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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I am struck with amazement that I or anyone could have thought life a problem or being a mystery.

We see the world as the whole body sees it, and for this very reason there is the greatest difficulty in attempting to translate this mode of vision into a form of language that is based on contrast and classification. I have the image of the senses being terms, forms, or dimensions not of one thing common to all, but of each other, locked in a circle of mutuality.

Can they do more than provide memorable moments and memorable books? The standard dosage of each substance maintains its effects for from five hte eight hours, and the experience is often so deeply revealing and moving that one hesitates to approach it again until it has been thoroughly “digested,” and this may be a matter of months. Notify me of new comments via email.

They mean something because they are being transformed into my brain, and my brain is an organ of meaning.

Instead of being a body he “has” a body. The leap across entangling thickets of the verbal, to identify with the totality of the experienced, is a phenomenon reported over and over by these persons.

Hofmann in the course of studying the properties of the ergot fungus. We believe, then, that the mind controls the body, not that the body controls itself through the clsmology. After all, how it would look like can be found by listening to his recordings or reading his books. Sometimes a play of this ioyous will occur naturally and unexpectedly between close friends, but how embarrassing it might be to be involved in the deliberate organization of such a relationship with total strangers!


Robert turns on the phonograph, without telling me what is being played. Mar 29, Dimitris Hall rated it liked it Shelves: Living thus from the past, with echoes taking the lead, we are not truly here, and are always a little late for the feast.

The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness by Alan W. Watts

There This is a strange little book. Ideally the “qualified supervisor” should be a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist who has himself experienced the effects of the drug, though I have observed that many who are technically qualified have a frightened awe of unusual states of consciousness which is apt to communicate itself, to the detriment of the experience, to those under their care.

There are scores of great lines in this book. The two seem like egg and hen, or like back and front. We each took one hundred micrograms of d-lysergic acid diethylamide, courtesy of the Sandoz Company, and set out on an eight-hour exploration.

The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness

The hills are moving into their stillness. They glide by too quickly. But we are at least within sight of being able to discard altogether ideas coskology a stuff which is mental and a stuff which is material. Watts is playing the verbal game in a Western language, and his reader can be excused for following along with conventional dichotomous models.

I love you with the purest selfishness.


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I also enjoyed his well-articulated metaphors. He likes it or dislikes it. As if in answer to my question there appears before my closed eyes a vision in symbolic form of what Eliot has called “the still point of the turning world. This is a point of view which, unlike some other forms of mysticism, does not deny physical wats but sees them as the plain expression of unity.

I catch it by one hair warts thumb and index finger, and am astonished to watch this little creature actually wiggling and pulling as if it were struggling to get away. The drug is just an instrument.

Anyone contemplating the use of a psychedelic chemical should weigh this risk carefully: Long before all that, long before I was an embryo in my mother’s womb, there looms the ever-so-familiar stranger, the everything not me, which I recognize, with a joy immeasurably more intense than a meeting of lovers separated by centuries, to joyouz my original self.

The hummingbirds are soaring up and falling in their mating dance, as if there were someone behind the bushes playing ball with them. Transparency is the property of the eyeball, projected outward as luminous space, interpreting quanta of energy in terms of the gelatinous fibers in the head.

My joyouus for you is identical with my love for myself.

Adventurous and creative people have always been willing, and have usually been encouraged, to take the most serious risks in the exploration of the outer world and in the development of scientific and technological skill.