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I'm a twenty-something writer & blogger with an interest in spirituality, revolution, music and love. I operate The Culture of Awareness, a daily news blog dedicated to raising social and spiritual awareness and supporting the evolution of the planet. I also have a personal blog, Openhearted Rebel, in which I share my writings related to spirituality, creativity, heart-centeredness and revolution (among other topics). I try to write from the heart and share informative material with the rest of the conscious community, and when I’m not writing or exploring nature, I’m usually making music. I also passionately advocate cannabis as a means to expand consciousness, enhance creativity, alleviate depression and improve health. I write about cannabis often, and I hope to share the truth about it with everyone who realizes that the government (along with corporations that profit from its illegality) has been lying about it for decades. I can be found on Facebook (Wes Annac -, Culture of Awareness -, Twitter (, and my personal blog,

How to Communicate with Your Higher Self

By Sallie Keys, thanks to Body Mind Soul Spirit

Your Higher Self is the part of you that resides on the spiritual plane and contains the knowledge of all that you came to do and were designed to be. It’s what you are constantly striving to be in your most evolved state along your journey on your path and your purpose. It’s the part of your totality designed to help guide you along your path and into your purpose.

It’s always there waiting to connect with you and communicate with you. It wants to and no matter how disconnected you are, your Higher Self consistently tries to get through to you, sending you urges and messages all the time, even if you don’t realize it. Continue reading How to Communicate with Your Higher Self


San Francisco Becomes Largest U.S. City To Ban Animal Fur Sales

By Amanda Froelich, Truth Theory

Go, San Francisco! Recently, supervisors voted unanimously to ban the sale of fur. As a result, the Californian city is now the largest in the U.S. to approve the prohibition. Animal activists and environmentalists cheered the development. Some said the ban is further evidence fo the city’s animal-loving credentials.

As USA Today reports, the ban will take effect January 1, 2019. It applies to apparel and accessories featuring real fur. These include coats, key chains, and gloves. On Tuesday, an amendment was added to allow furriers and other retailers to continue selling their inventory until January 1, 2020. Continue reading San Francisco Becomes Largest U.S. City To Ban Animal Fur Sales

A 2% Financial Wealth Tax Could Provide a $12,000 Annual Income to Every American Household

By Paul BuchheitWake Up World

It’s not hard to envision the benefits in work opportunities, stress reduction, child care, entrepreneurial activity, and artistic pursuits for American households with an extra $1,000 per month. It’s also very easy to justify a financial wealth tax, given that the dramatic stock market surge in recent years is largely due to an unprecedented degree of technological and financial productivity that derives from the work efforts and taxes of ALL Americans. A 2% annual tax on financial wealth is a small price to pay for the great fortunes bestowed on the most fortunate Americans. (Remember: Just five men own almost as much wealth as half the world’s population.) Continue reading A 2% Financial Wealth Tax Could Provide a $12,000 Annual Income to Every American Household

Natural Wetland in India Filters 198 Million Gallons of Waste Every Day Without Chemicals

By Amanda Froelich, The Mind Unleashed
What if it was possible to filter human waste in a sanitary and eco-friendly way? We have news for you — it is. In the East Kolkata Wetlands (EKW) in India, 198 million gallons of human waste is treated every day through a process called bioremediation. Not only do the wetlands keep Kolkata sewage-free, they support a fertile aquatic garden and protect the low-lying city from flooding.

As The Better India reports, the EKW is the world’s only fully functional organic sewage management system. What was once was a patchwork of low-lying salt marshes and slow-running rivers is now a vast network of man-made wetlands which are bordered by green embankments.

The “kidneys of Kolkata” are maintained by farmers and fisherman. Each day, the wetlands receive nearly 750 million liters of the city’s waste each day. With the help of sunshine, oxygen, and microbial action, the sewage is organically treated.

How it works

Urban waste is routed through a maze of small inlets, each managed by a fishery cooperative. The cooperatives are in charge of the inflow of the wastewater. After the sewage settles, only the clear top layers of water flow into the shallow wetland.

A parabolic fish gate is in place to separate the wetland water from the wastewater. Its purpose is to prevent fish from swimming into the oxygen-deprived urban waste water. There, they would die.

It takes less than 20 days for nature to do its work. Organic waste, located in the inlets, settles down where it partly decomposes in the warm shallow water. Then, through a series of biological steps, the waste is converted into fish food. Soil bacteria, macro-algae, plant bacteria, and plants themselves all contribute the decomposition of the waste. The ecological processes are accelerated when sunlight penetrates the settled water.

After the process of bioremediation, the purified, nutrient-rich water is channeled into ponds, called bheries, where algae and fish thrive. Some of the water is also used to grow paddy and vegetables on the banks of the wetlands.

In addition to keeping Kolkata sewage-free and providing fertilizer to grow crops, the wetlands act as a natural flood control system. When floods threaten Kolkata, gravitational forces take the discharge eastward of the city, into the wetlands. In a way, the EKW serves as a natural spill basin. This function is essential during the monsoon season when the entire Gangetic delta is at-risk of flooding.

Despite their usefulness, the wetlands are at risk. A voracious appetite for real estate is threatening the fish ponds, where buyers seek to build. To raise awareness about this conundrum and the enormous value of the wetland’s environmental services, former city sanitation engineer Dhrubajyoti Ghosh has dedicated himself to campaigning for the unique ecosystem. Over the past couple of decades, he has developed technology options from the traditional practice of wastewater aquaculture. So far, four other towns have adopted the wastewater designs.

To this day, Ghosh works to preserve the EKW. He says,

“I am still learning how this delicate ecosystem works, how to further refine it, and why some places are better suited than others. I am happy to give any advice or help absolutely free, this is the best system of its kind in the world and could be helping millions of people. If I have failed in one thing it is this; not enough people know about it or are benefiting from it.”

What are your thoughts? Please comment below and share this news!

h/t The Better India


15 Years After the Iraq Invasion, What Are the Costs?

By Stephanie Savell

via, thanks to Wake Up World

U.S. Has Spent $32 Million Per Hour on War Since 2001

This March marked the 15th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

In 2003, President George W. Bush and his advisers based their case for war on the idea that Saddam Hussein, then dictator of Iraq, possessed weapons of mass destruction — weapons that have never been found. Nevertheless, all these years later, the global “War on Terror” continues — in Iraq and in many other countries. Continue reading 15 Years After the Iraq Invasion, What Are the Costs?

Noticing Peace

By Steve Beckow, Golden Age of Gaia

What exists when worry is absent? Peace.

Which do we prefer?

I’m in the middle of an experience of peace. In fact I truncate it by writing to you but it’s more important to record these things than to go for the fulness of them. (1)

I was worrying. About the usual. And somehow, in my imagination, I saw worry as melting and then drawing back into itself until it formed globules. Then these globules dried up, turned into ash, and blew away. Continue reading Noticing Peace

The Amount of Plastic in Oceans Will Triple within Seven Years, Says Major Report

By Vic Bishop, Waking Times 

A recent viral video of a diver swimming through a sea of plastic is a stark reminder of what we are doing to the world’s oceans. We’ve been reporting on this issue since 2012, watching the development of a massive gyre of plastic forming in the Pacific Ocean, devastating wildlife in the Midway Atolls. Continue reading The Amount of Plastic in Oceans Will Triple within Seven Years, Says Major Report

LSD Blurs Boundaries of Self and Others, Alleviates Depression

By Brandon TurbevilleNatural Blaze

Yet another study has emerged demonstrating the benefit of LSD in treating various mental health issues.

LSD reduces the borders between the experience of one’s own self and others. For that reason, it affects social interactions.

Researchers at University of Zurich have found that a serotonin receptor in the brain is crucially involved in the psychological mechanisms that involve experiencing both the self and others. Continue reading LSD Blurs Boundaries of Self and Others, Alleviates Depression

One More Light: Loss, Grief, and Love for Life

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel

This one will be rough.

Today, we’re looking at the song One More Light by Linkin Park. You probably know this band for the nu-metal style of music they became famous for – heavy guitars with rapping, scream-singing, keyboards, and turntables – or the tragedy that befell them in 2017. Continue reading One More Light: Loss, Grief, and Love for Life

21-Year-Old Launches Vegan Restaurant To Prove Healthy Food Isn’t Just For The Rich

By Amanda Froelich, Truth Theory

Most people are aware they need to eat healthier. The problem is, superfood beverages and to-go salads are expensive. For those who don’t have $20 to spend on a Whole Foods salad or $10 to splurge on a juice, nutrient-dense meals can be hard to come by. That’s why 21-year-old  Francesca “Sol” Chaney founded Sol Sip, a vegan restaurant that is affordable and healthy.

The full-time student is on a mission to provide delicious and nutritious food to the inner-city community in Brooklyn. As a city dweller, she has worked three jobs. So, she can relate to the struggles many people face when looking for food. Continue reading 21-Year-Old Launches Vegan Restaurant To Prove Healthy Food Isn’t Just For The Rich