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3.3.5 Buddhist Mysticism. Whatever—if I want to pick something up, the left hand will have to push the right hand down, and squeeze the fingers together, and then lift it up so that it’ll come up. Because love is a letting go of direct control. And lawyers love this; they live on it. Listen to Alan Watts Audio Archives | SoundCloud is an audio platform that lets you listen to what you love and share the sounds you create.. 1 Tracks. There are currently more than a thousand videos processed and indexed. If I know exactly what’s going to happen to me, in a very real sense I’ve had it. The videos are mainly of Alan watts on buddhism, spirituality, enlightenment, zen, and many other topics. No other assumption will work. You see? See, when you get self-conscious and you watch everything you do because you’re anxious about making a mistake, you find: in that you’re all tied up and you can’t act. The first edition of the novel was published in 1951, and was written by Alan W. Watts. If I may put it in another way: the game is to be trusted. And so this person is like this: If I say, “Now, my right hand is my main active hand, but I don’t know whether I can trust it. And everything looks as if it were made of patent leather or enameled tin, and just a nasty, dead scene. And here is the point of the necessity of the gamble that corresponds a little bit to the necessity of having chance as well as skill in any game that really works. You can search here parts of speech that Alan Watts has said. After moving to the United States in 1938, Alan became an Episcopal priest for a time, and then relocated to Millbrook, New … “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. Just this month a new book has been published by Dr D.T. Alan Watts searchable speech. This—the Hindu would agree with this, too: that insofar as everyone here is God in disguise, but doesn’t know it—this is because you, as God, are constantly giving yourself away to you and feeling lost. Born in Chislehurst, England, he moved to the United States in 1938 and began Zen training in New York. The universe is that sort of scheme. Listed below is audio as it is offered today and we are working on building an archival list for reference. And therefore you might wanna do something about me, or with me, or humor me or ask me questions. That’s why a lot of people don’t like going to fortune tellers. If you’re going to tell a lie at all, you have to make it stick, and so, make it good. That’s to say, when, in chess, the players suddenly realize that white is going to mate in five moves, they abandon the game and say, “Let’s begin again.” And so in life. Alan Watts (1915 - 1973) practiced several styles of meditation, studying exotic philosophies and religions while quite young, and throughout his life of scholarship. So, it’s always an interminable discussion of “What did they mean when they said that? If—on the other hand—you’re not sure, then you’d better make up your mind. now you see it's true we mustn't give the show away that's why there are, the show away that's why there are esoteric teachings but on the other hand, esoteric teachings but on the other hand there is another opposite extreme which, there is another opposite extreme which is not realizing that the show is a show, is not realizing that the show is a show and that's as bad as giving the show, and that's as bad as giving the show away so you have always when you are in, away so you have always when you are in the theater, the theater say you go to the movies and you go to, say you go to the movies and you go to see some great horror movie you know, see some great horror movie you know awful thing well why does one do it you, awful thing well why does one do it you want a thrill and the whole of the, want a thrill and the whole of the universe wants a thrill that's what it's, universe wants a thrill that's what it's all about, otherwise it would be boring but when you go to the movie you know in your, you go to the movie you know in your heart of hearts that it's only a movie, heart of hearts that it's only a movie and yet you contrived to some degree to, and yet you contrived to some degree to forget this while you're there and, forget this while you're there and therefore gets scared and feel real, therefore gets scared and feel real creeps but that's great some people like, creeps but that's great some people like to go and cry they go and see some, to go and cry they go and see some tragedy and just love to weep because, tragedy and just love to weep because it's a catharsis it gets all the salt, it's a catharsis it gets all the salt out of you or something on it and so you, out of you or something on it and so you you you you do this thing and it is a, you you you do this thing and it is a tweak a say it's vicarious yeah but that, tweak a say it's vicarious yeah but that is the spirit of showmanship of clay so, is the spirit of showmanship of clay so one might say then that it is possible, one might say then that it is possible in this life to attain a sort of, in this life to attain a sort of metaphysical courage in which you are, metaphysical courage in which you are you know really know deep within that, you know really know deep within that the most harrowing experiences that, the most harrowing experiences that physical existence can offer our show, now this is the what you might call ultimate unnerve and for example when, ultimate unnerve and for example when the samurai in Japan studied Zen that's, the samurai in Japan studied Zen that's what they wanted to get from they wanted, what they wanted to get from they wanted to get ultimate nerve so that absolutely, to get ultimate nerve so that absolutely nothing would faze them so there is a, nothing would faze them so there is a poem which says under the sword lifted, poem which says under the sword lifted high there is hell making you tremble, high there is hell making you tremble but go ahead and there is the land of, but go ahead and there is the land of bliss don't hesitate see don't don't be, bliss don't hesitate see don't don't be blocked, don't be fazed nonplussed by the illusion now you would say well that's, illusion now you would say well that's all very well but I can't bring myself, all very well but I can't bring myself to that I start to shake and I can't, to that I start to shake and I can't stop it is not to do with my will and no, stop it is not to do with my will and no amount of living my teeth clenching my, amount of living my teeth clenching my muscles exercising my willpower can get, muscles exercising my willpower can get rid of the shakes when I am really, rid of the shakes when I am really scared that's true but you must remember, scared that's true but you must remember that the secret to all this is not to be, that the secret to all this is not to be afraid of fear when you can really allow, afraid of fear when you can really allow yourself to be afraid and you don't, yourself to be afraid and you don't resist the experience of fear you are, resist the experience of fear you are truly beginning to master fear but when, truly beginning to master fear but when you refuse to be afraid you are, you refuse to be afraid you are resisting fear and that simply sets up a, resisting fear and that simply sets up a vicious circle of being afraid of fear, vicious circle of being afraid of fear and being afraid of being afraid of fear, and being afraid of being afraid of fear and so on and that's what we call worry, and so on and that's what we call worry worry is simply a chronic condition and, worry is simply a chronic condition and people who worry are going to worry no, people who worry are going to worry no matter what happens because when one, matter what happens because when one possible threat is exterminated they, possible threat is exterminated they will immediately discover another, will immediately discover another because worry is an infinitely skinned, because worry is an infinitely skinned onion and you can go on and on and on, onion and you can go on and on and on because the moment you see you reduce, because the moment you see you reduce the size of the onion and you get your, the size of the onion and you get your worried out about this suddenly your, worried out about this suddenly your whole sense of, whole sense of distance and size changes and because, distance and size changes and because you are looking so intently at this, you are looking so intently at this little onion it fills your whole field, little onion it fills your whole field of vision and is once again a big onion, of vision and is once again a big onion see you start peeling that down but as, see you start peeling that down but as you get another one about this size then, you get another one about this size then it enlarges itself in your judgment in, it enlarges itself in your judgment in your sense of values and like once more, your sense of values and like once more it's colossal, it's colossal now that's always going on so if you are, now that's always going on so if you are disposed to worry there is always plenty, disposed to worry there is always plenty to worry about, to worry about you make plenty of money and you have no, you make plenty of money and you have no troubles about that then you start, troubles about that then you start wondering if you're going to get a, wondering if you're going to get a disease and the doctor says no it's all, disease and the doctor says no it's all right for you nothing wrong with you, right for you nothing wrong with you then you wonder if you're going to get, then you wonder if you're going to get into an accident and then you take, into an accident and then you take precautions and then you wonder if, precautions and then you wonder if there's going to be a political, there's going to be a political revolution etc whether your house is, revolution etc whether your house is going to be wrong yeah there's always, going to be wrong yeah there's always something so it is really where this, something so it is really where this kind of worrying is a completely useless, kind of worrying is a completely useless pursuit and yet we feel a little guilty, pursuit and yet we feel a little guilty if we don't do it because it's somehow, if we don't do it because it's somehow put into us that a proper amount of, put into us that a proper amount of worrying is showing a good sense of, worrying is showing a good sense of responsibility your concern and paul, responsibility your concern and paul tillich use this word concern in a, tillich use this word concern in a special way and Quakers always use the, special way and Quakers always use the word concern and all people you might, word concern and all people you might say who are socially conscious are, say who are socially conscious are concerned so when we say I'm concerned, concerned so when we say I'm concerned it means I have a frown on my face and, it means I have a frown on my face and I'm worried about you about the Nation, I'm worried about you about the Nation about the war, about the war it's our concern until ik said religion, it's our concern until ik said religion is ultimate concern I am concerned about, is ultimate concern I am concerned about the universe and he used this wonderful, the universe and he used this wonderful decontaminated word for God which he got, decontaminated word for God which he got from Eckhart the ground of being see God, from Eckhart the ground of being see God still has whiskers on it but the ground, still has whiskers on it but the ground of being doesn't obviously and so out of, of being doesn't obviously and so out of it concern is too, it concern is too concerned about the ground of being well, concerned about the ground of being well now I don't think you I'm not sure about, now I don't think you I'm not sure about to it I knew him and he was a very, to it I knew him and he was a very wonderful man but what I call concern in, wonderful man but what I call concern in the way I would want to interpret it, the way I would want to interpret it instead of this sort of frown is, instead of this sort of frown is something more like amazement in other, something more like amazement in other words that existence is extremely, words that existence is extremely peculiar um mean it's it I can't get my, peculiar um mean it's it I can't get my I can't explain this feeling because I, I can't explain this feeling because I don't know quite how to ask a question, don't know quite how to ask a question about existence so that I could be said, about existence so that I could be said to be wondering about it in some sort of, to be wondering about it in some sort of clear thinking way whatwhat is this a, clear thinking way whatwhat is this a very nice thing to consider to yourself, very nice thing to consider to yourself that if you were going to have an, that if you were going to have an interview with the Lord God and you, interview with the Lord God and you would have only five minutes and you, would have only five minutes and you might ask one question what would you, might ask one question what would you ask and you've got plenty of time to, ask and you've got plenty of time to think this over in advance and you, think this over in advance and you realize question after question say no, realize question after question say no that's not really the thing I want to, that's not really the thing I want to get out that's not that like do you, get out that's not that like do you exist who can't but circle of course yes, exist who can't but circle of course yes yeah am I having a hallucination no well, yeah am I having a hallucination no well I'm like how can I be sure that this, I'm like how can I be sure that this isn't the hallucination you see and then, isn't the hallucination you see and then you reject all that sort of question and, you reject all that sort of question and when you finally come down to it you, when you finally come down to it you don't know what to ask there is a sort, don't know what to ask there is a sort of question in your mind not so much a, of question in your mind not so much a question as a questioning a feeling of, question as a questioning a feeling of it's all unbelievable it's amazing I, it's all unbelievable it's amazing I wonder at it I marvel at it it is a, wonder at it I marvel at it it is a miracle that there is anything but it's, miracle that there is anything but it's like a friend of mine who went to a Zen, like a friend of mine who went to a Zen master got an interview after the review, master got an interview after the review of trouble an interpreter, of trouble an interpreter and he sat down and said you know now, and he sat down and said you know now I'm here I don't know what to ask I just, I'm here I don't know what to ask I just feel like laughing a Zen master said, feel like laughing a Zen master said well it's love and they's broke up but, well it's love and they's broke up but that feeling you see of the the, that feeling you see of the the marvelousness of being is what I call or, marvelousness of being is what I call or would want to mean by Tillich phrase, would want to mean by Tillich phrase ultimate concern it's also love is, ultimate concern it's also love is involved in it see that's the part of, involved in it see that's the part of the problem of them and abstractionist, the problem of them and abstractionist culture such as ours as I indicated we, culture such as ours as I indicated we are not materialists we're abstractions, the materialist is a lover and therefore is somebody related to the present, is somebody related to the present because you see you you can't love, because you see you you can't love except in the present when you have, except in the present when you have under your hands a piece of wood and you, under your hands a piece of wood and you say my has not a gorgeous grain you know, say my has not a gorgeous grain you know and you fondle it if it moves you you, and you fondle it if it moves you you you run over this and thing is not, you run over this and thing is not gorgeous you see well you're so you're, gorgeous you see well you're so you're loving it it may be that it's an apple, loving it it may be that it's an apple in your hand and you say I love you so, in your hand and you say I love you so much I could eat you and you eat it and, much I could eat you and you eat it and you relish it that's loving in a special, you relish it that's loving in a special way so our concern and love and there, way so our concern and love and there are many forms of love there's a whole, are many forms of love there's a whole spectrum of different kinds of love, spectrum of different kinds of love which runs from the red of libido to the, which runs from the red of libido to the violet of divine charity but all of them, violet of divine charity but all of them are equally important because as you, are equally important because as you know you can't have the violet end, know you can't have the violet end without the red end and vice versa you, without the red end and vice versa you wouldn't know what violet was unless you, wouldn't know what violet was unless you had all the other colors the colors, had all the other colors the colors create each other so it doesn't simply, create each other so it doesn't simply and white between black and white is the, and white between black and white is the spectrum and just as black and white, spectrum and just as black and white arise mutually so you know red in, arise mutually so you know red in relation to yellow in relation to green, relation to yellow in relation to green in relation to blue and so on but if, in relation to blue and so on but if they all come out of black and white, they all come out of black and white that's the secret, that's the secret I think mr. Lander invented a camera, I think mr. Lander invented a camera made a rather spectacular demonstration, made a rather spectacular demonstration of this so if then you try to obliterate, of this so if then you try to obliterate fear the fear that black may win you are, fear the fear that black may win you are working in the wrong way to attack if, working in the wrong way to attack if fear is to strengthen it because, fear is to strengthen it because immediately you feel guilty if you don't, immediately you feel guilty if you don't succeed or you feel inadequate but fear, succeed or you feel inadequate but fear is something that arises naturally and, is something that arises naturally and spontaneously under certain, spontaneously under certain circumstances just as you will feel warm, circumstances just as you will feel warm if you get near a fire and you can't go, if you get near a fire and you can't go up to a fire without some sort of, up to a fire without some sort of self-hypnosis and then say well I refuse, self-hypnosis and then say well I refuse to be warm there's something a bit weird, to be warm there's something a bit weird about that, about that besides you often want to feel warm when, besides you often want to feel warm when you get near a fire no on the contrary, you get near a fire no on the contrary it is very natural to be afraid and so, it is very natural to be afraid and so if you don't try to knock it down you, if you don't try to knock it down you don't try to make yourself over in from, don't try to make yourself over in from some sort of preconceived idea of what, some sort of preconceived idea of what you ought to be then you are on the, you ought to be then you are on the track. 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