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The Illusion of I

Alan Watts

Alan Watts


The sensation of “I” as a lonely and isolated center of being is so powerful and commonsensical,
Alan Watts

Alan Watts


and so fundamental to our modes of speech and thought,
Alan Watts

Alan Watts


to our laws and social institutions,
Alan Watts

Alan Watts


that we cannot experience selfhood except as something superficial in the scheme of the universe.
Alan Watts

Alan Watts


If you awaken from this illusion
Alan Watts

Alan Watts


and you understand that black implies white,
Alan Watts

Alan Watts


self implies other,
Alan Watts

Alan Watts


life implies death
Alan Watts

Alan Watts


(or shall I say death implies life?),
Alan Watts

Alan Watts


you can feel yourself –
Alan Watts

Alan Watts


not as a stranger in the world,
Alan Watts

Alan Watts


not as something here on probation,
Alan Watts

Alan Watts


not as something that has arrived here by fluke -
Alan Watts

Alan Watts


but you can begin to feel your own existence as absolutely fundamental.

The Illusion of I

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The Illusion of I

The sensation of “I” as a lonely and isolated center of being is so powerful and commonsensical,

and so fundamental to our modes of speech and thought,

to our laws and social institutions,

that we cannot experience selfhood except as something superficial in the scheme of the universe.

If you awaken from this illusion

and you understand that black implies white,

self implies other,

life implies death

(or shall I say death implies life?),

you can feel yourself –

not as a stranger in the world,

not as something here on probation,

not as something that has arrived here by fluke -

but you can begin to feel your own existence as absolutely fundamental.