ALAN WATTS JOYOUS COSMOLOGY PDF

What has to change is the behavior of his organism; it has to become self-controlling instead of self-frustrating. This vision is assuredly far beyond any drug-induced hallucination or superstitious fantasy. In addition to this quiet and contemplative mode of meditation there seems to me to be an important place for another, somewhat akin to the spiritual exercises of the dervishes. There is time to see them, time for the whole intricacy of veins and capillaries to develop in consciousness, time to see down and down into the shape of greenness, which is not green at all, but a whole spectrum generalizing itself as green—purple, gold, the sunlit turquoise of the ocean, the intense luminescence of the emerald.

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What has to change is the behavior of his organism; it has to become self-controlling instead of self-frustrating. This vision is assuredly far beyond any drug-induced hallucination or superstitious fantasy. In addition to this quiet and contemplative mode of meditation there seems to me to be an important place for another, somewhat akin to the spiritual exercises of the dervishes. There is time to see them, time for the whole intricacy of veins and capillaries to develop in consciousness, time to see down and down into the shape of greenness, which is not green at all, but a whole spectrum generalizing itself as green—purple, gold, the sunlit turquoise of the ocean, the intense luminescence of the emerald.

And yet we seem to have been there forever, for the people with me are no longer the humdrum and harassed little personalities with names, addresses, and social security numbers, the specifically dated mortals we are all pretending to be. Oct 23, blakeR rated it really liked it Shelves: That is to say, we must acquire a far greater sensitivity to what the organism itself wants to do, and learn responsiveness to its inner motions.

Providing that I have an affinity towards Eastern religions and philosophy, I had to read this book. This knowledge is repressed in any culture that accentuates the positive, and is thus a strict taboo.

Basically there is the gesture. This work, dealing with his epiphanies and Alan Watts is arguably one of the more important writers of the past century. With too few men to go around, the nuns know what is good for them: So I will be very frank. In the next war only the air force will outlive the women and children. But then, maybe not. Ordinary thinking conceals polarity and relativity because it employs terms, the terminals or ends, the poles, neglecting what lies between them.

The Joyous Cosmology — Alan Watts Creative by Nature The forests of redwood trees upon them look like green fire, and the copper-gold of the sun-dried grass heaves immensely into the sky. He accepts it or resists hoyous.

For without losing their normal breadth of vision the eyes seem to become a microscope through which the mind delves deeper and deeper into the intricately dancing texture of our world.

Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness by Alan W. Harvard University, January, Yet they may determine attitudes though they cannot furnish formulas, and open a region though they fail to give a map.

The drug is just an instrument. We have had the opportunity of participating in over one thousand individual administrations. I would highly recommend this to anyone who has had a positive experience with LSD. I read the first half of the book re reading bit by bit to actually dec Really need your input on this review.

The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness The biologist does not sit with eye permanently glued to the microscope; he goes away and works on joyus he has seen. At some time in the middle of the twentieth century, upon an afternoon in the summer, we are sitting around a table on the terrace, eating dark homemade bread and drinking white wine. The visual space seems to reverberate with them as if it were a drum.

To view it, click here. The leap across entangling thickets of the verbal, to identify with the totality of the experienced, is a phenomenon reported over and over by these persons. I also enjoyed his well-articulated metaphors.

There is no outline around the leaf; the cosmoolgy is the limit where one colored surface becomes another. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. He talks about the really frightening things that pass through your head once your subconscious mind has led you in a certain direction. Going indoors I find that all the household furniture is alive. But how much more difficult it is to see that my skin and akan movements belong both to me and to the external world, or that the spheres wagts influence of different human beings have common walls like so many rooms in a house, so that the movement of my wall is also the movement of yours.

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Introduction by Daniel Pinchbeck The Joyous Cosmology inevitably sends me into a state of poetic euphoria and anarchistic delight. Alan Watts wrote this wonderful little book in the early s: that long-lost moment of innocence when psychedelic substances like LSD and psilocybin were starting to permeate the culture of the modern West but no final decision had yet been made on their utility or fate-or their legality. Those first trips unmasked the brittle delusions of our current culture and revealed that deeper dimensions of psychic reality were available for us to explore. Watts is such a fluid stylist — such a master of evanescent, evocative, pitch-perfect prose — that it is easy to gloss over or to entirely miss the explosive, radical, even revolutionary core of his message and meaning: the Western ego, the primacy of self that our entire civilization is intricately designed to shore up and protect, simply does not exist.

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Apr 16, Mason rated it it was amazing Recommended to Mason by: David Watts This book does an incredible job at explaining the many thoughts that cross the minds of people who are fortunate enough to really explore their inner self while under the influence of certain chemicals. There is no way to explain what happens to consciousness during these experiences but Alan Watts does an incredible job at giving an idea. One of the virtues of this book in comparison to something like The Doors of Perception Huxley is that Watts does not hesitate to express the sentiments This book does an incredible job at explaining the many thoughts that cross the minds of people who are fortunate enough to really explore their inner self while under the influence of certain chemicals. He talks about the really frightening things that pass through your head once your subconscious mind has led you in a certain direction.

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