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The Book On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

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In several of his later publications, especially Beyond Theology and The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are, Watts put forward a worldview, drawing on Hinduism, Chinese philosophy, pantheism or panentheism, and modern science, in which he maintains that the whole universe consists of a cosmic Self-playing hide-and-seek ( Lila); hiding from itself ( Maya) by becoming all the living and non-living things in the universe and forgetting what it really is – the upshot being that we are all IT in disguise ( Tat Tvam Asi). In this worldview, Watts asserts that our conception of ourselves as an " ego in a bag of skin", or "skin-encapsulated ego" is a myth; the entities we call the separate "things" are merely aspects or features of the whole.

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4. The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness, by Alan Watts

He later said about psychedelic drug use, "If you get the message, hang up the phone. For psychedelic drugs are simply instruments, like microscopes, telescopes, and telephones. The biologist does not sit with eye permanently glued to the microscope, he goes away and works on what he has seen." [33] Applied Aesthetics [ edit ]

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In a 1973 interview, reading from his own autobiography, Watts estimates his time of birth as 6.20 am Watts is sampled in "Words in Motion", [79] a short animation created for a Carnegie Mellon University design course on Time, Motion, and Communication The notion of individuality and the weight given it is both culturally and historically contingent. This seems confirmed again and again by my occasional studies in history, anthropology and psychology. The agents in the bible, particularly the Hebrew Bible, are often families, clans and nations, not particular human bodies.

An interesting fact about this book is that Watts wrote it during a retreat he took in the foothills of Mount Tamalpais in California. He delves more into his favorite topic, Chinese Taoism, and the human relationship with nature. Watts encourages readers to embrace a contemplative form of meditation, one which will allow us to not overanalyze our experiences and actually just start living them. No Stone UnturnedWatts also later wrote of a mystical dream he experienced while ill with a fever as a child. [10] During this time he was influenced by Far Eastern landscape paintings and embroideries that had been given to his mother by missionaries returning from China. The few Chinese paintings Watts was able to see in England riveted him, and he wrote "I was aesthetically fascinated with a certain clarity, transparency, and spaciousness in Chinese and Japanese art. It seemed to float..." [11] These works of art emphasised the participatory relationship of people in nature, a theme that stood fast throughout his life and one that he often wrote about. (See, for instance, the last chapter in The Way of Zen. [12]) It happened to me when I was 20 - a feeling of the utter Vastness of the universe, swiftly followed by a vision of my own littleness and vulnerability!

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