Wes Annac – Extraterrestrials on Earth? – Reported ET Contacts, Part 1/2 – 7-19-16

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Wes Annac   –   Extraterrestrials on Earth?   –   Reported ET Contacts, Part 1/2   –   7-19-16

By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

https://cultureofawareness.com/2016/07/19/extraterrestrials-on-earth-reported-et-contacts-part-12/

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Note: I shouldn’t have spoken so soon about ceasing to post my reports in parts; as you can see I’ve reversed the decision in favor of having something to post every day (or at least most days).

I hope you enjoy these reports regardless of how they’re presented. =)

To an outsider looking in at the UFO movement, it may seem a little strange.

How can there be so much information about UFOs, extraterrestrial races and the collusion between negative ETs and a ‘shadow government’ that runs the world yet stays hidden from the public eye if governments we think have our best interest in mind haven’t officially made contact?

For skeptics, the only rational explanation is that the evidence supporting the existence of UFOs and visitation is bogus and the theories surrounding these contacts are fantasy.

However, a growing number of people around the world disagree and you’d be surprised to see who some of them are.

Some have worked in highly classified projects for the military industrial complex and surfaced as whistleblowers to tell their story, and others have experienced ET contact in ways that, to them, were undeniable.

A Fascinating Subject

As a lover of mystery who’s interested in breaking down consensus reality and revealing the bliss on the other side, the ET subject has always fascinated me. I’m interested in the idea that we’re not alone because to me, it seems obvious.

I’m also interested in learning conspiracy facts, because they confirm what I already know: a negative force operates on this world and has most of society under its control.

What if the powers that be are hiding evidence of an extraterrestrial presence on earth? What if Roswell and other sightings or contacts were genuine and our governments have been lying about them?

Open-Minded Discernment

A little openness toward this topic might help you become aware of something most people prefer not to think about.

I recommend discernment with this topic and others like it, but I also advise being open to the possibility that some of the information here is true.

The extraterrestrial presence is an undeniable reality for countless people, and there has to be a reason so many of them are convinced it’s real.

Most of these people are normal citizens who are either open to the idea of contact or have actually experienced it, which is something society would call them crazy for.

A little openness toward this topic might help you become aware of something most people prefer not to think about, and while the potential ET presence is an uncomfortable subject, it’s crucial to humanity’s evolution.

Everything Would Change

An extraterrestrial presence on earth would change everything about the way the world functions, and nearly every aspect of society would become irrelevant as humanity is forced to face the uncomfortable truth that we’re not alone in the cosmos.

For me, exploring literature on UFOs and ET contact is a great way to be open to another reality, the inhabitants of which actively engage ours.

All of these earthly things in which we place so much importance would be seen for what they really are, and for most people, it’s a lot easier to avoid this possibility than consider it.

The apparent lack of evidence of the ET presence supports the notion that we’re alone in the cosmos and assures we never have to look beyond our frivolous human existence.

We get to remain in our comfort zone, but sooner or later, something will break the fallacy that we’re alone and we’ll have to face the truth.

Something will wake us up to the fact that we’re cosmic beings traveling through space that’ll inevitably make contact with an otherworldly species (if we haven’t already).

For me, exploring literature on UFOs and ET contact is a great way to be open to another reality, the inhabitants of which actively engage ours.

With an open mind and a healthy sense of discernment, let’s take a look at these interesting and mind-boggling accounts of extraterrestrial contact:

Helen and Betty Mitchell Met Humans from Mars

In 1959, Helen and Betty Mitchell published an account of extraterrestrial visitation in their book We Met the Space People (1). According to the book, they were approached by two male humans in a coffee shop in 1957 who claimed to be from Mars (1).

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They proved they were genuine by telling the sisters ‘intimate’ details about their family (1). After gaining their confidence, the two men instructed them to create a device that would allow for six months of sustained contact (1).

In November 1957, Helen departed a ‘secluded Illinois wood’ in a spacecraft and traveled to a mothership where she called Betty, who stayed behind (1).

The sisters were reportedly asked by the council of benevolent human Martians to speak up against atomic weapons (1), a common theme in contact cases, because by that time a dangerous level of radioactivity had already contaminated the earth as a result of atomic weaponry and the council was concerned (1).

Shirley MacLaine Went out on a Limb

You may be familiar with actress Shirley MacLaine, but you may not be familiar with her work regarding extraterrestrial contact.

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In her book Out on a Limb, she uses a fictional character named David to introduce an ET contact case from South America (1). The character is based on Charles A. Silva (1), a South American man who claimed he was visited by an enlightened female extraterrestrial from the Pleiades (1).

At the same time his contact occurred, there was another reported case of Pleiadian contact with a farmer named Eduard Meier in Switzerland (1). MacLaine visited and interviewed both contactees for days (1), and she would later study reports of Pleiadian contacts around the world (1).

Jim Sparks Met ‘The Keepers’

Contactee Jim Sparks reportedly has an extensive relationship with extraterrestrial beings known as ‘The Keepers’ (2).

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These beings can live for thousands of years without losing their youth because they’ve ‘conquered death’ (2), and they advised him on how humanity can overcome the mess we’ve made on earth and eventually join other galactic races (2).

The Keepers told Sparks that humans have repeatedly reached a critical evolutionary point and destroyed ourselves throughout history, and we have an opportunity to evolve this time around instead (2).

(Continued in part 2 tomorrow)

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Sources:

(1)    Rick Keefe, “Benevolent ET Groups”, UFO Hypothesis, n.d. – http://ufohypotheses.com/ben.htm

(2)    Makia Freeman, “The Top 20 Most Fascinating, Mind-Blowing Alien Contactee / Abductee Cases – Part 1”, The Freedom Articles, October 22, 2015 – http://freedom-articles.toolsforfreedom.com/top-20-alien-contactee-abductee-part-1/

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Wes Annac – It’s a New Age – 5-13-16

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Courtesy of   http://goldenageofgaia.com/2016/05/13/new-age-part-1/

Are we at the dawn of a “new age” of social and spiritual transformation? Is there really an “other side”, and is humanity on the verge of reuniting with it through a natural process of spiritual evolution that doesn’t require death to experience?

The idea of a new age fascinates me because we live in such an insane world that needs to change in so many obvious ways and the masses support the system that keeps it in place. We support it financially because we don’t have any other choice; we’re locked in this system of perpetual debt and financial slavery.

The problem is that so many people willingly support the system despite what it’s doing to us all because they don’t know what’s really going on.

A Spiritual Perspective

With the world in shambles, many of us are looking at the chaos from a spiritual perspective in an effort to figure out how it can be changed to reflect the love and compassion that are slowly growing in the hearts of the masses.

Some information you can find about spirituality runs the risk of being flawed since nobody knows what the other side is like, but it’s necessary to seek the information if you want to decrypt the secrets of the universe.

I recommend a healthy level of discernment with anything. By taking what you can from each piece of information, you can put aside what seems false and embrace what seems genuine.

Decide For Yourself

For this report, we’ll hear from various sources (some channeled) about the impending new age in human consciousness.

In presenting this material, I’m not trying to argue that a new age is real or the channeled material discussing it is genuine. Instead, I prefer for readers to decide for themselves. It will undoubtedly be genuine for some, while others might be skeptical for understandable reasons.

Discernment goes a long way when it comes to spiritual writings or channeled material, and it’s possible to be discerning without completely rejecting something. Similarly, it’s possible to be open without believing every single thing you read.

I write about things like this because they interest me, and I try to approach them objectively in the interest of encouraging debate on topics I find fascinating. Take them or leave them, but be open to the overwhelmingly positive message most of them have to offer.

With that said, let’s explore what’s been written about the new age with an open yet discerning mind.

Upheaval Is Common

Sir Ronald Fraisher writes in The Awakening Letters that we’re approaching the end of an age and the beginning of something new. Upheaval is common in times like this.

“Earth is ending – or nearing the end – of a cosmic day which in this case synchronizes with the end of an Age and the entrance into the Aquarian Age. Such times are always times of great distress and unawareness.” (1)

He also encourages us to conserve our energy in preparation for what will be “unleashed”.

“There are so many new forces about to be unleashed that we all long to warn you. Conserve your mental and physical energy. It will be needed.” (2)

Angels Helping Earth

John Heslop describes the role played by angels in the creation and evolution of life, hinting at their role in facilitating planetary evolution.

“Angelic beings assist at the birth and development of these new worlds. They build up the conditions necessary for the ultimate production of life, though this process may take millions of years. At first the lowest forms only are produced. Gradually they rise in capacity till the world is ready for the highest intelligences.

“It was so in your world and the angels are still working, as they have been since its inception. Recently they have begun a further and higher work. As a race you will rise, till in very truth it will become for you a new heaven and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.” (3)

According to this passage, angels are involved in the evolution of life they also play a role in creating.

They’re assisting the birth of a new world that will herald the next stage of our existence, and many in the spiritual community believe you can connect with them. Some have claimed to see angels during out-of-body experiences, and one person in particular described what he saw as a “guardian angel” dressed in a white robe.

(Continued in part 2 tomorrow)

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Part 2

http://goldenageofgaia.com/2016/05/16/new-age-part-2/

 

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(Continued from part 1)

“Many Big Changes”

Silver Birch describes the “crisis” we’re in the midst of and explains that a higher power is at work.

“You are now in the midst of the crisis. As always happens before there is a birth, there is much pain. The birth of the new order means much pain. Even when the new order comes, there will be growing pains.

“But there has been planted in your world a seed that will grow and the efforts of those in high places to destroy the seed will fail. It was said, a long time ago, ‘Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.’ That is going to happen.

“There will be many big changes. There will be break-ups and there will be many upheavals. There will be what you think is darkness and difficulty. You will say, ‘Things are worse.’ But, all the time, there is behind it all a power which is making for the progress of the world.” (1)

The World We Can Create

He also outlines the kind of world we can create.

There are many of us who have been allowed by those who are higher and above us to see your world as it will be one day. That conception we try to transmit to those who are receptive, to inspire them to go on with their work.

The pictures I have seen make your present world more ugly than it is. I see what it could be like – and what it must be like. It is only a question of time.

One day, there will arise a new race that will recognize that all politics, religion, science and knowledge are part of one thing. Then pain, sorrow, fear, mourning and unhappiness will be banished and your world will be a place of smiles and happy laughter. …

You have tried to build a world where, when one man has something, instead of using it to help the others, he tries to keep it for himself, with the result that in time he makes a system that must collapse because its foundations are wrong.

When you have people who develop their gifts, which all come from the Great Spirit, and use them for the benefit of all the others, then there will be built a system founded on that which is eternal. (2)

I like to think we’re creating a society where everyone can use their gifts to improve the world in some way. Everyone has some kind of talent, and my ideal world is one where we all support each other and work together while honoring individuality.

I believe such a world is possible, but it won’t be a reality until we make it happen.

Doesn’t Matter What We Call It

Silver Birch tells us it doesn’t matter what we call the new age.

“I do not care by what name you call the dawn of the new world, but it is the world of the Great Spirit coming into fulfillment, accompanied by His power, and the service of all faithful hearts who seek but to bring new joy, new life, new happiness into the world of matter, so that there shall cease coming into our world the wrecks of yours. “ (3)

People are slowly becoming aware, opening up to their creative side and trying to create a better world because they’re responding to the intensified cosmic energy bringing about this evolution.

According to Silver Birch, our work will continue until the new world is a reality and humanity is changed forever.

The New Age is Dawning

Spirit teacher “Elder Brother” describes what he calls the New Age of Aquarius.

The New Age of Aquarius [is] now dawning on the world. …

Yet, even as indeed we may be the Elder Brethren of your human race, and able to view the present trauma of your planet with detachment, still our duty and our joy is to release to your worlds some ray of that Divine Purpose by which all creation moves to its ascendancy.

Such a moment in the plan for your cosmos is now immanent.

These powerful vibrations of truth will make ingress into man’s mind and heart as the Living Water of the Aquarian Age is poured out upon all mankind, in the centuries when, following these tribulations of retribution for past cruelties, remorse for lost opportunities, and the dismal errors of the substitution of temporal power and affluence for Spiritual Grace, have been purged from all nations. (4)

He asks potential spiritual seekers to “accept the Living Water of Truth”.

“Oh, Closed Minds, open to the revelation of the Divine Law! Fulfil the teachings of the Great Ones; accept the Living Water of Truth into your minds in preparation for the New Age of the revelation of the Spirit!” (5)

I like the phrase “Living Water of Truth” because it presents spiritual truth as something that flows. In my opinion, this alludes to the connection between spirituality and creativity. Truth and creativity flow naturally in a higher consciousness, and there’s no difficulty feeling or expressing the higher vibrations.

(Continued in part 3 tomorrow)

Wes Annac – Creativity and the Evolution of the Soul – 4-19-16

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The following was written for the 194th issue of The Culture of Awareness Weekly Newsletterwhich I offer for $11.11 a month.

http://goldenageofgaia.com/2016/04/19/creativity-evolution-soul/

To begin for this week – I’ve been writing a lot about creativity’s role in the evolution of the soul, because it’s a topic that’s close to my heart.

I’ve always enjoyed being creative; there’s an inherent sense of play involved that reconnects you with the inner child and reminds you of a time when life was all about play.

Can you remember a time in your childhood when things were simple and you could have fun all day long without worrying about anything at all? Overtime, this part of us seems to whither as society slowly chips away at it with no regard for what we’re losing.

We lose the sense of play that made life fun and exciting, and we swap joy for the stressful and tedious demands of adult life.

Most people forget all about play since their minds are concerned solely with work and survival, but thanks to creativity, some are reconnecting with the spirit of play and touching upon a higher consciousness in the process.

Creativity can be anything that has to do with bringing something into form from nothing (often with the help of instruments such as the pen or guitar), and we recognize it in various forms today. Writing, music, painting; poetry; street art; there are countless forms of art that, when pursued wholeheartedly, gradually reconnect you with the spirit.

As I‘ve written before, creativity requires self-reliance. To create anything, you have to bring it into form in a way that requires you to rely more on the Formless, which lives within you, and less on the material world for what we define as success.

Writing, music, painting and poetry make this clear. Artists in each field start out with a vision in their minds and hearts that they work hard to bring into form, and they wouldn’t be able to create anything if they relied on the external world. They use external instruments, but the creative force that powers them comes solely from within.

If, as in the case of writing, the vision, inspiration or creative energies don’t seem to be there, they simply create out of inspiration-less thin air until they find the muse; or maybe it finds them when they make an effort. I haven’t really figured it out, but when I have no inspiration or nothing to write about, I write anyway.

If I can’t do it well at the time due to a lack of inspiration (or lack of a topic), at least I still show up and apply myself.

The reason is that I’ve learned something incredibly important for anyone who wants to seriously pursue a creative outlet like writing or music, either as a career or something that feeds the soul on a daily basis: it has to become a way of life.

There’s no way around centering your life on it, because this is the only way to get anything worthwhile out of it. This thing you love so much, as well as the spark of joy and creativity you hope for it to inspire, should be the most important thing in your life alongside family and other important things.

It should be in the top three things you’re willing to devote your time and energy to, because a halfhearted effort will produce disappointing results. If you throw all of yourself into it, however, the results will be far beyond what you thought possible.

These forms of art aren’t just here to entertain us, and the truly devoted and open-minded have realized that they bring our awareness to inner states of being and the intuitive ‘voice’ that attempts to guide us through the evolutionary process.

You can take the traditional path into a higher consciousness with meditation or other things that bring your awareness to this connection in a more direct way, or, you can connect with it while sharing the creative/spiritual wealth with others via creative work.

Personally, I prefer creative work as a form of meditation but I still recommend meditation or whatever helps you reach this flowing inner space.

In my eyes, creativity nourishes the mind, heart and soul by establishing a connection with God and introducing us to deeper states of being where we see life for what it truly is and shatter the illusion of spiritual incarceration.

We’re already free despite what the ‘elite’ banksters want us to think, and creativity provides a path out of the mental jail cell we’ve created and leads us to the vibrant inner landscape where we can communicate clearly with Source.

The best part is that we’ll be inspired to help others, and if you’re passionate about some form of art, my advice is to see how passionate you really are by challenging yourself to do it a lot more. If you’re passionate enough, you’ll grow at a rapid pace and you’ll be glad you took the plunge. If you’re not, you’ll quickly give up.

I intend to challenge myself to utilize this creative connection more often, because now more than ever, the world needs the higher vibrations we can provide with works that inspire us.

By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness, April 18, 2016 – http://tinyurl.com/h4o94zh

Wes Annac – Creativity Feeds the Soul

By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

I think creativity and the transformation of consciousness have more in common than most people think. My fellow creative minds probably know what I mean, and we feel like something’s missing if we aren’t hard at work.

It’s as if creativity feeds the soul.

Writers don’t feel complete if they don’t write every day. Musicians feel a hole in their heart if they don’t play every day.

Creativity and spiritual awakening seem intertwined, and while some people’s spiritual practices have nothing to do with creativity, others use it to expand their consciousness and share the good vibes.

As a writer with an interest in music, I can attest that these two creative outlets feed the soul in a way that few other things can. While they take time away from meditation, exploring nature and other soul-nourishing activities, they’re nourishing enough by themselves to make up the difference.

I’m not saying we’ll discover the secrets of God or the universe by playing music or writing articles, but since these outlets require us to look within and bring what we find into the physical world, you could say they bridge the gap between our inner and outer reality.

Few things will require you to look as deep into your own mind, heart and soul as writing or music, and while one can get caught up in the ego game if they seek fame and riches above all else, those who create for the purpose of expanding their consciousness will likely be able keep the ego under control.

Creativity teaches us how to bring the mind under the direction of the heart and use it instead of being used by it.

If God, the universe, etc. sees that we’re using music, writing or another creative outlet to uplift people, the life lessons we’d learn elsewhere will be shifted to these outlets so we can continue to be challenged and learn what we need about ourselves, our ego or anything else.

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The manner in which we learn from life depends on how we choose to live, and if we decide to be creative for a living, we’ll learn the same types of lessons we would’ve learned if we chose something else.

In every case, the challenges and lessons are tailor-made to fit what we’re doing.

No writer, musician, poet or painter is free from challenges, and life is a constant learning experience for the creative individual. Especially when they experience writer’s block, they’re always pushed to be innovative and try things from a new angle.

It not only helps them deal with adversity, but keeps their work fresh and encourages new, more unique creations.

Sometimes, my biggest challenge to be inspired enough to keep writing every day. However, it helps me to know that if my commitment starts to wane, I’ll grow distant from my creative side and feel noticeably worse.

It isn’t a physical or emotional feeling; it’s a feeling in the mind and heart that something isn’t right.

It’s a feeling that something is missing, and the moment I resume being creative, I see that it’s what I needed. The more dedicated I am, the better I seem to feel. Nothing feels better than living with purpose and knowing that we’re helping to raise consciousness, and this feeling is available for all who make an effort.

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I’ll conclude this by giving my opinion that creativity comes mainly from the heart, and if we don’t love what we do, we won’t get much out of it. Our readers, viewers or listeners won’t either, because underneath the surface, we’re all looking for love and we can feel whether or not a piece of art contains it.

To have love is to be aligned with the Divine Mother – the greatest creative force in existence that essentially is love. When we’re aligned with the Mother, there’s nothing we can’t do or create.

For all you fellow writers, musicians, artists, painters, poets, actors and awakeners of mankind, keep up the great work. You’re serving humanity’s evolution in ways you might not understand yet, and if we can keep moving, we can finally start to turn this planet around.

Our generation will create rather than destroy and heal rather than cause physical and spiritual sickness.

We’ll do it with the power of creativity, and we’ll invite everyone to come on board because we all need to contribute. How we contribute is up to us, and when you find your passion, I’d recommend pursuing it because the world needs you.

Wes Annac – Conscious Living – 12-15-15

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By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

This was written for the 177th issue of The Culture of Awareness Weekly Newsletter, which I offer for $11.11 a month.

http://wesannac.com/2015/12/15/conscious-living/

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To begin for this week – What does it mean to live consciously? We hear a lot about it in the spiritual community, and like other things, it can make you wonder what conscious living really is and how it can be done.

In my eyes, to live consciously is to be cognizant of our thoughts, feelings, words and actions in every moment.

When we become aware of how we’re thinking and acting and if those thoughts/actions are in alignment with our path, we can make choices that reflect the level of awareness we want. It’s simple, but the mind can complicate things until we’re no longer aware of what’s right and wrong.

Some people live in an environment that gives them a distorted view of right and wrong from day one, and while they tend to be lost later in life, they have the potential to become aware and make a change if they can realize their environment was distorted from day one.

Love helps us become aware of our thoughts and actions so we can make the necessary changes, but it isn’t required for self-awareness or conscious living.

Our evolution will inevitably make us aware of love, but not everyone needs it at first. I didn’t know anything about love when I first started this spiritual journey, and it took me a while to realize that it’s more than a romantic notion and it holds high spiritual significance.

Along with self-awareness, conscious living usually entails some form of social or spiritual awareness. I started my journey by learning about ascension and the third eye, whereas others start theirs by learning about government and corporate corruption.

In any case, some form of awareness is discovered and embraced, and this usually happens before we become self-aware and try to hold ourselves to a higher standard.

One thing that really helped me was my newfound awareness of higher dimensions of consciousness that we can connect with from here on earth.

I always had a sense that there’s more to life than what we see around us, and by the time I discovered these alternative spiritual themes, I was fed up with the world’s limitation and ready to see what else is out there (and within).

This awakening helped me become aware of the corruption in the world and the necessity to do something about it, and self-awareness presented itself later. I’m still trying to become self-aware, and I make as many mistakes as anyone who tries their best while confronting limitation and routine self-defeat.

Most spiritual seekers are still in the midst of their personal development, and we’d be enlightened if we already had it mastered. We chose to take on the world’s darkness knowing full well we’d end up with staggering personal limits to work through, and as difficult as it can be, it’s a part of the journey and our work isn’t in vain.

A lot of conscious living advocates talk about healthy eating, and it too can be difficult. It isn’t easy for those who are conditioned early in life to eat certain foods; especially if their environment still contains the foods they were raised on.

For me, it helps to remember that the food I want to eat is not only nutritious, but enlightening.

Natural foods assist our physical and spiritual development. They give us the energy we need, and they gradually raise our vibration in the process. Food doesn’t provide a sole path to enlightenment as far as I know, but it helps us get there by keeping us where we need to be, nutritionally and spiritually.

The energy we get from natural foods can boost meditation as much as exercise or anything else, and they generally help us feel better. Eat something natural some time and see if you feel better and more connected with a higher consciousness, because it might be just what you need.

In my opinion, the most important aspect of conscious living is the willingness to sow love into the world. Giving love to the world not only raises our self-awareness and brings us closer to a higher consciousness; it allows us to raise the collective vibration by impacting others.

Everyone needs love; especially the most wicked and twisted people out there. The world is suffering from a lack of love, and we can bridge the gap by giving it unconditionally to those who’ve been starved of it and don’t know a life free of hatred.

Living with love is true conscious living, regardless of what you eat, how much you meditate or how aware you are of your actions, and love mitigates the pain that tries to drain our light. We just have to search deep within to find what’s been missing this whole time, and then, we can share it with others and encourage them to light up the world too.

WES ANNAC – How Can We Interpret Dreams? – 12-9-15

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By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

http://cultureofawareness.com/2015/12/09/how-can-we-interpret-dreams/

Often in the morning just before waking up, I’ll have vivid dreams that seem to utilize an array of settings and address seemingly random topics.

I travel into a city in some of them, and in others, I talk with people I don’t recognize in waking life. One common theme unites all of them: I wake up wanting to feel closer with a higher consciousness.

The days I write more about spirituality are usually the days I had a vivid dream the night before, and its intensity makes me want to remember where I came from and reconnect with that essential part of myself.

It boosts my quest to decode the secrets of the universe, and it’s mainly because I think dreams bridge the earthly and the spiritual.

Like others, I think we dream when we travel into our subconscious, within which is revealed lower and higher states of being that, as in the case of lucid dreaming, we can explore if we become conscious of them during the experience.

I also believe Carl Jung’s theory on dreams, which we’ll explore later. He theorized that everyone and everything in our dreams is a teacher and a representation of ourselves in some way, and if we’re conscious of this during the dream (which isn’t always easy), we can get the most out of the lessons at hand.

While I have a theory of what dreams are and where they take place, the more vivid my dreams are, the more I want to know about other states of consciousness.

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Because of this, I’d like to share some information about dreams in relation to spirituality and symbolism in hopes that it makes the picture clearer for all of us.

In the end, nobody can claim to know the truth despite the theories that are out there, and this gives us more incentive to keep theorizing and testing our theories until we discover at least a small bit of truth.

David Jenkins tells us that dream analysis leads to deeper questions about life.

“Whatever your belief system, my experience is that, when you examine your dreams for any length of time, you raise deeper questions.

“Although I emphasize the fun of doing dreams my way, and the inevitable personal value to you of having a happier dream life, dreams almost always gravitate to these more meaningful questions: Who am I?, What am I doing here?, What ought I to be doing with my life?, What are my responsibilities to other people? What are my higher values beyond my simple self interest? … these are questions that are practically inevitable when you study your dream life.” (1)

Dreams, he tells us, are here to help.

Jeremy Taylor, the wonderful dream analyst, says – and I wholeheartedly agree – ‘All dreams come in the service of health and wholeness’. There is a kind of uplifting of the spirit when you ponder the questions that your dream life raises.

“Your spirituality may take the form of a practicing religion or a deeply held conviction about humanity. It may be some kind of ‘alternative’ practice or you may even find that spirituality exists in your being without you ever having cultivated it.

“It is hard, if not impossible, to be a human being and not have a force within you that speaks warmly about your relationships with your fellow humans and your environment. That force will become clear in your dreamwork.” (2)

He also shares his unique approach to being attacked in a dream.

“When someone finds themselves under physical attack in a dream, I almost always concentrate on how best they can protect themselves. I might even ask if they can counter attack their aggressor. That seems to be the exact opposite of a spiritual approach.

“But what happens in the course of a few dreams is that the physical attacks go away and people find themselves confronted by moral questions.

“In a way, the attack remains but has been changed from life-confronting to belief-confronting. ‘Why are you truly here’ then occurs as a question of meaning rather than an act of survival and your dreams will help you find answers.” (3)

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Nilofar Ahmed at Dawn.com explains the difference between Freud and Jung’s interpretation of dreams and the subconscious.

“Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytical theory of dreams in his book, The Interpretation of Dreams, was based on the premise that repressed aggressive and sexual instincts find an outlet into the conscious mind through symbols, and hence find fulfilment.

“He also established a link between dreams and insanity. His theory popularised dream interpretation. Carl G. Jung, broke away from Freud and the Psychoanalytic Society, started a more humanistic approach to psychology, saw dreams as part of a natural process of healing and explored the meaning of dreams through mythology, symbols etc., that connect to our imagination and soul.” (4)

Dreams are significant in the Muslim faith, and it’s believed that the soul leaves the body at the time of sleep.

“However, when one looks at the Quran and hadith, one finds that dreams are a serious part of Muslim belief. During sleep the soul is supposed to leave the body temporarily and roam around in different spheres. Its experiences are seen and felt by the body in the shape of dreams, which sometimes convey information from the unknown. The more elevated the soul, the higher its sphere of spiritual experience.” (5)

Nilofar shares some examples of dreams being mentioned in the Quran.

“Prophet Yusuf saw a dream as a child: 11 stars and the sun and the moon prostrating before him (12:4). The meaning of the dream was made evident after decades when his stepbrothers and parents joined him in Egypt.

“The king of Egypt also related his dream in which seven lean cows devoured seven fat cows (12:43-44). The king was impressed by Prophet Yusuf’s gift of dream interpretation and made him the minister in charge of the treasury. His planning, based on his interpretation of the king’s dream and his own wisdom, saved Egypt from famine.” (6)

It’s also a common Muslim belief that the physical world is the dream, and real life comes when we leave the body at death.

“Contrary to the common concept that one goes to sleep at the time of death, Prophet Muhammad said that human beings are asleep in this world and at the time of death they will wake up (Ibn Al-Arabi). The life of this world might well be a dream. The life to come might be the reality that is hidden from us and will become apparent on awakening in the hereafter.” (7)

I can relate to this belief, because I’ve always felt that this reality is a dream and when we leave it, we awaken to the true reality; the place we came from and the place we’ll inevitably return to, which we have no memories of while we’re on earth.

This is why so many spiritual seekers are interested in dreams, which are believed to momentarily bridge the gap between us and spirit. They also help by sharing encoded lessons and symbolism we can interpret in waking life, and this leads back to Jung’s theory that the subconscious exists to help us grow and progress.

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DreamInterpretation-Dictionary.com also notes the difference between Freud and Jung’s theories on dreams.

“A one time colleague of Freud, the pair shared the opinion that an unseen unconscious existed. However, they parted company due to a difference in belief about the purpose of the subconscious.

“Basically, Freud, in Jung’s opinion, was too steadfast in his theory that the subconscious was essentially a negative force where all ‘immoral’ impulses were repressed. Jung believed more in the notion that the subconscious was a gift designed to impart wisdom; that dreams were a direct means with which to communicate with the unconscious and specific to the dreamer. (8)

I get most of my theories on dreams from what I’ve learned from Jung, and this passage mentions his theory that everything we dream is a representation of ourselves.

“Jung postulated that every image visualised by the dreamer was a reflection of something within that person. As such, Jung, as opposed to Freud, believed that any individual had the capacity to decode their dreams as much as a trained professional.

“Jung considered the individual, with guidance, had the best understanding of the meaning of their dream because the symbolism presented was unique to them. (9)

Central to Jung’s interpretation of dreams was the concept of a ‘collective unconscious’.

“One of the main theories in Jung dream interpretation was that of the ‘collective unconscious.’ Jung believed this to be a collection of symbols that were shared by every human being but retained at the unconscious level.

“The symbols of the collective unconscious are provided to humans via the process of dreaming across generations and cultures.” (10)

Jung also theorized that myths originate in the collective unconscious, and thus, are significant to dreaming.

“Jung believed the value of myths was highly significant within the dream state in that these tales arose from the collective unconscious.” (11)

As he said himself, despite his theories he can’t claim to know what dreams are or where they originate. Dream Interpretation-Dictionary shares a quote from him.

“I have no theory about dreams, I do not know how dreams arise. And I am not at all sure that my way of handling dreams even deserves the name of a ‘method.’  I share all your prejudices against dream-interpretation as the quintessence of uncertainty and arbitrariness.

“On the other hand, I know that if we meditate on a dream sufficiently long and thoroughly, if we carry it around with us and turn it over and over, something almost always comes of it. This something is not of course a scientific result to be boasted about or rationalized; but it is an important practical hint which shows the patient what the unconscious is aiming at.

“Indeed, it ought not to matter to me whether the result of my musings on the dream is scientifically verifiable or tenable, otherwise I am pursuing an ulterior-and therefore autoerotic-aim. I must content myself wholly with the fact that the result means something to the patient and sets his life in motion again.” (12)

Nobody can claim to know where dreams come from, and some of the allure of dreams comes from their mystery. I’d love to know what they are and what effect they’re intended to have on people, because I’ve learned a lot from my dreams that I wouldn’t have learned if I didn’t analyze them.

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Exploring these subjects is the only way to learn anything significant, and paying attention to what our dreams show us, who we encounter when we dream, etc. can give us access to important lessons that help us later on.

I’ll always think dreams connect us with the other side, but we have to be relatively tuned in before we can get the most out of them.

It helps to keep the mind open and be creative often, because creativity is a great way to express what we feel within, thereby strengthening our inner connection. There are plenty of other things we can do to strengthen it, and I recommend paying attention to our dreams and learning what we can.

If Jung and others are right, then dreams are much more than random mentally-generated images or representations of subconscious darkness; they’re the attempts of the other side to reconnect with us and remind us of what we’ve forgotten.

Wes Annac – Synchronicity – A Message from Your Inner Universe – 11-11-15

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By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

http://wesannac.com/2015/11/11/synchronicity-a-message-from-your-inner-universe/

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Since today is November 11th (11/11), let’s discuss synchronicity.

I started to notice synchronicities with numbers everywhere shortly after I learned about them, and I think one of their purposes is to confirm that what we’re thinking or doing the moment we receive them is in alignment with our path. If we have a thought regarding our work, our spiritual evolution or anything else important, a set of matching numbers (111, 222, etc.) can appear seemingly out of nowhere to confirm that we’re on the right track.

Of course, synchronicities with numbers aren’t the only kind we can pick up on. Has a strange coincidence ever happened to you out of nowhere that left you wondering if it was driven by an underlying, perhaps universal intelligence?

That universal intelligence is constantly trying to reach us and share love, support and guidance, and the only reason more people haven’t realized it exists is because they haven’t been open to it. You can call it whatever you want – God, the universe, departed loved ones, spiritual guides; it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that it’s real, it wants to help us and we can actually communicate with it. All we need to do is request this higher power be with us and be open to any signs or synchronicities we receive, and we could pleasantly surprised to receive sign after sign of its presence.

One of the most commonly discussed aspects of the synchronicity phenomenon is when a month’s number and a certain day line up on the calendar, which is happening today. Some people in the spiritual community will tell you that these alignments temporarily heighten the evolutionary energy we’re receiving from the cosmos, and if we try, we can tap into the heightened energy and ride the wave into a blissful meditation.

We can take in a greater amount of this energy that’s believed to be flowing through our planet in abundance in support of our spiritual evolution, and this will not only give us a good meditation, but give our creative and spiritual work a boost. Some people report deep, introspective meditations on these dates, but there are other significant times when the cosmic energy is believed to intensify. You’ve probably heard about intensified energy during full moons, for example.

There’s a full moon tonight, so according to the logic, the energy will be intense.

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December 21, 2012 was and still is popular in the new age community, because it was considered to be the mother of all important evolutionary dates. Many people believed that this date would herald a massive ascension, and those who weren’t ready for this ascension would reincarnate on another planet that hosted third-dimensional conditions in which they could still be comfortable (opinions about that did differ from person to person). A lot of people were holding their breath for this ascension day, and many were disappointed when it didn’t pan out.

Personally, I felt it would offer a little something but wouldn’t overwhelm anyone, and the intense meditation I enjoyed on that day was satisfying enough. I also felt that rather than being an actual ascension day, which I don’t think is yet possible for a number of reasons, it was a starting point of sorts for the real spiritual work to begin.

It was the start of the next phase in human evolution, and in the years following, those who consider ourselves ‘awake’ will be responsible for initiating a massive spiritual revolution that could, in time, lead to the collective evolution so many people were hoping for in December 2012.

Skeptics understandably take the fact that nothing amazing happened as evidence that ascension isn’t real, but since the date came and went, many people have adjusted their perspective on the evolution of the soul.

Some have realized that it’s a gradual and personal process and the whole world can’t just be whisked away from what they know. Rather than waiting for any special timeframe, they’ve made personal spiritual evolution (and collective spiritual revolution) their main priorities. They’re no longer waiting for something to happen, and instead, they’re figuring out how they can glimpse enlightenment while trying to wake up the world by raising awareness and sharing good vibes via an outlet they enjoy.

Unfortunately, the idea that something amazing will happen at a predetermined date is still alive and well in some parts of the spiritual community, and for all I know, someone could’ve claimed that ascension would happen today. Something similar happened when people felt that September 28th of this year would be significant. It could’ve simply been another misinterpreted period of intensified energy, and it comes down to what each individual felt (or didn’t feel) when it happened.

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Like I’ve said before, it’s a better use of our time to focus on what we can do in the here and now with the tools we have available than to wait for something, because we need to be actively involved. While I do believe there are higher forces helping us from beyond this state of consciousness, I don’t think they can act unless we do. This is our planet, after all, and they’re waiting for us to step up and make a dedicated inner and outer change.

That doesn’t mean we can’t get the most out of days like today, and especially after my awesome meditation on 12/21/12, I’m convinced these days do intensify the energy and help us raise our vibration; even if it’s only temporary. If we glimpse enlightenment on one of these days, we can come back down to earth with what we felt and learned, ready to offer even more to this (r)evolution.

So, what do other people in the spiritual community have to say about synchronicities? Quite a lot has been said about them, and I’ve collected some material on the subject for us to explore. We might as well learn as much as we can about this fascinating phenomenon, because the spiritual community grows by the day and it’ll be interesting and relevant for years to come.

Our first snippets come from Nancy Seifer at “When The Soul Awakens”, and she discusses the general synchronies and coincidences people experience, which can be attributed to the guiding universal consciousness trying to get our attention.

“It happens to people all the time these days.  Something prompts you to look at a digital clock at exactly the same time of day or night—1:11, 3:33, 4:44.  You think of someone and soon thereafter that person contacts you.  Or you’ve just read an article, you get into your car, and while driving along you notice that the numbers and letters on the license plate in front of you reflect the subject of the article you’ve just finished reading.  Or, you see spelled out on the truck in the lane next to yours the actual words or names that appeared in the article.

“The odds against such occurrences are so great that when we notice them, they tend to stop us dead in our tracks. Like scenes of exquisite beauty, they take our breath away. Playing back the sequence of events in our minds, we realize that had we left home one minute later, or had the red light lasted 30 seconds longer, we would have missed the license plate or the sign on the truck.

“The more we think about it, the more we realize that such perfectly choreographed events cannot happen randomly. And if we think about it long enough, we come up against the limits of the rational mind.” (1)

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She also explains how synchronicity fascinated Carl Jung, who coined the term.

“Interestingly, it was the power of synchronicity to overwhelm the rational mind that held significance for Carl Jung (1875-1961), the Swiss psychiatrist who coined the term and brought the phenomenon to light.  Jung recognized that synchronicity, which he defined as meaningful coincidence, had the effect of breaking through the ‘rationalistic shell’ of the modern scientific mind.

“It is a form of coincidence powerful enough to shatter the notion that material science has discovered all there is to know about the universe. To the person having an experience of synchronicity, the realization dawns that a mysterious force is at play in the world—a kind of ‘cosmic clock’ whose gears operate on a more subtle plane.” (2)

Jung felt that synchronicity gives this universal force a platform to express the invisible and un-expressible.

“Modern science—based on the physical laws of cause and effect—measures and validates the relationship between cause and effect in the dimensions of time and space.  What fascinated Jung about synchronicity was its acausal nature.  He defined it as an ‘acausal relationship of events,’ as there is no apparent explanation for the occurrence of two simultaneous events, one subjective and one objective.

“Further adding to the mystery, Jung noted that the occurrence has special meaning for the person who experiences it.  This implies that unknown forces in our universe have the capacity to make visible, in the world of concrete form, the contents of the invisible realm of consciousness.” (3)

Nancy also shares an incredible story of a synchronicity Jung experienced with one of his patients, which allowed the patient to break through the limits of the rational mind.

“A classic illustration of synchronicity presented by Jung involved one of his patients, a woman with a highly developed rational mind— a fact that made her psychoanalytic treatment difficult.  One day she was telling Jung about a dream she had had in which she received a golden scarab, a beetle with significance in Egyptian mythology.

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“Just at that moment, Jung reported, he heard a noise ‘like a gentle tapping’ on his window.  When he opened the window, a scarab-like beetle flew in.  Jung caught the beetle and presented it to his patient saying, ‘Here’s your scarab.’ The stunning impact of this synchronicity overwhelmed the defenses of her rational mind and led to a breakthrough in her treatment.” (4)

I recommend reading the rest of this piece from Nancy, which you can find here, but we’ll go ahead and move on.

Grace at AskGrace.com explains that our spiritual guides use synchronicities to communicate with us through our intuition. Keep in mind that as I wrote before, different people define the guiding universal consciousness in different ways and some people define it as a spiritual guide or a set of guides. It’s all the same to me, and if we do have spiritual guides, they’re likely one with the universal consciousness so they essentially are this consciousness.

“There are many ‘synchronicity theories’ and ideas about what synchronicity is and how it works. Swiss psychologist, Carl Jung, coined the term synchronicity, defining it as a ‘meaningful coincidence’ that has a low probability of being a random or chance event. From a spiritual perspective, synchronicity is one of the tools that our intuitive guidance system uses to communicate with us and get our attention.

“Within the Divine Matrix of All That Is, we have many facets and dimensions of support. Part of this support system comes from our spirit guides, who guide us through every moment of our lives. Our spirit guides vibrate at a much higher frequency than we do, and have a much higher perspective than we do on our own lives, on the world and on the Universe as a whole. From that higher perspective, our guides help us navigate our life path, much the way that a navigator in a plane directs the pilot on the best route to the chosen destination.” (5)

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It can hard for our guides to communicate with us since we live in a dense vibratory realm, but they still send messages in any way they can. Synchronicity is one of their preferred ways.

“Our guides are always communicating with us, but because the third dimension is very slow and dense in its vibration, most humans are too dense to perceive or understand their guidance. Guides attempt to communicate with us through our dreams, gut feelings, signs, symbols, déjà vu, and through synchronicity.

“Not only do our guides use synchronicity to get our attention, but they also literally move heaven and earth to co-ordinate those synchronicities so that we take notice of a particular path or message. Once you become aware of tapping into synchronicity, you can align with your guides and let synchronicity be an intuitive decision making tool.” (6)

So we’ve established that this universal force, however you choose to define it, uses synchronicities to send us important and potentially life-changing messages. But what about 11/11, the synchronicity/alignment we’re celebrating today? What’s the significance of numeric synchronicities involving the number eleven?

According to Crystalinks, the number 11 is a symbol of awakening and DNA activation.

Reality is a consciousness program (hologram, simulation, illusion, dream) created by digital codes. Numbers, numeric codes, define our existence and experiences. Human DNA, our genetic memory, triggers (remembers) by digital codes at specific times and frequencies as we experience. Those codes awaken the mind to the change and evolution of consciousness. 11 is one of those codes, meaning activation of twin spiraling human DNA.” (7)

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The brain, which is the most advanced computer we’ll ever have, processes and creates reality through a sequence of zeroes and ones.

“The brain is an electrochemical machine (computer) that processes through binary code zeroes and ones that create patterns of experiences and realities.”

“The illusion of physical reality is created by the patterns of the Fibonacci Sequence – the Golden Spiral of Consciousness consisting of zeros and ones that align with the brain.” (8)

The number 11 apparently triggers the brain to ‘wake up’, which can lead to a number of significant synchronicities that ultimately lead one to a higher consciousness and/or the discovery of their life purpose.

“The 11 pattern continues to haunt/taunt people as if a catalyst. When people see the 11 it triggers part of their DNA linked to remember we exist in a Holographic Universe. This leads to an ongoing series of synchronicities to find truth.

“11 can show up in its various forms when someone is overcome by emotions, feels lost, or becomes indecisive. Here 11 is used by the brain as a conditioned grounding mechanism to balance the circuits to focus and function. People who experience in ‘zone 11’ have the most interesting stories to tell.” (9)

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The author of the referenced article believes the hashtag is a subliminal message that has to do with the number 11.

“The # (number sign, hashtag) is almost 11 vertically and horizontally balance by numbers #subliminalmessages.

“11 may appear anywhere from daily experiences, to nature and the Fibonacci Code, on other levels of experience such as dreams, and more. It’s all just code in a biogenetic experiment. If you haven’t figured it out, you will.” (10)

I have to agree with the author’s last point. If you’re even the slightest bit interested in synchronicities, you probably will embark on a journey to understand how they’re relevant for you and how they can help you spiritually evolve. These numbers guide my life every day, and synchronicities seem to rejuvenate me when I feel depleted or I don’t want to keep going.

It’s 10:22 on the clock as I write this!

Synchronicities involving the number four are the most common for me, and I believe they’re messages that your guides, the universal force, etc. is with you and you can call on it for strength and support. I always feel energized with a sense of purpose when I see these repeated numbers, and every synchronicity is powerful and reminds me that I (and the rest of you) am here for a reason.

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Synchronicity is a powerful phenomenon that’s popular in the spiritual community, and I hope you get the most out of the 11/11 and full moon energy today as you start to notice the synchronicities all around. We probably don’t notice the majority of signs we receive throughout the day, and a little openness to them can go a long way.

So keep your eyes open to the little coincidences you experience, and you might learn that coincidence is an illusion and life does indeed operate intelligently and with purpose. I think this purpose is enlightenment, ascension, spiritual evolution, or whatever you want to call it, and we can align with it by aligning with our own higher consciousness and embracing some kind of work that helps us raise awareness and encourage the world to change.

We can do it, and we have this universal force by our side to guide us when we struggle. It communicates with us in some pretty interesting ways, and the more open we are to its continuous messages, the more we’ll learn about ourselves and the intelligent, coherent manner in which our reality operates.

WES ANNAC – How Will You Contribute? – 11-7-15

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By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

http://cultureofawareness.com/2015/11/07/how-will-you-contribute/

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However much I’ve written this before, it bears repeating. Everyone is invited to take part in this revolution, and in my opinion, everyone needs to participate if we want to do anything real with it.

Whether you realize it or not, the world needs you to contribute in the ways that only you can. The world needs your unique brand of light, and now’s a better time than ever to show people what you can do.

You can (and should) be a part of this movement, because you have something significant to give. You have the awesome power of love (provided you can tap into it), and this is something to not only celebrate, but use to help the world evolve.

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Our job is to find our passion and use it to awaken and uplift people, and the great thing about this is that everyone’s passion is different. Different people will want to contribute in different ways, and it’ll be our job to honor the various ways in which they offer themselves to this movement. We might be surprised at all of the different missions people take up, but we’ll know it’s all for the greater good.

Don’t let yourself think you aren’t good enough to be a part of this, because everyone’s good enough. Everyone’s worthy of contributing, and everyone has something valuable to give.

Most people either don’t realize it or they’re too afraid to explore their talents and passions, which is tragic. We can’t be afraid to do the one or two things we could very well be destined to do, and however scary it is, we have to leave our comfort zone, try new things and stay committed to the work we’re the most passionate about.

We can achieve a lot if we commit to it, but we’ll never know what we can do if we don’t get out there and try. You might not be very good at the craft of your choice at first, but you’ll get better than you ever expected if you stick with it and practice. When you do get better, you’ll know that your craft is not just something you enjoy, but something you can use to change the world.

Imagine how it’d feel to use your passion to inspire people to contribute to this movement. Then, imagine how it’ll feel if you don’t commit to your passion or this movement. Which future is more desirable?

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You can have the future you want if you’re willing to be courageous, challenge yourself and keep moving when you’d rather quit, and all it really takes is believing in yourself and knowing that if you aren’t good at something right now, you’ll get better with practice. Once you hone your talent, you can use it to inspire love, unity, awareness and social/spiritual transformation.

We all have something to give, so don’t let yourself think for a second that your contribution isn’t valuable; whether you’re good at it right now or not.

Even a genuine mediocre effort is still genuine, and if you don’t feel like your work is valuable, then you have more incentive to get better and better until nobody can deny your talent or your drive for change. You just have to believe in yourself, which is admittedly easier said than done, and your talent and ability to impact the world will gradually increase.

When it does, you can embark on the next leg of your journey knowing full-well that you’re capable of making a serious impact on the world. This will be the part of your mission where you really surprise yourself and others, because your talent will seem to spill out of you uncontrollably. You’ll have to become as dedicated as your overflowing talent requires, which could make you pretty busy, but it’s all worth it if you want to help bring a lost world into the light.

This is why we’re here, and hard work is welcome if it’s work we enjoy.

We just have to get past the fear of not being good enough, which self-love and self-confidence help with, and things will noticeably change when we get out of our own way and let our creator work through us. The struggle will lessen, and a weight will noticeably disappear from our shoulders. The weight is caused by the feeling that we’ve been left alone to deal with all of the darkness and negativity in this world, and the weight lifts when we realize we aren’t alone at all.

The higher consciousness some of us desperately want has been with us the whole time, and we just have to open the mind to it and settle in to a gradual process of spiritual evolution, which we’re also already experiencing. We might have to slow down the mind a little so we can leave its limited space and properly reconnect with Source, but it’ll be worth it when we have a constant stream of intuitive guidance from which to learn.

Along with committing to our craft and reconnecting with our creator, I think we should make others feel welcome and give them room to develop their talents. We’re all one, and since we all have something crucial to give, we need to value and respect each other if we really want to come together and reflect our oneness.

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People will eventually realize that unity is the only thing that can save our species as we carelessly catapult ourselves into destruction, and until they do, the conscious community can unite and set the example.

We can lay the foundation for all kinds of revolutionary social changes, but we have to believe in ourselves and each other and remember that we’re more powerful than we think. With the power of love, we can achieve anything we set our minds (and hearts) to, so let’s remember this when we struggle with our passion or we struggle to find common ground with someone who’s also contributing.

Self-love will allow us to give our love to the rest of the world, so let’s try to love ourselves so we can unabashedly give love to a world that desperately needs it. This can especially be said for those who want to contribute but lack the self-esteem to do it properly, and a little bit of love and acceptance go a long way.

Wes Annac – Love: Our New Way of Life – 1028015

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By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

http://wesannac.com/2015/10/28/love-our-new-way-of-life/

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.

Love, Compassion and Unity

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Love, compassion and unity are the answers to the world’s problems. Compassion and unity are by-products of love, and when we have love, we have them (and plenty more qualities) in abundance. More importantly, we’re willing to bring them to the surface. This not only allows us to creatively flow, but to uplift others in the process. What more could we want?

We can have all of this and more if we open up to love, and in my opinion, the world as a whole will have to open up to it before we can make a significant change. It would be great if even half the world loved and respected each other, but the other half would continue to disagree and fight. It wouldn’t be enough, and this makes our mission all the more important.

Religion Doesn’t Have to Divide Us

Religion divides us more than anything else, but there’s nothing wrong with sticking with a certain religion as long as you have love. If it helps you understand the great mystery of life while being a good person, then there’s nothing wrong with it. It becomes destructive when we fight over it, and we have to learn to respect each other’s unique views if we want to come together.

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Just because we hear someone out doesn’t mean we embrace their beliefs or their way of life, and even if we disagree with them, we can accept and respect them anyway. It’s simple, but it seems impossible for the world right now. We actually hold ourselves back by assuming it’s impossible, however, and the only reason it hasn’t happened is because enough people haven’t made it happen.

Live From the Heart

This is where we come in, and we have to live from the heart if we want to do this job correctly. Feel free to disagree, and you might see life and spiritual evolution in a totally different way. But heart-centeredness makes all the difference for me, and it not only enhances creativity, but frees me to give as much love to the world as I want.

I couldn’t write without love. I’ve tried before, and it never goes well. In fact, when I struggle to write, it’s usually because I’m not writing from the heart. I’m writing from a place of obligation, and it depletes my inspiration until I remember that love is the key – not just to creativity, but everything.

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Love inspires us to live with purpose and achieve great things. It encourages us to greet people with a smile instead of a snarl, and it helps us when we don’t think we can keep on. We only need to bring it up from within for it to improve our life and the lives of everyone we come in contact with, and the day the world can do this will be the day we free ourselves.

Our New Way of Life

Let’s make love our new way of life, and let’s keep in mind that it’s one of few ways into a higher consciousness. Not only that – it can inspire the unity that the world needs. We’ll no longer limit ourselves when we awaken to love, and with an open heart, we’ll live uniquely and encourage others to liberate themselves.

We’ll no longer reject people who think differently, and they too will eventually accept us for who we are. Everyone will be welcomed in a world driven by love, because we’ll know we’re one and we’ll no longer want to fight. We’ll bring an end to the barbaric violence in favor of peace and understanding, and thanks to love and true spiritual awareness, we’ll finally move forward as a species.

15 Wise Quotes from Osho – by Wrs Annac – 10-8-15

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By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

Osho is one of many revolutionary spiritual figures who encourages people to free themselves from the prison they’ve created in their minds, which is easier to escape than they think.

He’s reminded people that the greatest fulfillment comes with the joy of simply being, and instead of constantly falling prey to the mind, we should stop, become still and silent, and observe it. We’ll grow closer with true peace if we do this often, and meditation could eventually become a huge part of our life. We might wonder how we lived without it, and we’ll never know what the present moment has for us if we don’t slow down and explore it.

Our existence is enough, and we don’t have to prove our worthiness to the world with big, impressive achievements. We need only to relax into the silence and stillness of the inner self to understand our true worth, and then, we can use that understanding to get the most out of life and help others awaken to the presence of their higher consciousness.

I’d recommend checking out more from Osho if you like the quotes listed here. While the greatest teacher lives within, it helps to receive guidance from other wise sources so we can relax into the personal changes that align us with a more present and enlightened state of being.

15 wise quotes from Osho:

1. “Be — don’t try to become”

2. “If you love a flower, don’t pick it up. Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be. Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation.”

3. “Experience life in all possible ways — good-bad, bitter-sweet, dark-light, summer-winter. Experience all the dualities. Don’t be afraid of experience, because the more experience you have, the more mature you become.”

4. “Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That’s its balance.”

5. “To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.”

6. “Listen to your being. It is continuously giving you hints; it is a still, small voice. It does not shout at you, that is true. And if you are a little silent you will start feeling your way. Be the person you are. Never try to be another, and you will become mature. Maturity is accepting the responsibility of being oneself, whatsoever the cost. Risking all to be oneself, that’s what maturity is all about.”

7. “Be realistic: Plan for a miracle”

8. “Life begins where fear ends.”

9. “Drop the idea of becoming someone, because you are already a masterpiece. You cannot be improved. You have only to come to it, to know it, to realize it.”

10. “One thing: you have to walk, and create the way by your walking; you will not find a ready-made path. It is not so cheap, to reach to the ultimate realization of truth. You will have to create the path by walking yourself; the path is not ready-made, lying there and waiting for you. It is just like the sky: the birds fly, but they don’t leave any footprints. You cannot follow them; there are no footprints left behind.”

11. “I’m simply saying that there is a way to be sane. I’m saying that you can get rid of all this insanity created by the past in you. Just by being a simple witness of your thought processes. It is simply sitting silently, witnessing the thoughts, passing before you. Just witnessing, not interfering not even judging, because the moment you judge you have lost the pure witness.

“The moment you say ‘this is good, this is bad,’ you have already jumped onto the thought process. It takes a little time to create a gap between the witness and the mind. Once the gap is there, you are in for a great surprise, that you are not the mind, that you are the witness, a watcher. And this process of watching is the very alchemy of real religion. Because as you become more and more deeply rooted in witnessing, thoughts start disappearing.

“You are, but the mind is utterly empty. That’s the moment of enlightenment. That is the moment that you become for the first time an unconditioned, sane, really free human being.”

12. “Each person comes into this world with a specific destiny–he has something to fulfill, some message has to be delivered, some work has to be completed. You are not here accidentally–you are here meaningfully. There is a purpose behind you. The whole intends to do something through you.”

13. “You feel good, you feel bad, and these feelings are bubbling from your own unconsciousness, from your own past. Nobody is responsible except you. Nobody can make you angry, and nobody can make you happy.”

14. “Intelligence is dangerous. Intelligence means you will start thinking on your own; you will start looking around on your own. You will not believe in the scriptures; you will believe only in your own experience.”

15. “I love this world because it is imperfect. It is imperfect, and that’s why it is growing; if it was perfect it would have been dead. Growth is possible only if there is imperfection. I would like you to remember again and again, I am imperfect, the whole universe is imperfect, and to love this imperfection, to rejoice in this imperfection is my whole message.”

All quotes from Goodreads.comhttp://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/2856822.Osho

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Wes Annac – Why Limit Yourself to One Life Purpose? – 10-15-15

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By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

http://wesannac.com/2015/10/15/why-limit-yourself-to-one-life-purpose/

I really appreciated a recent post from Thousand Thoughts that encouraged people to be open to having more than one passion in life.

Not everyone has only one passion, the author tells us, and some people discover other passions later in life.

“While it’s true that there are people on the planet who are born with one passion that lasts an entire lifetime, this doesn’t hold true for everyone. In fact, there are many who start out with one passion, only to discover that they are passionate about something else later on in life.” (1)

The author also encourages us to let our passion and purpose manifest in unique ways, whether we have one or several.

“When we think that there is only one purpose for our lives, this can cause anxiety from fear of ‘getting it wrong.’ But, life can be a thrilling rollercoaster ride full of twists, turns, and loop-di-loops. Some people will indeed find that one passion that takes all of their focus but, there are others that will find that they have a passion for several different things.

“Simply trust in what you love and you will be divinely guided to your passion. But take note; sometimes the way that your passion manifests may be different from what you have envisioned. In other words, the road that we think is easiest isn’t always the one that we end up taking.” (2)

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There are so many things to be passionate about in this world, and it’d be silly to limit ourselves to one or two and forget about all the rest. There’s nothing wrong with having just one passion and we’ll achieve a lot in that one field if we do, but there are too many great things to experience and be a part of to limit ourselves.

Most of us who think we only have one passion probably haven’t tried other things. Have you ever tried playing an instrument? Have you ever attended a peace rally or a protest against big banks? Have you ever tried your hand at writing or making a video?

Some of the most inspirational people have multiple passions, and while they might be known mainly for one or two, they’ve branched out and tried all kinds of different things. Some of them have passions they hold just as dear as the things they’re known for, and you’d never expect them to be interested in so many different things.

Our passion and purpose come naturally, and if ten things light our inner fire, we might want to spend some time with all of them.

Once we have an idea of what we want to do, the next step is to make some kind of plan, however vague, that we can act on when we’re inspired. We might have to push ourselves a little in the beginning, but the initial trouble will smooth itself out if we keep going. The key in this stage is not to let the trouble defeat us, and it requires self-confidence.

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Every creative outlet requires self-confidence, and while we’ll always need it, we need it the most in the beginning. We have to have the courage to push on even when we aren’t doing very well, and we have to cozy up to the idea of failure. Only then can we find true success, and even when we accept and learn from failure, it might take some to succeed in the way we want.

If our life purpose does consist of multiple things, we can still focus mostly on one or two of them. We’ll just have to try to make time for all of them, which can be hard in our rushed modern world, but we’ll be glad we made the effort if we succeed. Our purpose will become our life, and we’ll be excited to wake up in the morning to a life of passionate work and fulfillment.

If your work lights your inner fire, you can bet it puts you in a higher state of consciousness where you’re more heart-centered and connected with the intuition. Thus, we raise the planetary consciousness whether or not our work reaches the masses, and this is enough of a reason to joyfully pursue it.

Wes Annac – Throat Chakra – Center of Self-Expression – 10-2-15

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By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

http://cultureofawareness.com/2015/10/02/the-throat-chakra-the-center-of-self-expression/

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The chakras are the subtle body’s energy centers, and they bring through the energy that’s responsible for our reality and the higher dimensions we have yet to experience. They connect us with our creator and our higher consciousness, and understanding them can allow us to tap into the energy that pours through them.

The throat chakra has to do with communication, self-expression and other qualities on which most creative people rely. It allows us to communicate our feelings about life, spirituality, society and anything we think is important, and it gives us the confidence to use our voice without worrying what other people think. Even if we’re misunderstood or rejected, we’ll know our desire to help the world evolve (and the work that results from it) is genuine.

Here, I’d like to look at the throat chakra’s role in creativity as well as the things we can do to heal and balance it. I don’t know much about any of the chakras, and the only things I’ve learned about them have come from the few reports I’ve done. One of the best ways to learn about something is to research and write about it, which is exactly what I try to do with things like this that interest me. I hope it interests all of you too, and more importantly, I hope it teaches you something new.

Inner-Truth.net tells us about the throat chakra’s association with self-expression, as well as its condition when it’s balanced and imbalanced (and the symptoms that result).

“The Throat Chakra is associated with your Self Expression and Communication.

“When it is in balance, you are able to listen and communicate well. When you are having trouble expressing yourself, or having trouble with communication (being unable to say what you want to say to others and/or not truly listening to what you are being told) the throat chakra becomes imbalanced.

“An imbalance will first resonate as a tingle, ache or sensitivity in the throat region. (Stemming from the base of the neck to the ears).” (1)

There are quite a few manifestations of an imbalanced throat chakra, and Inner Truth lists the most common.

“Even small tingles and aches can be a sign that something needs to be addressed. As soon as the emotional issue has been resolved, the ache WILL clear up or simply completely vanish.

“Can manifest quickly as an unexpected cough, or manifest as feeling like a lump is in your throat (feeling choked up) and/or trouble when swallowing.

“Aches, tingles and pain located around the Throat, Mouth and Neck. Including toothache, sore tongue, sensitive gums, tonsils, sore throats and tickly coughs.” (2)

They also explain what can happen if we don’t resolve the imbalance.

“If the issue is left unattended to, may lead on to more serious issues such as.

Thyroid problems – over active/ under-active;

Anorexia nervosa

asthma

bronchitis

hearing problems, tinnitus

problems of the upper digestive tract,

mouth ulcers, sore throats, tonsillitis.” (3)

All of these health problems can result from a blocked or imbalanced throat chakra, and while it isn’t the only thing that can cause them, we might want to make sure if we ever suffer from them that we don’t have something related to our creativity or self-expression going on in our lives. You never know what kinds of emotional or spiritual problems could cause physical illness, and as science and spirituality continue to merge, I think we’ll discover a wealth of emotionally rooted cures for physical illness.

For all we know, an imbalanced throat chakra could be the main cause of the problems listed above. I’m not saying it is, but I think our spiritual and emotional health have a lot to do with our physical.

ChakraHealing.com explains how self-expression suffers when the throat chakra is blocked.

“Do you struggle to communicate your real thoughts and feelings? If you lack the confidence to express your thoughts, ideas and feelings because you fear that you may be judged or that your words may hurt someone, you are only holding yourself back from real happiness. You have a right to express [your] needs, wants and ideas. If you keep your thoughts to yourself, how will anyone ever know what they are – and how will your needs and wants ever be met or your ideas ever brought to life?” (4)

“If your throat chakra is closed, you may find yourself feeling frustrated when you want to express what you are feeling in your heart – you may find yourself unable to find the right words at the right time, especially when you fear losing someone or something. You might fear being ridiculed, or you might fear offending someone. The only person holding onto these fears is yourself – you imagine a certain reaction, even though that reaction is not certain.” (5)

Healing it requires us to become confident in ourselves, believe in our personal truth and try new things.

“Healing the throat chakra involves boosting self-confidence and believing in the validity and importance of your ideas and truths. You do not need to be an overly chatty and outgoing person in order to keep your Vishuddha [throat] chakra healthy and open. You simply need to develop a more comfortable relationship with your expressive side: the courage to speak your mind in a compassionate, understanding and proactive way.

“Any form of creative expression is a highly positive practice for opening the throat chakra. The enjoyment of the creative process is far more important than the results or end product so don’t worry if you’re not an artist – try your hand at cooking, gardening, inventing, writing, solving problems… take any opportunity you can to be creative. Become comfortable with your own voice in its many forms of expression (not just spoken).” (6)

The world would quickly change if everyone believed in their personal truth enough to use their voice, and we all have a unique piece of the puzzle that we’ve come here to give. It’d be a shame to deny ourselves the opportunity to offer our piece, and instead, let’s realize that it’s an important part of the whole and humanity can’t function without it.

Instead of just listening to what other people tell us about life or spirituality, we can pave our own way and make peace with any inadequacies that result. We’ll find the right way in time, and when we do, we can share what we learn with others in hopes that our experience helps them. It won’t help everyone since we’re all unique, but it’d be enough to help one person embrace the uniqueness of their path and get the most out of their evolution.

As Chakra Healing tells us, silence is also an important factor in maintaining a healthy, balanced, open throat chakra.

“If you are uncomfortable with silence, it is important for you to recognize the imbalance of your Vishuddha chakra. Silence can be a wonderful gift. It cannot harm you and it doesn’t need to be broken. Silence is a time for you to organize your thoughts and allow your needs and desires to come to the forefront of your mind. Practice meditation to become more comfortable with silence.” (7)

As you might guess, singing also helps.

“Singing is a great therapy for opening the throat chakra. Even if you only sing in the car, or in the shower, with no audience, get to know your voice OUT LOUD and fall in love with what your throat can produce!” (8)

Chakra Healing also gives us a handy meditation for opening it.

“Sit comfortably, close your eyes and become aware of your breath as it enters your nostrils and passes through the back of the throat through to the lungs. Exhale through the mouth, consciously listening to the elongated ‘hum’ sound coming as the air leaves you. As you inhale, the sound is different – ‘so’. Repeat this ancient Sanskrit chant, each time relishing in the clear, unbroken sound of your own voice as it enters and leaves you.” (9)

Jennifer White at Mind Body Green shares a few ways we can keep it in balance.

Sing. Singing is an amazing throat chakra cleanser, so sing a song.

Drink water. I love water. We’re lucky to have access to healthy drinking water, so take advantage of it. It’s also important to think about what you ingest—or don’t ingest—in general.

Hips don’t lie. An unhealthy throat chakra directly affects the rise of kundalini … but other chakra blockages affect this chakra too. Another place we store emotional baggage is in our hips. Next time you practice deep hip-openers on your yoga mat, pay attention to how you also feel a release in your throat.” (10)

She shares a few other tips, one of which has to do with visualizing the color blue.

Think blue. Imagine a beautiful blue light—blue is this chakra’s color—at the base of your throat, or in any other associated locations where you’re having trouble. Inhale as you visualize blue—and health and cleansing—filling up these areas, exhale and feel the release of stress and tension. You might even find that you feel a cooling or warming sensation during the process—this is normal.

Speak the truth with love. One of my best friends always says this. I’m personally guilty of a sharp tongue. Remember and practice this mantra as best as you can. I think it says it all.” (11)

Visualizing or meditating on the colors associated with certain chakras is believed to be a great way to open them, and when we combine this with self-confidence and the willingness to talk about things that matter, we access the true creative potential we can use to change the world. We can inspire people to wake up and become independent from the reign of governments and corporations who thrive from the masses’ poverty, and as we speak up, we’ll strengthen the throat chakra and communicate on a deeper level about things that are even more important.

Before we know it, we’ll be communicating all kinds of things about life, spirituality and the ways we can engineer society to reflect the changes taking place in the hearts of humanity. We’ll be on such a roll that nobody will be able to stop us from speaking our truth, and the first step is to become confident in ourselves and stop holding back. If we keep at it, we’ll find our voice and we’ll know exactly what we want to say.

People who struggle with self-expression could have a closed or blocked throat chakra, and it could have something to do with their inability to be creative or communicate. It might be worth looking into, because the ability to communicate freely and clearly is invaluable. Our self-expressive freedom returns when the throat chakra is open, so let’s take the next step in our creative and spiritual evolution by opening it and the rest of our energy centers.

Wes Annac – An Open Mind Is an Awakened Mind – 9-11-15

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Wes Annac   –   An Open Mind Is an Awakened Mind   –  9-11-15

http://goldenageofgaia.com/2015/09/11/an-open-mind-is-an-awakened-mind/

It’s often said that opening and emptying the mind (not transcending it, leaving it or getting into a space beyond it) is one of the best ways to expand our consciousness and reconnect with our creator. We’re sure to fail if we seek enlightenment by trying to leave the mind, because along with the heart, it’s an essential part of us that connects us with our creator and our higher self.

The mind and heart are essential if we want to find any level of enlightenment, and through these portals, we transform into magnificent beings of light who are one with the rest of creation. The intuition is found in the mind and heart, and everything will change when we attune to this inner voice and pay attention to what it has to say.

The intuition is our link with our higher self, and when we empty the mind, we reconnect with this divine force (which has been trying to help us the whole time) and rediscover the greatest teacher we’ll ever have – for now at least. The best thing about it is that this teacher lives within, and instead of being guided by an outside force, we’re guided by an integral part of ourselves.

One of the best ways to reconnect with this inner teacher is to empty the mind, open the heart and let our love flow. While it’s difficult for a lot of people (especially those who are unaware of spirituality and the true meaning of love), it gets easier when we understand that the mind can trap or liberate us depending on how we use it.

We can get lost in a closed, rigid mind, or we can open up, connect with the intuition and bring through valuable intuitive guidance that helps others through their struggles.

A lot of spiritual teachers talk about emptying the mind, and I’d like to look at some of the things they’ve said. I think these teachings are valuable for those of us who want to understand what the mind truly is without trapping ourselves in it, and understanding it is the first step to using it progressively.

I think it’s meant to be used in conjunction with the heart, and miracles happen when the two work together. I’m just beginning to learn about merging the mind with the heart and letting them work side-by-side, and this alone has taught me that the mind is one of our most valuable assets when it comes to spiritual evolution (or anything else).

We can use it to creatively express ourselves all day long and empty it at the end of a long day (or the beginning of a new day), and taking time to empty it and simply be will give us more energy and encourage our creative expression. Forgetting to empty it could make us tense and frustrated while depleting our creative abilities, and we’ll know when we’ve fallen away from the spiritual practices we use to empty it.

We’ll feel the effects of our neglect, and if we’ve already gotten used to the bliss that comes with an empty mind, they won’t feel so great.

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According to Bodhidharma, an empty mind allows us to see the ‘buddha’.

“To know that the mind is empty is to see the buddha. The buddhas of the ten directions have no mind. To see no mind is to see the buddha.” (1)

By ‘no mind’, Bodhidharma doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ve left the mind or rejected it. He refers to the influence of our scattered, randomized thoughts on our choices, and the ‘buddhas of ten directions’ no longer let these thoughts influence them. Instead, they see the mind for what it truly is.

Since it’s open and clear, they can connect with their creator and their higher selves in a free and unrestricted way, and you can bet that they make the most of their connection.

He also tells us that emptiness is the essence of the mind’s function.

“The essence of [the mind’s] function is emptiness. And emptiness is essentially motionless.” (2)

When we’re finished using the mind in a closed, rigid way, we’ll gradually learn to let go and let it rest. As it rests, a greater aspect of our being can use it as an instrument to connect with us and deliver wisdom, guidance and insight that we can share with others. Our connection with this part of ourselves will grow over time if we continuously depart our own limited, colorless perception and reconnect with it, and we eventually won’t have any trouble connecting or sharing its guidance.

It’ll always be here to help us, because we’ll have broken the chains that bound us to limitation and cleared up our previously foggy connection with it. The secret is to stop trying, let go and let our awareness come through naturally, and having some love in your heart doesn’t hurt either.

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Hui Neng reminds us that averting or avoiding our thoughts is futile.

“When our mind works freely without any hindrance, and is at liberty to ‘come’ or to ‘go,’ we attain … liberation. Such a state is called the function of ‘thoughtlessness.’ But to refrain from thinking of anything, so that all thoughts are suppressed … is an erroneous view.” (3)

True ‘thoughtlessness’ has little to do with the amount of thoughts swirling around, and it has more to do with our attachment to them. If we’re attached to them but we want to get away from them and into a ‘higher’ space, we usually try to avoid them, suppress them or make sure they don’t influence us. We actually let them influence us by doing this, whereas releasing our attachment altogether and letting them flow in and out will liberate us.

According to Krishnamurti, we can’t refill our spiritual cup if the mind’s filled with thoughts, habits and desires. He also tells us that simply being is different from negating our thoughts.

“Without emptying the mind there can be no renewal.” (4)

“Being as nothing is not negation.” (5)

Purifying the mind of those constant racing thoughts will connect us with the heart’s tranquility, he tells us.

“The purgation of the mind is tranquillity of heart.” (6)

We’ll feel and witness incredible things when the mind and heart are open, and the best thing about it is that we no longer have to try. We don’t have to push ourselves to feel something that’s been here all along, and instead, we can let it flow with no effort or pressure.

I mentioned yesterday that we have to make an effort if we want to get anywhere – in the world or on the spiritual path – and it’s more of a non-effort when it comes to spirituality. We essentially make an effort to stop making an effort, and in that inaction, we reconnect with the higher self. We grow closer with our intuitive guidance, and suddenly, the insights we tried so hard to receive before come to us with no effort or strain.

This effortless state of mind can be ours, but it requires us to get to a space where we can observe and accept our flowing thoughts, just like we would anything else, without being attached to them.

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As Krishnamurti tells us, slowing the mind helps us get to that space as long as the slowing is natural and we don’t force it.

“Self-knowledge comes with the slowing down of the mind, but that doesn’t mean forcing the mind to be slow. Compulsion only makes for resistance, and there must be no dissipation of energy in the slowing down of the mind.” (7)

We distance ourselves from things we try to force, which includes a slower mind. If we force the mind to be slow (or we force anything at all), we’ll distance ourselves from our inner wellspring of love, knowledge and guidance and it’ll quickly become clear that our method isn’t working. When this happens, the best thing we can do is let go and let our fate be decided from there, with full faith in the divine plan.

If we let the mind slow down naturally, which requires us to release our resistance and our attachment to it, we’ll allow the intuition to slowly make itself known and help us when we need it. The less attached we are to the mind, our thoughts or anything else, the more this higher force can express itself through us and offer solutions to our most difficult problems.

It requires openness, and this openness will help understand the ways of the mind by giving us a new perspective. We can use the mind progressively, as in the case of creative expression, but it helps to take time to empty it and let the good vibes pour through. People who create for a living would probably benefit from meditation or just emptying their mind at random points throughout the day, and if spiritual evolution is our goal, then opening and understanding the mind (as well as the heart) is the best way to go.

Wes Annac – One People, One Responsibility – 9-11-15

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By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

http://cultureofawareness.com/2015/09/11/one-people-one-responsibiltiy/#more-48812

The planetary controllers have gotten us to divide ourselves by convincing us we should fight over our differences. They want to make sure we don’t come together or take back our planet, and they’ve programmed the masses to show so much pride for their appearance, their beliefs or their way of life that they hate people who think or live differently.

The elite have us convinced that we need to fight for our values, our history and our lifestyle, because some other group wants to come and take it away. You can interpret this any way you want, and examples are everywhere.

Hardcore Christians are worried that liberal America is trying to take away their religious freedom, which, in some cases, includes the ‘right’ to discriminate against anyone who doesn’t fit in with their narrow view of reality. Diehard Americans are convinced that immigrants, legal or illegal, will take away their country by stealing all of their jobs.

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No matter how you look at it, people are falling for the old ‘divine and conquer’ tactic and we see where it’s getting us. We’re playing right into the elite’s hands, and they want to keep us bickering and make sure we never look past all those external differences to discover what we have in common.

If you’re a spiritual seeker, you probably know that beyond the flesh, we’re pure energy – the energy of consciousness – and we all come from the same divine Source.

This alone should be enough to bring us together or at least shed light on our refusal to unite over things that don’t matter, and even if you aren’t spiritual, you can’t deny that we’re all human and there are things we all have in common. We all feel, and we all know what it’s like to be happy, sad, angry, scared, and confused, among other things. We all share these emotions, but with the way the world behaves, you’d think we don’t feel at all.

Not only are our ‘enemies’ thinking, feeling, living people – they’re also spiritual beings in human form just like us. We’re all connected, and we all have commonalities that’d bring us together if we could grasp them. No matter what the controllers want us to think, we have no reason to keep fighting and hating each other.

Where do we expect this hatred to take us? Do we think it’ll improve our society or our outlook on life? All it’ll do is make the world worse for our children and grandchildren, and we certainly don’t want to teach them this kind of behavior. Unfortunately, many of them have already learned it and will carry it into adulthood.

The world will continue to be in a state of disrepair until we recognize our oneness as human and spiritual beings who are all trying to get by. Only when we can break the controller’s predictable programming can we move the world in a positive direction, and until then, we’ll just bicker and kill each other over nonsense. There’s a solution to the problems we think we should fight over, but it’s one that most people would rather avoid. The solution is to come together.

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If we want to change the world, then unity will have to be the first step. This won’t automatically change things by itself, but it’ll give us the motivation and incentive to work together to find unique solutions to problems we think are unsolvable.

Just imagine what changing the world will be like if none of us are interested in coming together. We might end up in worse shape than we already are, and that’s saying something. The time will eventually come when we’re forced to work together to make a change, and we’ll make things a lot easier by coming together now and at least trying to address our differences so we can move forward.

As long as we divide ourselves, the elite will rule over us. They’ll keep us distracted with the latest celebrity feud, the latest orchestrated conflict between nations or anything else that propagates division, and they’ll control the world behind the scenes the whole time. They’ll keep fooling us and getting away with it, because we’ll be too busy fighting each other to see the real enemy that’s actually hurting the world.

It’ll be difficult for people to learn that there really is a force that’s dedicated to destroying our society and our planet, and it’ll be especially difficult to learn that it has our governments in its back pocket. People will have to come to terms with a lot of unsettling things when they do wake up, one of which is that this elitist force has been pulling the strings and dividing humanity for at least two centuries.

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As hard as it’ll be for them to take in, learning it all could lead them to realize that this parasitic force thrives on anger and hatred. The more we hate our fellow humans, the more we feed the elite and their malicious agenda for humanity. This realization can be a driving force in our willingness to see beyond our differences and work together, and it might take a lot of paradigm-shattering disclosures before people can finally wake up and make a change.

When we do, we’ll understand that the fate of the world is in our hands. It always has been, but we unknowingly gave it over to the elite when we trusted them with our food, water and basically every other resource we need. They take those resources and sell them back to us even though they’ve been freely available this whole time, and we’ll quickly realize that we have to rely on ourselves and each other – not only to survive, but to create a life worth living.

We decide our fate, and we have to decide to come together if we want to survive and thrive. We have to learn to love and respect one another, no matter how hard it’ll be, and we can no longer stall our reunion. We’re all family, and it’s time we recognize this so we can join together, dethrone the elite and live in a paradise of our own creation. It’s our responsibility to create this paradise, and since nobody will do it for us, now’s the best time to start.

Wes Annac – True Abundance – 9-4-15

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By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

http://cultureofawareness.com/2015/09/04/true-abundance/

A lot of people talk about the Law of Attraction and the ways we can manifest abundance, and the book (and movie) ‘The Secret’ usually comes to mind when this subject is brought up.

If you’re as much a part of the spiritual community on the internet as me, you’ve probably seen all kinds of advice about manifesting abundance and eliminating lack from your life. While most of it can help, it’s incomplete if we don’t keep a few things in mind.

One is that our level of abundance is determined by our connection with Source and our relationship with our inner universe.

If our connection with this part of ourselves is strong and we’re grateful for life, our inner abundance will naturally express itself in the external world. If we hunger for abundance but our connection is depleted, our hunger will never be satisfied – even if we win the lottery or find a life partner we think is perfect for us.

The more of an effort we make to sustain our connection, which things like prayer, meditation and even music can help with, the stronger it’ll be and the more our abundance will flow as a result. We’ll eventually have no more trouble with our level of abundance, and we’ll be okay with whatever circumstances we face each day because our higher consciousness will help us through them (as long as we stay open).

True abundance lives within, and at any time, we can call it up to the surface and invite it to flow through us.

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This requires us to be grateful and stay connected with Source, and it also requires the simple understanding that seeking abundance outside of ourselves is futile. We’ll disappoint ourselves if we look for abundance, fulfillment or satisfaction in the world, and we’re bound to become miserable if we focus on having more money or possessions.

Most people immediately think of money when they hear the word ‘abundance’, but the kind of abundance most of us strive for would minimize the ‘need’ for money or anything else external.

We won’t be worried about our money, our status in the world or anything else that feeds the ego when we tap into this level of abundance, because we’ll already have everything we need. Most people have forgotten that the best treasure lies in an open, compassionate heart and a mind that can be used for the betterment of humanity, and everything changes when we focus more on helping others than getting ahead in life.

Some people want abundance because they want to help others, and they figure they can spread the wealth if they have more money. They can if they remember that the best kind of service is the unconditional kind that’s given with an open heart and the willingness to help others regardless of one’s financial status, and if they’re devoted enough, they’ll find a way to help people even if they don’t have money to spare.

Helping people doesn’t necessarily require money, but it can enable us to do a lot of good in the world if we’re in the right frame of mind and we don’t become greedy or selfish. The best way to get into this frame of mind, in my opinion, is to return to love and let this creative, compassionate force spread like wildfire.

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We connect with our creator through love, and we manifest abundance through gratitude and appreciation for life. The more grateful we are, the more our inner universe picks up on our gratitude and gives us more to be grateful for. Similarly, the more we complain, the more it gives us to complain about.

Since the inner universe is one with our thoughts, feelings and expressions, it constantly reacts to what we send out and gives us more of what we focus on. Therefore, if we focus on negativity or lack, these qualities (and the circumstances that are associated with them) are all we’ll receive. The same can be said about love and abundance, and however cliché this will sound, the pathway to more abundance is to be thankful for what we already have.

No matter what circumstances we live under, we all have something to be grateful for.

Even if we only have one or two things, we can focus wholly on them with the knowledge that our inner universe will give us more to be grateful for if we don’t give up. We have to start small sometimes, and you’d be amazed to find out where some of the most abundant and influential people started out.

A lot of them started out on the bottom like so many spiritual seekers, and through the awesome power of gratitude, they manifested so much more to enjoy about life. I’m sure a lot of them are still thankful for even the smallest things.

A positive outlook can go a long way when it comes to creating abundance, but the best thing we can do is transcend our perception of ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ and learn that everything simply is.

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If we expect abundance to constantly flow or every situation or circumstance to be ‘positive’, we’ll inevitably create negativity because our standards will be too high and nothing will be able to meet them. If they’re met once or twice, we’ll probably raise them (without realizing it) and set ourselves up for disappointment later on.

When we accept our circumstances instead of judging them as ‘good’ or ‘bad’, we’ll learn a lot from the ones we used to think were ‘bad’. We’ll enjoy everything life throws our way, and we’ll know we’ve achieved real transcendence when we’re grateful for experiences we used to dread.

Abundance flows when we can be in harmony with life and gratefully learn from difficult circumstances, and we can accept challenges we used to run from when we’re in a truly abundant frame of mind, thereby increasing our ability to learn crucial lessons.

Everything is here to help us grow, and while most people search the world for abundance, what we seek is everywhere – we’ve simply forgotten about it and convinced ourselves we need more. Life is abundance, and we only need to look around for this to become clear.

No matter how hard we try to convince ourselves otherwise, we have a lot to be thankful for and we just need to open our eyes to realize it. When we do, we’ll tap into the innate beauty and sentience of life and the things we’ll witness will amaze us. They’ll be no different from what we used to witness, but we’ll be different and our reality will seem to shift into something much more incredible to reflect our new outlook.

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We’ll be too busy with this newfound awakening to care about how much money we have, because we’ll know that our existence is enough. We don’t have to do or possess anything flashy to be valuable spiritual beings, and we’re all valuable in the eyes of Source.

Above all, let’s remember that love is the launching point for abundance and a satisfying, spiritually energized life. Love creates life, so it’s basically the key to manifesting any kind of abundance in this holographic game we call reality. It provides us with everything we need to physically and spiritually survive while we try to help humanity, so along with being thankful for life, let’s remember to show this creative force some gratitude.

Like anything else, love increases when we’re thankful for it and this is enough of a reason to give thanks and let it flow unconditionally. We don’t need a reason to do it, and in fact, leaving the confines of the mind – which needs a reason for everything – is the best way to tap into it (and the abundance we search for) on a real level.

Wes Annac – The Mission (and Purpose) of the Spiritual Revolutionary – 8-21-15

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“Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it”  ― Gautama Buddha (Credit: Good Reads)

By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

http://cultureofawareness.com/2015/08/21/the-mission-and-purpose-of-the-spiritual-revolutionary/#more-48412

All around the world, people are awakening to spirituality, the corruption of the people in power and the necessity to change our ways, and whether we realize it or not, we’re all on a mission to wake up and help the rest of the world become aware.

I think there’s a difference between our ‘mission’ and our ‘purpose’. In my opinion, our mission is to spread love, knowledge and awareness so the world can wake up and make a positive change, and our purpose is whatever medium we use to do that. Some people choose writing; some choose music, painting or something similar; some speak publicly on a number of issues that have to do with a new paradigm; and some share the information and art that’s offered by the rest of the conscious community.

No matter what we consider our purpose to be, we do it because of the mission to help humanity wake up and evolve, which we take up once we awaken. The wise man recognizes that he must first tend to his own awakening and evolution before trying too hard to help others, but once we take the first steps on our own evolutionary path and become clear about our mission and our purpose, we can share enlightening and empowering information with the masses and encourage others to find their purpose too.

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Slowly but surely, people are becoming aware of everything that’s been hidden, especially in regards to spirituality. As they do, most of them ask themselves how they can share what they’ve learned with other awakening people who are willing to hear what they have to say.

Once they figure out their purpose and approach their work (and their personal evolution) with confidence and the willingness to keep going in hard times, their mission becomes increasingly important to them and their excitement to contribute grows as much as their social and spiritual awareness.

This is happening all around the world, and a new class of creative and spiritual revolutionaries is arising that recognizes that we’re all interconnected and, as much as the elite want to convince us otherwise, there are no differences between us. We’re realizing that all of the differences we’ve been convinced we should fight over – the color of our skin, our religious or political views, our sexual preference – have been overplayed to keep us from understanding that we’re one and coming together.

Now that we’re aware, we’re dismantling the false systems that have been kept in place by the powers-that-were, who want us to keep fighting so we don’t notice their blatant crimes against humanity, and one of the biggest false systems that needs dismantled is the division of the masses based on our perceived cultural differences.

We know better than to keep falling for manufactured division and hatred, and we need to make others aware of the elite’s social engineering, which requires us to be divided, so they too can use their voice to make a change.

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Above all, we’re here to share our love, knowledge and awareness with those who are starting to awaken. We’re here to help people understand that we live in an intricate and deeply spiritual reality, and we can become aware of this inherent spirituality by looking within, meditating often, staying creatively dedicated, and most importantly, returning to the heart.

We’re here to help people see that life doesn’t have to be the difficult, stressful burden we’ve convinced ourselves it should be, and however dualistic this will sound, life is meant to be fun and we’re meant to be happy.

We aren’t meant miserably slave away at some uninspiring nine-to-five job that makes us loathe life and never want to get out of bed in the morning; we’re meant to do something that inspires us to live life with love, passion, creativity and invigoration.

Life is meant to be a constant adventure, and sometimes, we have to create the adventure for ourselves. We can’t wait around for anyone else to make life better for us (especially our governments, who’ve never had our best interest in mind), and we have to create the joy and exuberance we want to experience.

These are some of the many things we’re here to help the world become aware of, and we obviously have to become aware of it ourselves so we can create a life that inspires us. We have to look deep within, bring our potent inner love up to the surface and use it to create an inspiring, joyful life, and we can’t expect the rest of the world to do it if we don’t.

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Let’s invite the world to take part in this conscious revolution, because we have a lot to say and a lot to do and it’d be easier if we had everyone else by our side. It might seem naïve to think that the world, which is still largely divided, broken, and rooted in hatred and selfishness, could actually wake up and make a change, but if we can, then other people can too.

When we can permanently access our heart-centered intuitive guidance, we can invite the awakening masses to empower themselves with the knowledge that our love and spirituality make us infinite. If we have an open heart and we understand the spiritual nature of our existence, we can create a life that’s worth living for everyone who knows that personal and planetary transformation is crucial and inevitable.

We can become true spiritual revolutionaries, and we can invite others take part in the fun. The first (and most important) step is to look within and determine if there are any personal changes we need to make before we can properly help the world, and once we start that ongoing and infinitely fulfilling process, we’ll be well on our way to awakening the minds and hearts of mankind.

Most people are subconsciously desperate to reawaken to all of the amazing things their higher consciousness will reintroduce them to, and we can help them begin their evolutionary process and contribute to a worldwide transformation. This is our mission, so let’s find the medium we want to use to fulfill it and get active, while remembering to get very still and quiet often so we can learn a thing or two about reality.

“I want to live my life in such a way that when I get out of bed in the morning, the devil says, ‘aw shit, he’s up!’”Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience (Credit: Good Reads)

Wes Annac – 5 Obstacles on the Spiritual Path – 7-30-15

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http://goldenageofgaia.com/2015/07/30/5-obstacles-on-the-spiritual-path/

Deciding we want to commit to the spiritual path is easy, but it can be harder to live up to our commitment. At the first sign of trouble, we could easily depart the path in favor of a lifestyle that doesn’t challenge us as much, but if we do, we’ll miss out on all of the incredible things the path has for us.

We’ll miss out on spiritual evolution and the wonders that come with it, and we’ll eventually realize we’ve taken a wrong turn. We might try to steer our ship in a more positive direction by then, but we would’ve been much further along the path if we hadn’t stopped in the first place.

I’d like to share five things that can distract us from the path, so we know what to look out for and what can hurt us.

The common spiritual seeker has to be diligent in this day and age, because there are all kinds of distractions out there that can halt our progress if we let them. Now’s a better time than ever to increase our dedication and find out how far we can go, but we have to watch out for the things I’ll list here and anything else that can stop us.

1. Fatigue, laziness, complacency

These three qualities can halt our progress by encouraging us to stop, relax and think more about the ego-driven self than our path or the people we want to help. If we give in to fatigue, it can take away our inspiration and encourage us to do little more than sit on the couch, binge watch our favorite TV shows and generally fail to get anything done.

Laziness compliments fatigue, because it encourages us to be unproductive for long periods of time.

Complacency is the icing on top of the cake that encourages us not to care that we’re no longer getting anything done. Complacency can encourage long periods of careless laziness, and if we can recognize and try to combat fatigue as soon as it starts to affect us, we can get away from all three of these qualities and continue with our inner work.

2. Difficulty

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We’ve heard from practically every spiritual source that we’re infinite, and if we have love in our hearts and we can persevere in times of trouble, there’s nothing we can’t do. This includes keeping up with our spiritual practices (meditation, prayer, etc.), but we can easily convince ourselves that keeping up with them is just too hard.

If we convince ourselves we can’t keep going, we’ll naturally set them aside and we won’t pick them up until we once again find the motivation to give them a try. I’ll repeat what I said earlier: If we hadn’t set them down in the first place, then we’d have made a lot more progress by the time we were ready to pick them back up.

It helps to understand the role of love and perseverance on the spiritual (and creative) path, and the only time we fail at something is when we give up. None of us are failures until we allow ourselves to fail, and when it comes to our spirituality, that’s the last thing we want to do. If we’re serious about elevating our consciousness, we’ll quickly understand the importance of dedication and refusing to give up.

We might surprise ourselves with how much we can achieve if we keep going, and before we know it, we’ll be in a higher place each day and our radiance will become apparent to everyone in our vicinity.

3. Forgetting about love

I mentioned love earlier, and I can say from experience that forgetting to call on it can make the journey more difficult; especially if creativity is a big part of it. In my opinion, we can’t have true creativity or spirituality without love, and love makes it easier to keep on in hard times.

Love gives us the inspiration to keep going when our stresses pile up and we don’t feel very enlightened or inspired, and to fall away from it is to fall away from the greatest creative, spiritual, inspirational source around. The journey’s a lot easier and more worthwhile when we have love, and without it, life can seem empty and hollow – and not in the good way.

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Plenty of spiritual teachers encourage emptiness, but love offers a unique type of emptiness where the mind is empty (as it’s meant to be) but the heart is full of inspiration, creativity and the willingness to tackle our most difficult challenges.

We’ll still have a clear, open, empty mind, but we’ll also be aligned with the creative force that’s responsible for our existence, our planet’s existence, and, in my opinion, everything we create. It all comes from love, and we’ll understand this when we’ve done the most potent inner work that gives us access to higher dimensions where everything is clearer and more amazing.

4. The distractions of our mainstream culture

You probably don’t need me to tell you how our mainstream culture can distract us from the path.

Imagine it’s a Friday night and you feel inspired to meditate, write a spiritually inspired article or compose some spiritually inspired music. Perhaps your better half tells you they’d like to spend some time with you, and instead of the plans that were forming, you decide to watch a movie or catch up with a television show you both enjoy.

I’m not saying that spending time with loved ones will take us off of the path, but pay attention to how you feel once you’re done indulging in those movies or TV shows. Depending on the type of content you watch, you could feel awful or completely uninspired to do anything that has to do with your spirituality.

In fact, it could go in the opposite direction. All those influences swirling around your mind could encourage you to partake in more shows, movies, etc., and finding inspiration again could be difficult. You could fall prey to more and more distorted cultural influence, and as you all probably know, there are a lot of negative influences out there.

Television and movies are filled to the brim with negative, brutal and lusty programming, and they have a greater effect on our mind and our subconscious than we realize. If this type of programming takes hold in our subconscious, it can make us want more and more of it to satisfy the subconscious craving it created.

We might want to avoid these things altogether, and this is why so many spiritual seekers and organizations have removed themselves from the influence of western society. Its influence can keep us from making valuable progress, so instead of indulging, maybe we can find a healthier way to spend time with our loved ones.

5. Loneliness (i.e. the absence of people to share our spirituality with)

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Being a spiritual seeker can often be lonely, because some of us are the only ones in our area who embrace spirituality or the various concepts that come with it. This might be different for people in western states like California, where there are a lot of ‘conscious’ people with various beliefs, but a lot of spiritual seekers are alone in their knowledge, their awareness and the way they feel about life.

This can discourage us from making progress, because there are plenty of people around us who’ll talk about trivial, cultural things all day long. It never feels good for a spiritual seeker to take part in mundane discussion, because they’ve begun to tap in to the secrets of the universe and this quickly becomes their only interest.

Can you imagine having all these thoughts and feelings about enlightenment, UFOs, meditation, etc. burning deep within, but all anyone around you wants to talk about is the debt ceiling or everything wrong with the liberal or conservative parties? It can be maddening, and if we subject ourselves to too much nonspiritual influence, it can slowly take hold in our subconscious. Before we know it, our minds are once again on all those trivial things we wanted to get away from and we have to start the process of personal liberation back over again.

Conclusion

These are just a few things we’ll want to avoid if we want to successfully elevate our consciousness, and they’ll no longer hinder us when we reach a certain level of progress. We’ll have learned to stay away from most of them, but even the ones we can’t stay away from will stop affecting us like they once did.

The path will get easier as we learn to avoid things that keep us from making progress and embrace things that elevate our progress, and as long as we’re dedicated to the process and our intent is genuine, getting past the obstacles that stand in our way will be a breeze. We’ll no longer feel disconnected from our creator, our higher consciousness or anything else that liberates us, and with our love-fueled connection intact, we’ll be able to emerge into the world and make a positive impact on others.

For now, let’s keep in mind what helps and hurts us on the path, and in all situations, let’s call on our inner love to make things easier. Love is always here for us, and it can always help us through the challenges that could otherwise bring us down. Routinely calling on it can make life easier, more flowing and more worthwhile, and we’ll enjoy all of our challenges when we approach them with love and the willingness to stick with our spirituality in the face of all odds.

By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness, July 29, 2015 – http://tinyurl.com/ndxt9rs

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Wes Annac – Earth History According to Ra – South American Visitations – 7-22-15

By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

http://cultureofawareness.com/2015/07/22/earth-history-according-to-ra-south-american-visitations/

We left off from a discussion about the visitations the Confederation made with the Atlanteans, which didn’t go as well as the Confederation intended. While their teachings were initially accepted and utilized, they gradually became distorted and used for war, which eventually resulted in the sinking of the Atlantean continent.

The Confederation, which includes Ra, never wanted this to happen.

Despite the Atlanteans’ distortion of their teachings, there were a couple other civilizations the Confederation made contact with in hopes of helping them evolve. One of those civilizations was in South America, and here, we’ll learn about these well-meaning South American visitations, which also didn’t go as planned.

This story is similar to what happened in Atlantis, with a few small differences such as the style of the pyramids that were created. As we’ll learn here, it took longer for the South American civilization to muddy the Confederation’s teachings, but unfortunately, it did happen.

First, Ra tells us that the South American civilization was contacted because of their worship of the sun and their interest in its ‘manifestations’.

Question: “Now, I understand, if I am correct, that a South American contact was also made. Can you tell me (…) about the contact, and its ramifications, and the plan for the contact, and why the people were contacted in South America?

Ra: “I am Ra. This will be the final full question of this session. The entities who walked among those in your South American continent were called by a similar desire upon the part of the entities therein to learn of the manifestations of the sun. They worshiped this source of light and life.

“Thus, these entities were visited by light beings not unlike ourselves. Instructions were given and they were more accepted and less distorted than ours. The entities themselves began to construct a series of underground and hidden cities including pyramid structures.” (1)

Like I mentioned earlier, the pyramids were designed differently than the ones in Atlantis and Egypt.

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Once the Confederation group realized the civilization’s advancement was going smoothly, they decided to leave because they felt they were no longer needed.

“These pyramids were somewhat at variance from the design that we had promulgated. However, the original ideas were the same with the addition of a desire or intention of creating places of meditation and rest, a feeling of the presence of the One Creator; these pyramids then being for all people, not only initiates and those to be healed.

“They left this density when it was discovered that their plans were solidly in motion and, in fact, had been recorded. During the next approximately three thousand five hundred [3,500] years these plans became, though somewhat distorted, in a state of near-completion in many aspects.” (2)

The information (and the plan that came with it) had been slightly distorted by that point, but not nearly as much as the Atlanteans’ teachings. Along with the fact that the plan for harvest was near to fruition, the Confederation entities decided they no longer needed to stick around and help.

You might recall from our previous discussion that people on other planets are usually able to evolve without the assistance of any higher force (including a terrestrial guru), and it makes sense that the Confederation would want to step back at a certain point and let these civilizations evolve on their own.

There are times when the Confederation needs to speed up the evolutionary plan by appearing and sharing wisdom and technology, but for the most part, they prefer to watch from the other side as civilizations discover science, spirituality and other liberating concepts and use them to evolve.

The Confederation group who originally helped the South Americans returned a little while later to correct the slight distortions that had been made in their teachings, but unfortunately, it went downhill from there.

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Keep in mind that even when Ra uses the term ‘entity’, they usually refer to a collective consciousness or ‘social memory complex’, which is comprised of spiritually evolved individuals who’ve merged and become one consciousness while still keeping the individuality of each entity intact. Ra is a social memory complex, and rather than being one lone entity, Ra is an entire planet of entities who’ve evolved and merged their consciousness.

“Therefore, as is the case in all breakings of the quarantine, the entity who was helping the South American entities along the South American ways you call in part the Amazon River went before the Council of Saturn to request a second attempt to correct in person the distortions which had occurred in their plans. This having been granted, this entity or social memory complex returned and the entity chosen as messenger came among the peoples once more to correct the errors.

“Again, all was recorded and the entity rejoined its social memory complex and left your skies.

“As in our experience the teachings were, for the most part, greatly and grossly perverted to the extent in later times of actual human sacrifice rather than healing of humans. Thus, this social memory complex is also given the honor/duty of remaining until those distortions are worked out of the distortion complexes of your peoples.” (3)

The Confederation’s naivety is made apparent numerous times in the Law of One material, and despite what happened to their teachings in Atlantis and Egypt, they figured the South American civilization would be able to handle these teachings without their receivers developing a god complex, enslaving their people or demanding human sacrifice.

But all of that did happen, and after so many visitations went wrong, it was eventually determined that a lighter approach would have to be taken (as we’ll learn below). We earthly humans are an interesting species, and not only have we been somewhat incapable of evolving on our own – we’ve even perverted the help we’ve been given.

The elitists of every civilization are more to blame for the perversion than the general public, but our evolutionary flaws are still worth pointing out.

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In our final quote, Ra explains why contact has been sparse since the Atlantean/Egyptian/South American visitations.

Question: “In the last session you mentioned that during this last 25,000-year cycle the Atlanteans, Egyptians, and those in South America were contacted and then the Confederation departed. I understand the Confederation did not come back for some time. Could you tell me of the reasons, and consequences, and attitudes with respect to the next contact with those here on planet Earth?

Ra: “I am Ra. In the case of the Atlanteans, enlargements upon the information given resulted in those activities distorted towards bellicosity which resulted in the final second Atlantean catastrophe [10,821] of your years in the past, as you measure time.

“Many, many were displaced due to societal actions both upon Atlantis and upon those areas of what you would call North African deserts to which some Atlanteans had gone after the first conflict. Earth changes continued due to these, what you would call, nuclear bombs and other crystal weapons, sinking the last great land masses approximately [9,600] of your years ago.

“In the Egyptian and the South American experiments results, though not as widely devastating, were as far from the original intention of the Confederation. It was clear to not only us but also to the Council and the Guardians that our methods were not appropriate for this particular sphere.

“Our attitude thus was one of caution, observation, and continuing attempts to creatively discover methods whereby contact from our entities could be of service with the least distortion and above all with the least possibility of becoming perversions or antitheses of our intentions in sharing information.” (4)

I think it’s mentioned elsewhere that the Confederation determined that channeling would be a safer, lighter approach to contacting people or civilizations who are ready to evolve. They may have mentioned that they telepathically contacted the Atlanteans before actually landing and sharing their knowledge (some of the Atlanteans made a group-mind call and the Confederation answered), but in more recent times, they’ve used channeling to connect.

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In Ra’s case, they were able to speak through Carla Rueckert, and there have probably been a few other talented channelers who brought through genuine information about all of this. Most channelers are probably unable to connect with Ra since they send a ‘narrow band vibration’ that’s difficult to connect with or interpret accurately, but the Confederation has determined channeling to be a safer method than direct contact.

I’m sure that’ll change when people wake up and start living from the heart instead of the ego, and for now, we have an amazing database of, in my opinion, accurate and detailed channeled information from Ra to help us understand our reality in a new way.

The time will come for the Confederation and any other spiritually evolved extraterrestrial force to walk openly among us, but we have to prepare ourselves for such a monumental thing before we can actually experience it. It will happen, but only when we can experience it without descending into madness or inflated egotism.

We left off from a discussion about the visitations the Confederation made with the Atlanteans, which didn’t go as well as the Confederation intended. While their teachings were initially accepted and utilized, they gradually became distorted and used for war, which eventually resulted in the sinking of the Atlantean continent.

The Confederation, which includes Ra, never wanted this to happen.

Despite the Atlanteans’ distortion of their teachings, there were a couple other civilizations the Confederation made contact with in hopes of helping them evolve. One of those civilizations was in South America, and here, we’ll learn about these well-meaning South American visitations, which also didn’t go as planned.

This story is similar to what happened in Atlantis, with a few small differences such as the style of the pyramids that were created. As we’ll learn here, it took longer for the South American civilization to muddy the Confederation’s teachings, but unfortunately, it did happen.

First, Ra tells us that the South American civilization was contacted because of their worship of the sun and their interest in its ‘manifestations’.

Question: “Now, I understand, if I am correct, that a South American contact was also made. Can you tell me (…) about the contact, and its ramifications, and the plan for the contact, and why the people were contacted in South America?

Ra: “I am Ra. This will be the final full question of this session. The entities who walked among those in your South American continent were called by a similar desire upon the part of the entities therein to learn of the manifestations of the sun. They worshiped this source of light and life.

“Thus, these entities were visited by light beings not unlike ourselves. Instructions were given and they were more accepted and less distorted than ours. The entities themselves began to construct a series of underground and hidden cities including pyramid structures.” (1)

Like I mentioned earlier, the pyramids were designed differently than the ones in Atlantis and Egypt.

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Once the Confederation group realized the civilization’s advancement was going smoothly, they decided to leave because they felt they were no longer needed.

“These pyramids were somewhat at variance from the design that we had promulgated. However, the original ideas were the same with the addition of a desire or intention of creating places of meditation and rest, a feeling of the presence of the One Creator; these pyramids then being for all people, not only initiates and those to be healed.

“They left this density when it was discovered that their plans were solidly in motion and, in fact, had been recorded. During the next approximately three thousand five hundred [3,500] years these plans became, though somewhat distorted, in a state of near-completion in many aspects.” (2)

The information (and the plan that came with it) had been slightly distorted by that point, but not nearly as much as the Atlanteans’ teachings. Along with the fact that the plan for harvest was near to fruition, the Confederation entities decided they no longer needed to stick around and help.

You might recall from our previous discussion that people on other planets are usually able to evolve without the assistance of any higher force (including a terrestrial guru), and it makes sense that the Confederation would want to step back at a certain point and let these civilizations evolve on their own.

There are times when the Confederation needs to speed up the evolutionary plan by appearing and sharing wisdom and technology, but for the most part, they prefer to watch from the other side as civilizations discover science, spirituality and other liberating concepts and use them to evolve.

The Confederation group who originally helped the South Americans returned a little while later to correct the slight distortions that had been made in their teachings, but unfortunately, it went downhill from there.

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Keep in mind that even when Ra uses the term ‘entity’, they usually refer to a collective consciousness or ‘social memory complex’, which is comprised of spiritually evolved individuals who’ve merged and become one consciousness while still keeping the individuality of each entity intact. Ra is a social memory complex, and rather than being one lone entity, Ra is an entire planet of entities who’ve evolved and merged their consciousness.

“Therefore, as is the case in all breakings of the quarantine, the entity who was helping the South American entities along the South American ways you call in part the Amazon River went before the Council of Saturn to request a second attempt to correct in person the distortions which had occurred in their plans. This having been granted, this entity or social memory complex returned and the entity chosen as messenger came among the peoples once more to correct the errors.

“Again, all was recorded and the entity rejoined its social memory complex and left your skies.

“As in our experience the teachings were, for the most part, greatly and grossly perverted to the extent in later times of actual human sacrifice rather than healing of humans. Thus, this social memory complex is also given the honor/duty of remaining until those distortions are worked out of the distortion complexes of your peoples.” (3)

The Confederation’s naivety is made apparent numerous times in the Law of One material, and despite what happened to their teachings in Atlantis and Egypt, they figured the South American civilization would be able to handle these teachings without their receivers developing a god complex, enslaving their people or demanding human sacrifice.

But all of that did happen, and after so many visitations went wrong, it was eventually determined that a lighter approach would have to be taken (as we’ll learn below). We earthly humans are an interesting species, and not only have we been somewhat incapable of evolving on our own – we’ve even perverted the help we’ve been given.

The elitists of every civilization are more to blame for the perversion than the general public, but our evolutionary flaws are still worth pointing out.

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In our final quote, Ra explains why contact has been sparse since the Atlantean/Egyptian/South American visitations.

Question: “In the last session you mentioned that during this last 25,000-year cycle the Atlanteans, Egyptians, and those in South America were contacted and then the Confederation departed. I understand the Confederation did not come back for some time. Could you tell me of the reasons, and consequences, and attitudes with respect to the next contact with those here on planet Earth?

Ra: “I am Ra. In the case of the Atlanteans, enlargements upon the information given resulted in those activities distorted towards bellicosity which resulted in the final second Atlantean catastrophe [10,821] of your years in the past, as you measure time.

“Many, many were displaced due to societal actions both upon Atlantis and upon those areas of what you would call North African deserts to which some Atlanteans had gone after the first conflict. Earth changes continued due to these, what you would call, nuclear bombs and other crystal weapons, sinking the last great land masses approximately [9,600] of your years ago.

“In the Egyptian and the South American experiments results, though not as widely devastating, were as far from the original intention of the Confederation. It was clear to not only us but also to the Council and the Guardians that our methods were not appropriate for this particular sphere.

“Our attitude thus was one of caution, observation, and continuing attempts to creatively discover methods whereby contact from our entities could be of service with the least distortion and above all with the least possibility of becoming perversions or antitheses of our intentions in sharing information.” (4)

I think it’s mentioned elsewhere that the Confederation determined that channeling would be a safer, lighter approach to contacting people or civilizations who are ready to evolve. They may have mentioned that they telepathically contacted the Atlanteans before actually landing and sharing their knowledge (some of the Atlanteans made a group-mind call and the Confederation answered), but in more recent times, they’ve used channeling to connect.

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In Ra’s case, they were able to speak through Carla Rueckert, and there have probably been a few other talented channelers who brought through genuine information about all of this. Most channelers are probably unable to connect with Ra since they send a ‘narrow band vibration’ that’s difficult to connect with or interpret accurately, but the Confederation has determined channeling to be a safer method than direct contact.

I’m sure that’ll change when people wake up and start living from the heart instead of the ego, and for now, we have an amazing database of, in my opinion, accurate and detailed channeled information from Ra to help us understand our reality in a new way.

The time will come for the Confederation and any other spiritually evolved extraterrestrial force to walk openly among us, but we have to prepare ourselves for such a monumental thing before we can actually experience it. It will happen, but only when we can experience it without descending into madness or inflated egotism.

Wes Annac – Experience – Transcending the Conditioned Mind – 7-19-15

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By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

http://cultureofawareness.com/2015/07/19/experience-and-transcending-the-conditioned-mind/

Here, I’d like to examine some material from Jiddu Krishnamurti about experience and transcending the mind’s conditioning, which has kept all of us from connecting with our essence at one point or another. As he’ll tell us here, external experience is one of many things that reinforces our sense of separation from our higher consciousness, and we have to do away with our attachment to it if we want to leave the realm of the mind.

We don’t have to be ruled by the desire to gain experiences, and the conditioned mind seems to require certain experiences before it can find temporary peace. It’s never really at peace, but it’s peaceful for a moment when we have fun or enjoyable experiences.

Depending on what we’re doing, the mind doesn’t seem very active when we enjoy ourselves. In that moment, we aren’t being conditioned to want or need something before we can be happy, because we’re already having fun. The moment our enjoyment is taken away, the mind will go right back to needing things or experiences to be happy.

We’ll continue to struggle with endless desire until we can transcend the need to gain certain experiences, which is one of many of the mind’s tools that keep us trapped in limitation. I’m not referring to the kind of desire that encourages us to do constructive things that help the world – I’m talking about the self-serving kind that keeps us from connecting with our essence and exploring our True Reality, which is much different from the illusory, limited reality we’ve been conditioned to accept.

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First, Krishnamurti shares the link between belief and experience. Our experiences are formed around our beliefs, he tells us, which then strengthens our beliefs and offers us more relatable experiences.

“Belief conditions experience, and experience then strengthens belief. What you believe, you experience. … Belief is another cloak of desire. Knowledge, belief, conviction, conclusion and experience are hindrances to truth; they are the very structure of the self. … The unknown can never be experienced by the known; the known, the experienced must cease for the unknown to be.” (1)

The mind knows it can’t experience a higher consciousness, because this consciousness exists well outside of the mind and any attempts we make to mentally define it will be in vain, he tells us.

“The mind is aware that it cannot capture by experience and word that which ever abides, timeless and immeasurable.” (2)

He also explains how experience conditions us to be separate from our essence.

“Experience is the response to challenge. This response is conditioned by the past, by memory; such response only strengthens the conditioning. Experience does not liberate, it strengthens belief, memory, and it is this memory that responds to challenge; so experience is the conditioner.” (3)

Our response to challenge comes from our memories and previous experiences, and this automatically makes it harder to handle. If we could open up, get to a space beyond the mind and allow our essence to make itself known, we could find new, inventive ways to complete our challenges and gradually, they’d get easier.

These troubles are harder when we’re stuck in the mind, but when we can get to that crucial space beyond it, we’ll no longer approach them from the perspective of someone who’s separate from their essence and only has their memories and experiences to go by.

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They’ll get easier when we stop dealing with them from a conditioned space, and slowly but surely, we’ll find that they no longer stop us at all. They’ll stop presenting themselves at a certain point because they’ll no longer be necessary. We’ll have found all of the love, strength and perseverance we used to seek from the confines of the mind, and any challenges we do face will be as simple as breathing or walking.

In our final quote, Krishnamurti explains why living in the mind and being focused on external experiences will never allow us to glimpse the unknown. This quote might sound confusing, but keep in mind that he uses the word ‘experience’ when referring to the external experiences that hold us back and ‘experiencing’ when referring to being connected with our higher reality.

The most important part of this quote, in my opinion, is the sentence, “Life is the present, it is not the experience”.

“Experience is already in the net of time, it is already in the past, it has become a memory which comes to life only as a response to the present. Life is the present, it is not the experience. The weight and strength of experience shadow the present, and so experiencing becomes the experience.

“The mind is the experience, the known, and it can never be in the state of experiencing; for what it experiences is the continuation of experience. The mind only knows continuity, and it can never receive the new as long as its continuity exists. What is continuous can never be in a state of experiencing, which is a state without experience. Experience must cease for experiencing to be.” (4)

As we continue to open (or depart) the mind, we’ll understand all of the psychological mechanisms that have held us back as we get ready to leave the mind and embrace ‘experiencing’, which, as Krishnamurti said, is ‘a state without experience’. The mind’s experiences, which repeat over and over again in our heads in an endless loop, block our perception of the nondual reality we can access, and transcending the mind’s influence and the need to gain external experiences is the best way to connect with this new reality and allow our wisdom to flow through us.

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The next time you struggle, try to get out of the mind and part ways with whatever attachments were making you struggle. Try to approach whatever you’re doing with a clear, detached mind and a connection with the nameless, formless reality we’re rediscovering, and watch as your struggles get easier. You’ll no longer be attached to them, and your attachment to the experience of success will have faded along with every other attachment that keeps us locked in the mind and hinders our progress.

When the need to experience ceases to be, we’re left only with the silence, stillness and calmness of the present moment, where anything’s possible. We’re basically infinite when we’re in this space, and the funny thing is that we might not want to do anything at all except explore it and see how deep we can go.

With every non-effort and every departure from the confines of the mind, we’ll go deeper and deeper until we eventually realize the reality of our connection with God. In this space, we’ll be truly free from the mind’s distortions and distractions, and as a result, we’ll finally know peace.

Ra – You Are Not Part of a Material Universe – by Wes Annac – 7-14-15

Channeled through Carla Rueckert, From Law of One Info – http://www.lawofone.info/results.php?c=Law+Of+One

http://cultureofawareness.com/2015/07/14/ra-you-are-not-part-of-a-material-universe/

I am Ra. I have not spoken through this instrument before. We had to wait until she was precisely tuned, as we send a narrow-band vibration. We greet you in the love and in the light of our Infinite Creator.

We have watched your group. We have been called to your group, for you have a need for the diversity of experiences in channeling which go with a more intensive, or as you might call it, advanced approach to the system of studying the patterns of the illusions of your body, your mind, and your spirit, which you call seeking the truth. We hope to offer you a somewhat different slant upon the information which is always and ever the same.

The Confederation of Planets in the Service of the Infinite Creator has only one important statement. That statement, my friends, as you know, is “All things, all of life, all of the creation is part of one original thought.”

We will exercise each channel if we are able to. The reception of our beam is a somewhat more advanced feat than some of the more broad vibration channels opened by other members for more introductory and intermediate work.

Let us for a moment consider thought. What is it, my friends, to take thought? Took you then thought today? What thoughts did you think today? What thoughts were part of the original thought today? In how many of your thoughts did the creation abide? Was love contained? And was service freely given? You are not part of a material universe. You are part of a thought. You are dancing in a ballroom in which there is no material. You are dancing thoughts. You move your body, your mind, and your spirit in somewhat eccentric patterns for you have not completely grasped the concept that you are part of the original thought.

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Wes Annac – Liberation and Self-Enquiry – You Are God – 7-8-15od,Love,Enlightenment

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By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

http://cultureofawareness.com/2015/07/08/liberation-and-self-enquiry-you-are-god/

It’s been said that all of our unhappiness stems from a sense of being separate from God, and if we could understand that we’re one with our creator, that sense of separation (and the accompanying unhappiness) would fade as we merge with our higher consciousness and begin to live an enlightened lifestyle.

In my opinion, all we really need to do to come closer to enlightenment is align with love, because love brings us closer to our creator and our ability to help others. We realign with our creator when we return to love, and God has been waiting for us to realize our connection so we can explore our consciousness and make the journey easier for others.

Throughout the ages, various spiritual teachers have tried to bring us closer with our essence by reminding us that we’re one with our creator, but they can only do their best to show the way. Their teachings are intended to help us find something that lives within, and we have to search in our own minds and hearts to find the truth for ourselves.

Most of their advice is still helpful, but it’s incomplete if we don’t expand on it within. One of the things we might learn when we look within is that our sense of self – the “I” with which we’re so fascinated, leads us right back to God.

You might think our ego-driven self only disconnects us from our creator, but the very question of who we are can connect us with the part of ourselves we forgot about as we embraced life in a lower state of consciousness.

Sri Ramana Maharshi tried to help his disciples understand the nature of the “I”, and here, we’ll hear what he has to say about our godly origins and how we can remember them by asking ourselves who we truly are. As he’ll tell us, our sense of a disconnected, ego-driven self will diminish as we dive deep into our true nature, and we’ll eventually realize that we are, in fact, the creator of our reality and every reality beyond.

Sri Ramana Maharshi

First, he tells us that a lot of spiritual seekers are fascinated with self-enquiry.

“To all deep-thinking minds, the enquiry about the ‘I’ and its nature has an irresistible fascination.” (1)

In his words, asking ourselves who we are is the most direct way to realize that we’re our own creator.

“Self-enquiry is the one, infallible means, the only direct one, to realize the unconditioned, absolute Being that you really are.” (2)

Self-enquiry is more than repeatedly questioning our origin, as he reveals in a conversation with a disciple.

“Disciple: Is it not funny that the ‘I’ should be searching for the ‘I’? Does not the enquiry, ‘Who am I?’ turn out in the end [to be] an empty formula? Or, am I to put the question to myself endlessly, repeating it like [a] mantra?

“Master: Self-enquiry is certainly not an empty formula; it is more than repetition of any mantra. If the enquiry, ‘Who am I?’ were a mere mental questioning, it would not be of much value. The very purpose of Self-enquiry is to focus the entire mind at its Source. It is not, therefore, a case of one ‘I’ searching for another ‘I.’ … Where the ‘I’ merges, another entity emerges as ‘I’ – ‘I’ of its own accord. That is the perfect Self.” (3)

As we question who we are, where we come from and where we’re going, an answer will eventually arise and it’ll come straight from the source of our being.

We’ll eventually understand that we, along with our higher consciousness and everything else in creation, are God. All of the divisions and distinctions we used to place on our existence will be gone, and we’ll be left with the perfect unity of all creation. This is where self-enquiry is intended to get us, and if we keep at it, it’s exactly where we’ll be.

The funny thing about it is that we’re already there – we just don’t realize it. This is where Ramana Maharshi and other spiritual teachers come in, and they want to help us remember that we’ve never been separate from them, our creator, our higher consciousness or anything else we see around us.

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Everything is eternally connected, and our failure to understand this has caused a lot of unnecessary conflict.

We experience release when we question our true nature, where we really come from and how we can get back into an enlightened space.

“Inquiring into the nature of one’s self that is in bondage and realising one’s true nature is release.” (4)

We all go through life with a sense of self, which is usually driven by the ego, but if we could enquire into what this ‘self’ actually is, the ego would fade as our higher consciousness and our purer understanding are revealed.

“Though the ‘I’ is always experienced, yet one’s attention has to be drawn to it. Then only knowledge dawns.” (5)

When we transcend the ego, we transcend everything that constitutes our illusory physical reality. Therefore, when the ego ceases to exist (or rather, when it’s understood as an illusion), the illusory creation as we perceive it is gradually replaced with Reality or true creation, which is driven by love and awareness.

“If the ego is, everything else also is. If the ego is not, nothing else is. Indeed, the ego is all. Therefore the enquiry as to what this ego is is the only way of giving up everything.” (6)

Once we inquire into the origins of the sense of a separate self, its illusory nature becomes apparent and transcending it (and/or using it progressively) becomes easier.

One of the most important things I take from these teachings is that the ego is as much a part of us as anything else, and if we want to reach our higher consciousness, all we have to do is travel through the ego by asking what it is, realizing it’s an illusion, and transcending it.

We have to understand the ego and every other aspect of our Being before we can find any degree of enlightenment, because understanding it, which requires us to embrace it and question it at the same time, is the best way to transcend it.

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So we see, the question of who we are – what our ego is and what position we hold in the big picture – is a great way to liberate ourselves from the illusion of disconnection from our creator. When we realize we’re one with God, we’ll see that we literally are our creator and we’ve created everything around us for the purpose of growth, learning, and most importantly, fun.

We’re here to enjoy ourselves as we make the long climb back into the arms of God, and when we’re done with our play and we’re ready to understand our true nature again, all we need to do is ask who we really are and let the answers become apparent. They will every time, but only if we repeatedly refuse to buy into the idea that our creator isn’t real or we’re separate from him/her.

I don’t care for most modern religions, but I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that God is indeed real and he/she lives in each of us. In fact, it goes deeper than this – we are the Divine Father and Mother, and most of us fail to understand this as we go about our daily lives. However, with every meditation, every creative session and every inquiry into our true nature, our oneness with God will become increasingly apparent.

We just have to take the first step to enlightenment by striving to understand our divine identity. Things will fall into place from there, and as long as we’re dedicated to the path and to using our newfound understanding to help others, we’ll come closer to enlightenment and help everyone understand that they too are God.

Footnotes:

  1. Ramana, Sri, Maharshi. Maharshi’s Gospel. Books I and II. Being Answers of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi to Questions Put to Him by Devotees. Tiruvannamalai: Sri Ramanasramam,1979; c1939, 72.
  2. Ibid., 50-1.
  3. Ramana, Sri, Maharshi, Gems from Bhagavan. Comp. A. Devaraja Mudaliar. Tiruvannamalai: Sri Ramanasramam, 1985.
  4. Anon., Who Am I? The Teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi. Sarasota, FL: Ramana Publications, 1990, 21.
  5. Munagala Venkatramiah, Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi. Downloaded from http://www.ramana-maharshi.org/books.htm, 31 August 2005, Question 92.
  6. Sri Ramana Maharshi. Forty Verses on Reality. Trans. Arthur Osborne. Mountain Path, October 1964. Downloaded from http://www.realization.org/page/namedoc0/40_verses/40_verses_0.htm, 25 August 2005, Verse 25.

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Wes Annac – Divine Father, Divine Mother – 7-6-15

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I wrote the following for the one hundred and fifty-fourth issue of The Culture of Awareness Weekly Newsletter.

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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?

I’m a novice when it comes to most spiritual terminology, and I can’t claim to know as much about it as someone who’s been on this path for a long time. In my eyes, however, the Divine Father and Mother are more than just labels. The Divine Mother represents love – the creative force that’s responsible for our existence – and the Divine Father represents complete emptiness, nothingness and bliss.

When we’re encouraged to return to love or center ourselves in the heart, we’re being encouraged to reconnect with the Divine Mother, who harbors all of the love and creativity we’ll ever need. If we ever doubt our creative powers, all we need to do is root ourselves in love (thereby reconnecting with the Mother) and allow our creative expression to pour out of us. It isn’t always that easy for some people, but with a solid understanding of love and the Divine Mother, it can get easier if we at least try to stay connected.

When spiritual teachers encourage us to transcend love and hate; happiness and sadness; joy and disappointment, they’re encouraging us to reconnect with the Father, to whom we’ll eventually return. They’re encouraging us to bypass even the Mother’s love so we can connect directly with the Divine Masculine, and in this silence and stillness comes an untold amount of bliss.

Everything simply is when we’re connected with the Father¸ and we learn true transcendence in this empty space. Our ability to persevere in difficult or stressful situations increases, and the same can be said for when we’re connected with the Mother. Her love pours out of us, enabling us to find strength in hard times, and combined with the Father’s stillness, we can become a mighty spiritual force.

When we’re creative, we express the Mother’s love. When we meditate or connect with the silence and stillness in any other way, we connect with the Father, who can never be known by the mind. No matter what, we’ll connect with our creator if we make an effort, and the secret is that we’re always connected – we just don’t realize it yet.

We’re constantly connected with God and our higher consciousness, but it can be easy to feel like we aren’t connected if we struggle to meditate, be creative or do anything else that requires a higher connection. There’ll be times when we don’t feel connected, but things will change if we persevere and refuse to give up when we don’t feel our best.

Our creator is here for us, and the Divine Father and Mother want to help us in our times of difficulty, frustration and perceived lack. The Mother wants to help her children through their creative and spiritual endeavors, and the Father wants to help us reconnect with him in the sacred silence that so many spiritual teachers have encouraged us to explore. We can increase our connection with them, but it requires faith, persistence and the willingness to embrace (and transcend) the obstacles that seem to impede our progress.

In my view, the best way to stay connected with the Divine Mother and Father is to regularly practice creativity and meditation (or other forms of connecting). We can connect with the Divine Mother during meditation, but I think creative expression is a much better and more potent way to keep that connection strong. It’ll strengthen more and more with all of the creative work we do, and our connection with the Father will strengthen as we continue to meditate and align with our higher consciousness.

Life would become a lot easier if we could consciously maintain our connection with the Divine Father and Mother, because we’d understand that we aren’t on this journey alone. We’re given more support and assistance than we realize, and it usually just takes opening up to this assistance to get the most out of it.

The next time you struggle with your creativity, try calling on the Divine Mother to help. The next time you feel disconnected from Source or any kind of higher consciousness, try meditating and connecting with the Divine Father in silence. Our creator will be here for us as soon as we request his/her assistance, and most of the time, all we have to do is open up and allow ourselves to receive their wisdom and guidance.

They have a lot to help us remember, so let’s maintain our connection in times of trouble. Our troubles will come to an end when we can stay connected and refuse to doubt ourselves or our creator, and the more we allow our higher consciousness into our lives, the more it can express itself through us. We’ll connect with the Divine Mother and Father through this higher consciousness, so let’s look to it when we feel distant.

Sometimes, it takes the assistance of our higher consciousness to help us realize that our connection has always been here and has always been strong. It requires a degree of openness to feel or understand, and everything will fall into place as long as we can stay open to the insight and revelations our greater awareness has to offer in every moment.

When it comes to meditation, creative expression or anything else that requires love and our greater awareness, open-mindedness will make it easier, more fun, more worthwhile and more rewarding. The same can be said for patience, which we can replace with pure presence and centeredness.

So let’s remember to open the mind when we want to connect with the Mother’s love or the Father’s empty bliss, and when we can, all of the higher vibes and creative expressions we seek will flow like water.

Source:By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness, July 5, 2015 – http://tinyurl.com/qb7g4q7

Wes Annac – The World Won’t Change Until We Do – 7-6-15

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By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

http://wesannac.com/2015/07/06/the-world-wont-change-until-we-do/

It’s clear that there’s a lot of evil in the world, and it’s easy to get dismayed at our society’s current condition. Sometimes, we’re hit with the world’s ills when we least expect, and centeredness can be difficult when we try our best and still can’t get past all of the negativity and drama.

We only need to look around to see that our world’s broken. It seems difficult for most people to find lasting happiness, and while a corrupt, self-obsessed elite continues to blow the planet to smithereens for personal profit, most ‘common’ people struggle with negative, selfish and uncaring tendencies that keep us from a new world just as much as the elite’s crimes.

We’ve forgotten how to treat each other as fellow humans who are trying to survive and create a life worth living. We’ve forgotten that we’re all reaching for the same goals – to live, to enjoy life, and to do it with as little conflict or turmoil as possible. Some people create conflict out of thin air that others are forced to respond to, and they do it out of a lack of self-love, which fuels their anger and their inability to love or respect others.

We need to change the way we function as a society, and when we understand the things we’re all doing – not just the elite, but the common man too – we won’t just want to make external changes. It’s understandable that so many people want to change the outer world and bring an end to division, hatred and uncaring, and this is why people have embraced activism throughout the ages, but it’s incomplete if it isn’t accompanied by personal change.

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Personally, our world’s condition (and the condition of our collective consciousness) has saddened me on more than one occasion. For me, this isn’t just about the corruption in our governments or big corporations – it’s about the mindsets, attitudes and behaviors of each individual, because we’re all responsible for our planet’s condition. The elite have only gotten away with their crimes because we’ve been too divided and complacent to do anything about them, and the condition of the common man concerns me just as much as corporate or government corruption.

Dethroning the elite might give us some temporary changes, but they won’t last if we can’t change as individuals. Any positive or progressive societal changes we make will be fleeting if we still have division in our minds and hatred in our hearts, and until we can change, we’ll never make any societal changes that last. The change has to come from within, and it has to start with us.

If I want the world or the people around me to change, I have to change. I have to change things from within and make life better for everyone around me before I have any hope of seeing the world change, and this puts me, and each of you by consequence, in a whole new position.

To be a true revolutionary, we don’t have to give speeches about corruption in front of a big crowd. We don’t have to plan or participate in protests that highlight the things government and big corporations are doing wrong, but I’m not discouraging it because it raises awareness.

We don’t have to do anything big or flashy to be true revolutionaries or world changers – all we have to do is change ourselves. All we have to do is examine our lives and how we interact with others (as well as how we conduct ourselves in private) to determine what changes need made, and make them. The hardest part is to actually stick with them, but if we’re willing to attend protests or give big speeches, then we should be willing to dedicate ourselves to our personal transformation.

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Most people don’t understand that our attitude is paramount to the new way of life we want to create, and we have to step up and be the examples of personal change if we want others to follow suit. If we want the hatred we see in the world to stop, then we need to cease our own hatred. If we want to eradicate prejudice in the world, then we need to eradicate it in ourselves, which means treating everyone the way we’d treat a friend.

If we want people to stop fighting, then we have to stop fighting with the people around us, no matter how we do it. Even an argument between loved ones (or anything else we think is insignificant) is amplified in the collective consciousness and turned into physical conflicts between nations, religions, etc.

The things we do right here, right now determine the future we experience, and we can eradicate war, hatred, disease and hunger by changing ourselves to reflect the conscious, compassionate individuals we want to see populate the Earth. We have to be those individuals, and for most of us, this means we have to become them.

How can we expect anyone else to become more respectful or compassionate toward their fellow man if we can’t? We’re the ones who consider ourselves conscious of the things that are wrong with the world and the changes that need made, so why not seriously dedicate ourselves to the pursuit of personal change?

We’ll be more enthusiastic and authentic about changing the external world if we do, and even if it isn’t apparent at first, other people will respond to our joy, authenticity, and openness. When we can make life better for ourselves and the people around us, which requires a degree of selflessness, we’ll make them feel better, more open and more willing to gravitate to the qualities that can change the world.

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Respecting others will seem easier for them when we can respect them. They won’t feel so constricted or cut off from that higher part of themselves that they require if they want thrive, and they’ll generally seem a lot happier and more complete. While our love and kindness won’t solely change them, the effect will be more notable than we initially anticipate and this’ll motivate us to show as much love and openness as we can, in every moment and to every person.

We won’t want to censor ourselves anymore, and this will in turn increase the openness of others. They’ll feel more comfortable around us and more willing to stay centered, and their hatred or intolerance toward others might eventually decrease.

If everyone in every country could do this, I’m confident that we could make some significant changes. I think we’d create a significant ripple effect that’d inspire, empower and encourage others to return to love and create the changes they want to see in the world while giving their perspective on the countless societal issues that need addressed.

All of the articles we write about government or corporate corruption are incomplete if we fail to stem the flow of thoughts and emotions in ourselves that cause corruption. What we see at the surface with corruption isn’t the whole picture, and the individuals responsible are responding to intensified forms of the same negative and selfish thoughts, emotions and habits that the conscious community still responds to on a daily basis.

We’re just as capable of corruption as our governments, and while we haven’t done the truly awful thing they have and this gives us a feeling of righteousness as we talk about all of their injustice, the truth is that most of us regularly receive and usually act on lessened forms of the same corrupting thoughts, feelings and desires.

The difference between us and the elite is that they’ve acted on these desires for so long that they’ve expanded and intensified the matrix of egoism, negativity and selfishness that encompasses them, and we could do the same thing if we don’t keep our negativity or our misaligned desires in check. We’ll expand our personal negative matrix if we continue to feed it, and for this reason alone, changing ourselves is important.

I’d like to focus more on my personal transformation from here on out, and it isn’t as much about being self-centered or egotistical as it is understanding that my (and your) transformation is the most important driving factor behind our collective evolution.

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We’re transcending our old ways and adopting new ones that reflect the harmonious life we’ve been talking so much about, and there will come a time when we realize we need to speed up the process by playing a more active role in our own transformation. Otherwise, our evolution will continue to go at a snail’s pace and we’ll wonder why we never seem to make progress year after year.

Feel free to put more focus on your process and remember to help others along the way. Selflessness becomes natural and effortless when we have love for ourselves and we’ve solved the issues that held us back, and it’ll feel good to know we’ve helped others and made a positive impact on the world in any way possible.

Our self-love will increase, which will in turn motivate us to help even more people. As everyone starts this process and makes an impact on the people around them, love and consciousness will spread like the plague and for the first time in our history, we’ll be willing to come together, tear down our borders and reclaim our inner and outer freedom.

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The Culture of Awareness features daily spiritual and alternative news, articles I’ve written, and more. Its purpose is to awaken and uplift by providing material about the fall of the planetary elite and a new paradigm of unity and spirituality.

I’ve contributed to a few different spiritual websites including The Master Shift, Waking Times, Golden Age of Gaia, Wake Up World and Expanded Consciousness. I can also be found on Facebook (Wes Annac and The Culture of Awareness) and Twitter, and I write a paid weekly newsletter that you can subscribe to for $11.11 a month here.

Wes Annac – Higher Consciousness – Your Connection Is Real – 7-1-15

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A reading by Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

Note from Wes: For a couple years, I’ve been trying to find a way to understand and communicate what these intuitive readings I’ve been receiving really are, and I’ve struggled with it until recently.

My channeling journey has been different from a lot of other people’s, and instead of sticking with one set definition of exactly what or who I was channeling (i.e. Ascended Masters, higher self, etc.), I’ve been trying to find the perfect way to define and subsequently expand the connection.

All of the name changes I’ve given these messages reflect the journey of understanding who they come from, and after some meditation and contemplation, I’ve arrived at what I think is the perfect label to help everyone understand what it is: Higher Consciousness.

‘Higher Consciousness’, which I’ve written a lot about, is the higher self. It’s a good, deep meditation. It’s the Voice Within; the inner compass; our intuitive link with God, and if we can empty the mind and open up to it, it’ll impart its bliss onto us and teach us valuable lessons about our spiritual evolution.

You could say it’s what people really connect with when they channel angels, extraterrestrials or Ascended Masters, but some passionate spiritual seekers would disagree. I’ll leave it up to you to decide the truth of the matter for yourselves.

I know it’s silly to change the name of these messages over and over, but I think I’ve finally found the right description and understanding for them. This will be the final name change, and I can promise that you won’t have to worry about it anymore.

Thanks for hanging in there with me throughout this journey so far. I’m confident that it’s about to get a whole lot better!

Higher Consciousness, June 31, 2015

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Religious and spiritual teachings are the mind’s way of comprehending the visions and insights that are received in a higher state of consciousness, and all of the spiritual teachings you hear or read stem from the greater awareness the teachers were able to access and the mental observations and terminologies they gave to these varying states of consciousness.

As they fade deeper and deeper into their sacred center and connect more with the Source of their existence, their minds devise simple enough (yet sometimes complex) ways of expressing the knowledge they gain, which is very difficult to express with words.

Depending on how far deep within you travel, the things you’ll learn and witness will basically be impossible to express in any language, but certain higher states of consciousness can be described with words and symbols and can be enhanced by spiritual practices.

It’s understandable that some spiritual seekers don’t agree with the strictness that accompanies some teachers, but the most genuine among these teachers simply want to help their students discover the things they have, because enlightenment is a treasure that’s very much worth the time and effort you spend to get there.

In fact, it’s the greatest treasure you could ever hope to witness or experience, but it’s also the most challenging thing you’ll ever go through. It can be a scary, frustrating and difficult experience if you resist it, but if you’re willing to let it flow and let your ego-driven barriers dissolve before they can even come up to influence you, it’ll be the most liberating thing you ever experience.

The hardest thing to grasp about enlightenment is that, as a lot of spiritual teachers will tell you, it crumbles away all of your previous notions of what it or a higher consciousness in general should be like. It shatters your previous understanding of life, and as you’ll come to learn, this understanding was too limited to carry you away into the blissful higher consciousness you want to access.

The higher dimensions will transform your perspective on life, spiritual evolution and everything you thought you understood, and while you might sometimes feel beat down and unable to continue on, releasing your resistance and letting everything be will make it a lot easier, more vibrant and more worth your time.

If you venture deep into your consciousness routinely, it won’t matter what external beliefs you adopt along the way. You can study every religion in the book if you want, and if you do, you’ll find a lot of limitation, a lot of dogma, and at the same time, a lot of things that help you along your path. You don’t have to embrace any beliefs if you don’t want to, because it’s all a mental interpretation of the inner visions and insights that are received in meditation and other spiritual practices.

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The most important thing is that you explore your consciousness and allow your previous understanding of life and spirituality to fade as you learn new things about your existence, and if your beliefs are challenged along the way, be open to the lessons and the expansion that can result.

Overall, remember that love really does serve as a medium to connect you with what you seek. Let your love flow out of you and remember to keep your minds open to new insights, understandings and perspectives, and don’t hesitate to express exactly what you want to because self-censorship is the enemy of true creative and spiritual growth.

The best way to connect with love is to connect through complete transcendence, on a mental level and every other level, and channeling your higher consciousness is one way to grow closer to this transcendence. When it comes to channeling, you have to understand that in order for it to be pure, the mind has to have as little influence on the process as possible so the connection and the guidance that results aren’t filtered by the mind in any way.

If you let it, the mind will instantly filter everything genuine that comes through, and it must be completely, sufficiently opened for any message from the ‘higher self’ or any other higher entity to flow through properly. This is what deters so many people from channeling, because they don’t feel like they can maintain such a flowing connection and at the first, second or third sign of potential failure, they stop completely and convince themselves it either isn’t real or it isn’t for them.

Your connection with your higher consciousness is very real, but you have to explore it for yourselves – through channeling it, meditating or doing anything else that helps you connect – to know and understand it. It doesn’t have anything to do with your beliefs, and once you explore your consciousness, you’ll know beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is indeed real, you can connect with it, and you can even channel it for your benefit and the benefit of others.

It’s up to you to find this connection and utilize it as much and as often as possible, and whether or not you’re consciously connected, you’ll be forever supported by your higher self, your creator and every other higher force.

So keep your minds open and your hearts overflowing with love, because your higher connections will save the Earth in a time when its destruction is evident and its end seems inevitable. An ending is indeed coming, but it isn’t the kind of ending your society would expect.

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It’s the end of an old paradigm and the beginning of something completely new that’s driven by love, spirituality and the willingness on the part of humanity to come together and change the world, and everything you do right now advances your collective evolution and helps you find more and more of what you seek, as individuals and as a collective.

What your planet really seeks is love and a connection with their essence, and you can make this connection now and joyfully express it for the benefit of others. Why not dive on in and see how far down you can go?

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I’m a twenty-two year old spiritual writer, blogger and channel for the creative expression of the inner universe, and I created The Culture of Awareness daily news site.

The Culture of Awareness features daily spiritual and alternative news, articles I’ve written, and more. Its purpose is to awaken and uplift by providing material about the fall of the planetary elite and a new paradigm of unity and spirituality.

I’ve contributed to a few different spiritual websites including The Master Shift, Waking Times, Golden Age of Gaia, Wake Up World and Expanded Consciousness. I can also be found on Facebook (Wes Annac and The Culture of Awareness) and Twitter, and I write a paid weekly newsletter that you can subscribe to for $11.11 a month here.

WES ANNAC – The Liberating Power of Knowledge – Culture of Awareness – 6-25-15

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I wrote the following for the 152nd issue of The Culture of Awareness Weekly Newsletter, which I offer for $11.11 a month.

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Some spiritual teachers discourage the accumulation of knowledge, because in their eyes, it’s yet another way to feed the ego and distance ourselves from our higher consciousness. According to their philosophy, mental (or even spiritual) knowledge isn’t as valuable as direct experience, which we’ll only have when we empty the mind and give up the need to accumulate knowledge or anything else that feeds the mind. The more we mentally learn, the more we distance ourselves from spirit.

This perspective is understandable, because mind-centeredness is exactly what separates us from our greater awareness. Most genuine spiritual teachers are focused on helping their pupils find enlightenment, which we’ll never find in the mind, so they’ll naturally discourage anything that makes the journey more difficult.

I don’t think we should abandon knowledge, however, because like everything else, it has its place in life and in our spiritual evolution. While I appreciate how teachers try to enhance their pupils’ spiritual perception by encouraging them to abandon anything mental or external that can block them from it, I don’t think abandoning the world is required to find enlightenment. In fact, I think it could cause us to miss out on the uniqueness of this journey.

Knowledge might not elevate our consciousness by itself, but it’s still useful. Why would we want to abandon it when it’s taken us this far? We probably wouldn’t know the things we do if we hadn’t learned about them, and especially when it comes to spirituality, knowledge can liberate us. There’s a reason people say “knowledge is power”, and we can do a lot to fix the current state of our world if we know a lot about it.

If we don’t know about the awful things that are happening all over the world, then we’ll be too blissfully ignorant to do anything about them. Our spirituality should probably be the most important thing to us (besides our family, of course), but if we use it as an excuse to be ignorant about the current state of our world, we’ll fail to make any kind of change.

I don’t think we should reject knowledge in the name of spirituality, and I suppose it comes down to how much knowledge we want versus how much we want to elevate our consciousness. We can do both, but we have to employ some kind of balance between them so knowledge doesn’t overtake the spiritual journey.

It’ll be okay if the spiritual journey overtakes our drive for knowledge (which will eventually happen), and to cling to knowledge or anything else that keeps us in the mind when we’re ready to take the next step would be to hold ourselves back and cause unnecessary suffering. Once we’re ready to leave the mind for good, the best thing we can do is flow with the journey instead of clinging to the mind or the external world as a whole.

However, we enable much worse suffering to occur in the world when we focus more on our spirituality than learning things that could help us bring clean water and healthy food to poor villages who need it, stop the criminalization of homelessness, stop the arrests of innocent people for “crimes” that are hardly worth arrest, or anything else.

We have a lot to do and plenty to learn about, but we can’t solve any of the world’s issues if we’re unaware of them. We can’t answer to injustice if we don’t even know it’s happening, and if you’re more of a spiritual seeker than an activist, then feel free to discard this entire article. Not everyone is interested in directly changing the world, which is understandable, and some would rather focus on changing themselves in hopes that the world can change too.

We have to do what works for us, but the socially and spiritually aware have a responsibility to a) increase their awareness, and b) use it to make a change. We can’t do this if our focus is solely on enlightenment or emptying the mind, but we can make time for learning, activism and meditation if we dedicate ourselves to all three of them.

Knowledge is a good thing, and the external world doesn’t have to keep us from enlightenment. In order to truly evolve, we have to get the biggest, clearest picture of our existence that we can, and we’ll fail in this area if we turn our back on the world in favor of a higher state of consciousness.

This reality (and the knowledge that comes with it) is just as important as the higher realms, and I’m sure more spiritual seekers will understand this as we reach a point where our society can no longer continue on its current course and we’re forced to become socially aware and make a change.

I think it’s inevitable that humanity will come together to change the world, because we’ve done a lot of damage and our problems can only be solved together, as one people.

I envision a world where everyone can work hand-in-hand to transform our planet, and once the transformation is complete, we can learn to live with it and its sentient creatures instead of destroying them for personal gain.

It starts with each of us becoming aware and fighting for change, and we can do this while we explore our consciousness and learn new things about our existence, the higher realms and the off-world forces who’ve been hanging around since long before our recorded history. We don’t have to choose spiritual awareness over social, and we can bring it all together under the banner of simple awareness.

We’re aware, and we can use our awareness to change the world. So let’s learn what we can while we’re here, because this knowledge plays an important role in our societal transformation whether we realize it or not. Together with love, it’ll allow us to transform ourselves and the world around us as we grow into the next stage of our existence.

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WES ANNAC – Releasing Resistance – Learning from Life – 6-20-15

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By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

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When was the last time you had to go through something stressful or frustrating, only to realize by the end of it that you learned a valuable lesson? If you’ve experienced this, then you aren’t alone. We all go through difficult, stressful and painful things, and most people don’t realize that these experiences are actually teaching them.

If you want to take it even further, you could say that everything we experience is a lesson. Every moment – from the joyful to the sad or stressful – has some kind of teaching for us, and we just need to open up to find the lesson. Openness will help us understand that our difficult experiences are teaching us, and our knowledge will skyrocket pretty quickly when we open up to these constant teachings.

Depending on how you think, you could say there are higher forces that intervene in our lives whenever possible. You could say these forces have been tasked with guiding us through this often difficult life, and they constantly send us messages we can decode, lessons we can learn and experiences that are meant not only to challenge us, but liberate us. You could say these higher forces are passionate about helping us expand our consciousness, and if we could only open up to them, we’d receive a lot more direct assistance and learn our lessons more easily.

These forces want to help us, but we have to be sufficiently open and clear in mind before we can consciously receive their assistance.

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The best way to increase our openness and finally start learning from life is to release our resistance. Resistance can keep us from having new, challenging experiences that help us learn, grow and elevate our consciousness, and we won’t learn anything significant if we resist every lesson that comes our way. As soon as we stop resisting, everything will seem to change.

Things might actually get easier, and not only will we learn more – we’ll be able to let life be instead of trying to control it. The moment we try to control life is usually the moment things get harder, and if we think about it, we can see how these two things are related.

It’s safe to say that most people don’t want life to be so hard, and the ironic thing is that their need to control their life is usually what makes it so hard in the first place. If we can do away with this unnecessary tendency, we could create the kind of life we want and learn valuable lessons along the way that help us grow.

We won’t stop being challenged when we release our resistance, but our perspective on it will change entirely. We’ll understand that challenges aren’t meant to keep us from making progress, and their actual purpose is to help us reach the next stage. Think of it like a video game. We can’t go to the next level until we learn how to solve our current level’s puzzles, and similarly, we can’t advance to the next stage in our growth until we learn the lessons life is giving us right here, right now.

As long as we leave the overactive ego behind and learn to live from the heart, these puzzles will get a lot easier and more fun.

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Ego-centeredness usually causes us to resist life’s countless lessons, and it’s one of the biggest inhibitors on the spiritual path. The ego’s helpful in some ways, but it can severely prevent progress if we let it influence us too much. We can use it without listening to its every command, and it all comes down to the understanding that in our true, silent, empty form, we exist far outside of the mind, the ego, and the physical body. Spirit is our true form, and the word ‘spirit’ doesn’t even do justice to its description.

We can’t learn from life or discover who we truly are if the ego’s still at the wheel, and leaving the ego goes hand-in-hand with releasing our resistance and opening up to life. The two are really one and the same since resistance comes from the ego, and releasing the ego will allow us to release all resistance.

I should also mention that we’ll make the most progress when we’re centered in love, because we’ll no longer be or victims of the ego or our own self-created thought forms. We’ll no longer be susceptible to the ego’s influence when it’s under the control of the heart, and if more people understood the benefits of heart-centeredness, they could discover the key to enjoying life and getting the most out of its lessons.

In my opinion, most spiritual practices pale in comparison to opening the heart. We learn compassion when we’re centered in the heart and willing to help anyone who’s struggling, and the selfless service that can result from our heart-centeredness will teach us even more about our world and the people in it. We’ll obviously learn more about the world by getting out there and helping people than by staying home all the time, but we can help others and learn about the world even if we don’t get out.

Even if we just help our loved ones a little each day, we’ll learn a lot of new things about them, the issues they require help with, and ultimately, ourselves. Our responses to their concerns will teach us about ourselves, and they might learn a thing or two about us as well. If we have trouble finding compassion in a certain situation, for example, we (and they) will learn that we have a blockage in that area for some reason.

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So ultimately, heart-centeredness will teach us how to go with the flow and learn from life, how to help others, and how to learn new things about ourselves. For these reasons (and plenty of others), I think it’s essential to stay in the heart, but we don’t want to try so hard to be heart-centered that we bring our resistance right back up. We want to call on our love in a way that doesn’t require the mind, and like everything else, it’ll get easier with practice.

Life has an abundance of lessons to teach us, and along with rooting ourselves in the heart, releasing our resistance will spare us untold amounts of unnecessary difficulty. Nothing has to bring us down or take us out of our center anymore, and we’re responsible for how we handle life’s lessons. We can learn these lessons with joy and centeredness, or we can angrily resist them and wonder why life seems like an uphill climb.

The hill will smooth itself out as we learn to go with the flow, and the things we learn from there on out will help us more than our resistance ever did. This is reason enough to release it and let life become our teacher, and no matter what we experience each day, we can be sure there’s some kind of lesson in it. We’ll learn a lot if we embrace this mode of thinking, and with heart-centeredness, our knowledge and experience will become infinite.

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I’m a twenty-two year old spiritual writer, blogger and channel for the creative expression of the inner universe, and I created The Culture of Awareness daily news site.

The Culture of Awareness features daily spiritual and alternative news, articles I’ve written, and more. Its purpose is to awaken and uplift by providing material about the fall of the planetary elite and a new paradigm of unity and spirituality.

I’ve contributed to a few different spiritual websites including The Master Shift, Waking Times, Golden Age of Gaia, Wake Up World and Expanded Consciousness. I can also be found on Facebook (Wes Annac and The Culture of Awareness) and Twitter, and I write a paid weekly newsletter that you can subscribe to for $11.11 a month here.

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WES ANNAC – 5 Things to Release on the Path of Enlightenment – 6-11-15

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By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

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You probably don’t need me to tell you that spirituality isn’t all about feeling positive or uplifted. The enlightenment path requires us to sacrifice things that hold us back and keep us from making progress, and maybe this is where the notion of religious sacrifice was created.

Most religious sacrifices throughout history have been unnecessarily violent and wicked, but maybe the idea of religious sacrifice originally came from the external (and even internal) sacrifices we have to make on the enlightenment path.

Why do we have to make these sacrifices? Because there are a lot of things here on Earth that stop us from making genuine spiritual progress and we have to avoid these things if we want to elevate our consciousness or awaken others.

The purpose of self-sacrifice isn’t to boss ourselves around or give up things we cherish, unless they cause serious damage – it’s to detach from things that are destructive so we can make room for more wholesome things that accelerate our evolution.

Here, I’ll list four things we’ll want to give up if our goal is to walk the spiritual path without falling back into limiting habits or mindsets. Ridding ourselves of them right now will allow us to forge ahead with strength, and they’ll eventually stop influencing us and fade away.

1. Negative or toxic people

I’m sure we all know someone who seems overly negative or constantly upset with life, and we’ll want to keep our distance from them for the sake of our spiritual growth. When we’re around other people, we tend to be subconsciously influenced by their expressions and, sometimes, their outbursts, and if we aren’t careful, we could end up repeating their behavior.

We could end up frustrated with life or with the people around us, and we won’t even realize we were influenced by someone else’s negativity. We’re all subconsciously connected, and the words and actions of people we’re close with can affect us in a deeper way than we realize.

With all of this said, we should remember that the issue isn’t always black and white. We might have a loved one who means a lot to us but tends to have random or not so random outbursts (or their opinion on any issue is just too negative to take), and we won’t just want to abandon them.

We don’t want to abandon our family or people we’re close with just because of their negativity, so we’ll have to find some kind of middle ground. We don’t want to spend so much time with them that they start to influence us, but we don’t want to avoid them just because we don’t like how they express themselves.

We’ll want to stay balanced and listen to our intuition when we’re met with any difficult circumstances. Our intuition will help us make the best and most helpful decisions, and we can spend time with an angry loved one while finding some way to stay impervious to their negativity.

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2. Sugary, artificial, GMO foods

It’s no secret that our modern society is filled with cheap, fake foods that make big food corporations money while slowly poisoning us and ensuring that we’ll be sick when we’re older. These foods don’t just hurt our physical health – they’re a detriment to our spiritual health as well because mind, body and spirit are one.

What we put into our bodies affects us deeply on a mental, emotional and spiritual level, and if we want to be clearheaded as we go throughout our day or we want our meditations to be more potent, then clean, healthy and preferably organic food is our best bet.

I’m not trying to be one of those food snobs who tells you how to live your life, and while I try to be healthy, I tend to eat as much fake, sugary food as anyone else.

I’ve felt firsthand the difference between healthy and unhealthy food, and the first choice gives us energy, clarity, vitality and an enhanced sense of passion while the latter pleases our taste buds before making us feel lazy, tired and awful.

We’ll also want to avoid unhealthy eating habits, like eating too much or too late at night. We don’t realize how this affects us when we’re doing it, but the effects will make themselves known at a later time when we feel terrible and we can’t understand why.

3. Too much television or technological stimulation

Watching television is one of the most destructive things a spiritual seeker can do. Again, I don’t want to tell you how to live, but a lot of things on this world (including TV) seem designed to keep people unhealthy and, for lack of a better word, stupid.

Television dumbs us down while keeping us fixed on an artificial reality that’s usually violent, hypersexual or just plain juvenile, and intelligent people aren’t the only ones who might want to avoid it.

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Spiritual seekers would benefit just as much from avoiding TV or any other kind of technological stimulation, but there’ll always be times when we have to use technology. Most of my work is done on a computer, but when I’m done working for the day, I can always get outside, go to a nature spot, ride my bicycle and generally detach from technology.

It’s important to reconnect with nature, which technology can prevent, because it’s our true home and it’s provided everything we’ll ever need for survival or leisure.

We can’t reconnect with nature if we’re too busy staring into the TV, our smartphones or any other gadget that distracts us from life, so we’ll want to put these things down sometimes and rediscover reality.

4. Laziness or fatigue

I know that fatigue is sometimes unavoidable, and we never want to feel it when it comes along. However, there are driving factors, like laziness, that we’ll want to be on the lookout for if we don’t want fatigue to bring us down.

While the advice we’ve been given from various spiritual teachers to ‘become nothing’ is helpful on the path, I think we should be active in the midst of all of our spiritual practices that reconnect us with nothingness.

I don’t see anything wrong with exercising a little each day, and I’d imagine it can boost our meditation and make those higher vibes easier to feel.

Not to mention that being active can help us find a sense of purpose, and once we find what we want to do in life, we can enthusiastically pursue it with an active, awake perspective instead of sitting down on the couch to be entertained by whatever reality TV show is on.

I think being active is an important part of spiritual evolution, and laziness or fatigue won’t go away until we remove ourselves from them. It might require us to step outside of our comfort zone, but we’ll see that it was worth it when we feel better and the good vibes can flow in without restriction.

5. Suppressing negativity or avoiding the ‘shadow self’

We all have a ‘shadow self’, which is the aspect of our personality that’s constantly negative, hurtful, narcissistic, etc. Contrary to what you might think, I’m not encouraging us to give it up. I’m encouraging us to give up trying to suppress it, because it’s a crucial part of us that we’ll want to embrace, heal and release.

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In embracing the shadow self, we’ll also want to stop avoiding the negative situations we have to deal with in life. No matter how hard we try to stay ‘happy’ or aligned with our higher consciousness, we’re going to have to deal with negative situations that we’d rather sweep under the rug.

How we handle them is our choice entirely, and we can do it with grace, patience, and most importantly, centeredness. We have to stay centered when we deal with these kinds of situations, and leaving our center can cause us to lose ourselves in the emotional fray.

The destructive tendency to suppress negative situations or even the negativity we carry within will stifle our spiritual growth in the long run, so let’s give it up and willingly embrace any negativity that comes our way – from the world or from within.

As we continue along the enlightenment path, we’ll find plenty more things that we have to release into the ethers if we want to keep thriving. This might be a difficult or uncomfortable process for a lot of spiritual seekers, but it’s all for a good cause and the positive change will be evident when we look back.

We just have to be willing to give up things that no longer serve us, and it gets easier when we can call on our higher consciousness and allow our spiritual/creative essence to work through us.

Opening up to the ‘higher self’ will make our disciplines and sacrifices easier, and whether we know it or not, we have an infinite source of love, guidance and creativity within that we can access at any time.

Our connection with this part of ourselves will become clearer and more refined as we willingly sacrifice the things that stop us from maintaining it, and the guidance we receive from our higher consciousness will make any future sacrifices easier.

With this in mind, we see that our sacrifices really don’t have to be hard. They will be hard as long as we build them up in our minds, but opening the mind and connecting with the intuition will help us understand that sacrifice and discipline boil down to a moment-by-moment choice.

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I’m a twenty-two year old spiritual writer, blogger and channel for the creative expression of the inner universe, and I created The Culture of Awareness daily news site.

The Culture of Awareness features daily spiritual and alternative news, articles I’ve written, and more. Its purpose is to awaken and uplift by providing material about the fall of the planetary elite and a new paradigm of unity and spirituality.

I’ve contributed to a few different spiritual websites including The Master Shift, Waking Times, Golden Age of Gaia, Wake Up World and Expanded Consciousness. I can also be found on Facebook (Wes Annac and The Culture of Awareness) and Twitter, and I write a paid weekly newsletter that you can subscribe to for $11.11 a month here.

WES ANNAC – The Gift of Life – 6-5-15

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By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

Amidst the hustle and bustle of modern life, do we ever stop to remember how good we have it? Do we ever stop to think about how lucky we are to live relatively normal lives in places that, at the surface at least, seem stable enough to support our work to create a new paradigm?

We’re all in a great position to create the inner and outer changes that need made, and we could go about our work with a sense of gratitude for our existence if we could see that, in a sense, everything is exactly the way it’s meant to be.

We have life, and every day we’re given on this Earth is a blessing that we should not only appreciate, but utilize to the fullest extent.

Only when we can learn to love life can we share our love with the rest of the world, and until we repair everything in our life that keeps us from enjoying or appreciating it, we’ll have trouble creating change in the world.

There are a lot of bad things to be said about this planet, but there are a lot of good things too. There are things here that most people don’t even realize are around, because they never get out and expand their horizons.

Similarly, there are things we can find within that most people have failed to grasp or understand, much less explore with any kind of enthusiasm, and by accepting the opportunity we’ve been given, we can join the ranks of people throughout history who’ve pioneered the exploration of a greater reality.

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When we can appreciate this existence, which is a blessing whether we realize it or not, we can open the inner doorway to higher vibrations, mystical wonders and an enhanced understanding of the oneness of all of creation.

We’ll understand that we’ve been taking life way too seriously, and all the pressure we’ve put on ourselves is completely unnecessary.

Yes, survival is a serious matter and we’re right to be concerned with sustaining ourselves, but beyond all of that, we’re spiritual beings who’ve been put here to enjoy this world as we climb the spiral back into a higher existence.

The last thing we should be doing is running around like chickens with our heads cut off to support the very system that’s keeping us enslaved.

We aren’t here to try so hard, and we aren’t here to be so stressed out. We’re here to live. We’re here to love, laugh, find joy in the simple things, help people when they need it the most, and use our gifts to make some kind of positive impact in the world, however small or humble.

We’re here to enjoy everything life throws our way, and the great secret to life is that it doesn’t have to be so mean, intimidating or unnecessarily difficult. It doesn’t have to be a constant struggle to survive, and we don’t have to bounce around from dramatic moment to dramatic moment.

When we find peace in our soul and we appreciate our existence, our entire outlook changes and we stop trying so hard to find the things that, as we’re learning, require us to open our minds and ease up on the tension to find. We won’t find anything within if we’re tense or we try too hard, and this includes happiness.

In my view, happiness is a spiritual quality that we have to be in touch with ourselves to find, and it’ll be harder to find if we’re disconnected from ourselves or our higher consciousness.

When we are connected, we’ll learn that self-care is as important as helping others and we aren’t excluded from the people who deserve help. We can help ourselves while we help others, and giving ourselves the freedom to have fun will help us appreciate life even more.

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The key is to stay open and let life become our teacher, because our creator is in everything and he/she is constantly trying to communicate with us. We need only to open up and listen to our intuitive guidance, and everything will make sense as we joyfully reconnect with a part of ourselves we gave up long ago.

Our appreciation will really increase once this connection is strong, and somewhere along the way, we’ll teach others to appreciate life too. Eventually, the world will be full of world changers who appreciate their existence and are willing to work together to create a fairer, more sustainable way of life.

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I’m a twenty-one year old spiritual writer, blogger and channel for the creative expression of the inner universe, and I created The Culture of Awareness daily news site.

The Culture of Awareness features daily spiritual and alternative news, articles I’ve written, and more. Its purpose is to awaken and uplift by providing material about the fall of the planetary elite and a new paradigm of unity and spirituality.

I’ve contributed to a few different spiritual websites including The Master Shift, Waking Times, Golden Age of Gaia, Wake Up World and Expanded Consciousness. I can also be found on Facebook (Wes Annac and The Culture of Awareness) and Twitter, and I write a paid weekly newsletter that you can subscribe to for $11.11 a month here.

Wes Annac – Live Life with Passion

By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

Life isn’t about working day in and day out to please someone else just so we can ‘earn our keep’ and stay financially secure. There’s an underlying theme to life that most people have forgotten, and if we want to understand this theme, we have to open the mind and consider concepts that most of society wouldn’t yet accept.

One of those concepts is that love is the driving force of our existence, and another is that there are higher states of consciousness we can access with meditation and other inner tools that connect us with a reality that’s much realer and more refined than our own.

To explore this greater reality, which exists beyond our surface awareness, all we really have to do is open up to it and let our higher consciousness take the wheel and steer. Our higher consciousness has always guided us, and for the most part, we’ve been unaware of its existence.

One of the most important things we learn as we traverse the spiritual path is that most people have been living life wrong. While survival is an important part of life, we’ve become so enamored with survival that we’ve forgotten why we’re trying to survive in the first place.

The point of survival is to allow ourselves to live, and most people have forgotten how to truly live. Most people stop themselves from having a life that’s worth living, because they’re so caught up with trying to survive every day that they’ve forgotten what it’s like to stop striving and simply exist.

We need to return to simple, unconditional existence. We need to return to a way of life that integrates love and an understanding of the deeper spirituality that reveals itself to those who can open up and consciously receive its presence, and in my opinion, the world will continue to struggle until we can each create this kind of life for ourselves.

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We need to create a life that’s worth living, and the best way to do this is to pursue things we enjoy. Pursuing our passions is arguably one of the best ways to get the most out of life, and everything starts to flow when we find our passions and embrace them.

Our love for life grows when we can enjoy our work, but if we stick with some uninspiring job just so we can survive, we’ll miss out on one of the most essential aspects of life: working hard at something we actually want to do.

Our work is meant to help us feel whole, as opposed to providing an income and nothing else. Our work is meant to inspire us and the people it reaches – not turn us into braindead zombies who repeat the same mechanical tasks day in and day out for a paycheck.

Money is the reason so many people work dull, uninspiring jobs, and we have to change our perception of money if we want to liberate ourselves. It isn’t something we’re meant to earn by slaving away, and it can come as a natural result of our passionate work.

While the archetypical ‘starving artist’ is alive and well, I’m comfortable saying that if we find something we truly enjoy and we decide to stick with it, any survival concerns will work themselves out.

Once we decide to pursue our passions, we have to live up to that decision by working hard while remembering to enjoy life. If we find something we really enjoy, we should work as hard as we feel inspired to – even if it means we work ourselves to the bone.

The difference between that work and the kind of work we’d do at a nine-to-five is that we’re actually enjoying ourselves instead of doing something out of a sense of obligation.

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Our work will flow like never before when we’re passionate about it, but the key is that we have to wholeheartedly pursue it without looking back. We have to apply ourselves, which can be a lot more challenging than doing whatever mechanical work a traditional job requires.

Most of the ‘jobs’ in this day and age have been designed to keep people intellectually and spiritually numb, and lower class jobs are the worst.

The ruling elite don’t want a society of informed, motivated people who are willing to find their passions and work hard – they want a society of conformist ‘individuals’ who’ll do whatever monkey-minded job is given to them.

This is why our education system is broken, and this is why the vast majority of television we watch seems designed to dumb us down.

It is designed to keep us trapped in a spiritual and intellectual box that keeps us from stepping outside of our boundaries and actually questioning reality, and we have to break this matrix if we want any hope of changing this clearly lost, broken world.

The first step to creating external change is to create change from within, and therefore, the first step to changing the world is changing everything about our lives that no longer works for us, whether it’s related to our work, our relationships or anything else.

We have to make these essential internal changes before we can change anything about the world, and we can only make a positive change by following our dreams and passions. With the power of our higher consciousness, which some people call the ‘higher self’, shifting our lives to match our growing awareness should be relatively simple.

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As long as we work hard and remember to have fun, we’ll uplift the rest of the world, which is just starting to awaken to the higher vibes that are permeating everyone (whether they know it or not).

It requires the willingness to find what we want in life and wholeheartedly pursue it, and if we’re willing to contribute to this massive spiritual revolution in whatever way we see fit, the world around us will eventually reflect our dedicated inner changes.

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I’m a twenty-one year old spiritual writer, blogger and channel for the creative expression of the inner universe, and I created The Culture of Awareness daily news site.

The Culture of Awareness features daily spiritual and alternative news, articles I’ve written, and more. Its purpose is to awaken and uplift by providing material about the fall of the planetary elite and a new paradigm of unity and spirituality.

I’ve contributed to a few different spiritual websites including The Master Shift, Waking Times, Golden Age of Gaia, Wake Up World and Expanded Consciousness. I can also be found on Facebook (Wes Annac and The Culture of Awareness) and Twitter, and I write a paid weekly newsletter that you can subscribe to for $11.11 a month here.

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