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Note from Wes: Blog Articles and New Projects

blog-pencilHey everyone! I’ll be working on two writing projects for the next few weeks, one of which has to do with the paid weekly document (aka ‘Weekly Newsletter’) I write and offer on the blog.

I don’t want to divulge too much information about the other project.

However, I will say that I’m writing an ebook and its intention will be to shed light on an interesting 20th century religious movement and explore some fascinating, entertaining and enlightening accounts of life after death.

I’ll share more info as both projects progress.

I’ll be reposting some of my older articles for the next few weeks while I put all of my writing energy into these projects, and I’ll occasionally check in to give a personal update.

I’ll eventually return to writing blog articles on a daily or near-daily basis, but for now, my focus is on the ebook and the weekly written document.

I may post a new article now and then just to let you all know I’m still writing, and hopefully, you all enjoy what results from both of these new projects.

Much love!

Wes Annac:)


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Love (and Writing) Is My Religion

By Wes Annac, Editor-in-Chief, Culture of Awareness

I wrote the following for the 215th issue of the Weekly Awareness Guide, a written document distributed weekly via email that I offer for $11.11 a month.

Income from the guide helps me get by and ensures I can continue to offer free content, and every subscription is appreciated. The option to subscribe is given at the bottom of this post (learn about subscribing with cash/check here)

For many spiritual thinkers, finding an outlet to share wisdom and express their philosophy is essential to the life they intend to live.

Their outlet is even more meaningful if they can make a living from it, but many who choose this lifestyle are initially unaware of the dedication required. Writing is my preferred outlet, and despite that I made this choice years ago, I’m finally starting to see that dedication is unavoidable.

This isn’t a bad thing, and in fact, it’s exactly what I wanted when I decided to be a writer. I have a lot of work ahead of me, but it’s the work I’m here to do. Continue reading “Love (and Writing) Is My Religion”

Why Was This Natural Medicinal Substance Banned by the DEA?

By Wes Annac, Editor-in-Chief, Culture of Awareness & Openhearted Rebel

I wrote the following for the 215th issue of the Weekly Awareness Guide, a weekly document offered here on the blog for $11.11 a month.

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If you’ve been keeping up with alternative media outlets the past couple weeks, you probably know that the DEA just classified kratom, a tropical deciduous tree with leaves used for various medicinal purposes (1), a Schedule 1 substance.

This puts it in the same class as heroin (2). Continue reading “Why Was This Natural Medicinal Substance Banned by the DEA?”

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Terence McKenna on Cannabis, Creativity and Decriminalization

By Wes Annac, Editor-In-Chief, Culture of Awareness

I wrote the following for the Weekly Awareness Guide, a weekly document I offer for $11.11 a month. Income from the guide helps me get by and ensures I can continue to offer free content, and every subscription is appreciated.

The option to subscribe can be found at the bottom of this post.

Few have said more about the benefits of cannabis than author, lecturer and psychedelic drug enthusiast Terence McKenna.

McKenna used cannabis regularly as a creative aid meant to induce higher consciousness, bring a sense of mental clarity and make the expression of deep thought easier, and he didn’t consider its use something to be ashamed of, but embraced.

He often spoke of the plant’s practically endless uses, and on one occasion, he quit for a short period of time while working on a book only to realize after completing it (without having used cannabis the whole time he wrote it) that the book was terrible (1).

Obviously, his experiences are unique and don’t apply to everyone. Continue reading “Terence McKenna on Cannabis, Creativity and Decriminalization”

This Is How the U.S. Creates Terrorist Groups Like ISIS

By Wes Annac, Editor-In-Chief, Culture of Awareness

I wrote the following for the 213th issue of the Weekly Awareness Guide, a weekly guide offered here on the blog for $11.11 a month.

Income from the guide helps me get by and ensures I can continue to offer free content, and every subscription is appreciated. The option to subscribe via PayPal can be found at the bottom of this post; head here to learn about subscribing via cash or check.

Warning: Some of the contents of this segment are graphic. Reader discretion advised.

If you kick a man, don’t expect him to stay down. Expect him to get up and defend himself. Most people won’t tolerate abuse no matter whom the abuser is, where the abuser lives or what culture they represent.

As is the case with western intervention in the middle east, aggression toward the abuser’s culture is often the result of the abuse rather than blind hatred with no sensible motivation. The anti-American sentiment championed by groups like ISIS didn’t spring up overnight for no reason.

If the U.S. didn’t antagonize the middle east with military might, the cultural differences between us would never be responsible for extremist groups like ISIS bent on the destruction of western society, which to them, represents the way of life of those who’ve killed and tortured their people.

Why Would Anyone Hate the U.S.?

Some speculate ISIS is a creation of the CIA, but let’s assume for the sake of this segment that, as the media tells us, it’s a group with genuine middle eastern roots bent on causing havoc for the west – or just causing havoc.

What would cause such hatred against the U.S.? Surely the invasion of Iraq and the falling out from it wouldn’t have caused hard feelings? Unsurprisingly, there was more going on at the time than the American people were told. There probably still is.

Also unsurprising is that some of it may have led to the creation of ISIS.

Abuse endured by prisoners of war, combined with an open environment for recruitment in Iraqi prisons and the U.S. overstepping its bounds in Iraq in countless ways, could’ve directly led to the group’s formation.

If true, this proves that ISIS was preventable. However, we all know that when it comes to war or terrorism, the U.S. is uninterested in prevention.

ISIS Leader Spent Time in a Prison Notorious for Torture

Citing The Intercept, Darius Shahtahmasebi reports that it’s been confirmed that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, current ISIS leader, was a prisoner in the Abu Ghraib prison in 2004 (1).

Abu Ghraib became notorious that same year for the cruel and inhuman abuse of prisoners on the part of the U.S. that was exposed there (1).

The abuse included kicking prisoners; punching them; slapping them; jumping on them; and taking photographs and videos of them naked while, in some cases, forcing them into sexual positions (1).

One prisoner was forced to stand naked on top of a box with a sandbag on his head and wires attached to his toes, fingers and penis that stimulated electric torture (1). This is dark stuff, and in the face of this information it’s easier to imagine why people would be infuriated enough with the west to want to attack us.

The Intercept reports that the cruel treatment of prisoners combined with the ease with which radical leaders could approach and convert less radical prisoners turned Abu Ghraib into a “jihadi university” (1).

It’d be easy to recruit someone who was moderate before suffering human rights injustices in prison that blinded them with rage. If approached by a radical leader, their rage combined with the desire for freedom (which they may feel the group can offer at the time) could hook them.

Abu Ghraib and Camp Bucca: Terrorist Manufacturing Camps

Camp Bucca was another prison facility known for being a haven for recruitment into extremist groups (1).

Mitchell Gray, a former Camp Bucca guard, noted that the hatred he could see in the eyes of the prisoners was unlike anything you’d see in an ordinary citizen (1). According to Gray, the prisoners looked like they’d kill him and his fellow guards “in a heartbeat” if they could (1).

This attitude was most likely caused by abuse endured by the prisoners, which could turn them into extremists with a personal grudge against the powers that be and the western society they seem to represent.

High-Ranking Iraqi Military Officials Joined ISIS

Baghdadi was believed to have maintained a relationship with other jihadists in Abu Ghraib, as well as Iraqi military officials who went on to maintain high ranks in ISIS (1).

One such former high-ranking member of the Iraqi military was Haji Bakr, a former colonel for Saddam Hussein who’s now believed to be the “mastermind” behind the ISIS infrastructure (1).

Bakr lost his position in the Iraqi military following Saddam’s fall (1). He wasn’t the only one.

According to investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill, Baathist Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri al-Takriti was one of Saddam’s top military commanders before the latter fell from power (1).

Along with 250,000 other Baathists, Takriti was fired from the Iraqi military when the Bush administration gave Paul Bremer control over the occupation of Iraq (1).

This was an effective purge of Iraqi soldiers from the Arab Socialist Baath Party, and it resulted in widespread Baathist hatred for the U.S.

The abuse endured by prisoners, along with the clearly political Iraqi military purge, Baghdadi’s time in Abu Ghraib and the jailing of former Iraqi military officials now a part of ISIS, all provide a definitive link between the west’s war crimes and the radical group’s creation.

No More Apathy; This Has to Change

If recruitment was as easy in Abu Ghraib, Camp Bucca and other places as we’re led to believe, then the key to crippling extremist groups and stopping new ones from forming could very well be to stop torturing these people and hold accountable those responsible.

The U.S. is known around the world for being a bully that uses military might to secure territories necessary for the advancement of its agendas while convincing its citizens to be good patriots and support it unconditionally.

Most people in other countries aren’t surprised to hear that our media barely reports the atrocious human rights abuses committed across the globe by our government and military. But if you want to know what Kim and Kanye are up to, our media has you covered.

Even when we do hear about human rights violations, most of us are apathetic about it simply because it’s not happening to us or our family.

If we stay silent, one day it will happen to us. Then we might understand what it’s like to feel such seething rage toward an entity you never see until it strikes, leaving you powerless to save yourself – much less your loved ones.

All those people defending their homes

from these bombs, and these tanks, and these guns.

Seen their brother and sister shot down,

Seen their mother and their father…gone.

Seen their future go from bad to worse,

Seen their last resort become their first.

And we act like they don’t hurt,

Like they don’t hurt. – SOJA

We Have No Idea

With the exception of American soldiers, we in the west have no idea how it’d feel to be a victim of war.

We witness fictitious violence in the media, but we lack the empathy to connect with the idea of losing a son or daughter in an airstrike on our home against some group that already antagonizes the local community.

We couldn’t fathom living in a war zone or being a political prisoner, but this is a terrible and tragic reality for countless people. Despite the disempowering consensus that the common man is too insignificant to make a change, we in the west can speak up and do something about all of this.

Whether or not we do anything will speak volumes about our collective compassion, but I have faith in the human race and I know we can do the right thing. We just have to be willing to stand up for the basic respect all human beings deserve.

This could prevent the rise of extremist groups and assure we can take the next step toward peace or, at the very least, a lessening of the aggression felt across the planet.


(1) Darius Shahtahmasebi, “ISIS Leader Was in US Custody When He Likely Created the Terror Group”, Anti Media, August 29, 2016 –

The Material and Spiritual Worlds

By Wes Annac, Editor, Culture of Awareness

I wrote the following for the 211th issue of The Culture of Awareness Weekly Newsletter, a weekly newsletter I write for $11.11 a month.

Income from the newsletter helps me get by and ensures I can continue to offer free content, and the option to subscribe is given at the bottom of this post.

A focus on the material world is described in many spiritual circles as a distraction from enlightenment, but in my opinion it’s only as much of a distraction as we let it be.

If you’re open to spirit and you’ve found some way to expand your consciousness on a regular basis, then the material world will only distract you to the extent that you let it.

The material world is neutral. It can help or inhibit evolution depending on what we focus on while we’re here, and when I’m in nature, I’m never distracted from spirit even though I’m technically focused on the external world.

It’s because I’m also focused on my internal world. Continue reading “The Material and Spiritual Worlds”

The Friendship Case: Evidence of Extraterrestrial Contact? – Part 5 (Conclusion)

By Wes Annac, Editor, Culture of Awareness

(Concluded from part 4)

Selfless Service Misinterpreted

If you’re willing to entertain ideas about ancient aliens, maybe the visitations reported throughout history included lessons about service to others that came in the form of helping the visitors.

They may have taught that helping others is inherent to the soul’s evolution by offering wisdom in exchange for various services as they did with Bruno’s group.


We can take it a step further and say that some ancient civilizations grew to misinterpret these ‘offerings’ to the ‘gods’ and the intention behind them.

This could explain why some degenerated into human sacrifice in an attempt to appease these gods who, when becoming aware of such awful things, would have to leave immediately because their vibration wouldn’t be able to handle it (provided they were the W56 or another enlightened group). Continue reading “The Friendship Case: Evidence of Extraterrestrial Contact? – Part 5 (Conclusion)”

The Friendship Case: Evidence of Extraterrestrial Contact? – Part 4

Peru_UFOBy Wes Annac, Editor, Culture of Awareness

(Continued from part 3)

Love Is the Key

The idea that negative ETs can intercept the group consciousness of positive ones is confirmed in the Law of One by Ra.

During one of the sessions, Ra stated that their communication with Carla Rueckert’s group could be intercepted by negative entities looking to deliver disinformation if the group failed to maintain ‘exceptional harmony’ (1).

For the W56, every thought and action had to be guided by love, respect and altruism (1). They taught that love is the key to a safe evolution – a crucial lesson for us to learn if we want to avoid destroying our planet (1).

They couldn’t fathom hurting anyone, because they had evolved past the point of any kind of confrontation (1). Continue reading “The Friendship Case: Evidence of Extraterrestrial Contact? – Part 4”

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