Whenever I’m feeling down it’s very likely you’ll find me listening to Alan Watts. His beautifully galvanizing and eloquently structured sentences lift me up. Getting straight to the point without being pushy he’s helped unlock many of life’s mysteries for me. I hope some of his teachings do the same for you.
Alan Watts’ Top Tips for a Magic Life
1. THE PRESENT IS ALL WE HAVE.
“I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.” ~ Alan Watts
2. THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG.
“Things are as they are. Looking out into the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.” ~ Alan Watts
3. STOP HOLDING ON SO TIGHT. LET IT GO.
“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 Watts
4. LET LIFE FLOW.
“The more a thing tends to be permanent, the more it tends to be lifeless.” ~ Alan Watts
5. RELAX AND HAVE FAITH.
“To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.” – Alan Watts
6. YOU ARE CONNECTED TO EVERYTHING.
“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 Watts
7. YOU ARE NOT YOUR THOUGHTS.
“We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.” ~ Alan Watts
8. DOING NOTHING MAY BE THE BEST ACTION AVAILABLE.
“Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.” ~ Alan Watts.
9. YOU ARE AN EXPRESSION OF NATURE.
“We do not “come into” 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.” ~ Alan Watts
10. YOU ARE SPIRIT HAVING A HUMAN EXPERIENCE.
“Your soul isn’t in your body; your body is in your soul.” ~ Alan Watts
“The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.”~ Alan Watts
12. Do YOU.
“Stop aspiring and start writing. If you’re writing, you’re a writer. Write like you’re clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last breath, and you’ve got just one last thing to say, like you’re a bird flying over us and you can see everything, and please, for God’s sake, tell us something that will save us from ourselves. Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we’re not alone. Write like you have a message from the king. Or don’t. Who knows, maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who doesn’t have to.” ~ Alan Watts