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I'm a twenty-something writer & blogger with an interest in spirituality, revolution, music and the transformative creative force known as love. I operate Openhearted Rebel, a daily news blog dedicated to igniting a revolution of love by raising social and spiritual awareness. I write from the heart and try to share informative, enlightening writings with the rest of the conscious community. When I’m not writing or exploring nature, I’m usually making music. I can be found on Facebook (Wes Annac - facebook.com/wesannac, Culture of Awareness - facebook.com/openheartedrebel), Twitter (twitter.com/Wes_Annac), (twitter.com/openhearted_rebellion), and my personal blog, wesannac.wordpress.com

RIP Chester Bennington

Chester Bennington of Linkin Park has tragically passed away. His death was ruled a suicide.

This will sound cliche, but Chester and Linkin Park got me through more hard times than I could count. The world and the lives of millions of people (including mine) will not be the same without him. Our hearts are heavy today.

The Messenger Lyrics:

When you feel you’re alone
Cut off from this cruel world
Your instincts telling you to run

Listen to your heart
Those angel voices
They’ll see you to you
They’ll be your guide
Back home

When life leaves us blind
Love keeps us kind
It keeps us kind

When you suffered it all
And your spirit is breaking
You’re growing desperate from the fight
Remember you’re loved
And you always will be
This melody will always bring
You right back home

When life leaves us blind
Love, keeps us kind
When life leaves us blind
Love keeps us kind

– Chester Bennington, The Messenger

In this video, Chester sings One More Light in honor of musician Chris Cornell, his dear friend who committed suicide in May of this year. The new song seems prophetic in light of Chester’s untimely death.

The story behind this performance is that the band was set to perform their single Heavy on Jimmy Kimmel Live when they learned of Chris Cornell’s suicide. Devastated by the news, they decided to play their song One More Light in honor of Chris. His suicide reportedly hit Chester hard, and you can feel the emotion in the performance. Have tissues ready.

One More Light Lyrics:

Should’ve stayed, were there signs, I ignored?
Can I help you, not to hurt, anymore?
We saw brilliance, when the world, was asleep
There are things that we can have, but can’t keep

If they say
Who cares if one more light goes out?
In a sky of a million stars
It flickers, flickers
Who cares when someone’s time runs out?
If a moment is all we are
We’re quicker, quicker
Who cares if one more light goes out?
Well I do

The reminders pull the floor from your feet
In the kitchen, one more chair than you need oh
And you’re angry, and you should be, it’s not fair
Just ’cause you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it, isn’t there

If they say
Who cares if one more light goes out?
In a sky of a million stars
It flickers, flickers
Who cares when someone’s time runs out?
If a moment is all we are
We’re quicker, quicker
Who cares if one more light goes out?
Well I do

Who cares if one more light goes out?
In a sky of a million stars
It flickers, flickers
Who cares when someone’s time runs out?
If a moment is all we are
We’re quicker, quicker
Who cares if one more light goes out?
Well I do

Well I do

– Chester Bennington, One More Light

We should all care if one more light goes out.

Rest in Power, Chester. You will be sorely missed.

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11-Year-Old Invents Landmark Water Quality Detection Device

Featured image: Rao demonstrating her prototype. Credit: Fast Company

Gitanjali Rao says “I believe that everyone has a right to know if their drinking water is safe or not.”

By Amelia Kinney, True Activist

11-year-old Gitanjali Rao had a vision of making water quality easier to detect. Her invention, the Tethys, uses carbon nanotube sensors to detect lead. The device connects to a mobile app to instantly report the water quality information.

“Before I had the idea for my solution, I noticed articles about how there was no solution to detect lead in water that is fast, easy, and inexpensive,” Rao told Fast Company in an interview. Rao recently graduated from 6th grade at Brentwood Middle School in Brentwood Tennessee. Her invention earned her finalist placing in the 2017 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Continue reading 11-Year-Old Invents Landmark Water Quality Detection Device

It’s OK. Positive People Still Have Bad Days Too!

By Andrea Schulman, BodyMindSoulSpirit.com

So maybe you already understand the Law of Attraction, and maybe you already do a lot of intentional positive thinking. You’ve probably seen a lot of benefits from it, but maybe you still have a bad day here and there. Maybe you’ve wondered “why do positive people still have bad days?“

The truth is, being positive is a relative concept. Even with focus and practice, our vibes still fluctuate. Regardless of our intention or effort, even the most skilled positive thinkers can have a few shaky moments here and there, and that’s ok! Continue reading It’s OK. Positive People Still Have Bad Days Too!

China Successfully Cuts Use Of Coal By 40% To Reduce Carbon Emissions

By Amanda Froelich, Truth Theory

China may soon lose its reputation as being one of the most polluting countries on the planet. This is because the Chinese government employed efforts in recent years to improve air quality and, as a result, was able to report that the use of “dirty” coal has dropped 40% over the past five years.

According to data from the Wood Mackenzie consultancy, the use of coal, known as sanmei, is expected to fall to 468 million tons in 2017, down from 774 million tons in 2012. As CNBC News relays, “Over 80 percent, or 650 million tons of this coal, was used in the industrial sector in 2012.” Reportedly, coal is most often used for heating purposes. Continue reading China Successfully Cuts Use Of Coal By 40% To Reduce Carbon Emissions

A Breathing Exercise to Take You Higher

By Nick Polizzi, Wake Up World

A few years ago, one of my teachers taught me a powerful breathing exercise that I’d like to share with you today.

Variations of this technique have been used for millennia to induce altered states of consciousness and connect more deeply with the divine. On the surface, it’s hard to fathom how breathing alone can take us to such great heights. I had doubts myself – until I gave it a try. As it turns out, I hadn’t given my lungs enough credit – the experience was cathartic in ways that defy description. Continue reading A Breathing Exercise to Take You Higher

Don’t Try

By Christina Sarich, The Mind Unleashed

I wish I could take credit for the two-word title that headlines this article, but it was used historically by an unlikely hero. Charles Bukowski (1920-1994), the “accidental” American author and poet had it written on his tombstone in Los Angeles. He wanted to reiterate something we need desperately to hear again in the age of sugar-sweet positivism. Sometimes success comes even to those who don’t try very hard. In fact – it comes to people who just don’t give a %#)&@. Continue reading Don’t Try

Officer Shoots Dogs That ‘Charged’ At Him, But Security Video Tells A Different Story

The Staffordshire terriers are service dogs for two girls.

By Brianna Acuesta, True Activist

In an incident that has since gone viral because of the release of security camera footage, two officers are under internal investigation after one of them shot two dogs in the backyard of a home whose security alarm had gone off. The two dogs, which are both Staffordshire terriers and named Ciroc and Rocko, were in the backyard when the officers responded to the burglary alarm by first heading to the back area of the house instead of knocking at the front door first. It was at this point that the officer saw fit to shoot the dogs as they approached him. Continue reading Officer Shoots Dogs That ‘Charged’ At Him, But Security Video Tells A Different Story

7 Ways to Revitalize Your Passion for Life in Turbulent Times

By Christine Horner, Collective Evolution

IN BRIEF: The difference between maintaining your zeal for life and heartbreaking disillusionment during turbulent times ultimately begins with you and where you are placing your focus. Here are seven proactive life responses for the most common reasons why you might feel your passion for life slipping away.

Thanks to social media, you’ve survived the “me” generation. “Me” exploded into “we” and a socially conscious generation was born. What was once considered personal fulfillment has changed for the better. Continue reading 7 Ways to Revitalize Your Passion for Life in Turbulent Times

A Permanent Experience of Global Unity

By Steve Beckow, Golden Age of Gaia

Sacred partnership is one form of sacred union.

It implies that two or more people pursue some common activity. They may work together.  They may live together.  They come together in some common pursuit.

Sacred union is simply the experiencing of a bond or connection of love with another.  Sacred partnerships are one form it might take. But it might also take the form of a spontaneous experience of unity with all of humanity, a spiritual experience involving no one else. Continue reading A Permanent Experience of Global Unity

Unleashing Your Unique Talents and Gifts in Service of a World in Need

By Caroline Ryan, Waking Times 

So you have probably noticed things aren’t going so well on planet earth right now. Nothing and no-one remains untouched by our unprecedented global upheaval as it’s impact takes its toll on our feelings, thoughts, perspectives and experiences and much else besides.

It’s unequivocally all change and unfortunately, the destructive type. Continue reading Unleashing Your Unique Talents and Gifts in Service of a World in Need