Science And Nonduality (SAND) is a community inspired by timeless wisdom, informed by cutting-edge science, and grounded in direct experience. We come together to explore the big questions of life while celebrating the mystery of being. SAND is a place for an open-hearted, authentic connection with people who are drawn together to explore what it means to be a human being, standing at the intersection of spiritual inquiry, science, social healing, and the arts.
In our view, the disconnect from Earth-based, indigenous wisdom began in the very early days of humankind, when male-dominated religions replaced fertility goddess worship as the prevalent cultural vehicle and started pitting humanity against its natural environment. Separation was born: me vs you, us vs them, human vs nature. It was, in a way, an unavoidable consequence of the rise of the Mind and its discriminating function.
Much later, with the Scientific Revolution, the liberation of science from religion resulted in tremendous technological advances, but it also led to the fragmentation of knowledge, and to a science no longer engaged with the big questions of what it means to be human, to be conscious, and interconnected.
If our civilization is to be saved from its own excesses, it is urgent to answer the longing of those with a deep spiritual intuition who cannot find their way through a religious world so alienated from the contemporary mind. It is vital to give birth to spiritual paths which are compatible with a contemporary view of the world.
We also recognize that at the heart of the climate, political, and socioeconomic crises we face today lie the story of separation and the deep intergenerational trauma we carry. The cult of separation has brought dominance and submission, marginalization and oppression, violence toward the other along with the mechanistic, materialistic view of life that has shaped our society.
At SAND we envision a humanity firmly rooted in the truth of our interconnectedness. We see Earth as a living being and we hold life, in all its shapes and forms, as intelligent, sacred and complete.
We promote a spirituality honoring both the absolute/transcendent and the relative/immanent aspects of consciousness—ultimately one and the same.
We are also being called to challenge all the ways in which the realization of our interconnectedness might not be fully embodied. In these times of crisis, we need to be initiated into radical compassion, care and love for all life.
Truth, spiritual or otherwise, is not an abstraction but an ongoing moment-to-moment relationship to life as one interconnected whole. SAND stands for nurturing a community in which we belong to ourselves, to each other and to Life.
SAND creates a unique forum which brings preeminent thinkers from various scientific fields into dialogue with spiritual teachers, practitioners, and the community at large. Together, we peer into deep mysteries and seek answers to time-eternal questions.
We cradle the emergence of a spirituality free from dogmatism and responsive to the latest findings in science, and of a humanistic science willing to consider questions of context, perception, meaning and purpose.
SAND is inspired to foster a vibrant community of individuals who share this vision; a community which believes that the time is right for the prevalent fragmentation of knowledge and society to give way to a new integrative era in which science and spirituality re-enter into meaningful dialogue for the benefit of all humanity.
SAND provides for this integration by creating a forum for deep and respectful dialogue across disciplines and cultures—with conferences, media, online community and local gatherings.
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