My Problem with God

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel

I wrote the following for the 285th 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).

I’m one of those people who will tell you they’re spiritual but not religious. This is because I have a problem with the way religious leaders portray and profit from God.

My problem is not with the idea of a creator or other states of consciousness we possibly depart into after death. My problem is that religious leaders use God to control people. They tell people our creator is a man in the sky who judges sinners, but despite his disdain for those who sin, he’s allowed countless corrupt leaders to speak for him. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.

My problem with God is a problem with man, because man has muddied what God and spirituality used to represent. Don’t get me wrong; there have always been well-meaning people who try to show the way and don’t stray from their path the moment they’re tempted. But there are also a lot of scammers, snake-oil salesmen, and just plain selfish people. They manipulate the masses into supporting them by appearing enlightened or close to God. Continue reading

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Tap into the Source

By Wes Annac, Editor, Culture of Awareness & Openhearted Rebel

There is a Source of energy, inspiration, and abundance we can all tap into, but we have to be aware of it first. It’s here waiting patiently for us to realize it exists, but until we can be open to it, it’ll sit at the edge of our perception and guide our lives without us knowing.

It’s difficult to become aware of something you can’t initially see, feel or sense, but the more you’re open to this Source, the more it reveals itself.

When it comes to spiritual terminology, I tend to use different labels to define the same things. For example: to me, there’s no difference between the higher self, higher consciousness, and the Source. There are differences for other people, but to me, they’re all constructs that help us conceptualize higher states of consciousness and the idea of a creator.

Despite that they all originate in the human mind, we can use them to connect with a higher power through meditation and other spiritual activities. Continue reading

Writing, Enlightenment and Compassion

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By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

The following was written for the 187th issue of The Culture of Awareness Weekly Newsletter, which I offer for $11.11 a month.

Income from the newsletter helps me get by and ensures I can continue to offer free content, and every subscription is appreciated.

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When I first started blogging, I was inspired by channeled messages and spiritual guides. Some people are surprised when I say this because it’s a little different from what I write about now, but at the time, it lit a fire in my heart.

I even practiced channeling and became well-known for channeling messages from various sources. Now, I’m inspired to write from the heart about anything I feel is important or relevant to this movement, and the inspiration – as well as the goal – is the same as it was before.

Before, the goal was to connect with a higher consciousness by channeling spiritual guides. Now, the goal is to connect with this same consciousness, which some call God, the higher self, creative inspiration, etc., and express what comes through. Continue reading

Franklin Merrell-Wolff on Deep Breathing and Bliss – Part 2/2

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Franklin Merrell-Wolff. Credit: numii.net

By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

Continued from part 1 (read full post here).

Some people are immediately aware of the current, while others remain in the dark.

“I am studying the effect of the Current upon others. Sherifa is immediately responsive to It and recognizes Its presence, at times even before I do. It will grip an audience, but those who have heretofore given recognition to a consciousness of substantially lower quality do not seem to be aware of the Ambrosia. Perhaps it is too subtle.” (1)

Life is empty and joyless without the elixir (or, again, what I call love and bliss).

“Life without the Elixir has become more empty than it was before the Current was first experienced. Mere external affairs utterly fail to hold my interest.

“The conditions of town life seem definitely adverse to holding consciousness within the Current of Bliss. Driving an automobile in traffic is particularly inimical. The reason seems quite clearly to be that under these conditions it is much more difficult to hold the inner concentration unbroken.

“To steer a way through the outer confusion requires objective concentration. I, at least, cannot yet move through these conditions with safety by giving only peripheral attention to them. Perhaps it may be possible to establish the correlation so that it will hold under these adverse conditions, but the demand upon the vital strength is severe.” (2)

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Freedom from Duality – Part 2/2

The Teachers Speak (KEEP)By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

This is a part of The Teachers Speak, a series of articles on the Culture of Awareness. Continued from part 1 (Read full post here).

According to John Ruusbroec, we strengthen the barrier between us and our creator when we try to intellectually examine life.

“At the very moment when we try to examine and observe what it is that we are experiencing, we slip back into the activity of reasoning, at which we become aware of distinction between ourselves and God.” (1)

The Upanishads tell us that our false sense of separation from the Source creates fear.

“So long as there is the least idea of separation from him, there is fear.” (2)

To be one with God is to be free of fear, because we know we can do anything with the Most High by our side. Continue reading

Does Enlightenment Unite Each Religion?

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By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

Some people in the conscious community have turned their back on religion because of the ways it’s used to distort spirituality and control the masses, but others look to it for little bits of wisdom and insight.

Some have studied different religions in hopes of finding similarities between them all, and they’ve discovered that different religions are united under the common theme of enlightenment.

They’ve also discovered that the original purpose of religion was to help us understand that we are God and come closer to enlightenment as a result of this understanding, and they strive to share their knowledge with anyone who’s open to approaching religion in a less negative way. Continue reading

Learning From Mistakes

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By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

This was written for the 175th issue of The Culture of Awareness Weekly Newsletter, which I offer for $11.11 a month. Income from the newsletter helps me get by and ensures I can offer free content, and every subscription is appreciated. The option to subscribe is given at the bottom of this post.

To begin for this week – It’s easy for even the most ‘enlightened’ individual to stray from the path, and the moment we realize we’ve strayed is the moment we should get back on track and try to make sure we don’t do it again.

Mistakes are inevitable on this path, and sometimes, the best thing we can do is realize when we’re in the wrong. As easy as it is to blame society or other people for our behavior, we’re responsible for it whether or not we feel it’s justified. Continue reading