BY SOFO ARCHON
Think of the way most people live: They force themselves to wake up in the morning, dress up, drive straight to work, drive back home about 8 hours later, watch TV and sleep, only to repeat the same routine next day for almost their entire of their lives.
We consider this kind of living as normal and even healthy, but if you stop and think about it, it’s not healthy at all. Life can be immensely beautiful, yet instead of making the most out of it, we choose to waste it just because we’ve been programmed to do so.
Habits, tradition and dogmatic beliefs have turned us into mindless automatons who don’t enjoy life and just follow a predetermined path that was handed to us by society. This programming, however, can be broken, if we realize that it’s in our hands to transform the way we’re living, and gather the courage in our hearts to think and act differently. Then, life can be turned into a beautiful celebration filled with laughter, play, creativity and love.
How to Deprogram Yourself
Here’s a list of ten tips that will help you to deprogram yourself and escape the matrix you’ve been trapped into since the day you were born:
1. Break free from the shackles of organized religion
Dogmatic, organized religion imposes on people what to think and what not to, what is good and what is bad, what is right and what is wrong.
Thus, organized religion prevents people from using their critical thinking, seeking the truth, and reaching to their own conclusions from their reasoning and life experiences. On the contrary, it teaches them to blindly follow a set of morals and rules.
The result? Tremendous emotional suppression and suffering.
If you want to reclaim your freedom, honestly express yourself and walk on the path of understanding, be sure to break the chains of organized religion and start your quest for the truth from scratch.
2. Stop giving your power away to authority
From a very early age, most of us have been taught to doubt ourselves and do only what authority commands us to. Now, as adults, we don’t trust ourselves, and so we choose to let others take responsibility for our lives.
We support politicians who do nothing but lie to us in order to satisfy their hunger for power, being under the illusion that by doing so we’re choosing a brighter future for ourselves, when in reality the options we’re given in our pseudodemocratic system are very limited and almost exactly the same. This way we allow a small group of people to manipulate us for their own personal gain, foolishly believing that they want to contribute to the betterment of society.
If you truly want to create a positive change in the world, stop giving a few others power over your life, and instead start taking responsibility in your own hands as well as join a community of like-minded individuals and work together in order to help build a better social system that serves all people.
3. Question the current economic system
In our mad economic system, money is created out of debt, and hence isn’t enough to go around for everyone. Therefore, people are forced to compete in the market and waste most of their lives working as wage slaves, which inevitably leads to the immense suffering and social conflict that prevails all around the world.
In addition, our economic system is based on cyclical consumption and endless growth, which means that people have to consume without end in order for money to keep on circulating in the economy. This requires not only requires excessive extraction of natural resources, but also the production of incredible waste that is poisoning the very environment we live in and that sustains us.
If you agree that our socioeconomic is obsolete, and would like to help change it for the betterment of the people and our planet, I’d highly recommend you to research further into the immense negative impacts of our economy, as well as to educate yourself about alternative, more technically efficient and environmentally sustainable economic systems.
4. Detach yourself from materialism
Being brought up in a consumer culture, we believe that money can buy everything we need and will bring happiness into our lives. So we choose to buy more and more things without end, but we always end up feeling dissatisfied and hungry for more stuff.
The truth is that money can only provide us with substitutes for what we truly need, but not the real deal. What we need is neither possessions nor services, but things such as love, friendship, and creativity. So don’t be concerned about which is the next best thing you can buy, and instead invest your time and efforts in achieving heart-opening and mind-expanding experiences that money can’t buy.
5. Be mindful of what you put into your body
Is what you’re eating contributing to your health or is it poisoning your physical organism? Is what you’re eating environmentally sustainable, or is it negatively impacting the natural world? These are some important questions that all people should ask themselves.
Most people choose to eat foods which are filled with sugar, preservatives, and which are empty of nutrients or contain animal-derived products, unaware that their food choices are detrimental to their health, contribute to the suffering and death of tens of billions of animals, and have a tremendously negative impact on the environment.
From now on, be sure to choose carefully what you choose to put into your mouth, and I assure you that this is one of the best things you can do for yourself and the world.
6. Choose your news sources wisely
Knowledge is power, but we are drowning in an ocean of information.
Corporate media presents us all the time with biased information, fooling us into believing the lies they tell in order to manipulate us exactly the way they want.
A true seeker of knowledge does not accept anything on belief, but seeks out for facts and tries to develop a spherical understanding of the matter he/she is looking into.
If you don’t like being mislead, and desire to better understand what’s going on in the world, do your best to collect information from as many sources as possible and use critical thinking in order to reach to your own conclusions about what’s true or not.
7. Read eye-opening, mind-empowering books
There have been plenty of wise individuals who’ve written books in which they share their thoughts on life’s problems and how they can be overcome. Many of them criticized the workings of society and offer their insights on how we can help create a more beautiful world.
Books, therefore, could be immensely helpful in opening our eyes and improving the quality of our lives, yet the sad truth is that not a lot of people spend much of their time reading books — or they just choose to read for entertainment reasons alone.
To get the most out of reading books, be sure to not just pick any book and read it — read those ones that touch your mind and heart and provide you with new perspectives that help you to better understand yourself and the world.
8. Escape the herd mentality
Just as every person alive, you are a unique individual with unique talents and gifts to offer to the world.
Unfortunately, society has suppressed our individuality since the day we were born. We’ve been programmed to doubt ourselves and conform to what is considered as normal. This, however, prevents us from embracing ourselves and creating our own path in life, which is causing us immense emotional pain.
From today, distance yourself from the herd mentality and start paying attention to your inner voice — doing so will allow you to follow your calling and live the way you truly want to live.
9. Creatively express yourself
A great way to deprogram yourself from the normalcy of modern life is to focus your attention on creativity.
We’re all born creative, but slowly slowly our creativity has been suppressed so much that we’ve almost forgotten that we’re creative beings.
To be creative means to think outside the box and see life from different perspectives. Most importantly, to be creative means to find out new ways of living and realize that you have the power to manifest the kind of life you desire.
10. Develop mindfulness
Lastly, learning how to live in the present moment is a great way to break free from your conditioning.
By being mindful of the here and now, you’ll be able to respond to whatever happens each and every moment spontaneously, without being a victim of your past.
There are many meditation techniques out there that can help you to become mindful, so find the ones that you like most and stick to them until you see positive results in your life.
“The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you’re inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it.” ~Morpheus, The Matrix
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