We have a wall of books in our living room, an easy source of inspiration. I can close my eyes and pick anything to be off and running in blog form. Is what guided my reach for ”The Book, On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are,” by Alan Watts the mystery of evening light? Old and yellowed, marked up, sporting a price of 95 cents, this book brought me joy and new ideas decades ago. A quote I underlined was like an inner revolution. “We do not come into the world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree. As the ocean “waves,” the universe “peoples.” Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of nature, a unique action of the total universe. This fact is rarely, if ever, experienced by most individuals. Even those who know it to be true in theory do not sense or feel it, but continue to be aware of themselves as isolated “egos” inside bags of skin.”
No wonder we are forever conquering instead of cooperating! Watts’ idea is particularly important now in helping us make sense about all that we share in common.
So I will thank the gracious universe for the remains of my “bag of skin.” Like leaves I’m making ready to emerge with the harmonious order of turtles, sea otters, rabbits, and red robins in Spring. I’m glad for the reminder that wonder and its expression in writing and other arts are ways to turn ordinary views inside out and upside down. My favorite reference on life, from years ago, is still inside information!
January 25, 2018