posted on Jul, 13 2014 @ 11:52 AM
I'd like to offer a few ideas posited by Alan Watts. Alan Watts was an Episcopal Priest, philosopher, writer, speaker and self-proclaimed "spiritual
entertainer", best known for his interpretation and popularization of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience. Instead of paraphrasing, I figure it
best to let the source speak. Please bear in mind that these quotes are from spoken lecture.
"You don’t understand the basic assumptions of your own culture if your own culture is the only culture you know." - Alan Watts on "Seeing Through
Now, it's very difficult--you can very easily slip into the state of consciousness where you feel you're God; it can happen to anyone. Just in the
same way as you can get the flu, or measles, or something like that, you can slip into this state of consciousness. And when you get it, it depends
upon your background and your training as to how you're going to interpret it. If you've got the idea of god that comes from popular Christianity, God
as the governor, the political head of the world, and you think you're God, then you say to everybody, 'You should bow down and worship me.' But if
you're a member of Hindu culture, and you suddenly tell all your friends 'I'm God,' instead of saying 'You're insane,' they say 'Congratulations! At
last, you found out.' Becuase their idea of god is not the autocratic governor. When they make images of Shiva, he has ten arms. How would you use ten
arms? It's hard enough to use two. You know, if you play the organ, you've got to use your two feet and your two hands, and you play different rhythms
with each member. It's kind of tricky. But actually we're all masters at this, because how do you grow each hair without having to think about it?
Each nerve? How do you beat your heart and digest with your stomach at the same time? You don't have to think about it. In your very body, you are
omnipotent in the true sense of omnipotence, which is that you are able to be omni-potent; you are able to do all these things without having to think
When I was a child, I used to ask my mother all sorts of ridiculous questions, which of course every child asks, and when she got bored with my
questions, she said 'Darling, there are just some things which we are not meant to know.' I said 'Will we ever know?' She said 'Yes, of course, when
we die and go to heaven, God will make everything plain.' So I used to imagine on wet afternoons in heaven, we'd all sit around the throne of grace
and say to God, 'Well why did you do this, and why did you do that?' and he would explain it to us. 'Heavenly father, why are the leaves green?' and
he would say 'Because of the chlorophyll,' and we'd say 'Oh.' But in he Hindu universe, you would say to God, 'How did you make the mountains?' and he
would say 'Well, I just did it. Because when you're asking me how did I make the mountains, you're asking me to describe in words how I made the
mountains, and there are no words which can do this. Words cannot tell you how I made the mountains any more than I can drink the ocean with a fork. A
fork may be useful for sticking into a piece of something and eating it, but it's of no use for imbibing the ocean. It would take millions of years.
In other words, it would take millions of years, and you would be bored with my description, long before I got through it, if I put it to you in
words, because I didn't create the mountains with words, I just did it. Like you open and close your hand. You know how you do this, but can you
describe in words how you do it? Even a very good physiologist can't describe it in words. But you do it. You're conscious, aren't you. Don't you know
how you manage to be conscious? Do you know how you beat your heart? Can you say in words, explain correctly how this is done? You do it, but you
can't put it into words, because words are too clumsy, yet you manage this expertly for as long as you're able to do it.'
Source: The Nature of Consciousness
Many of Alan Watts' lectures are available on YouTube for the curious student.
P.S. When someone says, "I'm God," I respond: "Of course you're good. That's where the word comes from. Welcome home. Now get back to creating!
We've got work to do taking care of people--especially our elders, children, and families.
"How I stand in the world,
Does not change overnight,
The roots of the family tree go deep,
And I must dig to see the light."
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