RIP Chester Bennington

Chester Bennington of Linkin Park has tragically passed away. His death was ruled a suicide.

This will sound cliche, but Chester and Linkin Park got me through more hard times than I could count. The world and the lives of millions of people (including mine) will not be the same without him. Our hearts are heavy today.

The Messenger Lyrics:

When you feel you’re alone
Cut off from this cruel world
Your instincts telling you to run

Listen to your heart
Those angel voices
They’ll see you to you
They’ll be your guide
Back home

When life leaves us blind
Love keeps us kind
It keeps us kind

When you suffered it all
And your spirit is breaking
You’re growing desperate from the fight
Remember you’re loved
And you always will be
This melody will always bring
You right back home

When life leaves us blind
Love, keeps us kind
When life leaves us blind
Love keeps us kind

– Chester Bennington, The Messenger

In this video, Chester sings One More Light in honor of musician Chris Cornell, his dear friend who committed suicide in May of this year. The new song seems prophetic in light of Chester’s untimely death.

The story behind this performance is that the band was set to perform their single Heavy on Jimmy Kimmel Live when they learned of Chris Cornell’s suicide. Devastated by the news, they decided to play their song One More Light in honor of Chris. His suicide reportedly hit Chester hard, and you can feel the emotion in the performance. Have tissues ready.

One More Light Lyrics:

Should’ve stayed, were there signs, I ignored?
Can I help you, not to hurt, anymore?
We saw brilliance, when the world, was asleep
There are things that we can have, but can’t keep

If they say
Who cares if one more light goes out?
In a sky of a million stars
It flickers, flickers
Who cares when someone’s time runs out?
If a moment is all we are
We’re quicker, quicker
Who cares if one more light goes out?
Well I do

The reminders pull the floor from your feet
In the kitchen, one more chair than you need oh
And you’re angry, and you should be, it’s not fair
Just ’cause you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it, isn’t there

If they say
Who cares if one more light goes out?
In a sky of a million stars
It flickers, flickers
Who cares when someone’s time runs out?
If a moment is all we are
We’re quicker, quicker
Who cares if one more light goes out?
Well I do

Who cares if one more light goes out?
In a sky of a million stars
It flickers, flickers
Who cares when someone’s time runs out?
If a moment is all we are
We’re quicker, quicker
Who cares if one more light goes out?
Well I do

Well I do

– Chester Bennington, One More Light

We should all care if one more light goes out.

Rest in Power, Chester. You will be sorely missed.

Video: 7 Krishnamurti Quotes On… Nothing

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel

Jiddu Krishnamurti was a sage, philosopher, and free thinker who encouraged people to look within for solutions to their problems and the problems in the world. He was born to a middle class family in South India on May 11, 1895, and left this earth on February 17, 1986. (1)

As followers of his work might know, Krishnamurti was “discovered” as a child by Theosophical Society leaders Annie Besant and Bishop Leadbeater. They claimed he was the “world teacher” the society had been waiting for. He would go on to have “mystical experiences” as a young man that provided him with a new, unique vision on life. (1)

This would lead him to disconnect from all religions, organizations, and philosophy-driven movements, including the Theosophical Society, and set out on a lone mission to enlighten the people with his unique philosophy. (1) Continue reading

Last Week in Review: 8 News Stories from the Last 7 Days

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel

2017 has been eventful, and news stories (good and bad) emerge each week that prove we’re at a turning point in our evolution. Some stories exemplify the good in humanity, but others make it clear we’re headed in a wrong direction.

By highlighting the good things people have done, the positive stories show us that not everyone is apathetic or hateful. The negative stories show us we’re certainly not a peaceful civilization, and we still have a lot to learn.

I like to focus on news that shows both realities.

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You

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel

You are a gift from above with unique talents that make you who you are.

You are a spark of the Godly consciousness responsible for the most beautiful, terrifying, breathtaking things in existence, and you have more power than you think.

Like the rest of humanity, you have a purpose on this planet. You’re on a mission, and the mission is yours to define. For guidance on what you should do, I suggest looking in your heart.

What are you passionate about? How can you make the most powerful impact on the world while doing something you love? Ask yourself this question and you could very well discover your purpose.

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The Middle

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel

This is a busy time for all the openhearted rebels out there, as plenty of issues in the world are demanding our attention and action.

Many of them can be traced to the corrupt elite and the institutions they use to reinforce control over the masses. For example: the elite uses the media to create division by inflaming people over unimportant issues they know we’ll take sides on.

The public then bickers and is successfully distracted from important things happening in the world.

By focusing on violence, rioting, and other sensational or emotionally charged issues, the media conditions us to accept ideological extremism. When we hear about the latest corruption scandal, racially charged police shooting, or equal rights issue in the public eye, we instinctively pick a side and defend our views. Continue reading

Marijuana Legalization in Colorado: 25 Facts

Marijuana Legalization in Colorado: 25 Facts

cannabis-313051_1280By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel

I wrote the following for the 234th issue of the Weekly Awareness Guide, a written document distributed weekly via email that I offer for $11.11 a month.

Income from the guide helps me get by and ensures I can continue to offer free content, and every subscription is appreciated. The option to subscribe is given at the bottom of this post (learn about subscribing with cash/check here).

Hated by prohibitionists and loved by its consumers and advocates, marijuana is considered taboo despite that it’s one of the least harmful drugs you can find.

Death by caffeine or Tylenol is more likely than death by marijuana, as the herb has never claimed a single life. Nevertheless, it remains a target of politicians and “ordinary” people who think, misguidedly might I add, that it represents society’s worst problems.

There was plenty of fear to go around when Colorado legalized cannabis, with wild claims ranging from “it’ll bring in more crime!” to “children will start using it!”, none of which has happened. Instead, it’s helped the state in countless ways that make legalization look viable.

The following are 25 facts about legalization in Colorado for those looking to visit or those interested in how it’s helped the state thrive. Continue reading

Changing the World Without Changing the System

Note from Wes: Wake-Up World recently published my article about ditching the system and embracing compassion. I re-post it here for those who may have missed it here on the blog before.

By Wes Annac, Contributing writer for Wake Up World

You don’t need me to tell you things are crazy right now. People are still freaking out about the U.S. election result, and many are left scratching their heads wondering how it happened and what will happen once he takes office.

But what many people fail to see, and what some of my friends in the activist community have helped me to remember, is that things have always been crazy. The world is really no different today than it was yesterday; rather it seems that, for the first time, people are realizing there’s something deeply wrong with the world. They see now how messed up our society can be — but they have no idea how deep the rabbit hole actually goes… Continue reading