How To: Wake Up Everybody

It’s time to wake up everybody! Mass unconsciousness is a real thing. It’s a dangerous thing. We’re drowning in a sea of distractions and it’s because many people are in a position of ignorance and subservience from birth. The lack of awareness around tools being used to manipulate us is actually getting pretty dangerous. We’re the only country in the world with citizens will to fight wars they know nothing about and accept handouts without considering the “cost” to society. From the pesticides on our food, to the GMOS in our food, to chemtrails, fluoride in our toothpaste, fluorescent lighting in elementary schools, prescription medications, fast food, pollution, aggressive marketing, and forced education – we barely get a chance to live on our own terms. Our shower water, swimming pool water, gardening water, and even our drinking water are altered & enhanced.

Sleeping Through A Revolution

“When Rip Van Winkle went up into the mountain, the sign had a picture of King George III of England. When he came down 20 years later the sign had a picture of George Washington, the first president of the United States. When Rip Van Winkle looked up at the picture of George Washington—and looking at the picture he was amazed—he was completely lost. He knew not who he was.

And this reveals to us that the most striking thing about the story of Rip Van Winkle is not merely that Rip slept 20 years, but that he slept through a REVOLUTION. While he was peacefully snoring up in the mountain a revolution was taking place that at points would change the course of history—and Rip knew nothing about it. He was asleep. Yes, he slept through a revolution. And one of the great liabilities of life is that all too many people find themselves living amid a great period of social change, and yet they fail to develop the new attitudes, the new mental responses, that the new situation demands. They end up sleeping through a revolution.

mlk_marchThere can be no gainsaying of the fact that a great revolution is taking place in the world today. In a sense it is a triple revolution: that is, a technological revolution, with the impact of automation and cybernation; then there is a revolution in weaponry, with the emergence of atomic and nuclear weapons of warfare; then there is a human rights revolution, with the freedom explosion that is taking place all over the world. Yes, we do live in a period where changes are taking place. And there is still the voice crying through the vista of time saying, “Behold, I make all things new; former things are passed away.” – Remaining Awake Through A Great Revolution, Martin Luther King Jr. (Delivered at the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., on 31 March 1968)

This is an excerpt from one of the most epic speeches of all time. It took place in 1968 and the “great revolution” Dr.King speaks of is still taking place today. Have you ever made a goal for where you want to be 5 years in the future, and when that 5 year mark rolls around, you find yourself in nearly the same position? Or said to yourself “I will never be like my father,” and found yourself married to a guy just like him?

The point of this article is not to focus on the problems, however many there may be. It’s to offer an alternative to a seemingly solution-less problem. The key to waking up, and experiencing a sense of renewed freedom is to face the reality of the situation and learn to manage yourself, set proper goals, learn to use auto-suggestion effectively, and change your habits. If you’re reading this, congratulations you’re well on your way. Follow these 10 steps and you will gain true freedom.

 

1 ) Learn to Manage Oneself

The first thing I did was simplify my life. I began tracking my eating, spending, sleeping, drinking, indulging, judging others, and even bitching. I got a journal where I would write a daily gratitude list, long-term goals, and daily tasks list. Then I could see how many tasks I failed to complete, and reasonably assume I wouldn’t complete all my goals either at that rate. As Peter Drucker stated in one of the greatest books you could ever read called Managing Oneself, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” By the way, you should read Managing Oneself. It’s the shortest book I’ve ever read and it expedited the process of reclaiming my power and waking up to my potential.

2) Treat the Earth Like A Living Organism

 

mother_nature_2_We’re taught when we’re very young that matter cannot be created or destroyed. Thus, the Earth nourishes us and when we die, we nourish her. We’re all part of the great food chain – the circle of life. Our bodies are made of 60-75% water and yet we still throw toxins in our oceans. Many nations have been known to profit off of the enslavement of others – both physical and mental slavery. Someone may have lost a limb or a family member for the coltan in your cell phone or diamond on your finger. If we begin to look at everything IN RELATION TO everything else, we see that we’re all connected. We have to remove the artificial distance we’ve created with languages, religions, political parties, and learn to love each other. We have to get back to our roots and oneness with nature and our environment.

3) Look People In Their Eyes

This was a tough one for me, especially being a tech savvy millennial. Technology, with all it’s wonderful benefits, has afforded us the opportunity to remove humanity from dealings with one another. I would never talk to people on the phone, or in person unless we were working together. The Trader Joe’s employees would drive me nuts, and I knew some of my favorite Orange is the New Black characters better than my neighbors and classmates. During this transformational period, I began looking people in their eyes. I tried to hold space for their highest good and potential. I viewed them like a soul – Instead of judging the outward manifestation of that soul’s environment & beliefs. I listened to what they said with my heart. This took some practice, but when I started getting really good at it – my art began to illuminate life in so many new and exciting ways.

4) Treat Your Body Like a New Car

body-2Would you put trash in your brand new car? Would you let someone use hot glue on the leather seats or pour acid on the center console? I stopped eating fast food and anything that wasn’t serving my body really, and I’m so grateful. Most people think of vegan as a label, but for me it’s more of a lifestyle. I know so many vegans that live off of candy, pre-packaged foods, and chemical cheese substitutes. I choose to eat only things that make be feel wonderful – whether that means tasting a culture’s traditional meat when traveling or eating raw vegetables, I’m down. Companies are profiting off of selling us crappy foods, and then selling us medications to combat the crap food we eat. They’re using chemicals to make us addicted to these foods and subconscious marketing tactics to get us to depend on their products. It’s a vicious cycle and should really be illegal, but instead, they make natural herbs illegal. The capitalistic interest here is not in prolonging our lives, but in profit. The best way around this is if it’s not organic or clearly nutritious (NO fruit flavored) just don’t eat it.

5) Master Entrepreneurship & Beat Capitalism

I’m not saying you have to become insanely rich. But I’ve learned something VERY important that shouldn’t be disregarded: If you’re living in the US, you need to become your own boss. I’ve had many friends that got fed up with this tyrannical system of mental enslavement, and expatted to live a better life somewhere tropical. However, by doing so they reduced their ability to save or impact others. The interesting thing about being born in the United States today, is that an average citizen has the ability to affect change in the world. This opportunity has never been afforded, let alone to a nation so young, in the history of the world. Capitalism is where the major conscious shift will begin.

body-1The Book of Eli starring Denzel Washington, was set in a post-apocolyptic modern-day world. Life was very much kill, or be killed in a dog eat dog, every man for himself, ruthless society with unimaginable pain and suffering. Cannabalism, rape, and other atrocities facing the 3rd world today were right here at home. Americans went to the movies, got their popcorn, cheered after the credits, raved in their reviews, and went on with their cushy lives. The only problem is that the movie wasn’t completely outside the realm of possibilities and had a very important message for us. Life could be like that if we don’t begin to operate as autonomous, independently thinking entrepreneurs.

In 2012 President Obama signed Executive Order 13603 which enables the government to seize all agriculture with respect to food resources, all forms of energy, all health resources, all forms of civil transportation, all water resources, all construction materials, and allows the head of any federal agency to conscript “persons of outstanding experience and ability without compensation,” in both “peacetime and times of national emergency” – basically legalizing slavery. If you don’t become an entrepreneur, you’ll work for one and when things go South, you and your family will suffer while they charter the first flight out of here.

6) Question Strong Ideologies

I knmother-nature-1ow quite a few people that would die for their religion, political party, their country, or their relatives. This speaks to their loyalty and courage, and I have immense respect for those people. However, I found it very beneficial to get to the roots of all the strong ideologies I held. When I did, I discovered the beliefs supporting my ideologies were given to me by meaning elders and society – and in fact not my own. I was willing to die for something someone else had suggested.

7) Question Education

There are many tech entrepreneurs that never graduated high school yet there’s been a big debate over whether a college education is necessary to succeed. I know many people over the age of 40 who swear by our education system, even though it’s known to be the biggest scam in America. Universities are not what they once were and I would advise anyone attending or considering a University education to do some research before taking those loans. I personally earned a bachelors and it’s sitting in a box somewhere. I don’t use it or intend to use it because I don’t find working 40 hours a week for someone else’s dream and a measly living, fulfilling. I attended school in Germany for 1 semester for FREE, and the American institution I earned my degree from charged me full tuition to transfer my German credits. I’ve learned more from $20 books written by people who have actually become successful, than any institution I’ve attended. Click Here for one of the greatest resources you can use for deprogramming.

8) Learn to Use Auto-Suggestion & Social Media Properly

The ability to use auto-suggestion is one of the greatest tools in our belt. It requires us to monitor our thoughts carefully, only letting the fruits of our labor through the gates. Have you ever just had a random song playing in your head all day? Or heard your mother’s voice telling you about eating or avoiding certain foods? These are both auto-suggestive messages being played & replayed in your brain. The idea here is that we create a tape and posters to go all around the house that remind us of what we truly believe. I have messages like “My spouse is simply amazing,” “I make $50,000 a day,” and “I am enough in the presence of my creation” written on my bathroom mirror. I also have a calm, soothing recording of my voice repeating things like “You are an A-List actress. You have saved the lives of millions in the Congo.” – which I listen to daily. I’ve downloaded tons of motivational audio books on wealth, success, gratitude, and spirituality – that I play when I’m hiking, walking the dogs, cooking, etc.

social-mediaThe crazy thing about auto-suggestion is that it’s being used on you whether you’re aware of it or not. All these big retailers use it on us everyday. The entire medical/pharmaceutical industry, entertainment industry, educational industry, agricultural industry, political industry, and insurance industry operate on fear tactics and subconscious programming techniques (like manipulating auras & adding addictive chemicals to what we put in our bodies). From the commercials playing between songs on Pandora or Youtube, to ads playing on your favorite shows, to billboards, to product packaging, to automated phone calls, to emails, to credit card company ads, to the ads on the backs of receipts – it’s unavoidable. Advertising messages are going into your subconscious and programming you to shop, act, believe, learn, eat, and think a certain way. If you surround yourself with a lot of successful people, you’re less susceptible to becoming “brainwashed” by these techniques. However, to become successful, it’s even more important that you’re using auto-suggestion to your benefit. Mastering this technique takes some time but you will see major shifts within a few months.

Social media has become one of the greatest auto-suggestive methods. I found myself sort of “addicted” to Facebook in the sense that I’d plan to get off and then spend 2 more hours scrolling peoples timelines. It’s a beautiful tool to connect people and maintain relationships across the world. But now it’s easier than ever for retailers to target their products at us, and to force-feed ads, commercials, campaigns, etc down our throats. I’ve noticed how differently the wealthy people I surround myself with treat their social media. Normal people spend 20% of their time posting and 80% of their time looking at what others post. Successful people spend 80% of their time (or more) posting, and 10-20% of their time looking at what others post. If someone you follow – stranger, friend, or family – isn’t someone you want to be like, don’t look at their posts. Social Media should ONLY be used to communicate with your audience and to further the exposure of your brand.

9) Stop All Negativity

Stop judging, stop complaining, stop worrying, stop gossiping, stop fearing, and start living. If there’s anything I’ve learned from the wealthy people I’ve been around, it’s that negativity = poverty. Wealth and negativity cannot coexist for long, and an attitude of gratitude is the best approach to waking up.

10) Have a 100 year Goal

pop_starThis may seem a little unconventional because you’re probably thinking “I’m 35 – there’s no way I’m living to be 135!” In Grant Cardone’s sales university, he teaches how it’s important to have a goal you can’t achieve in one lifetime. This makes us extend ourselves outside our comfort zone, and have something to offer future generations. I discovered my personal 100 year goal of saving the Democratic Republic of Congo during this massive expansion period of my life. It’s become a mission so much bigger than myself, and fuels many of my best decisions to this day.

I might make a video about this topic at a later date. The things I’ve addressed here may seem simple, but let me not be mistaken, it took several years to make these changes. I’d advise taking one step at a time and until you’ve fully implemented it and can see a change, keep on it. Most people think they’ve learned something because they’ve memorized it – that’s what we’re taught to do – but until you understand and have successfully applied it, it hasn’t really sunk in. as Bob Marley said over 40 years ago when referring to the major mental shift that needs to take place, “Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?” If not, do something about it.

Short Guide to a Long Life

Everyone seems to be searching for a short guide to a long life. After doing some research, I found that a long life seems to be the result of a short list of healthy habits. In 1930, a professor of the Chengdu University discovered Chinese government records from 1827 congratulating Li Ching-Yuen on his 150th birthday, and further documents later congratulating him on his 200th birthday in 1877.

Li_chingYuenLi Ching Yuen began his journey as an herbalist at the age of 10. He gathered herbs in mountain ranges of rural China and learned of their benefits toward longevity. For almost 40 years, he survived on a diet of herbs alone. Herbs such as lingzhi, goji berry, wild ginseng, he shoo wu and gotu kola, and rice wine. In 1749, at age 71, he joined the Chinese armies as teacher of martial arts. Li was said to be a much-loved figure in his community. He married 23 times and fathered more than 200 children. Li was able to read and write as a child, and by age ten had traveled in Kansu, Shansi, Tibet, Annam, Siam, and Manchuria to gather herbs. For the first hundred years of his life, he continued at this occupation as an herbalist. He then switched to re-selling herbs gathered by others. He sold lingzhi, goji berry, wild ginseng, he shou wu, and gotu kola along with other Chinese herbs, maintaining his diet of solely herbs and rice wine. Other in his village claim to have encountered an even older – 500-year-old man. He taught Qigong exercises and dietary recommendations that would help extend the lifespan to monumental proportions.

On his death bed, Li said, “I have done all that I have to do in this world” as if he’d perfectly calculated the timing of his death. To some degree it seems that he was one with the infinite intelligence that permeates and penetrates all time and space. Those final words held the biggest secret to Li’s long and fulfilling life. In the Western world, we’re made to believe that aging is some sort of curse and our prime is less than 10% of the length of Li’s life. Could you imagine if he spent the remaining 90% of his life thinking he was past his prime? People always tell me that y 20s are my golden years, but frankly I feel quite lost and confused. I’d hate to think of spending my “golden” years trying a bunch of different things I end up quitting and traveling to a bunch of places without anything substantial that impacts the lives of others. It’s mind boggling that this man could survive on herbs and a simplistic lifestyle while most Americans seem to be shoving prescriptions down their throats & treating stress/depression with alcohol and other low vibrational substances – hoping it somehow let’s them live a long and joyful life.
When Li was asked what his secret was to longevity, he said “Keep a quiet heart, sit like a tortoise, walk sprightly like a pigeon, and sleep like a dog.” He maintained an inner calmness and peace of mind compounded with breathing exercises, and a lean, high vibrational diet. It’s crazy that the oldest living person in recorded history attributed his life to his state of mind. As technologically advanced and forward thinking the United states is, it’s a shame our life expectancy is only 70-85 years. The idea of someone living over 200 years seems unimaginable. I don’t want to get into conspiracies, that’s an entirely different matter, but it almost seems suspicious that we’re offering so many people free “healthcare” and “food stamps” yet our average life expectancy isn’t even in the top 40 countries in the world.

Maybe the forced 9-5 lifestyle, stresses of debt and taxes, difficulty to acquire food/materials by gathering, polluted air, chemically altered water, GMO food, manipulation through marketing, government propaganda, celebrity culture influencing the masses, and lack of focus on exercise in our culture have something to do with it. The rural Chinese don’t eat refined sugars or flour, or any foods that have been sprayed with pesticides that’s for sure. They aren’t eating fast food, if that even counts as food, and don’t know about all the bad in the world because they aren’t watching it on the news and reading it on the internet all the time. These people don’t eat fatty meats, a very small amount of fish, definitely don’t eat sugary deserts, and of any genetically modified foods whatsoever. There are no antibiotics used on the plants or animals, alcohol or tobacco use. Their diets not only exclude junk food and candy, they compensate by including superfoods and herbs which super power our organs and immune system. I wouldn’t even know how to get half of the things they eat regularly.

Li spent his spare time in nature keeping his mind sharp, practicing breathing techniques, and meditating which are known to improve mental, physical, and emotional health. By keeping things simple, getting proper sleep, and spending a great deal of time in nature under the sun – at peace with oneself, he was able to live an epic life. Relaxing in the sun instantly rejuvenates us so why not do it more often? It feels so great to be on vacation, even if you’re staying with a host family in a hut. A lifetime in the mountains with so much fresh unadulterated oxygen, balanced with perfect mental, spiritual, and physical well-being sounds like something out of a fairytale. The Western lifestyle has its benefits, especially for entrepreneurs and capitalists. I just wish people knew there were other ways to do this thing we call, life.

The Voice of Congo & Millennials Waking Up

congo-3The true voice of Congo has always be distorted and manipulated. I used to hear news of rape and violence around the world and chunk it up to the people just being “violent” or “uncivilized.” Then I’d go to Froyo & Victoria Secret and carry on with my life, not thinking about it again until I heard another news story. I knew the Holocaust was a horrific display of the human potential, but I’d never heard of King Leopold II from Belgium whose responsible for more death and destruction than Hitler.

The Long-Lasting Effects of Colonization

I never understood how human beings could just travel to an unknown land and claim ownership of the terrain, people, and their labor, forever. Some of the worst atrocities in human history were committed by Belgians in the Eastern Congo, while the British laid claim on the Aborigines in Australasia, the United States on native Americans and Filipinos, the French on Northwest Congolese, Spanish on the north and central native Americans, Portuguese on the Angolans and Amazonians, and Germans on Southwest Africans – obliterating the culture, spirituality, language, killing animals, and exploiting the land.

It may surprise you that most Europeans and tourists were disgusted by what was taking place all over the world. They sensed something innately wrong about this characterization of the Congolese and misrepresentation of the voice of Congo. The masses did not support colonization, so why did it continue?

Smells Like Smoke

How is it possible that the Congo River basin sits on $24 trillion in untapped natural resources (more that the US + Europe GDP) – yet 45,000 people die every month from diseases preventable with basic medical care?

I wcongo-4as inspired to post this status because I think millennials are waking up. I have so many enlightening conversations about people becoming inspired to stop eating meat, open their spirituality, and feeling a greater sense of interconnectedness – despite the mass desensitization taking place because of technology.

Everything has a price except the gifts and talents we were born with (imagination, love, reason, creativity, etc). Someone in the 3rd world is paying for our over-indulgence when we could use those abilities to carry our own weight. In Virunga National park, 10 women work 40 hour weeks, and make $40 per month as a group. People are losing limbs to mine coltan and make a meager living.

We have to get creative, and contribute more or our brothers & sisters will continue to suffer. Maybe swap out your nightly episode of reality tv to spend an hour starting an imports business. Or learn to cook organically instead of eating McDonald’s. As Emerson said, “Every man is a consumer, and ought to be a producer. He is by constitution expensive, and needs to be rich.”

The Silent Voice of Congo

congo-article-4We need to listen to that silent voice of our brothers and sisters, really listen with our hearts. I personally believe that the real voice of Congo is not the one portrayed in the media. The people are resilient, courageous, and loving. We could all learn a thing or two from a culture that is focused more on community & nature, than money & status. Many less-civilized, or 3rd world civilizations seem to value unity and peace far more than modernized, western societies. Many of these countries would be peaceful had they not been invaded, enslaved, manipulated, exploited, and pitted against their neighbors. The true voice of Congo is one of love, brotherhood, abundance, perseverance, and oneness.

It’s all a game.

Read About King Leopold II

The Imaginary Chef

Hey guys,
Back in 2014 I started a blog called The Imaginary Chef and wrote a component cookbook. Writing the book and starting the blog was really kind of random. It only makes a little ad money, but the benefit of creating it was so much greater than I could’ve ever imagined. I originally intended to create a stream of passive income that allowed me to be creative and survive the time living in my mother-in-law’s basement. I also was trying to rehabilitate my dad which required my schedule to be pretty open. Blogging just fit perfectly.

COVER1_optI had just gotten out of college and didn’t want to sell my soul to corporate America. I wasn’t sure what to do but I knew people made money blogging and wanted to find a way to express myself. I had just married my high school sweetheart and moved into his mom’s basement – it was a super low point for me because I was far from my love of performing and the arts – living basically as a housewife, caretaker of a lazy person, and living in a basement without windows. I remember wearing a bathrobe all day everyday, and binge watching Nikita!

The Imaginary Chef was a sort of a creative tantrum fueled by a combination of technological curiosity, boredom, spiritual/divine expression forcing its way out, and vanity. lex-chef-outfitI say vanity because there was a part of me that was ok with my husband working in corporate while I made very little money and relaxed all day.

Most importantly though, I wanted to re-discover myself.

I came from a family that completely rejected our creole culture. Everyone desperately tried to fit in- whether through acquiring a bunch of useless degrees, awards, or unceremoniously shaming anyone that tried to reach in a different direction. My pride and self esteem had been buried under a lot of judgement, conformity, self-hate, regret, poverty, and spiritual suffocation/deprivation.

I remember my dad would numb his pain with addictions to prescriptions, alcohol, and negativity – and my mom numbed hers with food addiction. They both were so overly concerned with what others thought, they’d go as far as to betray me or my brother for social approval. I was never really good at accepting compliments because anytime someone would say “you’re so beautiful” or “you’re so talented” my mom would immediately reply “she gets it from her mama” or “she got it from the queen.” It sounds trivial, almost comical, however during that time it was extremely hard to maintain my ambition.

I started my first company at 12 years old and made several thousand dollars effortlessly, with a waiting list of clients to tend to. I had something substantial to support me and allow me to travel the world before high school. My mom created more pressure to pay for lessons and activities I was interested in, I bailed my dad out of jail, and loads of other events took place that play with a child’s psychology. I’ll never forget how my dad carelessly threw away about $800 in inventory I had spent countless hours making. It devastated me to the point where I quit. Not only did I throw my business away, but I quit resisting the urge to conform, to fit in, to make my family “proud.” I decided to pursue normalcy hardcore.

choco-creampie-cheesecakeI dated the quarterback and got on the dance team. I attended a normal high school, and university where I tried partying, caddy drama, the whole 9. After I graduated I determined that attending college and pursuing normalcy was the worst decision I’d made in my entire life. All I really cared about was discovering  my purpose on Earth and doing something bigger than myself. I got really into classics like Napoleon Hill & Wallace D. Wattles, learning about the Laws of the Universe, travel, Bob Proctor, art, activism, and music. Luckily my high school sweetheart/quarterback was going through a similar journey of “waking up.” He’s been such an incredible support system in my journey.

One of my favorite quotes by Napoleon Hill reads “Any idea that is held in the mind, that is emphasized, that is either feared or revered, will begin at once to cloth itself in the most convenient and appropriate form available.”

It’s interesting to think back on how this sort of self discovery manifested. I look back at my dark days with so much love because I understand how wounded everyone was that contributed to my story – hence why I don’t have children yet!

Main-Cookbook-Ad3The Imaginary chef blog is a collection of recipes I meditated on, dreamt up, or discovered and modified with creative intuition. They’re mostly paleo recipes (get the book that inspired me Here). I fuse many cultures together and add elements that may inspire your creativity. I’m completely disgusted by conformity and in my world every inspiration is an opportunity to create something worth more than gold. There are no boundaries. I want to get back to our child-like imagination in every area of life. Most people are incarcerated in a mental prison where they’re DOING life, not LIVING it.

Though I don’t update often, you can check out my blog  here

Love,
Lex