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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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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 modern science because no physical instrument yet devised has detected any such energy.

But even if the vibrations were subtle energy waves they would still be physical because they pass through space. Anything that moves through space must be located somewhere in space. And anything that is located in space can be measured. That's what "physical" means: It occupies space. It is objective. It can be measured.

But no-one has ever measured consciousness. No-one has ever been able to pint-point it in space. If they had, questions such as "How big is consciousness (or any of its contents, such as a thought, a feeling, a desire) . . . an inch, a foot, a mile, a light-year?" or "Where exactly is consciousness?" would make sense. But such questions baffle us.

Even though it is absurd to talk about the "size" of consciousness, some people may not think it so strange to say that consciousness (and its contents) is located somewhere in the brain. But where? No-one has ever succeeded in finding any part of the brain (large or small) where consciousness is. Yes, it certainly seems to be associated, or correlated, with the brain - but it is not in the brain (not in the way your brain is inside your skull). Consciousness has a completely different kind of interiority.

So if consciousness has no size, and has no location, what does it mean to say it is in space? And if it is not in space, what does it mean to say it is a form of energy?
Maybe, then, consciousness is a form of non-physical energy?

Let's look at this more closely.

How are consciousness and energy related? We have three options:

(1) Consciousness is a physical form of energy (even if it is very, very subtle energy);

(2) Consciousness is a non-physical form of energy;

(3) Consciousness is not any form of energy.

(1) Consciousness as a physical form of energy: If we say that consciousness is a form of energy that is physical, then we are reducing consciousness (and spirit) to physics. And few of us, unless we are materialists, want to do that.

(2) Consciousness as a non-physical form of energy: If we say that consciousness is a form of energy that is not physical, then we need to say in what way psychic energy differs from physical energy. If we cannot explain what we mean by "psychic energy" and how it differs from physical energy, then we should ask ourselves why use the term "energy" in any case?

(3) Consciousness is not any form of energy. Our third alternative is to say that consciousness is not a form of energy at all - either physical or nonphysical. Unlike energy, which is some kind of "stuff" that spreads out in space, consciousness isn't made of "stuff," and is not located in space. If this is true, then consciousness would not only be different from energy, it would be nonlocated.

This is not to imply that consciousness has nothing to do with energy. In fact, the position I emphasize (panpsychism or radical naturalism) is that consciousness and energy always go together. They cannot ever be separated. But this is not to say they are not distinct. They are distinct - energy is energy, consciousness is consciousness - but they are inseparable (like two sides of a coin, or, better, like the shape and substance of a tennis ball. You can't separate the shape from the substance of the ball, but shape and substance are definitely distinct).

So, for example, some spiritual traditions talk of kundalini experience, where a meditator may feel a rush of energy up the chakra system . . . but to say that such energy flow is consciousness is to mistake the object (energy flow) for the subject, for what perceives (consciousness) the object. Note the two importantly distinct words in the phrase "feel the rush of energy . . . "

On the one hand there is the "feeling," on the other, there is what is being felt or experienced (the energy). Even our way of talking about it reveals that we detect a distinction between feeling (consciousness) and what we feel (energy). Yes, the two go together, but they are not the same.

Unity, or unification, or holism, does not equal identity. To say that one aspect of reality (say, consciousness) cannot be separated from another aspect of reality (say, matter-energy) is not to say both aspects of reality (consciousness and matter-energy) are identical.

Consciousness, I am suggesting, is neither identical to energy (the worldview of monism) nor is it a separate substance or energy in addition to physical matter or energy (the worldview of dualism) - it is the interiority, the what-it-feels-like-from-within, the subjectivity that is intrinsic to the reality of all matter and energy (the worldview of panpsychism / radical naturalism).

One of the thorniest issues in "energy" and "consciousness" work is the tendency to confuse the two. It is a mistake to speak of consciousness as though it were a form of energy. Yet they cannot be separated. Wherever there is consciousness there is energy, and vice versa. Energy flows. Consciousness feels. Consciousness is the "witness" that experiences the flow of energy, but it is not the flow of energy. We could say consciousness is the felt interiority of energy/matter.

To grasp this experientially, you might take a moment to pay attention to what's going on in your own body right now. The physical matter of your body - including the flow of whatever energies are pulsing through you - are the "stuff" of your organism. But there is also a part of you that is aware of, or feels, the pumping of your blood (and other energy streams). That aspect of you that feels the matter-energy in your body is your consciousness.

We could express it this way: "Consciousness is the process of matter-energy informing itself." Consciousness is the ability that matter-energy has to feel, to know, and to direct itself. The universe could be (and probably is) full of energy flows, vortices, and vibrations, but without consciousness, all this activity would be completely unfelt and unknown. Only because there is consciousness can the flow of energy be felt, known, and purposefully directed.

by Christian de Quincey

http://www.deepspirit.com/sys-tmpl/isconsciousnessenergy/


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