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Cynthia at Science & Nonduality Conference (SAND) 2017: Seeing with the Eye of the Heart:  a.k.a The Contemplative Way of Knowing

SAND conference 2017 opening night

Join Cynthia as she opens the first official evening of the 2017 Science and Nonduality (SAND) Conference!

October 19, 2017 at 7:20 PM 

“Seeing with the Eye of the Heart:  a.k.a: The Contemplative Way of Knowing”

Nowadays people tend to hear the word “contemplative” as simply the Christian equivalent of what most the world knows as “meditation” —i.e., stilling the mind and resting in the flow of consciousness. But in the original understanding of the early Church Fathers, contemplation was primarily a way of luminous knowledge— “knowledge impregnated by love,” as St. John Chrysostom famously characterized it. Cynthia’s talk will explore this profound Christian intuition that contemplation is indeed a way of knowing—in fact, arguably the closest equivalent to what we now call Nondual perception. Drawing on insights from the Hesychastic Tradition of the Christian East as well as the Western medieval spiritual classic The Cloud of Unknowing Cynthia will explore what is arguably the key Western contribution to our understanding of Nonduality: that it is not accessed by the mind alone (mind understood here as “brain”), but requires “putting the mind in the heart,” an instruction to be taken not merely as a metaphor but as an actual physiology of transformation. We will see why indeed—in the memorable words of Antoine de Saint Exupery—that “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

In addition to Cynthia’s presentation on the opening evening, she is also leading the following session on  Friday, October 20, at 11am on “The Contemplative Way of Knowing.” A PDF of the full conference schedule is available here.


Ways to Participate:

Attend in-person in San Jose, CA:

Information and Registration to attend SAN JOSE CONFERENCE here.


Information and Registration for LIVE STREAM here.

SAND conference 2017 Live Stream


Cynthia also offered a talk as part of the SAND Emergence Series. Go to Seeing With the Heart: Video Conversation with Cynthia here.


About Science and Nonduality Conference (SAND)

SAND 2017 is a 5-day immersive experience where leading scientists, philosophers and spiritual teachers gather to explore a new understanding of who we really are, both as individuals and as a society. Join us for 2 days of pre-conference workshops followed by a 3-day conference filled with talks, panels, meditation, performances, music and dance.  Find out more about SAND here.








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  1. Cynthia you are such a comfort. I live in Queensland Australia and you are one of my favourite teachers. I sit calmly and listen and resonate with you. I have no access physically to anyone like you and endeavour to keep in the stillness where Divine love is revealed to all who call. But can not express it to anyone around as there is no contemplative undertstanding around me. Sometimes I feel like the eye of a cyclone, and just sit and watch it whirling all around me. But then I seek out mystically those who know how I feel and at least feel that Ido not pray or think, alone. Love and blessings from Elizabeth.

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