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This Reggae Song Reminds Us to Love Life

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel

Open My Eyes is a song from American reggae group Soldiers of Jah Army, also known as SOJA. Featured on their 2006 album Get Wiser, the song’s slow, smooth reggae groove is infused with a powerful message about loving life no matter how rough it gets.

SOJA is a Grammy-nominated reggae band hailing from Arlington, Virginia. (1) On the band’s website, guitarist and lead singer Jacob Hemphill states that their goal is to speak for the voiceless, the defenseless, and the human race as a whole. (2)

“Our goal as a band is to stick up for the human race. We see the world and we try to make it better in the limited time we have here.” – Jacob Hemphill (2)

Continue reading This Reggae Song Reminds Us to Love Life

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Musical Wisdom: 5 Inspiring Lyrics from Reggae Songs

By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

Following my post, 5 Things We Can Appreciate About Rastafari, I’d like to share five snippets of inspiring lyrics from conscious reggae artists and groups.

While the purpose of reggae for most Rasta musicians is to express their faith, the topics discussed in reggae music aren’t limited to spirituality and you don’t have to be Rasta to play it. Even the reggae musicians who are Rasta don’t just sing about their faith; they also devote their lyrics to exposing injustice. Continue reading Musical Wisdom: 5 Inspiring Lyrics from Reggae Songs

5 Things We Can Appreciate About Rastafari

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By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

Rastafari is a way of life that’s rooted in a few key concepts. One is that Haile Selassie, former emperor of Ethiopia, was and is an avatar of God or ‘Jah’. An avatar is basically God incarnate or a messenger of God, and Jesus is a popular example. Another common theme in Rastafari is rebellion against the persecution of lower class citizens by a corrupt ruling elite, commonly known by Rastas as Babylon.

Rastas praise Selassie and rebel against Babylon’s oppression (or ‘downpression’, as many of them call it), and they hope to one day witness Jah’s judgment, which they believe will bring about justice and signal the beginning of a new world. Continue reading 5 Things We Can Appreciate About Rastafari

Searching – A Song by Wes Annac

This is a song I wrote, which I call ‘Searching’.

I consider myself a beginner musician, and I’m experimenting with writing and recording songs. I wrote (and performed) the lyrics and the guitar and bass parts, and the drumbeat I used from YouTube user Lumbeat can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9U3RG0JU4Ds

The quality isn’t great, but I did my best with the equipment I have available.

Lyrics:

The wicked souls they laugh oh as they plunder the earth
The masses blinded to their crimes, we set them free with our words
The revolutionaries of our time will spearhead the purge
Of prejudice and selfishness, rebuild the earth now we all urge
Everyone can take a stand, reclaim their deeper awareness
Now is not the time to slack off or to become careless
‘Cuz we are fighting for the truth, for justice and fairness
So come on board and don’t give up, in the long run we will win this

Everyone is searching for something they can’t seem to find
They want to be worthy, to prove themselves to their own kind
But the days of competition have reached their end
We are now in a new position, we have nothing more to defend
Nothing more to defend

Expand your heart and mind, in this new space you will climb
To new heights as you exit the rigid confines
Of a limited existence filled with pain, fear, and lies
Replace it with a new perspective on your life
It’s only difficult when we operate from fear
We fail to understand that what we need has always been here
The new world that we seek is not even close or near
We’ve had it all along without the eyes to see or the ears to hear

Everyone is searching for what they already own
Convinced that they are worthless, talents they fail to hone
Now let’s do away with this, let’s now find our true home
Connect with the intuition, knowledge and talent we show
Knowledge and talent we show

Let love awaken every mind and heart
For we can now all rise and come together
Each and every one of us, we can all play our part
As we join hands we will make it through any bad weather

So rise up earthly tribe, the powers can’t control our flow, we’ve arrived
On this world to bring society into the light
And as we do our work, the angels watching with a smirk
Because they know we have the power to make everything alright
Rise up everyone, our greatest work has just begun
And we can dethrone the elitists, they don’t see this, they don’t know our plan
They think that they’re infallible, but their new order’s malleable
The people are now cowards, we have power and together we will force their hand

Look Up – A Song by Wes Annac

This is one of my latest songs, entitled ‘Look Up’. I wrote the guitar part, the bass part and the lyrics, and the drum track is prerecorded into my guitar amp. The lyrics are below the video. I hope you all enjoy it! 🙂

Lyrics:

The love in your heart will see you onward
When you look up toward heaven from the ground
Jah will forever flow with you in all endeavors
As you remember all of this, you’ll admire the lights and the sounds
For everything’s eternal and limitation is illusion
Use your power of transmutation to see beyond all of your pain

For you’re beginning to learn that you are deeply rooted
In realms beyond your conscious understand
The growth and learning you’ll undergo will be as infinite as your eternal spirit
When understanding and embarking on your inner journey
I can’t express enough how liberating it feels
To kick my feet back and watch all the pain and strife and stress and fear
And know that they don’t have to disempower me
Only losers can exist in this society where the elites are the only winners
So everyone must recognize and act on our potential

How would we run this planet if given the opportunity?
Would we trash it?
Would we let the pain or the fear or the personal agendas cloud our vision?
Would we be up for the mission?
I can envision a bright future for this planet and its people
But we must all be involved

We will show the way for everyone who’s lost on this day
A renaissance of consciousness we can and will create
You seem so lost children but you can find Jah light
It lives in that sacred space in your heart waiting to be known and felt
Blissful perceptions, etheric landscapes can be known and accessed
When you find it in yourself to let the pain and the fear melt

Come and take a walk on through the portals of your own mind
You might find things, oh they are so surprising
In due time humanity will become open to all of the concepts
That have been lost through time, cast away from our minds and remain undetected
Remain rejected
We can find perception and expression of a good vibration
Unlock eternal healing, feeling, seeing in a heightened way and break deeply rooted tradition
Now we perceive reality in an expanded sense

Can you feel the static in the air, the time to awaken has come
Join hands everyone
Escape your fear and you will find that everything and everybody is one
And there’s so much work to be done
An enlightened and willing populace can work until we clean up our mess
But only when the inequality is less

Immerse yourself in anything and everything that helps you to remember a good validation
Conversing all day with a group of guides, meditation needs no invitation
You’re invited to contribute with all of yourself to a growing inner revolution
The human being is divine and this we can’t dispute so we ask you what is your contribution
To the healing of the greatest illusion
They work away to keep us slaves, we can awaken and say no way
We are far too powerful to fall for their petty games
We can communicate with angels, we convince ourselves that our connection isn’t real and life can only ever be the same
Can all of us help each other, tell me can we love one another
Feed our sisters and our brothers, balance out this crazy world
We should be active in retracting selfish acts, stop all the fracking
Natural resource drilling, killing the earth cuz we want more
Killing the earth cuz we want more

Can you feel the static in the air, the time to awaken has come
Join hands everyone
Escape your fear and you will find that everything and everybody is one
And there’s so much work to be done
An enlightened and willing populace can work until we clean up our mess
But only when the inequality is less

Break the Elitist Chains – A Song by Wes Annac

This is a song I wrote and recorded for fun, entitled ‘Break the Elitist Chains’. I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

Lyrics:

When the lies aren’t enough, the stakes are heightened

Try to frighten

The children of the sun who come to greet the change on the horizon

Consciousness is rising and they see that they can’t be on the top

Enlightenment they can’t stop

Though they try they don’t know why the world is leaving them behind

 

And they blame the madness on the poor

Keep the people distracted and train us to fight their wars

The lower class is sacrificed, the blood and the gore

How much more will we take before we break the elitist chains

Right away

 

Open up your mind and you will find Jah universe

Surrender to the rhymes and to the flow of spirit’s every verse

Internal magic, held inside, ready and willing to burst

Can you meet it on its level first

Discover that you’re much more than they’d have you believe

Uncover your true nature, plant that holy seed

Of awareness and carry Jah light through the dark

Through the pain and through the fear and through the hatred

And through your perceptions of all the greed

 

Now they blame the madness on the poor

Keep the people distracted and train us to fight their wars

The lower class is sacrificed, the blood and the gore

How much more will we take before we break the elitist chains

And see that Jah light shines

 

When the lies aren’t enough, the liars crave a new challenge

Imagine all the people we could save if we just stopped these games

In this day and age

The misdirection of the youth is purposeful and we are all being played

Embracing inner liberation will help you escape the constructed self

Utilization of meditation breaks perceptual barriers

And helps the illusion to melt right away now

Helps the illusion to melt right away now

 

Now we can remember everything that’s been lost to time

Eternal living and memory we can find

All the essential components come together to build our new society

We’ll see that it was always meant to be

 

The senses open up we’re introduced to the love of the most high

Awareness and understanding bloom as we all rise when we see that it’s time

When the starlight comes down, hangs around with the uninformed humanity

Innocence is introduced in every way to lower-dimensionality

Lower-dimensionality

 

But I can see fields of green

All of their worries don’t matter to me

And you’re invited to rediscover yourself

It’s so exciting to learn and grow away from hell

And we can make it

All of us will remember what it’s like

To enter heaven

To get there, no blood, no death, no loss of life

 

When the lies aren’t enough, the stakes are heightened

Try to frighten

The children of the sun who come to greet the change on the horizon

Consciousness is rising and they see that they can’t be on the top

Enlightenment they can’t stop