This is an amazing and inspiring piece by Alan Watts, and it is something that gives me both peace and excitement, hope and rest, to hear.
I just wanted to share this with the community. If you are feeling low, disconnected, down, in dispair, cynical...take a few minutes to listen. I
consider this very philosophically and psychologically uplfiting.
In the video, Alan Watts discusses the nature of the self and the universe as he sees it -- the connectivity between ourselves and each other, and
between ourselves and the universe. The actual content of what he says is probably not news to many of you, and represents a philosophical and
psychological outlook shared by many mystics and seers across cultures and ages. But it is this very timlessness itself that makes the message worth
listening to...perhaps now more than ever.
"...And since you are all here and engaged in this solid inquiry and listening to this sort of lecture, I assume that you are all in the processs
of waking up..."
I found Alan by accident when browsing videos on YT a while ago. He was simply a brilliant mind, and one that would have been equally brilliant and
relevant today had he still been alive. I wonder what other lectures he would have given had he still been alive.
It also really blows me away how the lectures he gave have as much relevance today as they did the day they were given. But then, there are a number
of things like that, where the past is just as relevant in the present, as it was 'back then'.
The visuals were awesome, as well as the message and the music.
I first learned of Alan Watts 23 years ago. I read one of his books about Zen, it was my first exposure into the concepts and philosophies, and it
opened my eyes/soul up to true 'enlightenment'. It was hard to grasp - took a long time, lots of meditation and thinking to release my thoughts
from traditional 'Occidental' thinking. But once I made the switch over, things changed.
I still have one of his books "On Nature, Man, and Woman." I should read it again...
So happy when these topics are presented here on ATS!
The interesting thing is I probably would have never paid him much attention if his public persona was without flaws. The fact that he had his
struggles as all humans do, made his message more palatable too me, like he wasn’t being propped up as a guru or put on a pedestal of sorts.
CuzzBoastin’s idea of him as a psycho-pomp resonates with me. Philosophers use words to help others navigate reality, there isn’t any prerequisite
for ethical superiority or perfection. He was a courageous navigator who brought back some important strategies for integrating the unconscious into
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