Thursday, 8 September 2016

clippings from the past

been a while since last book update. here are some clippings from the past. i reckon i would have rated differently now. however, i've left the ratings as i first did them.


Building Your Book for Kindle
https://www.amazon.com/Building-Your-Kindle-Direct-Publishing-ebook/dp/B007URVZJ6
rating: n/a (just didn't rate it)
comment: useful read, before a kindle publish


Building Your Book for Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- Highlight Loc. 31-32  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 04:07 PM

Publishing on Kindle is easy and takes only 5 minutes of your time — but correctly preparing your book for success on Kindle takes time and effort.
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Building Your Book for Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- Highlight Loc. 39-40  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 04:07 PM

To publish on Kindle, authors generally write in Microsoft Word
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Building Your Book for Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- Highlight Loc. 51-52  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 04:10 PM

Insert indents at the beginning of paragraphs: Avoid using tabs and spaces to indent paragraphs and icons.
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Building Your Book for Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- Highlight Loc. 61  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 04:19 PM

Insert empty space between paragraphs:
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Building Your Book for Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- Highlight Loc. 70  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 04:20 PM

Insert page breaks between chapters:
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Building Your Book for Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- Highlight Loc. 80  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 04:21 PM

Avoid pasting in images:
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Building Your Book for Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- Highlight Loc. 88-89  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 04:22 PM

Do not use headers and footers:
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Building Your Book for Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- Highlight Loc. 91  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 04:22 PM

Use Word's "Heading 1" formatting feature for chapters:
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Building Your Book for Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- Highlight Loc. 104  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 04:23 PM

avoid utilizing font size to add emphasis.
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Building Your Book for Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- Highlight Loc. 106-7  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 04:23 PM

The front matter is everything between your book's cover and first chapter.
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Building Your Book for Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- Highlight Loc. 109  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 04:24 PM

Title page:
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Building Your Book for Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- Highlight Loc. 110-11  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 04:24 PM

Your title page should be centered with the book title on top and the author name underneath.
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Building Your Book for Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- Highlight Loc. 123  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 04:25 PM

Copyright page:
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Building Your Book for Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- Highlight Loc. 127  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 04:25 PM

Dedication:
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Building Your Book for Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- Highlight Loc. 132  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 04:26 PM

Preface/Prologue:
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Building Your Book for Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- Highlight Loc. 143  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 04:27 PM

Identify your chapter headings and set your heading style:
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Building Your Book for Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- Highlight Loc. 157  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 04:28 PM

Insert your table of contents near the beginning of the Word document
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Building Your Book for Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- Highlight Loc. 172  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 04:29 PM

Set a bookmark so Kindle can find your Table of Contents
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Building Your Book for Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- Highlight Loc. 196-200  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 04:30 PM

Information to Include on Your Cover • Title [title of the book] • Author [author(s) of the book] • Cover image [an image that captures the essence of the book and grabs customers' attention]
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Building Your Book for Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- Highlight Loc. 195  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 04:31 PM

ideal image height/width ratio is 1.6 (example: 1000 x 1600)
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The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
https://www.amazon.com/Celestine-Prophecy-Adventure-James-Redfield/dp/0446671002
rating: 4/5


The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
- Highlight on Page 20 | Loc. 399-400  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 05:16 PM

History is not just the evolution of technology; it is the evolution of thought.
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The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
- Highlight on Page 26 | Loc. 513-14  | Added on Friday, June 20, 2014, 06:27 PM

We totally lost ourselves in creating a secular security, an economic security, to replace the spiritual one we had lost.
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The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
- Highlight on Page 27 | Loc. 535-36  | Added on Friday, June 20, 2014, 07:12 PM

It’s time now to wake up from the preoccupation and reconsider our original question. What’s behind life on this planet? Why are we really here?’
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The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
- Highlight on Page 64 | Loc. 1232-33  | Added on Thursday, June 26, 2014, 03:24 PM

‘I don’t think anything happens by coincidence.
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The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
- Highlight on Page 99 | Loc. 1844  | Added on Friday, June 27, 2014, 08:15 PM

Matter was only energy vibrating at a certain level,
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The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
- Highlight on Page 100 | Loc. 1872-74  | Added on Friday, June 27, 2014, 08:18 PM

I had seen in one flash the entire story of evolution, the story of matter coming into being and then evolving, as if under some guiding plan, toward ever higher vibrations, creating the exact conditions, finally, for humans to emerge
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The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
- Highlight on Page 117 | Loc. 2188  | Added on Monday, June 30, 2014, 09:13 PM

‘I felt as though the entire universe was my body and I was just the head, or perhaps more accurately, the eyes.’
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The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
- Highlight on Page 117 | Loc. 2191-94  | Added on Monday, June 30, 2014, 09:14 PM

‘I seemed to remember how this larger body, this universe of mine, evolved. I was there. I saw the first stars formed from simple hydrogen and then saw more complex matter evolve in successive generations of these suns. Only I didn’t see matter. I saw matter as simple vibrations of energy that were evolving systematically into ever more complex higher states. Then … life began and evolved to a point where humans appeared …’
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The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
- Highlight on Page 126 | Loc. 2342-43  | Added on Tuesday, July 08, 2014, 03:19 PM

‘As they do so, they give you their full attention and that sends their energy to you. The longer you can keep them interested and mystified, the more energy you receive.
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The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
- Highlight on Page 128 | Loc. 2383-84  | Added on Tuesday, July 08, 2014, 03:25 PM

‘Everyone manipulates for energy either aggressively, directly forcing people to pay attention to them, or passively, playing on people’s sympathy or curiosity to gain attention.
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The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
- Highlight on Page 154 | Loc. 2873-74  | Added on Thursday, July 10, 2014, 03:42 PM

Once you get the questions right, the answers always come.
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The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
- Highlight on Page 201 | Loc. 3766-67  | Added on Friday, July 11, 2014, 07:38 PM

‘The more we can love and appreciate others, the more energy flows into us.
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The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
- Highlight on Page 224 | Loc. 4215-16  | Added on Thursday, July 17, 2014, 03:52 PM

the human race will first experience a period of intense introspection. We’ll grasp how beautiful and spiritual the natural world really is.
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The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
- Highlight on Page 225 | Loc. 4228-29  | Added on Thursday, July 17, 2014, 03:53 PM

we will find ways to cut our employment hours to pursue our own truth.
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The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
- Highlight on Page 225 | Loc. 4234-35  | Added on Thursday, July 17, 2014, 03:54 PM

as we discover more about the energy dynamics of the universe, we will see what really happens when we give someone something.
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The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
- Highlight on Page 225 | Loc. 4239  | Added on Thursday, July 17, 2014, 03:55 PM

When we give, we receive in return because of the way energy interacts in the universe.
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The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
- Highlight on Page 239 | Loc. 4493-94  | Added on Thursday, July 17, 2014, 04:40 PM

Religions become corrupted when leaders are assigned to explain God’s will to the people instead of showing them how to find this direction within themselves.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
https://www.amazon.com/Joyous-Cosmology-Adventures-Chemistry-Consciousness/dp/1608682048
rating: 5/5


The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 114-15  | Added on Saturday, July 19, 2014, 03:01 PM

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.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 116-17  | Added on Saturday, July 19, 2014, 03:02 PM

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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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 120  | Added on Saturday, July 19, 2014, 03:03 PM

Only relationship, pattern, flow.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 121-22  | Added on Saturday, July 19, 2014, 03:04 PM

the Tao is all, that consciousness is “one without a second,” that there is no doing, only infinite reciprocity and divine play.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 126-27  | Added on Saturday, July 19, 2014, 03:05 PM

at the deep center of a time perpendicular to ordinary time we are, and always have been, one,”
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 127  | Added on Saturday, July 19, 2014, 03:06 PM

“We acknowledge the marvelously hidden plot, the master illusion, whereby we appear to be different.”
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 131  | Added on Saturday, July 19, 2014, 03:06 PM

The journey inward is the great adventure that remains for humanity to take together.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 132  | Added on Saturday, July 19, 2014, 03:06 PM

Psyche—“The Kingdom of God is within”—we
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 134-35  | Added on Saturday, July 19, 2014, 03:07 PM

When on psychedelics, we tend to find that each moment takes on archetypal, timeless, mythological significance.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 142  | Added on Saturday, July 19, 2014, 03:15 PM

“War on Drugs” that is secretly a war on consciousness.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 146-47  | Added on Saturday, July 19, 2014, 03:16 PM

With psychedelics, many people now have direct and unmediated access to the mystical and visionary experience, instead of reading about it in musty old tomes.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 148  | Added on Saturday, July 19, 2014, 03:16 PM

contrary—the future will be psychedelic, or it will not be.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 159  | Added on Saturday, July 19, 2014, 03:25 PM

Changing the external world has been the genius and the obsession of our civilization.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 160-61  | Added on Saturday, July 19, 2014, 03:25 PM

our culture has become aware of a disturbing imbalance.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 163-64  | Added on Saturday, July 19, 2014, 03:26 PM

the world within—a world infinitely more complex and rich than the artifactual structures of the outer world,
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 168  | Added on Saturday, July 19, 2014, 03:27 PM

the mind against the brain,
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 192-93  | Added on Saturday, July 19, 2014, 03:31 PM

They are, rather, biochemical keys which unlock experiences shatteringly new to most Westerners.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 198  | Added on Saturday, July 19, 2014, 03:34 PM

These substances do alter consciousness. There is no dispute on this score.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 199  | Added on Saturday, July 19, 2014, 03:34 PM

Set and setting, expectation, and atmosphere account for all specificity of reaction.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 219-21  | Added on Saturday, July 19, 2014, 04:37 PM

You are holding in your hand a great human document. But unless you are one of the few Westerners who have (accidentally or through chemical good fortune) experienced a mystical minute of expanded awareness, you will probably not understand what the author is saying.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 226-27  | Added on Saturday, July 19, 2014, 04:38 PM

What is the application of these new wonder medicines?
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 228  | Added on Saturday, July 19, 2014, 04:39 PM

We must provide more and more people with these experiences
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 230-32  | Added on Saturday, July 19, 2014, 04:39 PM

We must also encourage systematic objective research by scientists who have taken the drug themselves and have come to know the difference between inner and outer, between consciousness and behavior.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 250-51  | Added on Sunday, July 20, 2014, 10:13 AM

as an organism which is what it is by virtue of its inseparability from the rest of the world.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 252-53  | Added on Sunday, July 20, 2014, 10:13 AM

almost all of us, retain a sense of personality which is independent, isolated, insular, and estranged from the cosmos that surrounds it.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 258-59  | Added on Sunday, July 20, 2014, 10:15 AM

the traditional roads to spiritual experience seldom appeal to persons of scientific or skeptical temperament,
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 271-72  | Added on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 03:36 PM

one of the greatest of all superstitions is the separation of the mind from the body.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 286-87  | Added on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 03:43 PM

The dualism of mind and body arose, perhaps, as a clumsy way of describing the power of an intelligent organism to control itself.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 297-98  | Added on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 03:20 PM

the separation of mind from body is an illusion, so also is the subjection of the body to the independent schemes of the mind.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 306-7  | Added on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 03:25 PM

Instead of being a body he “has” a body. Instead of living and loving he “has” instincts for survival and copulation.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 308-10  | Added on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 03:29 PM

The feeling that there is something wrong in all this revolves around a contradiction characteristic of all civilizations. This is the simultaneous compulsion to preserve oneself and to forget oneself.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 314-17  | Added on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 04:00 PM

The lowbrow way of forgetting oneself is to get drunk, to be diverted with entertainments, or to exploit such natural means of self-transcendence as sexual intercourse. The highbrow way is to throw oneself into the pursuit of the arts, of social service, or of religious mysticism.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 320-21  | Added on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 04:03 PM

the repeated insistence of mystics that to know about God is not enough: transformation of the self is only through realizing or feeling God.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 324-25  | Added on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 04:07 PM

nothing can be done by the mind, by the conscious will, so long as this is felt to be something apart from the total organism. But if it were felt otherwise, nothing would need to be done!
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 331-32  | Added on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 04:10 PM

Taoism and Zen Buddhism—do not presuppose a universe divided into the spiritual and the material,
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 334-36  | Added on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 04:14 PM

our normal awareness of the world as a collection of separate and different things—an awareness which, by itself, is called avidya (ignorance) in Buddhist philosophy because, in paying exclusive attention to differences, it ignores relationships.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 337-38  | Added on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 04:15 PM

the individual is so interwoven with the universe that he and it are one body.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 358-61  | Added on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 04:27 PM

Eastern teachers work on the esoteric and aristocratic principle that the student must learn the hard way and find out almost everything for himself. Aside from occasional hints, the teacher merely accepts or rejects the student’s attainments. But Western teachers work on the exoteric and democratic principle that everything possible must be done to inform and assist the student so as to make his mastery of the subject as easy as possible.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 383-84  | Added on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 04:36 PM

Is there, in short, a medicine which can give us temporarily the sensation of being integrated, of being fully one with ourselves and with nature as the biologist knows us, theoretically, to be?
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 386-87  | Added on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 04:37 PM

Relatively recent research suggests that there are at least three such medicines,
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 389-90  | Added on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 04:40 PM

I am speaking, of course, of mescaline (the active ingredient of the peyote cactus), lysergic acid diethylamide (a modified ergot alkaloid), and psilocybin (a derivative of the mushroom psilocybe mexicana).
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 437  | Added on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 04:54 PM

the use of such powerful medicines is not to be taken lightly,
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 439-40  | Added on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 04:55 PM

there should always be present some qualified supervisor to provide a point of contact with “reality” as it is socially defined.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 442-43  | Added on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 04:57 PM

The most essential qualification of the supervisor is, therefore, confidence in the situation—which
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 469-71  | Added on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 05:05 PM

these drugs do not impart wisdom at all, any more than the microscope alone gives knowledge. They provide the raw materials of wisdom, and are useful to the extent that the individual can integrate what they reveal into the whole pattern of his behavior and the whole system of his knowledge.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 494-95  | Added on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 05:13 PM

Their best sphere of use is not the mental hospital but the studio and the laboratory, or the institute of advanced studies.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 509-10  | Added on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 05:16 PM

The speed of thought and association is increased so astonishingly that it is hard for words to keep pace with the flood of ideas that come to mind.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 527-29  | Added on Friday, July 25, 2014, 04:21 PM

Our sense of time is notoriously subjective and thus dependent upon the quality of our attention, whether of interest or boredom, and upon the alignment of our behavior in terms of routines, goals, and deadlines.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 529-31  | Added on Friday, July 25, 2014, 05:19 PM

It is a dancing present—the unfolding of a pattern which has no specific destination in the future but is simply its own point. It leaves and arrives simultaneously, and the seed is as much the goal as the flower.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 623-25  | Added on Monday, July 28, 2014, 07:48 PM

As I listen, then, I can hear in that one voice the simultaneous presence of all the levels of man’s history, as of all the stages of life before man. Every step in the game becomes as clear as the rings in a severed tree.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 640-41  | Added on Monday, July 28, 2014, 07:50 PM

I can’t be honest because I don’t fully know what I am. Consciousness peers out from a center which it cannot see—and that is the root of the matter.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 691-92  | Added on Monday, July 28, 2014, 07:56 PM

unmentionable—the realization that at the deep center of a time perpendicular to ordinary time we are, and always have been, one.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 692  | Added on Monday, July 28, 2014, 07:57 PM

We acknowledge the marvelously hidden plot, the master illusion, whereby we appear to be different.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 718-20  | Added on Monday, July 28, 2014, 08:02 PM

For what consciousness overlooks is the fact that all boundaries and divisions are held in common by their opposite sides and areas, so that when a boundary changes its shape both sides move together. It is like the yang-yin symbol of the Chinese—the black and white fishes divided by an S-curve inscribed within a circle.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 759-60  | Added on Monday, July 28, 2014, 08:05 PM

From one point of view living creatures are simply tubes, putting things in at one end and pushing them out at the other—until the tube wears out.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 778-79  | Added on Monday, July 28, 2014, 08:08 PM

For in this world nothing is wrong, nothing is even stupid.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 780-83  | Added on Monday, July 28, 2014, 08:09 PM

belongs—a play which seems quite improper at level 28 may be exactly right at level 96. I am speaking of levels or stages in the labyrinth of twists and turns, gambits and counter-gambits, in which life is involving and evolving itself—the cosmological one-upmanship which the yang and the yin, the light and the dark principles, are forever playing, the game which at some early level in its development seems to be the serious battle between good and evil.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 789-90  | Added on Monday, July 28, 2014, 08:12 PM

The more prosaic, the more dreadfully ordinary anyone or anything seems to be, the more I am moved to marvel at the ingenuity with which divinity hides in order to seek itself, at the lengths to which this cosmic joie de vivre will go in elaborating its dance.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 875-78  | Added on Monday, July 28, 2014, 08:26 PM

There is simply no problem of life; it is completely purposeless play—exuberance which is its own end. Basically there is the gesture. Time, space, and multiplicity are complications of it. There is no reason whatever to explain it, for explanations are just another form of complexity, a new manifestation of life on top of life, of gestures gesturing.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 912  | Added on Monday, July 28, 2014, 08:30 PM

clarity comes with the giving up of self.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 928-30  | Added on Monday, July 28, 2014, 08:32 PM

There is no problem left, but who will believe it? Will I believe it myself when I return to normal consciousness? Yet I can see at the moment that this does not matter. The play is hide-and-seek or lost-and-found, and it is all part of the play that one can get very lost indeed. How far, then, can one go in getting found?
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 975-77  | Added on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 07:39 AM

But those of us who live in this driven and overpurposeful civilization need, more than anyone else, to lay aside some span of clock time for ignoring time, and for allowing the contents of consciousness to happen without interference.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 993  | Added on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 07:44 AM

No one is more dangerously insane than one who is sane all the time:
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 994-95  | Added on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 07:45 AM

The manners and mores of Western civilization force this perpetual sanity upon us to an extreme degree, for there is no accepted corner in our lives for the art of pure nonsense.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 996-98  | Added on Thursday, July 31, 2014, 03:18 PM

There is no protected situation in which we can really let ourselves go. Day in and day out we must tick obediently like clocks, and “strange thoughts” frighten us so much that we rush to the nearest head-doctor.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 1021-24  | Added on Thursday, July 31, 2014, 03:26 PM

For the conscious will, working against the grain of instinct, is the interiorization, the inner echo, of social demands upon the individual coupled with the picture of his role or identity which he acquires from parents, teachers, and early associates. It is an imaginary, socially fabricated self working against the organism, the self that is biologically grown. By means of this fiction the child is taught to control himself and conform himself to the requirements of social life.
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The mystical experience, whether induced by chemicals or other means, enables the individual to be so peculiarly open and sensitive to organic reality that the ego begins to be seen for the transparent abstraction that it is.
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The general effect of the drugs seems to be that they diminish defensive attitudes without blurring perception, as in the case of alcohol.
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I have suggested that in these experiences we acquire clues and insights which should be followed up through certain forms of meditation.
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Our trouble is that we have ignored and thus feel insecure in the enormous spectrum of love which lies between rather formal friendship and genital sexuality, and thus are always afraid that once we overstep the bounds of formal friendship we must slide inevitably to the extreme of sexual promiscuity,
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This unoccupied gulf between spiritual or brotherly love and sexual love corresponds to the cleft between spirit and matter, mind and body, so divided that our affections or our activities are assigned either to one or to the other. There is no continuum between the two, and the lack of any connection, any intervening spectrum, makes spiritual love insipid and sexual love brutal.
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In other words, the greater part of love is a relationship that we hardly allow, for love experienced only in its extreme forms is like buying a loaf of bread and being given only the two heels.
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We have no satisfactory and definitive name for experiences of this kind. The terms “religious experience,” “mystical experience,” and “cosmic consciousness” are all too vague and comprehensive to denote that specific mode of consciousness which, to those who have known it, is as real and overwhelming as falling in love.
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Western culture has, historically, a particular fascination with the value and virtue of man as an individual, self-determining, responsible ego, controlling himself and his world by the power of conscious effort and will. Nothing, then, could be more repugnant to this cultural tradition than the notion of spiritual or psychological growth through the use of drugs.
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the dangerous side effects of LSD, namely chromosomal damage and possible psychotic episodes.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
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Almost invariably, my experiments with psychedelics have had four dominant characteristics.
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The first characteristic is a slowing down of time, a concentration in the present.
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Only those who have cultivated the art of living completely in the present have any use for making plans for the future, for when the plans mature they will be able to enjoy the results.
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The truth is that people who live for the future are, as we say of the insane, “not quite all there”—or here: by over-eagerness they are perpetually missing the point.
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The second characteristic I will call awareness of polarity. This is the vivid realization that states, things, and events that we ordinarily call opposite are interdependent, like back and front or the poles of a magnet.
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The third characteristic, arising from the second, is awareness of relativity. I see that I am a link in an infinite hierarchy of processes and beings, ranging from molecules through bacteria and insects to human beings, and, maybe, to angels and gods—a hierarchy in which every level is in effect the same situation.
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The fourth characteristic is awareness of eternal energy, often in the form of intense white light, which seems to be both the current in your nerves and that mysterious e which equals mc2.
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If, however, in the context of Christian or Jewish tradition, an individual declares himself to be one with God, he must be dubbed blasphemous (subversive) or insane. Such a mystical experience is a clear threat to traditional religious concepts.
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The Judaeo-Christian tradition has a monarchical image of God, and monarchs, who rule by force, fear nothing more than insubordination. The Church has therefore always been highly suspicious of mystics, because they seem to be insubordinate and to claim equality or, worse, identity with God.
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The Western man who claims consciousness of oneness with God or the universe thus clashes with his society’s concept of religion. In most Asian cultures, however, such a man will be congratulated as having penetrated the true secret of life.
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any patient who gives the least hint of mystical or religious experience is automatically diagnosed as deranged.
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Inability to accept the mystic experience is more than an intellectual handicap. Lack of awareness of the basic unity of organism and environment is a serious and dangerous hallucination. For in a civilization equipped with immense technological power, the sense of alienation between man and nature leads to the use of technology in a hostile spirit—to the “conquest” of nature instead of intelligent cooperation with nature. The result is that we are eroding and destroying our environment,
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Moreover, mystical experiences often result in attitudes that threaten the authority not only of established churches, but also of secular society.
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First, use of these drugs may be dangerous. However, every worthwhile exploration is dangerous—climbing mountains, testing aircraft, rocketing into outer space, skin diving, or collecting botanical specimens in jungles. But if you value knowledge and the actual delight of exploration more than mere duration of uneventful life, you are willing to take the risks.
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Second, drug use may be criticized as an escape from reality. However, this criticism assumes unjustly that the mystical experiences themselves are escapist or unreal.
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Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products (Nir Eyal)
https://www.amazon.com/Hooked-How-Build-Habit-Forming-Products-ebook/dp/B00HJ4A43S
rating: 3/5


Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products (Nir Eyal)
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The technologies we use have turned into compulsions,
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The Hook Model has four phases: trigger, action, variable reward, and investment.
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- Highlight Loc. 292  | Added on Saturday, March 21, 2015, 04:54 PM

The enemy of forming new habits is past behaviors, and research suggests that old habits die hard.
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The phrase “But you are free to accept or refuse.” The “but you are free” technique demonstrates how we are more likely to be persuaded to give when our ability to choose is reaffirmed.
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Businesses that leverage user effort confer higher value to their products simply because their users have put work into them.
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Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products (Nir Eyal)
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The more effort we put into something, the more likely we are to value it; we are more likely to be consistent with our past behaviors; and finally, we change our preferences to avoid cognitive dissonance.
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The Martian (Andy Weir)
https://www.amazon.com/Martian-Novel-Andy-Weir-ebook/dp/B00EMXBDMA#nav-subnav
rating: 4/5


The Martian (Andy Weir)
- Highlight on Page 14 | Loc. 212  | Added on Sunday, October 04, 2015, 09:55 AM

My asshole is doing as much to keep me alive as my brain.
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Fallen Dragon (Peter F. Hamilton)
https://www.amazon.com/Fallen-Dragon-Peter-F-Hamilton/dp/0316021830
rating: 4/5


Fallen Dragon (Peter F. Hamilton)
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That’s the thing with memories, you only ever dwell on the good parts.’
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Fallen Dragon (Peter F. Hamilton)
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Don’t forget this isn’t a democracy.’
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Fallen Dragon (Peter F. Hamilton)
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Being fit never goes out of style.’
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Fallen Dragon (Peter F. Hamilton)
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The only journey left to them now was the journey back to where they came from. They turned inwards.
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so they would become one with their world and be at peace with themselves.
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Fallen Dragon (Peter F. Hamilton)
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They laughed sadly at what they saw as his simplicity in believing that progress could only ever be found in one direction, onwards and upwards.
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Fallen Dragon (Peter F. Hamilton)
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‘It’s worse, he’s a politician. One of the most slippery, conniving species of bastards the universe ever created.’
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Fallen Dragon (Peter F. Hamilton)
- Highlight on Page 489 | Loc. 6990-91  | Added on Sunday, October 11, 2015, 07:30 PM

“That I have come to realize that life is the most precious thing. It matters not where you are, nor who you are. All that matters is how that life is lived; and lived it should be, to the full.
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Fallen Dragon (Peter F. Hamilton)
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As for the universe, it is contained in your mind.
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Fallen Dragon (Peter F. Hamilton)
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And then they listen to the universe.
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Fallen Dragon (Peter F. Hamilton)
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the one thing I want to do more than anything else in the universe is tell you that I love you.’
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Childhood’s End (Arthur C. Clarke Collection) (Arthur C. Clarke)
https://www.amazon.com/Childhoods-End-Arthur-C-Clarke/dp/0345347951
rating: 5/5


Childhood’s End (Arthur C. Clarke Collection) (Arthur C. Clarke)
- Highlight on Page 5 | Loc. 162  | Added on Sunday, May 08, 2016, 02:59 PM

The human race was no longer alone.
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The mind, not the body, was all that mattered.
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Childhood’s End (Arthur C. Clarke Collection) (Arthur C. Clarke)
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Western man had relearned—what the rest of the world had never forgotten—that there was nothing sinful in leisure as long as it did not degenerate into mere sloth.
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Childhood’s End (Arthur C. Clarke Collection) (Arthur C. Clarke)
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a lady more renowned for beauty than constancy.
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Childhood’s End (Arthur C. Clarke Collection) (Arthur C. Clarke)
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Men’s minds were too valuable to waste on tasks that a few thousand transistors, some photo-electric cells, and a cubic meter of printed circuits could perform.
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Childhood’s End (Arthur C. Clarke Collection) (Arthur C. Clarke)
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a well-stocked mind is safe from boredom.
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Childhood’s End (Arthur C. Clarke Collection) (Arthur C. Clarke)
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there are too many distractions and entertainments.
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Childhood’s End (Arthur C. Clarke Collection) (Arthur C. Clarke)
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people are becoming passive sponges— absorbing but never creating.
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Childhood’s End (Arthur C. Clarke Collection) (Arthur C. Clarke)
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the final stage would be reached when the audience forgot it was an audience, and became part of the action.
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Childhood’s End (Arthur C. Clarke Collection) (Arthur C. Clarke)
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Imagine that every man’s mind is an island, surrounded by ocean. Each seems isolated, yet in reality all are linked by the bedrock from which they spring. If the ocean were to vanish, that would be the end of the islands. They would all be part of one continent, but their individuality would have gone.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
https://www.amazon.com/Become-What-You-Alan-Watts/dp/1570629404
rating: 3/5


Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
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Life exists only at this very moment, and in this moment it is infinite and eternal.
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a man does not really begin to be alive until he has lost himself,
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The part of our self that wants to change our self is the very one that needs to be changed;
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
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But fundamentally, in the presence of great space and time, as of great love and great fear, we are leaves on the wind.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
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we are blown by the wind. our main path is determined by this wind. we can not seek shelter. however, we can manouver a bit, turn around and decide where to put our focus.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
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A person who did not feel frightened at the threat of danger would be like a tall building with no “give” to the wind. A mind which will not melt—with sorrow or love—is a mind which will all too easily break.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
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IT HAS BEEN SAID THAT THE HIGHEST WISDOM lies in detachment,
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 276-77  | Added on Thursday, July 21, 2016, 04:33 PM

Chuang-tzu: ‘‘The perfect man employs his mind as a mirror; it grasps nothing; it refuses nothing; it receives, but does not keep.’’
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
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Detachment means to have neither regrets for the past nor fears for the future; to let life take its course without attempting to interfere with its movement and change, neither trying to prolong the stay of things pleasant nor to hasten the departure of things unpleasant.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
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For in truth neither past nor future have any existence apart from this Now; by themselves they are illusions. Life exists only at this very moment, and in this moment it is infinite and eternal. For the present moment is infinitely small; before we can measure it, it has gone, and yet it persists for ever.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
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though your thoughts may run into the past or the future they cannot escape the present moment.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 286-88  | Added on Thursday, July 21, 2016, 04:40 PM

though your thoughts may run into the past or the future they cannot escape the present moment. However far back or forward they try to escape they can never be separated from the moment, for those thoughts are themselves of the moment;
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
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You may believe yourself out of harmony with life and its eternal Now; but you cannot be, for you are life and exist Now—otherwise you would not be here. Hence the infinite Tao is something which you can neither escape by flight nor catch by pursuit; there is no coming toward it or going away from it; it is, and you are it. So become what you are.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
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if you are going to cross the river, you must make haste, for if you dally on the raft, the current will carry you downstream, and out to the ocean—and then you will be stuck on the raft forever. And it is so easy to get stuck—on the raft, on religion, on psychotherapy, on philosophy.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 305-6  | Added on Thursday, July 21, 2016, 04:45 PM

The doctrine is like a finger pointing at the moon, and one must take care not to mistake the finger for the moon. Too many of us, I fear, suck the pointing finger of religion for comfort, instead of looking where it points.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
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To see the moon, you must forget the pointing finger, and simply look at the moon.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 340  | Added on Thursday, July 21, 2016, 05:04 PM

all the great Asian philosophies begin with the practice of concentration,
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- Highlight Loc. 340-43  | Added on Thursday, July 21, 2016, 05:05 PM

‘‘If you want to know what reality is, you must look directly at it and see for yourself. But this needs a certain kind of concentration, because reality is not symbols, it is not words and thoughts, it is not reflections and fantasies. Therefore to see it clearly, your mind must be free from wandering words and from the floating fantasies of memory.’’
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You cannot, at the same time, concentrate and think about concentrating. It sounds almost silly to say it, but the only way to concentrate is to concentrate. In actually doing it, the idea of doing it disappears—and this is the same thing as saying that religion disappears when it becomes real and effective.
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- Highlight Loc. 349-59  | Added on Thursday, July 21, 2016, 05:08 PM

If we are sitting down together at a meal, and I say to you, ‘‘Please pass the salt’’—you just do it, and there is no difficulty about it. You do not stop to consider the right method. You do not trouble yourself with the problem of how, when you have picked the saltshaker up, you are going to be able to concentrate on it long enough to bring it to my end of the table. Now there is absolutely no difference between this and concentrating the mind’s attention to see into the nature of reality. If you can concentrate the mind for two seconds, you can do it for two minutes, and if you can do it for two minutes, you can do it for two hours. Of course, if you want to make this kind of thing horribly difficult, you begin to think about timing yourself. Instead of concentrating, you begin to think about whether you are concentrating, about how long you have concentrated, and about how much longer you are going to keep it up. All this is totally off the point. Concentrate for one second. If, at the end of this time, your mind has wandered off, concentrate for another second, and then another. Nobody ever has to concentrate for more than one second—this one. This is why it is quite literally off the point to time yourself, to compete with yourself, and to bother about your progress and success in the art. It’s simply the old story of making a difficult job easy by taking it one step at a time.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 360-61  | Added on Thursday, July 21, 2016, 05:10 PM

in the state of concentration, of clear unwavering attention, one has no self—that is, no self-consciousness. This is because the so-called self is a construct of words and memories, of fantasies which have no existence in immediate reality.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
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self-consciousness is a constant inhibition of creative action,
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- Highlight Loc. 365-66  | Added on Thursday, July 21, 2016, 05:13 PM

Self-consciousness is a stoppage because it is like interrupting a song after every note so as to listen to the echo, and then feeling irritated because of the loss of rhythm.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
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The only way to enter into this state is precipitately—without delay or hesitation, just to do it. This is why I ordinarily avoid discussion of all the various kinds of Asian meditation techniques, such as Yoga. For I am inclined to feel that for most Westerners, these are not aids but obstacles to concentration. It is not unaffected and natural for us to assume the lotus posture and go through all sorts of spiritual gymnastics. So many Westerners who do this kind of thing are so self-conscious about it, so preoccupied with the idea of doing it that they never really do it at all.
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Therefore, the important thing is simply to begin—anywhere, wherever you are. If you happen to be sitting, just sit. If you are smoking a pipe, just smoke it. If you are thinking out a problem, just think. But don’t think and reflect unnecessarily, compulsively, from sheer force of nervous habit.
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While modern astronomy tells us of our insignificance beneath the stars, it also tells us that if we lift so much as a finger, we affect them.
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And man is in himself a little universe; the ordering of his mind and body is as complex as the ordering of the stars. Can we say, then, that the governing of a man’s universe is less important because it is different in size?
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For Lao-tzu’s Taoism is the philosophical equivalent of jujitsu, or judo, which means the way of gentleness. Its basis is the principle of Tao, which may be translated the Way of Nature. But in the Chinese language the word which we render as “nature” has a special meaning not found in its English equivalent. Translated literally, it means “self-so.” For to the Chinese, nature is what works and moves by itself without having to be shoved about, wound up, or controlled by conscious effort. Your heart beats “self-so,” and, if you would give it half a chance, your mind can function “self-so”—though most of us are much too afraid of ourselves to try the experiment.
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anything you can define or imagine, anything you can understand or desire, is not the Tao. We can’t know it, we can’t feel or sense it, for the very simple reason that it’s the whole substance of knowing, feeling, and sensing, of living and existing. It’s too close to be seen and too obvious to be noticed or understood.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 431-34  | Added on Thursday, July 21, 2016, 05:33 PM

our principal problem in life is ourselves—why we are so tormented with anxiety about self-preservation and self-control, why we are so mixed up that we have to make laws to regulate our behavior, employ police to keep ourselves in order, and equip armies with explosives to prevent us from blowing ourselves up. In the more intimate sphere of personal life, the problem is the pain of trying to avoid suffering and the fear of trying not to be afraid.
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our principal problem in life is ourselves—why
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according to Lao-tzu, the way back, or forward, to harmony with the Tao is, in the profoundest and most radical sense, to do nothing at all.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
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When Lao-tzu said that mui, doing nothing, was the secret of harmony with the Tao, he really meant it. But what he meant by it must be distinguished very carefully from two other courses which sound quite different from one another, though they are really the same. The first course, I will call the way of deliberate imitation. This is to suppose that we actually know what the sane and natural way of living is, to embody it in laws and principles, techniques and ideals, and then try by a deliberate effort of imitation to follow them. This leads to all the contradictions with which we are so familiar, the contradiction of man bawling himself out—as well as up—for not doing what he tells himself to do. The second, and seemingly opposed course, I will call the way of deliberate relaxation, the way of “to hell with it all.” This is to try not to control oneself, to attempt to relax one’s mind and let it think whatever it wants, to set out to accept one’s self as it is without making any effort to change it. This leads to a vast, sloppy, disorganized mess, or to a kind of compulsive stillness, or sometimes to an equally compulsive psychological diarrhea.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
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You see yourself as a purpose-seeking creature, but realize that there is no purpose for the existence of such a creature. In relation to everything except your own preservation, you are marvelously futile. Your aim is to preserve and perpetuate yourself, but in the larger context of the universe there is no reason, no purpose for this aim.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 508-9  | Added on Thursday, July 21, 2016, 05:53 PM

seriousness becomes a vice in the adult, because he makes a religion of the game,
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
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He is enlightened who joins in this play knowing it as play, for man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun. Thus man only becomes man when he loses the gods’ sense of levity. For the gods (or buddhas, or what you will) are simply our own innermost essence, and this could shatter the universe to nothingness in a moment if it willed. But it does not, and it keeps the worlds moving for the divine purpose of play, because, like a musician, it is a creator and delights in the fashioning of a rhythm and a melody. To play with it is therefore not a duty but a joy, and he who does not see it as a joy can neither do it nor understand it.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 580-83  | Added on Friday, July 22, 2016, 03:51 PM

For Western culture is dedicated to the belief that there is a formula for happiness—an answer to the question “What shall I do to be saved?” All political propaganda, all advertising, and most of what we call education is based on the assumption that “there is a Way,” and that it’s only a matter of “know-how.” (If some of the details haven’t quite been worked out yet, just give the scientists a few more months and they’ll have it.)
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
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But there is no Way. Nobody knows the Way. The only way that there is is the path of a bird through the sky—now you see it, now you don’t. Not a trace left. Life is not going anywhere; there is nothing to be attained. All striving and grasping is so much smoke in the clutch of a dissolving hand. We are all lost—kicked off into a void the moment we were born—and the only way is to fall into oblivion.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
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everyone is dissolving into nothing, and no one can help it.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 597-98  | Added on Friday, July 22, 2016, 04:11 PM

To know that you can do nothing is the beginning. Lesson One is: “I give up.”
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 601-2  | Added on Friday, July 22, 2016, 04:13 PM

The final word must be, “There is no hope, no way.”
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 604-7  | Added on Friday, July 22, 2016, 04:15 PM

We are all familiar with the many involuntary acts of the human body which never happen so long as we are trying to make them happen, so long as we are anxious about them—going to sleep, remembering a forgotten name, or, under certain circumstances, sexual excitation. Well, there is something like this which happens upon the sole condition that we are not trying to make it happen, that we have realized quite clearly that we cannot make it happen. In Zen, it is called satori, sudden awakening.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 696-97  | Added on Friday, July 22, 2016, 04:34 PM

the attempt to talk about, think about, or know about ultimate Reality constitutes an impossible task.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
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the Knower can know other things, but cannot make Itself the object of Its own knowledge, in the same way that fire can burn other things but cannot burn itself.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
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everything is at base something which cannot be known. Every statement which you make about this “something” turns out to be nonsense. And what is specially strange is that this unknowable something is also the basis of that which otherwise I know so intimately—myself.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
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The resistance is rather the fundamental unwillingness of this type of mind to contemplate the limits of its power to succeed, order, and control. It feels that if there are areas of life which it cannot order, it is surely reasonable (i.e., orderly) to forget them and turn to areas of life which can be ordered—so that the sense of success, of the mind’s own competence, can be maintained.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
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Now, consciousness, the ego, feels uprooted so long as it avoids and refuses to accept the fact that it does not and cannot know its own base or ground. But when this is recognized, the consciousness feels connected, rooted, even though it does not know to what it is connected, in what it is rooted. So long as it retains delusions of self-sufficiency, omni-competence, and individual free will, it ignores the unknown on which it rests. By the familiar “law of reversed effort,” this refusal of the unknown brings the feeling of insecurity, and in its train all the frustrating and impossible problems, all the vicious circles of human life, from the exalted nonsense of ontology down to the vulgar realms of power politics, where individuals play at being God. The hideous contrivances of the police (the 100 percent safe and ordered) state for planning the planners and guarding the guards and investigating the investigators are simply the political and social equivalents of the quests of speculative metaphysics. Both alike have their psychological origin in the reluctance of consciousness, of the ego, to face its own limits, and to admit that the ground and essence of the known is the unknown.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 791-94  | Added on Friday, July 22, 2016, 04:55 PM

The man who tries to know, to grasp himself, becomes insecure, just as one suffocates by holding one’s breath. Conversely, the man who really knows that he cannot grasp himself gives up, relaxes, and is at ease. But he never really knows if he simply dismisses the problem, and does not pause to wonder, to feel, and to become vividly aware of the real impossibility of self-knowledge.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
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the love of which he spoke was not emotion. It was the general state of mind which exists when a man, through the realization of its impossibility, is no longer trying to grasp himself, to order everything and be dictator of the universe.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 804-6  | Added on Friday, July 22, 2016, 04:58 PM

it was always perfectly clear to the philosophers of Hinduism and Buddhism, and to some fewer Catholic mystics, that words such as “Brahman,” “Tathata,” and “God” meant not something but no-thing. They indicated a void in knowledge, somewhat as a window is outlined by the frame.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 810-12  | Added on Friday, July 22, 2016, 05:00 PM

Human life becomes a fantastic vicious circle when man tries to order and control the world and himself beyond certain limits, and these “negative metaphysics” at least convey the positive injunction to relax this excess of effort.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
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Just as the knife cuts other things, but not itself, so thought uses tools which define but cannot be defined; logical philosophy itself by no means escapes from this limitation.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 833-36  | Added on Friday, July 22, 2016, 05:04 PM

This is the supernatural, in the proper sense of what cannot be “natured” or classified, and the immaterial in the sense of what cannot be measured, metered, or “mattered.” In all its fullness, this admission is precisely faith—the recognition that one must ultimately “give in” to a life-source, a Self beyond the ego, which lies beyond the definition of thought and the control of action.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 844-45  | Added on Friday, July 22, 2016, 05:06 PM

“Brahman is unknown to those who know It, and is known to those who do not know It at all.”
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 911-12  | Added on Friday, July 22, 2016, 05:33 PM

Zen—a cult which has no patience with any practice or formula which has not immediate relationship with the one thing of importance: Enlightenment.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
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If anything that lives and moves is held, it dies just like a plucked flower. Egotism is a fierce holding on to oneself; it is building oneself up in a haughty stronghold, refusing to join in the play of life, refusing to accept the eternal laws of change of movement to which all are subject. But that refusal can only be illusion. Whether we like it or not, change comes, and the greater the resistance, the greater the pain.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 921-22  | Added on Friday, July 22, 2016, 05:36 PM

Buddhism may be summed up in two phrases: “Let go!” and “Walk on!”
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 947-49  | Added on Friday, July 22, 2016, 05:41 PM

the Zen master is not trying to give you ideas about life; he is trying to give you life itself, to make you realize life in and around you, to make you live it instead of being a mere spectator, a mere pedant absorbed in the dry bones of something which the life has long deserted.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 951-52  | Added on Friday, July 22, 2016, 05:42 PM

The same is true of the universe: no amount of intellectual analysis will explain it, for philosophy and science can only reveal its mechanism, never its meaning
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 953  | Added on Friday, July 22, 2016, 05:42 PM

“What is the Tao?” A Zen master answers, “Usual life is the very Tao.”
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 963-65  | Added on Friday, July 22, 2016, 05:46 PM

There are some who never live, who are always having thoughts about life and feelings about life; others are swept away on the tides of circumstance, so overwhelmed by events that they have nothing of their own.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 976  | Added on Friday, July 22, 2016, 05:48 PM

“When the Many are reduced to the One, to what is the One to be reduced?”
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
- Note Loc. 976  | Added on Friday, July 22, 2016, 05:52 PM

there is no limit. something can always be reduced. even emptiness. there are unlimited levels, up and down. atoms can be split and joined. hence there is no answer. and there is no question.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 979  | Added on Friday, July 22, 2016, 05:52 PM

Zen is life.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
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For the unconscious is not an individual; it is simply that about himself which man does not know. As such it is a purely relative term, because some people know more about themselves than others.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 1159  | Added on Sunday, July 24, 2016, 04:29 PM

the profession of analyst attracts many who need their own medicine more than any of their patients.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 1161-63  | Added on Sunday, July 24, 2016, 04:30 PM

There is another alternative, though the professional analyst usually regards it with horror: that is to analyze yourself. It needs care and a pair of feet planted firmly on the earth, but if due regard is paid to the rules it can be done. You can follow the age-old techniques of meditation and you will often be safer in your own hands than in those of an analyst.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
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eventually the universe will return again into a manifestation, to another, and another, and another repetition of the whole process ad infinitum.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 1183-84  | Added on Thursday, July 28, 2016, 02:31 PM

eternity is not just everlasting time; eternity is beyond time; it is now.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 1188-90  | Added on Thursday, July 28, 2016, 02:33 PM

the “far-off, divine event” is not just millions of years in the future: it is now. At this moment the universe is both manifested as a collection of separate individual things, and at the same time each of these things retains absolute unity and identity with its divine source.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
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letting life live you for a while instead of trying to make yourself live life.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 1283  | Added on Monday, August 15, 2016, 04:14 PM

there is only one Reality and that all diversity is illusion.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
- Note Loc. 1283  | Added on Monday, August 15, 2016, 04:18 PM

and then all illution is reality
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
- Note Loc. 1283  | Added on Monday, August 15, 2016, 04:18 PM

and then all illution is reality
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
- Note Loc. 1283  | Added on Monday, August 15, 2016, 04:19 PM

and then all illutions are reality
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 1305-6  | Added on Monday, August 15, 2016, 04:21 PM

The point is that we can only think of what is going on now, even if we are thinking of the past or the future. For our thoughts about past and future are going on now, and we are thinking them.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 1451  | Added on Monday, August 15, 2016, 04:43 PM

Life cannot be had without death, pleasure without evil.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 1509-11  | Added on Monday, August 15, 2016, 04:50 PM

according to the philosophy represented by the Avatamsaka-sutra each single atom contains in itself the whole universe. Therefore, what is done by one individual affects all others; if one man raises himself, he raises at the same time the whole universe.
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