Monday, December 18, 2017

Alan Watts: What does "awakening" mean?, via Omid Pakbin; Seth Auberon, Ashley Wells, Wisdom Quarterly

Alan Watts explains what Awakening means
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New Age con artists and sex gurus may get richer and richer with more followers by selling acquisition, aversion, and delusion in more palatable forms (say like maybe "abundance, righteous anger, and assertiveness" or a million other guises), mixing nonsense and quotes, woo-woo and wisdom. But for genuine spiritual teachings from the East, it is important to stay grounded in the texts and personal mystical direct experience. The pure teachings have lasted this long because they are true and verifiable. If they are mere theories and abstractions, paradoxes and koans, they are of little use to us. This clip from Alan Watts' short-lived TV show, "Far Beyond the West," explains what "Awakening" means. Synchronicities, finding significance in seeing the clock turn 11:11, astrological forecasts? Make sense? Here, get confused again with Hindu-Mahayana-Taoist syncretism:

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Alan Watts' books. Does it matter? Essays on Humans' Relation to Materiality. Out of Your Mind: Essential Listening from the Alan Watts Audio Archives. This YouTube channel is all about spirituality, life, and self-improvement with teachers such as Alan Watts, Abraham Hicks, Jim Rohn...Terence McKenna: Spiritual Mind

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