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.

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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


I Stand for Love

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel

People who create things for a living often have something to represent; whether it’s a belief system, a new way of thinking, or something else they believe can change the world.

I listen to a lot of reggae music, for example, much of which is made by Rastafarians with a message to share. Sometimes the message is about Rastafarian philosophy, and sometimes it’s about freedom or rebellion against corruption. These musicians have something to say and a great outlet to get their message out.

This is one of many examples of creative minds on a mission to share their truth.

For many, a life of creative work and a message to share go together. Without a message, their work is missing something. These creative minds inspire me the most, because my work also relies on having something meaningful to share with you. Continue reading

Love: The Religion of the Spiritually Conscious


By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

It’s hard to understand love with the mind, but it’s easy with the heart. This is because no effort to understand it is necessary from the heart; you simply feel it and express it to everyone you cross paths with no matter how loving or enlightened they are.

True love is the willingness to be kind to people who wouldn’t do the same for you, and while I’m not suggesting we take abuse from unkind or disrespectful people, I am suggesting we show love and kindness to everyone regardless of who they appear to be. You never know; our love could really help someone just when they need it.

Hateful people cause themselves the most suffering by rejecting love, and while it seems to be their own fault, many of them been deprived of it all their life. As a result, they don’t even know they need it.

It’s difficult for most people to open up to love because they don’t understand its value or what it really is, and they assume it’s a human emotion that should only be associated with romance. Continue reading

Love: Our New Way of Life


By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

No matter our religion, culture, skin color or anything else we allow to divide us, love can bring us together. We’re capable of unity, but it requires us to embrace love, compassion and mutual respect. It’s easier said than done, but it’s not impossible.

Instead of letting our differences divide us, let’s learn to love each other for the things we have in common. Even if we have to step outside of our comfort zone to humor someone about their culture or beliefs, we don’t have to agree with them to respect them. We’re supposed to have different beliefs, because it’s what makes us unique. We can celebrate it as an essential aspect of the oneness we all share, but only when people are willing to see past their prejudice and find common ground. Continue reading

Believe What You Want

By Wes Annac, The Culture of Awareness

This is continued from my previous article, The New Age and the False Light Matrix.

With the imminent arrival of spring is coming a new understanding of life and spiritual evolution for me, and for the first time in a while, things are finally starting to become clear.

I was pretty bummed out yesterday after reading all of the convoluted perspectives about New Age teachings, but now, I’m realizing that I can groove with it all without directly contributing to it or inserting myself into the fray.

Like I said in yesterday’s article, what’s apparent for me is that love is the way.

All these belief systems have been created around love, except for the ones that were meant to dominate and control their followers in the first place, and even the philosophies that are considerably new agey can help us find our way back to love if we let them.

I started out as one of the biggest ‘New Agers’ you’d ever meet (I don’t intend to use that term in a critical or derogatory way), and I might not have been able to find my way were it not for my initial beliefs.

When I started to depart the new agey perspective, the next philosophy I explored was Rastafari, which preaches that heaven on earth exists in Ethiopia and if we align with truth and righteousness and remember to treat our bodies with respect, we’ll eventually return to the kingdom of Zion.

(Note that the Rastafarian ‘Zion’ isn’t necessarily the same one that’s associated with Zionism).

I never fully embraced that philosophy because I’m learning not to fully embrace any philosophy if we want true liberation, but I explored it with enthusiasm and I appreciate what it taught me about aligning with a set of cherished ideals about how life should be.

Since my days exploring Rastafari, I’ve been going back and forth between heavily embracing New Age themes and trying to step outside of it all and redefine myself and my spiritual evolution.

After some troubling, heartbreaking times that almost made me want to relinquish my position in the conscious community, I’m emerging with a fresh understanding that everything is driven by love.

We don’t need all these complicated beliefs and philosophies to spiritually evolve. We can embrace certain complicated philosophies if they help us find our center, but it isn’t a requirement and we can elevate our consciousness regardless of the beliefs that encourage us to do it.

If you want, you can read channeled messages from angels and archangels all day long. If you want, you can believe those archangels are evil archons who want to siphon your energy. If you do decide to believe that, you can take another evolutionary path that doesn’t have anything to do with New Age spirituality.

If you want, you can think that Haile Selassie (a.k.a. Jah) will eventually return again and usher his repatriated people into the Ethiopian kingdom of Zion. Honestly, it doesn’t matter!


All these different beliefs will align us with love and allow us to step outside of the fabricated matrix anyway, so we don’t need to condemn each other or even condemn ourselves for once following beliefs we’ve since transcended or stepped outside of.

Again, beyond the religions that were clearly created to control people and keep them from exploring their spirituality, every genuine spiritual path can help us realign with love, raise our vibration and spiritually evolve.

We can believe whatever we want if our intent’s genuine and we really want to help the world become aware of spirit and the things the elite are doing to keep us physically, spiritually and economically oppressed. As long as those beliefs lead us to take action (inner and outer), I don’t see anything wrong with them.

We don’t have to have any beliefs if we don’t want. It all comes down to personal choice, and like I’ve said before, we don’t gain anything by criticizing or demeaning the beliefs other spiritual seekers have chosen.

Those beliefs help them just like ours help us, and we can live in harmony with it all if we’re secure enough in our own beliefs and the things other people think, say and do cease to bother us. As long as we have love, we have the greatest gift we could ever hope for.

Personally, I’m embracing a simplified, deconstructed spiritual approach that lets me do away with all the complicated philosophies and embrace love and creativity, which, in my view, are two of the best avenues into a higher state of consciousness.

I accept that some people could disagree with the things I write as I explore this new path, and as long as they can accept me and my beliefs, I can accept them and theirs.

We can live in harmony with everyone in the conscious community despite our different beliefs and perspectives, and this is a hidden philosophical gem that too many people go their whole lives without realizing.

I believe we’re collectively evolving into a higher vibration, and I think we’re taking the earth with us. I don’t think we’ll disappear off into the ethers (I don’t really know though), and I think our spiritual evolution will be caused mainly by a sustained connection with the earth and our natural environment.

I think that a return to our natural roots will play a big part in our spiritual evolution, and I think love and unity will fill in any missing gaps.

Along with this simplified philosophy has come the desire to embrace a personal form of self-growth that involves creativity and sharing what I’m learning with all of you. I might write about myself and the things I’m going through a little more often, and as always, the hope is that the things I share about my process help all of you along yours.

This simplified form of spirituality is liberating, and while some people will embrace the complicated philosophical structures that can come with discovering spirituality, we don’t have to.


We don’t have to follow the crowd or modify our behavior just to fit in with a certain group of spiritual seekers. We’re all unique and we all have different perspectives on the things that are unfolding right now, and there’s a reason for that.

We’re designed to be unique, and this experience wouldn’t be very fun or challenging if we all agreed with each other about everything. We don’t have to agree with someone’s perspective to respect their viewpoint and find a middle ground with them, and I’m sure the rest of the conscious community will eventually realize this.

I think we’re meant to embrace yet continuously expand our perspective on our spiritual evolution, and for the first time in a while, I feel like I no longer have any inner quarrels to resolve; any problems to deal with on the inside.

Everything’s starting to flow, and I have this simplistic form of spirituality, which I only discovered after watching the continuous trashing of the New Age movement, to thank for it.

Now I see, with a clear mind and an open heart, that everyone’s meant to think differently. Even though it can cause tension and the tendency for one person to denounce another person’s beliefs, I see that this is the way it’s meant to be.

Out of the division will come some form of unity, but only when we can stand on our own two feet in terms of what we believe and let others do the same. We don’t have to let other people influence us, but denouncing their perspective will further propagate our division and keep us from coming together.

With a simplistic spiritual perspective, I plan to chart my own course while respecting how other people think and feel – even if their beliefs completely differ from mine.

When we discover true inner peace, the mind stops striving to observe and make conclusions. We can sit in the inner silence that introduces us to the sacred self, and once we’re in this space, we won’t hear the bickering of the community around us.

All that’ll matter to us is our endless, infallible connection with Source, which we can now expand.

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Is The New Age Movement Another Form of Religion?

The following was written by Wes Annac for the ‘reader’s question’ section of The Aquarius Paradigm Weekly Newsletter, which is being offered for $11.11 a month (other subscription options can be found at the ‘Weekly Newsletter’ page).

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In place of a question this week, I’d like to give my perspective on the idea that the ‘new age’ movement is similar to religion in that it’s yet another belief system that’s been fashioned around the philosophies of the people who advocate it.

Like others have said, this movement’s intended to help people understand the truths of their existence in a realer and purer way. A lot of religions were initially bent on doing the same thing before their teachings were corrupted and distorted, but the ‘new age’ movement is intended to correct those teachings.

This movement isn’t intended to put a certain individual, teacher, guru, etc. on a pedestal and have others hang on their every word, but instead, it’s intended to empower each individual to understand that they possess the real and pure truths within.

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Every Path Leads Home – Part 2/2

Written by Wes Annac, Conscious Oneness

Concluded from Part 1

The problem with all of the different religions comes not from Source or the heavenly realms, but from man. We’re the ones who decided to start killing each other over our differences in belief, and in a lot of cases, we were led into war by self-serving kings and leaders who didn’t and don’t care about the fate of their people.

Instead of fighting over the diversity of our belief systems, let’s understand that every interpretation is of the same, practically non-understandable Source, and work together to get a better spiritual grasp than we would’ve gotten before.

While we’ve been killing each other in the name of religion, “elites” behind the veil who’ve enforced religious division and war have understood spirituality all along. In editing the bible and making sure we’re given a distorted spiritual understanding, they’ve reserved the purer teachings – teachings they grossly misinterpreted – for themselves. Continue reading