What about Allan Watts? I love the fella he has that lightness of humour that only the English can bring to the dark side. But what about you?…Me?… Do we give ourselves enough attention? We don’t, do we? We are too preoccupied with the exigencies of daily existence. How often I have to keep calling Michael back home. It can be so disheartening.
Anyway, why do we look to others? The best they can offer is a mirror to reflect back our self.
Alan Watts…He was really brilliant, so much brilliant that at times he outwitted himself. That´s why I don´t think he fully realized and integrated in himself what he taught. He drank himself to death – it appears. His all too early death at 58, was however a form of suicide.
He stumbled along the way…he couldn´t “untangle” himself and find a way out of the labyrinth…
WHAT ABOUT ME…? Do I give myself enough attention?
Fact is, I have been compelled lately to give myself the appropriate amount of attention as I was in a free fall in the precipice. I simply had no other choice.
To use your way of putting it, I had to keep calling Julien back home. To call him forth from the disheartening realms he for so long abided.
Redeeming oneself – that is, coming out of the maze -, seems to be a task very few individuals – if any – have been able to accomplish…
Advice? I don’t have advice. Stop aspiring and start writing. If you’re writing, you’re a writer. Write like you’re a goddamn death row inmate and the governor is out of the country and there’s no chance for a pardon. Write like you’re clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last breath, and you’ve got just one last thing to say, like you’re a bird flying over us and you can see everything, and please, for God’s sake, tell us something that will save us from ourselves. Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we’re not alone. Write like you have a message from the king. Or don’t. Who knows, maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who doesn’t have to.”
– Alan Watts
Perception is what we have ingrained into our being…From such a young age We are like sheep in that we follow the herd of others perceptions and beliefs…Setting the world to rights only comes after we have worked on and set our own selves to rights.. And for some they never think they are wrong! So…We are responsible for our own actions and Thoughts as we know…I like you keep trying to throw a thought to awaken a few who are perhaps stretching…But in the end…They are the only ones who can open their eyes.
Liberation is to question the Misperception about Life we have been all force-fed with.
We cannot set our own selves to rights. Ego cannot save ego. Meaning that we cannot “work” with The false. Only seeing the false as false, is the beginning of change.
The painful paradox is that Life is insoluble… No matter how skillful, our attempt to find a “new way” is futile and pathetically fails. We can not “straighten things up”
Man proposes and God disposes…
All I can do Julien, is trying to make my own world better .. And that’s trying to be Happy in my own world of Illusion my good friend…
I thought for such a long time that I could “improve”. And despite good-will and “right” intentions, I lamentably failed to make anything better.
Coming to that bitter point I understood that I have to literally stop trying. I understood that my limited intelligence cannot bring about the required change.
The sense of “let go, let God”, has never had such urgent significance like it has now.
We simply have to stop. Surrender – not as a word, but as an impending fact.