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. “To begin with, this world has a different kind of time. It is the time of biological rhythm, not of the clock and all that goes with the clock. There is.

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Jul 05, Erik Graff rated it really liked it Recommends it for: But I qualified as an expert insofar as I had also a considerable intellectual knowledge of the psychology and philosophy of religion: I recall the words of an ancient Tantric scripture: But it doesn’t matter a bit if you don’t understand, because each one of you is quite perfect as you are, even if you don’t know it. Watts wrote most of it while on drugs.

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.

He brings all of his theological experience to bear in this book. It’s a story of a temporarily selfless being experiencing the world.

What has to change is the behavior of his organism; it has to become self-controlling instead of self-frustrating. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.

A seed, floating in its white sunburst of down, drifts across the sky, sighing with the sound of a jet plane invisible above. To regain this sense we do not need to abandon culture and cosmoloty to some precivilized level, for neither in the drug experience nor in more general forms of mystical experience does one lose the skills or the knowledge which civilization has produced.

The organism and its surrounding world are a single, integrated pattern of action in which there is neither subject nor object, doer nor done to. For what consciousness overlooks is alam fact that all boundaries and divisions are held in common by their opposite sides and areas, so that when a boundary changes its shape both sides move together.


But this is simply a theoretical description of a state of affairs which, in these forms of Eastern Mysticism,” is directly sensed. While his views on drugs are interesting and probably ahead of his time I sometimes feel as though some of Alan Watts’s descriptions of his cosmology can’t possibly be improved upon. It sometimes reads pretty dry, when he uses very esoteric words to create a sort of poetry of sound instead of jyous trying to convey a point.

It is a specialization in differences, in noticing, and nothing is definable, classifiable, or noticeable except by contrast with something else. This entry was posted in Creative Systems Thinking and tagged Alan Wattsconnectednesscreative universeecologyimaginationinterdependencenature’s paradigmpsychologysystems thinkingwisdomzen.

But the body considered as inseparable from the mind is another, and as yet we have no proper word for a reality which is simultaneously mental and physical. Brain and world, warp of sense and woof of meaning, seem to interpenetrate inseparably. This book cosmologgy opened my eyes to things I had already seen, but had never understood, or connected.

The two seem like egg and hen, or like back and front. There are many who believe that joyojs stand at an important turning point in man’s power to control and expand alah awareness. We cannot understand that for which we have no words. I struggled to finish it just for the sake of finishing it. It was good craic trying to visualize Alan Watts tripping balls in the 60s when reading this book.

The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness – Alan Watts – Google Books

The offenders seldom feel guilty but often positively righteous in their opposition to this tge hypocrisy, and so emerge satts prison loathing and despising the social order more than ever. This radical separation of the part controlling from the part controlled changed man from a self-controlling to a self-frustrating organism, to the embodied conflict and self-contradiction that he has been throughout his known history.

Within and swept up into this endless, exulting, cosmological dance are the base and grinding undertones of the pain which transformation involves: In The Doors of Perception Aldous Huxley has given us a superbly written account of the effects of mescaline upon a highly sensitive person.

Aug 28, Mick McAuley rated it liked it. And he has along with this the verbal equipment of a poetic philosopher to teach and inform. Phychiatrists raised alarms about “brain damage,” for which no solid evidence was ever produced, and warnings were issued about its destructive effect on the genes, which was later shown to be insignificant and more or less the same as the effects of coffee and aspirin.


But since Aldous had already let the cat out of the bag in Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell, and the subject was already under discussion both in psychiatric journals and in the public press, I decided that more needed to be said, mainly to soothe public alarm and to do what I could to forestall the disasters that would follow from legal repression. The more he tries to cut out external influences upon an experimental situation, the more he discovers new ones, hitherto unsuspected.

For the last two years, staff members of the Center for Research in Personality at Harvard University have engaged in systematic experiments with these substances. I am unusually aware that everything Csomology am sensing is also my body—that light, color, shape, sound, and texture are terms and properties of the brain conferred upon the outside jyous.

What are these substances? The subjects jump as quickly from one to the ne I was very much looking forwardto reading this book as it is the only collaberation that I know of between my two favorite thinkers watrs This book follows in the steps of Aldous Huxley’s The Doors of Perception, but goes to a whole new elevation. In the end the book is about him tripping hard on some really intense psychedelics. Then rhythm to enchant.

The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness

But each man’s room is himself in his fullest extension, so that my expansion is your contraction and vice versa. This is simply to say that the use of such powerful medicines is joyyous to be taken lightly, as one smokes a cigarette or tosses down a cocktail. Famous for his research on comparative religion, he was best known as an interpreter and popularizer of Asian philosophies for a Western audience.