Podcast 213 – “The Alchemy of LSD”


Guest speaker: Alan Watts

Alan Watts’ son sent the following message requesting that his father’s talks be removed from the Psychedelic Salon … bye bye Alan!

Mark Watts Said,

Lorenzo if you leave the Alan Watts materials up you will be sued before this month is out.

Lorenzo, my father’s talks are copyright protected. Please don’t post any more of his talks on your podcast and remove the ones you have in the archive.


If you want to listen to this talk you will have to pay his son for the privilege.  … Too bad, I thought information wants to be free. I wonder what Alan would say about this?

… although, if you Google “alan watts mp3 torrent” you can find thousands of Web sites that provide free downloads of Watts material.

Also, you will find many hours of free Alan Watts videos on YouTube. … So maybe it is only the Psychedelic Salon that Mark objects to.


[NOTE: All quotations are by Alan Watts.]

“So we have to think again and try and find out, think deeply, what is fundamentally taboo in this culture and perhaps in other cultures as well. What information, in other words, would really let the cat out of the bag and give away the show?”

“But you see, the trouble about deep secrets is they can’t be repressed indefinitely.”

“And we don’t even think that we had anything personally to do with the fact that our fathers once had an evil gleam in their eyes, but that evil gleam was you … coming on.”

“And so underneath the opposition, or the polarity, between self and other or between any other pair of opposites you can think of there is something in common.”

“This is the description of anxiety: Anxiety is the fear that one of a pair of opposites might cancel the other … forever.”

“So one of the problems of the various chemicals which can change the human mind in certain ways so that it becomes apparent that inside and outside go together is that they do rather give the show away. And people who take these chemicals and see through the human game cannot be trusted.”

“What you do is what the universe does, and what the universe does is also what you do.”

“When you are told, from childhood, that you are expected and commanded to behave in a way that will be acceptable only if you do it voluntarily you remain permanently mixed-up.”

The Soft Pack“You can’t have pleasure in life without skill, but it isn’t an unpleasant task to learn a skill.”

“It’s very bad form if an actor always acts the same way. That’s what’s called a Star, as distinct from an actor. A real actor can become anything.”

“LSD is simply an exploratory instrument, like a microscope or a telescope, except this one’s inside you instead of outside you. And according to your capacity and knowledge, you can use a microscope or a telescope to advantage. So in the same way, according to your capacity and your knowledge you can use an interior instrument to your advantage … or just for kicks!”

“The thing that we’ve learned from history is nobody ever learns from history.”

“Any law which in a way tries to enforce by the power of the state its private morals, or your own business in looking after your own nervous system, is in a fact an unenforceable law. And all unenforceable laws lead to blackmail and public demoralization.”

“The rule for all terrors is head straight into them. … Whenever confronted with a ghost, walk straight into it, and it will disappear.”


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One Comment

  1. Comments from original blog page: http://www.matrixmasters.net/blogs/?p=1500

    Matt C
    I loved it. Thank you for posting it.

    That was such a good listen, I will definitely return to it in the future to fully absorb it all.
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of comments, a similar incident has happened to me in the past and so I know what it’s like.
    All the best, and keep up the excellent work.

    Great one! So nice to ride this vibe while at work and spinning my wheels about how to be less at work!

    Much appreciated

    Alex Wall
    Lorenzo, I’m so sorry about the loss of your comments. You are a man with some real self-control and the desire to rise above tragedy–I could learn a lot from you–hey wait, I already do learn a lot from you! This was one of my favorite shows… I’ve listened to it three times and (just like I find with McKenna) more treasure can be reaped with each pass through. Thanks, my friend and Chapter 13 was greatfully enjoyed last week as well. Keep soaring! – Alex Wall

    Auberon Barnable
    Thanks for this Lorenzo. Easy one of the best talks ever. Can’t wait to hear it again..so I do so right now 8).

    Diggin your upaya, Lorenzo. Yahoooo!!!

    In Lak’ech a Lak’en
    the Bodhisattva — one who comes back from Nirvana, to appear in the everyday world .. . bringing Upaya, a way to show you that he’s been on the Journey, and let you in on the secret, if you’ll go on the Journey, come back, and bring something back too

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