The False Idea of Who You Are - Alan Watts

The False Idea of Who You Are - Alan Watts

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you see the problem is this   we identify in our experience a differentiation  between what we do and what happens to us we have a certain number of actions that  we define as voluntary we feel in control   of those and then over against that there  is all those things that are involuntary   but the dividing line between these two is  very arbitrary because for example when you   move your hand you feel that you decide  whether to open it or to close it   but then ask yourself how do you decide  when you decide to open your hand do you   first decide to decide you don't do you  you just decide and how do you do that   and if you don't know how you do  it is it voluntary or involuntary let's consider breathing you can feel that you breathe  deliberately you can control your breath   but when you don't think about it it  goes on is it voluntary or involuntary  
01:26
and so we come to have a very arbitrary definition  of self that much of my activity which i feel i do   and that then doesn't include breathing  most of the time it doesn't include the   heartbeats it doesn't include the activity  of the glands it doesn't include digestion   it doesn't include how you shape your bones circulate your blood do you  or do you not do these things now if you get with yourself and you find out that you are all of yourself   very strange thing happens you find that your  body knows that you're one with the universe   in other words that the so-called involuntary  circulation of your blood is one continuous   process with the stars shining if you find  out that it's you who circulates your blood   you will at the same moment find  out that you are shining the sun   because your physical organism is one continuous  process with everything else that's going on  
02:43
just as the waves are continuous with the ocean  your body is continuous with the total energy   system of the cosmos and it's all you only you're  playing the game that you're only this bit of it   but as i tried to explain there are in physical  reality no such things as separate events   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   you never learned but you're this miracle   well the point is that from a strictly  physical scientific standpoint this organism   is a continuous energy with everything else  that's going on and if i am my foot i am the sun only we've got this little partial view we've got  the idea that no i'm just something in this body   the ego that's a joke the ego is nothing  other than the focus of conscious attention   it's like a radar on a ship the radar on a ship is  a troubleshooter is there anything in the way and  
04:01
conscious attention is a designed function of the  brain to scan the environment like a radar does   and note for any trouble making changes but if  you identify yourself with your troubleshooter   then naturally you define yourself as  being in a perpetual state of anxiety and the moment we cease to identify with the ego  and become aware that we are the whole organism   you realize as the first  thing how harmonious it all is   because your organism is a miracle of harmony all  this thing functioning together even those copper   schools and uh creatures that are fighting each  other in the bloodstream and eating each other up   if they weren't doing that you wouldn't be healthy   so what is discord at one level of your being is  harmony at a higher level and you begin to realize   that and you begin to be aware too that the  discords of your life in the discords of people's   life which are a fight at one level at a higher  level of the universe are healthy and harmonious  
05:13
and you suddenly realize that  everything that you are and do is at that level as magnificent and as free  of any blemish as the patterns in waves the markings in marble the way a cat  moves and that this world is really okay   and can't be anything else because  otherwise it couldn't exist so then if you awaken from this illusion 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 what you are basically deep deep down far far in is simply the  fabric and structure of existence itself
06:37
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 you

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