In order to understand the nature of our universe as well as the role SAND is performing with respect to the evolution of the universe, it is helpful to remember that seven million years ago we were identical to chimpanzees. Think of building San Francisco with the consciousness of a chimp. Take it further. Four billion years ago our planet was molten rock. That molten rock became chimpanzees. The crowning achievement of four centuries of modern science is our discovery of this innate, pervasive, astonishing, self-transcending creative power of matter. But modern English fails us here. To call it “matter” is to dump centuries of dualistic consciousness on it. Let’s call it creative energy and say it again: the magnificent achievement of empirically based, mathematical science is the stunning realization that we have been constructed by, and that we dwell within, ultimate creative energy.
One of the fundamental spiritual, social, and ecological challenges of our time is learning how to live into what we know. If we could experience in a direct way how every cow and fir tree required fourteen billion years of creativity to be here, our relationships with them and with all others would change. But the vast majority of us, certainly including myself, do not know how to experience the universe at this level in an ongoing way. No one does. No humans in the history of humanity had this knowledge, which means no humans in history had to learn how to be a human being as a mode of cosmic creativity. That’s one of the reasons we come to SAND. Our community is one of the nodes where a new form of humanity is struggling to come forth. We are groping forward, comparing notes, sharing insights, awakening experience, deepening consciousness. We are the universe carrying out one of its greatest leaps in being.
How does one choose to walk closely to the dying every day?
In a time of growing ecological and humanitarian crises, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee bears witness to the darkness of the dying myth we are stranded in.
To celebrate Earth Day we would like to offer you the following mediation, which is a is a love letter to the Earth, written by Thay.
Gordon Hempton is an acoustic ecologist whose life work is preserving the world’s silent places
Covid-19 is the first time in our lives that nature has turned against us on a planetary scale.
An Open Online Event with Thomas Hübl
the dark stages of dissolution that precede the transformation of butterflies
Modern dreams of death and dying are deeply "humanistic", tethered to a vision of the self as independent and removed from "nature".
two excerpts from the online SAND event with Thomas
Life and death are not the opposites the modern mind has made them to be.
Gabor Maté prompts Thomas Hübl to talk about his understanding that trauma is not just an individual but a collective experience.
67 people from all over the world to take a DNA test. It turns out they have much more in common with other nationalities than they thought ...
Wisdom keeper and spiritual master Isira invites us to look into the causes behind the critical challenges we face
In our world right now there are economic and political and surveillance systems that need help in dying.
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