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.
We are aware of thinking and acting, and we typically think this is what neurons and brains are for.
Grounding in the Act of Seeing Sacred Difference
Exploring, Understanding and Applying Advaita Vedanta
Zaya Bennazzo asks panelists to share their insights about the climate crisis
Discover the esoteric relationship between form and formlessness embedded within the Shema
Rupert explores the perennial, non-dual understanding that lies at the heart of all the great religious and spiritual traditions
Our primary evidence, our only certainty is consciousness.
What constitutes the essence of a true relationship?
the perspective of individual humans and their amazing encounters with psilocybin mushrooms
Sea Stars is the musical collaboration of Kurt Baumann and Katie Gray.
Can we rejig our space-time interface to open new portals into the preexisting realm of conscious agents?
Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) is a radically interdisciplinary and groundbreaking field
We live in a time characterized by convergences of many kinds
In most spiritual traditions, love is seen only as universal or cosmic love.
In the coming decades, the pace of life will be much faster than it is today
Rupert Spira has a conversation with the audience at SAND19 US
The journey into authentic nondual experience usually entails an ongoing experience of paradox
There is a special area of the Matrix reserved for people who think they have exited the Matrix.
Heartfelt connectedness and love drive our ability to get in-synch with our deeper self, others, and the rhythms of the Earth.
Everything is not a thing
Knowledge is Different in Different Levels of Consciousness
Jean Houston in conversation with the audience
Many embrace perspectives and belief systems that are in discord with Nature’s rhythms.
What if the ways we think about the climate crisis is the crisis?
Francis Lucille answers questions at SAND19 US.
James Doty has a conversation with the audience at SAND19 US.
to fashion universes out of emptiness
What science and my unusual brain are teaching us about the convergence of reality, love, and the senses
The challenges we face and the changes underway signal a genuine transformation of the world
There is a profound and painful sense of disconnection in humanity.
Biomimicry is not just about emulating; it is also about reconnecting and rekindling our relationship with nature.
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 world is in desperate need for compassion. Compassion means to recognize the real nature of every living being
While the personal level is an important foundation, the next level is to bring our practice to the interpersonal realm
How do we unlearn and de-program our toxic and limiting beliefs?
Pamela Wilson has a conversation with the audience at SAND19 US
Lama Tsomo teaches us the ancient Tibetan compassion practice of Tonglen, one of the Four Boundless Qualities
Love is the refusal to separate —Nisargadatta Maharaj
The panelists invite SAND community members to explore privilege and consequences of racial and ontological identities.
The path to transcendence is through compassion and through compassion one is led to oneness
While we have unlocked the potential of a single atom we have yet to unlock the full potential of wise, loving and compassionate action
Coming to Peace with All that Arises in Everyday Life
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
In quantum physics, it appears that only relationships are real.
Indigenous sciences, embedded and discussed through indigenous languages, have suffered great destruction.
What can we do to bring healing and protection to the Earth?
The complexity of the present time seems to demand a deepening of our nature if we are going to survive.
The unshakable knowing that not everything is as it appears to be
An Open Online Event with Thomas Hübl
Covid-19 is the first time in our lives that nature has turned against us on a planetary scale.
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 ...
How does one choose to walk closely to the dying every day?
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.
In our world right now there are economic and political and surveillance systems that need help in dying.
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".
Gabor Maté prompts Thomas Hübl to talk about his understanding that trauma is not just an individual but a collective experience.
two excerpts from the online SAND event with Thomas
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.
Wisdom keeper and spiritual master Isira invites us to look into the causes behind the critical challenges we face
Gordon Hempton is an acoustic ecologist whose life work is preserving the world’s silent places
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