Alan Watts

Still the Mind

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    Vasya Nikolaevhas quoted5 years ago
    If we talk all the time, we won’t hear what anyone else has to say, and if we think all the time, we will never experience the nature of our organic existence.
    Vasya Nikolaevhas quoted5 years ago
    “A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts, and lives in a world of illusions.”
    Vasya Nikolaevhas quoted4 years ago
    After all, you must become serious if you think that something is desperately important, but you will only think that something is desperately important if you are afraid of losing it. In one way, however, if you fear losing something, it isn’t really worth having.
    Vasya Nikolaevhas quoted4 years ago
    if you think that the greatest ideal in life is to be invulnerable, then you are on your way to becoming geological rather than spiritual.
    Vasya Nikolaevhas quoted5 years ago
    One of the problems when people ask for miracles is that they never know what the miracle they ask for ultimately involves. That is why magicians and genies always grant three wishes, so that after the first two you can always use the third one to get back to where you began.
    Sviatoslav K.has quoted10 months ago
    Once, Carl Jung felt that he had met a man with no human failings at all, and he was terribly disturbed, because it made him feel guilty. He thought that he should probably take a closer look at himself. Then a day or two later Jung met the man’s wife, and he ceased to worry about it. It wasn’t because she had said, “You should know my husband is very difficult to live with.” That wasn’t the story at all. Instead, the wife embodied all the things that were repressed in her husband, because when you live together that intimately you begin to share your psychic life. So if one becomes too much of a light, their partner may grow compensatory and become a shadow, and vice versa. So there has to be the element of rascality — but not too much, just a pinch of it.
    Sviatoslav K.has quoted10 months ago
    So when you want to become something more than you are, different from what you are, or higher than where you think you are, all that means is that you haven’t discovered where you are, and you are under the illusion that there is somewhere else that you ought to be besides here.
    Sviatoslav K.has quoted10 months ago
    Then we begin to think about the stages one goes through in getting to be more where they are than they were before. You find this particularly in sophisticated circles, where people are concerned with spiritual and psychological development, and with religion. Some very curious games are played, and many of them are forms of spiritual one-upmanship. People become concerned with being more humble than other people.
    Sviatoslav K.has quoted10 months ago
    wonder if we could somehow be made over so that we would not have to worry about our problems. But if you examine the desire to overcome this mess through a spiritual discipline, you will see that this wanting to overcome the mess and not to have it anymore is precisely the mess. The thing that we object to about ourselves is precisely what we continue to do in our attempts to overcome it
    Malthe Gustav Anderssonhas quoted2 years ago
    person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts, and lives in a world of illusions.”
    Ti Nixhas quoted3 years ago
    When you make a decision, does that come from somewhere other than you? No, it comes from the depths of you, of which you are not really aware.
    Svyatoslav Yushinhas quoted3 years ago
    I have some difficulty in conveying this idea because most people take anything to do with religion seriously — and you must understand that I am not a serious person. I may be sincere, but never serious, because I don’t think the universe is serious.
    Svyatoslav Yushinhas quoted4 years ago
    In Buddhist symbology the idea behind the hourglass is represented as a kind of being called a preta. A preta is thought of as a hungry spirit, and these creatures are represented as having enormous bellies but mouths and throats only about the diameter of a needle, so they can never get enough. That tiny mouth and immense belly represents the neck of the hourglass, and the feeling of having no present.
    Svyatoslav Yushinhas quoted4 years ago
    Being and nonbeing are polarities, like the North and South Poles. What is in between?
    Svyatoslav Yushinhas quoted4 years ago
    If we look at human history with a clear eye, we see that over an appallingly long period of time people have not improved very much despite their religions and ideals. When you become a grandfather with five grandchildren as I am, you realize that you are just as stupid as your own grandfather was because you still look at things from your own limited position.
    Дмитрий Веснинhas quoted4 years ago
    What I am really saying is that you
    don’t need to do anything,
    because if you see yourself in the correct way,
    you are all as much extraordinary phenomenon
    of nature as trees, clouds, the patterns
    in running water, the flickering of fire,
    the arrangement of the stars,
    and the form of a galaxy. You are all just like that,
    and there is nothing wrong with you at all.

    — Alan Watts
    b1393109393has quoted4 years ago
    Instead, we adopt certain conventions that allow us to live in modern society; we cultivate our consciousness in order to “rise
    kpikovetshas quoted4 years ago
    n the beginning of the Yoga Sutra, Patanjali described yoga — which means union — as spontaneously stopping the agitation of thinking.
    kpikovetshas quoted4 years ago
    but you will only think that something is desperately important if you are afraid of losing it. In one way, however, if you fear losing something, it isn’t really worth having.
    kpikovetshas quoted4 years ago
    This is the principle called judo in Japanese, which means the gentle way. Go along with it, go along with it — and then you can redirect the energy to go your own way.
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