“Lesson” by Alan Watts (on Oneness)


Now this lesson is quite simply this, that any experience that we have through our senses, whether of sound or of light, or touch, is a vibration. And a vibration has two aspects, one called “on” and the other called “off”. Vibration seems to be propagated in waves and every wave system has crests and it has troughs. And so, life is a system of “now you see it, now you don’t”. And these two aspects always go together.

For example, sound is not pure sound, it is a rapid alternation of sound and silence. And that’s simply the way things are. Only you must remember that the crest and the trough of the wave are inseparable. Nobody ever saw crests without troughs or troughs without crests, just as you don’t encounter, in life, people with fronts but no backs. Just as you don’t encounter a coin that has a heads but no tails.

Just as the heads and tails, backs and fronts, the positives and the negatives are different, they are at the same time One. And one must get used to the notion that different things can be inseparable.

—Alan Watts

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  1. Word of wisdom and Alan is very good. I have heard on YouTube. He is excellent and has immense spiritual knowing.

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    1. I agree dear Kamal! He has some really interesting talks and I enjoy his spiritual teachings! 🙂 ❤

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  2. kinge says:

    Awesome explanation. I like the comparisons. Explains the law of polarity which states that opposites are similar or same thing but only vary in their degree. Hot and cold are the same thing just a difference in temperature and light and darkness to, just a lack of the other. Thanks

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    1. Hi Kinge: Thank you for your visit and contribution. Indeed you are so right, he is talking about the law of polarity. The duality we see manifested in our universe…I really liked the point you made, that it’s all just “the same thing, only varying in their degree!” That is a very profound concept which changes how we see our world… it’s all Oneness 🙂

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    2. Dear Amira and Kinge,

      Indeed, there is no light without darkness. Moreover, the law of polarity is related to the law of complementarity.

      Thank you for quoting Alan Watts.

      Happy June to both of you!

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      1. Thank you so much SoundEagle for your comment and contribution to this interesting discussion! 🙂 ❤

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          1. Thank you so much! 🙂

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      2. kinge says:

        Yes indeed, one complements the other. Thank you and happy month to you to.

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        1. You are very welcome, Kinge.

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        2. Thank you! You too enjoy the upcoming summer months! 🙂

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  3. Anita Bowden says:

    What a wonderful way to explain difference and perspective! And I love the last line that different things can be inseparable! Something we must all ponder! ❤️

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    1. Yes, it makes me think of the Ying and Yang symbol, a dot of white in the black side, a dot of black in the white, and both polarities are encircled by the One, the 2 expressions inseparable and their essence is the same… ❤

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      1. Anita Bowden says:

        Yes! A perfect analogy/symbol!! ❤

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        1. I guess I have an “imprinting” with this symbol LOL 🙂

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  4. LindaP says:

    Great post Amira!

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    1. Thank you Linda! 🙂 ❤


  5. Ananda says:

    Like life & death – the two sides of the same play of consciousness – the original oneness

    Alan Watts beautifully translates the mystical into the ordinary . Thanks for sharing


    1. You are welcome, and thank you for your visit and your interesting comment. Yes, I also enjoy his explanations as you said “translating the mystical” into ordinary terms, to help us grasp these concepts. 🙂


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