Music: The Language of Spirit

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“If we can feel that

“It is not our voice,

“Not our fingers,

But some reality deep inside our heart

“Which is expressing itself,

Then we will know that it is

“The soul’s music.” – Sri Chinmoy

By Wes Annac, The Culture of Awareness

Have you ever picked up a guitar or put in your favorite CD and let the music carry you away to a place of bliss and ecstasy?

Most people might not understand where this euphoric feeling comes from, but in my opinion, it comes from an innately spiritual place. I think music elevates our consciousness and introduces us to a spiritual reality that’s comprised of pure sound and color, and this is why it appeals to so many people. Continue reading

Yes, Music is a Form of Meditation

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By Wes Annac, The Culture of Awareness

I’ve been saying for a while that I think music is one of the most spiritual things we can do, and I’ll always stand by that opinion.

I have people like the Marley family to thank for this profound realization, and through their music, they’ve helped me see that we can use this incredible medium to connect with a higher aspect of our consciousness.

Music has been called ‘the language of God’ or ‘the language of the soul’, and for good reason. If consistently practiced for the right reasons, it can connect us with the Supreme in a way that nothing except meditation can help us achieve.

I’ve struggled lately with whether or not I want to fully embrace music when I’m not writing or posting to the blog (or doing anything else). I’ve searched and searched for a clear or coherent answer to this inner query, and today, I was sent a musical guardian angel in the form of spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy. Continue reading

The Voice Within: Cherish the Excitement

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By Wes Annac, The Culture of Awareness

The following is an intuitively channeled message from what I call ‘The Voice Within’, which is also known as the ‘higher self’.

You’re free to believe whatever you want and take whatever path you want as you continue to refine your understanding of the spiritual nature of your existence, but know that if you take a certain path (or if you choose to merge various paths), you’re still tasked with respecting and accepting those who’ve taken other paths that resonate with them, even if the differences between your philosophy and theirs is particularly unsettling.

Everyone’s free to find the path that works for them and wholeheartedly pursue it, and as long as you have faith in your heart and the genuine intent to connect with a higher aspect of your consciousness, the route you take to get there will matter little. Continue reading

Creativity and Social Acceptance

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By Wes Annac, The Culture of Awareness

Whether or not we feel like we’re good at something, I think we should pursue it if it inspires us and lights our inner fire. We aren’t here to impress anybody – we’re here to elevate the collective vibration and have fun doing it.

All we have to do is believe in ourselves and our mission on this evolving planet to realize that we don’t necessarily have to be skilled at something to pursue it. We’ll want to hone our craft so we can use it to uplift and inspire others, however, and anything we want to pursue will require some work.

We can’t perfect something overnight, and even when it comes to things we have a natural talent for, we’ll want to consistently practice if we want to use them to help others. Continue reading

Beyond Non-Relative Consciousness

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By Wes Annac, The Culture of Awareness

I’d like to pick up from our discussion yesterday and examine more material from Franklin Merrell-Wolff about relative and non-relative consciousness.

As we learned yesterday, relative consciousness is our surface awareness and non-relative consciousness is our deeper spiritual awareness, which we can find in a number of ways.

No matter how we transcend the physical senses and explore our non-relative awareness, we’ll want to stay consistent with our practice if we want to make any progress. Some spiritual teachers discourage ambition or consistency, but I think both qualities are helpful on the spiritual path. Continue reading

Embrace Your Creative Passions

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By Wes Annac, The Culture of Awareness

I don’t know about any of you, but I have a lot of loves in this life and I feel like shouting my praise for them all from a mountaintop. We’re in an amazing time where we can explore whatever creative or spiritual route interests us, and as most of you probably know, there are three things I want to use to contribute to this budding conscious revolution.

I’ve said a lot before that my three main interests are writing, blogging and music. I can’t say I’m quite as passionate about blogging as the other two, and out of all of them, it’s admittedly the least inspiring.

It serves a useful purpose, however, and I’m becoming more passionate about sharing the inspired material we’re given every day from so many independent spiritual writers. Beyond blogging, though, I feel more and more passionate about writing and music. Continue reading

Our Path is Our Path… But We Have Help

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By Wes Annac, The Culture of Awareness

Some people don’t think we should glue ourselves to the guidance we’ve been given from enlightened teachers, and instead of listening solely to any external advice, we should find our own way through the confusion.

It makes a lot of sense, and endlessly following a spiritual teacher who claims to be enlightened might be somewhat disempowering.

I do think we’re meant to create our own path, but in my opinion, there’s nothing wrong with taking the advice we’ve been given from people who’ve elevated their consciousness and, as a result, have something valuable to offer.

Maybe we can change the way we see spiritual teachers. Instead of treating them like exalted masters just because some of them have found enlightenment (which, admittedly, makes them worthy of some attention), we can see them as brothers who want to help us raise our consciousness like they did. Continue reading