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Sausalito Sally

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  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,775
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,838
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    4 out of 5 stars 10,792

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Please, have mercy and cut out the sound effects

  • By Areader on 11-29-18

Morbid secrets, that is

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Reviewed: 11-11-18

First two secrets were presented in the first two chapters of about 40 minutes each of the most unpleasant, ghoulish human behavior. Perhaps I misread the publisher ‘s description. Didn’t listen to anymore. I’m not squeamish, but was expecting something different.

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  • Out of Your Mind

  • By: Alan Watts
  • Narrated by: Alan Watts
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
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    5 out of 5 stars 2,333
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    5 out of 5 stars 2,051
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    5 out of 5 stars 2,015

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great book

  • By Maven on 10-28-16

Alan Watts talks about what IS

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Reviewed: 03-24-17

For me, Alan Watts' presents the mind/ego clearly. He shows how we, early in life, become hypnotized and enchanted with language and how it creates the illusion of being "other", isolated, and separate.
Through his examples from everyday life, it's easy to see the futility of TRYING to deal with it and/or transcend it. Instead, through our familiarity with its machinations and complexity, we can take the pressure off ourselves, the ego/mind, and notice the patterns and which ones we're hung up on. Just noticing without self-recrimination can be enough to dissolve them.
Not only do I recognize the brilliance of Watts' mind and it's knowledge, but I am also amazed by his ability to empathize with us and anticipate the likely confusion and objections along the way.
He makes it obvious that joy and ecstasy and bliss and all that jazz are a total mystery to ego/mind, and that we CAN, through reason, see why that's so and stop taking it so seriously.
This is a meager attempt to touch upon the great value I place on Alan Watts ability to teach me. Its value lies in the learning that I walk away with without any study or head banging.
Does anyone know another like him in today's world? If so, please submit a review and his or her name🙏

  • What to Remember When Waking

  • The Disciplines of Everyday Life
  • By: David Whyte
  • Narrated by: David Whyte
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
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    5 out of 5 stars 320
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 315

A poet like David Whyte turns words into transcendent vehicles for spirit. With What to Remember When Waking, this celebrated writer and teacher reveals how our reality is created through conversation with the universe-and how we can create an identity robust enough to meet life's gifts and demands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best audiobook experience I've had so far

  • By Sabrina on 01-18-16

Glorious listening experience

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Reviewed: 02-23-17

Both the narrative and poetry bring one's soul/spirit to a profound and enjoyable understanding and appreciation of ordinary, everyday life. David Whyte sincerely and beautifully helps one see the possibility of holding it all in a spacious context and helps us loosen our clinging to what naturally and comes and goes and to see that coming and going without fear of loss or devastation.
Try it and experience being transported and in some way(s) even transformed.

  • Still the Mind

  • An Introduction to Meditation
  • By: Alan Watts
  • Narrated by: Alan Watts
  • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Alan Watts became famous first as a brilliant intellectual and then as a serious student of Buddhism and meditation. In the 1970s, the last years of his life, he retreated to a small, isolated cabin deep in the woods. He meditated every morning and then wrote. Still the Mind consists of several talks he gave in his later years, recorded and edited by his son, Mark Watts, and then published as a book. His speaking shows a maturity and wisdom that can only come after years of meditation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Less and less a quaking mess

  • By Sausalito Sally on 01-20-17

Less and less a quaking mess

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Reviewed: 01-20-17

By the time I first I listened to this presentation, I totally identified with what he calls the "quaking mess"--at my wits end about the problem of not being able to do anything about the human dilemma of not being able to do anything about the human dilemma. Furthermore, I have a heart murmur that's become more exaggerated over the last decade which, to say the least, is not exactly calibrated to rhythmic breathing. The inner sloshing feeling and it's pattern just don't mesh with the breathing. So I've avoided meditation, but at age 68, I'd run out of options. I was truly a quaking mess in more ways than one.
About 5 minutes into the recording, he had calmly and gently but lauthoritatively drawn me me in, and I was convinced that it was enough that the heart was still beating and the lungs we're still breathing.
It felt like he knew exactly what it was like for some of us to approach the topic and then to guide us through one , even though I knew he'd been doing it for decades.
For me the empathy, the instruction, and the laughter in this recording are invaluable.
Sometimes just listening to ANY of his talks while I'm working around the house or driving is enough to instill a sense of refuge, and every time I listen to or read his work, I feel grateful to have found him several years ago. What a gift!

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  • The Deepest Acceptance

  • Radical Awakening in Ordinary Life
  • By: Jeff Foster
  • Narrated by: Jeff Foster
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

How can we bring an effortless yes to this moment? How do we stop running from “the mess of life”—our predicaments, our frustrations, even our search for liberation—and start flowing with all of it? With The Deepest Acceptance, Jeff Foster invites us to discover the ocean of who we are: An awareness that has already allowed every wave of emotion and experience to arrive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is one of three books to end the spiritual search

  • By Juan Ignacio on 06-25-15

Fresh and uncomplicated

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Reviewed: 12-08-16

Everything about this book breaks the mold of traditional teachings about awakening.
The author is the narrator. His enthusiasm and vitality shine all the way through. Easy as pie to understand right off the bat,as there are none of the traditional terms to learn nor traditional terms used in a new way. One can pick it up and use it after just one chapter. I've studied and practiced a lot of different teachings on this subject and was often at a loss as to how to apply there understanding to my everyday life. Not so with Jeff Fosters's approach. I could start using it right away, and by the end of the book, he had covered every area and circumstance that i have ever found myself in or find myself in, today. I don't need any of the hundreds of books and recordings I have waded through for the last 33 years!

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  • How to Raise Your Level of Consciousness

  • By: David R. Hawkins MD
  • Narrated by: David R. Hawkins MD
  • Length: Not Yet Known
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

A comprehensive two-hour workshop delineating the essential practices that facilitate a progressive advancement in consciousness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stretch yourself!!!

  • By Constance on 03-08-15

Great summary of Doc's teachings

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Reviewed: 04-13-16

Recommend to new AND experienced students of Doc and/or other teachers of devotion and/or non-duality, because it is brief talk but still inspiring about the basic ways to advance.

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  • Spiritual Reality and Modern Man: Relativism vs. Reality

  • By: David R. Hawkins
  • Narrated by: David R. Hawkins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

In this eye-opening presentation, Dr. Hawkins discusses the difference between relativism and reality. Relativism claims that perception is reality, whereas reality discerns the essence of something (or an idea) from its appearance. Dr. Hawkins points out that what you think about, value, or how you label something is irrelevant. This revealing talk invites you to remain with the essence of things, and not with perception or individual viewpoint.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another invaluable talk by Doc

  • By Sausalito Sally on 04-03-16

Another invaluable talk by Doc

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Reviewed: 04-03-16

Dr. Hawkins covered relativism per se and its increasing appearance in media, government, academia, etc.
Q and A was profoundly helpful to me. Covered a wide range of students and their needs.
Recommend to ALL spiritual students.

  • Transcending the Mind Series: Thought & Ideation

  • By: David R. Hawkins M.D.
  • Narrated by: David R. Hawkins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 35
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    5 out of 5 stars 34

Dr. Hawkins discusses the levels of consciousness in general from the time of Christ up to the present. He makes us aware of the American business culture and how it is changing, e.g., the increase in women executives, corporate scandal, and the diminishing “good ol’ boy” network where things are slipped under the table, etc. He talks about what spirituality really is, what it is not, and the naivete.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Master teacher for serious student

  • By Sausalito Sally on 08-29-15

Master teacher for serious student

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Reviewed: 08-29-15

All his talks are of great value to one who wants to get past ego and its traps. This one is no different. Packed with info and experience from his own journey not found anywhere else in all my searching.

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  • Transcending the Mind Series: Emotions & Sensations

  • By: David R. Hawkins M.D.
  • Narrated by: David R. Hawkins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
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    5 out of 5 stars 75
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    5 out of 5 stars 65
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Dr. Hawkins opens this lecture with thoughts about the mind, positionality, and dedication to truth. A person has to be willing to sacrifice everything and anything for the truth. He explains how "wantingness" causes misery and that one’s point of view contributes to that state. Stating the truth usually upsets some people. He discusses the spiritual ego, our perceived faults, what to do about them in order to become "bulletproof", and what brings us joy. In contrast, he talks about hatred in the world today and the actions that come out of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly and impossibly wonderful

  • By Sausalito Sally on 07-27-15

Utterly and impossibly wonderful

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Reviewed: 07-27-15

I consider Dr. Hawkins to be my greatest teacher of consciousness. Having transcended all the obstacles AND being able to teach from his own experience of having done so makes him a unique and rare treasure in our time. And his humor makes it fun!

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  • The Way to God: Positionality and Duality - Transcending the Opposites

  • By: David R. Hawkins M.D.
  • Narrated by: David R. Hawkins
  • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Original Recording
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    5 out of 5 stars 59
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    5 out of 5 stars 48

David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D., is an internationally known author and speaker on the subject of spiritually advanced states of consciousness and the realization of the presence of God as Self.H is published works, as well as recorded lectures, have been widely recognized as unique.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Doc nails down positionality

  • By Sausalito Sally on 04-30-15

Doc nails down positionality

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Reviewed: 04-30-15

Clarified how judgementalism creates positionality and how positionality sets up duality. Gave more everyday examples that I could relate to. Also understand better the value of holding oneself as context. Overall, it was ACIM in Doc's terminology. Have listened to and/or viewed about 40 of his lectures and read all the books, and each is invaluable, but this one nailed down positionality and context.

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