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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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    sharky 06-14-17
    sharky 06-14-17
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    "Amazing."

    Highly recommended to anyone seeking truth. Alan Watts' philosophy, humour and truth is our higher reality.

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    05-29-17
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    Im terrible at being great . . . . . . . . . . ,

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    Ryan Toronto 05-25-17
    Ryan Toronto 05-25-17
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    "Alan Watts is the greatest."

    Profound lectures by one of the world's greatest philosophers. His work has drastically charge my life.

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    Lior Vaknin 04-25-17
    Lior Vaknin 04-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "My greatest teacher - Alan Watts"

    "You can't blame anyone else for the world that you're in. And if you know that I, in the sense of the person/the front/the ego, really doesn't exist, than it won't go to your head too badly if you wake up and discover that you're God".
    This is Alan Watts closing sentence for this recording and it summarize everything! Masterpiece 🙏🏻❤️

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LOL KY United States 03-14-17
    LOL KY United States 03-14-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Thought provoking "

    It seems a bit ironic to me that in being asked to set aside thinking, I felt so compelled to think. Even so, I felt this book walked with me on my journey.

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    leonardo 03-07-17
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    "Funny - Easy great book"

    Superb, Alan Watts is a great speaker/philosopher, funny, Amazing new knowledge and easy Understanding.

    He is Just a master, something he used to love was share his point of view.

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    Joe M. Wisconsin USA 03-03-17
    Joe M. Wisconsin USA 03-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I'm happy I read this"
    What did you love best about You're It!?

    I did not find that this has anything to do with hiding, seeking, or being found. But that's fine because Watts helped to broaden my thinking.


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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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  • Michael Doherty
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    2/7/16
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    "Thought provoking funny and enlightening"

    The way in which Watts never really took himself too seriously really comes across in these recordings. So much richer than the text and something I will be listening to again.

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  • Paul J
    2/4/16
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    "Superb"

    Unlike anything else I have read or listened to on spirituality / philosophy. Has changed my perception of myself and the world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • me
    12/1/15
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    "Words of wisdom"
    Where does You're It! rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Watts is a master of precise, concise wisdom. He is articulate beyond measure. Insightful yet simple. Definite yet humble.


    What other book might you compare You're It! to, and why?

    I have nothing in my experience to liken this to.


    What does Alan Watts bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    There is an authenticity, a humility and a gentle humour present in Watts voice. It is comforting and allows a sense of humour to be present within the big questions being posed.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It was more a case of many "aha" moments than moving moments.


    Any additional comments?

    Brilliantly wise, articulate, honest, humble and with a twinkle of humour.

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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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    8/20/15
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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
    Richmond South Australia, Australia
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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
  • Marcin Grzadzielski
    5/18/17
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    "Just go on Youtube"

    One can find all these lectures on YouTube so I don't see the point in buying this audiobook. Recording quality isn't that good either.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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