What does Oprah, John Lee Dumas, and Winston Churchill all have in common? They all have strong morning routines. Let me start by saying that I have researched this subject extensively and have put a routine in practice that has increased my productivity by leaps and bounds. When you read and listen to as many books […]
How do you feel when I tell you that you are perfect, whole and complete just as you are? Does it resonate with you? Can you accept it or do you reject it with a litany of “reasons” why it isn’t true?
It has been said that humans have leaky margins and this chapter was designed to make us understand how leaky we really are. Watts spends most of the chapter describing the Gestalt theory of perception that asserts that no figure is ever perceived except in relation to the background.
How much of your life has been thinking about right and wrong? We spend so much time in our heads judging this or that yet, were did we come up with these expectations? How many wars could have been prevented if we learned that right and wrong are just pretenses that we made up?
I will be honest; this chapter was a little more challenging for me to read than the previous ones. Not because of the lack of agreement with the material, but the way Watts chose to phrase his responses.
Recently, I went through the Landmark Forum and realized that much of my life wasn’t working. Even before that, I was seeing the lack of personal accountability that I had. I define personal accountability as doing what is yours to do to make your life, relationships, or situations work. Even as I write this article […]
Joseph Campbell has said that the Tree of Knowledge could also be called the Tree of Opposites and in this chapter, Alan Watts explains that we perceive our world through opposites. Watts also reminds us that everything that we perceive with our senses is only a vibration, a series of waves and troughs that cannot […]
What would we need to tell our children that really need to know? Is there some inside information that is so taboo that would help each and every one of us live a better life. In past times, that may have been about sex. Now, sex is no longer a taboo. Maybe it is the […]
There were so many thoughts within this lesson; it is hard to truly put into words that which it teaches. Campbell himself said, “Words are always limitations to that which is wordless.” Each word places a new limitation onto that which should be limitless. Yet, here I will try to bring my mind to form […]
Love is such a loaded subject. The word “love” in the English language is too broad. I believe that the Greeks had it right with their six words for love. When Campbell was asked where he would like to begin with this talk on love he replied with the Troubadors.