The complexity of the present time seems to demand a deepening of our nature if we are going to survive. Deepening requires exploration. And for all its byways, exploration leads ultimately to the spiritual source of our existence and to the quest for a faith that will support our continuing explorations. Not since the days of Plato and Buddha and Confucius, some 2500 years ago, has there been such an uprising of spiritual yearning. Though the varieties of contemporary religious experience may look or sound different, they share a core belief—that each human being contains a godseed, a divine essence that can be nurtured through spiritual practice into a fully matured expression of the god stuff within.
Moreover, belief in a divine essence as the basis of reality is not limited to explicitly religious paths. Scientists of a Nondual bent explain reality in terms that are not much different from those mystics use. Speculative scientists often use the metaphor of the hologram to explain humanity's place in the Universal Mind. Each part of a hologram contains an image of the whole. Break a hologram image up, shine a special kind of laser light though any of its pieces, and you get the whole picture back again. In spiritual terms, we might think of ourselves as fragments of the great hologram of Reality. Shine the proper light of consciousness through us, and we each reflect the whole—starfish and sequoias, the sap rising in the winter trees and the yearning of God for each of us. . .
This yearning to know our true nature is universal. When I have studied or talked with seekers who have had this experience, they have told me of a joy that passes understanding, an immense surge of creativity, a instant uprush of kindness and tolerance that make them impassioned champions for the betterment of all, bridge builders, magnets for solutions, peacemakers, pathfinders. Best of all, other people feel enriched and nourished around them. Everyone they touch becomes more, because they themselves are more.
Jean Houston in conversation with the audience
The world is in desperate need for compassion. Compassion means to recognize the real nature of every living being
While the personal level is an important foundation, the next level is to bring our practice to the interpersonal realm
The challenges we face and the changes underway signal a genuine transformation of the world
Indigenous sciences, embedded and discussed through indigenous languages, have suffered great destruction.
Discover the esoteric relationship between form and formlessness embedded within the Shema
In quantum physics, it appears that only relationships are real.
Heartfelt connectedness and love drive our ability to get in-synch with our deeper self, others, and the rhythms of the Earth.
James Doty has a conversation with the audience at SAND19 US.
What constitutes the essence of a true relationship?
Many embrace perspectives and belief systems that are in discord with Nature’s rhythms.
One of the fundamental spiritual, social, and ecological challenges of our time is learning how to live into what we know.
Grounding in the Act of Seeing Sacred Difference
Coming to Peace with All that Arises in Everyday Life
In most spiritual traditions, love is seen only as universal or cosmic love.
Oftentimes, the culprit of our inability to genuinely relate in our heart is our adherence to the dualistic paradigm of “otherness.”
Rupert explores the perennial, non-dual understanding that lies at the heart of all the great religious and spiritual traditions
Can we rejig our space-time interface to open new portals into the preexisting realm of conscious agents?
Lama Tsomo teaches us the ancient Tibetan compassion practice of Tonglen, one of the Four Boundless Qualities
What can we do to bring healing and protection to the Earth?
What if the ways we think about the climate crisis is the crisis?
Everything is not a thing
There is a special area of the Matrix reserved for people who think they have exited the Matrix.
In the coming decades, the pace of life will be much faster than it is today
Exploring, Understanding and Applying Advaita Vedanta
There is a profound and painful sense of disconnection in humanity.
The path to transcendence is through compassion and through compassion one is led to oneness
the perspective of individual humans and their amazing encounters with psilocybin mushrooms
The unshakable knowing that not everything is as it appears to be
What science and my unusual brain are teaching us about the convergence of reality, love, and the senses
Pamela Wilson has a conversation with the audience at SAND19 US
We live in a time characterized by convergences of many kinds
Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) is a radically interdisciplinary and groundbreaking field
Knowledge is Different in Different Levels of Consciousness
We are aware of thinking and acting, and we typically think this is what neurons and brains are for.
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?
Rupert Spira has a conversation with the audience at SAND19 US
Francis Lucille's dialogue with the audience at SAND19 US
Biomimicry is not just about emulating; it is also about reconnecting and rekindling our relationship with nature.
While we have unlocked the potential of a single atom we have yet to unlock the full potential of wise, loving and compassionate action
How do we unlearn and de-program our toxic and limiting beliefs?
to fashion universes out of emptiness
Love is the refusal to separate —Nisargadatta Maharaj
Francis Lucille answers questions at SAND19 US.
Zaya Bennazzo asks panelists to share their insights about the climate crisis
Loch shares discoveries from the recent neuroscience of awakening to support living from nondual love.
The panelists invite SAND community members to explore privilege and consequences of racial and ontological identities.
The journey into authentic nondual experience usually entails an ongoing experience of paradox
Sea Stars is the musical collaboration of Kurt Baumann and Katie Gray.
Francis answers Jeanric's questions in this touching interview
When we avoid rooting in our dying bodies, spirituality grows spindly and bears no real fruit.
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