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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...
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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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Inner Peace and Reduced Stress With Prayer
February 21, 2007

Prayer: Communication back and forth with our source. Supplication, meditation, hand in hand, energy uplifted by appreciation reduces stress and carries out a useful plan.

  • Supplication Asking for guidance by using our own words or set prayers
  • Meditation Being still in body, which is conducive to the settling of the turbulent waters of issues in the mind; confusion falling away so that the voice of conscience can be heard
  • Appreciation Caring, thankful, and loving thoughts, which in turn energize
  • Application Putting the inner guidance of conscience into action

Directives from conscience are perceived through peaceful thoughts, feelings of contentment, and an energized body.

Directives from conscience are always for the best. Sometimes we layer our mind with excuses for not acting on the directive of our conscience. These layers of mental defense fog our mind to what is best for us, blocking out the best outcome.

Supplication

Supplication is asking for our prayer to be answered. The set prayers from religious traditions can set us in the frame of mind that something outside our ordinary daily thinking and experience can intercede in our lives. Depending on our personal belief system we call this higher wisdom by various names or qualities.

We can ask for events to turn a certain way when we want a specific outcome, or we can ask for the best (though perhaps unknown to us in the moment) outcome to happen in our lives or in others' lives in general. Both ways we are intentionally putting forth our energy.
A prayer asking for the 'best' outcome:

Lord, clear my mind that your beam of light and love shining through me will reflect perfectly through the crystal of my soul.
Spend the moments following prayer for meditation and reflection. Deep meditation and reflection, our quiet time, leaves us stress free, thus making a space for answers to our question or request to come to mind.

Meditation

Through meditation we come to experience our eternal Self. We know about our sensory organs; we know about our emotions; we know about our thinking mind; but until we still our body, emotions, and thinking mind, we do not have conscious contact with our soul, which is part of the main eternal core of Self. The joyful effects experienced from the inner stillness of meditation eventually flow outwardly into daily life. Joy invigorates us with plenty of lively energy for caring and sharing; in joy we feel happy and fulfilled.

Going within, reflecting, brings forth a clarified reality, free of stress. When we perceive past and ongoing events clearly, we see where we are heading. Living each moment with care and in our highest consciousness of good allows happiness to flower.

We aid ourselves in fulfilling our human potential by maintaining and nurturing a stable secure base. When we are out of balance so are the results of our actions. To produce results for the highest good we need to consistently live from our highest consciousness. By living a balance of work, play and meditation we stay centered.

Productive work, contemplation for guidance and inspiration, and play for enjoyment are a winning combination allowing personal harmony and achievement in everyday living.
A Meditation Practice

Preparation: Sit on a carpet, folded blanket, or pillow on the floor with back and head erect, eyes closed, legs folded in, hands clasped and resting in lap. Alternately, sit on a chair with spine erect, eyes closed, hands clasped and resting in lap.

Breathe evenly in and out, with no breath retention, while mentally repeating an uplifting word such as 'peace' or a short phrase or prayer, all the while feeling love for at least one other person in order to grow in loving consciousness.

In this bodily stillness the mind relaxes and becomes more peaceful allowing stress to wash away.
Appreciation

Appreciation uplifts both the giver and receiver. A smile is an appreciation. A gentle touch or hug conveys loving appreciation. Encouraging words appreciate a person's potential. Sharing shows we care.

Appreciation goes forth through our thoughts, words, actions, and returns the same instant as uplifted energy in our body-mind. Consciousness awakens. Consciousness of love awakens.

When we are showing appreciation we are feeling energized and happy, not uptight or stressed.

Application

It is through sharing the increased loving consciousness gained in the process of prayer in caring actions that we are able to more fully enjoy our human experience.

Spending time in the process of prayer-supplication, meditation, appreciation-plus the gift of ourselves through caring and sharing awakens gifts within ourselves of abiding peacefulness and lovingness.

When stress is drained through the process of prayer, personal peace is more easily gained.

About This Contributor: Susan Kramer is an author of texts on meditation, dance, music, relationships and social issues.


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