Silence is the Basis of…

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I’m not much of a poet, but occasionally verses show up. Over a decade ago, I posted this short poem that arose in 1977. Silence Silence is the basis of all existence Complete, Perfect, Absolute. To let yourself go, absolutely, completely, To be silent throughout your whole self, being, existence, Is to be Perfection, Complete, Fulfilled. I’d been witnessing for a while then and the silence was often very loud. This is a very Shiva orientation, common to transcendence and awakening. The completion mentioned is a completion unto itself. This is a profound experience, but it’s not actually complete. That … Continue Reading…

The Reality of Nonduality talk at SAND2017

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On Friday, October 20, 2017, I again spoke at the Science and Nonduality conference in San Jose, CA. The talk explains that Nonduality is not a concept or an experience but is lived directly. It is a way of being. This is explained through the nature of consciousness and the 7 stages of enlightenment model from the Ramayana. Once again, professional recording was unavailable, so Rick Archer graciously brought his camera gear, introduced me, and recorded the talk. A headset mic was also not available but sound levels are decent. The talk is about 20 minutes plus about 30 minutes … Continue Reading…

Some SAND17 Stories

This months Science and Nonduality conference in San Jose, CA was a different experience from 2015. Two years ago, we started with a large panel and spent much of the conference together. This year, 6 of those panelists were back along with some new faces. But while 2015 was dominated by peer connections, this year was more about media connections. I’m curious to see what plays out. The conference also highlighted how much things had shifted here and how differently people were responding to what is said. I was recognized by more people too. I arrived a little early on … Continue Reading…

Nonduality & Guides Explained

In a recent video, Kristin Kirk responds to a question about subtle guides. Are my guides Me? On YouTube We have to be careful not to get caught up in concepts of what we’re supposed to experience and instead, look to the reality of what is here now for us. Kristin makes the key point that the experience depends on where you are looking from, then uses good examples. From the trunk of the tree (closer to source), we are one with all beings. From further up into the branches, we are distinct with our own vibration and a specific … Continue Reading…

Our Natural Potential @ SAND

My talk at the Science and Nonduality conference (SAND) in October has firmed up. I’ll be speaking after Rick Archer on Friday morning, Oct 23 at 11:50. I have a midrange time slot of 40 min, better than expected. The theme of our talk track is The Unveiling of Consciousness to Itself. Here’s my abstract for the talk: Our Natural Potential Using the Alexander model from psychology, David will illustrate that normal human development takes us progressively within. However, without suitable understanding and support, most people stall development part way along. Correct that and the inward development progresses. Once we … Continue Reading…

What is Nonduality?

What is Nonduality?

Recently, this article rolled out and I thought it might be suitable for the SAND web site. I’m giving the stages talk at their conference this fall. They agreed and the article goes live next Wednesday but I’m sharing it with you here first. Today is Guru Purnima, the year’s most auspicious full moon, where one honours one’s spiritual teacher with gratitude. Guru is the remover of darkness. It is also said to be the birthday of the renowned sage Vyasa (meaning to divide or edit). He assembled the various books of the Veda in written form, the way we … Continue Reading…