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You're It! Speech

You're It!: On Hiding, Seeking, and Being Found

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Publisher's Summary

Life is the ultimate game of hide and seek... and the good news is that you're it! With the combination of playful irreverence and penetrating insight that made him a legend in Western philosophy, Alan Watts investigates the surprisingly liberating concept of "the universe as play" found at the heart of Hinduism, Zen, and other wisdom traditions.

Carefully selected by his son and archivist Mark Watts, You're It: On Hiding, Seeking, and Being Found features more than 10 hours of newly restored historic talks from the "spiritual entertainer" who helped define Eastern thought to audiences in the West. Here is a rare chance for listeners to experience the enduring brilliance of one of the greatest spiritual voices of the 20th century.

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    Jay Tennessee Colony, TX, United States 05-28-12
    Jay Tennessee Colony, TX, United States 05-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Yeah. If Alan Watts is an intellectual, so am I"
    Would you listen to You're It! again? Why?

    Parts of it are worthy of listening to more than once.


    Any additional comments?

    "Your It" is really a mixed bag. It is possible that some of the negative reviews were from people who didn't actually finish the lectures. But for some of the glowing reviews, I must say...it wasn't that good.

    After starting it, the whole first 2 - 3 hours, I kept thinking, wow, if this guy is an intellectual, then so am I! Mr. Watts made me laugh out loud a few times, but really, he can manage to say a whole lot about nothing (Watts must be the original Seinfeld). I almost gave up on the thing as well.

    However, it did get better toward the middle of the series, and toward the end was really good. If it hadn't been for the last few hours, I would have given it 3 stars instead of 4.

    What I discovered about myself while listening to this is, if I were a better public speaker, I could have come up with a lot more interesting things to talk about. And I must say,
    it is a little ego boost to find out you are an intellectual. That fact alone must be worth an audible credit. Yes?

    I think Mr. Watts is good as simplifying things, but he simplified things so well that he managed to almost turn them into nothing other than him rambling.

    But with all that said, when it was good, it was good. There is even another book by the Mr. Watts that I might take a chance on. Again, I don't feel the lectures were as mind blowing as the glowing reviews, but the book wasn't as bad as the negative reviews, either.

    I think that Alan Watts is gifted, in that he can really break things down in a way that is understandable. But...I also think that sometimes this can be distracting, and he could have sped things up a little by leaving them a little more complicated.



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    SEED7ROBI 02-19-17
    SEED7ROBI 02-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Exactly what I needed at this time."

    When approached, You come with an open mind and an open heart. Everything is a useful tool towards acknowledging your perfect right now. IMMORTAL SOUL

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    Ricardo Oliveira Sao Paulo - Brazil 10-29-16
    Ricardo Oliveira Sao Paulo - Brazil 10-29-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Very good provocative thoughts for life, religious"

    Very good provocative thoughts for life religious and meaning of your life is this cosmos

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    Robert 09-24-16
    Robert 09-24-16
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    "Timeless insights"

    Alan Watts has the amazing ability relate concepts of great depth in simple terms

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    Patrick 09-21-16
    Patrick 09-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "it's Alan Watts, nothing else needs to be said"

    Something about listening to Alan makes it easy to finish. I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys his philosophy.

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    Anton Nikolov 09-13-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Again challenging the perception of life and it's concepts"

    The book / lectures are great for those who are seeking Satori. Listen and see if you can find it or if you should seek it :)
    Challenge your understanding of the world and just have fun :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Desire 07-30-16
    Desire 07-30-16
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    "Wow!"

    this was amazing. I found it hard to do anything else but listen to all that Alan has to say. Great book/lecture series

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    Andrew Morisey 07-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A must have for any practicing meditator"

    If you have been doing meditation for even a few weeks, this books as a must read to explain some of the "thoughts" so to speak that are whirling around in your mind as you get deeper into practice. So glad I found this one.

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    Kyle Los Angeles, CA 07-11-16
    Kyle Los Angeles, CA 07-11-16
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    "The truth."

    Watts' characterization of the ineffable is essential for anyone who is still finding their way. And for anyone who has :)

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    Ryan bowditch 07-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "my view on the world and self is forever changed"

    Watts is a brilliant and captivating teacher. I will defintely be listening to this again

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  • James E
    10/20/15
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    "good stuff"

    really good listening. humorous and insightful. gives a great account of a vast array of aspects of spirituality

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Natalia
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    "One of my favourites"

    Absolutely love this book and the author. Offers comfort in all situations of life. Makes obscure concepts of philosophy and spirituality easy to understand. And he is do witty!

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  • mr
    7/27/15
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    "Excellent"

    A must read for all conscious souls seeking answers or even questions !!! Check it out.

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  • Daniel Gormley
    3/24/15
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    "Worth every penny"

    Love Watts and this is the best recordings I've heard, what a journey, this will be listen to many times

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  • Sandip
    3/3/15
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    "Great listen, with amusing explanations"

    Great to hear a full lecture by Alan Watts, best parts are his humerus explanations and break downs of everyday situations and functions that we are not completely aware of. I would definitely listen to this audio book again, An inspirational person who simplify's aspects of life we rarely seem concensus of.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ann
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    "Entertaining and informative"

    Recommended this one to friends. Found the presentation informative and entertaining. Followed up on a number of his suggestions re further reading.
    Ann

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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