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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,
The Buddha’s Life Story

The Buddha’s Life Story

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel

Buddhism is a religion predicated on detachment, renunciation, inner peace, and enlightenment. Buddhist teachers encourage their students to look within and become aware of what sustains the ego that keeps them focused on the outer world.

Through meditation and other practices that involve detachment, you can shine a light on your inner world and the fact that you are the driving force of your life. You’ll see that with a little discipline and understanding, you can create peace in yourself and in the world around you.

Buddhism encourages us to be content and open to the idea that we are all one. This is no different from most other religions, which share a common central message of peace, love, empathy, and unity. But in terms of its reputation and how its followers behave, Buddhism is far more peaceful. Continue reading The Buddha’s Life Story

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Cedella Marley: Let Go of Expectations

Positive Vibrations by Cedella Marley, A Nice Time

When you believe in yourself and keep a Positive state of mind, you will grow greater success. When you have to rush to the finish projects and meet goals, you can bring yourself stress and anxiety.

Try and let go of expectations and patiently wait and allow your success to flow naturally. The universe has its own time for everything, sometimes you just need to let go and let things happen naturally. Release your expectations and believe in yourself to enjoy the road to success.

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This Is Your Brain On Guitar

This Is Your Brain On Guitar

By Jordan Taylor Sloan, thanks to Body Mind Soul Spirit

Whether it’s playing “Stairway to Heaven” until your fingers bleed or always finding yourself in the center of a group of people intent on singing “Wagon Wheel,” some things are common to all guitarists.

Including, as it turns out, their brain chemistry. Continue reading This Is Your Brain On Guitar

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After ‘Losing’ 540 Kg Of Cannabis, Argentinian Police Blame Drug-addicted Rats

After ‘Losing’ 540 Kg Of Cannabis, Argentinian Police Blame Drug-addicted Rats

By Amanda Froelich, Truth Theory

Recently, police inspectors in Pilar, Argentina’s Buenos Aires province, were questioned about the disappearance of 540 kg (or approximately 1,190 pounds) of cannabis. The best answer they could come up with was that drug-addicted rats ate the entire stash.

The humorous ordeal began in April 2017. Javier Specia was relieved of his duty as head of the police department by his partner, Commissioner Emilio Portero. Both worked in the town of Pilar, located 60 km from the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires.

As VideoShock reports, protocol dictates that when command transfers, an inventory of everything left in the hands of the successor must be accounted for and signed. Though the inventory was allegedly conducted, it was never signed by Specia. This made Portero suspicious. After some contemplation, he contacted the Division of Internal Affairs of the Police. This prompted an official inventory to be taken. Continue reading After ‘Losing’ 540 Kg Of Cannabis, Argentinian Police Blame Drug-addicted Rats

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Choose a Way of Life, Not an Occupation

Choose a Way of Life, Not an Occupation

By Jessie Klassen, Wake Up World

“Are you sure you just want to farm? Don’t you want to do something more with your life?”  These were the questions posed to me in high school by my well-meaning teachers when I had declared that I was going to farm with my family after graduation. In their eyes, I was wasting my talents by staying on the farm I grew up on.

For generations, this has been a fostered attitude here in the country; you grow up, move to the city as soon as you can, get an education so that you can get a good paying job and you’ll be much happier than living out here in “the sticks.” There isn’t a whole lot of encouragement or support given to anyone with aspirations of staying. Sadly, this attitude for decades has meant the decimation of our small communities and reliance upon large, urban centres. Continue reading Choose a Way of Life, Not an Occupation

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Cannabis Significantly Reduces Depression, Anxiety, and Stress

Cannabis Significantly Reduces Depression, Anxiety, and Stress

By Marco Torres, Wake Up World

In a first-of-a-kind study, Washington State University scientists examined how peoples’ self-reported levels of stress, anxiety and depression were affected by smoking different strains and quantities of cannabis at home.

Their work, published this month in the Journal of Affective Disorders, suggests smoking cannabis can significantly reduce short-term levels of depression, anxiety, and stress.

Anxiety and depression are pathologies that affect human beings in many aspects of life, including social life, productivity and health. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a constituent non-psychotomimetic of Cannabis Sativa with great psychiatric potential, including uses as an antidepressant-like and antianxiety-like compound. Continue reading Cannabis Significantly Reduces Depression, Anxiety, and Stress

Cannabis May Lead To “Complete Remission” Of Crohn’s Disease, Says Study

Cannabis May Lead To “Complete Remission” Of Crohn’s Disease, Says Study

By Alanna Ketler, Collective Evolution

Crohn’s disease is a type of intestinal inflammation issue that is likely caused by the immune system essentially attacking otherwise harmless bacteria or food causing inflammation in the gut and bowels. It causes great pain and discomfort and often times surgery is needed to remove pieces of the intestines that are too badly inflamed to heal.

To many doctors, this is considered a mystery illness; as there is no known cause and some doctors believe it is an autoimmune disease. Luckily, new research has shown how cannabis has provided a complete remission from this disease for those participants who were involved in this study. Continue reading Cannabis May Lead To “Complete Remission” Of Crohn’s Disease, Says Study

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Shankara’s Description of a Heart Opening

Shankara’s Description of a Heart Opening

By Steve Beckow, Golden Age of Gaia

For Heart Opening Week.

This one is an excerpt from a larger article. In it,  Sri Shankara describes a heart opening in much the same terms I’d use.

One day, when I checked my cellphone, it opened to a page in Safari with the following words from Shankara. They are probably the best description of a heart opening and the consequent entry into a state of transformative love that I’ve read. Reading it brought me into a state of love again, at that moment: Continue reading Shankara’s Description of a Heart Opening

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Thich Nhat Hanh: We Need a Revolution: It Starts with Falling in Love with the Earth

Thich Nhat Hanh: We Need a Revolution: It Starts with Falling in Love with the Earth

via Golden Age of Gaia

Thich Nhat Hanh, Shift, April 21, 2018

We and the Earth are One

The Earth is our mother, nourishing and protecting us in every moment–giving us air to breathe, fresh water to drink, food to eat and healing herbs to cure us when we are sick. Every breath we inhale contains our planet’s nitrogen, oxygen, water vapor and trace elements. When we breathe with mindfulness, we can experience our interbeing with the Earth’s delicate atmosphere, with all the plants, and even with the sun, whose light makes possible the miracle of photosynthesis. With every breath, we can experience communion. With every breath, we can savor the wonders of life. Continue reading Thich Nhat Hanh: We Need a Revolution: It Starts with Falling in Love with the Earth

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No Such Thing as Chance

No Such Thing as Chance

By Elva Thompson, Waking Times

“Every Cause has its effect; every Effect has its Causes; everything happens according to Law; Chance is but a name for Law not recognised; there are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the Law.” ~

Man for the most part stumbles through life like a sleepwalker. He is unaware that for every thought and action he takes in his life there is an equal and opposite reaction. Our thoughts are energetic charges of energy which resonate on the unseen world of cause and bounce back into the manifest physical world of effect. Continue reading No Such Thing as Chance

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