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.

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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

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

Meditation: Wisdom in the Silence

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebellion

We all need a little peace, stillness, and balance to get us through life. Sadly, this doesn’t jive with the social mold we’re supposed to fit into. We’re supposed to be good workers who value productivity above all else. This makes us incessantly tired, stressed, and anxious as we try to get through each day.

We have no time for rest, but deep down, most of us want nothing more than to stop and relax. We’d be happy to take a break even for just a day. Most of us can’t, but we can all retreat into a calm inner space – one in which our thoughts, fears, and stresses fade away – whenever we want.

Meditation can be our vacation from everything in life that drains us. We can’t pin it down to any specific practice; there are so many forms that it’s best to find one that works for you. Whether traditional or new and radical, a meditation practice will leave you feeling like life doesn’t have to be so harsh. Continue reading

Take the Good with the Bad

By Wes Annac, Openhearted Rebellion

I want this to be an uplifting virtual space.

I use this blog to write about love, spirituality, and many different things I think could help the world. I try to encourage positive thinking and living your best life. More than anything, I want this to be a place you can go for a dose of light and a reminder that the world is not all bad.

My goal is to encourage the development of a balanced, authentically positive perspective. Artificial positivity that disregards the often-harsh nature of our existence has no place here.

I want to encourage a mindset that doesn’t ignore certain harsh truths but recognizes them as more of a reason to be kind, compassionate, and compelled to make the best of your life. This mindset doesn’t ignore everything bad or scary in the world, but it doesn’t dwell on those things either.

To me, forced positivity is every bit as destructive as relentless pessimism. Continue reading

Emptiness and Self-Awareness

By Wes Annac, Editor, Karma Yoga Daily

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To some extent, we all want to fill the emptiness within. We fill it with anything we can find – food, material things, anything that brings even the slightest bit of pleasure – because for some reason, acknowledging and living with the emptiness is scary.

Why can’t we be content with the emptiness, explore it, and maybe let it teach us a thing or two? What if, instead of trying so hard to avoid the void, we try to see what’s in there? Nothing is in there, which is precisely what scares us so much about it.

Of all the aspects of spiritual life to discuss, spiritual teachers often emphasize getting comfortable with exploring the emptiness because in it, we find the answers we seek. For most of us, exploring it is the last thing we want to do. Continue reading

Exploring Consciousness: Our Only Hope

By Wes Annac, Editor, Karma Yoga Daily

Anyone who pays attention to what’s happening in the world will see a lot of hatred. It’s enough to make us wonder why humanity is so worked up and if we can reverse our course before we destroy ourselves. I think we can, but the solution will make most people uncomfortable.

Our only hope is to explore alternate states of consciousness.

When I say, “alternate states”, some readers probably think of psychedelic drugs. Psychedelics can induce an undeniably powerful spiritual experience, but for now, let’s talk about the alternate states you can induce naturally via activities like meditation that are good for the brain.

If you’re not looking for an alternate state that’s too overwhelming but you still need to calm your mind, meditation is perfect. When done consistently, it provides a light, balanced introduction to the “other side” without the overwhelm and anxiety psychedelics can cause.

Meditation is great for helping with mood problems that stem from an overactive mind. Most importantly, it can help you open your heart. This is what the world needs, and this is why alternate states are important.

Some believe we are on the precipice of a new era in human consciousness – particularly, in the way we explore our consciousness and interact with each other. Depending on where you look, you’ll either think this is true or misguided wishful thinking.

People are indeed waking up and discovering that this world we’ve built is amazing in many ways but deeply disturbed in many others. They see how backwards our society is, and they can’t understand how others are still falling for the tricks of a system that keeps us subservient.

Despite this, the same old drama repeats itself every few years as if it’s on a cycle. It seems like nobody has learned anything from the thousands of blood-soaked years that got us here, as most of us are still fighting and killing each other as humans have always done.

We show no respect for ourselves, each other, or the creatures we share this planet with; not to mention the planet itself. How could we be undergoing a shift in consciousness when so little has changed?

I used to have a lot of big ideas about what this shift entails. At one point, I thought a glorious spiritual ascension would sweep the world, enlighten everyone, and allow us to create heaven on Earth. Now, I think this shift comes in cycles but is nevertheless our responsibility to initiate. The only evidence we will see of it is that which we create.

Nothing can happen without our participation, and the first step is to gently introduce ourselves to alternate states on a global scale.

Again, for those who are uncomfortable with using psychedelic teacher plants, meditation is a great start. It is not overwhelming or even very powerful. You determine its power by how often you practice it. This, I believe, is the first step to initiating the kind of global consciousness shift we can measure and point to as proof that something real is happening.

I believe it is, but we could miss the opportunity if we don’t explore the states of consciousness that give us a glimpse beyond our reality. The world needs the feelings of love and unity these states provide. Without them, we’ll keep killing each other and missing our greatest opportunity for enlightenment.

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Listen to the Intuition

By Wes Annac, Editor, Karma Yoga Daily

I wrote the following for the 311th issue of the Weekly Awareness Guide, a written document distributed weekly via email that I offer for $11.11 a month.

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If there’s one thing about spirituality I can be sure of, it’s the intuition – the voice within that guides you and helps you make the best possible choices in life. For those who look at life in a less metaphysical and more scientific way; it could just as easily be a psychological mechanism we use to guide ourselves onto the right path.

This is one possible explanation for what in my experience is a very real thing.

I couldn’t say what exactly it is, and the word “voice” is inaccurate. It’s more of an inner knowing or a nudge to the right thought, expression, or action for that moment. Many who follow their intuition say that it feels like they have an internal guardian angel helping them through even the most mundane parts of their lives. Continue reading