Alan Watts - Stop Thinking There's Something Wrong With You

Alan Watts - Stop Thinking There's Something Wrong With You

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we think that when we come to a dead end a blind alley oh i failed supposing the water at each place where a finger of water stretches out over dry ground and doesn't go any further because the land is too high the water were to say to itself i failed we would say it was neurotic water wait and it will find a way now when you find you see that there's
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this predicament that i've been describing to you that there's no way of transforming yourself to become this fearless joyous divine being is distinct from the quakingness when he says no way this is not a gloomy announcement it is a very very important communication it's telling you something because the like the land is telling the
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water this isn't the way to go there's another way cry over here so in the same way life is telling you that's not the way to go it's telling you the the message underlying this is you cannot transform yourself is giving you the message that the you that you imagine to be capable of transforming yourself doesn't exist in other words an ego
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and i separate from my emotions my thoughts my feelings my experiences who is supposed to be in control of them cannot control them because it isn't there and as soon as you understand that things will be vastly improved now we can go into this what do you mean by the word i we're going to make some experiments in this on some number of different levels but the ordinary way what do you mean by the
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word i i myself your personality your ego what is it well first of all obviously it's your image of yourself it's composed of what people have told you about yourself who you are how they've reacted to you and given you an impression that that's the sort of person you are it's all your education goes into this the style of life you put on and so forth but you but it's an image it's an idea
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it's your thought about yourself and i suppose yourself is in fact not this but is to begin with your total physical organism your psychological organism and beyond that an organism doesn't exist as a an isolated thing any more than a flower exists without a stalk without roots without earth
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so in the same way although we are not stalked on the ground we are nevertheless inseparable from a huge social context of well to begin with parents siblings people who work for us everything i mean it's it's just impossible to cut ourselves off from a social environment and also further more from a natural environment we are that there's no clear way of
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drawing the boundary between this organism and everything that surrounds it and yet the image of ourselves that we have does not include all those relationships our idea of personality of ourselves includes no information whatsoever about the hypothalamus an organ of the brain the pineal gland really of the way we breathe of how our blood circulates of how we manage to form a sentence
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how we manage to be conscious how you open and close your hand the information contained in your image of yourself contains nothing about all that and therefore obviously it's an extremely inadequate image but nonetheless we do think that the image of self refers to something because we we have the impression very strongly indeed that i exist
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and this isn't just an idea we think my god it's a feeling it's it's really substantially there in the middle of us and what is it what what what do you actually sense like you know when you're sitting on the floor and you feel the floor is there and is real and hard okay what are you sitting on the floor what what do you have the sensation of you know that's you here when you're not hitting yourself what is it well in what part of your body do you
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feel yourself the real eye existing we can explore this very deeply but i'm going to give you a preliminary and superficial answer the the sensation which corresponds to the image of ourselves is a chronic muscular tension which has absolutely no useful function whatsoever it is when you try say to concentrate
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what do you do when you try to pay attention when i was a little boy in school i had sitting next to me another boy who had great difficulty in reading and as he worked over the textbook with its perfectly piffling information he groaned and grunted to try to read to get out the sounds as if he were heaving enormous weights with his muscles
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you know spark bruh [Music] [Laughter] weights he was healing and you know the teacher was vaguely impressed that he was trying phew it had absolutely enough always tying yourself up into a knot has absolutely nothing to do with the way your mind works because look if you
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try to see hard you know look very intense and you make tight muscles around here and maybe you clench your jaws a bit if anything that will make your vision more fuzzy because if you want to see something clearly you must not make an effort you must simply trust your eyes and your nervous system to do their thing so you just look like that i was writing the other night and i completely forgot somebody's name but i knew
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that eventually my memory would produce it and i just sat for a while and said to my memory you know very well who this person is please give me the answer and so why there it was [Laughter] because that's the way nerves work they don't work by forcing them and yet we've all been brought up to try to force our nervous activity
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our concentration our memory our comprehension and indeed our very love we've tried to force it with muscles men will understand me if i say you cannot force by muscular effort yourself to have an erection women will understand me if i say you cannot force yourself with muscles to have an orgasm it has to happen and you must trust it to have and there
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is absolutely nothing you can do about it by using your muscles nothing nothing nothing so in precisely the same way well let's complete the picture so therefore the the notion that we have of ourselves of ego is a compound of an image of ourselves which does not fit the facts and a sensation of muscular straining which is futile
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so that what you conceive to be yourself is the marriage of an illusion under futility so well what are we if that isn't the case well obviously if you want to take a scientific point of view by that mythology then your your organism about which we know very little and the organism as we've seen is inseparable from its environment and so you are the organism environment
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in other words you are no less than the universe each one of you is the universe expressed in the place which you feel is here and now you're an aperture through which the universe is looking at itself exploring itself and we're going to go into that much more deeply so when you feel that you are a lonely
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put upon isolated little stranger confronting all this see you have an illusory feeling because the truth is the reverse you are the whole works that there is that always was and always has been always will be only just as my whole body has a little nerve end here which is exploring and which contributes to the sense of touch
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you are just such a little nerve end for everything that's going on just as the eyes serve the whole body and help it to find its way around so you are as it were serving the whole universe you're a cell in it and it's exploring itself so that you as a function you you are a function of all that and therefore if this is so it just doesn't fit the these facts do not fit the way we feel
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because we feel it the other way around i am a little lonely thing exploring all this universe and trying to get make something out of it get something out of it do something with it and i know i'm going to fail because i know i'm going to die one day so we're all fundamentally depressed and think up all these fantasies about what's going to happen to us when we're dead and all that kind of thing what's going to happen to you when you're dead what do you mean you if you are basically the universe that question is irrelevant
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you never were born and you never will die because what there is is you and that should be absolutely obvious but it is not obvious at all that should be the simplest thing in the world that you the eye is what has always been going on and always will go on forever and ever but we have been bamboozled by religionists by politicians
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by fathers and mothers by all sorts of people to tell us you're not it and we believed it so do you see now why if i put it to you in this very negative way you can't do anything to change yourselves to become better to become happier to become more serene to become mystics or in it if i say you can't do a damn thing can you understand this negative
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statement in a positive way what i'm really saying is that you don't need to because if you see yourselves in the correct way you are all as much extraordinary phenomena of nature as say trees clouds the patterns in running water the shape of fire the arrangement of the stars the form of a galaxy you are all just like that
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there's nothing wrong with you at all except that i have to add this little flip you you you have and you you do think there's something wrong with you see and there's no question you do we all object to ourselves in various ways and i'm going to add there's nothing wrong with that either because that's part of the flow that's part of what is going on that's part of what we do so i don't you see i'm i'm what i'm actually going to do is i'm going to deliver you from a sense of guilt
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because i'm going to teach you that you needn't feel guilty because you feel guilty of course you feel guilty it's like someone put a match on you and you feel hot so they taught you as a child to feel guilty and you feel guilty they say well if someone comes along and says well you shouldn't that's not the point i'm going to say not that you shouldn't but did you do and don't worry about it and if you want to say further but i can't help worrying about it i'm going
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to say to you okay worry about it this is the principle called in japanese judo meaning the gentle way go along with it go along with it go along with it

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