Alan Watts recorded a great little video for Pacifica Radio. I can only recommend checking out KPFK.org. Go to the audio archives and search for Alan Watts' lectures. My personal favorite. Besides the show "something's happening" they stream a half-hour Alan-Watts-special every sunday morning. Check it out
This is an Excerpt from the Lecture "Power and Space" by Alan Watts. What is the Self in relation to the Space we are happening in? What does the nature of Space teach us about ourselves. After all space is the basis for all creation. If you are curious, like I am listen to this short clip.
"Try to imagine what it would be like to go to sleep and never wake up? Think about that, children think about it, it's one of the great wonders of life. What would it be like to go to sleep and never wake up? And if you think long enough about that, something will happen to you. You'll find out, ... among other things, that it will pose the next question to you. What was it like to wake up after having never gone to sleep? That was when you were born." Alan Watts
In this little video excerpt I found on youtube - you can hear a collage of Alan Watts lectures on the subject of Nothing, and death. Camus once said: "The only real philosophical question is wether or not to commit suicide." Why go on in life? Is the game worth the candle? I believe it is - or why am I posting on this blog? For nothing ? :-) ?
This guy has perfected the "humor is seeing the paradox in life" - LOVE love love love love him: "Two days from now - life will be different from tomorrow" - truth is still funny :-)
In this excerpt Alan Watts talks about the role of the court fool and how modern society is too insecure to laugh about their own mistakes and ridiculous state of being ... enjoy!
C.G. Jung talks about death from a therapist point of of view. I can only recommend reading his "Red Book" a wonderful book on mysticsm and his work in relation to his own life and of course his autobiography "Memories, Dreams, Reflections." He was one of Alan Watts great heros.
I have read this sentence many times. It is not something we can say without a pause - most of the times we do mind. We do mind that our partner forgot about us. We do mind that our boss didn't promote us but the other person. Or that we didn't leave this impression on someone we wanted to impress. What about family or friends? Do we not mind if they forget us? In this sentence lies one way to peace and back to where we come from. The real self that we cannot see out of ignorance - never minds. It is there - wether we forget it or not.