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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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Living Within Nature's Cycles
May 6, 2008

The writing I share with you is "Return" from p. 81 of _Everyday Tao_ by Deng Ming-Dao, Harper San Francisco, NY, 1996, ISBN 0-06-251395-8.


"One needs to understand cycles to understand Tao.

"Days and nights, summers and winters
Waves curling up, consumed by new waves,
The ongoing march of generations,
The vapor of water congealing into clouds-
Tao is cyclical, not linear.

"The multitude of things are innumerable,
But they travel circularly.
Those who accord with Tao
Understand rise and fall
And gain clarity and insight.
Those who do not accept rise and fall,
Ride recklessly with misfortune.

"Thus it is said: the secret of Tao lies in returning."


We are all aware of the major cycles we live with - birth and death, summer and winter, full moon and new moon, day and night - and this is a good thing.

However, there are many natural cycles circulating around us of which we are not very aware. Do we need to be aware of them all? I think that if we were, we would be Enlightened Beings! To live simply in our daily lives, we probably don't need to be aware of all the cycles of the universe, but we do need to be aware, understand, and work with and within the cycles which affect us, the cycles of which we are an integral part whether we like to admit that or not.

If you have a house near and like to swim in the ocean, it certainly behooves you to know and understand High and Low Tides. If you live in the Mid-west, knowing when to expect tornados so you can be prepared is important. If you live near, and need to travel across mountains in the winter as I do, it is a must to be aware of snowstorms!

Many people fight the cycles of nature in which they live, and this makes them unhappy as well as unhealthy. Here in the Pacific Northwest, in the winter, people become angry if they cannot drive across the mountains due to a snowstorm. In many locations, people are unwilling to adapt their lifestyle to summer heat or winter cold. Instead of dressing a little cooler or warmer, they crank up the air conditioner or furnace to maintain a constant environment, and complain when the machinery "can't keep up" with the weather. What is the point to all of this anger and complaining? What does it really solve?

I don't suggest that we become hermits when snow is on the ground, or roast in summer or freeze in winter, but we do need to be reasonable in our manipulation and attempt to master the natural order of the cycles in which we live. Look at what around you is changing. Are you fighting change or trying to control it, or are you rising and falling with the circumstances, trying to understand and work with these cycles?

Of course there are cycles of nature taking place all around you, but what personal cycles are you in right now? Good health or poor, getting married or getting divorced, working steadily or unemployed? Know that whatever is going on in your life right now, good or poor, it will change. The important thing is to remember that if times are poor, they will get better. If times are good, take advantage of favorable conditions, and prepare for challenging times. Fighting change only causes you to "ride recklessly with misfortune."

The more we understand both the natural and the human cycles within which we live, the better we can find our place in the scheme of things, the better we can live without causing or experiencing struggle, the better we can live as One with the universe.

I have a friend who likes to say, "If nothing ever changed, we would all still be sitting here a year from now." Look at where you are "sitting." Do you really want to be in exactly the same place physically, emotionally, spiritually a year from now?

by Michelle Wood

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