Our primary evidence, our only certainty is consciousness. Consciousness is the basic stuff our experience consists of. In that sense we can certainly say that the world arises "in consciousness". Yet in our experience consciousness always appears to be embodied, appears to be "in the world". So consciousness and world seem to be in a peculiar container/contained circular dance. Would the world exist without consciousness? Would consciousness exist without the world?
The consciousness/world circle is well represented in the ancient symbol of the ouroboros, the snake eating its own tail, or in Escher's drawing of two hands drawing each other. In this conversation we explore this paradoxical reality from the perspective of quantum physics and Dao, and trace the path from one-sided materialism or idealism to an integral view engaging both polarities in a circular dance.
Jean Houston in conversation with the audience
The path to transcendence is through compassion and through compassion one is led to oneness
Lama Tsomo teaches us the ancient Tibetan compassion practice of Tonglen, one of the Four Boundless Qualities
Oftentimes, the culprit of our inability to genuinely relate in our heart is our adherence to the dualistic paradigm of “otherness.”
to fashion universes out of emptiness
Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) is a radically interdisciplinary and groundbreaking field
Can we rejig our space-time interface to open new portals into the preexisting realm of conscious agents?
While the personal level is an important foundation, the next level is to bring our practice to the interpersonal realm
Rupert explores the perennial, non-dual understanding that lies at the heart of all the great religious and spiritual traditions
What can we do to bring healing and protection to the Earth?
Sea Stars is the musical collaboration of Kurt Baumann and Katie Gray.
Heartfelt connectedness and love drive our ability to get in-synch with our deeper self, others, and the rhythms of the Earth.
There is a profound and painful sense of disconnection in humanity.
Francis Lucille answers questions at SAND19 US.
the perspective of individual humans and their amazing encounters with psilocybin mushrooms
There is a special area of the Matrix reserved for people who think they have exited the Matrix.
Francis Lucille's dialogue with the audience at SAND19 US
Zaya Bennazzo asks panelists to share their insights about the climate crisis
The unshakable knowing that not everything is as it appears to be
We are aware of thinking and acting, and we typically think this is what neurons and brains are for.
While we have unlocked the potential of a single atom we have yet to unlock the full potential of wise, loving and compassionate action
Pamela Wilson has a conversation with the audience at SAND19 US
If the conscious mind—the part you consider you—accounts for only a fraction of the brain's function, what is all the rest doing?
Exploring, Understanding and Applying Advaita Vedanta
Loch shares discoveries from the recent neuroscience of awakening to support living from nondual love.
We live in a time characterized by convergences of many kinds
What if the ways we think about the climate crisis is the crisis?
In quantum physics, it appears that only relationships are real.
In the coming decades, the pace of life will be much faster than it is today
One of the fundamental spiritual, social, and ecological challenges of our time is learning how to live into what we know.
The complexity of the present time seems to demand a deepening of our nature if we are going to survive.
Coming to Peace with All that Arises in Everyday Life
How do we unlearn and de-program our toxic and limiting beliefs?
Biomimicry is not just about emulating; it is also about reconnecting and rekindling our relationship with nature.
Indigenous sciences, embedded and discussed through indigenous languages, have suffered great destruction.
Many embrace perspectives and belief systems that are in discord with Nature’s rhythms.
What constitutes the essence of a true relationship?
Love is the refusal to separate —Nisargadatta Maharaj
What science and my unusual brain are teaching us about the convergence of reality, love, and the senses
Knowledge is Different in Different Levels of Consciousness
Grounding in the Act of Seeing Sacred Difference
Rupert Spira has a conversation with the audience at SAND19 US
Everything is not a thing
Discover the esoteric relationship between form and formlessness embedded within the Shema
The challenges we face and the changes underway signal a genuine transformation of the world
In most spiritual traditions, love is seen only as universal or cosmic love.
The panelists invite SAND community members to explore privilege and consequences of racial and ontological identities.
James Doty has a conversation with the audience at SAND19 US.
The world is in desperate need for compassion. Compassion means to recognize the real nature of every living being
Total silence in which there is neither the observer nor the thing observed is the highest form of a religious mind.
Michael Meade speaks so beautifully about the role of "descent" in any spiritual journey.
Open your Heart, release stress, improve your resilience...
Francis Lucille answers questions at SAND19 US.
A debate: does epistemological primacy equate to ontological primacy?
The emptiness of existence finds its expression in the flitting present as the only manner of real existence.
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