“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”
If this is you’re first encounter with Alan Watts, I implore you to sit back, relax and let this oratorical wizard cast his esoteric spells over your consciousness.
His words are carried in the vessel of smooth and lilting tones whose sails are filled by the gales of a keenly sharpened intellect to then sail into the harbor of your mind and resonate with the part of your being that just knows. This seems to me to be how all of the great philosophers and teachers deliver their message, never in a patronising or belittling way, always pointing you inward to find the answers.
He draws from all aspects of life in a holistic fashion, nondenominationally takes the most appropriate parts of histories ideologies, religions and philosophies to help further his own individual understanding. Never preaches or tries to convert anyone, for in the end, it is only you, the individual who can change and grow you. But through that growth you can, like Mr. Watts so brilliantly does, inspire others to do the same.