Exploring Addiction at SAND14

By Science and Nonduality

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Let’s Get to the Point about Addiction SCOTT KILOBY, Author and Founder of The Kiloby Center for Recovery

11:00am - 11:25am, Hayes Ballroom

SAND14_Scott-Kiloby1In this presentation, Scott Kiloby discusses his work at the Kiloby Center and how it illuminates that addiction is mostly the escaping of certain felt or unconscious emotions or sensations.  More than just providing another theory or agreeing with well-established theories, Scott presents a doable approach to dismantling addictive seeking towards substances, activities and even awakening - an approach that discards fancy spiritual language and metaphysical claims in favor of practicality.  Scott’s Natural Rest for Addiction incorporates the deepest insights of Advaita, the recognition of the unfindability of phenomena from the Buddhist emptiness approaches and the psychological focus on self-esteem and emotions often found in Western Approaches. This eclectic mix is helping people release themselves from long-standing addictions.  Come and get a taste of this very down-to-earth way of looking at our experience differently.


Scott Kiloby: Deficiency Stories

Scott Kiloby is the creator of a new addiction/recovery method called the Natural Rest Presence Method. He has recently opened the Kiloby Center for Recovery in Palm Springs, California, an addiction treatment center based on his latest book, Natural Rest for Addiction. In the series of short videos about Addiction: Evolving our Perspective, Scott cuts through the haze of the many definitions surrounding addiction and recovery, and addresses the role of deficiency stories and shame in addiction.

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Conversation About Addiction GABOR MATÉ and SCOTT KILOBY, facilitated by AROLD LANGEVELD

11:30am - 12:30pm, Hayes Ballroom

Scott Kiloby is an author/speaker on the subject of awakening and addiction recovery and is the founder of the Kiloby Center for Recovery and the Living Inquiries Community. Dr. Mate is a best-selling author/speaker on the subject of addiction, stress, childhood development and other topics. In this panel, the two will address how addiction is not about the substance or activity, but about the pain of the individual addicted. Dr. Mate will provide his expertise and vast working knowledge of the brain and child development and other issues related to addiction. Scott Kiloby will discuss how he is effectively working with addiction at the Kiloby Center using experiential inquiry and presence work. Both speakers share a common ground about the need to heal the core inner pain that drives addiction. This panel will be moderated by Arold Langeveld, nonduality teacher and addiction counselor in The Netherlands. He worked in several addiction clinics using nonduality principles in his therapy. Arold Langeveld plays a key role in the nonduality movie ‘All about Nothing’.

Read more about Arold’s point of view about addiction and nonduality in this dialogue with teacher Joan Tollifson, who, in her books and meetings, draws from her own experiences with addiction and other common human issues. 

Ex. Continued Dialogue on Unity and the Stress-Disease Connection GABOR MATÉ, M.D., Physician and Author

2:00pm – 3:00pm, San Jose Room

SAND14_Gabor-MateStress is ubiquitous these days — it plays a role in the workplace, in the home, and virtually everywhere that people interact. It can take a heavy toll unless it is recognized and managed effectively and insightfully.

Western medicine, in theory and practice, tends to treat mind and body as separate entities. This separation, which has always gone against ancient human wisdom, has now been demonstrated by modern science to be not only artificial, but false. The brain and body systems that process emotions are intimately connected with the hormonal apparatus, the nervous system, and in particular the immune system. Emotional stress, especially of the hidden kind

that people are not aware of, undermines immunity, disrupts the body’s physiological milieu and can prepare the ground for disease. There is strong evidence to suggest that in nearly all chronic conditions, from cancer, ALS, or multiple sclerosis to autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease or Alzheimer’s, hidden stress is a major

predisposing factor. In an important sense, disease in an individual can be seen as the “end point” of a multigenerational emotional process. If properly understood, these conditions can provide important openings for compassion and self-awareness, which in turn are major tools in recovery and healing.


The Power of Addiction and The Addiction of Power: Gabor Maté at TEDxRio+20

Canadian physician Gabor Maté is a specialist in terminal illnesses, chemical dependents, and HIV positive patients. Dr. Maté is a renowned author of books and columnist known for his knowledge about attention deficit disorder, stress, chronic illness and parental relations. His theme at TEDxRio+20 was addiction - from drugs to power. From the lack of love to the desire to escape oneself, from susceptibility of the being to interior power - nothing escapes. And he risks a generic and generous prescription: “Find your nature and be nice to yourself.”

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