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quote by Alan Watts: The Godhead is never an object of its own knowledge. Just as a knife doesn't cut itself, fire doesn't burn itself, light doesn't illuminate itself. It's always an endless mystery to itself. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

The Godhead is never an object of its own knowledge. Just as a knife doesn't cut itself, fire doesn't burn itself, light doesn't illuminate itself. It's always an endless mystery to itself.

--Alan Watts




quote by Alan Watts: These people, as far as I can see, do not congregate in the notorious centers of the movement, like the North Beach in San Francisco or Greenwich Village, or Venice, California. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

These people, as far as I can see, do not congregate in the notorious centers of the movement, like the North Beach in San Francisco or Greenwich Village, or Venice, California.

--Alan Watts

quote by Alan Watts: The truth is revealed by removing things that stand in its light, an art not unlike sculpture, in which the artist creates, not by building, but by hacking away. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

The truth is revealed by removing things that stand in its light, an art not unlike sculpture, in which the artist creates, not by building, but by hacking away.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts. So he loses touch with Reality, and lives in a world of illusion. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts. So he loses touch with Reality, and lives in a world of illusion.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: Real religion is the transformation of anxiety into laughter. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

Real religion is the transformation of anxiety into laughter.

--Alan Watts


quote by Alan Watts: Meditation is the way in which we come to feel our basic inseparability from the whole universe, and what that requires is that we shut up. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

Meditation is the way in which we come to feel our basic inseparability from the whole universe, and what that requires is that we shut up.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: The world is filled with love-play, from animal lust to sublime compassion. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

The world is filled with love-play, from animal lust to sublime compassion.

--Alan Watts

quote by Alan Watts: But the attitude of faith is to let go, and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

But the attitude of faith is to let go, and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: To go out of your mind at least once a day is tremendously important. By going out of your mind, you come to your senses. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

To go out of your mind at least once a day is tremendously important. By going out of your mind, you come to your senses.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: You are the universe experiencing itself. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

You are the universe experiencing itself.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: We keep counting time. We have the sensation time is running out, and we bug ourselves with this. Time is nothing but an abstract measure of motion. We are living in an eternal now. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

We keep counting time. We have the sensation time is running out, and we bug ourselves with this. Time is nothing but an abstract measure of motion. We are living in an eternal now.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: The only alternative to a shuddering paralysis is to leap into action regardless of the consequences. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

The only alternative to a shuddering paralysis is to leap into action regardless of the consequences.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: Hurrying and delaying are alike ways of trying to resist the present. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

Hurrying and delaying are alike ways of trying to resist the present.

--Alan Watts

quote by Alan Watts: The difficulty of describing things for Western ears is that people in a hurry cannot feel. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

The difficulty of describing things for Western ears is that people in a hurry cannot feel.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: A certain amount of doing nothing, and stopping rushing around, would cool everything. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

A certain amount of doing nothing, and stopping rushing around, would cool everything.

--Alan Watts

quote by Alan Watts: If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you'll come to understand that you're connected with everything. with background image: green trees under white sky during daytime
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If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you'll come to understand that you're connected with everything.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: Problems that remain persistently insoluble should always be suspected as questions asked in the wrong way. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

Problems that remain persistently insoluble should always be suspected as questions asked in the wrong way.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: A life full of goals or endpoints is like trying to abate one's hunger by eating merely the two precise ends of a banana. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

A life full of goals or endpoints is like trying to abate one's hunger by eating merely the two precise ends of a banana.

--Alan Watts

Longer Version:

A life full of goals and end-points is like trying to abate one's hunger by eating merely the two precise ends of a banana. The concrete reality of the banana is, on the contrary, all that lies between the two ends, the journey as it were. Furthermore, when the time and space between destinations are cut out, all destinations tend to become ever more similar.



quote by Alan Watts: Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: To really do nothing, with perfection, is as difficult as doing everything. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

To really do nothing, with perfection, is as difficult as doing everything.

--Alan Watts

quote by Alan Watts: We need, above all things, to slow down and get ourselves to amble through life instead of to rush through it. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

We need, above all things, to slow down and get ourselves to amble through life instead of to rush through it.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: The desire for security and the feeling of insecurity are the same thing. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

The desire for security and the feeling of insecurity are the same thing.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: Stop measuring days by degree of productivity and start experiencing them by degree of presence. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

Stop measuring days by degree of productivity and start experiencing them by degree of presence.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: The relationship of self to other is the complete realization that loving yourself is impossible without loving everything defined as other than yourself. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

The relationship of self to other is the complete realization that loving yourself is impossible without loving everything defined as other than yourself.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: When we listen to music we are not listening to the past, we are not listening to the future, we are listening to an expanded present. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

When we listen to music we are not listening to the past, we are not listening to the future, we are listening to an expanded present.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: We must abandon completely the notion of blaming the past for any kind of situation we're in. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

We must abandon completely the notion of blaming the past for any kind of situation we're in.

--Alan Watts

Longer Version:

We must abandon completely the notion of blaming the past for any kind of situation we're in and reverse our thinking and see that the past always flows back form the present. That now is the creative point of life. So you see its like the idea of forgiving somebody, you change the meaning of the past by doing that...Also watch the flow of music. The melody as its expressed is changed by notes that come later. Just as the meaning of a sentence...you wait till later to find out what the sentence means...The present is always changing the past.



quote by Alan Watts: When you're ready to wake up, you're going to wake up. And if you're not ready, you're going to stay pretending you're just poor little me. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

When you're ready to wake up, you're going to wake up. And if you're not ready, you're going to stay pretending you're just poor little me.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: The essential principle of business -- of occupation in the world -- is this: figure out some way in which you get paid for playing. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

The essential principle of business -- of occupation in the world -- is this: figure out some way in which you get paid for playing.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: Buddha's doctrine: man suffers because of his craving to possess and keep forever things which are impermanent. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

Buddha's doctrine: man suffers because of his craving to possess and keep forever things which are impermanent.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: To resist change, to try to cling to life, is like holding your breath: if you persist you kill yourself. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

To resist change, to try to cling to life, is like holding your breath: if you persist you kill yourself.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: Money is a way of measuring wealth but is not wealth in itself. with background image: clear crystal uplight chandelier
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Money is a way of measuring wealth but is not wealth in itself.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: Inner emptiness is not a void to be filled with comforts; it is a window to be looked through. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

Inner emptiness is not a void to be filled with comforts; it is a window to be looked through.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: If you study the writings of the mystics, you will always find things in them that appear to be paradoxes, as in Zen, particularly. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

If you study the writings of the mystics, you will always find things in them that appear to be paradoxes, as in Zen, particularly.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: Buddhism has in it no idea of there being a moral law laid down by some kind of cosmic lawgiver. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

Buddhism has in it no idea of there being a moral law laid down by some kind of cosmic lawgiver.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: A myth is an image in terms of which we try to make sense of the world. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

A myth is an image in terms of which we try to make sense of the world.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: The myths underlying our culture and underlying our common sense have not taught us to feel identical with the universe, but only parts of it, only in it, only confronting it -- aliens. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

The myths underlying our culture and underlying our common sense have not taught us to feel identical with the universe, but only parts of it, only in it, only confronting it -- aliens.

--Alan Watts

Longer Version:

The myths underlying our culture and underlying our common sense have not taught us to feel identical with the universe, but only parts of it, only in it, only confronting it -- aliens... within I don't know how many years, but in not too long a time, it's going to become basic common sense that you are not some alien being who confronts an external world that is not you, but that almost every intelligent person will have the feeling of being an activity of the entire universe.


quote by Alan Watts: The moralist is the person who tells people that they ought to be unselfish, when they still feel like egos, and his efforts are always and invariably futile. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

The moralist is the person who tells people that they ought to be unselfish, when they still feel like egos, and his efforts are always and invariably futile.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: So the bodhisattva saves all beings, not by preaching sermons to them, but by showing them that they are delivered, they are liberated, by the act of not being able to stop changing. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

So the bodhisattva saves all beings, not by preaching sermons to them, but by showing them that they are delivered, they are liberated, by the act of not being able to stop changing.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: What the devil is the point of surviving, going on living, when it's a drag? But you see, that's what people do. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

What the devil is the point of surviving, going on living, when it's a drag? But you see, that's what people do.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: You don't look out there for God, something in the sky, you look in you. with background image: sunset
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You don't look out there for God, something in the sky, you look in you.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: But we try to pretend, you see, that the external world exists altogether independently of us. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

But we try to pretend, you see, that the external world exists altogether independently of us.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: 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. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

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.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: 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. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

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.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: But I'll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you'll come to understand that you're connected with everything. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

But I'll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you'll come to understand that you're connected with everything.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: 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. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

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.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: Religion is not a department of life; it is something that enters into the whole of it. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

Religion is not a department of life; it is something that enters into the whole of it.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: You are that vast thing that you see far, far off with great telescopes. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

You are that vast thing that you see far, far off with great telescopes.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: But at any rate, the point is that God is what nobody admits to being, and everybody really is. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

But at any rate, the point is that God is what nobody admits to being, and everybody really is.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: We cannot be more sensitive to pleasure without being more sensitive to pain. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

We cannot be more sensitive to pleasure without being more sensitive to pain.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: Technology is destructive only in the hands of people who do not realize that they are one and the same process as the universe. with background image: stars across the sky view at the desert
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Technology is destructive only in the hands of people who do not realize that they are one and the same process as the universe.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: 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. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

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.

--Alan Watts

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