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Welcome To Conscious Friends
March 22, 2009

Hello and welcome to Conscious Friends, a community of The Conscious Living Foundation!

As you know, our site was created to support those interested in spiritual and personal growth. Along the way, many of us have realized that relationships are an important part of creating and maintaining a harmonious and uplifting life.

To that end, The Conscious Living Foundation is pleased to offer these pages on our site in the hope that we all can find new like-minded friends and perhaps develop deeper relationships.

There are several ways to visit these pages.  As a...more

50 Benefits of Meditation
June 17, 2008
Meditation literally means, "thinking process with present moment awareness".

1.) To have healthy heart.
2.) To have normal blood pressure.
3.) To have normal cholesterol.
4.) To prevent stroke / paralysis.
5.) To have perfect digestion.
6.) To have perfect weight.
7.) To have perfect sleep.
8.) To become a perfect choice maker.
9.) To reverse and regress ageing.
10.) To remain young.
11.) To prevent cancer.
12.) To become embodiment of positive emotions.
13.) To get rid of negative emotions. more

Is Consciousness Energy?
June 11, 2008
If you tune into someone's "vibrations," are you picking up some form of energy they are emitting - perhaps something we might call "psychic energy?"

It may be tempting to think so . . . to think of consciousness as a form of energy. But is it?

What might be going on when we say we feel someone's vibrations?

Well, one possibility is that their brain or their body could be sending out waves of energy - something, perhaps, like electricity. If so, it must be far more subtle than any form of energy known to...

100 Ideas for Creating a More Peaceful World
May 20, 2008

Creating world peace takes many forms, but surely it begins with individuals. Here are 100 ideas for creating a more peaceful world. Everyone can play a part in creating peace. It continues to be the most significant challenge of humankind and requires the efforts of each of us.

[The list contains only 97 Ideas because I removed broken links to defunct websites.

You can bring it back to 100 Ideas by adding your own for Creating a More Peaceful World!

When you do, take a moment to post your additions on the Conscious...more

Recipe for Simplicity
May 6, 2008

"Simplify, Simplify…" More than a century after Henry David Thoreau uttered these words, his plea for simplicity has more significance now than ever before.

We work hard and play hard, filling nearly every moment with activity. Most families believe they need two incomes to pay for a standard of living that has doubled in the last 50 years. But do we?

Based on my three-year study of over 200 people who have simplified their lives, I found that we can work less, want less, and spend less, and be happier and more fulfilled in the process.

Here are ten...more

Spiritual Diversity
April 29, 2008

To our pre-Christian spiritual ancestors, spirituality was both contemporary and relevant. In cultures where polytheism (the belief in many gods) was the rule, rather than the exception, individuals were given the ability to find their own beliefs and to choose their own spiritual paths based upon their personal needs and the calling of their own hearts. Households had specific deities that represented the prosperity and protection that the family hoped for their home. Agricultural festivals had gods that watched over the planting, the growing crops, and the harvest. This diverse pantheon of deities created a culture where a person would draw closest to the god...more

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What Is Spiritual Awareness?
February 22, 2007

There are many different sounding answers all linked by a commonality. No matter what spiritual path you have chosen to walk, in order to be more spiritually aware, set aside time to strip away the unnecessary tradition or dogma and in an ultimate distillation the truth will be found. You know all things, each of you holds the answers and yet the fragmentation of yourself erects barriers to becoming whole and to being. It is this fragmentation that separates us from spirit and raises these kind of spiritual questions.
  • Who am I?
  • Why do I feel something is missing in my life?
  • Is this all there is?
  • Isn't there something better

Spiritual awareness or spiritual awakening is the process by which we begin to explore our own being in order to become whole and reunite our spirits with our physical bodies in a commonality of purpose.

No matter whether you are just starting on your search or have been an invertebrate traveler on the spiritual awareness path, the answers you seek have always been with you.

Perhaps in your seeking spiritual awareness you have been seduced by a process and simply not allowed yourself time to become aware. Put aside all restrictions and limitations and allow yourself to simply be. In this moment now look neither back nor forward and allow yourself to see your spirit. It is you, there, awaiting your rediscovery.

Spirit is always within us yearning to be once again given freedom to be and to become a whole part of each of us. It is not necessary to struggle, neither physically nor spiritually. It is your struggle that leaves you confused and alone. Your purpose, that which you seek, is there for you now and there are many paths to help you become whole.

Becoming whole is simple, unique to you, and yet others have trodden similar paths and may be of assistance to you as you travel just as you will be of assistance to them.

Often by participation in a spiritual awareness retreat you can remove yourself from the mundane, your everyday and allocate the time for yourself in which you may really be still.

In a still environment you are freed to look at your signposts and perhaps take a look in perspective at the road maps to awareness others have developed. You may choose to take the direction, listen to your own signs and those of people who have gone before, helping you discover your truths, or continue to struggle and repeat the lessons endlessly.

Stop! Be still! Listen to your heart and the love you have for self and others and know your truth. Put aside the seduction of mind and the glamour of this or that option and truly listen to you, yourself. You will know the essence of truth when you allow your spirit to be.

Take time now to meditate, for in meditation you empower your spirit to be. As thoughts arise, acknowledge them and put them aside but allow them no energy. Sit and observe that you are spirit, you are mind, and you are physicality. Observe your mind, separate, observe your body, separate, and observe your spirit, your essence and your essential being. You have the answers within and they may not fulfill your expectations. Put aside expectations and your spirit will fill you with love beyond all previous understanding. You will be free.

How? That's not easy I hear you say. Not true, it is as easy as you are willing to allow it to be and as hard as your clutch to the known and familiar will make it.

Mind and physicality will not easily surrender to your spirit just because you have chosen to increase your spiritual awareness. Others have trodden this path, some, a few, have seen the clarity of truth that is a distillation of the essential you. Seek them out wherever you might find them and use their knowledge to help you light the way of your own path.

You are your spirit; it is only your mind that is holding you back in fulfilling your truth and becoming all you want to be.

About this Contributor: Greg Lawrence is a Director of Inner Journeys, which facilitates retreats for spiritual and personal growth and learning experiences focused on traditional healing and spiritual paths of indigenous people.

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