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Hello, 
I'd like to share with you the most awakening article I've ever written. It conveys important liberating truths and lessons I’ve learned from years of research into alternative ideas and spiritual teachings by many truth seekers. I hope you will find some value in it. If you are new to alternative ideas, please meditate on these concepts and see if any of it makes sense to you after a while. If you like it, please share it with others. Thanks. 

 

How to be Free and Conscious in a Society of Enslavement and Fear: 
Transcending the Prison Matrix of Robots, Bums and Criminals

 

By Winston Wu 

Chinese version: http://www.happierabroad.com/Awakening-Chinese.htm

 

 

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"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society." 

– Jiddu Krishnamurti 

 

"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."

– George Orwell

 

 

Have you ever realized how enslaving and oppressive the world is, when you look at it from a higher perspective? It seems like a prison matrix full of sheep, zombies, robotic slaves, bums, criminals, and oppressors, rather than happy free conscious aware beings full of love and wisdom. That’s because the inherent nature of our societal system produces three types of people:

 

1. Robots/slaves/sheep/zombies/conformists – Most people are in this category. They are conformist sheep, living only to work and raise a family, harboring a materialistic mindset and judgmental attitude. They do not think for themselves, but only know what they are taught, and believe whatever everyone else believes. They live to work in order to make a living, never realizing that such is an oxymoron because if all you do is make a living, and you have nothing else to live for, then you have no life or real purpose to “make a living” for in the first place. These slaves live in mind numbing routines that tie them down, simply because that's the way they were taught to live. They are enslaved, and conditioned to want it, seeing no other choice. Many become workaholics to the extreme. The mainstream are like this, particularly in American and Asian cultures. They judge others by materialistic standards. As such, they look down upon nonconformists who dare to be different with disdain and contempt.

 

2. Bums/degenerates/drug users/drunks/low lifes – This type consists of people unable to conform to the system. So they rebel and end up as homeless bums, delinquents, drug users, drunks, low level petty criminals, pot smoking hippies, etc. Society views them negatively as degenerates and losers who are dangerous if not controlled. You find such types in the bad parts of a city. The educational and economic system basically raises you to see two choices in life – become a robot slave to work in order to make a living, or become a impoverished degenerate bum and be despised by society. (Gee what a bleak choice) In effect, society skews the “security vs. freedom” dichotomy into a negative choice, by attaching negative consequences to real freedom (becoming an impoverished degenerate bum) and insinuating that security through slavery/enslavement is the correct and socially acceptable choice.

 

3. Criminals/oppressors/tyrants/bullies/sociopaths – These are criminals, sociopaths, and oppressors who use evil methods to control and dominate others. They prey upon the weak and vulnerable in a “dog eat dog” Darwinistic world. In a competitive society where people are conditioned to view others as adversaries, they choose to be cruel heartless a-holes to get to the top. They thrive on power and will use any means necessary to accomplish their goals. To them, the ends justify the means. They relish being "a-holes" and enjoy bullying and intimidating others. Power by nature attracts evil people rather than good, and it is these types that it attracts, who often end up in leadership positions. They lack empathy and view people only as statistics. As tyrants, they are sociopaths without conscience – they can lie and start wars and bloodshed to promote their interests, yet sleep ok at night with no guilt. They range from thugs and mobsters, to white collar criminals, to corrupt politicians, tyrants and dictators above the law.

 

Most people fall into one of the three types above. Or they are a blend of them, passing through each type during different stages in their life. In fact, you can feel the vibes/energy of these types above everywhere you go amidst masses of people in public places, which is very sad, and alienating as well if you do not fall into one of the three types yourself.

 

Yet all these types simply suck. When you see them for what they are, you realize how insane they are. None of them live truly happy or free. They are all in effect, negative choices and speak volumes about the dysfunctional society that we live in. Obviously something must be very messed up to produce such types in the majority of people. We obviously live in a world of enslavement and control, a prison matrix so to speak.

 

That’s why it is difficult to find this fourth type which is the rarest:

 

4. Freethinkers/freespirits/nonconformists/intellectuals/truth-seekers/spiritually-inclined – These are the rarest. Being conscious, aware, spiritually-oriented and unslaved, they find a way to live a fruitful and meaningful life with freedom to discover one's own purpose. They are liberated from the fear of what others think of them, and live in a world of possibilities rather than limitations. They are less materialistic, less judgmental, more wise, and have learned to shed attachments to live more simply. This type is the closest to self-actualization. As such, they prefer to inspire, empower, and uplift others rather than bring them down. Yet it is the rarest type because society does not condition you to be this way. We are conditioned to be materialistic, conformist and live to work. We are taught what to think, not how to think, making us conform to groupthink and highly judgmental of others. Thus this fourth type is the least common. One has to think outside the box and go through a process of transformation in order to find it. But even if one finds it, their next challenge then becomes that of a “starving artist” or “Bohemian”, struggling to live the #4 way of life successfully without falling down into the #2 type.

 

And that’s the purpose of this article, to present this fourth option to you and show you how to make it work, so that you can live the freest and most liberated life possible. Let’s begin by looking at the way we are brought up in society, and how we are programmed, conditioned and deceived.

 

 

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"An unexamined life is not worth living."

– Socrates

 

 

From birth, we are taught obedience and conformity in school. Then we are conditioned to believe that our purpose in life is to "work and make money" (become a slave in other words). All of this serves to condition people to "want" a life of enslavement. If you've noticed, when most Americans (and Asians) who “live to work” lose their jobs or become unemployed, they feel worthless and miserable, as though their lives had no meaning, purpose or function anymore. Without a form of "paid enslavement" and servitude, they have no idea what to do, as they are empty and void on the inside with no value except that given to them by the economic system. In effect, they are "depressed without their enslavement" which is crazy and bizarro if you think about it. This is the result of their conditioning. It's a really sad sordid state of affairs. But that is how people are conditioned. 

Ironically, in spite of "wanting their enslavement", most people live oppressed lives where they watch the clock, live for Fridays and dread Mondays, with short-lived weekend breaks between them that whiz by like a gust of wind. What an awful way to live! This is the epitome of oppression. Even animals don't live that way. It's not natural. Humans were not meant to live that way. It's ridiculous and insane. There's something VERY wrong with it. But sadly, most feel powerless and just accept it in order to pay their bills as they continue living in "survival mode". 



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To distract us from our enslavement, the mainstream media feeds us mind numbing useless content such as professional sports, celebrity news, politics, tragedies, crime, economic news, gay rights issues, and other meaningless crap that is irrelevant to our lives. That is the reason for all the garbage content on mainstream media channels – they don't want you to think too much or realize the prison matrix you're in and the lies you've been brainwashed with. As the conspiracy crowd and alternative media put it: "The elites want to dumb you down and keep you in a state of fear and survival, so you don't think too much." They are certainly right about that. We are conditioned to live in fear for a reason. Fear keeps you in a lower state of consciousness where you are less aware and less able to think clearly, and more controllable. This is why most Americans (and East Asians) are in a state of irrational fear and paranoia, even when there is no rational reason to be, or actual danger present. It's not an accident. There is a nefarious reason for it. 

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."

– Thomas Jefferson


Politics is especially deceptive, because in reality, voting makes no difference and does NOT change government policy or the way things are run. The political candidates represent the same power oligarchy, so whoever wins, the same power structure and people remain in place. Elections really don't make a difference, and are just a charade to appease people and give them the illusion of choice. 

 

“Give me control of a nation's money and I care not who makes it's laws."

– Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild

 

 

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"We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both."
Louis D. Brandeis, Supreme Court Judge

 

 

In fact, technically there is no such a thing as a democracy which is easily proven by basic logic. A democracy is defined as a "rule by the majority", however, anyone knows that the majority or common people have no control over government policy. If it did, then there would be no senseless wars, no taxes, healthcare would be free or affordable, the atrocious banking bailout of 2008 (which the American people didn't want) would never have been passed, and the income tax amendment would never have been ratified (no majority would ever be in favor of income taxes of course). So, the notion of a democracy is debunked by basic logic. Yet amazingly, many people still believe that a democracy exists, simply because they are told so and others believe it too. My, how gullible people are!

"The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government of the U.S. since the days of Andrew Jackson."

– U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in a letter written Nov. 21, 1933 to Colonel E. Mandell House


Moreover, if you do the research, you find out that money itself doesn't even really exist, because it's not even backed by gold or silver anymore. Most central banks (e.g. Federal Reserve) nowadays print money "out of thin air". The monetary system itself was created to enslave people in debt. (See the films "Zeitgeist Addendum" and "The Money Masters" on YouTube or Google Video) So in essence, when you are a slave to money, you are a slave to something that doesn't even truly exist! Now what could be more insane than that?! Furthermore, humans are the ONLY species on Earth that has to PAY to live. No other life form on this planet has to "pay" to live here. If you meditate on that fact, you will realize that it speaks volumes about how enslaved, oppressed and artificial our lives are. 

"Money is the possibility or the right to exploit the labours of others. Money is a new form of slavery, which differs form the old only in being impersonal, and in freeing people from all the human relations of the slave."

– Leo Tolstoy 


You gotta wonder, what's the point of American "freedom and democracy" (which is a myth) if one has no freedom and lives such an oppressive existence? But of course, no system succeeds by telling its citizens that they are enslaved. So instead, they invent the myth of "freedom and democracy", which falls apart under casual scrutiny, and try to condition you to "want" your enslavement. As conspiracy researcher Mark Passio said, "Tyrants always come disguised as liberators."  

 

 

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Our oppressive conditioning starts in school, where we are trained and indoctrinated to become obedient conforming slaves. We are put in an oppressive prison-like environment, which gets progressively worse after elementary school. As children, we are taught to falsely identify their self-worth with their performance and grades, and forced into the tedious routine everyday of memorizing large volumes of useless data to regurgitate on tests and exams. All this serves to teach obedience, conformity, discipline, and left-brained thinking, through memorization and indoctrination.

 

You see, children are naturally born with imagination, curiosity and wonder. But when they are around 13 years of age, they are given the bad news – that they must "grow up" and begin to embrace the cold practical world of obedience, conformity, living to make money and attaining a career. This "growing up" is the process of trading the rich world of imagination, creativity and fantasy, for the cold materialistic world of slavery, productivity and monotonous routine in servitude to the economic system. The school's job is to aid in this transition – from human/spiritual being to robotic slave. After this transition, the only fantasies and dreams one is supposed to have are those related to making money and attaining a career. This is how the control system molds and grooms us to live in the prison matrix.

 

Hence, the true purpose of school is unveiled – to train and condition them to become disciplined obedient slaves and workers. In short, school is there to prepare them for a JOB. And if they go to college, they get to become a "well-paid" wage slave at that. Woo-hoo! In this system, the child-like wonder, curiosity and imagination that children were born with is squelched, as they are groomed to become economic resources whose worth is determined by their career, productivity and material value.

 

 

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“I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.”

– Rita Mae Brown

 

 

What's worse, social cliques in high school are composed of zombies/slaves (obedient nerds who only care about grades and studying), a-holes (teens who act depraved, hostile and put others down to prop themselves up without regard for other's feelings) and fake people (pretty much everyone). This means that if you are a teen who is sincere, authentic, nice, down to earth, sane, rational and logical, you simply have no place or clique to fit into. Who ever heard of an "authentic/sincere/genuine/down to earth" clique in high school? lol Thus high school becomes the most lonely, invalidating and alienating existence, if you are authentic and sane.


In truth, school does NOT make you smarter, more intelligent, wise, intellectual, enlightened, aware, spiritual, insightful or even shrewd. All it does is make you more obedient and disciplined. Now, if your objective it to become a slave, this may have some value to you, but if your aim is to not be a slave, then what value is it to you? Now there's some food for thought... 

Other freethinking writers have also noted this "roboticization" of students in their articles critiquing the school system. Here is one great example: 

"The Horrors of Public Education" 
http://montalk.net/conspiracy/39/the-horrors-of-public-education 

And there are courageous students who have made videos exposing the school system, such as: 

"The Shocking Truth About Public Schools" 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYmpoRBXgVM 

"Herd Mentality – The Schooling System" 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diSJv6FfHjc 

As a result of this system, people are brought up to see only two choices in life: 

1) Become a robotic slave who lives to work and works to death, with no free time to pursue other things, and no freedom to create a life purpose for oneself, all in order to earn money and make a living. 
2) Become poor and destitute and live in poverty, or live out on the street as a bum and be despised by society as a nonproductive degenerate. 

So, in short, you are given the choice to either become a robot slave or a bum! Isn't that so ridiculous and oppressive? What kind of choice is that?! Don't these two choices just SUCK? Furthermore,
society skews this “security vs. freedom” dichotomy into a negative choice, by attaching negative consequences to real freedom (becoming an impoverished degenerate bum) and insinuating that security through slavery/enslavement is the correct and socially acceptable choice.



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Most people strive for #1. They become enslaved and live to work, assuming they have no other choice. But when you think about it, #1 is absurd, because what's the point of earning a living, if you have no freedom to do what you want with your life or create/find your own purpose? In fact, one of the greatest and most enlightening questions you could ever ask yourself is: What is the point of making a living, if all you do everyday is make a living? What are you making a living for exactly? How are you any different from a slave or a zombie if all you do is make a living just so you can continue to exist to make a living? Aren’t you essentially dead? It's a self-defeating circular loop and internal contradiction. All you're doing is sustaining a life of enslavement, with no actual freedom or purpose. What’s the point of being a workaholic slave just so you can survive, make ends meet and pay your bills?


I urge you to seriously ponder these questions and meditate on them: What's the point of your life if you "live to work"? What are you working for? What are you "making a living" for? What are you "sustaining" exactly? Let me spell it out for you: What kind of "living" are you "making" if all you do during your "living" time is work to "make a living"? You see how ridiculous and insane that is?! Think about it. If you meditate on it, you will soon get an "aha" moment of enlightenment, albeit a disturbing one, as you wonder, "How could I have not realized something so obvious all this time?" (I know I did) 

Another awakening question you can ask yourself is: Why is am I always told that I live in a “free country” yet in childhood I had to suffer the imprisonment of school everyday and do what I’m told, and in adulthood I have to submit to the stressful and demanding imprisonment of a job everyday in order to make ends meet? It doesn’t make any sense when you think about it, and is a huge contradiction between what you are told vs. reality.

 

“The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.” 

– Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor


This "live to work" mentality is especially prominent in America and East Asian cultures (Chinese, Japanese, Korean) – which are obsessed with becoming workaholics and working to death as the sole aim of life – but not as much in more intellectual/passionate cultures such as Latin America, Europe or Russia. 

Now if you are lucky enough to do what you really love for a living, then you will not feel like a slave as much. But most people are not that lucky. Most have to go to mind numbing stressful jobs just to "make a living" and pay their bills. Their work and family tie them down and enslave them with obligations and responsibilities. They watch the clock, live for Fridays and dread Mondays, with short lived weekends in between that whiz by before they know it. In such an oppressive enslaving state of existence, what does it matter what type of government they live under? They have no real freedom anyway (other than stuff like deciding what flavor of bagel to choose from).  



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"Insanity in individuals is something rare – but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule."

– Friederich Nietzsche

 

 

Now I am not against doing something productive with your life. What I am against is raising humans in oppressive environments where they are treated like slaves, dumbed down, mind controlled, given no freedom, kept in a state of fear and survival mode, taught to judge their worth by their career and material assets, and brainwashed to believe that their sole purpose in life is to make money, to the point where they will feel empty and depressed without a job to enslave them. That's just plain wrong, cruel and oppressive. Humans ought to live freely and be allowed to create their own purpose, (as long as they don't harm others) discover themselves, find their bliss and true calling, and operate from a state of consciousness and awareness, rather than live in fear under oppression and enslavement. 

But under the system we live under, one is not conditioned to seek adventure, passion, romance, freedom, love, intellectualism, spirituality, truth, wisdom, philosophy, etc. Instead, one is conditioned to be productive, desiring only to make money and acquire material goods – all of which brings only fleeing satisfaction, leaving one empty and flat, and not understanding why. This in turn leads to eventual disappointment and the need for further distraction and escapism into consumerism, creating a vicious cycle of short-lived stimulation and unfulfillment, all of which empties out one's soul and spirit. 

 

Eastern philosophy and spirituality teach balance. A person needs to balance their inner life (spirituality) with their outer life, and they need to balance their right and left brain hemispheres. However, society conditions you to be empty inside while seeking gratification in materialism, and to only use left brained logic to understand things. Where's the balance in that?

I think most people subconsciously realize the insanity of all this, but they are afraid to face it or they feel powerless, so they resort to escapism – through consumerism, shopping, entertainment, junk food, overeating, alcohol, drugs, nightclubs, religion, etc. Or they put it aside in their minds as a "crazy rant", or they think they are the only ones. Many don't know how to put their feelings into words. We are not encouraged to think, question or introspect such things. Nor are we taught to examine our lives, as Socrates encouraged us to do. Instead, we are taught to obey, follow and conform. So most people remain slaves without freedom or awareness, devoid of soul and spirit, operating from a low consciousness level, and living to work and consume. 

Have you ever realized any of this, or marveled at the insanity and absurdity of it all? Think about this: If the world were a healthy normal place, then why are so many people dissatisfied and looking for alternatives to the grim reality of their conditioned life in this world? 

So overall, the world is filled with mostly sheep/zombies, robotic workaholic slaves, cold a-holes, bullies and bums/delinquents who abuse alcohol/drugs and are mentally messed up. WTF?! But what do you expect? Those are the types of people that our society, culture and media cultivate. When you condition people to be obedient, conformist, materialistic, and to view "making money" as the purpose of life, those are the types that you breed. This is especially true in America, where people nowadays seem like soulless beings devoid of heart, soul, spirit and camaraderie. Our society certainly does not cultivate highly aware, conscious, freethinking beings – such types have to take their own initiative to become that way. It's no wonder then that the greatest thinkers throughout history have said that the world is insane. See their quotes here: http://www.happierabroad.com/Quotes_Insanity.htm

Now, I don't claim to have any easy solutions or answers. There is no such thing as an easy answer to an oppressive global enslavement system. I just want you to be aware of the absurdity, insanity and senselessness of it all so you can stop living a lie, and instead start living consciously and wisely. Truth may not always lead to happiness, but it does lead to enlightenment. Solutions and alternatives take hard work, effort, will, resourcefulness, vision and courage. But they first begin with awareness. As Gandhi said, "You must become the change you wish to see in the world." 

Solutions and Suggestions


The biggest SECRET that most people don't realize, is that they can CHOOSE to NOT accept their conditioning. They can choose NOT to believe that their purpose in life is to be enslaved and live only to work. They can choose to NOT identify their self-worth with career and material success. They can choose to NOT accept the belief that "You are what you do." They can choose to DEFINE their own life and sense of self. They can choose to CREATE a life purpose for themselves. They can choose to STOP living in fear of what others think of them. They can TAKE BACK their sovereignty and STOP giving away their power to others.

 

“The biggest prison that most people live in is the fear of what others think.”

– David Icke

 

They have the POWER to do all these things, and no one can take that away from them unless they let them. But most people don't realize their true power. So they let society and others define their purpose and identity for them. That's the sad reality, and why I am so passionate about helping people to wake people up to the truth about their condition and liberate them.

 

Likewise, when people get laid off, they can choose to NOT feel depressed or feel like a failure, by simply realizing that they are "not what they do" as they've been led to believe. (This is especially easy if you didn't even like your job) And in school, when they get a bad grade, they can choose to NOT feel bad about it, because in truth, a mark on a piece of paper means nothing unless you "think" it does. (Same with professional sports – it's not important unless you "think" it is) You can simply choose not to care, and to not give a sh**.

 

Remember this: You cannot change society or the world, but you do have POWER over your own mind and thoughts. So exercise it. No one can take that away from you unless you let them. That's the key. Remember that, if nothing else. You can start by stop taking everything so seriously. Unpaid bills and debt are not going to kill you or physically harm you. The most important things in life are your health and peace of mind. If something is compromising either of those, then you're better off without it. Start by ejecting unnecessary burdens from your life so you can simplify it. Make the necessary changes. Practicing daily meditation will also help you to control your mind and thoughts.

 

 

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"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself."

– Friederich Nietzsche

 

"Men have been taught that it is a virtue to agree with others. But the creator is the man who disagrees. Men have been taught that it is a virtue to swim with the current. But the creator is the man who goes against the current. Men have been taught that it is a virtue to stand together. But the creator is the man who stands alone."

– Ayn Rand

 


Also, while you can’t change others who do not wish to change, you can help and guide those who are seeking alternative answers and open to them. You can teach them to think for themselves and make better choices in life, so they can have more freedom, happiness, peace of mind, and less stress. Encourage others to be more spiritual and eliminate unnecessary junk from their lives. That's all we can really do. We can take control over our own lives and our own minds, which are the only things we truly have sovereignty over. 

 

To find or create an alternative lifestyle from the "slave vs. bum" dichotomy requires the ability to think outside the box, a higher level of awareness, a desire to not conform, an inclination to be a contrarian, and the courage and fearlessness to take risks and venture into "unsafe" territory. A minority of people do find alternate paths that work for them, but most don't, because it takes a certain type of consciousness and intent that most people are not conditioned to have. 

Just remember this: You don't have to accept it when you are told that you must give up your dreams and passions in order to live in a practical world – for without your dreams and passions, your life is rendered meaningless and you can't live true to yourself.


Some have found sustainable alternatives through self-employment, or portable passive income businesses (which is what I do). Others find work in high paying jobs that only last a few months a year and then have the rest of the year off. There are even those who travel the world for little or nothing on their bicycles or through hitchhiking, and claim to have the most enriching experiences. I even know a guy who bicycles around Cambodia and Thailand and stays in monasteries that provide him with food and shelter in exchange for English lessons or helping to educate poor village kids. He says it is the most rewarding experience. Yet he spends nothing everyday, so he is not enslaved to money in this kind of life. I guess the simple lesson here is: "If you help others, they will help you."

So you see, there are alternatives, a variety of them in fact, if you truly desire to find them and know where to look for them. It also depends on the type of people you surround yourself with of course. As Jesus said, "Seek and ye shall find." But everyone's path is different, so the alternative path that works for you may not necessarily work for others, and vice versa. Always remember though, "where there's a will, there's a way." 

Of course, we are all slaves to money, just as we have always been ever since the barter system was replaced with money. However, consider this: No one is making you buy that expensive house or car. No one is making you take that stressful job to make ends meet. No one is making you accrue debt. Of course, our materialistic culture attempts to condition you to do those things. But you can always choose not to accept this conditioning by exercising your free will. Instead, you can make wise choices to live simply, and more spiritually, with less expenses and little or no debt. You can make smarter decisions that will lead to LESS financial burdens and thus become LESS enslaved to money. No one is forcing you not to. 

Another sensible option is to live overseas in countries where the cost of living is a fraction of what it is in the Western world. Although this is a taboo option that may appear unpatriotic, in reality there are already millions of Americans living happily overseas with a lower cost of living and less financial burdens. Living outside of the Western world may sound extreme and unconventional, but it works for many. It's just that you never hear anything positive about it in the mainstream media, which isn't surprising anyway since the media feeds on negativity and are out to portray everything in the worst possible light. Therefore, they are the worst source available for info on life and the world.

 

For more ideas and suggestions, see my other article on alternative options to having to work a regular job that you don't like:

http://blog.happierabroad.com/2012/10/alternatives-working-regular-job.html

 

Blogger Mark Manson has shared some important lessons about wealth and happiness in his blog. Here are some key excerpts: 


http://postmasculine.com/minimalism

"Happiness studies consistently bring back a couple of findings: 1) that we derive far more happiness from experiences than we do from possessions, and 2) that we’re better off investing our energy in our relationships than the things we own. 

Getting rid of unnecessary possessions can therefore indirectly improve our quality of life through the following ways: 

1. Frees up more time and money to spend on experiences and with people. 
2. Forces one to invest more of their identity in their behavior and attitude and less in objects around them. 
3. Removes the stress of loss aversion and trying to hold on to what one already has. 
4. Saves money (always a stress reducer)."
 

http://postmasculine.com/wealth

"Psychological studies on happiness in the past couple decades has supported this. Research shows that money correlates with happiness up until a middle-class income and after that, there’s no correlation between money and happiness. Happiness flatlines. 

Money buys happiness only when it is spent on experiences and earned without costing too much time. This is why I find it less useful to define wealth in terms of money, and define it instead in terms of the quality of life experiences. 

Wealth is having the freedom to maximize one’s life experiences. 

Money is a requisite for wealth, but so is time and so is efficient use of that time and money. Money gives one opportunities for more experiences. But one must also have the time to pursue those experiences. Having the money to travel to Australia isn’t worth anything if you can’t ever take time off work to go there. 

Your fundamental needs take precedence: health, food, shelter. If these three needs are not met, then nothing else is going to make you happy and not having them is going to make you miserable. But assuming you have those needs met, then research indicates that the experiences which create the most happiness are: 

1. New and unique activities. 
2. Shared experiences with others and building relationships. 
3. Passion activities."
 

 


Finally, the most important thing I want you to remember is this: True freedom begins in the mind. In order to transform your outer world, you must first undergo an inner transformation, which involves a shift in consciousness. To begin, you must first conquer fear. When you recognize irrational fear for what it is – an illusion and control mechanism, its power over you will begin to dissipate. You see, fear is the one lever that the manipulators of society have over you. Without it, they are powerless over you. Their biggest nightmare would be for the masses of people to stop living in fear. (See the movie "V for Vendetta") As David Icke says, "The only way the few can control the many is by getting the many to acquiesce and give up their power."

 

Once you transcend the fear consciousness you've been conditioned with, you will become much freer and be on a different level of consciousness that will allow the “law of attraction” to manifest changes in your life in accord with your inner transformation. By conquering fear, you begin living in a world of possibilities rather than limitations, and you allow a huge expansion of possibilities to come into your life. Only then will you be in a state of consciousness which will allow you to create your own reality. And that's the biggest lesson I wish to impart to you. Always remember this important lesson: Authority is NOT Truth. Truth is the Authority. So question authority and think for yourself.

 

My friend and mentor Walt Goodridge explains why authority cannot be synonymous with truth in his book Living True To Yourself: (page 43) 


"The power of lies 
It’s about control 

One of the most profound thoughts I ever heard is this: 
The only way to control people is to lie to them. People cannot be controlled by the truth. 

Think about that idea in all its applications and permutations, and the depth of the concept will astound you. If someone is controlling you, it is because there is a lie in effect. Conversely, people who feel controlled have bought into, accepted, or are perpetuating a lie that has been sold to them. 

Similarly, if you, as a person in power, wish to control the masses, you can only do so through deception. Truth, by its very nature, is freeing, liberating, and empowering. Truth frees those who offer it, and empowers those who receive it. It becomes more and more difficult to control someone the more empowered with truth they become. Leaders know this. 

Similarly, a relationship built on lies is a relationship with control as its goal. A relationship where someone feels controlled is one based on lies. 

If you feel trapped, powerless, helpless, or at the mercy of other individuals or outside forces, it is because you have bought into a deception—a distorted perception—of reality, of others and/or of your self. In order to live true to your self it is imperative that you recognize that deception."
 

 

 

"They must find it difficult...those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority." 

– Gerald Massey

 

Remembering this will keep your mind free from brainwashing and mind control. So take back your sovereignty, and start living in love, passion and awareness as a sovereign being. A new world of possibilities and adventures await you.

 

 

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“Devotion to the truth is the hallmark of morality; there is no greater, nobler, more heroic form of devotion than the act of a man who assumes the responsibility of thinking.” 

– Ayn Rand

 

 

To close, I'd like to share an inspiring quote by Marianne Williamson:

 

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

 

Thank you for reading. Please forward this article to others to help spread an awakening for those who are ready. 

 

For more information, or to begin your journey of awakening (or continue it), I recommend the books, websites and videos (which you can find on YouTube) by the following influential researchers: David Icke, Alex Jones, Michael Tsarion, Jordan Maxwell, Mark Passio, Alan Watt, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, Dan Millman

 

Here are some of my favorite awakening documentaries that I recommend, which you can find on YouTube by doing a search for their titles:

 

 David Icke: Oxford Union (2 hrs)

 David Icke: The Lion Sleeps No More (7 hrs)

 David Icke: Beyond the Cutting Edge (6 hrs)

 David Icke: Freedom or Facism (7 hrs)

 Zeitgeist: The Movie (2 hrs)

 Zeitgeist Addendum (2 hrs)

 Esoteric Agenda (2 hrs)

 Kymatica (1 hr 30 min)

 Thrive: What On Earth Will It Take? (2 hrs)

 

Websites I recommend:

 

http://www.davidicke.com

http://www.infowars.com

http://www.prisonplanet.com

http://www.naturalnews.com

http://www.cuttingthroughthematrix.com

http://www.whatonearthishappening.com

http://www.waltgoodridge.com

http://www.livingtruetoyourself.com

http://www.passionprofit.com 

http://www.darrylsloan.com 

http://www.happierabroad.com (and mine too of course)

http://www.debunkingskeptics.com (my other site)

 

Books I recommend: (available on Amazon.com and in bookstores)

 

 “Turn Your Passion Into Profit” by Walt Goodridge

 “Living True to Yourself” by Walt Goodridge

 “Reality Check” by Darryl Sloan (available at www.darrylsloan.com)

 “I, Universe” by Darryl Sloan (Free PDF download at www.darrylsloan.com)

 “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle

 “The Way of the Peaceful Warrior” by Dan Millman

 “Remember Who You Are” by David Icke

 “Human Race Get Off Your Knees: The Lion Sleeps No More” by David Icke

 “And The Truth Shall Set You Free” by David Icke

 

See also my other article on alternative options to having to work a regular job that you don't like:

http://blog.happierabroad.com/2012/10/alternatives-working-regular-job.html

 

Sincerely,

Winston Wu

 

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