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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Crossing the warp is a woof representing the dimension of meaning—moral and aesthetic values, personal or individual uniqueness, logical significance, and expressive form—and the two dimensions interpenetrate so as to make distinguishable shapes seem like ripples in cosmologgy water of sensation.

The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness

Every effort to change what is being felt or seen presupposes and confirms the illusion of the independent knower or ego, and to try to get rid of what isn’t there is only to prolong confusion. The freedom to expand one’s consciousness beyond artifactual cultural knowledge. The practical difficulty is that Taoism and Zen are so involved with the forms of Far Eastern culture that it cosmoloy a major problem to adapt them to Western needs.

To the eye, form and color; to the ear, sound; to the nose, scent; to the fingers, touch.

For in the brain there are echoes and reflected images in every dimension of sense, thought, and feeling, chattering on and on in the tunnels of memory. For psychedelic drugs are simply instruments, like microscopes, telescopes, and telephones. I do not believe that this world is either a hallucination or an unimpeachable revelation of truth. What is the application of these new wonder medicines? Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness by Alan W. Watts

Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness. Gerald Heard had joined him in these investigations, and in my conversations with them Cosmolpgy noticed a marked change of spiritual attitude. The dualism of mind and body arose, perhaps, as a clumsy way of describing the power of an intelligent organism to control itself.


The drugs cosmloogy question cosmollgy not aphrodisiacs, and when they are taken in common by a small group the atmosphere is not in the least suggestive of a drunken brawl nor of the communal torpor of an opium den. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

But this is simply a theoretical description of a state of affairs which, in these forms of Eastern Mysticism,” is directly sensed.

We may go through life without suspecting their existence; but apply the requisite stimulus, and at a touch they are there in all their completeness, definite types of mentality which cosmo,ogy somewhere have their field of application and adaptation.

Instead, my individual being seems to grow out from the rest of the universe like a hair from a head or a limb from a body, so that my center is also the alann of the whole. Ordinary people look like gods because the values of the organism are uppermost, and the concerns of consciousness fall back into the subordinate position which they should properly hold. And he has along with this the verbal equipment of a poetic philosopher to teach and inform.

When this becomes conscious it alxn as if everything that happens is my own will. Mar 01, Arnold Wanker rated it really liked it Shelves: Having such extensions, it moves itself with the wind. When it comes to it, is there any basic difference between putting up a sail and pulling an oar? Looking back on my own experiences, they all converge watys a kind of insight to which I cannot help ascribing some metaphysical significance.

Dec 15, Coamology V. Throughout the book Alan Watts takes you on a psychedelic journey which analyses the psychological and mystical implications of his revelations during multiple trips on various substances, all stitched seamlessly together in a poetic and dynamic read. There is no necessity for it to happen, and none for it to go on happening. There is no hurry. Surely a continuous view of the world is more whole, more holy, more healthy, than wafts in which there is a yawning emptiness between the Cause and its effects.


Indian philosophers have described hundreds of methods. At the same time there has always been at least an obscure awareness that in feeling oneself xlan be a separate mind, soul, or ego there is something wrong.

The landscape I am watching is also a state of myself, of the neurons in my head. This work, dealing with his epiphanies and drudgeries while taking perception enhancing psychedelics, is necessary reading watrs any who wish to understand these drugs as a whole.

Can they do more than provide memorable moments and memorable books? But in this wider, less ignore-ant consciousness I am forced to see that everything I claim to will and intend has a common boundary with all I pretend to disown.

There are scores of great lines in this book.

He might be spot on. We acknowledge the marvelously hidden plot, the master illusion, whereby we appear to be different.

Western science is now delineating a new concept of man, not as a solitary ego within a wall of flesh, but as an organism which is what it is by virtue of its inseparability from the rest of the world.

I participated in these sessions and befriended the fellow. A divorce is news; a happy marriage isn’t. This is a fascinating wattx.

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