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 by Alan W. Watts download free PDF ebook Joyous Cosmology – Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciusness – by.

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Obviously, the “I” which is God is not the ego, the consciousness of self which is simultaneously an unconsciousness of the fact that its outer limits are held in common with the inner limits of the rest of the world. To ask other readers questions about The Joyous Cosmologyplease sign up.

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The monastics of our Western religions provide more examples. This is pre-eminently the way of Zen, and occasionally that of psychoanalysis.

Nor was he foolhardy, but seemed level-headed, cautious, tentative in opinion, yet lively, bright-eyed, and intensely interested cosmoology his work. My object is rather to give some impression of the new world of consciousness which these substances reveal.

I am in love with myself, but cannot seek myself without hiding myself. The feeling of self is no longer confined to the inside of the skin.

When an joyuos person experiences the identity of the voluntary and the involuntary, he may feel, on the one hand, utterly cosmolgy, or on the other, equal to the Hebrew-Christian God. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Although my views on this matter may be considered extreme, I feel that in any society where the powers of Church and State are separate, the State is without either right or wisdom in enforcing sumptuary laws against crimes which have no complaining victims.

The visual space seems to reverberate with them as if it were a drum. The sadism of the teacher explaining the game and yet having to prove his superiority in it. But finally, rapacious and all-embracing cosmic selfishness turns out to be a disguise for the unmotivated play of love. Awtts means of this fiction cosmilogy child is taught to control cosmoogy and conform himself to the requirements of social life.

To find out more, cosmoloogy how to control cookies, see here: At the high end of the garden, above a clearing, there stands against the mountain wall a semicircle of trees, immensely tall and dense with foliage, suggesting the entrance grove to some ancient temple.


In Western culture this sensation is seen as the very signature of insanity But in India it is simply a matter of course that the deepest center of man, atman, is the deepest center of the universe, Brahman. While I cannot hope to surpass Aldous Huxley as a master of English prose, I feel that the time is ripe for an account of some of the deeper, or higher, levels of insight that can be reached through these consciousness-changing “drugs” when accompanied with sustained philosophical reflection by a person who is in search, not of kicks, but of understanding.

In sum I would say that LSD, and such other psychedelic substances as mescaline, psilocybin, and hashish, confer polar vision; by which I mean that the basic pairs of opposites, the positive and the negative, are seen as the different poles of a single magnet or circuit.

Lysergic acid diethylamide was first discovered in by the Swiss pharmacologist A. It’s a curlicue, an extra jazz to experience, a sort of double-take or reverberation, a dithering of consciousness which is the same as anxiety.

There are, indeed, discussion groups in which the leader or “resource person” encourages every member to have his say, but, again, the communion so achieved is merely verbal and ideational.

Plucked like the strings of a harp, the warp and woof of the world reverberate with memories of triumphant hymns. They are playing possum.

It seems to me that only special pleading can maintain that the graces mediated through mushrooms, cactus plants, and scientists are artificial and spurious in contrast with those which come through religious discipline. THIS IS, as I have said, a record not of one experiment with consciousness-changing drugs, but of several, compressed for reasons of poetic unity into a single day.

The drug is just an instrument. A few potential psychotics were pushed over the brink, usually because they took LSD in uncontrolled circumstances, in excessive dosage, or in the arid and threatening atmosphere of hospital research run by psychiatrists who imagined that they were investigating artificially induced schizophrenia.

The reaction of most cultured people to the idea codmology gaining any deep psychological or philosophical insight through a drug is that it is much too simple, too artificial, and even too alaan to be seriously considered.

This is simply to say that the xlan of such powerful medicines is not to be taken lightly, as one smokes a cigarette or tosses down a cocktail. Love, unity, harmony, and relationship therefore take precedence over war and division.

Fuchsia bushes, tangled traceries of stalks, intermingled with thousands of magenta ballerinas with purple petticoats. They hold their boundaries or limits in common in such a way as to define one another and to be impossible without each other.

I do not believe that this world is either a hallucination or an unimpeachable revelation of truth. Alan Watts by beautiful playing with words allowed me to get into a completely different world, whether it was physical or the world Mr Watts was trying to introduce to us, the world that for most of our population is hidden. He wrote over 25 books and numerous articles on subjects such as personal identity, the true nature of reality, higher con Alan Wilson Watts was a British philosopher, writer and speaker, who held both a Master’s in Theology and a Doctorate of Divinity.


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.

The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness

The fact that the substances needed for having these experiences are almost ubiquitously illegal says much more about the laws, the lawmakers behind them and their intentions, than it does about the substances themselves. Oct 29, Stephen Coates rated it really liked it. Sometimes the image of the physical world is not so much a dance of gestures as a woven texture.

A taste of the mystical, like swimming with waterwings, perhaps.

Mar 06, Roberto Tatasciore rated it it was amazing. Medicines or drugs cosmolpgy sacramental foods? Listening on, the gaps close, or perhaps each individual drrrit becomes in its turn a spludge. My own main interest in the study of comparative mysticism has been to cut through these tangles and to identify the essential psychological processes underlying those alterations of perception which enable us to see ourselves and the world in their basic unity.

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That was nine years ago and since then all that I feared would happen has happened. The history of ideas reminds us that new concepts and new visions have always been non-understood.

And in this moment I feel absolutely with the world, free of that chronic resistance to experience which blocks the free flowing of life and makes us move like muscle-bound dancers. These are nomogenic crimes, caused by bad laws, just as iatrogenic diseases are caused by bad doctoring.

Visions and ecstasies, yes. As one sees so clearly in Chinese painting, the individual tree or rock is not on but with the space that forms its background. Time to go in, and leave the garden to the awakening stars. The question, “Of what are they differing forms?

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