The Experience We’re Looking For Is To Feel Alive

“We need a new experience of self — a new feeling of what it is to be ‘I.’”

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The feeling of being alive

Alan Watts said of the modern world:

“We need a new experience — a new feeling of what it is to be ‘I.”

“What we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.” — Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

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Notice what it feels like to be alive right now:

- What sensations do you notice in your body?

-What is the energy of those sensations? Does the energy change, or move?

-What is the texture of your breath?

-Do you notice pain, discomfort, tenderness, tightness?

- Get curious and explore, investigate, look even closer.

-Take in the totality of your sensory input, all at once, holding it in your awareness.

- Stay with this feeling, instead of moving on. Then stay a little more.

Children are joyously alive

Can we really define this feeling in words?

“Feelings of limitless horizons opening up to the vision,
the feeling of being simultaneously more powerful and also more helpless than one ever was before, the feeling of ecstasy and wonder and awe, the loss of placement in time and space with, finally, the conviction that something extremely important and valuable had happened, so that the subject was to some extent transformed and strengthened even in his daily life by such experiences”

What does the peak experience or the feeling of being alive give us?

“Fierce trust demands that you put forth the work any-how, because fierce trust knows that the outcome does not matter. The outcome cannot matter.”

Is the peak experience simply a description of the ‘flow’ state’?

Perhaps ‘peak experiences’ and ‘flow’ are one and the same thing — simply the joyous feeling of being alive.

So how do we cultivate this feeling on a more regular basis?

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs.

Ask yourself what makes you come alive.”

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