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Out of Your Mind

Written by: Alan Watts
Narrated by: Alan Watts
Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
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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.

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Defrag my mind

It's like I've been poorly managing an early 2000s computer for my entire life and he reset me from the bottom up. I no longer have as much fear or indecision in my life because of this lecture series. I see us for what we all are now.

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One of the greatest minds of the 20th century

If you fear death or seek enlightenment, this is the book you've been looking for. The truth may be overwhelming, so be careful not to loose your sanity. Always remember that your never alone.

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I liked it

lots of big words and thinky thoughts, will definitely listen to again. everything is nothing and thats ok

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a dream to listen

an inspiration towards enlightenment. just enjoy taking a bite out of this any time and aspire to be... better

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when the student is ready the teacher will find him where he stands
the tao

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  • m&m
  • 2020-06-17

Don't listen for answers, listen for you.

Don't get caught up in dates or language as they are conceptual. Remember what you already know about what is being said and don't be afraid to let go, you can't be wrong in doing it. enjoy.

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Overall a very good book and great information

Overall good read, great information for individuals looking to adapt and change their consciousness.

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  • 2020-03-24

Great, Mindblowing, Poetic.

why is this book so great to me? its philosophy at its best. deep reflections on spirituality, beliefs, and more.

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Alan Watts always delivers.

I'm not sure I'd enjoy a book by Alan if it wasn't narrated by himself, or taken from his lecture series. He has a way of speaking that makes it so clear and cohesive.

As soon as you hear him say "and so..." you know he's about to say something incredible.

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excellent book for your mind

good "food for your brains".
very deep thoughts about life and existence.
I love it .

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  • Maven
  • 2016-10-28

Another great book

This book is as amazing as other Alan Watts books. However, if you already purchased "You're it" then this book is very very similar with identical talks.

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  • c.hewlett
  • 2015-12-08

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.

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  • Alan
  • 2017-11-28

Cause if you let your breath go... it'll come back

These lectures are great for anyone with an open mind, from the merely curious to those seeking satori. A self proclaimed "spiritual entertainer," Alan Watts takes various concepts from eastern religions and translates them for a western audience, providing both entertainment and insight along the way. If you ever need a new perspective on the human condition try giving Alan Watts a listen.

This man passed over a decade before I was born, but his voice gives me comfort and his words bring me peace. He's helped me through some tough times, and I return to his lectures, or his writings, from time to time when I need a refresher.

"So, translated into colloquial American, nirvana is 'whew.' 'Cause if you let your breath go... it'll come back."

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  • CJRapier
  • 2016-09-24

A must for fans Alan Watts

Fourteen hours of wisdom from the legendary Alan Watts. I own all of the other lecture series by Watts that are available on Audible and I did not hear any repeated material from those. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute, the sound quality is excellent given the age of some of the recordings. This is a great introduction to Zen and Eastern philosophy in general. I can't recommend this highly enough, if you are a fan or just getting into this wonderful, entertaining philosopher you will not be disappointed!

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  • Jermaine McGruder
  • 2015-11-09

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.

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  • Brian
  • 2015-11-24

not dissapointed

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-12-25

Be careful before buying

If you could sum up Out of Your Mind in three words, what would they be?

Great but watchout

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Be careful when buying this audio book or any audio book being packaged with Alan Watts lectures because it seems they fill these audiobooks with the same lectures so if you buy two different books you might actually be buying the same thing twice. Unfortunately there is no way to figure this out ahead of time

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  • james patrick
  • 2017-07-19

loved it

mind opening. Alan Watts has changed my life. This book helped me cope with the loss of my mother and father. so very grateful!

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  • Rip Dan Spinkle
  • 2018-08-06

Genius

Alan Watts is a master at reminding us to stop clinging and to enjoy life.

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  • IW, Albuquerque
  • 2016-03-30

great further listening after "Youre It!"

in YI Watts talks a lot about the uselessness of what's he s saying, in this he says what he can the best anyone could

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  • Stephanie Mitrano
  • 2018-09-30

Great series of conferences

Hearing Alan Watts has been a wonderful, mind blowing, challenging spiritual experience. This is better than a book since you can hear him speak and laugh. I’ve listened to it 3 times already. I do not get tired of it. But you have to be ready to challenge yourself, your beliefs and your thinking. Enjoy!

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