The Real You – Alan Watts

The Real You  –  Alan Watts

Who are you really? An amazing lecture given by Alan Watts a British philosopher, writer, and speaker. Speech extract from “Does it do you, or do you do it” by Alan Watts, courtesy of alanwatts.or…


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  1. Daniel Lim

    Explanation for ‘Imagine going to sleep, and never waking up’ –
    You no longer know what waking up is anymore, so all your fears and worries and even happiness when you were (once) awake are now all gone. Then, ‘Imagine waking up and never sleep’ – same thing! Now all your nightmares and fears and dreams in your sleep are gone. You don’t remember what they were and you don’t go back to that state ever again. In this way, it is akin to saying when one life ends, another begins. The process of being reborn. Moving from one state to another, from one form to another. I think that is what Alan Watts is trying to teach us.

    Life continues even after death, in another form. You can’t imagine what is it like because you are not there yet. And once you reach there, you can’t imagine what it is like in this life anymore (because you can never be awaken in this life when you exist in the next)

  2. Alistair Lomas

    if this is correct then we are destroying the planet for ourselves to put your next experience in a world that will be more and more broken… what happens if we keep ignoring or being to busy to even think about our next quality of life on this amazing planet then what will be left… but we can change that and it starts will you.

  3. Chris W

    Does anyone think that when Alan Watts first gave the speech he wanted to compete with an orchestra and a chorus playing over him? The music is pointless and distracting. Somebody is taking someone else's speech someone else's music someone else's video combining it to make it seem as if it's their own creation and trying to monetize that and it's ridiculous.

  4. Sepulchral Miasma

    None of this surprises or astounds me and I completely understand it all… Life is not good. You are a cancer. A mistake. Yous shouldn't be. Just as a puppet shouldn't suddenly awaken and roll it's glassy marble eyes around the room to scan it's crooked little corner of the universe.

  5. Jaron Shimmen

    Holy shit. I've had this exact thought before watching this video. The possibility that the universe is I and that one lives through every life one by one simultaneously. The possibility that we are all one being that is life

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