Speaking at SAND 18 Dorothy Hunt reminds us that duality, humanity, is not a mistake; it is what makes it possible for the infinite ground of being to see itself, to love itself, to have the experience called form. Our freedom is the freedom to be here, not to transcend form, but to be human as well as divine.
Spiritual seekers often imagine that awakened living means ridding ourselves of our humanness, or that nondual awareness is somehow at odds with its own expression as human beingness. Egoic thought imagines that “it” is what will become ever-present, compassionate and loving, and so continually falls short in its attempt to become what it will never become. Presence, compassion, and unconditional love are already here in our deepest essence, the Heart of Awareness that we share. Awakened living realizes that the Absolute and the relative dimensions of our Being are simply “not-two.” In such seeing, we honor what is already whole and undivided as well as its infinite expressions as life. Through discussion and experiential invitations, we will explore Presence and personhood, and look at ways to approach our inner struggles by not separating ourselves from them yet being willing to look deeply at where we are divided. We often need reminding, “Without mud, there is no lotus.”
Peter Russell in conversation with the audience at SAND18 US.
Women mystics and wisdom beings across the spiritual traditions
Charles Eisenstein answers questions from the audience at SAND18 US.
Peter Russell explains that most human beings—unlike animals—focus on the past and the future, which means they spend their time in a state of discontent.
Daniel Siegel introduces the Wheel of Awareness, a representation of the structure of mind. Research…
When we know ourselves as this whole which subsumes everything, we cease to diminish or dismiss the mystery of being human
Silent awareness is mostly drawn to light, sound, color, beauty, movement, patterns and contrast.
An "immersion" lecture into the world of psylocibin, mycelium and evolution of consciousness
Dzogchen, the bardo, sleep and the yoga of dreams
The “awe-full” qualities of horror and terror may share essential roots with those underlying transformative states such as flow, awe, presence, timelessness and ecstasy.
Stuart Hameroff, co-founder of the Toward a Science of Consciousness conference, follows a brief overview…
What does it take to recognize our true human qualities and express them in the world?
Discover the world of magic mushrooms
Rupert Spira in conversation
We explore the idea that perceptual experiences do not approximate properties of an “objective” world
This talk explains current research into the structures within the brain
In the midst of a global lion crisis that treats Africa’s most sacred animals as a killing commodity...
What if we put into every day practice the scientific truths that we know?
How can there be intelligence without consciousness?
Mirabai Starr in conversation with the audience at SAND18 US
Donald Hoffman reminds us that we can predict people's choices up to seven seconds before they are conscious of making that choice.
How the experienced self is put together out of memories and feelings.
Being fully human requires the awakening of the deep Heart as well as the full embrace of the vulnerable human heart.
Creativity can be seen as a state of natural flow...
How we can uncover the traumas embedded in our social body and work together to heal these wounds
James Fadiman fieds questions at SAND18 US
This presentation will explore the nature of the psychic realm, where it fits into the spiritual spectrum, and how to avoid the common pitfalls and potential to get stuck there.
The source of capacity to optimize our experience...
As the outdated patriarchal structures rise up in backlash to their inevitable downfall, the need for a more sustainable world paradigm couldn’t be greater
What may or may not be appropriate behavior for a spiritual teacher?
In this memorable conversation from SAND 18 Peter Levine, the father of trauma therapy work, and Thomas Huebl, a spiritual teacher known for his work integrating healing of collective trauma, discuss the relationship between healing trauma and...
Can you live "IN" the Dream world with absolute integrity and authenticity
The mystery and power of the creative process can perhaps be best understood through the lens of the birthing process.
Unveil the obstacles that block creativity and host them in a way...
Philosopher, scholar and longtime observer of culture and behavior the world over, Jean Houston shares…
At the 2018 SAND Conference, David Ellzey physically and wordlessly tells the story that resolves the seeming paradox of being both human and transcendent.
Cognition, or mind, is the very process of life itself, which requires neither a brain nor a nervous system
How do the different spiritual traditions view being human?
When we engage in the distortion that the relative plane is separate from the absolute, we ignore the reality of the illusion.
21st-Century science is on the verge of recreating the processes that may have brought life into being
Daniel Siegel answers questions from the audience at SAND18 US.
Nonduality and Healing from Trauma - The Realization Process
A four-billion-year-old cycling evolutionary engine of creation lifted us improbable and beautiful human beings into existence.
Is there any behavior that we can say for certain is unique to humans?
Fritjof Capra answers questions from the audience at SAND18 US
Bob Thurman delights the audience at SAND 2018 with his lighthearted approach to the wisdom and the…
Our human-ness will become more and more threatened by AI
Francis answers questions from the audience at SAND18US
Open your Heart, release stress, improve your resilience...
When we avoid rooting in our dying bodies, spirituality grows spindly and bears no real fruit.
A debate: does epistemological primacy equate to ontological primacy?
In these times of layered and intersecting personal and collective traumas...
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