Alan Watts’ Life Advice Will Leave You Speechless

Alan Watts was a well-known British philosopher, writer and speaker, best known for his interpretation of Eastern philosophy for Western audiences. Alan Watts left behind more than 25 books and an audio library of nearly 400 talks, which are still in great demand. Alan Watts’s life advices will leave you speechless when taken seriously. We hope this motivation from Alan Watts will help you in your life.


let’s suppose that you were able every  night to dream any dream you wanted to dream   and that you could for example have the power  within one night to dream 75 years of time   or any length of time you wanted to have and you  would naturally as you began on this adventure of   dreams you would fulfill all your wishes you would  have every kind of pleasure you could conceive   and after several nights of 75 years of total  pleasure each you would say well that was pretty   great but now let’s um let’s have a surprise  let’s have a dream which isn’t under control   well something is going to happen to me  that i don’t know what it’s going to be   and uh you you would dig that and come  out of that and say wow that was a   close shave wasn’t it and then you would get more  and more adventurous and you would make further   and further out gambles as to what you would dream  and finally you would dream where you are now   you would dream the dream of living the  life that you were actually living today   that would be within the infinite multiplicity of  choices you would have of playing that you weren’t   god because the whole nature of the godhead  according to this idea is to play that he’s not   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 so then when you’re in the way of waking up   and finding out who you really are 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 i’m not trying to prove it   i’m just putting it forward as a possibility of  life to think about what you do is what the whole   universe is doing at the place you call here and  now you are something the whole universe is doing   in the same way that a wave is something  that the whole ocean is doing the real you   is not a puppet which life pushes around  the real deep down you is the whole universe   so then when you die you’re not going to  have to put up with everlasting non-existence   because that’s not an experience a lot  of people are afraid that when they die   they’re going to be locked up in a dark room  forever and sort of undergo that but one of   the most interesting things in the world this is a  yoga this is a way of realization try and imagine   what it will be like to go to sleep and never  wake up think about that children think about it   it’s one of the great wonders of life what  will it be like to go to sleep and never   wake up and if you think long enough about that  something will happen to you you will find out   among other things that uh it’ll pose a next  question to you what was it like to wake up   after having never gone to sleep that was when you  were born you can’t have an experience of nothing   nature reports a vacuum so after you’re dead  the only thing that can happen is the same   experience or the same sort of experience as  when you were born in other words we all know   very well that after people die other people  are born and they’re all you only you can   only experience it one at a time everybody is i  you all know you’re you and wheresoever beings   exist throughout all galaxies it doesn’t make any  difference you are all of them and when they come   into being that’s you coming into being you know  that very well only you don’t have to remember   the past in the same way you don’t have to think  about how you work your thyroid gland or whatever   else it is in your organism you don’t have to  know how to shine the sun you just do it like   you breathe isn’t it doesn’t it really astonish  you that you are this fantastically complex thing   and that you’re doing all of this and you  never had any education in how to do it   what is a mind in the grip of vicious circles  well one of the most obvious instances that we   all know is the phenomenon of worry the doctor  tells you that you have to have an operation   and that has been set up so that  automatically everybody worries about it but   since worrying takes away your appetite  and your sleep it’s not good for you   but you can’t stop worrying and therefore you get  additionally worried that you are worrying and   then furthermore because that is quite absurd  and you are mad at yourself because you do it   you are worried because you worry because you won   that is a vicious circle so now  can you allow your mind to be quiet   isn’t it difficult because the mind seems to be  like a monkey jumping up and down and jabbering   all the time once you’ve learned to think you  can’t stop and an enormous number of people   devote their lives to keeping their minds busy  and feel extremely uncomfortable with silence   when you’re alone nobody’s saying anything there’s  nothing to do with this worry this uh lack of   distraction i’m left alone with myself and i want  to get away from myself i’m always wanting to get   away from myself that’s why i go to the movies  that’s why i read mystery stories that’s why i   go after the girls or anything that you do or  get drunk or whatever i don’t want to be with   myself i feel queer so why do you want to run away  from yourself what’s so bad about it why do you   want to forget this why do you want to become  absorbed because you are addicted to thoughts   this is a drug a little dangerous compulsive  thinking going on and on and on and on it’s a habit so there’s a difficulty about  stopping that activity and you really have to stop   it if you want to be sane because if i talk all  the time i don’t hear what anyone else has to say   then i’ll end up in the situation of having  nothing to talk about but my own talking you’re so   in exactly the same way if i think all the time i  won’t have anything to think about except thoughts   so in order to have something to think about  there are times when you simply must stop thinking   well how do you do that the first rule is don’t  try to because if you do you will be like someone   trying to make rough water smooth with a flat  iron and all that will do will stir it up   so in the same way as a muddy turbulent  pool quiets itself when left alone   you have to know how to leave your  mind alone it will quiet itself

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