as i listen to alan watts talk i am struck by how he doesn`t mess around with the dogma, he goes directly to the experiences themselves. he talks, in one of the lectures linked above, about how before we can think about the meaning of words and concepts as children, our parents and teachers give us instructions that we take as absolute. things like "pull yourself together" or "get a grip" or somesuch that makes us go inside and command our bodies to strain in a desperate attempt to comply. as adults we don`t take these things quite so literally and so we think about strategies to improve or whatever........but the command is still in there......get anxious and tighten up.
so we put energy into tighening our limbs and organs thinking we are solving problems, but what happens is that we can`t relax mentally or physically and we get tighter and tired and eventually ill from the strain.
and the doctors don`t know what`s going on because they`re busy doing the same thing. straining away. so they prescribe pills and surgery to medicate and cut you in the hopes that the symptoms will go away and you go home and get more gripping done and get more tired.......and so on.