“You have to understand, most people are not ready to be unplugged.” – Morpheus, The Matrix (1999)

A father once explained to his daughter that, as she matured and started dating, she would need to know who to trust. He told her that she could always come to him for advice. She could trust him implicitly, because he would never have an ulterior motive. Unlike others she might interact with, he needed nothing from his daughter, so there was no reason to tell her anything but the truth.

And so it is with this blog. I have no agenda, no desire to persuade you to pick one side over another or to align with any cause. My goal is to simply help you explore beyond the obvious (assuming you want to)…to discover the real world that lies just beneath the surface of the illusion in which we find ourselves. Intrigued? Let’s begin…

“The answer is out there, Neo, and it’s looking for you, and it will find you if you want it to.” – Trinity, The Matrix (1999)

So, what do I mean by exiting the matrix? At the very least, it means to stop floating through this world on auto pilot…to take responsibility for what’s going on within and around you. Your planet needs you right now! Your fellow humans need you to be awake, aware, and firing on all cylinders. It’s not a coincidence that you’re alive right now, at this time in the Earth’s history, along with almost 8 billion brothers and sisters. We all arrived here with a mission. And it’s time, now, to wake up to that realization, align with our true purpose, and start contributing to the evolution of humanity. How do we do that? Here are a few tips:

  1. Turn off the television. It’s a distraction. It’s literally keeping you in a state of hypnosis. Don’t believe me? For the next two weeks, turn off your TV and spend that same amount of time outside in nature or in some type of meditative activity. (Check out my book, The Journey Within, for ideas.)
  1. Stop getting your information from “normal” news outlets. News anchors are not giving you the news. They are entertaining you. They are paid to amuse/anger/bait, not to investigate and inform. Step out of your comfort zone. Investigate “alternative” information sources; specifically, those that have no ulterior motive (see paragraph 1). Here are my favorites: DarkHorse podcast, Russell Brand, and Jordan B Peterson.

“Choice is an illusion created between those with power and those without.” – Merovingian, The Matrix (1999)

  1. Assume – just for a moment – that information flowing from any governmental agency is (at least partially) untrue. Play devil’s advocate. If it were the case that these organizations were not working in your best interest – they had an ulterior motive – what would that mean for you? How might you alter your decision-making process?

“What do all men with power want? More power.” – The Oracle, The Matrix (1999)

  1. If only briefly, consider the motives of everyone with whom you interact, particularly those who are in a position of power. In the off-chance that they are – or could be – motivated by something less altruistic than your well-being, how might you adjust your interaction?

“You have to let it all go, Neo. Fear, doubt, and disbelief. Free your mind.” – Morpheus, The Matrix (1999)

The only way to free your mind is to unplug. Reduce the noise. Look around. Start asking questions. It’s becoming increasingly critical that we do our own research. Our evolution won’t be televised.

 “I don’t like the idea that I’m not in control of my own life.” – Neo, The Matrix (1999)

It’s up to you to take control of your life. Tap into your inner wisdom. You have the answers.

Be like Neo.