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In addition to the gutsily titled The Book, I’ve also included a short summary in excerpts from , which he experienced at Druid Heights, a Northern Californian oceanside utopia he helped to build.
Timothy Leary’s foreword compares The Book with Aldous Huxley’s The Doors of Perception, but with an additional sensitivity to the “love aspects of mystical experience.” Below are seven excerpts from Watts’ two books, The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are (1966) and The Joyous Cosmology (1962).
If, then, there is this basic unity between self and other, individual and universe, how have our minds become so narrow that we don’t know it?
How to Be a Genuine Fake The cat has already been let out of the bag.
The principal form of this fight is Life-versus-Death, the so-called battle for survival, which is supposed to be the real, serious task of all living creatures.
Hidden behind their explicit differences is the implicit unity of what Vedanta calls the Self, the One-without-a-second, the what there is and the all that there is which conceals itself in the form of you.
The inside information is that yourself as “just little me” who “came into this world” and lives temporarily in a bag of skin is a hoax and a fake.
The fact is that because no one thing or feature of this universe is separable from the whole, the only real You, or Self, is the whole.
The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events — that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies — and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.
We do not “come into” this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree.