Openhearted Rebellion Needs Your Help (September 2019 Appeal + Good News)

The time has again come to ask our readers to support the blog another month. This appeal is slightly different, however, because this time it’s a little more of an emergency.

Our last few monthly appeals were focused on raising money to pay bills so we could keep our internet and thus keep the blog going. This time, we’re asking for your help with a property tax payment that is due early October.

A property tax is a yearly payment that homeowners must pay to the state to keep from losing their homes. As I wrote earlier this month, if a homeowner is unable to pay the full bill, then their property is open to being purchased by someone else.

If a buyer is willing to take over the taxes that are due, they could buy the property and evict the homeowners.

Usually, our tax refund provides us enough to pay the full property tax bill. But the bill has been getting higher every year, and unfortunately, we only had enough to pay a portion of it.

The rest of it is due in two separate payments at the end of this year – the first being on October 10th, and the second in December.  The October bill is $260, and we have a little over a week to come up with the money to pay it on time.

If for some reason we can’t pay both bills, then it wouldn’t be until next year or later that we’d have to worry about losing our home. We don’t want to take the risk regardless, and so we are again asking for your help.

I’ve been anticipating this bill for a while, but I didn’t want to mention it during last month’s appeal because we were focused on getting through that month.

I’ve spent September looking for a part-time job so I could make some extra money to pay this tax bill. I’m happy to report that on September 19th (9/19/19 for my fellow lovers of synchronicity), I started a cleaning job that will supply some of the extra income we’ve needed for a long time.

The hours are perfect, as they give me time to get back home and write/run the blog. If I can balance both jobs, and I’m confident I can, then you can expect more articles in the weeks and months ahead. Hopefully, in the not-to-distant future, you can expect fewer appeals as well.

The main reason I took a part-time job is that we need to pay this first tax bill asap. I also did it because you’ve all helped us countless times, and it doesn’t feel right to continue to depend on our readers to get us through emergencies like this.

It’s one thing to need a little help paying bills each month, and small blogs like mine rely on reader support to survive.

But a property tax is a much bigger deal.

If I can work for some extra money while I continue to write, then I can have some hard-earned money to contribute to these bills instead of putting it all on our readers every time.

In a few months, after the two bills are hopefully paid, I plan to keep the part-time job. My goal is to be as free as possible from the need to make any more appeals. Then, I can focus on making more content as I balance both jobs.

This would be my way of showing gratitude to everyone who’s helped us get through these past few years. Becoming financially independent enough to just write without having so many emergencies would take a lot of pressure off of me and the readers of this blog.

Some people think you should not help someone who appears uninterested in helping themselves (i.e., taking responsibility and fixing their problems). We appreciate all the help you’ve given us more than we could possibly express, and I don’t want to keep asking forever.

Even as we’re forced to ask for help yet again, I want you to know that I’m trying to help myself as opposed to, again, putting it all on our readers.

Writing is my passion, and it’s all I really want to do. Despite this, I have no problem working a side job. I can see when a situation – in this case, financial trouble – has gotten out of hand. At a certain point, I must address the problem and find a solution.

I’m prepared to work and grateful for the opportunity to write, even if a have a few less hours a day to do it. It will be worth the little bit of financial independence the part-time work will give me.

Unfortunately, my first check won’t be enough to cover the entire October property tax bill. Because of this, we’re asking for your help with what is hopefully our last big emergency.

If you can contribute via PayPal (contributions can be sent to wesremal@yahoo.com), you’ll be supporting a blog built on a philosophy of love, creativity, and self-awareness – a blog I have big plans for.

We just need to get through another rough patch. Beyond that, I honestly think all will be well.

As always, thank you so much for the countless ways you’ve supported us. I never expected I’d be involved with such an incredibly compassionate community, and it is truly amazing to know all of you.

Thank you, and much love!

Wes Annac & Family =)


We are hoping for one-time contributions this time around so we can pay the tax bill on time. As I wrote above, we accept contributions via PayPal (wesremal@yahoo.com; credit and debit are accepted).

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To subscribe means simply to support the blog with one contribution a month through PayPal (credit and debit are accepted). With the $11.11 subscription, you’ll receive the Weekly Awareness Guide – a document with an exclusive article and other segments sent to your inbox each week.

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Persevere, Starving Artists

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebellion

We humans have an innate ability to flourish under extreme circumstances. It fascinates me. I love hearing about people who, with little hope and against all odds, keep going and finally succeed at making a living from their art, writing, or whatever they may be passionate about.

To me, these success stories serve as an example that anything is possible if you work hard and refuse to give up.

The idea that hard work equals success requires a disclaimer most fail to mention: you need a strong sense of dedication and faith in what you’re doing. The work must continue regardless of whether you feel inspired, as the first and most important step is to be present.

When I write, my inspiration (or lack thereof) doesn’t matter as much as the fact that I show up to do the work. Writing is always a slow process for me at first; rather than work because I feel inspired, I find inspiration in the act of working. Or maybe it finds me. Continue reading

Keep the Flame Alive

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebellion

I wrote this for the 350th issue of the Weekly Awareness Guide, a weekly written document you can receive via email by subscribing to the Openhearted Rebellion blog for $11.11 a month.

Each weekly guide features an exclusive article as well as a round-up of recent articles posted to Openhearted Rebellion. The button to subscribe is at the bottom of this post.

We live in a world that seems designed to drain us. Society dictates we work a job that kills our spark, for a paycheck that gets drained by bills and basic expenses. So many people are so rushed and anxious that stability and happiness feel like things of the past.

Something in our society is either broken or was always intended to be dysfunctional. For some reason, it’s normal for families to be separated; the mother and father are supposed to go to work while the kids attend school. We spend most of our time away from our loved ones so we can earn the privileges of food and shelter.

From the moment we become adults, we’re plugged into a world that judges our worth by the time and energy we spend working. We’re penalized if we fail to keep up. Continue reading

Thank You!!! (Openhearted Rebellion Update; Regarding the Next Appeal…)

There are no words to express our gratitude for your help getting us through August, which was another difficult month. It amazes me that there are people who appreciate this digital space enough to help keep it alive, and I plan to continue making content that will hopefully be worthy of your subscriptions and contributions.

I hope for there to come a time when I no longer need to make monthly appeals. But as long as it’s a necessity and there are readers willing to support our content, I’ll do what I must to keep Openhearted Rebellion going.

I will unfortunately need to write another appeal later this month – not for our usual bills, which we mostly have covered, but for two high property tax bills due in October and December. Our appeal later this month will focus on raising funds for the October bill.

I’ve been looking for a part-time job to earn as much as I can in anticipation of these bills’ due dates, but so far, I haven’t found any work. It doesn’t help that I’m without a dependable vehicle, which forces me to look only for jobs in walking distance.

For those who may not know, a property tax is a bill that homeowners pay to the state either once a year or in segments.

I’m not sure how it works in other countries, but here in the U.S., your state imposes a yearly tax bill. The simple explanation is that if you can’t pay, your property is eventually opened to the public. Anyone who wants to assume responsibility for the unpaid taxes can buy it and force you out of your home.

For the last few years, we’ve been able to pay the bill. The problem is that the state of Illinois has been raising taxes every year, making it harder to scrounge up the funds to pay for a home and property I already own.

If I do find a part-time job, it will not mean Openhearted Rebellion is closing its doors. I’ll simply have to balance writing and blogging with working. It will be worth the trouble if we don’t lose our home.

I’ll get into this more in the appeal later this month, but I’m aware that depending on emergency requests for help to pay high bills and higher property taxes is unsustainable. It’s not the best choice for someone with a family to support.

I know part-time work could help us get out of this financial hole, and I trust that I can balance it with writing and blogging. Until I can find work close to home, however, I must ask for your help.

Again, I’ll get into all this in the September appeal in a couple weeks. I just wanted to explain the situation, let those concerned know that I am looking for work rather than relying solely on these appeals, and most importantly, thank all of you who have and continue to contribute.   

Thank you as always, and much love. =)

Wes Annac & Family

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Original August appeal:

I’m back from an unexpectedly long hiatus only to be forced to ask for support again this month to keep Openhearted Rebellion running. You may recall from my previous posts that I said I would need to make these appeals once a month to drum up the income we need.

The time has again come for me to ask anyone who enjoys this blog to donate or subscribe so I can continue to focus on building it.

My plans for the blog, which admittedly did not materialize this month due to the hiatus, include posting new, original articles on a consistent basis as well as featuring more work from contributing authors. I’ll also be working on side projects that include a possible reworking of the Karma Yoga Daily podcast.

More on that another time.

After my last appeal, we received just enough support to make it through another month. The contributions and new subscriptions not only let us stay above water, but once again showed me how many of you care about this space.

I live in an area with a lot of people who aren’t as open to the ideas discussed here. Sometimes, writing about it by myself can get lonely. I often forget there are so many others who believe in these ideas enough to support the growth of a digital space in which they can be freely expressed and expanded upon.

Since I wrote last month’s appeal, we gratefully received the support we needed but were also hit with some difficult setbacks. Unfortunately, for now, I have no option but to keep writing these appeals every month. The strain of trying to pay bills on a low income is too much, even though to me, the stress is worth it.

Since I was able to take some time this month to spend with family and recharge, I’m more than ready to get back to writing. Along with the side projects, I plan to churn out continuous articles to assure our readers that this blog is worth supporting.

Generally, the less I can stress about keeping the lights on, the more time and energy I can put into creating a body of work that will leave no doubt in our readers that supporting us is the right choice. I believe this blog can become much bigger and make a real difference in the world, but for now, it can’t survive without your help.

I’m willing to do the work. The rest is up to the Universe and any readers who can help. If the day comes when our readers can no longer help or no longer feel we are worthy of support, then I’ll accept it and retreat into the working world.

Until then, I’ll do whatever I can to keep Openhearted Rebellion afloat – even if it means coming to you every month in hopes that you can help. If you believe in this blog’s potential and don’t mind helping get it off the ground, please support us this month with a subscription or a one-time contribution.  

I say this every time, but any and all support will mean the world to us.   

How You Can Help

If you’re able to support us, there are a few ways you can do so.

One is by sending a donation/contribution to us directly via PayPal. My PayPal email is wesremal@yahoo.com.

Any amount will help right now.

If you want to support us on a consistent, long-term basis, you can subscribe to Openhearted Rebellion for $5, $8, or $11.11 a month. (Subscription options above)

To subscribe means simply to support the blog with one contribution a month through PayPal (credit and debit are accepted). With the $11.11 subscription, you’ll receive the Weekly Awareness Guide – a document with an exclusive article and other segments sent to your inbox each week.

You can also purchase Enlightened Afterlife, an eBook about Spiritualism I wrote to give readers a way to support the blog while I share information about all these topics that fascinate me. You can purchase below via PayPal or head here to get it on Kindle.

 

Lastly, you can support us via our Patreon page. Head here for information on how to join one of the support tiers. We haven’t had any supporters over there yet, but I’ll soon be lowering the price of the tiers to encourage more readers to sign up.

I look forward to a time when these appeals are unnecessary, but I can’t thank enough those of you who’ve supported us through the years. I have so much love for those of you who’ve been here through all the blog name changes, hiatuses, and lengthy posts detailing how much I was struggling.

I never knew compassion until I became a part of this community. If you can give once again, then I plan to give back in abundance.

Thanks, and much love.

Wes Annac & Family =)

10 Insightful Quotes on Kundalini Awakening

10 Insightful Quotes on Kundalini Awakening

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebellion

Resting coiled like a snake at the base of the root chakra, kundalini is a potent spiritual energy believed to carry the potential for transformation and enlightenment. To awaken it is no small task, as it requires years of dedicated practice.

If you find a kundalini-centered meditation and stick with it, you could have some powerful and unexpected breakthroughs.

Some have likened the breakthroughs associated with kundalini meditation to a psychedelic experience. It’s a step up from a traditional meditation practice, with specific focus put into raising this coiled energy from the root chakra up through the crown chakra or sahasrara.

Kundalini meditation and similarly strict practices are the reason we have the stereotype of a monk meditating in the mountains for years on end. Being free from the distractions of modern society aids the monk in his or her practice. While the whole thing might seem strange or pointless, there are rewards at the end of such a long, dark tunnel. Continue reading

Emptiness and Life on the Other Side

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By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebellion

We’ve all thought about what happens after death. The spiritually minded believe death is a gateway to another state of consciousness wherein the spirit is released from the shackles of the body and free from the limitations of the physical world.

Atheists believe this life is all we get. When we die, we cease to exist. This theory can induce existential dread in anyone who believes it or is afraid that it could be true. The thought of no longer existing is a little scary.

We’re not afraid to sleep, which if you exclude dreaming, is an experience of a similar kind of nothingness to what atheists believe awaits after death.

For most people, however, the scariest thought is that one day, they will never again wake up to this flawed but incredible world. Although it would be great to be free from pain and suffering, the thought of experiencing no more sight, taste, hearing, color, or sensation of any kind isn’t exactly comforting. Continue reading

5 Benefits and Downsides of Cannabis Use

By Wes Annac, Editor, Canna Words

Written for Canna Words, a blog I’m currently working on as a side project. The blog will feature research and opinions on the cannabis plant, with topics that will range from hemp to the law and, as this article covers, the benefits and downsides of the plant’s use.

If you like this article, follow Canna Words for new posts and updates.

Cannabis affects people in a variety of ways.

For some, it induces relaxation while helping manage physical or psychological pain. For others, it makes them feel uneasy or in extreme cases, intensely paranoid. Some will freak out if they get high, whereas others rely on the drug’s therapeutic properties to reduce anxiety.

People have consumed cannabis for thousands of years in much the same way we do now, but back then, there was often a religious or ceremonial element involved. Religious cannabis enthusiasts exist today, but the extent of its spiritual use is much smaller than in the past.

Today, many consumers are not trying to get in touch with a higher power but treat pain or unwind. The drug seems to make whatever they do more enjoyable, as it puts them in a happy, relaxed state far away from the stress of daily life. Continue reading