Consciousness, at its simplest, is awareness of internal and external existence. However, its nature has led to millennia of analyses, explanations and debate by philosophers, theologians, and scientists. Opinions differ about what exactly needs to be studied or even considered consciousness. In some explanations, it is synonymous with the mind, and at other times, an aspect of mind. In the past, it was one's "inner life", the world of introspection, of private thought, imagination and volition. Today, it often includes any kind of cognition, experience, feeling or perception. It may be awareness, awareness of awareness, or self-awareness either continuously changing or not. The disparate range of research, notions and speculations raises a curiosity about whether the right questions are being asked.

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Organizations relating to Consciousness

World Commission on Global Consciousness and Spirituality / Haverford PA, USA
Tarab Institute International / Hørsholm, Denmark
Institute of Noetic Sciences / Petaluma CA, USA / Est. 1973
International Institute of Projectiology and Conscientiology / Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil / Est. 1988
Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness / Los Angeles CA, USA / Est. 1968
European Centre for Disaster Awareness with the Use of Internet, Cyprus / Nicosia, Cyprus
Asocio por Eúropa Konscio / Maribor, Slovenia
International Drug Awareness Research Foundation / Pointe-Claire QC, Canada / Est. 1997
International Institute of Integral Human Sciences / Montréal QC, Canada / Est. 1975
International Movement for a Just World / Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Earthways Foundation / Malibu CA, USA / Est. 1985
GAIA Vaccine Foundation / Providence RI, USA / Est. 2001
Global Connections Foundation / Beijing, China / Est. 1995
David Lynch Foundation / New York NY, USA / Est. 2005
Common Sense Environmental Fund
Earth Foundation International / Santiago, Chile / Est. 1990
World Brotherhood Union Mevlana Supreme Foundation / Istanbul, Türkiye / Est. 1993
International Imagery Association / Yonkers NY, USA / Est. 1979
Centre européen Fernand Dehousse / Est. 1979
West-East Consciousness Network / Brussels, Belgium
Gaia Group / Columbia MD, USA
Awakening International
World Institute of Avasthology / Santa Paula CA, USA
Light Servers Universal Network
Voice From the Silence / Concord CA, USA / Est. 1972
Euro-Awareness Network / Hamburg, Germany / Est. 1995
Consciousness International Foundation / Vancouver BC, Canada
Foundation for World Awakening / Monte Sereno CA, USA / Est. 1991
Global Awareness in Action / Québec QC, Canada
International Association for Spiritual Consciousness / Anchorage AK, USA / Est. 1996
Foundation for Global Awakening / Point Reyes Station CA, USA
A Soul for Europe / Est. 1994
Crystal Consciousness / Claremont CA, USA / Est. 1980
Consciousness, Mindfulness, Compassion
International Health Awareness Network / New York NY, USA / Est. 1986
Gaia Foundation / Brighton, UK / Est. 1984
Foundation for Gaia / London, UK / Est. 1983
Global Awareness Society International / Bloomsburg PA, USA / Est. 1991
Global Health Awareness Research Foundation / Enugu, Nigeria / Est. 1996
Wainwright House / Rye NY, USA
Institute for Conscious Global Change / New York NY, USA / Est. 2007
Builders of the Adytum / Los Angeles CA, USA / Est. 1922
Justice & Peace Netherlands / The Hague, Netherlands / Est. 1972
Finland Futures Research Centre / Turku, Finland / Est. 1992
Centro Studi sulle Nuove Religioni / Turin, Italy / Est. 1988
International Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation Association / Est. 1990
Sense International / London, UK / Est. 1994
International Foundation for Autoimmune & Autoinflammatory Arthritis / St Louis MO, USA / Est. 2011
Scientific and Medical Network / London, UK / Est. 1973
Friends World Committee for Consultation / London, UK / Est. 1937

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