From experiential classes on sound, art, meditation, Qigong, yoga, mindfulness and tantra, to lectures that range from the convergence of Quantum Physics to consciousness and everything in between, the SAND Conference brings together the smartest and most creative minds for one long weekend, where it’s hard to not leave just a little bit transformed.
By Transformative Travel at We Blog the World, we mean just that — unique experiences that will transform how you view the world, whether that be hanging out with polar bears in the Canadian Arctic, meeting ice glaciers on a luxury cruise ship in Chilean Patagonia, simple reflective moments on Curacao’s Caribbean beaches, or being present at a consciousness conference where you will inevitably meet some of the most interesting and caring people you’ve ever met. (see my write-up from 2014)
The Human Universe: Universe = Consciousness
We moved from the history of the Divine Universe (God focused), the Classic Universe (Newton focused) and the Relative Universe (Einstein and relativity focused) to the Quantum Universe (electrons, photons and particle focused), the Copenhagen Interpretation and ultimately to the Human Universe, which Deepak argues is the only that that is rooted in real consciousness. Conscious agents create reality in our own image. The new formula in the Human Universe therefore becomes U = C, which is that the Universe = Consciousness.
The band and late night instruments ringing in the night were not the only music contribution at the event. Each day, musicians performed on the lawn, near the dome and among the attendees, and in that way, it was highly experiential and I’d add, intoxicating.
They also had art installations on-site, such as the one depicted below. Inside this out of this world creation which glowed with colors and lights, you could spend time inside and reflect.
More creativity on-site.
Did I also mention that the food was outstanding? We absolutely loved this decadent but vegan chocolate cake.
I’ve always been a huge fan of combining knowledge, awareness and experience as a way to become transformed through an experience and SAND is a master at doing that, adding new dimensions to its event every year, with art, music, lectures and reflection. If reading this either confuses or rejuvenates, then be glad there’s a strong reaction regardless of what it is. Rather than fleeing from which disturbs, either positively or negatively, its important to stay with the feeling and emotion which arises. Answers from the universe will come to you if you’re open to receiving them and ultimately we are not alone on this journey.
We are now in a collective field of consciousness and the awareness which is increasing year-by-year. While the uncommon bond that Jung speaks of will and does get in the way of getting to that silent place, there’s also a bliss from relationship, which when brought back inward to yourself, can be invigorating and healing….a bit like a serendipitous mystical experience we can’t quite explain.
It’s beyond a solo Transformative Experience and can transcend you to a higher level when the “junk” and “noise” that arises from being interconnected, doesn’t show up. Being aware of it is a path to reducing that noise so transcendence through relationship can occur. Grace and Grit is a great Ken Wilbur book that addresses the fight between disembodied teaching and unified/relationship experiences.
Bravo Maurizio, Zaya and team to another intoxicating year of SAND!!!
Renee Blodgett is the founder of We Blog the World. The site combines the magic of an online culture and travel magazine with a global blog network and has contributors from every continent in the world. Having lived in 10 countries and explored nearly 80, she is an avid traveler, and a lover, observer and participant in cultural diversity.
She is also the CEO and founder of Magic Sauce Media, a new media services consultancy focused on viral marketing, social media, branding, events and PR. For over 20 years, she has helped companies from 12 countries get traction in the market. Known for her global and organic approach to product and corporate launches, Renee practices what she pitches and as an active user of social media, she helps clients navigate digital waters from around the world. Renee has been blogging for over 16 years and regularly writes on her personal blog Down the Avenue, Huffington Post, BlogHer, We Blog the World and other sites. She was ranked #12 Social Media Influencer by Forbes Magazine and is listed as a new media influencer and game changer on various sites and books on the new media revolution. In 2013, she was listed as the 6th most influential woman in social media by Forbes Magazine on a Top 20 List.
Her passion for art, storytelling and photography led to the launch of Magic Sauce Photography, which is a visual extension of her writing, the result of which has led to producing six photo books: Galapagos Islands, London, South Africa, Rome, Urbanization and Ecuador.
Renee is also the co-founder of Traveling Geeks, an initiative that brings entrepreneurs, thought leaders, bloggers, creators, curators and influencers to other countries to share and learn from peers, governments, corporations, and the general public in order to educate, share, evaluate, and promote innovative technologies.