Alan Watts — realising there is nothing to hold on to sets you free

Alan Watts Knowing who you are

For people who like to go a little deeper, this short video of Alan Watts explores some of philosophy that underpins The Churning’s approach to Inner Leadership and antifragility.

We are living through a time of change: the world we once knew is disappearing fast and we don’t know what will take its place. At times this might seem scary.

As Alan Watts describes, our natural response can then be to try to hold on to the past: to try to control people and things so we can keep things the way they used to be.

But everything is changing, all the timeand always has and always will. And when we realise this it frees us to let go — because we realise there is nothing to hold on to!

When we do this we gain extra energy — the energy we had been using to try to hold on and control things.

And if we choose instead to create a future that inspires us then we gain even more energy.

And when we are living through a time of change, having more energy and more inspiration makes us more likely to succeed in whatever we work to create.

Then our future becomes solid again — because we create it.

In this imperfect world that we happen to have been born into, our best way forward is to choose the future we most want to create and do the best we can to create it.

Inner Leadership is a framework and a set of tools for achieving this.


Adapted from Inner Leadership: a framework and tools for building inspiration in times of change.

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