I saw then that my sense of me being me was exactly the same thing as my sensation of being one with the whole cosmos.
I did not need to have some sort of different, odd kind of experience to feel in total connection with everything.
Once you get the clue you see that the sense of unity is inseparable from the sense of difference.
You would not know yourself, or what you meant by self, unless at the same time you had the feeling of other. Now the secret is that ‘the other’ eventually turns out to be you.
The element of surprise in life is when suddenly you find the thing most alien turns out to be yourself.
Go out at night and look at the stars and realize that they are millions and billions of miles away, vast conflagrations far out in space.
You can lie back and look at that and say, ‘Well, surely I hardly matter.
I am just a tiny little speck aboard this weird spotted bit of dust called earth, and all that was going on out there billions of years before I was born and will still be going on billions of years after I die.’
Nothing seems stranger to you than that, or more different from you, yet there comes a point, if you watch long enough, when you will say, ‘Why that’s me!’ It is ‘the other’ that is the condition of your being yourself, as the back is the condition of being the front, and when you know that, you know you never die.
*Quotes by Alan Watts, Eastern Wisdom, Modern Life
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