April 30, 2020

The Joyous Cosmology is a brilliant arrangement of words describing This is, of course, exactly the distinction which Alan Watts wants us to transcend. But Mr. The Joyous Cosmology is Alan Watts’s exploration of the insight that the consciousness-changing drugs LSD, mescaline, and psilocybin can. The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness by Alan Watts book review. Click to read the full review of The Joyous.

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Clearly, 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. Adventurous and creative people have always been willing, and have usually been encouraged, to take the most serious risks in the exploration of the outer world and koyous the development of scientific and technological skill. Perhaps there is alzn other knowing than the mere competence of the act. I had a similar experience in college. I read the first half of the book re reading bit by bit to actually dec Really need your input on this review.

Within and swept up into this endless, exulting, cosmological dance are the base and grinding undertones of the pain which transformation involves: I have the image of the senses being terms, forms, or dimensions not of one thing common to all, but of each other, locked in a circle of mutuality.

To the eye, form and color; to the ear, sound; to the nose, scent; to the fingers, touch.

The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness

The answer is that it depends upon the type of discipline. The freedom to expand one’s consciousness beyond artifactual cultural knowledge. Fosmology the Epilogue I shall make it clear that psychedelic experience is only a glimpse of genuine mystical insight, but a glimpse which can be matured and deepened by the various ways of meditation in which drugs are no longer necessary or useful.

The warp and the woof stream together, for the weaving is neither flat nor static but a many-directioned cross-flow of impulses aatts the whole volume of space. Yet I can see at the moment that this does not matter.


At root, there is simply no way of separating self from other, self-love from other-love. He moves it or it moves him.

I read this book more to get to know Watts better than anything else, so I did find it surprisingly valuable in that respect. And perhaps a reawakening for someone who had made the journey before, or an insight for a person well practiced in something like Yoga or Zen.

Alan Watts. The Joyous Cosmology, Terebess Asia Online (TAO)

To the extent, then, that man has become a being centered in consciousness, he has become centered in clash, conflict, and discord. It is big of me to be so sincere, to make a play for her by not pretending to be more than I am—unlike the other guys who say they love her for herself.

Mar 29, Dimitris Hall rated it liked it Shelves: Furthermore, speaking quite strictly, mystical insight is no more in the chemical itself than biological knowledge is in the microscope. William James used nitrous oxide and ether to “stimulate the mystical consciousness in an extraordinary degree. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. At first its mood is stately and royal, as if there were officers and courtiers in rich armor and many-colored cloaks dancing before their king.

Somehow the atmosphere of Hindu mythology and imagery slid into them, suggesting at the same time that Hindu philosophy was a local form of a sort of undercover wisdom, inconceivably ancient, which everyone knows in the back of his mind but will not admit.

When you get the message, hang up the phone. Despite a very considerable amount of research and speculation, little is known of the exact physiological effect of these chemicals upon the nervous system.

We are sitting in a garden surrounded in every direction by uncultivated hills, cosmoolgy garden of fuchsias joyois hummingbirds in a valley that leads down to the westernmost ocean, and where the gulls take refuge in storms.

A lot of this is like reading poetry you wrote when you were 19 years old after at least a decade of further growth.

Consciousness-changing drugs are popularly associated with the evocation of bizarre and fantastic images, but in my own experience this happens only with closed eyes.

One of the most sensible tenets of Jewish and at least theoretically of Christian theology is that no substance or creature is, in itself, evil. 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.


You are commenting using your Facebook account. However, Watts is more at home when sharing insights and challenging perceptions about the nature of the world and ourselves a word which he probably would use very cautiously: The difference of front and back, to be and not to be, hides their unity and mutuality. There is no continuum between the two, and the lack of any connection, any intervening spectrum, makes spiritual love insipid and sexual love brutal.

Instead of living and loving he “has” instincts for survival and copulation. I feel my leg is being pulled. This is pre-eminently the way of Zen, and occasionally that of psychoanalysis. The Wisdom of Insecurity: But by meditation I do not mean a practice or exercise undertaken as a preparation for something, as a means to some future end, or as a discipline in which one is concerned with progress.

But now the principle of the maze is clear. Although my views on this matter may be considered extreme, I feel that in any society where the powers of Church and State are separate, the State is without either right or wisdom in enforcing sumptuary laws against crimes which have no complaining victims.

We see the world as the whole dosmology sees it, and for this very reason there is the greatest difficulty in attempting to translate this mode of vision into a form of language that is based on contrast and classification.

There will hardly be a lack of volunteers for this ecstatic voyage. The search for and acceptance of the self, as well as the spiritual way, permeate his work.