Alan Watts - Mind Over Mind I

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Alan Watts - Mind Over Mind I

The general title of these talks that I’m giving here is mind over mind. And I’m going into all the various problems which have to do with the control of the mind. And so I might introduce what I’m going to say by saying it from different points of view. For example, if you’re interested in Communications, it will be the problem of feedback. Or if I may put it in theological terms, how does man follow the will of God if the will of man is perverse?

The theologians say you cannot do this without having divine grace all the power to follow the will of God. How then do you get grace. Why is grace given to some and not to others?

If I cannot follow the will of God by my own effort because my will is selfish, how will my will which is selfish be transformed into an unselfish will?

If I cannot do it because I am already the selfish will, then Grace must do it. If Grace has not already done it, why not?

Because I didn’t accept it. But by definition I have no power to accept it because my will was selfish. Must I then become a Calvinist, and say that only those people who are predestined to receive grace will be able to live the good life?

Alan Watts - Mind Over Mind I

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