There are few activities more thrilling than the exploration of consciousness, particularly in the form of intelligent spiritual practice. A talk on some of the terrains of meditation experience and their attendant risks and benefits.
Maybe meditation is something you want to pursue, maybe it isn't. In this ten minute clip, I lay out my own reasons for practice, and discuss an experience I had on retreat that brought the whole thing home.
An animated tour through waking, sleeping and dreaming consciousness, made by the Discovery channel. Features a fire-breathing dragon, a psychedelic tennis ball, a lot of hand waving and an embarrassing pimp roll.
How well do you know your own mind? The Wheel of Consciousness is an audio-visual journey through twelve distinct states of waking, sleeping and dreaming consciousness. The idea is to use moving image and music and narration to provoke each state of consciousness in the audience - that is, if they don’t nod off during the tedious bits.
Can we know what it's like to be a non-human animal? Most scientists and philosophers say we cannot. Others disagree. A talk on whales, kinship in nature, and the limits of human empathy and imagination.
I hosted this animated panel at the 2013 Science and Nonduality conference in Holland. At least two of the participants - Lisa Cairns and Gary Weber - claim to have permanently transitioned to a state of spiritual oneness as described by mystics.