The transcript for this mind-bending talk by Alan Watts is below:
“In saying that you cannot control your mind, you realize there is no control. What you took to be the thinker of thoughts is just one of the thoughts. What you took to be the feeler of the feelings (which was that chronic muscular strain) is just one of the feelings. What you took to be the experiencer of experience is just a part of the experience.
“So, there isn’t any thinker of thoughts or feeler of feelings. We get into that bind because we have a grammatical rule that states that verbs must have subjects.
“The funny thing about that is that verbs are processes, and subjects are nouns, which are supposed to be things. How does a noun start a verb? How does a thing put a process into action? Obviously it can’t.
“But we always insist that there is this subject called the knower, and without a knower there can’t be knowing. Well, that’s just a grammatical rule. It isn’t a rule of nature. In nature there is just knowing – like you are feeling it.
“And I have to say that ‘You are feeling it,’ as if you were somehow different from the feeling. When I say ‘I am feeling,’ what I mean is, there is feeling here. When I say ‘You are feeling,’ I mean there is feeling there. I have to say even, ’There is feeling.’ What a cumbersome language we have?
“When ideas don’t define the differences, you are this universe. You’ve got all of the time in the world.”
~ Alan Watts