Science and Nonduality Conference 2011


October 20-23, 2011

Agenda


Saturday, October 22


12:00 pm PDT The Eternal Moment: Nobody Going Nowhere     Watch On-Demand
JEANNIE ZANDI


Dropping out of everyday mind into a visceral felt experience of now is a gateway to the eternal. The mind-maintained concept of time disappears as the dynamic and vibrating moment is fully opened to in every cell of the body. Softening the fear-born clench of ‘me’ that is maintained in the body through misdirected life energy, we move beyond a sense of body-centered self to a dissolved field of being. For this, we lose the continuum of time, point of view, memory, worship of thought, and being someone with something called ‘a life’ and rest as cluelessness, emptiness, and being nobody owning nothing and going nowhere. Time stops. Instead of seeing ourselves as movers and shakers with something to be somewhere down the road, running on the engine of fear, we abandon then and later and drop into ourSelf as an ecstatic simultaneity of stillness and moving river. Through guided meditation and pointing, Jeannie will invite attendees into a direct experience of the one eternal moment.




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.
2:10 pm PDT How Old Is Awareness?     Watch On-Demand
Peter Dziuban

Author/lecturer on Consciousness


For that matter, how old is All? It is often said Awareness, Presence, Life, is present eternally‚ but it sometimes is assumed that this means an incredibly long time. Is it too shocking to realize that all of what appears to be experienced‚ and even what is called Awareness Itself‚ never has had any prior history of existing?

Close inquiry shows that what appears as all experience is not separate or‚ out there, but arises in, or as, current thought. The only evidence there ever is for any thing or experience, even the so-called past or history, is current thought. Never is it possible to find evidence of an actual past or history that occurred back there‚ at a prior or past time.

Even to say Awareness, Presence, has been present forever, and was being at some prior time before‚ this, too, would actually be just a thought arising now for‚ the first time ever. Not even Awareness has been before. There simply is no such thing as oldness! This means the edge of time (theme of SAND 11) isn’t some separate phenomenon that a ‘you’ knows about. The edge of time literally is this very aware Presence, here, now as these words are being read! This aware Presence is the only one there is for all existence‚ and It has no history! It literally is the stuff wherein all existing appears to go on‚ and always is brand new!

As all that is, is pristine, never having been before. What would this never-before-ness say, if it could talk?



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 timeand 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.
1:25 pm PDT Beyond Addiction to Temporal Objects     Watch On-Demand
Scott Kiloby



How do we reconcile the evolution of consciousness in time with our egoic addiction to future? Is the evolution of consciousness the same as personal seeking?


Through his addiction and recovery work, Scott Kiloby speaks of addiction to temporal objects. We may not think of things in the future as being like objects. It is easier to see the spatial objects to which we are addicted—stuff in the physical world such as drugs, alcohol, sex, love, money, success, work, and fame. Through his Unfindable Object Inquiry, Scott reveals that these spatial things that we addictively seek are unfindable, empty and non-separate. In this unfindability, our addiction to these objects releases itself.


The same is true for temporal objects—which are events that we seek in time for personal fulfillment (i.e., acceptance, happiness, personal achievement, enlightenment, recovery). In imagining these objects as something we must find in the future, we addictively seek towards them for personal fulfillment. They are objects in time. Through the same Unfindable Object Inquiry, these temporal objects are also unfindable, empty, and non-separate. This releases our addiction to these temporal objects.


Is the evolution of consciousness the same as personal seeking towards temporal objects? Scott discusses how evolution is the awakening of the mind, the opening of the heart, and the exploration of multiple perspectives. This evolutionary deepening in time does not have to be another addiction. Rather than a destination for personal fulfillment, it is a resource available in our present experience that benefits all of humanity.



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.
5:00 pm PDT Beyond Religion - The Rise of a New Spirituality     Watch On-Demand
Panel - Rabbi David A. Cooper, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Father Richard Rohr moderated by Tami Simon

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.
8:10 pm PDT A Cosmology of Connection: Poetry, Justice and Nonduality     Watch On-Demand
Drew Dellinger

Spoken word poet, professor, writer, activist


In this talk Drew Dellinger will engage the topic of nonduality through the lenses of poetry, justice and cosmology. Drew will weave together insights, stories and poems that speak to our ontological oneness, the creativity of the cosmos, and the poetics of timelessness. In addition, Dellinger will present the vision of radical connection in the work of Martin Luther King Jr. Though this aspect of King’s vision has often been overlooked, Drew will show that King was in fact a kind of early ‘systems thinker,’ with a proto-ecological vision of “the interrelated structure of all reality.”


In King’s cosmology everything is connected and “the universe is on the side of justice.” Drew will also touch on the nature of time and timelessness in poetry, and how poets use words to express the fractal nature of time, its transparency, and the brilliance of the present moment.


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.
7:30 pm PDT Underlying Principles in Quantum Theory and Metaphysics     Watch On-Demand
Dr. Menas Kafatos

Physicist, Founding Dean, Schmid College of Science, Vice Chancellor for Special Projects



There are compelling reasons to pursue a new, integrative science. The approach that will be discussed in detail is to look for common, underlying principles, which apply at all realms of reality. There are a number of observational and theoretical reasons in support of the view that fundamental principles such as non-locality and complementarity may be underlying both the physical and the mental worlds. We first discuss evidence from quantum experiments that reveal spatial and temporal non-localities as well as from the cosmological realm. A new scaling for physical parameters in the universe is proposed which reveals surprising results about the nature of time. This allows us to develop an axiomatic approach towards the linkage between microscopic and macroscopic quantities.



These developments make it plausible that fundamental principles cut across different fields of natural sciences and can be considered to hold universal validity. It is likely that quantum-like effects may be pervasive at all scales in the universe. If true, these principles apply to other fields such as brain dynamics and open new ways of study. In the same way, one can search for analogous universal principles that hold in realms beyond the physical. If consciousness is the foundational substratum of the universe, principles developed in perennial philosophical systems, or metaphysics, should be even more universally applicable and cut across all levels of the cosmos, “internal” (e.g. individual mental and psychic, etc.) as well as “external” (e.g. collective unconscious, physical, etc). We sketch here a possible new prescription for a unified “science”, what I term integrative science that will encompass ordinary natural science and will extend it to new realms. The prescription will be discussed in detail. It also involves taking the statements of philosophical traditions quite seriously.



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.
6:05 pm PDT Non-Duality and Social Change     Watch On-Demand
PANEL- Non-duality and Social Change with David Loy, Peter Baumann, John Hagelin, moderated by Terry Patten


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.
8:50 pm PDT The Christian Meaning Of Enlightenment     Watch On-Demand
Richard Rohr, OFM

Franciscan priest,
Founder of the The Center for Action and Contemplation



Richard will present the similarities, the differences, and the complementarities between the Eastern and Western understandings of transformation. Some have called the goal enlightenment, some salvation, some ecstasy, nirvana, or heaven. What is the goal of the spiritual journey according to the main line Christian tradition? What Christian spirituality called the unitive way was often described as non-dual consciousness by Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism. Are we often seeking the same thing? How can we honor and respect each of these spiritual traditions?



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.
3:00 am PDT Duality, Nonduality, and the Deepest Acceptance of Life     Watch On-Demand
Jeff Foster

Nonduality Author


Jeff Foster graduated in Astrophysics from Cambridge University in 2001. Several years after graduation, following a period of severe depression and illness, he became addicted to the idea of “spiritual enlightenment”, and embarked on an intensive spiritual search which lasted for several years. The spiritual search came to an absolute end with the clear seeing that there is only ever Oneness. In the clarity of this seeing, life became what it always was: spontaneous, clear, joyful and fully alive, and Jeff began to write and talk about "nonduality" (which he often calls "the utterly, utterly obvious"). He holds meetings and retreats in the UK and Europe, clearly and directly pointing to the frustrations surrounding the spiritual search, to the nature of mind, and to the Clarity at the heart of everything. His uncompromising approach, full of humor and compassion, shatters the mind’s hopes for a future awakening, revealing the awakening that is always already present, right in the midst of life.


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.

Sunday, October 23


5:10 pm PDT Predicting the Unpredictable     Watch On-Demand
Dean Radin, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist, Institute of Noetic Sciences


The hypothesis that consciousness collapses the quantum wavefunction was tested using a double-slit optical system. The principal measurement was the ratio of double-slit to single-slit spectral power associated with the interference pattern. The consciousness collapse hypothesis predicted that this ratio would decrease when participants focused their attention towards the optical system, as compared to when they withdrew their attention. Six experiments were conducted to test various aspects of the hypothesis. Each study consisted of 40 counterbalanced attention-towards and attention-away periods, with each period lasting from 15 to 30 seconds. Results combined over a total of 250 test sessions indicated that the ratio decreased in accordance with the hypothesis.



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.
12:00 pm PDT Lucid Art: From Form to Formless     Watch On-Demand
Fariba Bogzaran, Ph.D.

Visionary, Professor, and Artist



Can non-dual experiences be expressed in visual imagery? Can artistic process be a vehicle to explore the non-dual nature of reality? Through exploring the work of four visionary Surrealists, the California movement of Dynaton, and the consciousness research leading to Lucid Art, this presentation focuses on the non-dual nature of the mind through the lens of contemporary art. This lecture evolves from visual imagery within narrative symbolic realms, to non-representational concepts, to an inquiry into creative consciousness.



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.
4:30 pm PDT Healing Ecology: A Buddhist Perspective on the Eco-crises     Watch On-Demand
David Loy, Ph.D.

Zen Teacher



Do Buddhist teachings imply a different way of understanding our relationship to the biosphere, which can really help us at this critical time when we are doing so much to destroy it? There are reasons to doubt it: Buddha lived in a very different time and place, Iron Age India. But the Buddha did know about dukkha, the term usually translated as ‘suffering’‚ yet to be understood in the broadest sense: dissatisfaction, discontent, anxiety‚ basically, our manifest inability to be happy, which does not mean that life is always miserable but that even those who are wealthy and healthy experience a dis-ease that keeps gnawing. That we find life frustrating, one damn problem after another, is not accidental, because it is the nature of an unawakened mind to be bothered about something. What, if anything, does that imply about the ecological crisis?


This presentation will point out the precise and profound parallels between our usual individual predicament, according to Buddhism, and the present situation of human civilization. This suggests that the eco-crisis is as much a spiritual challenge as a technological and economic one. Does this mean that the Buddhist response to our personal predicament also points the way to resolving our collective one?

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.
3:20 pm PDT Creating a Sacred Relationship     Watch On-Demand
Kenny Johnson


We speak of being in imprisoned by our mind. This is our human experience. When faced with incarceration as a real fact. Brick and mortar, guns and fences. Where do you turn? Whom do you call upon? What power exists to hear and then come to your aid? It is here when one gets down on their knees and seek divine intervention and guidance. It is in this silent and sacred space that you come face to face with the One-True Real-God that defies description. Herein we experience gratitude and knowing this is Advaita, this is Non-duality.


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.
2:00 pm PDT Non-Duality and Freedom in Every-Day Life     Watch On-Demand
Bentinho Massaro

Founder of Free Awareness


Real Freedom doesn't mind how your life looks and feels like; it is readily available equal to everyone regardless of circumstances, thoughts, emotions, or other experiences. Real Freedom is not necessarily about freedom FROM all experiences and circumstances, more than that it is about finding freedom WITHIN all experiences and circumstances. Non-Duality to me, from a practical perspective, means to live life in a way that is undivided. Or you could say: whole-hearted. Undivided simply means that the illusion of separation as something existentially real and solid, is experientially seen, or 'felt' through. You cannot think your way out of this one, you'll have to go beyond. But it is far simpler than many might 'think'! In this program we will discover in a short period of time how we can experience inner freedom through non-duality not as a particular sensation, but as a basic experiential understanding to actually live every-day life from.


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.
2:40 pm PDT Meeting in Not-Knowing with Unmani     Watch On-Demand
Unmani

Teacher and Author


Unmani points very directly to who you really are beyond all the words and concepts. If there is a readiness to hear this, then there is a possibility to investigate the reality of everything that you have ever believed in. Realizing more and more that your whole life is based on an assumption of who you think you are, there is a total freefall into not knowing.


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.
2:55 am PDT The Significance of This Moment in Time     Watch On-Demand
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Sufi teacher



We live in a culture caught in the illusion of time, rushing towards an unsustainable future. And yet the mystic knows that only the moment is real, only in the moment can we have a direct experience of life, or Truth. Only in the moment can there be real change, can anything new be born.



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.
11:55 am PDT Altered States of Time     Watch On-Demand
James Fadiman

Author/Researcher


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.
2:10 pm PDT Psychedelic Medicines & the Neuroscience of Consciousness     Watch On-Demand
David Presti, Ph.D.

Professor UC Berkeley



Psychedelic medicines have a long history of shamanic use as therapeutic agents. They have also contributed in profound ways to the current neurochemical understanding of brain function. Recent clinical research has reconnected with the ancient shamanic uses of these medicines and also with work explored by clinical researchers more than half a century ago. Psychedelics are also powerful probes of the connection between brain and mind, a relationship that remains in many ways as poorly understood now as it was centuries ago. The prevailing model in contemporary neuroscience is that whatever mind, consciousness, and mental processes are, they are completely determined by physical properties of the brain. Psychedelics and some of the changes in mental function they facilitate may call into question the narrow physicalist model of the relation between brain and mind and provide opportunities for new directions of research in exploring the connection between brain physiology and consciousness.



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.
12:40 pm PDT Time in Language and Mind     Watch On-Demand
Joshua Marker

Linguist, UC Berkeley



Time is built in to the nervous system at many levels and scales. What is the role of conceptual schemas of time in cognition, and how do they relate to their preconscious precursors and to their linguistic representations? What different linguistic framings of time exist, and to what extent do they effect conceptualization? Among the topics discussed will be linguistic relativity, the research behind some conceptualizations of time such as Hopi ‘non-time’ and ‘cyclic time’, and the relationship between language and the conceptualization of time itself.



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.

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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.
1:25 pm PDT Is Time An Arrow?     Watch On-Demand
Catherine Pépin, Ph.D.

Theoretical Physicist, Institute of Theoretical Physics, Saclay, France



If you were a little ant living on a wire in one dimension, there would be only one possible move in your universe : you would go forward, forever. For an external observer however, seeing the scene from above, the movement of the ant takes two possible forms (or topologies) -- it can be linear, or cyclic. It cannot be anything else, only linear or cyclic.

Not surprisingly, the human apprehension of Time has always been oscillating between those two visions. Does Time go on linearly forward or does it comes back to itself cyclically, forever ?

In this talk we will review the scientific paradigm about Time from Einstein’s Relative Time, Bergson’s notion of simultaneity and duration, to Quantum Mechanics Time/Energy duality. Does the ``Arrow Time’’ of the Scientist exist? If so, ``where’’ did God ``draw’’ this Arrow? Does Non Dual Time exist? If so, how can Time be One moment only, and at the same time an Arrow?

We will see that at the smallest scales, in the world of the microcosm, Time doesn’t flow. All the microscopic equations of physics are reversible. The Arrow of Time emerges only with the ``Many’’ at the macroscale, when particles start to interact with each other, to rub against one another in a thermodynamic friction. Entropy, friction, are thus lying at the heart of any notion of Evolutionary Emergence. A deep contemplation of the nature of Change, however, can convince us that it is strongly constrained by the presence of Invariant Laws, of simple Truths, valid at any scale of observation. Those Thruths act like the skleton of Evolution, its DNA. They are context-transcendant. In this way, Simplicity and Complexity are entangled in the evolutionary Telos, and in their intrication maybe lies the secret fabrics of life.



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.
5:50 pm PDT Self-Inquiry: Discovering the Non-Duality in Duality     Watch On-Demand
Gangaji

nondual teacher


In order to survive, our minds are hardwired to make the first distinction of me and other. That duality usually becomes our perspective on life. We project that duality on to everything. We either have something or we don't have it. We are happy or we are sad. We are right or we are wrong. We won or we lost. All distinctions have their place, but only as transitory points of view, present for the survival of an organism.



Regarding true self-realization, which is non-dual realization of self, nothing can be excluded. True non-duality also includes whatever appears to be dual. With inquiry, non-dual unity can be found in the core of all perspectives including duality.
Often on the spiritual search, we seek an experience of non-duality by transcending physical, emotional, mental and circumstantial aspects of living. Transcendence implies leaving something behind.



In this meeting, Gangaji demonstrates how through self-inquiry, non-duality can be directly experienced, with no need to leave anything. When we are willing to stop rejecting, fixing or controlling our very human experiences, there is the opportunity to discover the ever present truth of non-duality: pure consciousness, pure spaciousness. Gangaji invites us to welcome all aspects of ourselves in all states and forms, even the most difficult of experiences, so that we can discover inherent fulfillment.



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.

Friday, October 21


9:00 am PDT The Infinite Rhythm of Love & Freedom     Watch On-Demand
Florian Schlosser


In all of us there are two existential forces moving everything in life. On the one hand there is FREEDOM. It is the force that does not need, want or demand anything. Its inner quality is free of content. It is its own fulfillment and joy. On the other hand there is LOVE. It is the force that looks for unity, empathy and connection. Its inner quality is wanting to meet and being met. Feeling each other and savoring life as our own embodied experience is its natural expression. Those forces cannot exist independently of each other. Life is the infinite rhythm between these apparently exclusive opposites. Just like electricity can only flow between the differently charged poles. In this experiential SAND workshop we together explore BEING SPACE — Consciousness itself. In THAT the natural rhythm of love and freedom can play — feel and explore itself — look for completion, and eventually find rest and peace. Just like a swinging pendulum returns to its point of stillness. This can neither be attained by any activity or mental understanding, nor through any method, concept or philosophy. It can only be experienced directly. All that it requires is the willingness to allow the human experience to fully show up, and to move freely in consciousness. Then the separation between an apparent 'dual reality' and an apparent 'non-dual reality' comes to an end naturally. The opposites are recognized and experienced as the all-inclusive ONE.



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.
10:25 am PDT Non-Dual Vipassana     Watch On-Demand
Peter Russell M.A., D.C.S., F.S.P.
Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, The World Business Academy and The Findhorn Foundation



Shauna L. Shapiro, Ph.D.

Assistant professor of counseling psychology at Santa Clara University



With his distinctive blend of physics, psychology, and philosophy, Peter Russell presents a new worldview in which the fundamental essence of the cosmos is not matter but mind. Despite the remarkable success of modern science in so many areas, it encounters great difficulty around the fundamental questions of consciousness. Western science is based on the assumption that the ultimate essence of the cosmos is matter-energy, in some shape or form. In this talk, Peter will share his latest thinking on why consciousness is the fundamental essence of the cosmos. Many have claimed this from metaphysical perspectives; what makes Peter's model unique is that he arrives at this conclusion using contemporary physics and psychology. With consciousness as primary, everything remains the same and everything changes. Time and timelessness co-exist. And our own inner essence is known to be the essence of that is.


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.
2:00 pm PDT Timelessness in Time, and Time in Timelessness     Watch On-Demand
Thomas Hübl



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.
5:10 pm PDT Francis Lucille     Watch On-Demand
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.
11:25 am PDT Possible and Impossible: Approaches to Freedom     Watch On-Demand
Conversation with Unmani, Jeff Foster and Scott Kiloby - moderated by Robert Schwartz (East Bay Open Circle)



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.
5:50 pm PDT The Transcendence of Time in Shamanic Practice     Watch On-Demand
Michael Harner, Ph.D.

Founder of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies



Over tens of thousands of years, our ancient ancestors all over the world discovered how to maximize human abilities of mind and spirit for healing and problem-solving. The remarkable system of methods they developed is today known as shamanism. Shamans are especially distinguished by the use of journeys to hidden worlds otherwise mainly known through myth, dream, and near-death experiences. A core feature of shamanism is that the Universe is divisible into three worlds: the Upper, Middle, and Lower. The Middle World, in which we live, has both its ordinary and non-ordinary (or non-spiritual and spiritual) aspects, and belongs only to this immediate moment in time. The Upper and Lower Worlds, in contrast, are purely spiritual and are found only in nonordinary reality, where they exist outside of time. The trained shaman can make “out of body” journeys to these worlds, moving back and forth with discipline and purpose in order to help and heal others.
In these journeys, the shaman transcends time, going back to look at the past or traveling into the future to seek assistance on behalf of others from compassionate beings found there. In these worlds, there is no separation between the shaman and everything else. He or she knows, as ancient Siberian shamans knew that, “Everything that is, is alive.” The Universe is experienced as a unified whole, and the shaman partakes of the love and the ecstasy of this transcendent reality.



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.
4:30 pm PDT The Bond: Connecting Through the Space Between Us     Watch On-Demand
Lynne McTaggart

Best-selling author, Researcher and Lecturer



For centuries, Western culture has taught us to think of ourselves as individuals. Competition, assumed to be the most fundamental of human urges, forms the basis of our society, our economy, and most of our relationships. But we are living a lie. All the crises we face today, including the financial recession, have occurred precisely because the lives we’ve chosen to lead are based on competition and are not consistent with our truest nature as givers and sharers. Pulling together a vast array of cutting edge scientific discovery, Lynne demonstrates that we are in constant relationship with everything and everyone. All living things succeed and prosper only when they see themselves as part of a greater whole, she says, and fully embrace the space between us; the relationship itself. The Bond.


In addition to providing a new narrative for our lives, Lynne also provides the first roadmap of how to live according to this new scientific story – a prescription for living based on cooperation and partnership. Lynne offers unique information about how to retrain ourselves to see the world from a more holistic perspective, to enjoy more cooperative relationships – even across the deepest divides – to enjoy more united social groups, and to discover a new and authentic purpose. During her talk you will experience the power of the Bond firsthand with a demonstration of powerful techniques that transform a small group of strangers into a super-organism – and a potent healing circle. Her message is inspiring and empowering: by simple changes of perspective and action locally, each of us can become a major game changer, both to both transform our culture and to move out of crisis, individually and collectively.



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.
2:45 pm PDT The Evolution of Enlightenment     Watch On-Demand
Andrew Cohen

Spiritual Teacher


Ken Wilber

Integral philosopher



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.
9:40 am PDT Dongshan's Five Ranks: A Zen Teaching on Nonduality     Watch On-Demand
Zoketsu Norman Fisher

Zen teacher, Poet and Author



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.
1:00 am PDT Rick Linchitz: No You and No Me     Watch On-Demand
For those who don't mind getting nothing from no one in the timeless present for no purpose.

Thursday, October 20


9:50 pm PDT Conversation with the Plenary Presenters     Watch On-Demand
John Hagelin, PhD



Fred Alan Wolf, PhD



Rupert Spira



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.
7:30 pm PDT Maurizio Benazzo: SAND Opening Remarks     Watch On-Demand
Maurizio Benazzo

Actor and Producer



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.
8:30 pm PDT Is It All an Illusion? Quantum Physics, Time, and God     Watch On-Demand
Fred Alan Wolf, PhD

Physicist, writer, and lecturer



Perhaps we have always wondered‚ "What is time?" No one really knows what time is. No one can explain what it is in terms of anything which is itself not related to time. In this talk I hope to show how time and mind are intimately related. In brief there is no time without a mind to perceive it.



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.
9:10 pm PDT Time Is Never Experienced     Watch On-Demand
Rupert Spira

Artist and Non-duality Teacher



All experience is now. Try to step out of now into a past or future. Where do we or could we go? It is not possible to experience a past or future. We experience thoughts about a past or future but never the past and future themselves. This very now is the only now there is. It is not a moment in time. There is no "present moment." There is no time present in which the now could move forwards or backwards. It is eternally now.



Unhappiness is always an avoidance or rejection of the now. Our self, aware presence, is intimately one with all experience in the now. It knows no rejection of the now and is, therefore, happiness itself. The thought-made self is a movement of resistance or seeking, away from the now into an imaginary past or future. All avoidance and seeking is for the thought-made self, never for the true and only self of aware presence. The belief that time is real is essential to the perpetuation of this imaginary self; such a self feeds on the past and future. The now is the only place the separate self cannot stand. The now, in which all peace and happiness reside, is the only place the true and only self can be.



All the imaginary self's seeking longs only for the happiness that is inherent in the now. The imaginary self approaches the now like a moth approaches a flame. It longs for the flame but cannot experience it. It can only die in it. Likewise the imaginary self longs only for the happiness that resides in our self. However, it cannot experience it; it can only die in it. That death is the experience of happiness. This happiness lies at the heart of all experience, never imposing itself but never veiling itself, simply waiting with open arms to be recognized.



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.
7:50 pm PDT John Hagelin: Is Consciousness the Unified Field?     Watch On-Demand
John Hagelin, PhD

President of the David Lynch Foundation

President of the Global Union of Scientists for Peace



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.

About this conference


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.

About Science and Nonduality


The Science and Nonduality Conference (SAND) is a yearly event in the United States and now in Europe, where leading scientists, philosophers and teachers gather to explore a new understanding of who we are, both as individuals and as a society.

For more information, visit: http://www.scienceandnonduality.com/

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