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.
Philosopher, scholar and longtime observer of culture and behavior the world over, Jean Houston shares…
Stuart Hameroff, co-founder of the Toward a Science of Consciousness conference, follows a brief overview…
In a passionate presentation in praise of emotion, Zhen Dao offers a reframe of the traditional dichotomy…
To think of the human stage as simply for enlightenment shortchanges the potential of humanity.
Creativity can be seen as a state of natural flow...
What may or may not be appropriate behavior for a spiritual teacher?
Charles Eisenstein answers questions from the audience at SAND18 US.
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.
How do the different spiritual traditions view being human?
How we can uncover the traumas embedded in our social body and work together to heal these wounds
Cognition, or mind, is the very process of life itself, which requires neither a brain nor a nervous system
What if we put into every day practice the scientific truths that we know?
The source of capacity to optimize our experience...
Our human-ness will become more and more threatened by AI
When we know ourselves as this whole which subsumes everything, we cease to diminish or dismiss the mystery of being human
This talk explains current research into the structures within the brain
Bob Thurman delights the audience at SAND 2018 with his lighthearted approach to the wisdom and the…
How can there be intelligence without consciousness?
An "immersion" lecture into the world of psylocibin, mycelium and evolution of consciousness
Awakened living realizes that the absolute and the relative dimensions of our Being are simply “not-two.”
Daniel Siegel introduces the Wheel of Awareness, a representation of the structure of mind. Research…
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...
Being fully human requires the awakening of the deep Heart as well as the full embrace of the vulnerable human heart.
Discover the world of magic mushrooms
At the 2018 SAND Conference, David Ellzey physically and wordlessly tells the story that resolves the seeming paradox of being both human and transcendent.
Women mystics and wisdom beings across the spiritual traditions
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.
A four-billion-year-old cycling evolutionary engine of creation lifted us improbable and beautiful human beings into existence.
Nonduality and Healing from Trauma - The Realization Process
What does it take to recognize our true human qualities and express them in the world?
Is there any behavior that we can say for certain is unique to humans?
Dzogchen, the bardo, sleep and the yoga of dreams
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.
How the experienced self is put together out of memories and feelings.
In the midst of a global lion crisis that treats Africa’s most sacred animals as a killing commodity...
21st-Century science is on the verge of recreating the processes that may have brought life into being
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.
When we engage in the distortion that the relative plane is separate from the absolute, we ignore the reality of the illusion.
Donald Hoffman reminds us that we can predict people's choices up to seven seconds before they are conscious of making that choice.
To watch a show with the Hridaya, the open mind, the open heart, can bring us closer to truth than yoga
“You can not open your heart, it is already open. It is the mind that is closed, and which must open to the heart.”
Eric answers questions from the audience at his Amsterdam retreat
Zaya Benazzo interviews Mark Dyczkowski on the history of Tantra
When even the sense of being collapses into the utter simplicity of what is.
SAND co-founder Zaya Benazzo interviews Turiya Hanover, co-founder of The Path of Love
For decades I was conditioned to believe that to engage a mature spiritual life I needed to “pick one tradition and go deep,”
It vibrates in every thing and every not-thing, right off the tip of your nose.
It’s easy, during our everyday life in the world, to forget how extravagantly remarkable a human being actually is.
Once you begin to taste the freedom of your true nature and are no longer bound by your ego identifications, your way of being can become significantly more graceful.
Hunter of Phoenix, no one can be. So take back your trap, for here, wind is all you’ll ever catch.
Sam Harris speaks with Roland Griffiths about the current state of research on psychedelics.
Times of chaos and challenge can be the most spiritually powerful…
In Kabbalah, the primary way that hidden truths are revealed is through disrobing
I praise the Supreme Goddess Parā, the Illuminative Insight Intelligence Force of Consciousness
Dzogchen, the bardo, sleep and the yoga of dreams
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.
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