from the universe, as a harpist evokes melody from the silent strings.
(From “The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are”)
No one can be compelled to behave freely or forced to act independently.
“There is a price to be paid for every increase in consciousness. We cannot be more sensitive to pleasure without being more sensitive to pain” - Alan Watts
Came here to say this <3
You’ve said it all