And the attitude of faith is the very opposite of clinging to belief, of holding on.
Quote by Alan Watts
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But the attitude of faith is to let go, and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be.
How is it possible that a being with such sensitive jewels as the eyes, such enchanted musical instruments as the ears, and such fabulous arabesque of nerves as the brain can experience itself anything less than a god.
You don't look out there for God, something in the sky, you look in you.
No work or love will flourish out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.
I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.
Religion is not a department of life it is something that enters into the whole of it.
So then, the relationship of self to other is the complete realization that loving yourself is impossible without loving everything defined as other than yourself.
To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don't grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.
Faith is a state of openness or trust.
In other words, a person who is fanatic in matters of religion, and clings to certain ideas about the nature of God and the universe, becomes a person who has no faith at all.
When I did 'Bumble-ardy,' I was so intensely aware of death. Eugene, my friend and partner, was dying here in the house when I did 'Bumble-ardy'. I did 'Bumble-ardy' to save myself. I did not want to die with him. I wanted to live, as any human being does.
Cross country skiing is great if you live in a small country.
A man of genius has been seldom ruined but by himself.
I know that war is very cruel and that life is harder when you aren't able to live in the place you called home.
Wealth is not without its advantages and the case to the contrary, although it has often been made, has never proved widely persuasive.
I think kids ought to travel. I think it's very good to carry kids around. It's good for them. Of course it's tough on the parents.
We are a nation that is unenlightened because of religion. I do believe that. I think religion stops people from thinking. I think it justified crazies.
The Middle East is ailing. The malady stems from pervasive violence, shortages of food, water and educational opportunities, discrimination against women and - the most virulent cause of all - the absence of freedom.
Fear attracts attack.
Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going.