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Addled: the blog of the book

Welcome to the home of Addled: Adventures of a Reluctant Mystic – a novel about spiritual emergency and how a crisis can become an awakening.

Using the philosophy of Zen Buddhism, the book follows Zoe Popper on her quest for inner peace and self-knowledge. She thinks she’s going crazy, but she’s about to discover that reality is stranger than she thinks.

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Addled Glossary

Glossary: What’s in a Word?

Words are powerful. With words we can create worlds, bring joy and laughter, share our dreams and innermost thoughts, pass on our knowledge, educate and learn. We can also destroy, confuse and mislead. Words are notoriously slippery. Many creation myths say the world was born from a vibration – a sound or a word. In… Continue reading Glossary: What’s in a Word?

Mysticism · Zoe's Reading List

Review: Mysticism by Evelyn Underhill

The week Zoe is reading Mysticism: A Study of the Nature and Development of Man’s Spiritual Consciousness by Evelyn Underhill. This is the classic text on mysticism. It explores the subject in depth, and although Underhill focuses mostly on mystical Christianity, she also looks at Sufism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and others too. Part 1 explains how… Continue reading Review: Mysticism by Evelyn Underhill


Alan Watts on the Values of Mysticism

There are many people who don’t take mysticism seriously and tend to view mystics with suspicion. In these extracts, Alan Watts talks about this in terms of the use of psychedelics, but the objections to the use of these drugs can also be applied to the experience of the mystic. This is mainly because these… Continue reading Alan Watts on the Values of Mysticism


Alan Watts on the Mystical Experience

In these extracts, Alan Watts talks about his mystical experiences through the use of psychedelics. In his experiments, he identified four main characteristics of mystical experience: From Psychedelics and Religious Experience: “For more than thirty years I have been studying the causes, the consequences, and the conditions of those peculiar states of consciousness in which… Continue reading Alan Watts on the Mystical Experience