This is one of my favourite Alan Watts talks – an inspiring and uplifting reminder of the truth at the beginning of what could be a challenging few years. If you look around and don’t like what you see, then remember that YOU are responsible for changing things. And that means changing yourself – bringing yourself into alignment with the truth of who you are…
Transcript: “This is therefore to say, that transformation of human of consciousness through meditation is frustrated so long as we think of it in terms of something that I myself can bring about, by some kind of wangle, by some sort of gimmick.
Because, you see, that leads to endless games of spiritual one-upmanship and of guru competitions: of my guru is more effective than your guru, my yoga is faster than your yoga, I’m more aware of myself than you are, I’m humbler than you are, I’m sorrier for my sins than you are, I love you more than you love me. And this interminable goings on about which people fight and wonder whether they’re a little bit more evolved than somebody else and so on.
All that can just fall away.
And then we get this strange feeling that we have never had, you see, in our lives. Except occasionally by accident, some people get a glimpse: that we are no longer this poor little stranger and afraid in a world we never made, but that you are this universe, and you are creating it at every moment.
Because, you see, it starts now.
It didn’t begin in the past, there was no past. See, if the universe began in the past, when that happened it was now. See. Well it’s still now. And the universe is still beginning now and it’s trailing off like the wake of a ship from now. As that wake of the ship fades out so does the past. You can look back there to explain things but the explanation disappears. You’ll never find it there. Things are not explained by the past; they’re explained by what happens now. That creates the past, and it begins here.
That’s the birth of responsibility, because otherwise you can always look over your shoulder and say well I’m the way I am because my mother dropped me. And she dropped me because she was neurotic because her mother dropped her. And way you go, back to Adam and Eve or to a disappearing monkey or something.
We never get at it. But in this way you’re faced with that you’re doing all this, and that’s an extraordinary shock.
So, cheer up!
You can’t blame anyone else for the kind of world you’re in.
And if you know, you see, that I, in the sense of the person, the front, the ego, really doesn’t exist, then it won’t go to your head too badly if you wake up and discover that you’re God.”
Happy New Year!