How Did Spiritualism Begin?

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel

This is an excerpt from Chapter 1 of Enlightened Afterlife, my ebook centered on Spiritualist philosophy on life after death. You can purchase a PDF file of the book at the bottom of this post, or you can check out the Kindle version by clicking the book cover below.

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History of the Fox Home

Troy Taylor writes that the Spiritualist movement officially began in the home of the Fox sisters in Hydesdale, New York in 1848. (4)

It was revived once or twice in the mid-1900s after its popularity had waned, and the greatest of these revivals took place during World Wars I and II. (4)

Legend states that the Fox family house was haunted before they moved in. (4) A couple with the last name Bell occupied the house between 1843 and 1844, and a young local woman, Lucretia Pulver, did chores and other related things for them. (4)

A young peddler came to the door one day looking to sell goods to the family, and he ended up staying with them for a short time. (4) It’s believed that the peddler had a closer relationship with Mrs. Bell than anyone knew. (4) 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

Love: My New Religion

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel

“Buddha was not a Buddhist, Jesus was not a Christian, Muhammad was not a Muslim. They were Teachers who taught love.” (Source)

Religion overcomplicates a simple message: live from the heart. Letting love and compassion guide your thoughts, actions, and intentions is the most authentic way to connect with the Source, as rather than forced conformity with a belief system, it brings about a natural evolution of the self.

The idea that devoting yourself to religion will bring spiritual rewards is an incorrect interpretation of the benefits of heart-centered living. We’re taught we’ll receive God’s gifts by changing who we are and conforming to what the church wants, when in truth, we can receive them by making a subtle yet powerful shift into the heart.

This way of life doesn’t make you wipe your personality clean so the church can reprogram it. Continue reading

These 5 Psychedelic Drugs Provide Profound Psychological Benefits

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel

Since the 60s, psychedelics have had a reputation as drugs that hurt rather than help the mind. New research suggests this mindset could be incorrect.

To the dismay of anti-drug crusaders, studies are finding the drugs on this list to help their users cope with common psychological problems. Simply put; they’re good for the mind.

Scientific American reports that research into psychedelic drugs increased substantially after Albert Hoffman discovered LSD. (1)

The effects of these drugs on anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and addiction (among other mental health issues) would’ve been well-known back then were it not for the “increasing government conservatism” of the time, Scientific American reports. This created a decades-long halt in research. Fortunately, scientists and researchers are once again studying these drugs’ mental health benefits. (1)

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Whatever

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel

Whatever is in your heart, do it. Whatever obstacle holds you back, overcome it. Whoever stands in your way, defy them. Your mission on this evolving planet is too important at this point to let anything prevent it.

Life will seem to throw endless impossible obstacles in your way. But you must keep moving.

Whatever remnants of your ego you need to sacrifice to become whole, let them go and watch as they fly freely. If they return, it’s because they have more to teach you. Be open to their lessons, not dismayed at their return.

As strange as it might sound, your ego can teach you as much as your intuition. Whether you learn from either of them depends on if you’re open to their lessons. Continue reading