Are You Stuck In the Matrix?

Watching the movie The Matrix last night with my Wellspring Community was something I felt guilty about. Although I was working on a project and not giving the movie my total attention, I still thought I could be focusing better without the movie. But I wanted to be with my former husband, Robert, and my two kids, and share this experience. Now, I’m glad I did it.

You see, I realized that the work I am doing is similar to that of Morpheus and his team’s calling–to help people unplug from the Matrix. If you haven’t watched the movie, then reading this article will give you new eyes.

There is a part in the movie where Morpheous explains to Neo how the matrix works. Machines need energy, and they get it from human bodies. People think they are living, but really they are trapped in isolated boxes plugged into something so that the machines can come and suck their energy. The lives they lead in what looks like the real world simply keeps them busy and somewhat satisfied so that they won’t want to get out of the real existence of boredom in their little troughs.

But Neo knows there is something more, and when he finds Morpheous, he gets to wake up. Even though living outside the matrix is harder, the sense of comraderie and real connection are more meaningful. The producers of the movie are not Christian, but they portray Neo as being the savior of the world who can help the world once again become a place where all can thrive.

Are you stuck in the matrix? Do you feel like you are controlled by your stuff, your job, demands of school and government your time schedule, your needs for things that are not absolute necessities?

There are people who have completely unplugged to the point where they don’t even have a social security number, and can get by without a driver’s license. I’m not recommending that radical of a change. But when you look at your life and see how many things you do that you don’t really want to, and start making steps to change those things, you can get out of the matrix.

We all yearn for freedom. god gave us this need so that we can thrive. Being a slave to our stuff keeps us from being free. I want to help you get free. I hope that looking over my blog you can get ideas about how to declutter and simplify your life so that you can be part of the critical mass that wakes up and finally we as a human race can realize that fulfilling so many of our material needs will never make us truly happy. Healthy, wholesome relationships with God, family, friends, strangers, animals, nature that result in healthy community–these are the things that will make us truly and profoundly happy.

The next time you watch the Matrix, feel the revulsion fully when you see how the machines come and suck energy. You don’t have to hate people–but just hate the unseen power that wants to come and steal our joy and energy. And then think about what you yearn for-perhaps  unconditional love, a sense of belonging and purpose, a world where all can thrive–something like  Martin Luther King Jr dream of Beloved Community. If you believe in prayer–pray for this.

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72 Ideas to Simplify Your Life

I wish I had written this article! This has a ton of helpful hints. I highly recommending printing this out, put this in a 3 ring binder, and start taking steps to implement these ideas. You can use the 3 ring binder to start writing your goals, lists of things to do, and journal about your journey.

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Services and Pricing

Team Organizing: Do you or someone you know have a house that is crammed with stuff? I have compassionate, skillful and strong team members who can help with BIG organizing jobs. Or I can support you in getting help from friends, family, or your employees.

Downsizing: Do you have life-giving dreams but your stuff is getting in the way? I can help you simplify, downsize, and de-clutter so that you can realize your dreams.

Basic Organizing:  Do you want to work just with me and get the job done in a longer time? I am happy to help you make a plan and estimate the time and cost of a big job. Discounts are available for jobs over 20 hours.

Moving: I can help you save money by supporting you in organizing and simplifying so that you have less to move, and the transition is a breeze. Or, I can help you unpack in a way that helps you be organized from the start.

Coaching: Do you have a hard time being focused and using your time wisely? I will help you set up a super simple system so that you can start being in charge of your life and do those things that will help you thrive.

Prices:

1/2 hour free consultation over the phone, or in person if you can meet at the Red Kite Coffee Shop near Crossover and Mission or Arsaga’s at the Depot (near Dickson St.)

$50/Hour. Hands on organizing 4 hours minimum

$100/Hour for one hour phone coaching

50 cents per mile for locations outside of Fayetteville city limits

Discounts available for longer jobs–to be negotiated.

Discounts available if you give me a ride if your house is more than 10 miles away from Old Wire and Mission. I live very simply, and ride my bike for transportation.

Discounts for seniors–60 and over.

Call or email me now for a free one half hour consultation

 479-313-0414 patricia@simplifiedlivingcoach.com

A Way of Educating Your Children that is Simple but Profound

Unschooling as a way of helping your child learn all he or she needs to know in order to be a successful adult.  I had a very similar experience. Now, Chris, 26, is in his second year of a master’s degree program in Communication at U of A, Fayetteville. He is teaching public speaking. People were convinced we were homeschooling in the wrong way. Fortunately we had supportive friends and read books by wise people like John Holt who is known as the father of unschooling. This article has some great insights, inspiration, validation and practical tips to help you better understand, and maybe even embrace, unschooling. http://www.johnholtgws.com/

What Does Alternatives to Violence Project Have to Do WIth Simplifying Your Life?

When I have a conflict with someone, it can be very time consuming–especially if the person is unwilling to communicate, and he or she is a friend relating to my children and other friends. I had such a situation recently.

If my friend and I had attended an Alternatives to Violence Workshop, I imagine we might have had more tools to use in order to find a win-win solution.

This article about the Alternatives to Violence Project is very inspiring, and I want to be part of this movement. It will help to simplify everyone’s life if there is less and less violence, and more peace–yes?

http://www.avpcalifornia.org/Overview%20of%20AVP_CA.pdf