Category Archives: Religion

The 8 Stages of Leaving Organized Religion

By Nanice Ellis, Wake Up World

Many of us were indoctrinated into organized religion before we were old enough to make our own choices or choose our own beliefs, and, consequently, by accepting what our parents, teachers and peers preached, their religious beliefs became ours.

Moreover, as a result of following religious doctrine, our sense of worth, identity, and purpose all became deeply entangled in religious roots, and with our closest friends and family forming our spiritual community, these roots formed the foundation of our lives. However, despite years of dedication, once we begin to wake-up and question this foundation, the journey out of religion begins. Continue reading The 8 Stages of Leaving Organized Religion


New Ebook: Enlightened Afterlife (A Study of Spiritualist Philosophy on Life After Death) Available Now

By Wes Annac, Editor, Culture of Awareness & Openhearted Rebel

Today, November 11th, I release my first ever ebook: Enlightened Afterlife (A Study of Spiritualist Philosophy on Life After Death) for $7.99.

Click to purchase for $7.99

I’ve never written an ebook before, and I found it to be a challenging yet rewarding experience.

As the name suggests, the book is a study of Spiritualist philosophy on the afterlife and the immortality of the soul. It’s written around passages from “spirit communicators” channeled through Spiritualist mediums in the late 1800s and early-to-mid 1900s.

The spirit communicators who speak in this book provide a fascinating description the afterlife that challenges conventional wisdom by discussing death in a whole new light.

Check out this description:

The fear of death lingers in the back of the mind of even the most religious man, but what if we had no reason to fear death? What if, when the body dies, consciousness continued as if nothing happened? What if that consciousness discovered an afterlife that surpassed its wildest expectations?

Spiritualist philosophy teaches that all of this, and more, is possible. Spiritualism, a nineteenth and twentieth-century religion centered on communication with spirits of the dead or “discarnate humans” to receive spiritual guidance and learn about the afterlife, isn’t extremely popular today but once had over 8 million followers.

Countless mediums who were devoted to this movement wrote and channeled prolifically, producing book after book of messages about the afterlife that provided a new perspective on one of mankind’s greatest fears: the death of the body.

As this new perspective was embraced in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the Spiritualist afterlife began to replace the idea of a “heaven” and “hell” to which most people had been accustomed.

What made this movement and the channeled spirits its followers turned to so popular? Find out in this part 1 as we learn about an afterlife described directly by its inhabitants that challenges our conventional understanding of death and invites us to look forward to what waits beyond the grave.

If there’s enough interest in this part 1, I’ll put out a part 2 some time in the future. If not, I’ll probably focus my time and energy on other worthwhile writing projects.

I’ve put a lot of time and energy into this book, and I hope you enjoy it. It can be purchased below or by clicking on the cover photo above.

Much love 🙂

*The book is currently only available in PDF format but will soon be available through well-known ebook distributors such as Kindle. Shortly after purchase, you’ll receive an email with the ebook in PDF form. Check back here for updates on the book’s availability in other formats.

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The Oneness of the Religion of God

By John Aston White, The Master Shift

There is essentially no difference between the Hindu Avatars, the Abrahamic Manifestations, the Buddhist Buddhas or the Sikh Gurus.

Through devotion to God, and the development of all of His attributes, human beings are anointed by God as His Saoshyants (Saviors of the Lands).

These are the White Horses of Truth setting out conquering and to conquer in His Name! These are the destroyers of evil and the opposers of the Lie. Continue reading The Oneness of the Religion of God

Spirituality Vs. Dogmatic Religiosity: A Guide for the Spiritually Perplexed

Great SpiritBy Gary ‘Z’ McGee, Waking Times

“The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It will have to transcend a personal god and avoid dogma and theology. Encompassing both the natural and the spiritual, it will have to be based on a sense of intelligence arising from the spirit of all things, natural and spiritual, considered as a meaningful unity.” ~Albert Einstein

Man has become a spiritually neutered animal, a subtracted being disconnected from the whole – in mind, body, and soul. What has been cut from him is Nature itself, more specifically, and consequently, his own spiritual nature: his connection with his inner animal – awe and creature -astonishment that has the potential to transcend itself and achieve the numinous, the kind of overwhelming interconnected feeling that can be felt balls to bones, ovaries to marrow, and has the potential to make god-animals/animal-gods of us all. Continue reading Spirituality Vs. Dogmatic Religiosity: A Guide for the Spiritually Perplexed

Did Cannabis Help Jesus Perform Miracles?


By Luke Miller,, Thanks to Collectively Conscious

Original Post Date: October 30, 2015 

The cannabis culture has now hit the mainstream and while some are using it as a means of escape from reality, many are using it for its miraculous healing powers and to connect deeply with themselves. The uses for cannabis and cannabis related plants like hemp in its many forms are endless and include: Continue reading Did Cannabis Help Jesus Perform Miracles?

Does Enlightenment Unite Each Religion?


By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

Some people in the conscious community have turned their back on religion because of the ways it’s used to distort spirituality and control the masses, but others look to it for little bits of wisdom and insight.

Some have studied different religions in hopes of finding similarities between them all, and they’ve discovered that different religions are united under the common theme of enlightenment.

They’ve also discovered that the original purpose of religion was to help us understand that we are God and come closer to enlightenment as a result of this understanding, and they strive to share their knowledge with anyone who’s open to approaching religion in a less negative way. Continue reading Does Enlightenment Unite Each Religion?

Lost Christianity: Following The Threads Of Ancient Wisdom To A Deeper Psychological Reality


By Tom Bunzel, Collective Evolution, December 29, 2015

One of the things that always intrigues me is the historical basis for certain philosophical and metaphysical concepts. We often simply take for granted that the memes or ideas of our time have always been the basis for “truth” – and in our scientific age that can be a huge distortion.

I remember when I read A New Earth and Oprah hosted Eckhart Tolle in a webcast series, and many people calling in wondered at his references to the parables of Jesus, and whether there was a connection with Christianity. Continue reading Lost Christianity: Following The Threads Of Ancient Wisdom To A Deeper Psychological Reality

To All Those Who Fear and Hate Muslims — ISIS Propaganda is Working on You

By Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project, Thanks to The Mind Unleashed

On Monday, the leading presidential candidate for the Republican Party, Donald Trump proposed banning an entire group of people from the United States, based solely on their religious preference.

Even the neocons on the right and left were forced to make statements opposing his outlandish proposal. However, many people actually supported this tyrannical notion. Continue reading To All Those Who Fear and Hate Muslims — ISIS Propaganda is Working on You

How Can We Interpret Dreams?


By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

Often in the morning just before waking up, I’ll have vivid dreams that seem to utilize an array of settings and address seemingly random topics.

I travel into a city in some of them, and in others, I talk with people I don’t recognize in waking life. One common theme unites all of them: I wake up wanting to feel closer with a higher consciousness. Continue reading How Can We Interpret Dreams?

Krishnamurti Quotes: The Screen of Belief

J. Krishnamurti Online, November 11, 2015

You believe in God, and another does not believe in God, so your beliefs separate you from each other. Belief throughout the world is organized as Hinduism, Buddhism, or Christianity, and so it divides man from man.

We are confused, and we think that through belief we shall clear the confusion; that is, belief is superimposed on the confusion, and we hope that confusion will thereby be cleared away. But belief is merely an escape from the fact of confusion; it does not help us to face and to understand the fact but to run away from the confusion in which we are.

To understand the confusion, belief is not necessary, and belief only acts as a screen between ourselves and our problems. So, religion, which is organized belief, becomes a means of escape from what is, from the fact of confusion.

The man who believes in God, the man who believes in the hereafter, or who has any other form of belief, is escaping from the fact of what he is. Do you not know those who believe in God, who do puja, who repeat certain chants and words, and who in their daily life are dominating, cruel, ambitious, cheating, dishonest? Shall they find God? Are they really seeking God?Is God to be found through repetition of words, through belief?

But such people believe in God, they worship God, they go to the temple every day, they do everything to avoid the fact of what they are – and such people you consider respectable because they are yourself.

J. Krishnamurti, The Book of Life