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

Persecution in the Name of God

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By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

I don’t like to use the word ‘God’ when I write about our creator. I don’t have an issue with the word itself, but it reminds me of hardcore religious fanatics with hatred in their hearts, who judge people because of an imbalanced sense of self-righteousness and an apparent need to call out ‘heathens’ for their ‘sin’.

It isn’t the fault of the word itself, and it has more to do with these people’s close-minded hatred. Continue reading

Weekly Newsletter: The Divine Father and Mother

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By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

I wrote the following for the one hundred and fifty-fourth issue of The Culture of Awareness Weekly Newsletter, which I offer for $11.11 a month via PayPal (see the subscription button at the bottom for more info) or check/cash (head here for more info).

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

Depending on which spiritual teachers you subscribe to, you’ve probably heard talk about the ‘Divine Mother’ and the ‘Divine Father’. But who exactly are these divine forces, and what do they have to do with God, creativity or enlightenment? Are they just fancy spiritual terms that were created to give us another label for God, or do they have a deeper, realer meaning? Continue reading

Reclaim Your Spiritual Freedom

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By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

Spirituality is what we make of it, and nothing stops us from experiencing it uniquely. It’s probably harder for people who follow strict religions that limit their freedoms, but even then, it’s only as impossible as we make it. There are always little things we can do or little changes we can make to the way we think, and we can’t give up on our unique beliefs if other people condemn us for them.

If you consider yourself a Christian and you start to entertain a belief or lifestyle that goes against what other Christians consider acceptable, there’s a chance that the people around you will criticize you and maybe even try to ‘convert’ you back to their way of thinking – even if you never left Christianity in the first place. It can be disappointing when the people who mean the most to you won’t accept you because of a slight change in your beliefs, but this is the sad reality for a lot of people. Continue reading

The Ultimate Treasure

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By Wes Annac, The Culture of Awareness

Franklin Merrell-Wolff, who we’ll hear from here, frequently referred to enlightenment as a “treasure”.

Like a lot of spiritual teachers have told us, enlightenment is as much of a destructive process as it is constructive, but at the “end” of it all, we’ll come out shining, divine beings who are fully aware of our divinity and are able to use our newfound, elevated awareness to address society’s biggest problems.

We’re becoming aware of our Godliness and the things we can achieve once we tap into it, but for the most part, none of us have really found enlightenment.

We still have quite a path ahead of us before we get there, but our spiritual evolution isn’t about reaching the destination – it’s about enjoying ourselves along the way. Continue reading

We Long to Know Our Creator

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By Wes Annac, The Culture of Awareness

I’ve said before that I think every form of desire is a shrouded desire to connect with our creator, who we came from and will eventually return to.

When we read spiritual texts that talk about praising ‘God’ or wanting to know him/her in a deeper way, our minds are usually drawn to the hateful, biblical god we learned about in the Old Testament. Our understanding of God changes once we start to become aware of the spiritual nature of our existence, however.

We might even stop calling our creator ‘god’ and adopt a new label, as in my case. I prefer to use the terms ‘Jah’ or ‘Source’ (or even ‘love’) when I talk about our creator, but a lot of old fashioned spiritual teachers prefer the familiar term ‘God’. Continue reading