Alan Watts: What is the self?

image edited by F. Kaskais Self defined not as individual ego, but the whole universe. by Mike Colagrossi Alan Watts believed that we can comprehend a greater sense of the self. The self is not alienated from the universe, but a part of the whole process. Scientists have conceptualized a similar idea that sounds like it’s straight out of the Indian Vedanta. Western cultures rooted in scientific thinking and reductionist philosophies have always flirted with the tempting holism of the East. It was during the 1950s and ’60s that these philosophies finally burst through the dividing cultural membrane and … Continue reading Alan Watts: What is the self?

Zen’s Seven Wonders

Photo by Stijn te Strake | The things we take for granted are grander than any monument. By Guo Jun We usually don’t realize the preciousness of the breath. We breathe in; we breathe out. Nothing special. It is always helpful to remind ourselves that the breath is precious. Try this experiment: Cover your mouth with one hand and plug up your nose with the thumb and index finger of your other hand. Stop your breath for as long as you can. When you feel as though you’re suffo­cating, release your hands and breathe. How do you feel? It is … Continue reading Zen’s Seven Wonders


by Zen Gardner, Contributor Waking Times The degree of freedom to consciously make our own decisions in life is something we’re continually waking up to. It’s similar to living in the now. We keep trying, knowing it’s right, and making fresh runs at it daily to live in the moment more and more fully, either by conscious decisions or spontaneously. What impresses me is how easy it is to fall into unsatisfactory routines. Be they habitual behaviors or living within self circumscribed limits, whatever the reasons or excuses may be. Physical life lends itself to routine for comfort and convenience. … Continue reading THE NEGLECTED POWER OF FREEDOM OF CHOICE


by Dr. Mercola, Guest Waking Times In this interview, Mike Dow, Psy.D., and author of “Your Subconscious Brain Can Change Your Life: Overcome Obstacles, Heal Your Body, and Reach Any Goal with a Revolutionary Technique,” reveals how tapping into your subconscious through a modern form of hypnosis can help you heal mind, body and soul. “Most meditation is alpha. Hypnosis takes you into an even slower brain wave, into theta,” Dow says, who experienced his first hypnosis session as a “deep, wondrous trance, almost dream-like.” “I would say it felt magical, relaxing and wonderful. I sort of would have those twitches … Continue reading HOW YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS IS THE KEY TO IMPROVING YOUR HEALTH AND CHANGING YOUR LIFE


by Gary Z McGee, Staff Writer Waking Times “Today’s society bestows rewards as never before for those who are comfortable with change, and it may punish those who are not, for what used to be the safe terrain of stability is now often a dangerous minefield of stagnation.” Leonard Mlodinow Let’s get weird. Sometimes it takes a little shock value to shake us out of our stuck-in-a-rut-ness, our unimaginative daily doldrums, our all-too-comfortable comfort zones. Art can have this cathartic effect. Specifically, the art of questioning. Such questioning plants seeds of imagination into the dry earth of our purposelessness. It’s only through attention, … Continue reading 5 WEIRD QUESTIONS TO PUT YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE INTO PERSPECTIVE


by Sergey Baranov, Contributor Waking Times In my recent book, The Mescaline Confessions, I wrote a chapter about a stark vision I one day received from the Huachuma cactus, warning of a future in which our own technology will devour us. Huachuma, also known as San Pedro, is a sacred cactus native to the Andes which is shamanically used in Peru and has been for thousands of years. Its active ingredient is the alkaloid mescaline, which was made known to the world by Aldous Huxley in his book The Doors of Perception. Technology, the cactus told me, is not our God – it is our servant. Technology itself … Continue reading THE SHAMANIC PERSPECTIVE ON AI AND TRANSHUMANISM

9 weird and terrifying monsters from Japanese mythology

From animated umbrellas to polite-but-violent turtle-people, Japan’s folklore contains some extremely creative monsters. by Matt Davis Compared to Japan’s menagerie of creatures, Western folklore can feel a little drab. The collection of yōkai—supernatural beasts or spirits—has a staggering amount of variety. Although there are many more creative folkloric creatures, here are nine that caught our attention. Like any culture, Japan has its fair share of folkloric creatures. But to Westerners, whose folklore tends to recycle the same variations on witches, goblins, orcs, and dragons, Japan’s bestiary of creatures can be staggeringly varied. Out of the hundreds of yōkai—or supernatural beings—here’s just nine … Continue reading 9 weird and terrifying monsters from Japanese mythology