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The Tao Te Ching for Everyday Living
The Tao Te Ching for Everyday Living
Dan Casas-Murray
Tao Te Ching Verse 75: Abstinence
*Tao Te Ching Verse 75 * translated by Shi Fu Hwang The people suffer from hunger because their superior agencies have imposed a heavy tax, thus they are hungry. The people are difficult to govern because their superior agencies are too fond of meddling, thus they are difficult to govern. The people make lightly of dying because of the excessive costs in seeking the means of living, thus they think lightly of dying. Therefore the benevolent should be those who do not interfere with people's living; instead of those who value people's living. Photo by Christian ter Maat on Unsplash *Unplugging* In what do I overindulge?  I mean there are the easy ones - my behaviors.  Eating, relaxing, working - if it’s a habit or behavior, I can do it too much at the expense of other things in my life.  But what about emotions?   Don’t I like anger just a little?  That fiery burn is kind of intense, and whoa, especially when I’m right about something!  Or especially when I’ve been wronged, then it’s pure justification.  So indignantly, of course, I can ask myself, well how am I overindulging in anger here?      Anger.  It feels good at first, but eventually, it grows out of control and just saps our strength.  For me, anger is a tricky thing sometimes, because when I feel it and don’t want to be feeling it, it seems to stick around longer than I want.  When I don’t mind feeling it, I just have to pay attention to it and it grows. So why?  I mean the question of the day is how to control it, right?  I feel like a big part of what I can do with anger is to sit with it.  And, I thought a little more about it, too.  When I sit with anger - or any emotion, really - I am allowing it to be.  I am accepting it, so I am neither indulging in it by justifying things, nor am I trying to resist it, which causes more frustration when I can’t let go. So I guess the question I can ask myself is, would I be willing to sit with this feeling for a bit?  Would I be willing to allow it to be here?  And if that answer is yes, then I can settle in and just...be with it.  And I can watch myself start thinking about it and begin justifying my point of view, my behavior, and trying out scenarios in my head to see if in another situation I would still be right, and when that was the case, I would be feeling a fresh dose of anger.  Or, if that answer is yes, I could notice that I am replaying the situation and remember not to eat too much tax-grain - I can remember what I’m doing - just sitting with it and allowing it to be - without justifying anything.  Without fantasizing about how I’m right.  Forget overindulging, just without indulging in it. Now, 100% - this is waaaay easier to talk about than do.  Luckily, I have time to practice it.  I have compassion for myself too, so that when I don’t get it right, I can keep trying. And then I might extend this practice to other areas of my life.  When I’m not relaxed, I can ask why.  Then I can ask what I’m indulging in.  Am I fantasizing about how this project I’m working on is going to help me professionally?  Am I fantasizing about that afternoon cup of coffee?  Am I attaching to an outcome that I desire for myself?
29 min
Adventures Through The Mind
Adventures Through The Mind
James W. Jesso
MDMA for Couples | The Love Doctor, Charley Wininger ~ ATTMind 138
Charley Wininger, author of Listening To Ecstacy: The Transformative Power of MDMA, joins us to talk about MDMA for couples, as well as MDMA for personal healing, spiritual awakening, and staying connected to the joy of being alive as we age into the winter years of our lives. Of course, MDMA comes with certain risks, and we talk about that too. For links to Wininger's work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/ATTMind138 ***Full Topics Breakdown Below*** _SUPPORT THIS PODCAST_ ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/ ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter *** Extra BIG thanks to my patrons on Patreon for helping keep this podcast alive! Especially, Andreas D, Clea S, Joe A, Ian C, David WB, Yvette FC, Ann-Madeleine, Dima B, Eliz C, Chuck W, Nathan B, & Nick M. _Episode Breakdown_ * MDMA for couples / MDMA in our aging time * How this interview came into existence * The history of MDMA, MDMA for couples, and MDMA's prohibition * Rediscovering MDMA at 50 years old * The benefits of MDMA for the individual * MDMA is the chemical of connection * Accessing profound self-love, and how it changes you * Transforming one’s relationship to their body with MDMA * The benefits of MDMA for romantic partnerships * Using MDMA for couples therapy * The power of deep love and safety in resolving long-standing relationships conflicts * We all have these little dark secrets that we’ll be rejected if known * The importance of being careful with who you take MDMA with * How a cult of two collapses a relationship * How our relationship fail when we forget generosity and gratitude within it - and how MDMA helps remind us * The profound value of touch * MDMA is sensual, not necessarily sexual (but cannabis helps) * How reconnecting with the loving vulnerability between you and your partner can reawaken sexual intimacy * WARNING: MDMA within abusive relationships might make things worst * Taking MDMA as a senior citizen * The danger of taking MDMA as an older person * Losing the magic – Can taking a lower dose of MDMA help to bring the magic back? * Integration: A different way of understanding the MDMA hangover * The pain of using MDMA to open your heart. * What does aging offer us; what does it take away; where does MDMA fit in the process * The disadvantages of aging vs internalized ageism * How MDMA has impacted Wininger’s relationship to death and dying * Bridging the age apartheid with MDMA and the rave scene * You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone; learning how important our relationships are before death ends them * The most important lesson MDMA has to teach us during the troubled times we are in ************** _SUPPORT THIS PODCAST_ ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/ ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter ► Or, you can buy a copy of one of my books! * Decomposing The Shadow: https://www.jameswjesso.com/decomposing-the-shadow/ * The True Light Of Darkness: https://www.jameswjesso.com/true-light-darkness/
1 hr 53 min
Buddha at the Gas Pump
Buddha at the Gas Pump
Rick Archer
587. Sebene Selassie
Sebene Selassie is a teacher, author, and speaker who explores the themes of belonging and identity through meditation, creativity, and spirituality. Born in Ethiopia and raised in Washington DC, she began studying Buddhism 30 years ago as an undergraduate at McGill University where she majored in Comparative Religious Studies. She has an MA from the New School where she focused on race and cultural studies. For over 20 years, she worked with children, youth, and families nationally and internationally for small and large not-for-profits. Now she teaches classes, workshops, and retreats regularly and is one of the most popular teachers on the Ten Percent Happier app. Sebene is a three-time cancer survivor of Stage III and IV breast cancer. Her first book "You Belong: A Call for Connection" is published by HarperOne. Main points discussed: The importance of belonging and cultural/genetic heritage. The positive, relatable tone of Sebene’s book, You Belong. Trusting the sacredness of life vs. clashing with reality. Surrendering to the mystery that’s beyond our logical comprehension. We are not separate, and we are not the same. Living the paradox of unity and diversity. The importance of integrating absolute and relative. There’s a delusion of separation at the heart of all political and social divisions. ‘Unlearning’ that delusion is where the spiritual path starts. Those who enjoyed embodied presence since childhood may be less effective in teaching others than those who needed to achieve it. Marginalized people often have a broader and more holistic perspective on the world. Healing “epistemicide” – colonialism’s destruction of ancient knowledge. Modern mindfulness practice sometimes dismisses the deeper dimensions of its ancient roots. Everything is sacred. Technology is not the enemy. Benefiting from the best of ancient and modern knowledge. The pandemic may be the first time in history where we are all experiencing the same situation globally. The importance of discernment on the spiritual path, particularly in this time of conspiracy theories, polarization, and pandemic. The importance of community and dangers of isolation. Increased interest in meditation and spirituality during the pandemic. The authenticity, clarity, love, and spirituality of the younger generation. A discussion of Catherine Ingram’s Facing Extinction article. The leverage of technologies of consciousness, including ritual and ceremony. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Remaining curious and open. Ground yourself, know yourself, connect to the moment. Seeing parts of ourselves we don’t like. Meeting whatever comes up with kindness and compassion. Any motivation for starting on the spiritual path is a ‘good’ one. Other reasons will follow. Contemplating the beauty and mystery of nature. “Love yourself” could be the motto for the whole book. Detailed discussion mindfulness and its historical origins. Sebene’s “Elements Practice”: earth, water, fire, air. The importance of intimacy and imagination. Helping heal kids with emotional trauma. Trauma-sensitive mindfulness. Taking care of one’s self so as to care for others more effectively An invitation for white people to learn more about other cultures and identities. For mature spiritual development, we need to illumine our blind spots. Website: sebeneselassie.com Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Interview recorded February 14, 2021 Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
1 hr 37 min
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