Alan Watts - Trust The Universe And Control Nothing

Alan Watts - Trust The Universe And Control Nothing

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loud sir puts it in this way the great Dow flows everywhere both to the left and to the right it loves and nourishes all things but does not lord it over them and when merits are accomplished it lays no claim to them the more therefore you relinquish power trust others the more powerful you become but in such a
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way that instead of having to lie awake nights controlling everything you do it beautifully by trusting the job to everyone else and they carry it on for you so you can go to sleep at night and trust your nervous system to wake you up in the morning you can even tell it I want to wake up at 6 o'clock and it will wake you up just like an alarm clock this seems a sort of paradox to say this
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but the principle of unity of coming to a sense of of oneness with the whole of the rest of the universe is not to try to obtain power over the rest of the universe that will only disturb it and antagonize it and make it seem less one with you than ever the way to become one with the universe is to trust it as another as you would another and say
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let's see what you're going to do but in doing that you see in saying that to everything else that you have been taught to think is not you you are also saying it to yourself because finally as I pointed out you do not know where your decisions come from they pop up like hiccups and when you make a decision
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people have a great deal of anxiety about making decisions he's this guy who farmer who ordered a help man come in and family was an extraordinarily efficient worker because the first day he put him on sawing logs and he saw more logs than anybody had ever saw it was fantastic but he were all done in one day so the next day putting on put him on to mending fences and there were
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all kinds of broken fences on the farm and in one day he had the whole thing done so he thought what am I gonna do this guy so he took him down into a basement and said look here all are all the potatoes that have come in from this harvest and I want you to sort them into three groups those that we sell those that we use for seeding and those that we throw away so he left him at that at the end of the day the laborer came back and said well that's enough mister I
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quit no he said you can't quit I've never had such an excellent weather I'll raise your salary I'll do anything to keep you around it I said no it's all right mending fences and chopping wood but this potato business is decision after decision after decision of this so when we decide we're always worrying did I think this over long enough did I take enough data into consideration and if you think it through you'll find you never could take enough data into
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consideration the data for a decision in any given situation is infinite so what you do is you go through the motions of thinking out what you will do about this and then when the time comes to act you make a snap judgment I mean I'm speaking a little extremely making some fun of it and so on because after all we do occasionally get the vague outlines of things and make a
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right decision on rational grounds but we fortunately forget the variables that could have interfered with this coming out right it's amazing how often it works but warriors are people who think of all the variables beyond their control and what might happen so then
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when you make a decision and it works out all right I think very little of it has much to do with your conscious intent and control but somehow or other you are able to decide and control things more harmoniously if you delegate authority
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so I very great businessman others who can delegate authority trust others to work for them because those are people developing businesses on the same basic structure that is fundamental to a living organism delegation of authority it loves and nourishes all things but does not lord it over them and you see then the world what is happening is this
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the more you let go of it and Trust it as if it were quite other than you the more you realize the inseparable identity of self and other to go back if
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you try to find the identity of self and other by subjecting other to self no-go if on the other hand you find it through giving self that is control over to other and trusting that you may make a mistake you may make a bad gamble but in the long run you're acting on a principle which has the backing of
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evolution this is the way biological evolution goes on constant delegation of authority it's why obviously the democracy is superior to the monarchy was the Tocqueville who said that democracy is always right but for the wrong reasons because there is operating in a democracy the principle the Buckminster Fuller called synergy synergy is the intelligence of a highly complex system
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the nature of which is always unknown to the individual members because that's goes back again to this point that we're always entering a new environment we don't ever know fully what the new environment is because the only environments we know the past ones there is always then operating in the development of cellular life on any
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level a new way of organization higher than any existing form and we are not aware of it until after it's happening if you ever saw for example the film kontiki this man figured out a few things as to how to make a balsa wood raft to sail from South America to the Pacific Islands but once he had set this in motion he discovered that all sorts of unexpected
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factors cooperated with him that when the wood got wet it expanded so that the ties bit into it and held it completely secure he'd never expected that and he found that as he sailed along a flying fish would simply a light flat on the deck every morning for breakfast that all kinds of natural factors it was just he had touched the key where he was flowing with the course of nature and
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everything cooperated with him because he attached the key he'd made the act of faith and he was just picking up in other words a practice which had been hundreds and hundreds of years ago had been followed by others who lived and worked it out by their great ecological awareness so we do come out of this way of of thinking to something which has I would say the most enormous ly creative and
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revolutionary social consequences that it has become not virtuous not self-sacrificing and not anything like that it has become the hardest practical politics to let go control to others to
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give up trying to dominate the scene also in a parallel way it has become at this time in our history very much hard practical politics and to learn how to enjoy ourselves you can go to the Protestant people with their Protestant ethic who are against this kind of thing and now say to them but greatly it is
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your solemn duty to learn how to enjoy yourself why because in an age of leisure people have really got to know how to enjoy themselves because if they don't they'll smash the whole future of the human race so you a utopia has become not summer sort of a dream but an urgent necessity
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we can't do without it because if we try to do without it what's going to happen is that we are going to terminate our race in a mutual Massacre of scapegoats and so the present paranoia in the United States that is going on where everybody is thinking up a new scapegoat and how great it will be to demolish them or get them out of power or all this kind of bickering and right and
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left politics has become irrelevant because we now have the opportunity of trusting our own intelligence our own technology to take the risk of doing what we want which will work to the extent that we realize that what I want basically what I really want is what you
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want and I don't know what you surprise me but that's my that's the kinship between ironed off so when I ask I go right down to the question should be started Li what do I want the answer is I don't know when bodhidharma was asked who are you which is another form of the same question he said I don't know planting
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flowers to which the butterflies come Bodhidharma says I know not I don't know whatever well when you don't know what you want to really reach the state of desirelessness when you really don't know did you see there's a there's a beginning stage of not knowing and there's an ending stage of not knowing in the beginning stage you don't know what you want because you haven't thought about it or you've only thought
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superficially then when you somebody forces you to think about it and go through and say yeah I think I like this I think I like that I think I'd like the other as the middle stage then you get beyond that say is that what I really want in the end you say no I don't think that's it I might be satisfied with it for a while and I wouldn't turn my nose up at it but it's not really what I want why don't you really know what you want two reasons that you don't really know
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what you want number one you have it number two you don't know yourself because you never can the Godhead is never an object of its own knowledge just as a knife doesn't cut itself fire doesn't burn itself light doesn't illumine itself it's always an endless mystery to itself I don't know and this I don't know
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other than the infinite interior of the spirit this I don't know is the same thing as I love I let go I don't try to force or control it's the same thing as humility and so the Upanishads say if
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you think that you understand promise you do not understand and you have yet to be instructed further if you know that you do not understand then you truly understand for the Brahman is unknown to those who know it unknown to those who know it not and the principle is that anytime you as it were
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voluntarily let up control in other words cease to cling to yourself you have an access of power because you're wasting energy all the time in self-defence trying to manage things trying to force things to conform to your will the moment you stop doing that that wasted energy is available therefore you are in that sense having that energy available you are one with the Divine Principle you have the energy
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when you're trying however to act as if you were God that is to say you don't trust anybody and you're the dictator and you have to keep everybody in line you lose the divine energy because what you're doing is simply defending yourself so then the principle is the more you give it away the more it comes back now you say I don't have the courage to give it away I'm afraid and you could only overcome that by realizing you better give it away
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because there's no we're holding on to it the meaning of the fact you see that everything is dissolving constantly that we're all falling apart we're all in a process of constant death and that the world we hope men set their hearts upon turns ashes or it prospers and lights snow upon the deserts dusty face lighting a little hour to its dawn you know all that Omar Khayyam jazz mm-hmm you know the cloud-capped towers the gorgeous palaces the great globe itself
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I all which it inherit shall dissolve and like this insubstantial pageant faded leave not a rack behind all falling apart everything is that's the the great assistance to you be that that fact that everything is in decay is your helper that is allowing you that you don't have to let go because there's nothing to hold onto it's achieved for you in other words by
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the process of nature so once you see that you just don't have a prayer and it's all washed up and that you will vanish and leave not a rack behind and you really get with that suddenly you find you have the power this enormous access of energy but it's not power that came to you because you grabbed it came in entirely the opposite way and power
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comes to you in that opposite way is power with which you can be trusted

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