The Physics of Oneness

The Physics of Oneness

With Shantena Augusto Sabbadini  •  Recorded November 2, 9, &16, 2019

A 3-part Webinar Series

We are not separate selves, we are waves in the ocean of existence. In this webinar we will approach this fundamental insight from the perspectives of quantum physics and of ancient wisdom traditions.

We will begin by tracing the evolution of our understanding of mind and matter from ancient times to the present, culminating in the revolutionary findings of quantum physics.

Join Shantena Sabbadini to:

  • Explore the implications of those findings for life and consciousness.
  • Explore what does it mean to be in a body, to be embodied? What is consciousness?
  • Examine the role of the observer in quantum physics and find that it is indeed central, although not in the way it is usually assumed.
  • Compare the quantum world view with that of ancient Daoists and find that the notion (or no-notion!) of Dao is as close as one can get to expressing the oneness of matter and mind, consciousness and world.
  • Look at ways of manifesting Dao in everyday life, acting from a place of non-doing, following the water way.

Further Reading/Viewing:

Pilgrimages to Emptiness (available on Amazon)


The Quantum Revolution and the Soul of the World Schumacher College Earth Talk, 5th February 2014

SAND Italy 2015 interview

SAND Italy 2015 conversation with Rupert Spira 

Interview for Being Sapiens (Italian with English subtitles)

Watch a talk by Shantena from SAND Italy 2018:

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Module 1: Mind and Matter

Nov 2, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am PDT

What is matter? Is the world I perceive an objective reality "out there"?
What is consciousness? What is this "I" with which I am defined?

In this first session we will follow the evolution of our understanding of mind and matter from primitive and traditional cultures to quantum physics.

  • Anima mundi
  • The agricultural revolution
  • The mathematization of nature
  • The scientific paradigm and mechanism
  • The quantization of the world
  • Particles and waves
  • Clouds of probability
  • Entanglement
  • Schrodinger's cat

Duration: 1 hours, 30 minutes

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Module 2: What is Life?

Nov 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am PST

What is the role of the observer in quantum physics? Why do we see the world as objective? What is life? In this second session we will speculate about the relationship between quantum physics and life.

  • Traces and reality
  • The quantum eraser
  • The embodied observer
  • Subject and object
  • Freedom and determinism
  • Quantum uncertainty and free will
  • What is life?
  • Chance and creativity

Duration: 1 hours, 30 minutes

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Module 3: From Science to Mysticism

Nov 16, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am PST

From the speakable to the unspeakable: in this third session we will move beyond science, into the territory explored by mystics, and we will wonder about cultivating Dao in everyday life.

  • Abstraction and forgetfulness
  • Reclaiming wonder
  • Daoists and postmodernists
  • The Dao that can be told...
  • Self and no self
  • The wave and the ocean
  • Indra's net
  • Everyday Dao: non-doing

Duration: 1 hours, 30 minutes

Shantena Augusto Sabbadini

Shantena Augusto Sabbadini worked as a theoretical physicist at the University of Milan and at the University of California. In Milan he researched the foundations of quantum physics, focusing on the description of the quantum process of observation, a problem that keeps fascinating him up to the present. In California he contributed to the first identification of a black hole.

In the 1990’s he was a scientific consultant for the Eranos Foundation, an East-West research center founded under the guidance of C.G. Jung in the 1930's. In that context he studied Chinese classics under the guidance of the Dutch sinologist Rudolf Ritsema and produced various translations and commentaries, including the Yijing and the Daodejing. Since 2002 he has been associate director of the Pari Center for New Learning, an alternative educational institution located in the small medieval village of Pari in Tuscany, Italy. He teaches short courses at the Schumacher College and leads workshops on Daoism, quantum physics and the Yijing as a tool for introspection.