Introducing… The Phoenix Lights – Part 1/2

A photo of the famous Phoenix Lights. Credit: nationalufocenter.com

By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

I wonder how many UFO enthusiasts have heard about the Phoenix Lights, which were a series of unidentified lights that appeared over the skies of Phoenix, AZ, as well as various other nearby cities and towns, in 1997. I’m sure most people who are even somewhat passionate about UFOs have heard of them, and like the Rendlesham Forest incident, this was one of many breathtaking sightings of something that people still can’t explain.

Of course, an ‘official’ explanation was given for at least one of the sets of lights that were seen, which is that they were from flares the Air Force fired off in the area that night. However, some witnesses are convinced that what they saw had nothing to do with flares or any other excuse that debunks the idea that the lights were explainable or could be attributed to coincidence. Continue reading

4 Quotes From Lin-Chi About the Futility of Seeking

By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

Like a lot of other spiritual teachers, Lin-Chi tried to pass down to his followers the notion that by seeking enlightenment or a higher consciousness, we push ourselves from it because it’s already a natural part of us and we don’t need to do anything to return to it.

We don’t need to learn or practice anything to rediscover the true Self; we only need to keep in mind that it’s a constant part of us and drift into it in love, silence, emptiness and non-effort.

Here are four quotes from Lin-Chi about the futility of seeking enlightenment. Once we stop seeking, we can simply and effortlessly return to something that’s been here all along and that, little do we know, seeks us as much as we seek it. Continue reading

Update: Taking a Day or Two Off

Hey guys, I wanted to give you all a quick update on how things are going. My break hasn’t been much of a break, and I took it in the first place because of a serious family emergency. The dust is starting to settle now, so I’ve decided just to work on the newsletter this week and try to get outside, meditate or play some music with my spare time. Even though it’s only been a few days, I can definitely say I miss writing every day.

I don’t want to comment on the details of the family emergency, but I can say that this past week has been really rough and it’s been hard to get into any kind of positive or centered space. I know life isn’t all about feeling ‘good’ or ‘positive’, but I could really use some love right now! But that’s what the wife and kiddo are for.

Hope you all have a great week, and I should be back on Monday. Much love everyone. :) :)

Note: Taking a Day or Two Off

Snapshot_20140731_2Hey guys, it’s been a pretty rough couple of days so I think I’m going to take a day or two off to clear my head, maybe get out to nature, meditate a lot, and hopefully return refreshed and ready to do more. I really don’t like taking breaks when there’s so much to do and so much to talk about, but I think it’d help right now.

When I do return, I plan to start really contributing (working harder, writing more, etc.)

I think a short break is all I need to take this work to the next level. I hope you all understand, and I look forward to reemerging in a couple of days with more inspiration and more to write about. In the meantime, you can find all of my latest articles in the ‘recent posts’ section of this blog.

Much love! :)

Love and Emptiness: Tools for Transformation

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By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

When we connect with our higher consciousness, we connect with a source of infinite wisdom that we can use to give a cosmic perspective on spirituality and world events. We no longer rely on anyone for knowledge about our reality or the realities beyond, and we know we can find all of the knowledge and insight we need within.

Spiritual teachers are people who’ve connected with their higher consciousness, maintained that connection, and maybe even reached a stage of enlightenment. While a lot of spiritual teachers had ‘masters’ and gurus in the beginning, they got where they did with continuous, sincere inner work and we can do the same if we persevere through our own sometimes difficult inner work and find the light at the end of the tunnel. Continue reading

The Mind Is an Illusion

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By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

Here, I’d like to look at what a few different spiritual teachers have said about the mind. As some of you probably know, the mind (along with everything else) is the product of the Divine Mother’s creation, which essentially means that like everything else we perceive with our limited senses, it’s an illusion.

We don’t need to defeat or transcend our constant racing thoughts to get a glimpse beyond the mind – we simply need to become aware of them. By becoming aware of them without attaching ourselves to them, we can allow them to drift in and right back out without affecting us or keeping us from the silence and stillness that bring us closer to the Divine Father. Continue reading

Fear and Resistance: Signals of Creative Evolution

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By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

This is a very personal piece, and it’s a follow-up from my last two articles about finding our purpose.

My wife is basically my therapist, and I think she deserves a paycheck for all of her help. I talk to her about most of the things I write about here (and a lot of things I don’t write about), and she’s helped me through some of my hardest creative struggles.

Recently, she’s been helping me decide on my life’s purpose once and for all. I tend to bounce back and forth from writing to music, and I enjoy both equally. It seems obvious to her (and maybe some of you) that writing is my purpose, given how much we’ve accomplished with the blog so far and how many people tell us that these articles help them. Continue reading