By going out of your mind you come to your senses! Alan Watts In this lesson, we were to listen to Alan Watts’ “Teaching Meditation” and discuss our thoughts. Having taught meditation for a couple years now, it was interesting to hear Watts discuss not only the how to of meditation but the why. The […]
In the end, it is our playing the game of black & white that hides our true nature. We sense the world around us in the contrast of this and that yet what if IT (that which has been called God, Source, Universe, Allah, Great Mystery, The Force, and many others) is constant. We wouldn’t […]
I’m still a rock star…sorry, I couldn’t help but think of one of my favorite songs by Pink but, back to the matter at hand. In this chapter, we get down in the nitty-gritty of being a fully integrated universal being. We can only understand what that means through realizing that the separate ego is […]
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.
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.
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 […]
In my quest to serve the world, I have decided to work on being ordained. Having found a home in the Unity tradition, I was searching for an ordainment that took from many traditions and religions including thought leaders of today. I also needed to study at my own pace and from home. This is why […]
It is hard to tell who the first storytellers were. Was it prehistoric man who handed the stories down from generation to generation; or was it the animals themselves that told the stories to the first humans? Either way, our relationship with animals has been nearly forgotten.