Drugs, Spirituality & The EastWest People – Alan Watts

Modern medicine is good for two things. Acute interventions to injuries sustained in a traumatic manner and prolonging life well beyond the body’s own volition and ability. In these two areas of medicinal assistance, modernity’s Western industry excels. So much so, it could be argued, that the medicine industry has been an underpinning pillar in the success of the West. But beyond that, it is at best, questionable.

For health matters of a chronic nature, the East has many more clues and is, in essence, suggesting that health, vitality and wellness is a dynamic balancing act, staged within the artful bounds of living and breathing within the bounds of natural “laws”. According to the tradition of the East*, all illness and dis-ease is the inevitable consequence of a reactivity created in breaking the “laws”. In response, some of the finest inquiring minds of the West have been, and still are, intrigued. Putting our Western scientific training to the Eastern philosophical approach, results over the past two hundred or so years, have been, by and large, are awesome.

Welcome to the eastwest people. This series of articles is put forward to entice you into a new way of thinking. And thinking, is most correctly, the root of all evil. First comes the thought. Money gets a bed wrap, poor old money, what did it ever do?

*Which can be taken to broadly mean anywhere East of the Levant (the area we know today as Jerusalem, Palestine, Israel and its surrounds, south of the Taurus Mountains, bounded by the Mediterranean sea.).

The first presentation is by Alan Watts. One of the great interpreters of the Eastern way into an understandable language for the Western mind. His legacy of work is a treasure trove of intelligence, and personally I have enjoyed reading his books, which I recommend.

Better and better