We are aware of thinking and acting, and we typically think this is what neurons and brains are for. Their deeper functions in regulating the body, either directly or through neuro-hormonal and neuro-immune interactions are largely unconscious and therefore neglected. This talk introduces theoretical models and experimental data suggesting an even deeper and evolutionarily older function of nervous systems: regulating the size and shape of the body. If these models are correct, the original function of neurons was the regulation of cell proliferation and differentiation. Neurons still perform these functions, from early embryogenesis through adulthood. We may even, sometimes, be aware of them. Recognizing this gives a new meaning to "embodied cognition."
The world is in desperate need for compassion. Compassion means to recognize the real nature of every living being
Exploring, Understanding and Applying Advaita Vedanta
Loch shares discoveries from the recent neuroscience of awakening to support living from nondual love.
Knowledge is Different in Different Levels of Consciousness
Love is the refusal to separate —Nisargadatta Maharaj
Pamela Wilson has a conversation with the audience at SAND19 US
Coming to Peace with All that Arises in Everyday Life
The path to transcendence is through compassion and through compassion one is led to oneness
Indigenous sciences, embedded and discussed through indigenous languages, have suffered great destruction.
Can we rejig our space-time interface to open new portals into the preexisting realm of conscious agents?
Rupert explores the perennial, non-dual understanding that lies at the heart of all the great religious and spiritual traditions
Jean Houston in conversation with the audience
to fashion universes out of emptiness
Oftentimes, the culprit of our inability to genuinely relate in our heart is our adherence to the dualistic paradigm of “otherness.”
What science and my unusual brain are teaching us about the convergence of reality, love, and the senses
What can we do to bring healing and protection to the Earth?
While we have unlocked the potential of a single atom we have yet to unlock the full potential of wise, loving and compassionate action
In most spiritual traditions, love is seen only as universal or cosmic love.
Rupert Spira has a conversation with the audience at SAND19 US
What constitutes the essence of a true relationship?
The challenges we face and the changes underway signal a genuine transformation of the world
One of the fundamental spiritual, social, and ecological challenges of our time is learning how to live into what we know.
Biomimicry is not just about emulating; it is also about reconnecting and rekindling our relationship with nature.
The journey into authentic nondual experience usually entails an ongoing experience of paradox
In quantum physics, it appears that only relationships are real.
Everything is not a thing
Lama Tsomo teaches us the ancient Tibetan compassion practice of Tonglen, one of the Four Boundless Qualities
What if the ways we think about the climate crisis is the crisis?
Sea Stars is the musical collaboration of Kurt Baumann and Katie Gray.
Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) is a radically interdisciplinary and groundbreaking field
Discover the esoteric relationship between form and formlessness embedded within the Shema
Grounding in the Act of Seeing Sacred Difference
How do we unlearn and de-program our toxic and limiting beliefs?
While the personal level is an important foundation, the next level is to bring our practice to the interpersonal realm
James Doty has a conversation with the audience at SAND19 US.
There is a profound and painful sense of disconnection in humanity.
Zaya Bennazzo asks panelists to share their insights about the climate crisis
the perspective of individual humans and their amazing encounters with psilocybin mushrooms
The panelists invite SAND community members to explore privilege and consequences of racial and ontological identities.
In the coming decades, the pace of life will be much faster than it is today
Many embrace perspectives and belief systems that are in discord with Nature’s rhythms.
Our primary evidence, our only certainty is consciousness.
We live in a time characterized by convergences of many kinds
Francis Lucille's dialogue with the audience at SAND19 US
Francis Lucille answers questions 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?
Heartfelt connectedness and love drive our ability to get in-synch with our deeper self, others, and the rhythms of the Earth.
The unshakable knowing that not everything is as it appears to be
There is a special area of the Matrix reserved for people who think they have exited the Matrix.
Sam Harris speaks with Iain McGilchrist about the differences between the right and left hemispheres.
Jeremy England says spiritual ideas can inform our scientific quest for the origin of life.
The ancient Greeks dove into this question. But what do modern scientists think?
Consciousness may be an emergent property from a bunch of background chatter.
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