For this post as part of the #BeWow hashtag (an initiative of RonovanWrites), I share with you Alan Watts’ perspective on ‘The Dream of Life’. This is a must-watch 🙂 which will change your view about life or at least provoke you to re-evaluate. Enjoy!
For you who are asking, Alan Watts (1915-1973) is a British-born philosopher, writer and speaker who made Eastern philosophy popular in the Western world. At the age of 23, he underwent training in Zen Buddhism in the US. A few years later, he obtained a theology degree and went on to become an Episcopalian priest. By the time he was 30, Watts had accepted a teaching position with the American Academy of Asian Studies, which he held for some 5 years before embarking on an illustrious career in writing and speaking.
Watts’ worldview is premised on “the whole universe consists of a cosmic self playing hide-and-seek, hiding from itself by becoming all the living and non-living things in the universe, forgetting what it really is; the upshot being that we are all IT in disguise“.
Excerpt of the video:
“If you awaken from this illusion, and you understand that black implies white, self implies other, life implies death — or shall I say, death implies life — you can feel yourself. Not as a stranger in the world, not as something here on probation, not as something that has arrived here by fluke, but you can begin to feel your own existence as absolutely fundamental.
“I’m not trying to sell you on this idea in the sense of converting you to it; I want you to play with it. I want you to think of its possibilities…
So in this idea, then, everybody is fundamentally the ultimate reality. Not God in a politically kingly sense, but God in the sense of being the self, the deep-down basic whatever there is. And you’re all that, only you’re pretending you’re not.”
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