GIFTS OF UNKNOWN THINGS LYALL WATSON PDF
Gifts of Unknown Things by Lyall Watson – Discover the extraordinary island of Nus Tarian, in Indonesia, where everyday reality contains terrifying. A British biologist’s rich but far-fetched telling of his initiation into a world of “” natural knowledge”” on a volcanic Indonesian island. Gifts of Unknown Things. A True Story of Nature, Healing, and Initiation from Indonesia’s Dancing Island. By (author) Lyall Watson. Gifts of Unknown Things.
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Magical feats, extrasensory perception, and psychic healing are commonplace in this land where the natural and the supernatural coexist and challenge our beliefs about reality. Wztson once a scientific exploration and an imaginative Discover the extraordinary island of Nus Tarian, in Indonesia, where everyday reality contains terrifying, inexplicable, and miraculous phenomena.
At once a scientific exploration and an gkfts adventure, Dr. Watson’s astonishing and life-transforming journey becomes our own, challenging many of our fixed beliefs about the “real world.
Published December 1st by Destiny Books first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Gifts of Unknown Thingsplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Gifts of Unknown Things. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Apr 17, Dylan rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Magic, Anthropology, Indigenous Religion.
It is hard to believe that this story is true, but even thinfs to believe that Watson made it up. It is a haunting, beautiful, captivating book that opens up the vistas of human experience shut off to us by religion and modernity. Nov 26, Adam rated it really liked it.
It’s hard to forget some of ghings spiritual messages conveyed in this story of one man’s time spent among the isolated island natives of Indonesia. The fascinating thing is that these truths are the same facts which are known to all quickly disappearing native cultures around the world. People which live in a traditional spirit based way, at one with nature, seem to have the ability to gain valuable insights about life from their dreams and even precognitions.
Something which modern man can no lon It’s hard to forget some of the spiritual messages conveyed in this story of one man’s time spent among the isolated island natives of Indonesia. Something which modern man can no longer do. This book discusses a number of unusual phenomena which evade the proof of scientific method. There may be a number of occurrences in the world which don’t fit into the scientific model of logic an yet at the same time are not untrue.
The only weak point of the book is when the author tries to examine these phenomena from a scientific stand-point and then digresses into discussions of things like dousing and spoon-bending. If you like this kind of reading about the wisdom of older cultures, gifhs are several other books which are just as captivating. The last book listed is fictional. This was my favourite book of all time when I read it in I reread it over the last few days to use some quotations in a journal I was making an entry in, lyal it is still my favourite book of all time.
I didn’t get on with most of Lyall Tbings books, but this one and Lightning Bird ahd enough story running through to hold my attention, and the story it weaves is magical.
I liked the ants that track across the pages too. I don’t want to give any of the story away, so I’ll just say, if you This was my favourite book of all time when I read it in Mar 11, Fred Mindlin rated it it was amazing.
Extraordinary tale of transcending preconceptions. Aug 10, Mel rated it it was amazing. Nov 05, Pilar rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I think part of the power of this book was that the supernatural elements, the parts that are a harder to reconcile with, grew in scope as the story unfolded.
When you start reading something as non-fiction, and approach something that thingss be outside the realm of widely thinga truth, it is easier for the reader to accept those occupancies as happenings of nonfiction when they are small at first. I had no trouble accepting Tia’s sight or healing powers. Nor did I really question the startin I think part of the power of this book was that the supernatural elements, the parts that are a harder to reconcile with, grew in scope as the story unfolded.
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Nor did I really question the starting of fire or other small out of the ordinary occupancies. However, raising a man from the dead?
Pulling one’s own eyeball from its socket? These were elements I had a much harder time with. Much of the science was completely over my head. The way he applied it to situations and explained the logic of connections was very much understandable and made sense to me.
However, those statements and the connections he drew gicts a great deal on the assumptions that such theories are indeed viable and are able to be applied in such situations. And that, unfortunately, is not something I have the wstson to determine. The key and power of the giifts, in my opinion, is that it is written by a scientist.
Even without the inclusion of biological, archaeological, and physics connections threaded throughout the narrative, it is empowering and liberating to read what a scientist has put their name on as a true story. Jun 24, Frazer rated it it was amazing. While exploring the uncharted islands of the Javanese Atoll, Dr.
Watson’s boat is unexpectedly caught in a typhoon of incredible ferocity. When the storm abated, Dr. Watson and his crew discovered they had been carried nearly four hundred miles off their original course. With their boat badly damaged they headed for the first land they saw and discovered not only a refuge from the sea, but an island whose inhabitants possess an exceptional connection to the environment that surrounds them.
Here w While exploring the uncharted islands of the Javanese Atoll, Dr. Here were a people whose primary language is dance, who interpret sound as color, and who displayed a profound understanding of the power within everything that surrounded them; whether it be rock or tree, wind or sea. This is a journal of a personal odessey that changed the life of the author and will influence the life of everyone who reads it. The power of this book is not in its words but in the understandings that will resonate within the reader as the story of this incredible experience unfolds.
Nov 04, H. Reading the book raised many profound questions, chief of which, for me, might be: Can we become liberated by alternative consensus? And is some level of Reading the book raised many profound questions, chief of which, for lyal, might be: And is some level of consensus required to sustain a viable version of reality?
Just like his father! AND I never told him — he made it up by himself! Jun 19, Mary Lello rated it liked it. Not as good as Elephatom in my mind.
He talks of truly magical things and how he no longer feels the need to explain all of it with science; to justify it with science, to be the scientist that he is.
But then he goes on and on and on explaining or trying to the phenomena in scientific terms. He’s a good writer and I love the biology of most of it. It just got tedious to me.
Aug 23, Alex Kelly rated it it was amazing. My favorite book of all time. Thought provoking and somehow selfishly gratifying. While reading your mind is filled with vivid imagery of a place exotic and spiritual. Need to go there, if only in my mind.
Jun 16, Penney Peirce rated it it was amazing. What a lovely book! An early inspiration in my own work. Jan 30, Loly rated it it was amazing Shelves: It took me months to finish it. But this book is too engaging to have the same treatment.
My first reaction when I reached the last page was burst into tears. God knows what brings me to tha It took me months to finish it. God knows what brings me to that. After all, the ending was not so much unpredictable. Yet knowing that it is not a fictitious story, the reader constantly push into questioning would it be possible, can it be oh please just one more miracle attitude to the very last page.