Are you looking to connect with people who are wide awake or waking up? Are you ready for the end of your excuse that "I can't find anyone like me in Las Vegas. Vegas is just the party scene." Have you been looking for a place where you can speak your mind and the group is non-judgmental? Our group has grown from a weekly discussion group into more of a dynamic, active community. Every week we are connecting with one or two more solid individuals and they almost all say the same thing: I have found it. It's like a new pair of jeans that fit perfect the first time you wear them. In the broad spectrum of Enlightenment and Spirituality the focus of this group is Consciousness and Awareness. In pop-culture terms, most of us are interested in getting out of the default mode of allowing our ego to control our thoughts and actions and getting very presently into the Now. Once we stop allowing our stories to control our lives we look to be come more aware, both of the environment that we have traditionally viewed as external as well as the universe that we discover when we look within. The group itself has no dogma nor leader; each individual member is on their own path, has their own personal paradigm, and a number of them have a teacher or guru to whom they turn for guidance. Along the way many of us have studied material from teachers such as Eckhart Tolle, Adyashanti, Richard Moss, Alan Watts, Jim MacKenna and Jed McKenna, J. Krishnamurti and U.G. Krishnamurti, Louix Dor Dempriey (Bhagavan Sri Pranananda), Osho, Franklin Merrell-Wolff, Tim Freke, Vernon Howard, Ramana Maharshi, Nisargardatta Maharaj, Richard Rose, and Douglas Harding. Many of us have found our way to this material through authors and speakers such as Deepak Chopra, Esther and Jerry Hicks (Abraham), Byron Katie, Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, James Redfield (The Celestine Prophecy), Gary Zukav, Leonard Jacobson, David Hawkins, Joe Vitale, Michael Beckwith, Doreen Virtue, Seth, Michael, Emmanuel, and through gateways such as A Course In Miracles, The Secret, and What the Bleep Do We Know. We also seem to learn from the most visible sages and philosophical systems like Siddhartha Guatma (Buddha) and Buddhism; Lao Tzu and Taoism; Hinduism; the Vedas, Gitas and Upanishads; and yes, the teachings of Jesus himself (and contrasting it with the religion that was created around his teachings hundreds of years after his life on Earth.) Ultimately, however, we emphasize the divinity within ourselves. Our teachers have done what they can to point towards the Truth, but many of us have come to realize the danger of placing authority outside of ourselves. The diversity in our education allows us to draw from the various thought systems that came before us so that we can build our own truth, our own personal paradigm. We strive to create an open atmosphere so that our members can feel comfortable in discussing their ideas, testing them out to see if they fit. Some of us have even found through this process that rather than building our paradigm we are stripping it down to the core. Whether you are new to these concepts or already have a solid foundation, the Awareness Group is a good place to connect with others that are right there with you. The Awareness Group is a great place to get started in exposing yourself to the wide range of topics found under the umbrella of Spirituality. For those that are serious about awakening, self-realization, and the "path to Enlightenment," visit the Sunday Sangha Meetup Group at http://www.meetup.com/las-vegas-enlightenme.... Meetings, or satsangs, are every Sunday from 2-5. There you will find an on-going dialog that will, if you let it, penetrate to the core of what you perceive as your ego. If you are interested in the more metaphysical and paranormal topics, we would encourage you to look into the MetaMystics at http://www.meetup.com/metamystics/. Namaste. ******** GETTING STARTED WITH THE AWARENESS GROUP We highly recommend you check out the following sections of this site: * About Us section (link in the left column) to learn more about our focus. * Message Board >> "Getting Started: The Essential Information." (To learn how to set Meetup.com to send you only one email per day from this group.) * Message Board >> "Meetups EVERY DAY of the Week" for other Meetup groups. * The Calendar to check out the upcoming events. In addition to the gatherings hosted by the Awareness Group itself, you will find that we repost events from other groups as well. Meetup.com has yet to implement a tool to allow groups to neatly cross promote events. Therefore, when we repost an event on this site we close the RSVPs and provide a link to the Meetup group who is actually organizing the event. If you see an event that says "No Spots Left" you will find a link in the body of the post that will take you to where you can properly RSVP and get a more accurate attendance count.