Category: Science and Nonduality


Published on Nov 13, 2017

Speaking at the SAND gathering in Italy, Rupert guides us through a simple step-by-step enquiry from the perception of the subjects and objects of experience to the knowledge of the everpresence of awareness. He points to the fallacy of the myth of matter and suggests that everyone and everything is a modulation of a single infinite indivisible whole, whose reflection we know in the experiences of love and beauty.

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Shakti Caterina Maggi points directly to the essence of what we are and invites us to rediscover the divine Self in the core of our own humanity. Overcoming fear and illusion is to wake up to the extraordinary beauty of the moment and be the true embodiment of Consciousness itself in human form. She has been sharing a message of awakening to Life since 2003 with seminars and retreats held mainly in Italy and Europe.

Published on Oct 27, 2017

Mirabai Starr, who received critical acclaim for her translations of St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila and Julian of Norwich, shares her experiences of personal loss and what she has learned from her experience as a bereavement counselor and from her involvement with the writings of the mystics of Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

This video is an excerpt from an interview with Dr. Allan Wallace. He has been a scholar and practitioner of Buddhism since 1970, and has taught Buddhist theory and meditation worldwide since 1976. Having devoted fourteen years to training as a Tibetan Buddhist monk, ordained by H. H. the Dalai Lama, he went on to earn an undergraduate degree in physics and the philosophy of science at Amherst College and a doctorate in religious studies at Stanford.
http://www.alanwallace.org/


Spacetime is doomed. It, and its particles, cannot be fundamental in physical theory, but must emerge from a more fundamental theory. I review the converging evidence for this claim from physics and evolution, and then propose a new way to think of spacetime: as a data-compressing and error-correcting channel for information about fitness. I propose that a theory of conscious agents is a good candidate for the more fundamental theory to replace
spacetime. Spacetime then appears as one kind of interface for communication between conscious agents.

Donald Hoffman is a cognitive scientist and author of more than 90 scientific papers and three books, including Visual Intelligence: How We Create What We See (W.W. Norton, 2000). He received his BA from UCLA in Quantitative Psychology and his Ph.D. from MIT in Computational Psychology. He joined the faculty of UC Irvine in 1983, where he is now a full professor in the departments of cognitive science, computer science and philosophy.

He received a Distinguished Scientific Award of the American Psychological Association for early career research into visual perception, the Rustum Roy Award of the Chopra Foundation, and the Troland Research Award of the US National Academy of Sciences. He was chosen by students at UC Irvine to receive a campus-wide teaching award, and to be included in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

Hoffman studies visual perception, visual attention and consciousness using mathematical models, computer simulations, and psychological experiments. His empirical research has led to new insights into how we perceive objects, colors and motion. His theoretical research has led to a “user interface” theory of perception—which proposes that natural selection shapes our perceptions not to report truth but simply to guide adaptive behavior. It has also led to a “conscious realism” theory of consciousness—which proposes a formal model of consciousness and the mind-body problem that takes consciousness as fundamental.

Published on Oct 2, 2017

In a welcome return to the time-honored practice of teachers commenting on the sacred texts of the past, Rupert Spira weaves a masterful commentary between the lines of the little-known book Know Yourself by the 13th century Sufi Awhad al-din Balyani. With the clarity and insight we have come to expect from Rupert, he gives us a foretaste of his book The Nature of Consciousness, and reminds us that, as is true of the misunderstandings of other world religions, the popular mythology is far removed from the realization of the founder of Islam, whose teaching was always the oneness of being.

In this fascinating interview Federico Faggin, designer of the first commercial microprocessor and pioneer in the movement to base mathematical theory on consciousness, urges science to embrace consciousness to explain the weirdness of quantum physics, and use it as the instrument of scientific investigation. “There need no longer be a duality between mind and matter,” he says. “With consciousness you can reach reality from the inside.” He makes a startling suggestion – that matter is the ink with which consciousness writes its own self-knowing.

Published on Sep 13, 2017

Fifty years ago, as our culture began a collective journey of conscious awakening, the Beatles recorded their anthem, “All You Need is Love.” Since then, we’ve been distilling the wisdom of the world’s spiritual traditions, stripping away the trappings of time and misunderstanding, to reveal their common truths. In the process, the teachings have become simpler and simpler, and the path easier and easier, bringing us ever closer to the essence of non-duality. Today, as we learn to drop back effortlessly into our own Being, we are reminded, once again, that all you need is love—love for own essential nature.

science and nonduality
Published on Sep 12, 2017

In this wide-ranging interview, Rudolph Tanzi, Professor of Neurology at Harvard University and one of our most open-minded and influential neuroscientists, touches on experiences from his own life and research to propose a model of consciousness that includes attention, and can be welcomed both by science and nonduality. A pragmatic scientist, he refuses to be dogmatic about the primacy of mind or matter, and is willing to consider fringe experiences such as lucid dreaming and precognition in an effort to come to understanding.

Deepak Chopra: Scientists Are Naive Realists


Published on Aug 27, 2017

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Deepak Chopra is the author of more than 80 books, a quarter of them New York Times bestsellers. His medical training is in internal medicine and endocrinology. In this interview he talks of science’s approach to consciousness, suggests that it is matter, not consciousness, that is the hard problem, and explains why scientists can be described as naive realists.


Published on Aug 8, 2017

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Sharon Strand Ellison
, the author of Taking the War Out of Our Words, is a pioneer in the field of eliminating defensiveness. An international communication consultant and award-winning speaker, Sharon is the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Powerful Non-Defensive Communication. In this interview she describes and gives examples of defensiveness and explains how openness, honesty and curiosity results in connection and communication with others.

Rowdy, ecstatic, and sometimes stern, these teaching stories and fables reveal new and very human properties in Rumi’s vision. Included here are the notorious “Latin parts” that Reynold Nicholson felt were too unseemly to appear in English in his 1920s translation. For Rumi, anything that human beings do—however compulsive—affords a glimpse into the inner life.

Here are more than 40 fables or teaching stories that deal with love, laughter, death, betrayal, and the soul. The stories are exuberant, earthy, and bursting with vitality—much like a painting by Hieronymus Bosch or Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. The characters are guilty, lecherous, tricky, ribald, and finally possessors of opened souls.

Barks writes: “These teaching stories are a kind of scrimshaw—intricately carved, busy figures, confused and threatening, and weirdly funny.

This is an entertaining collection from one of the greatest spiritual poets of all time, rendered by his most popular translator.

“The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.”Rumi

Coleman Barks is an American poet, a former faculty member at the University of Georgia, and a renowned interpreter of Rumi and other mystic poets. He makes frequent international appearances and is well-known throughout the Middle East. His work has contributed to the creation of a strong Rumi following in the English-speaking world and the dissemination of Sufi ideas across many cultural boundaries. Barks received an honorary doctorate from Tehran University in 2006. He is the author of many books and lives in Athens, Georgia.

Rumi on Love By Coleman Barks

Published on Jul 31, 2017

The ecstatic poems of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, a Persian poet and Sufi master born 807 years ago in 1207, have sold millions of copies in recent years, making him the most popular poet in the US. He’s a poet of joy and of love.

“This We Have Now” – An Interview with Coleman Barks

Published on Aug 4, 2015

This interview was recorded at Science and Nonduality Conference http://www.scienceandnonduality.com/. We talk with Coleman Barks about how he has come to translating Rumi’s poetry, how he met his teacher and how his teachings unfolded in his life.


Published on Jul 28, 2017

Devaji details his path to removing egoic concerns, answering questions about Shakti Transmission and letting go of beliefs and thought

https://www.devaji.org

Florian Schlosser invites us to explore and include all aspects of life, to be mature and integrated embodiments of consciousness in our everyday lives.

Published on Apr 27, 2017

At the SAND Conference we gather to explore and celebrate Science and Non-Duality. This includes a deep inquiry into Pure Awareness/Shiva. Simultaneously there is a deep universal Love that is the substance of this same reality: Shakti. Over time Pure Awareness has been acknowledged beautifully. On the other hand the Shakti aspect of experience often seems to remain somewhat hidden. How about we acknowledge Shakti – Love and the expression of Her as form? Her Body is bigger than time and space. In the depth of her Belly are the qualities of vastness and the sacred tremor of the Universe, which include the
world and are not of the world. She gives rise to tenderness, bravery and pure intimacy. Full realization is only true when all of Life is included – Awareness and the authentic expressive
Body of Love with its Radiant Still Darkness. Are we ready to let go of a realization fueled by incompleteness and give ourselves wholeheartedly to pure Awareness/Shiva and the dance of
form/Shakti?

Marlies Cocheret is a Hakomi practitioner, Tantric educator, and Teacher http://www.marliescocheret.com/

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