Alan Watts suggested that after the mystical experience one could commit suicide or hang about to see what happens …

Alan Watts was a profound student of the historical experience of spiritual transcendence, a humorous, prolific author and public speaker on the subject as well as on Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Sufism, Zen and Buddhism. He was a Zen Master and Buddhist. Born in Chislehurst, England, he moved to the United States in 1938 and began his Zen training in New York.


  1. Of course, suicide would get us nowhere. Our ego has already died. But perhaps we have to continually allow that ego to die, to die daily to ego. As Eckhart Tolle says, “Allow the ego to die. Complete surrender to what is. And see what happens. You may suddenly find the peace that passes all understanding. It means you’ve died. The ego is dissolved.”

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  2. One of the themes of my Sufi schooi was, “Die To Live”. This resonated with my experiences, prompted my understanding that humans are at the chrysalis stage of development whereby body and mind are eventually shed for our true ethereal nature. This enlightenment puts present, primitive human preoccupations and priorities into proper perspective I think. Hard to take humans too seriously when that penny drops …


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