In the first half of an extended talk at SAND 18, Paul Stamets, author, mycologist, medical researcher and entrepreneur, gives a self-styled "immersion lecture" about magic mushrooms and mycelium. He tells us that terrestrial organisms have evolved to be interconnected with the mycelial web of life, and that we are its descendants. He informs us that many primates consume mushrooms, and mentions Terence McKenna’s Stoned Ape Theory as a possible explanation for the neurogenesis that resulted in the striking expansion of hominid brain size in the last two million years.
View Part II of this amazing lecture, where Paul addresses more specifically Psilocybe mushrooms.
Creativity can be seen as a state of natural flow...
Awakened living realizes that the absolute and the relative dimensions of our Being are simply “not-two.”
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.
How can there be intelligence without consciousness?
Is there any behavior that we can say for certain is unique to humans?
Our human-ness will become more and more threatened by AI
21st-Century science is on the verge of recreating the processes that may have brought life into being
This talk explains current research into the structures within the brain
A four-billion-year-old cycling evolutionary engine of creation lifted us improbable and beautiful human beings into existence.
Can you live "IN" the Dream world with absolute integrity and authenticity
Being fully human requires the awakening of the deep Heart as well as the full embrace of the vulnerable human heart.
What may or may not be appropriate behavior for a spiritual teacher?
Fritjof Capra answers questions from the audience at SAND18 US
How the experienced self is put together out of memories and feelings.
Daniel Siegel answers questions from the audience at SAND18 US.
We explore the idea that perceptual experiences do not approximate properties of an “objective” world
The source of capacity to optimize our experience...
Nonduality and Healing from Trauma - The Realization Process
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.
How do the different spiritual traditions view being human?
Silent awareness is mostly drawn to light, sound, color, beauty, movement, patterns and contrast.
Women mystics and wisdom beings across the spiritual traditions
Donald Hoffman reminds us that we can predict people's choices up to seven seconds before they are conscious of making that choice.
Bob Thurman delights the audience at SAND 2018 with his lighthearted approach to the wisdom and the…
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...
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
When we know ourselves as this whole which subsumes everything, we cease to diminish or dismiss the mystery of being human
Charles Eisenstein answers questions from the audience at SAND18 US.
How we can uncover the traumas embedded in our social body and work together to heal these wounds
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.
Philosopher, scholar and longtime observer of culture and behavior the world over, Jean Houston shares…
What does it take to recognize our true human qualities and express them in the world?
Discover the world of magic mushrooms
To think of the human stage as simply for enlightenment shortchanges the potential of humanity.
Dzogchen, the bardo, sleep and the yoga of dreams
Peter Russell in conversation with the audience at SAND18 US.
What if we put into every day practice the scientific truths that we know?
Stuart Hameroff, co-founder of the Toward a Science of Consciousness conference, follows a brief overview…
Unveil the obstacles that block creativity and host them in a way...
James Fadiman fieds questions at SAND18 US
When we engage in the distortion that the relative plane is separate from the absolute, we ignore the reality of the illusion.
Daniel Siegel introduces the Wheel of Awareness, a representation of the structure of mind. Research…
Rupert Spira in conversation
Mirabai Starr in conversation with the audience at SAND18 US
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
The mystery and power of the creative process can perhaps be best understood through the lens of the birthing process.
While scientists can anticipate how climate change will affect larger regions, predicting the fate of a given 100-acre forest plot can be trickier.
Vikram Zutshi In Conversation With Evan Thompson This article was first published at the Sutra Journal…
Exploring how the mind extends beyond the physical self.
New research with MDMA could lead to deeper therapeutic uses of the drug
The meaning of death and dying in a death-phobic culture and more on Sounds of SAND Episode 2
The connections between Quantum Physics, Daoism, and Nonduality in this interview with the Italian physicist
Excerpts from Advaya: the role of mythology, stories, art, and poetry in cultivating kinship. How do stories create/relate to belonging?
For many people, psychedelic drugs are intimately connected to the 1960s American counterculture, with…
An excerpt from the new book "The Flowering Wand: Rewilding the Sacred Masculine"
I am a body plus. A body plus trauma, plus illness, plus pollen, plus spores, plus caretakers and friends and loved ones and wild kin.
"Vision is an art, and nature an old master painter teaching us how to see the underlying reality of things to be — before they actually are. "
the challenge of choosing deep-focus work and connection over superficial distraction and stimulation
While constellations and the stories attached to them have obvious artistic and spiritual significance, they also represent an elegant and effective solution to the problem of understanding complex physical environments.
Susana Martinez-Conde gives her understanding of perception, brains, reality, memory, experience, music, aesthetics, and language from her experience as Laboratory Director of SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Even with its explanatory power, Big Bang theory takes its place in a long line of myths.
So how does our brain create this illusion of stability?
A well-documented feature of trauma, one familiar to many, is our inability to articulate what happens to us.
In our common experience, you can't get something for nothing. In the quantum realm, something really can emerge from nothing.
The complex behaviors may have a shared evolutionary origin
Every creature lives within its own sensory bubble, but only humans have the capacity to appreciate the experiences of other species. What we’ve learned is astounding.
How NASA's Webb Telescope Gives Humanity a Revolutionary New View of Cosmos
An exploration of a groundbreaking assertion of a new paper published in the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Which determines traits like sexual orientation, intelligence and behavior: genes or environment?
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