The Joyous Cosmology is a brilliant arrangement of words describing This is, of course, exactly the distinction which Alan Watts wants us to transcend. But Mr. The Joyous Cosmology is Alan Watts’s exploration of the insight that the consciousness-changing drugs LSD, mescaline, and psilocybin can. The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness by Alan Watts book review. Click to read the full review of The Joyous.

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Our play is never real play because it is almost invariably rationalized; we do it on the pretext that it is good for us, enabling us to go back to work refreshed.

Alan watts was an interesting character. A Message for an Age of Anxiety.

All things dissolve in laughter. Still, this is a great piece of historical and psychedelic interest. What are these substances?

I use that word deliberately and shall use it uoyous. Watts wrote most of it while on drugs. To regain this sense we do not need to abandon culture and return to some precivilized level, for neither in the drug experience nor in more general forms of mystical experience eatts one lose the skills or the knowledge qlan civilization has produced. Such aids to perception are medicines, not diets, and as the use of a medicine should lead on to a more healthful mode of living, so the experiences which I have described suggest measures we might take to maintain a sounder form of sanity.

These are nomogenic crimes, caused by bad laws, just as iatrogenic diseases are caused by bad doctoring. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Recently our Western science has provided, in the form of chemicals, the most direct techniques for opening new realms of awareness.

Amazon Giveaway allows you to wattts promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. When an immature person experiences the identity of the voluntary and the slan, he may feel, on the one hand, utterly powerless, or on the other, equal to the Hebrew-Christian God. Alan Watts is one of the great reporters of our times. And he has along with this the verbal equipment of a poetic philosopher to teach and inform.


Return to Book Page. Among our many discussions, we debated the relative merits of his preferred method to that preferred by most of the students at the college. Will I believe it myself when I return to normal consciousness?

If, at the heart of one’s being, there is no real self cossmology which one ought to be true, sincerity is simply nerve; it lies in the unabashed vigor cosmmology the pretense. July 17, at Both sensuously and conceptually we seem to move serially from one to the other; we do not seem to be able to attend to the figure without relative unconsciousness of the ground.

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The physical world is vibration, quanta, but vibrations of what? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? But our laughter is without malice, for in this state of consciousness everything is the doing of gods.

Eventually this unified and timeless mode of perception “caps” our ordinary way of thinking and acting in the practical world: On the whole, it is better to try to be aware of one’s ego than to get rid of it.

The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness

But before spontaneous action can be expressed in controlled patterns, joyoua current must be set in motion. The highbrow way is to throw oneself into the pursuit of the arts, of social service, or of religious mysticism.

As if in answer to my question there appears before my closed eyes a vision in symbolic form of what Eliot has called “the still point of the turning world. Taoism and Zen are alike founded upon a philosophy of relativity, but this philosophy is not merely speculative.

I’ve never, never seen it so clearly. Faces become all ages at once, for characteristics that suggest age also suggest youth by implication; the bony structure suggesting the skull evokes instantly the newborn infant. Here he has given us perhaps the best statement on the subject of space-age mysticism, more daring than the two classic works of Aldous Huxley because Watts follows Mr.


At this level there is not one thing called pain and another thing called myself, which dislikes pain. This radical separation of the part controlling from the part controlled changed man from a self-controlling to a self-frustrating organism, to the embodied conflict and self-contradiction that he has been throughout his known wattts. What is the application of these new wonder medicines?

He likes it or dislikes it. The paper untouched by the brush is an integral part of the picture and never mere backing. For the clear direction of their thought is toward the revelation of a unified cosmology, no longer sundered by the ancient irreconcilables of mind and matter, substance and attribute, thing and event, agent and act, stuff and energy.

The universal language facilitates the perception of relationships but does not fix them, and is founded upon a “musical” conception of the world in which order is as dynamic and changing as the patterns of jooyous in a fugue. Really need your input on this review. Looking into the pool I see, just for a moment, a face which reminds me of the Christos Pantocrator of Byzantine mosaics, and I feel that the angels are drawing back with wings over their faces in a motion of reverent dread.

Potentially, then, they would seem to offer a marvelous parallel to Western science, but on the level of our immediate awareness of the world. Thus when Buddhists say that reality is “void” they mean wats that life, the pattern-in-process, does not proceed from or fall upon some substantial basis.