Consciousness may be an emergent property from a bunch of background chatter.
In these times of layered and intersecting personal and collective traumas...
God speaks to each of us as he makes us, then walks with us silently out of the night.
Self-enhancement through spiritual practices can fool some of us into thinking we’re evolving
A new type of experiment could get us closer to grasping human consciousness.
Philosophers and mystics have long contemplated the disconcerting notion that the fixed self is an illusion.
This addresses a fundamental challenge within the standard theory of quantum mechanics
Each of us may be able to experience totally different realities.
For hundreds of thousands of years, human beings worked through trauma communally through ritual practices.
Total silence in which there is neither the observer nor the thing observed is the highest form of a religious mind.
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No matter where we start with quantum theory, we always end up at a conundrum
Fungi have long supported and enriched life on our planet. They must be protected as fiercely as animals and plants.
Many people suffer from relationship senility. The mind has become utterly fatigued from trying.
Jim Woodward’s peers have long dismissed his ideas about gravity and inertia. Now he believes he has the data that will prove him right—and could make interstellar travel possible for humans.
Scientists are slowly understanding collaboration’s role in biology
A doctor explains “Cognitive Bypassing” & how it’s keeping us trapped in our trauma.
Meanwhile, someplace in the world, somebody is making love and another a poem.
Jeremy England says spiritual ideas can inform our scientific quest for the origin of life.
An interview with renowned physicist and Big Bang theory critic Eric Lerner
Physicists describe a way to merge quantum theory with Einstein’s special theory of relativity
Electromagnetic energy in the brain enables brain matter to create our consciousness
Another universe existed before ours – and energy from it is coming out of black holes, says Nobel prize winner
A teenager asked that age-old question on TikTok, creating a thoughtful scientific debate
The place of consciousness in the natural world is arguably the greatest mystery facing modern science
A laboratory demonstration of the classic thought experiment could overturn cherished assumptions about reality
The ancient Greeks dove into this question. But what do modern scientists think?
During my pregnancy, my midwives lent me a book that suggested parents-to-be engage with birth art...
Yoga does not bring understanding, but understanding may bring you to yoga.
You live with your body now and you attend to your body needs in a functional way
Where do you see a window you can open for a subtle sacrament to slip into your day?
The Big Bounce theory was once thought impossible. But two physicists have just resurrected it.
Stories, fiction included, act as a kind of surrogate life.
Along with the counterintuitive picture of reality, many myths and misconceptions have arisen
In Kabbalah, the primary way that hidden truths are revealed is through disrobing
A cathedral community envisions vibrant spirituality for the 21st century
Many on the spiritual path rightfully long for a sudden point in time when a shift happens
The emptiness of existence finds its expression in the flitting present as the only manner of real existence.
We are amidst the third month of the coronavirus pandemic, heading for month #4
May we all have compassion for every one of us being exactly as we are in each moment
I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered.
In a new paper, physicists argue that axions could explain why the universe isn’t empty
Life is allied with myth in order that we may advance along an evolutionary path
"There's really no research that supports that point of view,"
Scientists believe that mysterious dark matter is key to forming galaxies in the cosmos. Now, a recent series of bizarre findings threatens to undermine everything we think we know.
More than a decade ago, I was diagnosed with a string of autoimmune diseases
To watch a show with the Hridaya, the open mind, the open heart, can bring us closer to truth than yoga
Of the 2 trillion galaxies contained within our observable Universe, 94% are already forever beyond our reach
Scientists have detected a mid-size black hole - considered the "missing link" in the understanding of these celestial brutes
We would play shower games like ‘I will remember you every time I …’ We would prepare a death ‘nursery.’ There’d be a great playlist.
The laws of physics imply that the passage of time is an illusion. To avoid this conclusion, we might have to rethink the reality of infinitely precise numbers.
You can’t have the life you want without letting go of the life you have
Contrary to its self-conception, Extinction Rebellion is not actually about climate change.
Contents of consciousness are the results of active reconstruction of the reality.
Human life as we’ve known it has ground to a halt, and we’re faced with an unprecedented crisis—and an unprecedented opportunity.
If you were to go as far out into space as you can imagine, what would you encounter?
One of the great unsolved problems of modern physics is coming up with a theory of everything
A Sign of Our Times or How the Black Madonna Is Shaking Us Up for the Twenty-First Century
The first question is always “Who am I in relation to the current situation?”
A Link Between Dark Matter and Antimatter Could Be Why the Universe Exists
A new proof in computer science also has implications for researchers in quantum mechanics and pure mathematics
What if you thought of it as the Jews consider the Sabbath—the most sacred of times?
Engineers crack 58-year-old puzzle on way to quantum breakthrough
Nondualism and idealism aren’t purely Eastern insights, but the metaphysical and spiritual root of the West as well
There is no dark matter. Instead, information has mass, physicist says
No one really knows what happens inside an atom.
It was a powerful motor and well tuned; it took the hills easily, without a stutter, and the pick-up was excellent.
I grew up with trauma followed by 20 years of addiction to drugs and alcohol.
Any theory of quantum gravity is going to have to grapple with some weird time stuff.
“Some of his poems are as if he’s consoling God for what’s happened to his creation”
You wouldn’t find baseballs entangled in such a way that hitting one affects another miles away.
If you are seeking true Reality, since Reality is All, it must be here, now.
In a curved universe, no matter which direction you travel in, you will end up at the starting point
Scientists discover psychedelic DMT creates waking dream state in brain
Exhibition curator Imma Ramos explains how this radical South Asian philosophy has been opening up new ways of seeing the world for 1,500 years.
Times of chaos and challenge can be the most spiritually powerful…
Scientists have discovered a unique form of cell messaging occurring in the human brain that's not been seen before.
What a kindness she showers upon me, not letting me skip any steps, or leave not even one stone unturned.
For me it is irrelevant, but let’s say for the Kashmirian tradition, as far as my teacher expressed…
The new study demonstrates a bizarre quantum effect at never-before-seen scales
It seems we have made pain some kind of mistake, like having it is somehow wrong.
New evidence shows that the key assumption made in the discovery of dark energy is in error
This book celebrates the great stripping process of aging, dying and spiritual awakening.
Physicists See Hints of X17, an Elusive Particle That Could Be a New Force of Nature
Seeking is an expression of truth, it’s not a way. Yoga does not bring us to truth, truth expresses itself through yoga.
Sometimes I wonder if Mary breastfed Jesus. if she cried out when he bit her
I am not this body. I am in this body, and this is part of my incarnation and I honor it but that isn’t who I am.
So-called “information realism” has some surprising implications
Observers are powerful players in the quantum world.
A new model suggests that these subatomic particles may not be so fundamental after all.
It’s when we lose the illusion of control—when we’re most vulnerable and exposed—that we can discover the creative potential of our lives.
Little do Rumi Western admirers know, he was once a twelve-year-old refugee when his family emigrated from Balkh (modern day Afghanistan).
What is happening right now? Is your “now” the same as my “now”?
Fear is raging, systems and structures are crumbling, much is being undone.
Krista Tippett and Rev. angel Kyodo williams touch upon some of the richest themes of the zeitgeist
Galaxies can move with each other across huge distances, and against the predictions of basic cosmological models.
Three physicists wanted to calculate how neutrinos change. They ended up discovering an unexpected relationship between some of the most ubiquitous objects in math.
Hunter of Phoenix, no one can be. So take back your trap, for here, wind is all you’ll ever catch.
The revelation of Being Here while residing in a human body is infinite.
Recent experiments have put relatively large objects into quantum states, illuminating the processes by which the ordinary world emerges out of the quantum one.
Living in harmony with the rhythms and interrelationships of the Natural World is essential
Evidence that quantum searches are an ordinary feature of electron behavior may explain the genetic code, one of the greatest puzzles in biology.
All will come again into its strength: the fields undivided, the waters undammed,
The Born rule, which connects the math of quantum theory to the outcomes of experiments, has been derived from simpler physical principles.
You know that feeling when you have just gone through a breakup, or lost your job, and everything is terrible and terrifying and you don’t know what to do...
Can we love when we grieve? Can we love when we are in pain? Can we love when our home is burning?
Ever since the tender age, I’ve had this passionate love affair with the aspen trees
Politics is usually a hot-button subject, one that can trigger bitter arguments, end marriages,
The impossible predicament of being alive, the great wound that will not heal.
A recent test has confirmed the predictions of quantum trajectory theory, which describes what happens during the long-mysterious “collapse” of a quantum system.
David Bohm was one of the most distinguished theoretical physicists of his generation, and a fearless challenger of scientific orthodoxy.
Tradition and secret practices of mystical marriage and reawakening
We've detected puny, stellar-mass black holes. And we've detected giant, supermassive black holes. But what about those in the middle?
Often in our world of mass-produced goods and machine-like cities, we strive for perfection,
We never value or even see some things in our lives until we are just about to lose them.
Living with someone we love, with all the joys and challenges, is one of the best ways…
Mathematicians and neuroscientists have created the first anatomically accurate model that explains how vision is possible.
We may think meditation will improve us, but it’s really about accepting ourselves as we are right now.
Tandava means totality. It means the path is absolutely non-dual, because we integrate everything and we don't refuse any aspect of the human being
In this (very, very) long essay, Bayo Akomolafe investigates the work and contributions of “postactivism” in our unique times
The idea that the universe splits into multiple realities with every measurement has become an increasingly popular proposed solution to the mysteries of quantum mechanics.
The purpose of therapy is to help the client acknowledge, experience, and bear reality
These black hole opposites would spew energy, be impossible to enter, and might even answer some of the universe’s fundamental questions.
Why Our Spiritual Traditions Have Failed to Respond to the Global Crises – And How We Can Change That Now
Sometimes a wild god comes to the table. He is awkward and does not know the ways
Once you begin to taste the freedom of your true nature and are no longer bound by your ego identifications, your way of being can become significantly more graceful.
Why Our Spiritual Traditions Have Failed to Respond to the Global Crises – And How We Can Change That Now
Discrepancies in measures of expansion may point to new physics
What seems to be your inner reality and what is apparently happening out there in the world is actually one thing.
The “fittest” quantum properties make the most copies of themselves.
Spiritual bypassing is a term I coined to describe a process I saw happening in the Buddhist community I was in, and also in myself.
Ikkyu Sojun decided to be true to himself and that meant regular trips to brothels
This book is the first translation into English of what purports to be the complete Gospel of Mary Magdalene.
An interview with award-winning filmmakers about their fascinating documentary.
We assume our senses see reality as it is—but that could be just an evolved illusion obscuring the true workings of quantum theory and consciousness
Trauma and spirituality share a profound connection, according to psychologist Peter Levine.
Life is relationship, living is relationship, yet very little attention is given to the question. What is your relationship with another?
For decades I was conditioned to believe that to engage a mature spiritual life I needed to “pick one tradition and go deep,”
The contemplative spirituality of via feminina begins with the practice of gestation.
Birthed in the first second after the Big Bang, these as-yet-unseen objects could offer answers to astronomers’ outstanding questions.
Light as the radiant energy of creation started the ring-dance of atoms
“You can not open your heart, it is already open. It is the mind that is closed, and which must open to the heart.”
The striving for spiritual attainment while excluding the personal dimension of life, is often a big error on the path of spiritual inquiry.
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me, When I was shown the charts and diagrams
Stanford physicists have developed a "quantum microphone" so sensitive that it can measure individual particles of sound
It’s easy, during our everyday life in the world, to forget how extravagantly remarkable a human being actually is.
It vibrates in every thing and every not-thing, right off the tip of your nose.
New human multisensory integration model for its exploration.
Some of the greatest nondual insights about the human condition were offered to our world in no ancient scroll
In less than 30 years, humanity has discovered more than 4,000 exoplanets
Entering into that territory where the practices that have sustained us no longer can guide us in the terrain we are in.
In an incredible first, scientists have captured the world's first actual photo of quantum entanglement
Could crossmodal senses be one key to unlock the true nature of physics?
In feminist theology therefore, the issue is not about exchanging pronouns but about another way of thinking of transcendence.
Why adept meditators would be invaluable to studies
It would be useful to add adept perceivers to the studies.
The universe is dreaming us up and we are all dreaming our lives into being.
Some of physics' remaining secrets may actually relent through the human senses.
The true extent of da Vinci’s Renaissance mind is captured in the surviving notebooks...
Silent and serene, forgetting words, bright clarity appears before you.
Astronomer Natalie Batalha embodies a planetary sense of what “love” is and means.
Recognizing that our bodies and our sexuality are sacred is a good way to begin undoing the split between sex and spirit...
It's not only a big deal; it's the biggest deal of all.
You wear your silence as a black silk gown, woven infinitesimal, every thread a letter of your lover's name.
Underneath the ground exists a vast “social network” that connects trees and other plants to each other.
Quantum field theory has made some incredibly accurate predictions about the universe, but it has also made some of the worst.
The path of reality is not a path, for it is an exploration of life in all that it is...
Q: How do quantum phenomena take part in photosynthesis and why is it important?
New research shows that the physical effects of trauma can be passed down to children and even to grandchildren
On dark summer nights, away from city lights, I love to stargaze and imagine that I am dancing with the stars.
During recent decades, the apparently solid view of the mechanistic and materialistic world has started to show alarming cracks.
In the context of American spiritual practice nondual traditions and mindfulness traditions appear to be in sharp contrast.
Asking a question is being the most active you can be. It means being humble. Humility is the most active attitude.
What are we? A soul? An immaterial mind? A flow of energy? Are we our bodies or neural patterns in our brains?
New research now suggests that trees may have a “heartbeat” that pumps water from their roots.
Two realities can exist at the same time, at least in the quantum world, suggests a new study.
In order to understand Transe Learning, we start by thinking about the object of our research. The transpersonal methodology has the object of Self-realization, but what is the Self?
Wake up! Wake up! Errrr, ummmm, grrrrggr, Oh yes, I’m awake now. Wow, that was a weird dream.
Climate change is one of the biggest and toughest problems facing human society. Unless the rise in average global temperates is stopped soon
I have this concern about what is happening in the world. If we take nonduality really seriously, it seems like we are not concerned about the exterior.
In a leafy, seemingly conventional corner of suburban Essex in southeast England ordinary children are learning in the most extraordinary of ways.
Shaped and sustained by the nondual tradition of Kashmir Shivaism, Eric Baret’s words take us back to the simple observation of our felt sense of emotion and, ultimately, to pure listening.
The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous says that alcohol is “cunning, baffling and powerful” in its cause of the disease of alcoholism.
There are many things that affect our mental health, from work-related stress to past traumas to whether or not we meditate each day.
In the current political climate, audiences want to be told that everything will be all right in the end.
A documentary about the art of living outside of conventions in deep integrity with one's essence
His first album came out in 1967 when I was a very impressionable young teenager in the midst of the so-called “summer of love” of that year.
It was in the first half of the 19th century that photography was born, an invention that would revolutionize the world of image, and by extension, representation. Today, the camera has become current currency.
Just when you thought quantum physics couldn’t get any weirder, it violates the pigeonhole principle.
If we take a focus of attention inward regularly, we can realize intuitively that our conscious awareness, rather than being separate from the world as it seems to be, exists as a field of consciousness everywhere in all space.
When it comes to creating documentaries about the grandeur of the Earth, “strange” is a difficult bar to reach.
Behind all our endeavors lies the desire to feel good—to be happy, feel content, relaxed, and at ease. No one wants to be in pain or to suffer unnecessarily.
New Dimensions Radio has generously agreed to let us repost this podcast from 2013. It introduces Maurizio and Zaya to those of you who may not know them, and tells the story of the early days of the SAND conference ten years ago.
The chant Om Namah Shivaya is a love song, to ourselves. A love song we sing to our own deepest inner nature. In this song we recognize that we are the source, like a hologram, a piece of god that also represents the whole.
There is one fundamental presumption upon which our world culture is founded. This basic presumption states that experience is divided into two essential elements – a subject and an object – joined together by an act of knowing, feeling or perceiving.
Billions of years ago, an iron nucleus forged in another galaxy was flung into space at close to the…
On awakening, bless this day, for it is already full of unseen good which your blessings will call forth;…
Look deeper. Look deeper at your mala, your skateboard, your yoga mat. Look deeper at your records,…
The word “spirituality” has caused a lot of suffering over the centuries. Moral self-righteousness is often tagging along side that word.
Just as artists are driven to create, scientists need to prove that something is as it seems. Their mantra is, don’t tell me, show me through repeated tests that arrive at the same results every time.
These days people have lost their connection with many powerful elements of energy and nature, sound being one of them—as a means of healing and brain entertainment.
We live our lives of human passions, cruelties, dreams, concepts, crimes and the exercise of virtue in and beside a world devoid of our preoccupations...
In our everyday life, time flows in one direction—forward. When you put a frozen pizza in the hot oven, the pizza heats up. When you hit a baseball, it flies over the wall (if you’re having a good day at bat). When you knock a coffee mug off a table...
Question: When we say that we must come to the end of the mind, that we must exhaust the mind, is it a necessary process, something which must happen, or is it possible to have an insight without the mind being exhausted?
I have to confess that I was a little taken aback at breakfast this morning when Ellen and I sat down, and Zaya and Maurizio came to sit down with us.
The most famous case study in science, prior to Freud, was published in 1728 in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society by the English surgeon William Cheselden, who attended Newton in his final illness.
Our own deeply held beliefs and definitions of technology are impeding us from evolving consciously…
I am a seeker who feels he has arrived, in that, these days, I both intellectually and feeling-wise, experience a oneness that is a great joy and comfort
For well over a century, scientists have been wrestling with what quantum mechanics has been revealing to us about fundamental reality
Might we humans be the only species on this planet to be truly conscious?
As far as I know, this is a first: a book about ayahuasca and plant medicine and shamanism...
For anyone who has watched a friend fall in love, Nietzsche’s words from Thus Spoke Zarathustra might…
Music is created from energetic patterns of tonal and rhythmic interval. It is the ratio of these intervals…
Many great masters have said “Everything is Self,” and this phrase is repeated regularly during spiritual…
Beneath your feet lies an enormous subterranean biosphere of bacteria and other forms of life, surviving…
What’s wrong with mirrors? Most people know that they are backwards, reversing left and right sides,…
In physics, time exists but it has no preferred direction.
In order to understand the true nature of reality, science must first recognize the importance of consciousness, says Dr. Robert Lanza, a stem-cell biologist whose work has earned him high acclaim.
How did great mathematicians like Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein make the leap from understanding basic mathematical concepts to answering fundamental questions about the Universe?
The heart is essential to our life, pumping oxygenated blood throughout our body. But it’s also the…
When we ask ourselves why we think time exists, most of us would say: because we see everything changing, always.
Imagine for a moment being in a church where mathematics groups meet regularly to solve geometry problems…
According to Ervin Laszlo, the coherence of the atom and the galaxies is the same coherence that keeps living cells together, cooperating to form life.
From the comfortable seat of our bodies (and built-in brains), it’s easy to think that consciousness…
A well-documented feature of trauma, one familiar to many, is our inability to articulate what happens to us.
Sometimes in life, all the experience and knowledge simmering around in that ol’ consciousness of ours...
In a now famous conversation between Carl Sagan and the Dalai Lama, Sagan, a scientist and renowned…
One of my earliest ventures into philosophy, back in high school, concerned the question of “free will versus determinism.”
When it comes to the world around us, what we perceive is not always what is actually there.
Although we might believe that our suffering is a private affair, this haunting, background agony could…
Sadness is one of the deepest emotions and it must be kept without an object.
Many traditions and mystics talk about nondualism. But what is nondualism, and how have people—from different religions in different parts of the word—described this concept over time?
At this year's conference I'll be moderating a discussion between Bernardo Kastrup and physicist Christopher…
Durga is a Goddess of Strength and Justice who brings compassion, peace, calm and order to the chaos, destruction and conflict in any situation.
I’m alive because of Ayahuasca. I am connected, soulful, expanded, and spilling over with self-love, mostly because of the blessing of attending around 1,000 sacred plant ceremonies.
It was on the edge of Berlin on July 14, 1930, that science and spirituality came together in one of the most intellectually stimulating conversations in history
As the process of manifestation (involution of Ultimate Reality into becoming the physical Universe) begins, the tattvas (principles, states of consciousness) that logically appear first are those of what is called the Pure Creation and pure knowledge.
In the quest for our true identity, what could be more authentic than our own thoughts?…
image by Android Jones Where will I find you? Where will I find you, my friend? In an accusing forest…
Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu, Buddhist, Sufi, or Zen. Not any religion or cultural system.…
If you were to stand outside the universe—outside both space and time—and look at your life, you would see your birth, your death and every moment in between laid out as distinct points.
An extraordinary and profound personal experience illustrates the tenet that the Model of Manifestation describes both the Universe – and a human being.
Quantum physics tells us that the state of a subatomic particle can only be known when the state of the particle is measured
At 3:03 a.m. on August 8, 1983, I was born into isolation—I spent the first two weeks of my life in an incubator,
Kashmir Shaivism encompasses a vast territory of wisdom and knowledge about the universe and a human…
Tantra in the Western imagination stands for exotic and orgasmic rituals coming from India and Tibet that blend sex and meditation.
Love, we can’t talk about because it is what is. It isn’t an objective experience, it’s what is here at every moment, except when I pretend to love or when I want to be loved.
Most of my life was spent as a materialist. I regarded physical matter as the basis of reality. From matter emerged biological organisms such as humans, which developed brains, and out of the brain emerged consciousness.
Obviously, that’s an important question for nondualists including Advaitins and Buddhists.
Since childhood I have been fascinated by holograms. The reason was the science fiction movie Star Wars and in 1984 I watched it for the first time.
Over the past century, the total number of physicists has grown exponentially, as has the number of…
We may be longing for love but afraid of love, afraid of being seen to be flawed, unworthy, unlovable; we may fiercely guard our separation.
It was 18 months ago that I stumbled upon a short video on YouTube talking about the basics of Quantum Field Theory.
The existence of an ether – an all-pervading medium composed of a subtler kind of matter – has been taught by mystic philosophers throughout the ages.
In a world where scientific theories often sound bizarre and counter to everyday intuition, and where a wide variety of...
Scientists have discovered a distinct turbulent fluid pattern, surprisingly close to Kolmogorov’s equation, hidden in many of Van Gogh’s paintings.
Scientific American recently published a very interesting essay by philosopher Susan Schneider. It offers an argument against panpsychism—
Between quantum physics and neuroscience, a theory emerges of a mental field we each have, existing in another dimension and behaving in some ways like a black hole.
Time is a contentious topic in physics. Some physicists, such as Julian Barbour, argue that it doesn’t even exist. Others, such as Carlo Rovelli, hold that it arises as a secondary effect of deeper quantum processes.
People have tried many ways to alter their consciousness — meditation, psychedelic mushrooms, LSD, rituals…
From Aristotle on, we have been conditioned to believe we have only five senses, even after science has established that we could have thousands.
Quantum particles, the foundation of the universe, are like naughty children playing catch me if you can with scientists in a game with no rules.
Although I’ve been an ardent devotee of Ramana Maharshi since 1970, I’ve also worked as a state-licensed psychotherapist in California since 1978.
It is precisely science that makes the key point shine most brightly: the point that there is a fundamental respect in which ultimate intrinsic nature of the stuff of the universe is unknown to us — except insofar as it is consciousness.
The most radical understanding of reality points first to radical wholeness, to the prior unity of all opposites and conditional experiences.
There is such a deeply rooted belief that we must do something with intense surges of feeling and emotion as they wash through: understand them, determine their cause, link them to some life circumstance or person, transform them, transmute them...
Psychedelic drugs alter consciousness in a profound and novel way that increases the breadth and fluency of cognition. However, until recently, scientists were unable to offer an explanation for how the brain was altered to account for these effects.
Emotions are tricky entities. They confuse the mind and disturb perception, isolating an individual in a private sense of reality. So what to do with them?
For almost 100 years, children have been taught in school that the anatomical sex of a baby is determined by the X and Y chromosomes, also known as the sex chromosomes — XY is male and XX is female.
There is a pervasive myth about enlightenment which, although repeated by many spiritual teachers, has its origins in a view of spirituality that arises from the misconceptions of the unhealed ego.
A relationship ends unexpectedly, success turns to failure overnight, a loved one dies, you receive a diagnosis out of the blue, and you suddenly feel a profound groundlessness, a deep uncertainty, the sense that your world is spinning out of control.
I know what it’s like to live a life driven by emotion, and believe me, it won’t make you happy.
The everyday practice is simply to develop a complete acceptance and openness to all situations and emotions, and to all people, experiencing everything totally without mental reservations and blockages, so that one never withdraws or centralizes into...
In recent years scientists have been exploring the effects that stress and emotions have on our cells — in particular, on our chromosomes and mitochondrial DNA.
Once the fish said to the turtle: “I have heard about a huge thing that is called ‘the ocean.’ Does it really exist?
This essay is about a shocking contradiction in our common sense about the nature of reality; a contradiction that you are probably totally unaware of. Becoming aware of this contradiction has the potential to change your life.
We live in a reality generated by our brain. From the euphoria of falling in love to the beauty of a newly blossomed flower, what we experience with our senses is a representation of the world, not the world itself.
In recent years scientists have been exploring the effects that stress and emotions have on our cells — in particular, on our chromosomes and mitochondrial DNA.
With new discoveries in epigenetics now making headlines, many of us are asking an important question: What are my children really inheriting? Can my baggage, the unfinished business I don’t deal with, pass on to my kids?
When people talk about the evolution and development of all that makes humans “unique,” one thing that often gets overlooked is our feelings.
It’s a safe bet that everyone reading this article has read accounts of spiritual teachers engaging in questionable behavior. Many of you may have been on the receiving end of such behavior.
The demand to be safe in a relationship inevitably breeds sorrow and fear. The seeking for security invites insecurity.
Across all species, individuals thrive in complex ecological systems, which they rarely have complete knowledge of.
According to Charles Darwin, you are the product of your biological mother and father, just as they were the product of their biological mother and father, and so on back to the earliest days of humans and to all the species that came before.
One idea in the study of emotion and its impact on psychological health is overdue for retirement: that negative emotions (like sadness or fear) are inherently bad or maladaptive for our psychological well-being, and positive emotions (like happiness...
I grew up as a student biologist with the unquestionable rule that you do not talk about animal behavior in human terms.
Is math an invention of the human brain? Or does math exist in some abstract world, with humans merely discovering its truths? The debate has been raging since the time of the ancient Greeks.
Even before the birth of modern neuroscience, Sigmund Freud theorized that what we call objective reality is actually shaped in part by our subconscious. And he was able to do this simply by observing the behavior of people from the outside.
Please, please don’t worry. How many times do I have to say it?
The way you react to the world and to the people around you is driven much more than you realize by unconscious aspects of your brain and body.
Every life is a work of fiction. That’s what I tell my memoir students. People come to me wanting to tell their life story, the narrative that sums them up, the myth that captures their essence.
Spiritual teachers with non-dual leanings say that there is no path to enlightenment. There is nowhere to get to; you are already enlightened, you just do not know it.
The mystics of all traditions have taught us that love is not to be sought; love is what we are. Love is what is here in each and every moment.
This article explores untapped potentials for Integral Theory that can emerge from recognizing the original nature of the Buddha’s awakening.
by Shawn Radcliffe If you look at a forest through a Darwinian lens, you’ll see individual trees battling…
One of the central goals of yoga is seeing the world clearly. But when it comes to knowing ourselves, we often lack self-awareness about our real nature.
I don’t have an ego. And neither do you. That doesn’t mean you and I don’t get caught up in egocentric thinking and behavior, but that we are mistaken in thinking of the ego as some separate individual self, some “thing” in the mind.
Its great that ACEs are high on the agenda for organizations that support adults, children & young people.
from "Island" by Aldous Huxley Somewhere between seeing and speaking, somewhere Between our soiled and…
By Andrew Lohrey In first year philosophy I was never taught there was more than one kind of logic.…
Art: stained glass by Iris Let the Mother wash away all your small dreams of transcendence. Rest into…
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