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My 10 Favorite Alan Watts Quotes

posted by David G Arenson ND

alan wattsAlan Watts, known for spreading Eastern philosophy in the West via his books, lectures and radio appearances, was a maverick British philosopher (d. 1973) who moved to the US in 1938. His life story includes becoming an Anglican priest, blending Christianity with Eastern mysticism, experimenting with psychedelics, teaching Zen, as well as becoming a Fellow at Harvard University. Watts famously described himself as a “philosophical entertainer.”
Here are my 10 favorite Alan Watts quotes:

 

“Zen is a liberation from time. For if we open our eyes and see clearly, it becomes obvious that there is no other time than this instant, and that the past and the future are abstractions without any concrete reality.”

“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.”

“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.”
“Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.”

“Your body does not eliminate poisons by knowing their names. To try to control fear or depression or boredom by calling them names is to resort to superstition of trust in curses and invocations. It is so easy to see why this does not work. Obviously, we try to know, name, and define fear in order to make it “objective,” that is, separate from “I.”

“The more a thing tends to be permanent, the more it tends to be lifeless.”
“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.”

“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.”

“A priest once quoted to me the Roman saying that a religion is dead when the priests laugh at each other across the altar. I always laugh at the altar, be it Christian, Hindu, or Buddhist, because real religion is the transformation of anxiety into laughter.”

“It’s like you took a bottle of ink and you threw it at a wall. Smash! And all that ink spread. And in the middle, it’s dense, isn’t it? And as it gets out on the edge, the little droplets get finer and finer and make more complicated patterns, see? So in the same way, there was a big bang at the beginning of things and it spread. And you and I, sitting here in this room, as complicated human beings, are way, way out on the fringe of that bang.

We are the complicated little patterns on the end of it. Very interesting. But so we define ourselves as being only that. If you think that you are only inside your skin, you define yourself as one very complicated little curlique, way out on the edge of that explosion. Way out in space, and way out in time. Billions of years ago, you were a big bang, but now you’re a complicated human being. And then we cut ourselves off, and don’t feel that we’re still the big bang. But you are. Depends how you define yourself. You are actually–if this is the way things started, if there was a big bang in the beginning– you’re not something that’s a result of the big bang. You’re not something that is a sort of puppet on the end of the process. You are still the process.

You are the big bang, the original force of the universe, coming on as whoever you are. When I meet you, I see not just what you define yourself as –Mr so-and- so, Ms so-and-so, Mrs so-and-so– I see every one of you as the primordial energy of the universe coming on at me in this particular way. I know I’m that, too. But we’ve learned to define ourselves as separate from it. ”

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and Celebrity Therapist.

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MANIFEST your Reality

posted by David G Arenson ND

manifestHi friends.

Today I want to talk about MANIFESTING.

There are a few essential aspects of manifesting I will be covering in the following time. Manifesting is relevant to everyone (YES…all people manifest) because everything we have created in our life comes from the SOURCE.

Everything we have, we have manifested – whether that is abundant (or not so abundant) peace, money, wealth, health, relationships, sex, love, happiness, joy, fulfilment, balance, wisdom, intelligence, achievements in academia, victories on the sporting field, etc. (This list is actually ENDLESS!)

Whatever you want to create, you actually can – with only one proviso – it may not appear EXACTLY as you anticipate.

We are MANIFESTERS!

All human beings are manifesters. Clearly there are ways we can improve our abilities and success at manifesting.

Some key factors include:
1. BELIEFS
2. KARMA
3. INTENTION or DESIRE
4. EMOTION

I will speak more about these factors in future posts.

How do we understand how we create and what we have created?

Beliefs are the foundation and building blocks of the reality we create for ourselves. Our whole reality is in actual fact guided, developed and built by our beliefs. Beliefs are the most powerful tools we have in changing our reality.

Thoughts when combined with EMOTION is our greatest manifesting device.

I believe that manifesting is actual quite simple:

HOW TO MANIFEST YOUR REALITY?

1. LOTS AND LOTS OF BELIEF!
2. LOTS AND LOTS OF EMOTION!

EXERCISE:

Create a list of what you WANT, and what you BELIEVE.

Here is an example:


WANT :                                       BELIEF:

money                                            I am not worthy. Money is cheap. Money doesn’t grow on trees. Money is for greedy people.


 

Please share with me below how you go with this exercise. Good luck!

EXPECT MIRACLES!

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and Celebrity Therapist.

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Life is Beautiful

posted by David G Arenson ND

simple-remidner-life-is-beautifulAre we in control of life – are we in control of our lives?

I’ve pondered on this question, and it seems to me that anything that happens to us can occur on various levels on a continuum between good, neutral and bad. Really how we view something can fundamentally change it. There are even extreme examples of seeing something that seems horrible as a blessing.

How we look at events, intrinsically changes them. So when we change how we look at something, the thing we look at changes.

A neutral example would be a haircut. If you viewed this as a pleasurable, relaxing activity, where you get to sit and relax and enjoy someone’s attention, then it will be a pleasant event in your diary. Consider another person who views the same event as a torture.

life is beautifulI recall the film “Life is Beautiful” (Italian: La vita è bella) which was set during the Holocaust. The main character (Roberto Benigni) was a comedian who play-acted throughout the serious themes of the film, pretending that it was all a game, in order to protect his son from the horror and suffering of what was happening.

Benigni plays Guido Orefice, a Jewish Italian bookshop owner, who decides to protect his son from realizing the actual horror of the Nazi concentration camp. Written and directed by Benigni, the story was inspired by his own father, who survived three years in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

In the film, Guido tells his son (Joshua) that he has set up the camp as a game. Every test is governed by a points system in which the first person to 1000 points, wins a tank. So people who cry or complain lose points, whilst people who hide from the camp guards earn extra points.The guards are scary because they want the tank for themselves. The disappearing people (killed) are hiding to score more points in order to win the game.

This great film is an interesting analogy for the point that perspective is everything. When there is a purpose to suffering, it diminishes the pain and makes it worthwhile.

As human beings, it is in our nature to experience suffering. Truly, achieving the greatest goals, requires some sort of sacrifice or suffering. Imagine the amount of training it requires to become Michael Phelps or Roger Federer, for instance. Talent was gifted to them, yet a great deal of work and suffering when into their achievements. How we view our suffering is everything.

Is the glass half full or half empty?

Perspective is so important.

PRACTICE:

Is there something in your life causing you pain or suffering?

How about changing the perspective on this, seeing it in a new light.

Start by REFRAMING what it means to you.

What is the value you’ve placed on it before?

Can you adjust that value?

Start slowly, and keep shifting day by day. In a week, let me know what has happened.

EXPECT MIRACLES!

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David G. Arenson ND, Australia’s Leading Soul-Coach – Spiritual Teacher, Energy Healer;
and Celebrity Therapist.

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3 Inspired Steps to Sacred Living

posted by David G Arenson ND

3inspiredstepsSo much happens in my world, that I seldom have the time to write it all down. “It will come later,” I always tell myself. With so many ideas floating in my head, I wanted to pen some down so readers can get to know me better, and perhaps some of my ideas can trigger something magical within.

The thing that is really important to me is this:

We all reflect the global, we are the world. What is the purpose of us being here now?

The purpose of life is really simple.

The purpose of life is to live a life of purpose.

One of my callings is to help others, help humanity and help the world. Of course, I have had to begin by helping myself. It all begins with the self.

We live in times of great intensity. As the intensity grows, the importance of finding sacred spaces within, is elevated.

The crises played on the world stage are a battle of polarities. The sooner we clear away the darkness, the sooner humanity can embrace the light. Right now, we are on the brink, on the edge of a grand epiphany, an awakening of humanity. Long-predicted by the ancient Maya and other vastly under-estimated civilizations, these times are daunting and yet filled with unmatched opportunity for self-growth and awareness.

Sacred living is an awakening to the sacredness and interconnectedness of all life – the all-encompassing spirit of Life, Gaia, God, Holy Spirit that flows throughout eternity.

I define “sacred living’ as a respect and reverence for all living beings especially the self. This translates into actions of grace, compassion and impeccable kindness for all life. The forces of yin-yang opposition are sublime and intrinsic to all life. The DNA of our life force contains a living spirit which is everlasting and married to the Creator force.

The Big Bang ties us all together physically and metaphysically in coming from the same material. We may see others as foreign, or even other planets as foreign, yet the basic material of all life stems from the same kernel of energy and condensed mass. Moreover, many are coming to see themselves as part of this energy, and hence intrinsically sacred.

Imagine looking upon a fellow being as a stranger or foreigner, especially when that being is a human. It makes no sense. Yet, many look in the mirror and see a reflection of a stranger. The sense of coming to know oneself is the gateway to sacred living.

Without self-love, we inherently view ourselves as foreigners and all externality reflects what is within – therefore, everything outside of us is perceived as threatening.

Sacred living is about finding balance, safety and purity within one’s own form, and then seeing that externally in the world. Sacred living is really coming back home.

Here are three ‘inspired action steps’ I recommend for manifesting sacred living everyday:

1. Love unconditionally


part 1: Tell someone you love them. (the easy part!)

part 2: Spend at least 1 week twice daily standing naked in front of the mirror telling yourself “I love and accept you.”

Love, joy, happiness exists in the space of stillness between thoughts of lack and fears. It is always here in the now just waiting to be invited into your experience and consciousness. Love is a constant essence and a constant state of presence within your life. Don’t wait for tomorrow to tell your loved ones that you care. Today is all you have.

2. Feel your infinite nature.

Go outside into your favorite place in nature and get as naked as possible (barefoot is the minimum).

Meditate on where your body begins and ends and where you feel yourself within your body (Most of us hold our energy and consciousness mostly in the head and upper regions).

Feel the support of nature around you and feel its beauty expand within your being, so that you become one with nature, and nature becomes one with you.

If you can’t go outside, find a flower to commune with.

You are way beyond what you thought you were. With God, you can paint the sky with any color you choose. Letting go leads you to discover much more than you ever knew. The mind is in every cell of your being. The heart transcends matter and goes beyond you.

You are an infinite being and whatever you think you are, you go way beyond that.

3. Live inspired



Write a private letter to yourself – answering these questions –

What does living inspired mean to me?

What would I need to do, be and have in order to live this way?

What is stopping me from living my dreams?

How many ways have I already started to live inspired?



You are your own inspiration.

There is nobody holding you back from doing this, but yourself. Be in awe of possibility. Be in awe of expressing your true essence. Be in awe of love.

Be in awe of life….

 

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David G. Arenson ND, Australia’s Leading Soul-Coach – Spiritual Teacher, Energy Healer;
and Celebrity Therapist.

Find out more about me: http://www.findshambhala.com
Facebook: davidarenson
Inquire about arranging a retreat: http://www.mretreat.com

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