Stay Strong

wpid-stay_strong-wallpaper-10034617By Wes Annac, Editor, Culture of Awareness & Openhearted Rebel

“The people who [are] trying to make this world worse are not taking the day off. Why should I?” – Bob Marley

To say life is hard is an understatement. We’re often hit with unexpected challenges or circumstances that make us want to hide away from the world. But we can’t, and in my opinion, we shouldn’t.

If you pursue a life of purpose, there will come a point when you feel exhausted, discouraged, and ready to give up. The hard work won’t be worth what you seem to get out of it, and you’ll want more than anything to relax, take a big long break, and forget about all the stress. This is understandable, and downtime is necessary if you don’t want to burn out. Continue reading

Openhearted Rebellion: The Foundation of Spiritual Revolution

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By Wes Annac, Openhearted Rebel

This is an introductory article for my new blog, Openhearted Rebel. Hope to see you there!

Reminder: This blog, wesannac.com, will soon be shut down since I’m moving over to the new one.

A New Kind of Revolution

‘Openhearted Rebel’ is not just a name for a blog. It’s a way of life created out of awareness of the importance of compassion and openheartedness, and on this blog, I intend to share writings from the heart that cover various issues that are relevant to the spiritual and activist communities.

A new kind of revolution is sweeping the world, and it’s driven by compassion and a sense of responsibility for leaving the planet in a better condition for future generations. It’s a revolution of love; a social/spiritual revolution we can all contribute to, and the best way to contribute is to do what you love.

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It’s rooted in the understanding that changing the world starts with changing yourself and being there for those who need you, and in my opinion, holding the people in power accountable for their lies and deceptions is also an important part of it.

This kind of movement doesn’t require bloodshed. In fact, it does the opposite by bringing awareness to the atrocities committed in the name of war and the importance of moving in a different direction.

The personal, heart-centered change driving this revolution will free us from hate, vengeance and the various other qualities that reinforce the world’s negative condition. Together, we’ll learn to rebel while embracing love, compassion and the understanding that we’re all human and spiritual beings.

A Basic, Essential Idea

Most people assume that a world of openhearted and compassionate people is impossible, but this basic idea is essential to a properly functioning society. No matter where you come from or what you believe, you can be open to love (or at least respect) for the people who share this planet with you.

This is all that’s required to plant the seed for truly revolutionary and innovative changes, and it results from a commitment to personal change. Even if most of the world has yet to be a part of it, your personal changes will prove powerful and useful for others who are just starting to wake up.

Read the rest of this article here: http://openheartedrebel.com/about/

Are You Ready for a Spiritual Revolution? – Part 2/2

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By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

Continued from part 1 (read full post here).

We Don’t Need Them

We don’t need Big Brother watching our every move for ‘national security’ purposes and pouncing on us when they think we’ve done something wrong.

We don’t need militarized police forces causing mayhem in the streets, and we definitely don’t need political pundits in expensive suits screaming at us to conform to a corrupt system that serves them and their rich friends.

We need a new way of life free from the greed and corruption of the one percent, who’ll tell us any lie imaginable just to push their agenda forward. We also need a world free from the greed and corruption of the common man, whose negativity enables the world’s suffering. Continue reading

Are You Ready for a Spiritual Revolution? – Part 1/2

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By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

If we want to create a new system out of the ashes of the old, we should think about the role we’ll play in creating it.

We should figure out what we can do right now to reflect the paradigm shift the world needs, and we should remember that if we continue to be angry, greedy or judgmental, a new world will be impossible because we’ll fail create it from within.

Any changes we’re able to make will be nullified shortly after, because we’ll fail to heal the underlying cause of the world’s broken condition; namely, the anger and greed we’ll continue to sustain. Continue reading

Love Rebels, Unite!

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By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

Ziggy Marley, accomplished reggae artist and son of legend Bob Marley, has said before that love is this generation’s form of rebellion.

Some of you might know his song, “Love Is My Religion”, in which he explains that his newfound religion is love; self-love, love for mankind, love for the planet, etc.

His song inspired me to open up to true love; not the over-hyped and romanticized version of love we’re conditioned to think is all we have. There’s a much realer and more authentic form of love waiting for us to realize it exists, and the moment we open up to it will be the moment we discover the best form of rebellion. Continue reading

I Stand With the Conscious Community

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By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

I stand with my brothers and sisters in the conscious community who are working hard to raise awareness and set the planet free. I’m proud to be a part of this movement, and I’ll gladly work with anyone who’s genuinely dedicated to change.

We can achieve more if we work together or at least support each other, because we’ll have an interlocked network to go to for guidance if we ever need it. We can come to each other with problems that stump us, and we can remind each other that we aren’t alone; there are people around us willing to lift us up when we’re in doubt.

Everyone is approaching this revolution from a different angle, and we all have something unique to give that comes with its own set of problems. This is one reason I think we should support each other, and while we might not be able to help with issues that are specific to someone else’s work, we can still let them know they’re not alone. Continue reading