Alan Watts Quotes That Will Open Your Mind And Change The Way You See Everything

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Alan Watts is credited as one of the great thinkers that brought Western philosophy to the East. Here are some of his most profound words. 

You are a function of what the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is a function of what the whole ocean is doing.

—  Alan WattsThe Way of Zen

What I am really saying is that you don’t need to do anything, because if you see yourself in the correct way, you are all as much extraordinary phenomenon of nature as trees, clouds, the patterns in running water, the flickering of fire, the arrangement of the stars, and the form of a galaxy. You are all just like that, and there is nothing wrong with you at all.

—  Alan WattsThe Wisdom of Insecurity


But I'll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you'll come to understand that you're connected with everything.

—  Alan WattsThe Way of Zen


To put is still more plainly: the desire for security and the feeling of insecurity are the same thing. To hold your breath is to lose your breath. A society based on the quest for security is nothing but a breath-retention contest in which everyone is as taut as a drum and as purple as a beet.

—  Alan WattsThe Wisdom of Insecurity


A priest once quoted to me the Roman saying that a religion is dead when the priests laugh at each other across the altar. I always laugh at the altar, be it Christian, Hindu, or Buddhist, because real religion is the transformation of anxiety into laughter.

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