Nov 18, 2022

Eastern Philosophy With Alan Watts - "Our Place In The Universe"

Previously - Part 1:  Eastern Philosophy With Alan Watts - The Relativity Of Perception From A Taoist Perspective

This talk continues from part 1 listen above. A thought;  Joseph Campbell mentions that between 'mysticism and science there is no difference but between religions a gulf exists'. Notice how much science today sounds like mysticism or magic. Science sees life as emerging from nothing straight out of the earth, made of the same stuff(DNA) thus all a part of the same source. Mystics have also traditionally seen all life as interconnected ("All is One"), as it is in Taoism and as it is implied in the Indian creation myth that the universe is basically a dream of God (as it says in the Book of Acts? 'we all live and move in the mind of God'). Related: Fascinating Synchronicity: The Animistic Or "Mystical" Outlook Of Modern Physics And Evolutionary Science 

Alan Watts' Being in the Way Podcast Ep. 4: Our Place In The Universe

Uncovering how we arise mutually with all things, Alan Watts examines our place in the universe and how very natural it is to be human.

Show Notes:

"You can be untaught. In other words, your mind can be wiped clean, and you can experience yourself as a whirlpool of energy in a stream which is the Tao, which is the total course of nature, the energy field of the whole cosmos." – Alan WattsPatterns of Energy: Being in the Way Pt. II

"Everything is pattern of energy. I don't want you to think of the words 'pattern of energy' as if the pattern were one thing, and the energy another - as if a pattern were made of something called energy. Energy and pattern are the same thing, because you will never find energy not in a pattern, or a pattern that is not energy." – Alan Watts

It Takes Two: You Arise Mutually with the Universe (16:30)

Asking the universe, "Who's in charge around here?" Alan matter-of-factly states the truth of the matter: nobody's in charge. From the Taoist lens of no ruler or controller, Alan speaks to interconnection, posing the thought-provoking questions: Are our brain and stomach different? How about bees and flowers? Highlighting the subtle currents which connect all things in the singular universe, Alan uncovers the law of mutual arising.

"The world that you see outside you is a state of your own nervous system. In other words, it is because you have senses and a nervous organization of a certain particular structure, that the sky is blue, the sun is light, and vibrations in the air are sound. You turn them into color, light, sound, etc." – Alan Watts

Our Place In The Universe: Each One Contains Everything (28:35)

Masterfully weaving together Mahayana Buddhism with Einstein, Alan explains the interpenetration of all things - the realization that: each one contains everything. Illuminating the ever-changing center of the metaphorical sphere of existence, he explains how any point in reality can be regarded as the center point of the universe. From this point of view, he explores how very natural it is to be a human.

"Fruit is implied in the tree; so people are implied in the cosmos. So, as it were, you were there from the beginning by implication. Just as the apple is implicit in the apple tree." – Alan Watts

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