Thoughts on: “The Wisdom of Insecurity” by Alan Watts

I’m focusing on notes this time around!


Watts does a really great job at explaining ideas that seem to be at the core of most religious and spiritual teachings.


📝 The Law of Reversed Effort. ”When you try to stay on the surface of water, you sink; but when you try to sink you float. When you hold your breath, you lose it— which immediately calls to mind an ancient and much neglected saying, “Whosoever would save his soul shall lose it.”


📝 There is a contradiction between the desire of being secure and fact of change. We want to be separate from the life of flux and change to feel secure and that, paradoxically, create the sense of loneliness and fear. “The desire for security and the fear of insecurity are the same thing”.


📝 “You want to escape the pain, but the more you struggle to escape, the more you inflame the agony”.


📝 “Look!”


📝 Money is as a token for wealth. “In somewhat the same way, thoughts, ideas and words are “coins” for real things”. They represent them but are not those things. Words are fixed while what they represent change.


📝 “When each moment becomes an expectation life is deprived of fulfillment, and death is dreaded for it seems that here expectations must come to an end”.


📝 “So long as there is the motive to become something, so long as the mind believes in the possibility of escape from what is at this moment, there can be no freedom”.


🤯 Is the brain really good for us? Or is it taking on a destructive evolutionary specialization by our focus on trying to predict the future?


⚖️ This book is a given in the library of the spiritually minded reader, alongside modern classics like the works of Eckhart Tolles, and timeless classic like Bhagavad Gita and Tao Te Ching.



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2 thoughts on “Thoughts on: “The Wisdom of Insecurity” by Alan Watts

  1. Alan Watts is great. His talks on audio, if you can find them, are also really great. He was a really good orator.


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