Much has been learned observing the effects of altered states on the nature, structure, and durability of time. Like other duality-based delusions, “time” is not what they taught us, not exactly what we experience and not easily fenced in by the definitions physics still uses. When we stop assuming that the exceptional is the norm, the alterative possibilities more easily illuminate other ways of seeing, sensing and knowing. “Altered states” themselves need to be “re-cognized” as well as the term artfully obscures what actually goes on within us and in the world at large. While there are a host of ways to evoke altered states of consciousness, including sleep, hypnosis, fasting, prayer, drumming and meditation, psychedelics remain an almost ideal investigative research tool, given the vast array of substances, each opening a slightly different widow, and the capacity to control the dose, set, setting, focus, etc. Beginning with the observations of Hofmann and Huxley, we will consider the varying forms of time-as-experienced and the implications for therapy, psychology and cross-cultural empathy as well as questioning religious and scientific doctrines. After exploring the accepted delusion of time as stable, we will consider the practical implication of a more realistic and expanded view of time. Circling back we will consider how this larger view in turn helps to revise and replace our current inappropriate dualistic labels of ordinary and non-ordinary states with something closer to the reality underlying consciousness and the material world. As some members of the audience will consider these reformulations as speculations, there will be ample time for questions.
SAND 2011 is a journey and exploration of the nature of awareness from the perspective of modern science, ancient traditions, philosophy, phenomenology, psychology and direct experience. Hear presentations of world-renowned quantum physicists, scientists, lecturers and authors like John Hagelin, Stanislav Grof, Lynne McTaggart, Fred Alan Wolf, Menas Kafatos, Gangaji, Rupert Spira, David Peat, Dean Radin, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Jeff Foster and many more, over this four-day conference.
The theme which we will be exploring this year is Time. What is time and does it really exist? Linear, nonlinear time, eternal now, infinity… SAND 2011 will be an exploration of the concept and paradox of time from the perspective of modern science, ancient traditions, philosophy, phenomenology, psychology and of course direct experience.
James Fadiman, Ph.D. author/editor of The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide: Safe, Therapeutic Journeys (Park Street Press, 2011), has been guiding and researching entheogenic journeys for decades. He co-founded The Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, does management consulting, has taught at Stanford, Brandeis and San Francisco State and has written textbooks, a psychedelic novel (The Other Side of Haight), a self-help book and a play. Currently he is researching ways to use extremely low doses of psychedelics and amassing profiles of present day psychedelic drug users.