Spontaneous Occurrence

by Alan Watts

The biggest ego trip is getting rid of your ego, and of course the joke of it all is that your ego does not exist.

In pursuing spiritual disciplines such as yoga, Zen, and also psychotherapy, there arises a difficulty. This difficulty lies in wanting to find a method whereby I can change my conscious­ness and improve myself. But the self that needs to be improved is the one that is doing the improving, and so I am rather stuck. I find out that the reason I think . . .


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