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The Real You - Alan Watts (video)

Bijgewerkt: jan 8


You are the universe - you are the ocean in a wave.


De grote denker, filosoof, schrijver en spreker Alan Watts (1915 - 1973) heeft veel gedaan om de oosterse filosofie in het westen toegankelijk te maken. Hij was een groot docent en publiceerde meer dan 25 boeken. Onderstaande video's geven enkele van zijn inzichten op een aansprekende visuele manier weer. Voorbeelden van geweldige inzichten.

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Transcriptie 'The Real You', Alan Watts, 1965, "The Tao of Philosophy".

"The real you is not a puppet which life pushes around. The real, deep down you is the whole universe, and it’s doing your living organism, and all its behavior. It’s expressing it as a singer sings a song. You are something the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is something that the whole ocean is doing.


Because, you see, underneath the superficial self, which pays attention to this and that, there is another self more really us than I. And if you become aware of that unknown self, the more you become aware of it, the more you realize that it is inseparably connected with everything else that there is.


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, for ever, and ever, and ever. And that vast thing that you see far off, far off, far off with telescopes, and you look, and look, and look -one day you’re going to wake up and say, Why, that’s me! And in knowing that, you know, you see - that you never die..."


Transcriptie 'Write and wrong', Alan Watts, 1965, "The Tao of Philosophy".


"You do not know where your decisions come from. They just pop up. People have a great deal of anxiety about making decisions – “Did I think this over long enough? Did I take enough data into consideration?” And if you think it through you find out you never could take enough data into consideration, since the data for a decision in any given situation is infinite. So what you do is you go through the emotions of thinking about what you will do about this, but worriers are people who think of all the variables beyond their control, and what might happen!


Choice is the act of hesitation that we make before making a decision, it is a mental wobbling, and so we are always in a dither of doubt as to whether we are behaving the right way, doing the right thing, and so on and so forth, and lack a certain kind of self confidence. And if you see you lack self confidence, you will make mistakes through sheer fumbling. If you do have self confidence you may get carried away doing the entirely the wrong thing.


You have to regard yourself as a cloud, in the flesh, because you see clouds never makes mistakes. Did you ever see a cloud that was misshappen? Have you ever seen a badly designed wave? Heh, no they always do the right thing! But if you treat yourself for awhile as a cloud, a wave, and realize that you can’t make a mistake no matter what you do. Because even if you do something that seems to be totally disastrous, it will all come out in the wash somehow or other.


Through this capacity you will develop a kind of confidence, and through confidence you will be able to trust your own intuition. This is the middle way of knowing it has nothing to do with your decisions to do this or not, whether you decide that you can’t make a mistake or whether you don’t decide - it’s true anyway if you are like a cloud. And through that realization without overcompensating in the other direction you will come to the point where you begin to be on good terms with your own being and able to trust your own brain."


Volledige audio en transcriptie: "The Tao of Philosophy", highlight from the radio series "The Love of Wisdom", Alan Watts, 1965.

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