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22 Thought-Provoking Quotes from The Wisdom of Insecurity by Allan Watts

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In his book, ‘The Wisdom of Insecurity’ Allan Watts mainly discusses how modern society lives for a future that doesn’t exist. He wonders why most people want to live a secure life in an uncertain world. Allan believes the best way to live is by living in the now, because ‘the now’ is the only moment we can truly experience. Besides this, he teaches that we suffer because we separate ourselves from our experiences.

I read the book thrice and noted down the following thought-provoking quotes from it.

  1. “To stand face to face with insecurity is still not to understand it. To understand it you must be it.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity)
  2. “It must be obvious, from the start, that there is a contradiction in wanting to be perfectly secure in a universe whose very nature is momentariness and fluidity.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).”
  3. “The question, “what shall we do about it? Is only asked by those who don’t understand the problem. If a problem can be solved at all, to understand it and to know what to do about it are the same thing.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  4. “Most of us believe in order to feel secure and make our individual lives seem valuable and meaningful. Belief has thus become an attempt to hang on to life, to grasp and keep it for one’s own.” (Allan Watts, the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  5. “If my happiness at this moment consists largely in reviewing happy memories and expectations, I am but dimly aware of this present moment. I shall still be dimly aware of the present when the good things that I have been expecting come to pass.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  6. “If happiness always depends on something expected in the future, we are chasing a will-o’-the-wisp that ever eludes our grasp.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  7. “Most atheists and agnostics are neurotic, whereas most simple Catholics are happy and at peace with themselves.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  8. “Religious ideas are like words – of little use, and often misleading, unless you know the concrete reality to which they refer.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  9. “If science cannot prove there is no God, we can try to live and act on the bare chance that he may exist after all.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  10. “The common error of ordinary religious practice is to mistake the symbol for the reality. (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity). ”
  11. “Because life is likewise a flowing process, change and death are its necessary parts. To work for their exclusion is to work against life.’ (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  12. ‘If I am so busy planning how to eat next week that I cannot fully enjoy what I am eating now, I will be in the same predicament when next week’s meals become “now.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  13. “The future is quite meaningless and unimportant unless, sooner or later, it’s going to become the present.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  14. “To resist change. To try to cling to life, is therefore like holding your breath: if you persist you kill yourself.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  15. “The miracles of technology cause us to live in a hectic, clockwork world that does violence to human biology, enabling us to do nothing but pursue the future faster and faster.’ (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  16. “The brain can only assume its proper behavior when consciousness is doing what it’s designed for: not writhing and whirling to get out of present experience, but being effortlessly aware of it.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  17. ‘Reality or, if you will, God cannot be comprehended by the finite mind.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  18. “You will cease to feel isolated when you recognize, for example, that you do not have a sensation of the sky, you are that sensation.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  19. “Because the future is everlastingly unattainable, and like the dangled carrot, always ahead of the donkey, the fulfillment of the divine purpose does not lie in the future. It is found in the present.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  20. “The working inhabitants of a modern city are people who live inside a machine to be batted around by its wheels. They spend their days in activities which largely boil down to counting and measuring, living in a world of rationalized abstraction which has little relation to or harmony with the great biological rhythms and processes.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  21. “The function of the brain is to serve the present and the real, not to send man chasing wildly after the phantom of the future.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  22. “The desire for security and the feeling of insecurity are the same thing.”(Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).

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Top 24 Mind-Opening Vishen Lakhiani Quotes

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To illustrate how Vishen Lakhiani's quotes are mind-opening

Vishen Lakhiani is an author and speaker on a mission to raise human consciousness. He founded Mindvalley in 2003, and he’s an author of The Code of the Extraordinary Mind. Vishen believes raising consciousness enables an individual to achieve success without working extremely hard.

Here top 24 mind-opening Vishen Lakhiani quotes I would love to share with you.

  1. ‘If you can accept any model of reality, why not choose one that suggests that you can literally bend reality with your mind?’
  2. ‘You can hack your brain through the right techniques to train your brain to make you be enough.’
  3. ‘If we care what other people think about us, good or bad, we limit our abilities.’
  4. ‘You are nothing more than a God-Particle in a meat body on a giant rock hurling through space having a ton of fun.’
  5. ‘Forgiveness is about looking at the shit that happened to you in the past and being able to heal that so that you can move on.’
  6. ‘Human beings are not taught how to tap into altered states of awareness to make an impact in the world.’
  7. ‘Fears and worries create negative situations that attract more fears and worries.’
  8. ‘Whether you like it or not, you create your life. Your dominant thoughts shape your life.’
  9. ‘To do something big, you gotta be prepared for rejection and failure.’
  10. ‘Extra-ordinary minds do not need to seek validation from outside opinion or through the attainment of goals. Instead, they are truly at peace with themselves and the world around them. They live fearlessly.’
  11. ‘Science has shown that gratitude has the single largest correlation with human well-being than any other character trait.’
  12. ‘You are part of a larger whole.’
  13. ‘Nothing makes you as happy as when you are living a mission-oriented life, and that mission is designed to push the human race forward.’
  14. ‘Today, if you want to succeed at what you do and succeed at life at the same time, you gotta tap into a spiritual core.’
  15. ‘All the greatest entrepreneurs I know are living mission-oriented lives.’
  16. ‘You don’t just think of a goal and rocket towards it. You first tune in to an internal compass to find out if you are pointing in the right direction.’
  17. ‘You are chosen, and your job is to just take the order and make it happen.’
  18. ‘Radical forgiveness is the key to the healthiest brain state.’
  19. ‘Forgive yourself or someone else that hurt you every single day.’
  20. ‘It is simple to forgive. It doesn’t happen overnight but with practice you can forgive even the most violent crimes that have happened to you.’
  21. ‘One of the keys to being extraordinary is knowing what rules to follow and what rules to break.’
  22. ‘What if we accepted that things will go wrong – but that this is simply part of life’s beautiful unfolding and that even the biggest failures can have within them the seeds of growth and possibility?’
  23. ‘Our culture scape evolved to keep us safe – but in this day and age, we no longer need to fear tigers by the riverbank. Safety is overrated; taking risks is much less likely to kill us than ever before, and that means that playing it safe is more likely just holding us back from the thrills of a life filled with meaning and discovery.’
  24. ‘Every time you give someone the power to build you up with praise, you’re also unknowingly giving that person the power to destroy you with criticism. Therefore, accept praise and criticism as nothing more than someone else’s expressions of their models of reality. They have nothing to do with you really are. You are born enough’’

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15 Inspiring Quotes from Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins

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proves that real artists don't starve

In his book, Jeff Goins debunks the idea that artists starve. He provides several examples of artists that make money from art, and enlightens us about the factors that make artists succeed. The book is an inspiring read for everyone who wants to be an artist of any kind.

I gathered the following amazing quotes from Jeff Goins’ book.

  1. ‘We can go in the direction of what is expected of us. Or, we can enter a world of possibility and reimagine our future.’
  2. ‘If we want to become artists, we are going to have to break some rules. We cannot do just what is expected of us. At some point, we must break away from the status quo and forge a new path. As it turns out, this is how creativity works best.’
  3. ‘You can do extraordinary things when you are patiently persistent.’
  4. ‘Over the course of a lifetime, we may find ourselves facing new challenges at every turn, and when we do, we must remember that we are never done becoming who we are.’
  5. ‘What’s out there, however scary it may be, is almost certainly better than staying where we are now.’
  6. ‘This is the rule of creative theft, which says greatness doesn’t come from a single great idea or eureka moment. It comes from borrowing other people’s work and building on it.’
  7. ‘You persevere because you know this will not be easy and the odds are stacked against you. But if you keep going, you will outlast the majority who quit at the first few signs of trouble.’
  8. ‘What will make you stand out from the crowd is not just the audacity to ask for help but the humility to learn and act.’
  9. ‘Stubbornness can be an essential ingredient in making a living off your art. When you harness your strategic stubbornness, you give the world a reason to believe in your work.’
  10. ‘When we allow ourselves to be teachable, we attract those who would influence us and help our work spread.’
  11. ‘Employers become patrons when we begin to see them not as obstacles to the work we want to do but as a way of funding it.’
  12. ‘A willingness to step out of our comfort zone is the first step towards finding the place and the people who will help our work thrive.’
  13. In every failure and disappointment, there is an opportunity to either give in to frustration or see such shortcomings as practice.’
  14. ‘When we sincerely offer our gifts to the world, not through hype but by practicing in public, the world often repays us by first taking notice and then responding with loyalty. We get better, earning an audience that will allow us to continue for the years to come.’
  15. ‘The age of the starving artist is over. The era of the thriving artist is among us.’
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