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