*“IN OUR CULTURE, to state that ‘I Am God’ is the touchstone of insanity, the blackest of blasphemies and the wildest of delusions. This, we believe is the ultimate in megalomania – an inflation of the ego to complete absurdity. For though we cultivate the ego with one hand, we knock it down with the other.
From generation to generation we kick the stuffing out of our children to teach them to ‘know their place’ and to behave, think, and feel with proper modesty as befits one little ego among many. As the saying goes, ‘You’re not the only pebble on the beach!’
Anyone in their right mind who believes that they are God should be crucified or burned at the stake, though now we take the more charitable view that no one in his right mind could believe such nonsense. Only a poor idiot could conceive himself as being the omnipotent ruler of the world and expect everyone else to fall down and worship.
But that is only because we are under the illusion of the ego where we think of God as a separate personality who is the King of the Universe, the Absolute Technocrat who personally and consciously controls every detail of his cosmos – but that is not the kind of God in Alan Watts story at all.
No one can realize that they are God in disguise without seeing at the same time that this is true of everyone and everything else.
Nothing exists except God. There seems to be other things than God, but only because he is dreaming them up and making them his disguise to play hide and seek with himself.
The universe of seemingly separate things is therefore real only for a while, not eternally real, for it comes and goes as the Self hides and seeks itself”…
Dan’s Quote: “The human mind cannot comprehend cosmic concepts.”- The New Testament.
*Edited excerpt from ‘The Book on The Taboo against knowing who you are’ – Alan Watts 1966.