From time to time our object-oriented attention spontaneously reverts into a state of directionless suspension and a pure sense of being becomes self-evident, which the mind translates into the thought “I am”. This sense of being is prior to any sensation, perception or thought, as it is the very source of experience. We usually denote it by vague terms, like ‘pure awareness’, ‘eternal now’ or ‘true self’. However, since it is impersonal and formless, our attempts to understand it through concepts is ultimately doomed to fail. When even the sense of being collapses into the utter simplicity of what is, nothing remains but the inconceivable aliveness of the Absolute.
Dzogchen, the bardo, sleep and the yoga of dreams
The final address at the 2018 Radiant Intimacy gathering, Justin Garcia discusses the changing role…
In this exclusive interview with Dr. Alan Wallace we discuss consciousness, mathematics, practicing deep sleep states and meditation as preparation for dying consciously.
"It is not a person that is waking up, it is consciousness."
Aisha Salem talks of being willing to let go of our limitations, of keeping ourselves small, and of living our individuality
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...
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
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.
To think of the human stage as simply for enlightenment shortchanges the potential of humanity.
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...
An immersive visual meditative journey with Rupert Spira
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.
When even the sense of being collapses into the utter simplicity of what is.
Eric Baret explains clearly that there is no need for the self to appropriate achievement
Bob Thurman delights the audience at SAND 2018 with his lighthearted approach to the wisdom and the…
Awakened living realizes that the absolute and the relative dimensions of our Being are simply “not-two.”
It is said in Bengal that the Baul tradition originates from a time unknown, beyond what human history can trace
What may or may not be appropriate behavior for a spiritual teacher?
Sally Kempton combines the wisdom of the tradition of Kashmir Shaiva Tantra with the practical understandings of contemporary psychology
Creativity can be seen as a state of natural flow...
Ellen Emmet explains her understanding of the role of the body in our exploration of truth...
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.
Nadeshwari Joythimayananda describes the image and the symbolism and the energy of the goddess Tripura Sundari
Francis Lucille answers questions from the audience at SAND 18, bringing his intelligence and wit to a variety of topics
This excerpt from the The Strange and Necessary Case for Hope is rare medicine for our dark times.
Tantra in the Western imagination stands for exotic and orgasmic rituals coming from India and Tibet that blend sex and meditation.
Many great masters have said “Everything is Self,” and this phrase is repeated regularly during spiritual…
“You can not open your heart, it is already open. It is the mind that is closed, and which must open to the heart.”
Living with someone we love, with all the joys and challenges, is one of the best ways…
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.
Seeking is an expression of truth, it’s not a way. Abhinavagupta, in the Tantraloka, is very clear; all the yoga practices are an expression of truth. Yoga does not bring us to truth, truth expresses itself through yoga.
Many traditions and mystics talk about nondualism. But what is nondualism, and how have people—from different religions in different parts of the word—described this concept over time?
Silent and serene, forgetting words, bright clarity appears before you.
This book is the first translation into English of what purports to be the complete Gospel of Mary Magdalene.
When even the sense of being collapses into the utter simplicity of what is.
It’s easy, during our everyday life in the world, to forget how extravagantly remarkable a human being actually is.
Obviously, that’s an important question for nondualists including Advaitins and Buddhists.
Durga is a Goddess of Strength and Justice who brings compassion, peace, calm and order to the chaos, destruction and conflict in any situation.
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…
From the dualistic thinking of the first half of life into the contemplative mind of the integrated self
Tandava means totality. It means the path is absolutely non-dual, because we integrate everything and we don't refuse any aspect of the human being
Is math an invention of the human brain? Or does math exist in some abstract world, with humans merely discovering its truths? The debate has been raging since the time of the ancient Greeks.
The word “spirituality” has caused a lot of suffering over the centuries. Moral self-righteousness is often tagging along side that word.
It vibrates in every thing and every not-thing, right off the tip of your nose.
Excerpt from Let the Moon Be Free, by Eric Baret What disturbs you in the presence of someone else is…
I am a seeker who feels he has arrived, in that, these days, I both intellectually and feeling-wise, experience a oneness that is a great joy and comfort - completely unknowing, absolutely wondrous, constantly available, not really what I expected
Look deeper. Look deeper at your mala, your skateboard, your yoga mat. Look deeper at your records,…
In a now famous conversation between Carl Sagan and the Dalai Lama, Sagan, a scientist and renowned…
What seems to be your inner reality and what is apparently happening out there in the world is actually one thing.
Performing at the opening night of the 2019 SAND gathering in Italy, Parvathy Baul sings and dances
For decades I was conditioned to believe that to engage a mature spiritual life I needed to “pick one tradition and go deep,”
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.
The universe is dreaming us up and we are all dreaming our lives into being.
Please, please don’t worry. How many times do I have to say it?
There is a pervasive myth about enlightenment which, although repeated by many spiritual teachers, has its origins in a view of spirituality that arises from the misconceptions of the unhealed ego.
Most of my life was spent as a materialist. I regarded physical matter as the basis of reality. From matter emerged biological organisms such as humans, which developed brains, and out of the brain emerged consciousness.
A pre-recorded 4-part Video Series with Stanislav Grof
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