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Out of Your Mind
In order to come to your senses, Alan Watts often said, you sometimes need to go out of your mind. Perhaps more than any other teacher in the West, this former Anglican priest and self-described spiritual entertainer was responsible for igniting the passion of countless wisdom seekers for the spiritual and philosophical delights of Asia and India. For the first time in print, Out of Your Mind brings readers some of Watts’ pinnacle teachings for expanding our awareness and appreciation of the Great Game unfolding all around us.
Born from recordings of Alan Watts captivating live presentations, this new book captures the true scope of this incomparable teacher in action. Follow this brilliant and lively thinker down the cosmic rabbit hole.
Some chapter topics are:
Cosmological Models of the World
- The Eternal Transaction
- Levels of Perception
- The Web as Trap
- The Web as Play
- Attachment and Control
- Hypnosis and Habituation
- Harmonious Dissolution
- Nonduality in Action
- A Great Doubt
- Hindu Cosmology
- Impermanence by Any Name
This is the nature of change. If you resist it, you have dukkha. You have frustration and suffering. But on the other hand, if you understand change, you don’t cling to it and you let it flow. Then it’s no problem—it becomes positively beautiful…
There’s a Chinese poem that says, “The wind drops, but the petals keep falling. The bird calls, and the mountain becomes more mysterious.” Isn’t that strange? There’s no wind anymore, yet petals are dropping and the bird in the canyon cries, and that one sound in the mountains brings out the silence with a wallop. Slight impermanences bring out change, and they give you this very strange sense—yugen, the mystery of change.
For those both new and familiar with Alan Watts, this book invites us to delve into his favorite pathways out of the trap of conventional awareness, including:
- The art of the “controlled accident”—what happens when you stop taking your life so seriously and start enjoying it with complete sincerity
- How we come to believe “the myth of myself”—that we are skin-encapsulated egos separate from the world around us—and how to transcend that illusion
- Unconventional and refreshing insights into the deeper principles of Buddhism, Hinduism, Western philosophy, Christianity, and quite a bit more!
Alan Watts (1915-1973) wrote many books, among them The Wisdom of Insecurity and The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are.