Thursday SAND15 US
PRE-CONFERENCE MORNING WORKSHOPS
9:00am – 12:00pm SHOWHIDE
9:00am – 12:00pm
– ‘Feeling the Universe’ – Consciousness as a Process of Fundamental Reality ★
9:00am – 12:00pm
– Awareness Knows No Enemies – Dissolving Our Inner Divisions
9:00am – 12:00pm
– The Naked Voice – Transform Your Life Through The Power of Sound
PRE-CONFERENCE AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS
2:00pm – 5:00pm SHOWHIDE
2:00pm – 5:00pm
– Consciousness, the Sole Reality of All that Is
2:00pm – 5:00pm
– The Body of Love: Experiencing the Body in the Embrace of our True Nature
7:00pm – 9:40pmSHOWHIDE
PL1. An Overview of the Study and Exploration of Consciousness ★
– Consciousness, Its Nature and Role in Experience
Don Americo Yabar – The Salka Experience of Consciousness
Don Américo Yábar is poet, writer, therapist, and founder of energetic poetic movement Salka. He comes from the heart of the Andes in Peru. His work is based in the active experience of the Salka, the non-domesticated, free energy of the Cosmos. Salka is a Quechua word meaning wild. The therapeutic connotation given to the word by Don Américo is: non-domesticated energy, free energy. Salka energy touches all that is in Nature- all beings of Pachamama, Mother Earth, and the infinite spaces of Cosmos. The work comes from over 30 years of sharing with small groups of salka waikis worldwide~ connecting with the Pachamama , their deepest selves and the Cosmos. Salka is in tune with the mystical traditions and spiritual healers of the indigenous communities in the highest reaches of Peru as well as extending into the deep mirrors the Amazon jungle.
Consciousness in the Andes is expressed as being whole, subject to the Pachamama and the Cosmos, moving into a life of reciprocity, complementarity. It extends from the heart, munay, the cosmic mind, leaving us to understand that for the Andean, everything is alive, provided with sacred energy. To access this understanding Don Americo and Gayle will help you with various energetic movements, stimulating and revealing your ancient wisdom. Thus we learn to use our own energy and develop our consciousness, opening to a natural world, healthy and in alignment. In this experiential workshop he and his son Gayle will help us in activating our Salk’a energy, regaining a sense of vital energy and sense of poetry. One form of active therapy the energy body to a clearer perception of self and others in relation to consciousness.
Stuart Hameroff – ‘Feeling the Universe’ – Consciousness as a Process of Fundamental Reality ★
location: San Jose
Feelings and conscious awareness remain scientifically mysterious. The mainstream view contends they emerge from computation among brain neurons, implying consciousness is an adaptation of biological evolution. But this view neglects the question of what life is, the possibility of non-local consciousness (parapsychology, spirituality) and fails to provide testable predictions. An alternative view suggests feelings and awareness are intrinsic to the universe, that mental features preceded biological life, prompting its origin and driving evolution. One such view is the Penrose-Hameroff ‘Orch OR’ theory which suggests that sequences of quantum state reductions, ‘collapses of the wavefunction’, occur in the brain in structures called microtubules inside neurons, as rearrangements in the fine scale structure of the universe. This in turn suggests feelings and awareness have existed all along, and that biological life is an adaptation of conscious feelings accompanying quantum state reductions ubiquitous in the universe.
The workshop will cover:
(1) Two worlds: The edge between quantum and classical
(2) The brain: Neurons, microtubules and the ‘quantum underground’
(3) The ‘quantum pleasure principle’ – How feelings precipitated life and drove evolution
(4) Music of the universe: Consciousness resonates across scales in the fabric of reality
(5) ‘Tuning the brain’ – Treating mental and cognitive disorders with transcranial ultrasound (‘TUS’)
Dorothy Hunt – Awareness Knows No Enemies – Dissolving Our Inner Divisions
What if there is no samsara to vanquish, no nirvana to attain? How would your separate identity maintain itself without its project of “fixing” a “me” or attaining a fantasized future state? Would you really become complacent to the sufferings in yourself or the world if you knew you were not separate from the moment, from life, from the essence of all?
Living without division is not possible for the thinking mind; it requires a radical shift of identity. But whether or not there has been a deep, abiding awakening, one must still face whatever is arising in consciousness moment to moment. The Buddha faced Mara; Jesus, the devil; Milarepa, a cave full of demons. Each is a story of remaining present as the deepest truth in the face of projections and seductions of divided mind.
There is a solvent for our mental and emotional divisions: the intimate, transforming light of Nondual Awareness, the silent source of all that appears or disappears in consciousness. Such awareness clears the darkness of our innocent misunderstandings and opens the heart to its compassion and love. Clear seeing from the heart dissolves separation and division.
This workshop will invite time to soak in the Silence that loosens contractions and brings clarity to the moment. From this ground, we will investigate our inner divisions, including the biggest one of all—the illusion of a separate “self.” Looking for the source of “ego” rather than efforting to destroy it, we may discover our own radiant Presence.
Those who have great realization about delusion are buddhas.
Those who are greatly deluded within realization are sentient beings.
Chloe Goodchild – The Naked Voice – Transform Your Life Through The Power of Sound
Both science and spirituality agree that every particle of matter, every phenomenon
we experience, is a form of resonance or vibration. The human voice is quite literally a mouthpiece of this truth; there is no form of expression more personal, more tied to our identities, than our voices. With simple inspirational exercises, this book by renowned
voice teacher Chloe Goodchild gives readers the tools to guide them in a process of sound healing and soul communication that is guaranteed to open the heart and restore forgiveness, compassion, and interconnectedness between individuals and in their communities.
At the heart of every human journey exists the longing to feel at home in one’s self and in
the world. In a unique response to meet this longing, Chloe Goodchild invites you on a compelling adventure of self-discovery and creative fulfillment through a direct experience of your own authentic voice–the voice of your personal authority, the song of your soul. Going beyond traditional vocal training guides, this book will appeal to anyone wishing to encounter themselves at a primal level through the medium of the voice.
Richard Miller – As Self Falls Away: When Self Falls Away
location: Rose Garden/Alum Rock
There are distinct phases that arise as our belief of being a separate ego-I-self falls away, and when it has fallen away. As self falls away, three subtle but distinct aspects of identification with being a separate ego-I-self are be revealed, which need to be understood and, in turn, set free. Then, the realization of what lies beyond all sense of self, mind and separation can be recognized, and its fragrance integrated into all aspects of daily life.
Join Richard as he describes the phases of awakening (pre and post), the subtle aspects of ego-I identification and current neuroscience related to pre- and post-awakening, and shares experiential practices of meditative self-inquiry that explore the felt-sense of self and non-self, and the integration of awakening and non-separation amidst the circumstances of daily life.
Menas Kafatos & Jay Kumar – Sacred Science
In this three hour workshop, quantum physicist Menas Kafatos and cognitive scientist Jay Kumar, both scholars of science, spirituality and religious studies, explore who we truly are from the perspectives of two great systems of thought, Buddhism and Kashmir Śaivism. They draw teachings using selected sūtras from ancients texts, the Śiva Sūtras of Vasugupta, the Paramārthasāra of Abhinavagupta, along with core Buddhist teachings from the Dhammapada and The Heart Sutra, that touch on concepts about the nature of the individual and universal Self, true knowledge, śūnyatā “emptiness” and anicca “impermanence”. These are explored in the context of both quantum theory and contemplative practices. Existential questions have been explored for millennia throughout various spiritual traditions and constitute what we term the “Sacred Science”, combining intellectual inquiry with contemplation and direct experience. Participants will be exposed to the idea of the unity of existence with manifest realities, diversities, and countless structures that spring out from the underlying universal Consciousness. This unique and experiential workshop explores humanity’s paradigm of wholeness through condensed but profound universal truths reflected in key sūtras and a few fundamental laws of nature. Meditation and simple centering techniques will be provided to assist practitioners in a deeper sense of our own mystery of existence.
Stephen LaBerge – Exploring Consciousness: Dreaming and Awakening
Our dream experiences seem so real to our sleeping minds that it is usually only after we awaken that we recognize our dreams as the mental experiences they are. Happily, there is an important exception: sometimes while dreaming, we become conscious that we are dreaming. This remarkable state of consciousness is referred to as “lucid dreaming” and is learnable and rewarding. Scientific research has proven the objective reality of lucid dreams, and has led to the development of new methods of inducing them. I will provide a brief overview of lucid dreaming, touching on techniques and technology for achieving lucid dreaming; a model of dreaming and waking consciousness; scientific research on mind-body relationships during REM sleep; and several applications of lucid dreaming — exploring consciousness, enhancing creativity, personal development and self-integration, dream yoga, and transcendent experience.
Of the many applications and implications of lucid dreaming, the one of greatest, deepest relevance to SaND-folk is its potential to stimulate spiritual awakening. Implicit in lucid dreaming is the knowledge that one is dreaming, which is to say, that one is not awake. Yet this is the paradox: as the beginning of wisdom is “to know that one knows nothing,” so too, the beginning of awakening is to know that one is not awake. If we suppose we already are awake, as we do in both the dreams we call “false awakenings” and also those we do not call dreams at all, but presumptively term “waking life,” how can we even frame the possibility of waking up? We already (believe) we are. Yet as both ancient Eastern spiritual teachings and recent Western psychological science agree, much of ordinary life is lived in such an automatic unconscious manner, that to say that most of us somnambulate through life seems little exaggeration. In the words of Bahauddin Naqshband (d. 1388) “Here we are all of us in a dream caravan. A caravan, but a dream. A dream, but a caravan. And we know which are the dreams. Therein lies the hope.”
Bernadette Roberts – Nonduality is the Mystery of Christ
Location: San Jose
Based on my research, the term advita or “nondual” has been used to define a number of different realities. Thus it has been used to mean “One God without a second”; that “Brahman transcendent in itself and immanent in man (Atman) is One and not two”; it is used to define “enlightenment” or the realization that “Underlying multiplicity all is One (or nondual)”; also to define a “particular state of consciousness” regarded as a final goal. Altogether, the term “nondual” has been used in multiple contexts to define the Reality or Truth of “something”. Given its multiple references, in this workshop we will add another use for this term to define the “mystery of “Christ”. The term “Christ” is not the name of anyone – God or man – but a title used to refer to the mystery of God’s eternal oneness with Man. Despite the union or “oneness” of disparate natures (Infinite and finite), Christ is not a “numerical one” or a single individual being – God nor Man. Just as Hinduism has a number of disagreeing references to the term “nonduality”, so too, Christianity has a number of different (even disagreeable) references to “Christ”. While I could never stand behind any Hindu reference to nonduality, I am happy, however, to stand behind “Christ” as its true definition. Showing how and why this is so is the focus of this workshop. We will begin by going over the Hindu origin of the term and then see how Western Monotheism, its philosophy and theology, offers the perfect understanding of the mystery of Christ – the living manifestation of “nonduality”.
Rupert Spira – Consciousness, the Sole Reality of All that Is
In Rupert’s workshop, which combines the essential understanding contained in the Advaita Vedanta and Kashmir Shaivism traditions, we discover that all experience appears in Consciousness, is known by Consciousness and is made of Consciousness. This is a highly experiential approach in which it is understood and felt that it is Consciousness alone that modulates itself in all forms of experience, and yet never is, knows or becomes anything other than itself. In relation to thought, this felt understanding is known as Truth; in relation to emotions, it is felt as Love; and in relation to perceptions, it is experienced as Beauty.
Ellen Emmet – The Body of Love: Experiencing the Body in the Embrace of our True Nature
location: Rose Garden/Alum Rock
Open Loving Awareness is the essential substance of our shared being. When we knowingly take our stand as this Awareness we recognize that all our experiences: thoughts, bodily sensations and perceptions arise effortlessly within it and share their reality with it.
In this workshop, we will give special attention to the body. For most of us, even after an awakening to our true nature of Awareness, we continue to experience the body as a habitual and intricate network of sensations and energies, which perpetuate and reflect the belief in being a separate individual consciousness. These habits are deep rooted and remain active under the surface of our contemplation. Thus “I” Awareness continues to feel separate and limited and the body’s innocent and harmonious functioning remains deeply compromised by the impossible task of maintaining itself as an anchor and cage for the illusory separate identity.
As we gently invite the felt bodily experience to align itself with our deepest understanding, we discover that it flows with natural ease, freedom and transparency and reflects and expresses the ever-present love that is its source and its substance.