What we're about

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, Richard Rudd, Alan Watts, 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.

Namaste.

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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.

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* 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.

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AA "Get Up and Go" Alcoholics Anonymous Open Meeting

The Meeting Space

YES, THIS MEETING IS LIVE NOW :) What can you expect when you attend a 12-step or Alcoholics Anonymous meeting? If you've never attended one, you likely have fears and reservations. Common Myths and Preconceptions These things you may think happen at 12-step meetings, but may by myths rather than typical occurrences. You have to stand up and say, "I am an alcoholic." You have to talk in the meeting. You have to participate in group hugs. You have to pray. You are joining a cult. How It Works What is the reality for most meetings? The meeting might be held in a building connected with a church or a community center. You arrive to find most of the people you see are there for the Alcoholics Anonymous meeting outside socializing. Inside of the room they may be setting books out for those who do not have their own or setting up the coffee station. You take a seat anywhere you feel most comfortable and as people pass by, some say hello, some nod, some stop and introduce themselves, and some keep to themselves. One or two people sit in the front of the room at a table. He/she are the meeting chairperson(s) for that particular day and will lead the meeting. They may ask you to read from an AA literature handout, but you are welcome to decline. The meeting begins with the chairperson reading the AA Preamble, then leading a group prayer, the Serenity Prayer (short version). Afterward, different members of the meeting read brief AA literature. The chairperson(s) asks if there are any newcomers, or first-timers, attending the meeting who would like to introduce themselves by their first name. It is not required to introduce yourself as a newcomer if you are not comfortable yet. Sharing Experience, Strength, and Hope Different meetings have different ways of doing things but for the most part, they run the same. During the meeting, people simply begin sharing. In some meetings, people are randomly called on. Speaker's meetings feature a person chosen to talk about their experience, strength, and hope in regards to their recovery. Each starts off by introducing themselves as, "Hello, my name is (first name) and I'm an alcoholic." Everyone responds with, "Hello (first name)!" After they complete their share everyone in the room thanks them. Then the next person can speak up. After everyone completes sharing, the chairperson asks if there are any AA-related announcements. Then they announce that it is time for the Lord's Prayer, and everyone stands in a large circle, holding hands, and recites the prayer. You do not have to participate in the prayer. Once the prayer is over, the meeting ends. After the Meeting You are free to leave if you don't want to socialize. People will socialize after meetings. Some may introduce themselves to you and may ask questions, especially if you introduced yourself as a newcomer. One member, Barb M., relates that the thing she was most relieved about was the non-imposing feel that she got when she first began attending meetings. "No one bombarded me with his or her religious slogans, no one pestered me to hold hands and pray, no one cared if I sat in the back or sat in the front, drank coffee or didn't drink coffee, helped clean up or ran off before the meeting ended." The only set rules are those of common respect which may include: Try to be on time. No smoking. No cross-talk during shares. Have court vouchers signed at the end of a meeting. The Helping Hand of AA One common practice is that when you introduce yourself to the group as a newcomer and an alcoholic, you may receive a number list with the names and numbers of people who you can call, if you feel the need to drink and need help. People who put their number in this book do so because they really do want to help. It isn't required of anyone to do so but it keeps with the tradition of AA that when alcoholic calls for help, the helping hand of AA will be there.

AA "Welcome Home" Alcoholics Anonymous Open Meeting

The Meeting Space

YES, THIS MEETING IS LIVE NOW :) What can you expect when you attend a 12-step or Alcoholics Anonymous meeting? If you've never attended one, you likely have fears and reservations. Common Myths and Preconceptions These things you may think happen at 12-step meetings, but may by myths rather than typical occurrences. You have to stand up and say, "I am an alcoholic." You have to talk in the meeting. You have to participate in group hugs. You have to pray. You are joining a cult. How It Works What is the reality for most meetings? The meeting might be held in a building connected with a church or a community center. You arrive to find most of the people you see are there for the Alcoholics Anonymous meeting outside socializing. Inside of the room they may be setting books out for those who do not have their own or setting up the coffee station. You take a seat anywhere you feel most comfortable and as people pass by, some say hello, some nod, some stop and introduce themselves, and some keep to themselves. One or two people sit in the front of the room at a table. He/she are the meeting chairperson(s) for that particular day and will lead the meeting. They may ask you to read from an AA literature handout, but you are welcome to decline. The meeting begins with the chairperson reading the AA Preamble, then leading a group prayer, the Serenity Prayer (short version). Afterward, different members of the meeting read brief AA literature. The chairperson(s) asks if there are any newcomers, or first-timers, attending the meeting who would like to introduce themselves by their first name. It is not required to introduce yourself as a newcomer if you are not comfortable yet. Sharing Experience, Strength, and Hope Different meetings have different ways of doing things but for the most part, they run the same. During the meeting, people simply begin sharing. In some meetings, people are randomly called on. Speaker's meetings feature a person chosen to talk about their experience, strength, and hope in regards to their recovery. Each starts off by introducing themselves as, "Hello, my name is (first name) and I'm an alcoholic." Everyone responds with, "Hello (first name)!" After they complete their share everyone in the room thanks them. Then the next person can speak up. After everyone completes sharing, the chairperson asks if there are any AA-related announcements. Then they announce that it is time for the Lord's Prayer, and everyone stands in a large circle, holding hands, and recites the prayer. You do not have to participate in the prayer. Once the prayer is over, the meeting ends. After the Meeting You are free to leave if you don't want to socialize. People will socialize after meetings. Some may introduce themselves to you and may ask questions, especially if you introduced yourself as a newcomer. One member, Barb M., relates that the thing she was most relieved about was the non-imposing feel that she got when she first began attending meetings. "No one bombarded me with his or her religious slogans, no one pestered me to hold hands and pray, no one cared if I sat in the back or sat in the front, drank coffee or didn't drink coffee, helped clean up or ran off before the meeting ended." The only set rules are those of common respect which may include: Try to be on time. No smoking. No cross-talk during shares. Have court vouchers signed at the end of a meeting. The Helping Hand of AA One common practice is that when you introduce yourself to the group as a newcomer and an alcoholic, you may receive a number list with the names and numbers of people who you can call, if you feel the need to drink and need help. People who put their number in this book do so because they really do want to help. It isn't required of anyone to do so but it keeps with the tradition of AA that when alcoholic calls for help, the helping hand of AA will be there.

Kriya (Breath) Yoga Las Vegas Meditation Group of Self-Realization Fellowship

Las Vegas Meditation Group/Srf

Members, students and friends of Self-Realization Fellowship are invited to attend our scheduled group meditation services. If you are new to meditation, you are welcome to attend the "Reading Services" on Sunday morning. Our center opens approximately 30-minutes prior to the commencement of services. Regular Services Sunday Meditation 10:00 - 10:45 AM Sunday Reading Service 11:00 - 12:00 Noon Thursday Meditation 7:00 - 9:00 PM Saturday Long Meditation 8:00 - 12:00 Noon Sunday School 10:45 - 12:00 Noon Second Sunday of the month. Please see below for more information on our services: Upcoming Special Services Please visit the SRF web site for information regarding the Calendar of Events. http://www.yogananda-srf.org/Calendar_of_Events.aspx Meditation Service The meditation service includes periods of prayer, chanting and silent meditation. Paramahansa Yogananda emphasized that the combined devotion and concentration of many devotees can powerfully increase the depth of each individual's meditation. Meditation services provide opportunities to practice the methods of concentration and meditation taught in the Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons. It is best to have some knowledge of silent meditation. Reading Service A reading service includes short periods of prayer, chanting and silent meditation. Selections from the writings of Paramahansa Yogananda are read during the service. All are welcome. Saturday Long Meditation We are very pleased to announce the initiation of a weekly, four-hour Saturday mediation service from 8 AM to 12 noon. There will be chanting on the hour at which time you may arrive or leave, but we ask that you stay for a minimum of two-hours. It is recommended that you have some experience in meditation before attending a Saturday meditation. A good place to start is the reading service held on Sunday from 11 AM to 12 noon. On rare occasions this service may not be held, but an e-mail will be sent out well ahead of time. If you would like to be added to our email distribution please send your name and e-mail address along with your mailing address to: email: [masked] Commemorative Service All are welcome who are well enough acquainted with Self-Realization Fellowship teachings to appreciate the significance of the Guru-disciple relationship and to participate in the service with sincerity and reverence. For both birthday and mahasamadhi services, please bring your favorite flower(s) as a symbol of devotion to God and Gurus. Remember not to smell the flower, thereby "stealing" for yourself a part of the gift meant for God. Also, please bring a donation as a symbol of loyalty to the work of the Gurus. The donations are sent to Mother Center to be used for some special work in connection with the Guru who is being honored. Chanting Chanting with deep concentration and devotion draws the devotee inward to the altar of God’s presence. Please refer to the Cosmic Chants booklet and SRF CDs to learn the words to chants. Books are available under the chairs in the chapel for use during the service and are available for sale in the bookroom. Prayer During the last portion of the meditation, time is spent praying for those who are in need of healing and for world peace. We practice a simple technique of gathering healing life force in our hands and broadcasting it to those in need. Instructions are found in the free booklet “Worldwide Prayer Circle (http://www.yogananda-srf.org/tmp/spiritual.aspx?id=101&ekmensel=568fab5c_9_215_btnlink).” Social Quarterly, following the Reading Service, we have a vegetarian potluck brunch. This is a wonderful opportunity to gather in a fun and social atmosphere while harvesting the blessings of fellowship. At the Convocation Social Devotees who did not attend Convocation will have a chance to share the 'inspirational stories" from those who were blessed by attending. We hope to see you there! Sunday School The Las Vegas Meditation Group is pleased to announce the development of a Sunday school. The Sunday school will be held on the second Sunday of each month from 10:45 AM to 12 noon in the special events room at our complex. Girls and boys ages 3-14 are welcome. Please email us ahead of time if you have children that will be attending. If you would like to be added to our email distribution please send your name and e-mail address along with your mailing address to: email: [masked] We look forward to sharing Master's works with your children. From Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kriya_Yoga Kriya Yoga is described by its practitioners as the ancient Yoga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoga) system revived in modern times by Mahavatar Babaji (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahavatar_Babaji) through his disciple Lahiri Mahasaya (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lahiri_Mahasaya), c. 1861. To Westerners, it was brought into popular awareness through Paramahansa Yogananda (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paramahansa_Yogananda)'s book Autobiography of a Yogi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autobiography_of_a_Yogi) and through Yogananda's introductions of the practice since 1920. The system consists of a number of levels of Pranayama (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pranayama) based on techniques that are intended to rapidly accelerate spiritual development and engender a profound state of tranquility and God-communion. In the ancient text on yoga called the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoga_Sutras_of_Patanjali), Patanjali (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patanjali) gives a description of Kriya Yoga in the second chapter. Yogananda wrote that Patanjali refers to the Kriya technique when he wrote in the Yoga Sutras II:49: Liberation can be attained by that pranayama which is accomplished by disjoining the course of inspiration and expiration. In modern times what has been described as Kriya Yoga was brought into popular awareness through Paramahansa Yogananda (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paramahansa_Yogananda)'s book Autobiography of a Yogi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autobiography_of_a_Yogi) and through Yogananda's introductions of the practice since 1920. The system consists of a number of levels of Pranayama (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pranayama) based on techniques that are intended to rapidly accelerate spiritual development and engender a profound state of tranquility and God-communion. This modern description differs from the original description of Patanjali. Yogananda attributes his description of Kriya Yoga to his lineage of gurus (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guru), deriving it via Yukteswar Giri (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yukteswar_Giri) and his master Lahiri Mahasaya (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lahiri_Mahasaya), from Mahavatar Babaji (fl. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floruit) 1860s). The latter is reported to have introduced the concept as essentially identical to the Raja Yoga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raja_Yoga) of Patanjali (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patanjali) and the concept of Yoga as described in the Bhagavad Gita (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhagavad_Gita). Kriya Yoga, as taught by Lahiri Mahasaya, is traditionally exclusively learned via the Guru-disciple relationship. He recounted that after his initiation into Kriya Yoga, "Babaji instructed me in the ancient rigid rules which govern the transmission of the yogic art from Guru to disciple. As Yogananda describes Kriya Yoga, "The Kriya Yogi mentally directs his life energy to revolve, upward and downward, around the six spinal centers (medullary, cervical, dorsal, lumbar, sacral, and coccygeal plexuses) which correspond to the twelve astral signs of the zodiac, the symbolic Cosmic Man. One half-minute of revolution of energy around the sensitive spinal cord of man effects subtle progress in his evolution; that half-minute of Kriya equals one year of natural spiritual unfoldment." In Kriya Quotes from Swami Satyananda, it is written, "Kriya sadhana may be thought of as the sadhana of the "practice of being in Atman". History Yogananda wrote in God Talks With Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita that the science of Kriya Yoga was given to Manu, the original Adam, and through him to Janaka and other royal sages.[12] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kriya_Yoga#cite_note-12) According to Yogananda, Kriya Yoga was well known in ancient India (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India), but was eventually lost, due to "priestly secrecy and man’s indifference". Yogananda says that Krishna (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krishna) refers to Kriya Yoga in the Bhagavad Gita (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhagavad_Gita): Offering inhaling breath into the outgoing breath, and offering the outgoing breath into the inhaling breath, the yogi neutralizes both these breaths; he thus releases the life force from the heart and brings it under his control. Yogananda also stated that Krishna was referring to Kriya Yoga when "Lord Krishna ... relates that it was he, in a former incarnation, who communicated the indestructible yoga to an ancient illuminato, Vivasvat, who gave it to Manu, the great legislator. He, in turn, instructed Ikshwaku, the father of India’s solar warrior dynasty." Yogananda says that Patanjali was referring to Kriya Yoga when he wrote "Kriya Yoga consists of body discipline, mental control, and meditating on Aum." And again when he says,"Liberation can be accomplished by that pranayama which is attained by disjoining the course of inhalation and exhalation." A direct disciple of Yukteswar Giri (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yukteswar_Giri), Sailendra Dasgupta (d. 1984) has written that, "Kriya entails several acts that have evidently been adapted from the Gita, the Yoga Sutras, Tantra (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tantra) shastras and from conceptions on the Yugas. Recent history The story of Lahiri Mahasaya receiving initiation into Kriya Yoga by the yogi Mahavatar Babaji in 1861 is recounted in Autobiography of a Yogi. Yogananda wrote that at that meeting, Mahavatar Babaji told Lahiri Mahasaya, "The Kriya Yoga that I am giving to the world through you in this nineteenth century, is a revival of the same science that Krishna gave millenniums ago to Arjuna; and was later known to Patanjali, and to Christ, St. John, St. Paul, and other disciples." Yogananda also wrote that Babaji and Christ were in continual communion and together, "have planned the spiritual technique of salvation for this age." Through Lahiri Mahasaya, Kriya Yoga soon spread throughout India. Yogananda, a disciple of Yukteswar Giri who was himself a disciple of Lahiri Mahasaya, then brought Kriya Yoga to the United States and Europe during the 20th century. Lahiri Mahasaya's disciples included his sons, Dukouri Lahiri and Tincori Lahiri, Yukteswar Giri, Panchanan Bhattacharya (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panchanan_Bhattacharya), Pranabananda, Kebalananda, Keshabananda, and Bhupendranath Sanyal (Sanyal Mahasaya).

AA "The Power of Now" Alcoholics Anonymous Open Meeting

The Meeting Space

This Co-Ed Meditation/Open Discussion/Book Study meeting is for everyone in any fellowship wanting to practice Step 11 on a deeper level. It is a book study as well, the current book being "A New Earth" which can be purchased at The Recovery Store or online. Room #106. Entrance & additional parking are behind the building.

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