Creativity can be seen as a state of natural flow, one that spontaneously and effortlessly gives birth not only to manifest form, but to all experiences of body, energy, and mind. This state of flow, which has its roots in openness, occurs only in the absence of hope and fear. It is at once naturally joyful, peaceful, compassionate, expansive, and powerful. When you know how to tap fully into this open, creative flow, its beneficial qualities can extend to any area of your life. You can paint more masterful paintings. Your music can have more depth of connection. Your writing can be more genuine and moving. You will be able to solve problems at work, resolve conflicts with loved ones, or even shift your thought patterns with more natural spontaneity. — Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, The Great Perfection of Creativity, Shambhala Sun Magazine, November 2012.
The Tibetan spiritual traditions tell us that unleashing our dynamic creative energy is a matter of recognizing and tapping into the wellspring of creativity that already exists in us. Tenzin Rinpoche will instruct and guide simple meditation practices of body, speech and mind that can help you to:
Is it possible to live a life of activity while holding the perception of unity and fulfillment?
Eric Baret explains clearly that there is no need for the self to appropriate achievement
What may or may not be appropriate behavior for a spiritual teacher?
This excerpt from the The Strange and Necessary Case for Hope is rare medicine for our dark times.
Awakened living realizes that the absolute and the relative dimensions of our Being are simply “not-two.”
"It is not a person that is waking up, it is consciousness."
Ellen Emmet explains her understanding of the role of the body in our exploration of truth...
It is the mind that turns now into past, present and future, and there is no way to leave the now.
An immersive visual meditative journey with Rupert Spira
Francis Lucille answers questions from the audience at SAND 18, bringing his intelligence and wit to a variety of topics
When even the sense of being collapses into the utter simplicity of what is.
Richard Rohr, as a Catholic priest and Franciscan Friar, will offer a concise history of how Western Christianity once had, soon lost, tried to retrieve, and now is roundly rediscovering its own traditional understanding of unitive consciousness
Bob Thurman delights the audience at SAND 2018 with his lighthearted approach to the wisdom and the…
To think of the human stage as simply for enlightenment shortchanges the potential of humanity.
In this interview with Zaya Benazzo from SAND Italy, Ellen Emmet talks about the relationship between self-enquiry and the exploration of the body through tantra.
Can you live "IN" the Dream world with absolute integrity and authenticity
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.
In this exclusive interview with Dr. Alan Wallace we discuss consciousness, mathematics, practicing deep sleep states and meditation as preparation for dying consciously.
Aisha Salem talks of being willing to let go of our limitations, of keeping ourselves small, and of living our individuality
It is said in Bengal that the Baul tradition originates from a time unknown, beyond what human history can trace
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...
Performing at the opening night of the 2019 SAND gathering in Italy, Parvathy Baul sings and dances
Silent awareness is mostly drawn to light, sound, color, beauty, movement, patterns and contrast.
Dzogchen, the bardo, sleep and the yoga of dreams
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.
In a rare meeting of minds, and a rare exploration of whether there is a predilection for spirituality, Gabor Mate asks Adyashanti to expand on passages from his recent book My Secret Is Silence.
Sally Kempton combines the wisdom of the tradition of Kashmir Shaiva Tantra with the practical understandings of contemporary psychology
Eric Baret points out that there are no sculptures of yogic asanas in Indian temples before the modern era. He describes today’s yoga as a commercial project...
Everything in the universe is shakti and spiritual life is the discovery of shakti.
The Yamabushi in northern Japan practice a once forbidden ancient religion. While their tradition is at risk of disappearing, it offers a way for those seeking a different path in Japan‘s society.
For me it is irrelevant, but let’s say for the Kashmirian tradition, as far as my teacher expressed…
Kashmir Shaivism encompasses a vast territory of wisdom and knowledge about the universe and a human…
Many great masters have said “Everything is Self,” and this phrase is repeated regularly during spiritual…
We may think meditation will improve us, but it’s really about accepting ourselves as we are right now.
From the dualistic thinking of the first half of life into the contemplative mind of the integrated self
People have tried many ways to alter their consciousness — meditation, psychedelic mushrooms, LSD, rituals…
Love, we can’t talk about because it is what is. It isn’t an objective experience, it’s what is here at every moment, except when I pretend to love or when I want to be loved.
According to Ervin Laszlo, the coherence of the atom and the galaxies is the same coherence that keeps living cells together, cooperating to form life.
What seems to be your inner reality and what is apparently happening out there in the world is actually one thing.
Quantum particles, the foundation of the universe, are like naughty children playing catch me if you can with scientists in a game with no rules.
In a now famous conversation between Carl Sagan and the Dalai Lama, Sagan, a scientist and renowned…
I’m alive because of Ayahuasca. I am connected, soulful, expanded, and spilling over with self-love, mostly because of the blessing of attending around 1,000 sacred plant ceremonies.
As the process of manifestation (involution of Ultimate Reality into becoming the physical Universe) begins, the tattvas (principles, states of consciousness) that logically appear first are those of what is called the Pure Creation and pure knowledge.
In the context of American spiritual practice nondual traditions and mindfulness traditions appear to be in sharp contrast.
The path of reality is not a path, for it is an exploration of life in all that it is...
Hunter of Phoenix, no one can be. So take back your trap, for here, wind is all you’ll ever catch.
Tradition and secret practices of mystical marriage and reawakening
The universe is dreaming us up and we are all dreaming our lives into being.
Ikkyu Sojun decided to be true to himself and that meant regular trips to brothels
An extraordinary and profound personal experience illustrates the tenet that the Model of Manifestation describes both the Universe – and a human being.
The contemplative spirituality of via feminina begins with the practice of gestation.
Entering into that territory where the practices that have sustained us no longer can guide us in the terrain we are in.
The existence of an ether – an all-pervading medium composed of a subtler kind of matter – has been taught by mystic philosophers throughout the ages.
Asking a question is being the most active you can be. It means being humble. Humility is the most active attitude.
The word “spirituality” has caused a lot of suffering over the centuries. Moral self-righteousness is often tagging along side that word.
I have this concern about what is happening in the world. If we take nonduality really seriously, it seems like we are not concerned about the exterior.
Question: When we say that we must come to the end of the mind, that we must exhaust the mind, is it a necessary process, something which must happen, or is it possible to have an insight without the mind being exhausted?
The impossible predicament of being alive, the great wound that will not heal.
When we ask ourselves why we think time exists, most of us would say: because we see everything changing, always.
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