In this experiential presentation that will include a talk, guided meditation, and dialogue, we will explore how being fully human requires both the awakening of the deep Heart that is shared by all beings as well as the full embrace of the vulnerable human heart. It is the deep or universal Heart of compassionate presence that is able to most tenderly and fully hold the suffering human heart, creating an optimal environment for its natural unfolding.
The heart area is a center of great emotional and energetic sensitivity as well as a portal to our true nature as loving awareness. It is where we feel self-love and self-loathing, a core worthiness or unworthiness, as well as grief and joy. It is also the wellspring of profound gratitude, appreciation and wonder and where we recognize our inherent wholeness and non-separateness from all of life.
At the 2018 SAND Conference, David Ellzey physically and wordlessly tells the story that resolves the seeming paradox of being both human and transcendent.
Philosopher, scholar and longtime observer of culture and behavior the world over, Jean Houston shares…
To think of the human stage as simply for enlightenment shortchanges the potential of humanity.
21st-Century science is on the verge of recreating the processes that may have brought life into being
The source of capacity to optimize our experience...
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.
A four-billion-year-old cycling evolutionary engine of creation lifted us improbable and beautiful human beings into existence.
How can there be intelligence without consciousness?
Stuart Hameroff, co-founder of the Toward a Science of Consciousness conference, follows a brief overview…
What may or may not be appropriate behavior for a spiritual teacher?
How we can uncover the traumas embedded in our social body and work together to heal these wounds
An "immersion" lecture into the world of psylocibin, mycelium and evolution of consciousness
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
Cognition, or mind, is the very process of life itself, which requires neither a brain nor a nervous system
Silent awareness is mostly drawn to light, sound, color, beauty, movement, patterns and contrast.
When we engage in the distortion that the relative plane is separate from the absolute, we ignore the reality of the illusion.
How the experienced self is put together out of memories and feelings.
What does it take to recognize our true human qualities and express them in the world?
In a passionate presentation in praise of emotion, Zhen Dao offers a reframe of the traditional dichotomy…
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.
Nonduality and Healing from Trauma - The Realization Process
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...
This talk explains current research into the structures within the brain
James Fadiman fieds questions at SAND18 US
Creativity can be seen as a state of natural flow...
Charles Eisenstein answers questions from the audience at SAND18 US.
Is there any behavior that we can say for certain is unique to humans?
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
Daniel Siegel introduces the Wheel of Awareness, a representation of the structure of mind. Research…
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.
How do the different spiritual traditions view being human?
What if we put into every day practice the scientific truths that we know?
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.
Discover the world of magic mushrooms
Awakened living realizes that the absolute and the relative dimensions of our Being are simply “not-two.”
Dzogchen, the bardo, sleep and the yoga of dreams
In the midst of a global lion crisis that treats Africa’s most sacred animals as a killing commodity...
The mystery and power of the creative process can perhaps be best understood through the lens of the birthing process.
It vibrates in every thing and every not-thing, right off the tip of your nose.
It is said in Bengal that the Baul tradition originates from a time unknown, beyond what human history can trace
The emptiness of existence finds its expression in the flitting present as the only manner of real existence.
A cathedral community envisions vibrant spirituality for the 21st century
I am not this body. I am in this body, and this is part of my incarnation and I honor it but that isn’t who I am.
This book celebrates the great stripping process of aging, dying and spiritual awakening.
Eric answers questions from the audience at his Amsterdam retreat
We may think meditation will improve us, but it’s really about accepting ourselves as we are right now.
It’s when we lose the illusion of control—when we’re most vulnerable and exposed—that we can discover the creative potential of our lives.
Ever since the tender age, I’ve had this passionate love affair with the aspen trees
Life is allied with myth in order that we may advance along an evolutionary path
What seems to be your inner reality and what is apparently happening out there in the world is actually one thing.
Entering into that territory where the practices that have sustained us no longer can guide us in the terrain we are in.
For me it is irrelevant, but let’s say for the Kashmirian tradition, as far as my teacher expressed…
Rupert explores the perennial, non-dual understanding that lies at the heart of all the great religious and spiritual traditions
Nonduality and Healing from Trauma - The Realization Process
For decades I was conditioned to believe that to engage a mature spiritual life I needed to “pick one tradition and go deep,”
In Kabbalah, the primary way that hidden truths are revealed is through disrobing
Exploring, Understanding and Applying Advaita Vedanta
The impossible predicament of being alive, the great wound that will not heal.
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