By Alan Watts
Those ruminations, assembled within the type of a magazine and the following released in paperback for the 1st time, have been written at Alan Watts' retreat within the foothills of Mount Tamalpais, California. Many present issues are mentioned, together with meditation, nature, demonstrated faith, race kinfolk, karma and reincarnation, astrology and tantric yoga, and the character of ecstasy, however the underlying motif is the artwork of feeling out and following the watercourse approach of nature, recognized in chinese language because the Tao. Watts indicates a manner of contemplative meditation within which we quickly cease naming and classifying all that we event, and easily consider it because it is.
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A little closer to the truth than the thought that believes you are who your birth certificate says you are, but still a thought. If the self – ego – were truly who I am, it would be absurd to “deny” it.
Anticonsumerism or antiprivate ownership would be another thought form, another mental position, that can replace identification with possessions. In other words, the content of the ego may change; the mind structure that keeps it alive does not. In the days of the white settlement, the natives of North America found ownership of land an incomprehensible concept. They felt they belonged to the land, but the land did not belong to them. The ego tends to equate having with Being: I have, therefore I am.
Not everybody who experiences great loss also experiences this awakening, this disidentification from form. Some immediately create a strong mental image or thought form in which they see themselves as a victim, whether it be of circumstances, other people, an unjust fate, or God. In fact, this new ego will be more contracted, more rigid and impenetrable than the old one. Whenever tragic loss occurs, you either resist or you yield. Resistance is an inner contraction, a hardening of the shell of the ego.