Attachment to an illusion, that’s life. ”Waking up” means to realize that truth. Not just realize but experience it. No matter what kind of day I’ve had, when I lay in bed and put on an Alan Watts lecture, I’m refreshed and alive. His words increase my vibes and I rise above the mundane. He was a lovely deep thinking man, I’m grateful his talks were recorded, and he also has over 25 books.
Fear is the urge that seeks a Master, a guru; fear is this coating of respectability, which everyone loves so dearly—to be respectable. Sir, I am not talking of anything which is not a fact. So you can see it in your everyday life. This extraordinary, pervasive nature of fear—how do you deal with it? Do you merely develop the quality of courage in order to meet the demand of fear? You understand, sir? Do you determine to be courageous to face events in life, or merely rationalize fear away, or find explanations that will give satisfaction to the mind that is caught in fear? How do you deal with it? Turn on the radio, read a book, go to a temple, cling to some form of dogma, belief?