Monday, February 3, 2014

As leaves from a tree

"This feeling of being lonely and very temporary visitors in the universe is in flat contradiction to everything known about man (and all other living organisms) in the sciences. We do not “come into” this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree. As the ocean “waves,” the universe “peoples.”

Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of nature, a unique action of the total universe. This fact is rarely, if ever, experienced by most individuals. Even those who know it to be true in theory do not sense or feel it, but continue to be aware of themselves as isolated “egos” inside bags of skin."

The Ego and the Universe: Alan Watts on Becoming Who You Really Are
Maria Popova

The cause and cure of the illusion of separateness that keeps us from embracing the richness of life.

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