Happy Christmas!

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I’d just like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas!

We’ve always had a family gathering with large numbers (read: 10ish) of our family around on the day, but for the past two years that number has been significantly lower at just four due to various circumstances. Let’s hope that this year we have better luck at seeing everyone!

Alan Watts – How Do You Define Yourself?

I know there are astronomers, who say there was a primordial explosion, enormous bang millions of years ago – billions of years ago, which flung all the galaxies into space, well let’s take that just for the sake of argument and say that was the way it happened. It’s like you took a bottle of ink, and you threw it at a wall. Smash, and all that ink spread, and in the middle it’s dense…and as it gets out on the edge the little droplets get finer and finer and make more complicated patterns…So in the same way there was a big bang at the beginning of things and it spread, and you and I sitting here in this room as complicated human beings are way, way out on the fringe of that bang. We are the complicated little patterns on the end of it. Very interesting, but…we define ourselves as being only that. If you think that you are only inside your skin, you define yourself as one very complicated little curlicue way out on the edge of that explosion, way out in space, and way out in time. Billions of years ago, you were a big bang, but now you’re a complicated human being, and then we cut ourselves off and don’t feel that we’re still the big bang, but you are.

Depends how you define yourself.

You are actually, if this is the way things started, if there was a big bang in the beginning, you are not something that is a result of the big bang, on the end of the process, you are still the process. You are the big bang, the original force of the universe, coming on as whoever you are. See when I meet you, I see not only what you define yourself as, Mr. So-and-so, Miss So-and-so, Mrs. So-and-so, I see every one of you as the primordial energy of the universe coming on at me in this particular way. I know I’m that too, but we’ve learned to define ourselves as separate from it. The experience you are having, which you call ordinary everyday consciousness, pretending you’re not it, that experience is exactly the same thing as it. There’s no difference at all, and when you find that out you laugh yourself silly. That’s the great discovery.

In other words, when you really start to see things, and you look at an old paper cup, and you go into the nature of what it is you see, what vision is, or what smell is, or what touch is, you realise that that vision of the paper cup is the brilliant light of the cosmos.

Nothing could be brighter, 10k suns couldn’t be brighter, only they’re hidden in the sense that all the points of the infinite light are so tiny, that you see them in the cup, they don’t blow your eyes out. That it is actually, see the source of all light is in the eye. If there were no eyes in this world, the sun would not be light. You evoke light out of the universe. In the same way, you, by virtue of having a soft skin, evoke hardness out of wood. Wood is only hard in relation to a soft skin. It’s your eardrum that evokes noise out of the air. You, by being this organism, call into being the whole universe of light and colour and hardness and heaviness and everything.
—Alan Watts

That awkward moment…

… when you do a Google Image search, and it returns only one or two results for what you want, and lots of random stuff…

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Highlighted in red are the images relevant to my query, “Strand Harmony 22/40”.