Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Listening to Now

Alan Watts
“The personality is a phantom even less substantial than the body, being an ephemeral work of art like a musical composition that dies away as it is played. But when it comes to silence we hear another tune, for we are reduced to the guileless simplicity of listening to what is – now.

“This is really all there is to contemplative mysticism – to be aware without judgment or comment of what is actually happening at this moment, both outside ourselves and within, listening even to our involuntary thoughts as if they were no more than the sound of rain. This is possible only when it is clear that there is nothing else to do, and no way on or back.”
Behold the Spirit: A Study in the Necessity of Mystical Religion, pages 190-191

1 comment:

  1. The 'energy' of Watts writings impart this to me - a sense of in-touch with what is, even at what some would call a purely physical level. I, at least, find this a sense of relief, like coming Home, but Home is not anywhere else. Watts was a unique mystery himself, even the Watts personality.

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