Symbols and meanings
You have 30 min? It’s worth spending on watching these 3 videos embedded below.
Here are a few quotes coming from these videos, to sparkle your interest:
Everybody who speaks a language at all, has underneath the surface of the language or the figuring that he uses certain basic assumptions which are usually unexamined. And these unexamined systems of belief are extremely powerful in their influence over our lives.
That which is the Noah, the ground of all knowledge is never a subject to knowledge itself, just like fire doesn’t burn itself. There’s always that profound mystery that you will never be in absolute control of what you want, because if you were, it would be like making love with a plastic women, and who wants that?
”The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved but a reality to be experienced.” Aart Van Der Leeuw
What’s the difference between a thing and an event?
When a baby first speaks, it says Da-Da…and the fathers flatters themselves it says Ta-Ta or Ba-Ba 🙂
The world is a musical phenomenon, good music never refers to anything except the music itself.
Who’s Allan Watts? Wiki has some answers:
Alan Wilson Watts (6 January 1915 – 16 November 1973) was a British philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and popularizer of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience. Born in Chislehurst, he moved to the United States in 1938 and began Zen training in New York. Pursuing a career, he attended Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, where he received a master’s degree in theology. Watts became an Episcopal priest but left the ministry in 1950 and moved to California where he joined the faculty of the American Academy of Asian Studies.
Living on the West Coast, Watts gained a large following in the San Francisco Bay Area while working as a volunteer programmer at KPFA, a Pacifica Radio station in Berkeley. Watts wrote more than 25 books and articles on subjects important to Eastern and Western religion, introducing the-then burgeoning youth culture to The Way of Zen (1957), one of the first bestselling books on Buddhism. In Psychotherapy East and West (1961), Watts proposed that Buddhism could be best thought of as a form of psychotherapy, not just a religion. Like Aldous Huxley before him, he explored human consciousness in the essay, “The New Alchemy” (1958), and in the book, The Joyous Cosmology(1962)
In his mature work, he presents himself as “Zennist” in spirit as he wrote in his last book, Tao: The Watercourse Way. Child rearing, the arts, cuisine, education, law and freedom, architecture, sexuality, and the uses and abuses of technology were all of great interest to him.
So, from his last book title I see that the watercourse way is a Taoism philosophy….And it’s my mindset since New Year 2010 and it still is, here is a short reminder post in 2011 about this vision and the Way of the Water that is part of my life now … I find appealing learning and reading about all these philosophies, like Tao, Buddhism, ultimately spiritually readings and philosophies and they make me calm and peaceful, just like Christianity would do without all the customs/practices associated… as a philosophy and way of living and treating people around I find beautiful the Christianity teachings…but as as regular norm and weekly practice of religion inside the church institution, I don’t like it….so how Christian am I then? where do I belong? ….I still have lots of things to discover about me…