The Nature of the SelfMain Conference Oct 25th-28th, 2012
Pre-conference workshops on Oct 24th and 25th and
post conference workshops on Oct. 29th
Embassy Suites Hotel, San Rafael, CA
Mystics in all ages and cultures describe the self as infinite, stable and ever-present phenomena.
Modern physics describe the world as a self-moving, self-designing pattern, an undivided wholeness, a dance.
We, as a society, relate to the self mostly as an individual, unique, time bound form.
Our common sense, as individuals and society, hasn't caught up with this picture and it still based on long-held biases and stories.
The Earth is clearly round but we still act as if it was flat…
We live at the dawn of a scientific revolution, every day brings new findings from a wide range of scientific disciplines about what it means to be human. Modern science now gives us the detailed descriptions of the mechanisms our brain needs to construct what we call the self.
Could it be this illusionary image of ourselves as separate beings that is keeping us in this perpetual state of anxiety, scarcity, fear, dissatisfaction and leading us, as a society, at this very delicate point in evolution?
“If you awaken from this illusion, and you understand that black implies white, self implies other, life implies death--or shall I say, death implies life--you can conceive yourself.”
~ Alan Watts
“Tear down the imagination that there is some “thing” called self and there is some “thing” called Supreme Self.”
~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
"A human being is a part of a whole, called by us "universe", a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
~ Albert Einstein