Alan Watts

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Alan Watts

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.More Alan Watts [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We are sick with fascination for the useful tools of names and numbers, of symbols, signs, conceptions and ideas. Meditation is therefore the art of suspending verbal and symbolic thinking for a time, somewhat as a courteous audience will stop talking when a concert is about to begin.More Alan Watts [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.More Alan Watts [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
How is it possible that a being with such sensitive jewels as the eyes, such enchanted musical instruments as the ears, and such fabulous arabesque of nerves as the brain can experience itself anything less than a god.More Alan Watts [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Things are as they are. Looking out into it the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.More Alan Watts [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Some believe all that parents, tutors, and kindred believe. They take their principles by inheritance, and defend them as they would their estates, because they are born heirs to them.More Alan Watts [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
To be angry about trifles is mean and childish; to rage and be furious is brutish; and to maintain perpetual wrath is akin to the practice and temper of devils; but to prevent and suppress rising resentment is wise and glorious, is manly and divine.More Alan Watts [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.More Alan Watts [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
But the attitude of faith is to let go, and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be.More Alan Watts [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
And the attitude of faith is the very opposite of clinging to belief, of holding on.More Alan Watts [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don't grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.More Alan Watts [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
In other words, a person who is fanatic in matters of religion, and clings to certain ideas about the nature of God and the universe, becomes a person who has no faith at all.More Alan Watts [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Faith is a state of openness or trust.More Alan Watts [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
No work or love will flourish out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.More Alan Watts [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.More Alan Watts [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.More Alan Watts [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
You don't look out there for God, something in the sky, you look in you.More Alan Watts [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
But at any rate, the point is that God is what nobody admits to being, and everybody really is.More Alan Watts [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
The style of God venerated in the church, mosque, or synagogue seems completely different from the style of the natural universe.More Alan Watts [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
The difficulty for most of us in the modern world is that the old-fashioned idea of God has become incredible or implausible.More Alan Watts [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
The religious idea of God cannot do full duty for the metaphysical infinity.More Alan Watts [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
The reason we have poverty is that we have no imagination. There are a great many people accumulating what they think is vast wealth, but it's only money... they don't know how to enjoy it, because they have no imagination.More Alan Watts [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
You are that vast thing that you see far, far off with great telescopes.More Alan Watts [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
In known history, nobody has had such capacity for altering the universe than the people of the United States of America. And nobody has gone about it in such an aggressive way.More Alan Watts [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
But to me nothing - the negative, the empty - is exceedingly powerful.More Alan Watts [03/12/2018 02:03:32]

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