Silent awareness is mostly drawn to light, sound, color, beauty, movement, patterns and contrast. In the wilderness, we can feel if a huge unseen presence is gazing at us. Or feel the notable absence of people - that hush that can soothe or hasten you home.
At the ocean, seeing is invited to widen and expand past habitual focus - though It is rare to notice silent space itself, between, behind and within it all. The vastness of an African savannah or the evening sky invites us into that which holds everything.
Our gaze is drawn primarily to form rather than to the essence at the heart of everything. And we tend to naturally overlook that which does not move in favor of the ever-changing display of ordinary life. What if it is the unmoving that notices and delights in movement? What if it is silence that adores music?
How lucky we are to have and be an omnidirectional awareness wearing a body that amplifies perception. A curiosity that can formlessly explore the infinity of life, the seen and unseen. And then reflect upon, share and celebrate!
Pamela speaks the Truth of advaita, non-duality – that the universe is one undivided whole. For the last twenty years she has traveled widely in the United States, Canada and Europe, sharing satsang and giving private sessions. Week-long retreats have been held in Mexico, Costa Rica, France, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada and the USA. She has endeared herself to many through her lighthearted humor and compassion, and deep understanding of what it is to be human. She lives in Sonoma, California.
We explore the idea that perceptual experiences do not approximate properties of an “objective” world
Daniel Siegel answers questions from the audience at SAND18 US.
What does it take to recognize our true human qualities and express them in the world?
Charles Eisenstein answers questions from the audience at SAND18 US.
When we know ourselves as this whole which subsumes everything, we cease to diminish or dismiss the mystery of being human
Creativity can be seen as a state of natural flow...
James Fadiman fieds questions at SAND18 US
A four-billion-year-old cycling evolutionary engine of creation lifted us improbable and beautiful human beings into existence.
How do the different spiritual traditions view being human?
Stuart Hameroff, co-founder of the Toward a Science of Consciousness conference, follows a brief overview…
As the outdated patriarchal structures rise up in backlash to their inevitable downfall, the need for a more sustainable world paradigm couldn’t be greater
The mystery and power of the creative process can perhaps be best understood through the lens of the birthing process.
Peter Russell in conversation with the audience at SAND18 US.
Awakened living realizes that the absolute and the relative dimensions of our Being are simply “not-two.”
Nonduality and Healing from Trauma - The Realization Process
Unveil the obstacles that block creativity and host them in a way...
Can you live "IN" the Dream world with absolute integrity and authenticity
In the midst of a global lion crisis that treats Africa’s most sacred animals as a killing commodity...
Mirabai Starr in conversation with the audience at SAND18 US
Being fully human requires the awakening of the deep Heart as well as the full embrace of the vulnerable human heart.
The source of capacity to optimize our experience...
An "immersion" lecture into the world of psylocibin, mycelium and evolution of consciousness
Daniel Siegel introduces the Wheel of Awareness, a representation of the structure of mind. Research…
Rupert Spira in conversation
Donald Hoffman reminds us that we can predict people's choices up to seven seconds before they are conscious of making that choice.
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.
21st-Century science is on the verge of recreating the processes that may have brought life into being
When we engage in the distortion that the relative plane is separate from the absolute, we ignore the reality of the illusion.
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
How the experienced self is put together out of memories and feelings.
Discover the world of magic mushrooms
What may or may not be appropriate behavior for a spiritual teacher?
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
What if we put into every day practice the scientific truths that we know?
Philosopher, scholar and longtime observer of culture and behavior the world over, Jean Houston shares…
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 we can uncover the traumas embedded in our social body and work together to heal these wounds
To think of the human stage as simply for enlightenment shortchanges the potential of humanity.
How can there be intelligence without consciousness?
At the 2018 SAND Conference, David Ellzey physically and wordlessly tells the story that resolves the seeming paradox of being both human and transcendent.
Bob Thurman delights the audience at SAND 2018 with his lighthearted approach to the wisdom and the…
Cognition, or mind, is the very process of life itself, which requires neither a brain nor a nervous system
Dzogchen, the bardo, sleep and the yoga of dreams
In a passionate presentation in praise of emotion, Zhen Dao offers a reframe of the traditional dichotomy…
Women mystics and wisdom beings across the spiritual traditions
Fear is raging, systems and structures are crumbling, much is being undone.
Francis Lucille answers questions at SAND19 US.
May we all have compassion for every one of us being exactly as we are in each moment
In most spiritual traditions, love is seen only as universal or cosmic love.
SAND co-founder Zaya Benazzo interviews Turiya Hanover, co-founder of The Path of Love
The challenges we face and the changes underway signal a genuine transformation of the world
Rupert explores the perennial, non-dual understanding that lies at the heart of all the great religious and spiritual traditions
If you are seeking true Reality, since Reality is All, it must be here, now.
For me it is irrelevant, but let’s say for the Kashmirian tradition, as far as my teacher expressed…
Yoga does not bring understanding, but understanding may bring you to yoga.
Eric discusses the current pandemic and our overreaction to it...
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.
A cathedral community envisions vibrant spirituality for the 21st century
Human life as we’ve known it has ground to a halt, and we’re faced with an unprecedented crisis—and an unprecedented opportunity.
Seeking is an expression of truth, it’s not a way. Yoga does not bring us to truth, truth expresses itself through yoga.
It was a powerful motor and well tuned; it took the hills easily, without a stutter, and the pick-up was excellent.
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