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Out of Your Mind

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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 celebrated author, former Anglican priest, and self-described spiritual entertainer was responsible for igniting the passion of countless wisdom seekers to the spiritual and philosophical delights of Asia and India.

Now, with Out of Your Mind: Essential Listening from the Alan Watts Audio Archives, you are invited to immerse yourself in 12 of this legendary thinker's pinnacle teaching sessions about how to break through the limits of the rational mind and begin expanding your awareness and appreciation for the Great Game unfolding all around us.

Whether you're completely new to Alan Watts or familiar with his work, here is a rare opportunity to experience him at his best, improvising brilliantly before a live audience on Out of Your Mind: Essential Listening from the Alan Watts Audio Archives.

©2005 Alan Watts (P)2005 Alan Watts

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    Brian 11-24-15
    Brian 11-24-15 Member Since 2016
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    "not dissapointed"

    Even better than "You're It" with mostly new recordings that I have never heard before

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    c.hewlett Miami FL 12-08-15
    c.hewlett Miami FL 12-08-15
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    "Brilliant. & Terrific to be able to listen rather than read!"

    Wonderful to have the chance to not only receive the wisdom of this brilliant man, but to also actually hear the material as the original talk (& not read by a narrator). Thank you to everyone that made this possible. Fascinating material, perfect format.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jermaine McGruder 11-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the Best"

    This collection of original speeches by Alan Watts is amazing. It very detailed and very entertaining. Alan Watts has a way of taking serious ideas and explaining them in a humorous way. If you like philosophy, get this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    AJames2Remember 05-14-16
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    "boioioioing"

    I listen every time I forget I'm God. or just want to boing with Watts

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Hefty Smurf Eastern WA USA 03-21-16
    Hefty Smurf Eastern WA USA 03-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Out of my mind :)"

    Enlightening as always with Alan Watts.
    Some of my favorites concepts directly from his lips :)

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    tara thompson 01-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Listen To This Meditative Experience"

    Listen to this audio if you want to experience the meaning of life and death and what is and isn't. Alan Watts never tells you. In fact, he doesn't claim to know. But you do experience it. In between the silence of every word... you just experience it.

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    "Alan Watts at his best"

    Easy listening. AW had a habit of deliberately repeating a few fundamental concepts over and over again but in many different ways so to approach those "truths" from different angles. My favourite spiritual teachers....an evergreen.

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    "Life changing contemplation!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Out of Your Mind to be better than the print version?

    Alan Watts is a voice we should all hear in schools, in universities, and temples. A brilliant mind and an enlightened being.


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    Idaho Trojan 02-03-16
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    "The intent is to drive you OUT OF YOUR MIND"
    If you’ve listened to books by Alan Watts before, how does this one compare?

    Alan is a great orator and I want to hear his words direct from the source. Unfortunately he does not have a significant number of recordings available here on Audible, at least not ones of any significant length. This particular one was very good, but it did require me to listen to short sections over an extended period, versus longer sessions of a few hours. I do plan to go back and listen again in between other books and lectures. There is a TON of good stuff here and each listen goes to another level.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    NO ... that would have truly driven me out of my mind in a bad way. Alan is a master of Zen practice, particularly keen in his ability to ask open ended questions that really don't warrant an answer. That process is truly designed to bring you outside of the box, outside of your mind and INTO your heart, intuition, creative and authentic self. However, listening to 14+ hours of Alan Watts in one sitting would not be a healthy endeavor.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy Mr. Watts, consider checking out Robert Bly, Joseph Campbell and Wayne Dyer. Watts was inspiring to all of them.

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    W 05-14-16
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    "Yes."

    oh my god will listen to again and again. a playfully challenging peace-inducing entertaining delight throughout.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Life saving, and yet ending my fear of death!"

    As a great fan of Alan Watts, I'd heard many of his talks over and over, but when I landed this compilation in my mp3 player, I was given 14 hours of his finest speech. That was originally shortly before being admitted to hospital for a stem cell transplant, a risky procedure for rebooting my immune system with healthy young bone marrow cells, while the cancerous cells destroying my bones were killed off with a massive dose of chemo poison.

    I mention this to illustrate the extraordinary experience I had in being kept safe, mentally, emotionally and spiritually by Alan Watts' unarguable description of reality from the inside-out. For two weeks, Alan kept me company as my ailing immune system was destroyed and then rebooted. His words eased my fears as they described my own being and relationship with the Universe in the most simple terms.

    On my way to recovery, I eventually grasped that which most people couldn't conceive. Not because it requires any great intellectual feat, but because we are not conditioned to experience the world from the inside-out, a perspective from which death cannot exist as a direct experience, anymore than birth can.

    This material is profoundly capable of shifting one's perspective with repetitive listening, and Alan Watts' beautiful voice makes it a pleasure to listen to again and again. as moments of epiphanic A-Ha come thick and fast.

    Get it...

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • jos/phine Fletcher
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    "Beware"

    This is the same set of lectures and anecdotes as You're It - almost identical. I sent it back.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • stuart
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    "genius real genius"

    I listen to this as much as possible, Alan is so intelligent and explains in such a simple to understand way everything about life.
    use this book as a bible for life and you'll achieve whatever you truly desire.
    what an incredible man

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  • Wayne Flint
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    "Excellent overall view of man and his mind"

    I think many of us have come across snippets of Alan Watts lectures on YouTube. I got this on offer and finished it in a few days when doing some very manual labour. Having been interested in mental health though volunteer work and chats with various people I'm so glad I listened to this book.
    His valuable insights into Hinduism, Buddhism, meditation and the various stages of mankind and how the mind works and in particular how simple life can be for all those people lost in mind confusion.
    Invaluable asset which cuts through a lot of mind-twaddle that ony leads people into more confusion.

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  • Maltesir
    8/26/16
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    "A must must listen."

    How can I even start to express by words how insightful and amazing is Alan Watts. You must get this, it will change the whole perception of life.

    Get it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Benvenuto
    2/27/16
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    "Wonderful."

    Alan Watts had the most beautiful way of drifting us listeners to the serenity that is our pleasure of listening to his lectures. I would recommend this to anyone who takes a moment to glance at this review... You won't regret listening to this... :) The journey through this title is a funny one, much humour making the listening all that easier as well as taking in all the lessons :) - enjoy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Terry
    12/4/16
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    "I love Alan Watts."

    Really great if like me you are new to Alan Watts. He is a great speaker full of wisdom. I feel aware after listening to him. Like an artist opens your eyes to a subject so to does Alan open the heart to many ideas. Brilliant.

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  • Jtolan
    11/30/16
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    "Excellent wisdom that helps in daily life"

    these lectures are fantastic! the way Alan watts presents is the best interpretation of of eastern philosophy for a western audience I have ever heard. he simplifies methods for meditation and spiritual development so they no longer seem arduous long-winded processes involving tons of work and practice. I feel happier after listening.

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  • Hassan
    8/8/16
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    "Brilliant! "

    Absolutely enjoyed these talks by Alan Watts, what a joy to listen to him. Highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. J. Alliban
    7/30/16
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    "Mind expanding"

    As an introduction to Eastern philosophy for a Western mind this was incredibly eye opening. It has changed the way I think about many aspects of reality and helped to strengthen my spiritual understanding. I am excited to read more of Watts' material and to discover more Eastern spiritual thought.

    The delivery was intelligent and witty although I felt that the structure was a little random and that many of the parts ended a bit abruptly. In his defence however, this was a lecture series and not a book.

    Part of me felt a little robbed that I had to wait until my 37th year to discover such ideas. It's both interesting and rather frustrating that this way of thinking is almost entirely missing from our culture. A culture in which competition and hierarchy are such important aspects...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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