The Stream of Conciousness

The Stream of Consciousness

“One thought follows another, without hesitation. The thought arises, it doesn’t wait to arise. As when you clap your hands, the sound issues, without hesitation. When you strike flint, the spark comes out. It doesn’t wait to come out. And that means, that there’s no block. So “thought, thought, thought” describes what we call in our world “the stream of consciousness”. Blocking consists in letting the stream become connected. Chained together. In such a way, that when the present thought arises, it seems to be dragging its past. Or resisting its future. Saying… “I don’t want to go!”. When then the connection… the dragging of these thoughts… drops, you’ve broken the chain of Karma.”

(by Alan Watts, The Taoist Way II from “The Essential Lectures”)