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Love is My New Addiction

By Steve Beckow, Golden Age of Gaia

In a personal reading through Linda in 2014, Archangel Michael and I had this exchange:

Archangel Michael: This is your new addiction.

Steve Beckow: Addicted to love?

AAM: Yes.  (1)

And it’s true. I’m addicted to love, addicted to bliss, addicted to joy.

Anyone would be who really tasted the true character of what the Divine Mother called “sacred” or Fifth-Dimensional love. (2) Continue reading Love is My New Addiction


Here’s What We Can Do to Reduce Hate in the World Around Us

By Audrey Throne, Wake Up World

Hate crime incidents abound in America today, and it is not only small minorities or the marginalized that are affected. In the small village of Wellsville in New York Statea swastika was painted onto a building on a softball field along with the words “MAKE AMERICA WHITE AGAIN”, while on the other end of the spectrum, a white man involved in a traffic accident was beaten and robbed by a group of black people, in Chicago. In a video of the incident circulating widely on Facebook late last year, bystanders were heard shouting “Don’t vote Trump!” Continue reading Here’s What We Can Do to Reduce Hate in the World Around Us

Understanding The Language of the Heart: The Original Language

via Giovanni Bartolomeo, Collective Evolution

The following article was written by one of my first spiritual teachers. At a time in my life when I needed some direction, I really reached out and set the intention. I was lost and needed guidance, and just as the old saying goes, when the student is ready the teacher will appear. Daniel travels the world teaching meditation techniques and practices (along with a lot of other cool stuff as well). We sat down for an interview and he also shared this important article he wrote: Continue reading Understanding The Language of the Heart: The Original Language

The Love Foundation and Global Love Day, May 1, 2017

Thanks to Golden Age of Gaia

The Love Foundation

The Love Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit organization with the mission of inspiring people to love unconditionally. Our vision is to assist people by building a practical foundation and understanding of unconditional love within individuals and society as a whole. Established in 2000, we have become an international leading resource for sharing the awareness of unconditional love. Continue reading The Love Foundation and Global Love Day, May 1, 2017

I Stand for Love

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel

People who create things for a living often have something to represent; whether it’s a belief system, a new way of thinking, or something else they believe can change the world.

I listen to a lot of reggae music, for example, much of which is made by Rastafarians with a message to share. Sometimes the message is about Rastafarian philosophy, and sometimes it’s about freedom or rebellion against corruption. These musicians have something to say and a great outlet to get their message out.

This is one of many examples of creative minds on a mission to share their truth.

For many, a life of creative work and a message to share go together. Without a message, their work is missing something. These creative minds inspire me the most, because my work also relies on having something meaningful to share with you.

Sudden Awakening

I used to have something to represent: a belief system known by many as the “New Age”.

I went to church as a kid but I was never religious. Interestingly, it was during a period of typical teenage rebellion that I discovered various concepts associated with the New Age movement.

Meditation and channeling were the concepts that stuck with me the most, to the extent that I became a “channeler” and started meditating every day. These two practices worked best when I did them together.

At this point, I transitioned from a kid who didn’t know or care much about spirituality to a kid who was suddenly interested in meditation, suddenly felt connected with nature, and was suddenly sent on a quest to answer life’s questions. This quest would ultimately take me within.

Not a Walk-In

Not shy about my new beliefs, I attributed this sudden shift to a “walk-in”. This is a New Age term to describe a spirit leaving the body to be replaced with the higher self or another advanced spirit.

Looking back, it’s clear this was erroneous and a little silly. I’m not saying the walk-in phenomenon isn’t real, but I am saying it didn’t happen to me. I was and still am nowhere near “advanced”, as I’m learning and evolving by the day.

Nevertheless, the speed with which I seemed to wake up convinced me something more mystical must have happened.

This might be true for others who’ve reported being a walk-in, but I experienced a simple spiritual awakening. I became aware of spirit and the potential for enlightenment, but I didn’t become enlightened.

The Problem with Enlightenment

Sometimes enlightenment is a problem in the spiritual community.

People use the word to describe various states of being; many of which don’t apply to actual enlightenment. Many have noted enlightenment is continuous, with more than one stage and thus more terms needed to properly describe each stage.

Some people who claim to be enlightened have yet to reach even the first stage.

This is because, as I did, a lot of people confuse spiritual awakening for enlightenment. As I mentioned, spiritual awakening makes you aware of all this awesome stuff. It does not carry you down your path and place you at your intended destination.

Missing the Mark

As the cliché goes, it’s not about the destination, but the journey. Spiritual awakening is the beginning of your journey. The hardest work has yet to come and shape you into what you’ll be by the time you’re ready for the first stage of enlightenment.

Despite this, some will claim to be enlightened after a spiritual awakening and argue on the internet with the so-called less enlightened. This is an example of someone who has yet to do the difficult inner work that leads to the state they believe they’ve achieved.

This higher state is beyond most people’s grasp, but some like to think they’ve captured it after reading a few books. This mindset misses the mark entirely.

Stepping Back

After a lot of reflecting and meditating on what I was feeling, I decided to stop channeling and step back from the New Age movement as a way of life. I was channeling every day and had up to that point treated it like a full-on religion in the best and worst sense of the word.

On one hand, I worked harder and felt more inspired than ever. On the other, I let the spiritual ego get the best of me and started arguing with people who didn’t think like me.

Letting go of this nearly religious lifestyle left a void. Although I’d recently started writing, I had little to write about.

The Heart of Spirituality

This was when I discovered what lives at the heart of all religion and spirituality: love.

Everything good you hear about religion, like a pastor feeding the homeless or a church helping its community, is due to the love and compassion their faith inspires. Everything bad you hear about religion is due to the exact opposite: a lack of love and empathy.

Despite that there are good religious people in the world, religion is mainly about control. Most religions have lost the love their prophets taught, and thus, different religions with different gods fight. They have no love to give, so instead, they hate.

I Represent Love

Discovering that love is at the heart of each belief system, most of which have obviously been corrupted, helped me see that I don’t need a specific set of beliefs.

With love, compassion, and other divine qualities, I can walk my own unique path with respect for the paths of others. If their lifestyle is nonviolent, I have no problem respecting the way other people think and live.

I used to represent a belief system. Now, I represent love. I can say with certainty that it’s changed my life and provided what’s missing from belief systems. For me, love is the most worthwhile path into a higher consciousness.

From the heart, you’re free to live with no limits except those you create in your mind. Love gradually helps you break these barriers and connect with your true Self, but it’s up to you to do the work.

About the author: 

I’m a twenty-something writer & blogger with an interest in spirituality, revolution, music and the transformative creative force known as love. I run Openhearted Rebel, a daily news blog dedicated to igniting a revolution of love by raising social and spiritual awareness.

I also have a personal blog, Wes Annac’s Personal Blog, in which I share writings related to spiritual philosophy, creativity, heart consciousness and revolution (among other topics).

I write from the heart and try to share informative and enlightening reading material with the rest of the conscious community. When I’m not writing or exploring nature, I’m usually making music.

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The Middle

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel

This is a busy time for all the openhearted rebels out there, as plenty of issues in the world are demanding our attention and action.

Many of them can be traced to the corrupt elite and the institutions they use to reinforce control over the masses. For example: the elite uses the media to create division by inflaming people over unimportant issues they know we’ll take sides on.

The public then bickers and is successfully distracted from important things happening in the world.

By focusing on violence, rioting, and other sensational or emotionally charged issues, the media conditions us to accept ideological extremism. When we hear about the latest corruption scandal, racially charged police shooting, or equal rights issue in the public eye, we instinctively pick a side and defend our views. Continue reading The Middle

Love: My New Religion

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel

“Buddha was not a Buddhist, Jesus was not a Christian, Muhammad was not a Muslim. They were Teachers who taught love.” (Source)

Religion overcomplicates a simple message: live from the heart. Letting love and compassion guide your thoughts, actions, and intentions is the most authentic way to connect with the Source, as rather than forced conformity with a belief system, it brings about a natural evolution of the self.

The idea that devoting yourself to religion will bring spiritual rewards is an incorrect interpretation of the benefits of heart-centered living. We’re taught we’ll receive God’s gifts by changing who we are and conforming to what the church wants, when in truth, we can receive them by making a subtle yet powerful shift into the heart. Continue reading Love: My New Religion

Love Is Often The Question And Always The Answer

By Adeana M. Slater,

I have felt disappointment and rejection my entire life with lovers, parents, siblings, and friends. I can honestly tell you that I have had no experience as to what “true love” looks or feels like. I can only attest to society’s version of love, and I lived in that for years completely unhappy and unfilled. It was not because of my partner by all means. I was young and never learned how to give love to myself so I was truly unable to receive it from anyone else. All of that stemmed from childhood dysfunctional living and other relationships that I always felt like I desired from afar that never came into fruition. Continue reading Love Is Often The Question And Always The Answer

The Science Behind Our Heart’s Intelligence and Tips on How to Start Listening

By Danielle Benvenuto, Wake Up World

“Listen to your heart.” How many times have you heard this phrase in the course of your lifetime?

In mine, I have encountered it countless times. It’s advice I have been given, it’s a message I like to share, and despite its timelessness, is a phrase that I find often gets ignored. So why, since the beginning of time, have we been given this instruction? And why do we so easily file these four words of wisdom away as something to eventually consider instead of something to do, or at very least, be actively open and about? Continue reading The Science Behind Our Heart’s Intelligence and Tips on How to Start Listening

Absolute Love

By Steve Beckow, Golden Age of Gaia

If I were privileged enough to live in a state of perpetual love, as love is known on the Fifth or higher dimensions, I would allow that I’ve ascended.

The love that I knew for an extended period of time in 2015 definitely would be quite to my satisfaction as a perpetual diet. (I like bliss as well though.)

That love came from my heart. It didn’t come from outside.

I watch some people chasing their boyfriends or girlfriends down so they can “get love.”  It does no good to say “love comes from within, from the artesian well that we call the heart.” The density of our vibrations will not allow us to easily “get” that one. Continue reading Absolute Love