“To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.” ~ Alan Watts. Alan Watts (1915-1973) is best known for his work in making Zen Buddhism, along with Indian and Chinese philosophy, accessible to the general public. Using a mix of lucidity and humor, Watts bridges the gap between Eastern thought and Western minds. A perfect example of this is his brief talk about letting go of control. He believes that “In giving away control, you’ve got it.” The trick is to trust others and the process by completely relinquishing power. When we are able to let go, we become one with the universe.


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  • Love

    Exactly what I needed!

  • Pritesh

    Amazing. This is what I've been forgetting and needed this reminder.

  • Vinod

    Wow! That is very powerful. Amazing! It clicked a chord with me and my mindset. Thank you

  • Rev. Nagi

    Alan Watts is one of the most brilliant men that have lived (in my opinion).

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  • “Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun." ~ Alan Watts. Visit Lifehacks for 10 additional quotes that will change your life.
  • Learn more about Alan Watts, his life, works and legacy here. Explore the archives of essays and lectures at deoxy.org.
  • The next time you have an impulse to take control of a situation, try letting go - trust that everything will turn out all right.

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