The Real You – Alan Watts



Who are you really? An amazing lecture given by Alan Watts a British philosopher, writer, and speaker.
Speech extract from “Does it do you, or do you do it” by Alan Watts, courtesy of alanwatts.org

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29 thoughts on “The Real You – Alan Watts

  • December 4, 2017 at 5:50 pm
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    From my thoughts and experiences:
    The multiverse was created by the universal consciousness (God) – simply because it is possible. This multiverse exists within this God's consciousness. It is this consciousness that is experiencing life through all living beings – thorough us. What our brain is experiencing is not consciousness, it is limited awareness.
    Each individual exists on two planes simultaneously. One is the lower mind – our awareness, the other plane is the higher mind, the omnipresent mind, the universal consciousness. So you see, it is an illusion to believe that you are a separate entity, it only appears so because of the limited perception of the brain. In truth all is One and you are God experiencing all lives simultaneously. This is what is normally referred to as the "true self", the permanent, unchangeable, indestructible self – the soul if you want to call it. Whereas what an individual living being is experiencing is the temporary self. So it is true that death is only an illusion. You only lose the body and the lower mind, the vehicle and the tool for your higher mind – which it automatically uses to experience life. You have experienced the whole evolutionary process.

    One could argue that God is like a perfect A.I. machine. Why? Because it cannot feel. We created God according to our own image, not vice versa. We gave God false attributes, such as love, compassion, forgiveness. God cannot feel those emotions, but it does understand our desire for It to give us that, so that's what it sometimes does intellectually, without revealing itself completely.
    What we are living through is some sort of a game of illusions for reasons mentioned above. Life in general only has one meaning. To simply experience it. There is a deeper meaning however. Through evolution you evolved to a point where you begin to question your own existence in this world and through the help of God(your higher self) first awakenings and finally enlightenment can be received. It may seem like a painfully slow process that contains a lot of unnecessary suffering, but if you look at the world we live in you will understand why the enlightened ones are few, not many.

    You are the murderer and their victim, the rapist and also their victim. You are that fly on the wall and the spider on the web. You are everything, you are God. You are the driver and God is in the passenger seat, observing it all. You drive on your own most of the time, but God will sometimes turn the wheel ever so slightly and other times God will make a sharp turn, thus altering your destiny, taking you towards the path of enlightenment. This can rightfully be considered the pinnacle of evolution, though, life for you will of course continue through the lives of all other beings around you. The enlighten part remains and forms the ever growing, eternal, blissful, peaceful SELF in a heaven-like created existence. Where the wicked part simply dies and disappears. Here a reminder is at place – you are both the enlightened and the wicked and everything in-between…

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  • December 4, 2017 at 5:50 pm
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    This is dharma 😉 the wave is the ocean; you are the universe. The universe is becoming by doing; you are becoming through action. Alan watts understood dharma 😉

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  • December 4, 2017 at 5:50 pm
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    "Imagine what it would be like to go to sleep and never wake up"

    I took this more literally. You would just continue to dream. Imagine the endless possibilities then. Imagine the endless lives you could live. Imagine all of the places you'd get to see, mountains that tower over you and oceans that have no end. You'd meet people you never would have imagined you'd meet. You'd do things that are impossible. You'd create things that never have been made before. You'd feel emotions you've never felt before. You'd live like you've never lived before. And all of this is just you. It's your dreams.

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  • December 4, 2017 at 5:50 pm
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    If Evil exists, their must be GO(O)D. Reality can only exist in between 2+ poles. Light implies Dark. Death implies Birth. Evil implies Good. Or else: If their is no DIFFERENCE, like the world is only Evil, Evil as a concept would cease to exist. Not only the concept would cease to exist, but rather the thing by itself. I think your past experiences bound you to making a choice how you see this world. On first sight everything looks evil, this evil was too dominant for a very long time. But the other side exist is us as well. I think the time for change has come, I see/feel it clearly. It's always a battle between two poles. It's fluctuating and vibrating.EVERYTHING. The good side was supressed too long. Nature will rebalance itself

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  • December 4, 2017 at 5:50 pm
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    and here I thought I knew everything there is to know NEVER STOP LISTENING! NEVER STOP LEARNING! NEVER STOP LIVING!

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  • December 4, 2017 at 5:50 pm
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    i cry , with much joy, every time i hear this .. and i make a point the listen to this everyday.. as a mean to self exploration of the self that is the pronoun ,I , w/o the id, humanity. thank you alan, father.. i will try as one of your children to do better.

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  • December 4, 2017 at 5:50 pm
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    Imagine going to sleep, and never waking up. still havent fix the rubik's cube, alan u where brilliant, gives a lot of peace

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  • December 4, 2017 at 5:50 pm
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    I beleive in Dharma , i use to though of reincarnation , then i read somewhere that the reality is not reality , life is illusion their is an old saying in hindi sab moh maya hai that mean everything is illusion and i read that when you die you wake a somewhere else . and realize that your whole life was nothing just a dream and you forget that previous dream(which was your real life) and start living your another life according to your karma . i dont know or i dont have idea what happen after death .

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  • December 4, 2017 at 5:50 pm
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    "Doesn't it really astonish you that you that you are a FANTASTICALLY complex thing, and that you're doing all this and you never had any education in how to do it?! "

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  • December 4, 2017 at 5:50 pm
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    Just finished re-reading "The Wisdom of Insecurity". I first read it in the late 70s and never forgot it. :D)

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  • December 4, 2017 at 5:50 pm
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    Laying by my dog next to the fireplace. Listening and enjoying the moment. Even though I've heard this many times….it brings calmness.

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  • December 4, 2017 at 5:50 pm
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    It means your soul …… that knows …… beware of reincarnations its a scam ….. existence = true self love ……. The soul that knows from millions of years experience

    The thinking ego conscious is a disease for immortality beings ….. spirit and soul
    Metaphysically hijacked ….. that religion and conditioning education gives us and some assholes paid to say bullshit ….. conscious subconscious …… the ego conscious has no experience cant even multitask but can conceptualize its ass off…… Evil Live God Dog Fear Raef Raef ….. female human a bitch a female dog …..ego puppetitises pup pets …… Dog loves regardless of our sins, abuse and bullshit….. and will save you …. unlike god. Pray and become prey ….. metaphoric hijacking …. The irony Dogs get to stay at home chill eat do nothing nap ….lick their balls and vigina all …. damn day…… while the owners go work like a dog ……

    The love story of the spirit and soul that nobody knows that has to come together with in before life begins ….. and if it never does its only pretend pre the end ……

    Self love respect honesty and trust with self in the purest form will default to reality automatically if its within …..to begin with ……. has to no exceptions ……

    Existence = true, self, love ……Math starts with 1 and existence = true thats the 1…..its the same in binary 1 true 0 nothing ….. the matrix eewwww not. Math also states that if you divide will end in a negative ….. oh but that bad ass ego thinks its the exception to the rule ….. blind eye syndrome …the problem cant see the problem being the problem …… ego is egotistical …if you are the short word you are the long word also ….. wtf …..

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  • December 4, 2017 at 5:50 pm
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    I truly love him.. a love that comforts me.. a love that I will carry within me.. a love that will always shine through me .. I truly love this guy

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  • December 4, 2017 at 5:50 pm
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    I'm 15 , and I'm always curious ..that's why I'm here ..after listening to this ..I was at peace for a long time ..people Herr in the comment section are people like me ..please I need some advice ..I'm totally lost and looks like i just found a sparkle

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  • December 4, 2017 at 5:50 pm
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    Well the fact we all get reborn here is a good thing and a bad thing. The good thing is .. we can meditate, help others and do good things so we one day become fully enlightened. And if we do.. we are free-ed from this seemingly endless cycle of rebirth. Than you're free to choose if you want to live somewhere in beautiful places.
    or if you want to be reborn to help others as a ful enlightened being.

    So It's good news we are here. And bad news. the bad news is we are probably not enlightened yet. The very good news is , it's so rare to be a live. It's so extremely rare to be alive on this planet. As a human being. That's so rare and beautiful you can't even imagine. We are beyond special. Even the gods envy us for our ability to meditate and problems that we can solve so we can become enlightened.

    We are on a planet that has the perfect distance from the sun from the moon with water and food. It's heaven already. Let's create it. Let's accept it and let us change
    Into enlightened beings. May all sentient beings enjoy total freedom and happiness and I wish the same to you. after the rain there is sunshine. Sometimes you can use the rain.so you can have a brighter day tomorrow .. use the suffering to create a stable basis for a wonderful peaceful life.

    I wish you all well.

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