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.
What if the ways we think about the climate crisis is the crisis?
Everything is not a thing
There is a special area of the Matrix reserved for people who think they have exited the Matrix.
What science and my unusual brain are teaching us about the convergence of reality, love, and the senses
What can we do to bring healing and protection to the Earth?
Jean Houston in conversation with the audience
Oftentimes, the culprit of our inability to genuinely relate in our heart is our adherence to the dualistic paradigm of “otherness.”
Rupert explores the perennial, non-dual understanding that lies at the heart of all the great religious and spiritual traditions
Loch shares discoveries from the recent neuroscience of awakening to support living from nondual love.
Francis Lucille's dialogue with the audience at SAND19 US
Rupert Spira has a conversation with the audience at SAND19 US
The journey into authentic nondual experience usually entails an ongoing experience of paradox
Many embrace perspectives and belief systems that are in discord with Nature’s rhythms.
While we have unlocked the potential of a single atom we have yet to unlock the full potential of wise, loving and compassionate action
Can we rejig our space-time interface to open new portals into the preexisting realm of conscious agents?
Biomimicry is not just about emulating; it is also about reconnecting and rekindling our relationship with nature.
The challenges we face and the changes underway signal a genuine transformation of the world
Exploring, Understanding and Applying Advaita Vedanta
Discover the esoteric relationship between form and formlessness embedded within the Shema
Heartfelt connectedness and love drive our ability to get in-synch with our deeper self, others, and the rhythms of the Earth.
Zaya Bennazzo asks panelists to share their insights about the climate crisis
In the coming decades, the pace of life will be much faster than it is today
In quantum physics, it appears that only relationships are real.
The path to transcendence is through compassion and through compassion one is led to oneness
The unshakable knowing that not everything is as it appears to be
We are aware of thinking and acting, and we typically think this is what neurons and brains are for.
Our primary evidence, our only certainty is consciousness.
James Doty has a conversation with the audience at SAND19 US.
Knowledge is Different in Different Levels of Consciousness
How do we unlearn and de-program our toxic and limiting beliefs?
Coming to Peace with All that Arises in Everyday Life
Grounding in the Act of Seeing Sacred Difference
Sea Stars is the musical collaboration of Kurt Baumann and Katie Gray.
We live in a time characterized by convergences of many kinds
Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) is a radically interdisciplinary and groundbreaking field
the perspective of individual humans and their amazing encounters with psilocybin mushrooms
The complexity of the present time seems to demand a deepening of our nature if we are going to survive.
Francis Lucille answers questions at SAND19 US.
While the personal level is an important foundation, the next level is to bring our practice to the interpersonal realm
There is a profound and painful sense of disconnection in humanity.
Love is the refusal to separate —Nisargadatta Maharaj
In most spiritual traditions, love is seen only as universal or cosmic love.
to fashion universes out of emptiness
Lama Tsomo teaches us the ancient Tibetan compassion practice of Tonglen, one of the Four Boundless Qualities
Pamela Wilson has a conversation with the audience at SAND19 US
The world is in desperate need for compassion. Compassion means to recognize the real nature of every living being
If the conscious mind—the part you consider you—accounts for only a fraction of the brain's function, what is all the rest doing?
The panelists invite SAND community members to explore privilege and consequences of racial and ontological identities.
Indigenous sciences, embedded and discussed through indigenous languages, have suffered great destruction.
Gordon Hempton is an acoustic ecologist whose life work is preserving the world’s silent places
This talk is about what Bayo calls "ontofugitivity": how things go astray
My PhD thesis was on non separability and non locality in Quantum theory.
Creating an Inhabitable World for Humans Means Dismantling Rigid Forms of Individuality
Mirabai Starr in conversation with the audience at SAND18 US
If you read this book, you'll change the charities you donate to
Fungi have long supported and enriched life on our planet. They must be protected as fiercely as animals and plants.
Real vs. Fake Shamans, Hallucinogens, and the Dalai Lamas of South America
Covid-19 is the first time in our lives that nature has turned against us on a planetary scale.
Sabine answers Zaya's burning questions at Wisdom in Times of Crisis
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