Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are, excerpt


You are something that the whole universe is doing,
in the same way that a wave is something that the whole ocean is doing.


We do not “come into” this world;
we come out of it, as leaves from a tree.
As the ocean “waves,” the universe “peoples.”

Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of nature, a unique action of the total universe.

This fact is rarely, if ever, experienced by most individuals.

Even those who know it to be true in theory do not sense or feel it, but continue to be aware of themselves as isolated “egos” inside bags of skin.

You didn’t come into this world.
You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean.
You are not a stranger here.

—Alan Watts


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