The Essential Lectures of Alan Watts: Conversation with Myself Video
Conversation with Myself

Sign Up NowWatch the full video - and many others - now with your Gaiam TV subscription!

The Essential Lectures of Alan Watts: Conversation with Myself (1971)

Episode 12
Only available in Canada, United States

While walking in a field above Muir Woods, Alan Watts points to humankind's attempts to straighten out a wiggly world as the root of our ecological crisis. Here in 1971 he predicts the upcoming global consequences of human manipulation of the biosphere and points to a reconsidered way of thinking about our place in nature to avert an inevitable collision between nature and technology when commanded from a dominant point of view.

Alan Watts
Henry Jacobs


Nothingness Video
Episode 1 Nothingness
Nothingness (1972)
Episode 1
, 28 minutes
In common speech we often say that you can't get something for nothing. However here Alan Watts puts for the opposite idea that you can't have something without nothing!
Only available in Canada, United States
Ego Video
Episode 2 Ego
Ego (1972)
Episode 2
, 30 minutes
Alan Watts was concerned with the way we trap ourselves in words. He considered it unfortunate that we separate the “I” from reality and think of “I” in terms of how others see us or the image that we want to project.
Only available in Canada, United States
Meditation Video
Episode 3 Meditation
Meditation (1972)
Episode 3
, 30 minutes
As Alan Watts explains, “A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts and loses touch with reality.” He covers basic mediation techniques, including listening without naming and mantras or sonic ...
Only available in Canada, United States
God Video
Episode 4 God
God (1972)
Episode 4
, 29 minutes
For many of us, the image of God as a gray-bearded omnipotent and omnipresent supreme being has become implausible, yet the common sense notions of divine authority surrounding that image persist.
Only available in Canada, United States

People who watched this also watched

Join the Conversation

Login or sign upsign up to add a comment

thirdrockwalk, posted on January 20, 2016

What pleasure to listen to Alan Watts. Very enjoyable. I love the gong at the beginning of each session.

veda, posted on January 16, 2016

I learned of Alan Watts when a dear friend from India I worked with seemed to sense my nature and gave me CD's he had of Alan Watts' lectures, along with a yoga mat. Three years later, I still have the CD's in my car and listen while driving, I purchased some for myself at home, and search out books and more, as I feel by keeping positive teachings forefront, clarity grows. His wisdom and wit give me food for thought and my only regret, is that I could not meet the man in person, as sitting, listening to his hours of speech, would have been a pleasure, but to know, so many years later, his words still meet many new minds, is joy plenty!

rajdreamz, posted on January 13, 2016

I began watching Alan's wonderful lectures, called 'Eastern Wisdom & Modern Life' on the first Public Television Station in Chicago, Illinois--WTTW--in 1960. I found Alan an extremely soft-spoken and pleasant man, a guy i could sit with in a pub and sip good Ale and talk about the why and the wherefore of things. The evening I watched these lectures was Thursday--and it'd find me (a senior in high school at age 17) sitting in a lotus position, equipped with a quart of Schlitz Beer and a bowl of Mom's ass-kicking chili--hot to the nth degree; stuff would knock one's shorts off. Mom would periodically come into the living-room (called front-room in Chicago-ese) and glance at Alan's video and say "Raj! What in the hell is that guy TALKING about?" I'd prepare a the best non-Western/non-Caucasian facial expression I could--and solemnly posit: " know is not to know." Mom, surprisingly, developed an interest in what she referred to as this "rather strange man"--and she and my kid-sister of 14 joined me. This is a most delightful memory.

Something went a bit wrong however, and it may have been after Alan dropped acid (I did that in the 70s and the 80s and finally stopped because I realized I'd gotten as much as I was going to get out of the experience--you'd say I was becoming a pseudo-mystic "crispy critter" and my experience is that I was actually weakening my chakras and opening them to whisperings by disembodied negative entities.) I realized that this was changing my personality subtly, but surely. I no longer was a guy who would invited dialogue--much as I was devolving into a guy who did the Ramses thing: "So let it written--so let it be done." I know that somewhere down the line, Alan dropped quite a bit of acid--and this is when I began to get different kind of energy from him. The old, gentle Alan seemed to be replaced by a slightly--although skillfully covered--not so gentle Alan with an opinionated delivery. Still...all in all...he was a fine, decent man. Having experienced numerous LSD trips myself, my conclusion at age 72 (call me an old hippie if you like) is that psychedelic drugs have to be used with extreme caution and not underestimated as to the damage they may cause. Overdone, they can place an "edge" to one's personality, they did so to mine and it's taken years to recover. And I suspect that dear Alan was similarly afflicted. We in the rest are all too prone to quick fixes, and pills come to the rescue. Better to use the methods of the wise Masters before us...Yogi practices, including Meditation and Chanting, and getting out our our comfort zones and helping other sentient beings.

Be most well & God bless. Roger aka 'Raj' Leonard or Rajdreamz

nitarosselli, posted on May 2, 2015

I have been listening to Alan Watts for more than40 yrs. You have to hear these lectures over and over again, and it's still not enough. Prophetic

atia, posted on December 31, 2014

Such profound and prophetic wisdom explained simply and sincerely!

ali.sarshar, posted on November 16, 2014

Most profound 28 minutes I ever spent trying to learn anything.

poliver, posted on January 6, 2013

Liked it tremendously.

More From Gaia

Password is case sensitive.