Language often constructs our perception of reality. As the philosopher William H. Gass once said, "The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words." Or so they try.
“One Song: The Science of Oneness” by JD Stillwater
In my recent move from Utah to Pennsylvania I've had the opportunity to get to know wonderful new people, and one of those is JD Stillwater. He is a wise, affable, loving, and talented science educator, writer, musician, mystic, naturalist, speaker, and much more. As part of his Seven Candles project, a non-profit organization with [...]
“God Is the Very Self of Each of Us” by Rupert Spira
In the video below, non-dual spiritual teacher Rupert Spira beautifully discusses the journey from traditional exoteric outward-facing dualistic religion that worships and prays to an external God, and towards higher stages of a more integrated perceiving of non-dual at-one esoteric inward-facing union spirituality, where we realize that "I and my Father are one" (John 10:30).
“Science & Spirituality” a TEDx talk by Jeff Lieberman
This is one of the best TEDx talks I've encountered. In it Jeff Lieberman talks about science and spirituality the same as I have experienced them, including regarding the unitive mystical experience as perhaps the ultimate value in human life.
“Embracing Otherness, Embracing Myself” by Thandie Newton
This is one of the most beautiful TED talks I have ever seen. It is simple and pure goodness, light, and beauty. Thandie Newton is a wise and humble soul, as well as a fantastic actor. Let her words sink in deeply.
What is Love? per Rupert Spira
Rupert Spira is a very wise man, among many. Let his words sink in deep. "Love is the recognition that we share our Being."
SciShow Psych Video on Near-Death Experiences
The SciShow Psych channel on YouTube published a video about near-death experiences, below. I've mentioned near-death experiences a couple times before in relationship to mysticism and visionary experience. They are very much related, it seems to me.
Science & Nonduality (SAND) Conference
I have been following this SAND organization for some time, and they do very good work in exploring the interaction of science and spirituality, particularly non-dual mystical spiritualities and traditions.
Morgan Freeman’s “First Vision” Account
Morgan Freeman recently recounted a personal experience he once had many years ago that recalls Joseph Smith's First Vision. This was part of an episode of National Geographic's television documentary series The Story of God.
Max Tegmark on Consciousness: “The Final Frontier of Science”
Max Tegmark, the physicist and author, speaks about the challenges and opportunities in trying to understand consciousness in this Big Think video.