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Dean Hardware

Dean Hardware

Knowledge Seeker. Experimenter. Projector.
Warrior Of Light.

You live a life full of artificial stimulation.

Most people pursue a life of instant gratification instead of a life of satisfaction.

Because the latter requires effort.

If this applies to you, it’s not completely your fault…

The system we are a part of facilitates it.

Let me explain.

Take a step back for a moment and look at where you get your stimulation from.

Is it the mind-blowing things you see or the experiences you have in your daily life?

Is it the extraordinary conversations you have with your friends and family?

Is it the pure interest and curiosity gained from coming to your senses and living in the real world?

Probably not.

If you are like 99% of the Western world…

You stimulate your senses artificially.

The main way you do this is through the magic rectangles that have become so normal in this “New World”.

You are staring at a magic mirror that is stimulating your senses with sound and imagery.

It can make you laugh your head off, it can make you furious with anger and it can ruin your day.

It can control your thoughts, emotions, and actions

Put yourself in the position of the tribesman.

He lives a natural life in a natural world.

Being stimulated by real experiences and the real world around him.

I’m not saying there is no place in our lives for these magic rectangles, they are truly amazing.

However when all of the most stimulating things you see and experience come from a screen…

It has to make you question the life you live.

Why is the majority of the population unhappy and unsatisfied?

Why do people feel like they are living in some sort of open-air prison?

The Principle Of Rhythm

Rhythm manifests across all planes of existence.

It exists within you.

You go through periods of happiness and sadness.

You rise in the morning and sleep at night.

You develop clarity, then feel lost.

In your everyday life, you are in a rhythm of:

  • Work
  • Eat
  • Artificial stimulation
  • Sleep
  • Repeat

Waiting for the weekend so you can actually do what you want to do… (which for most is more artificial stimulation).

The workday drains your physical and mental energy.

You spend most of your waking hours completing tasks for someone else.

Doing something that you don’t want to do (if not, you’re in a great position that very few people attain).

Then when you get home you do exactly what you feel like doing…

You scroll on your phone or watch Netflix because you’re shattered from the day at work.

You just want a quick fix of what makes you feel good.

So you deal yourself a nice hit of dopamine through the magic rectangle and snack on some super stimulating food.

You feel good. Your pleasure centers are being tickled.

For a few hours…

You start to dread going to work the next day and just want to live life on your own terms.

Then you go through the same rhythm of this artificial world. 

Again and again.

It’s easy to see the mechanisms behind why so many people live a life they are not satisfied with.

You fulfill your work obligations, then you fill your mind in the evenings and avoid thinking about your situation.

It’s a genius system that keeps people trapped.

It’s modern-day slavery with the Roman circus keeping the masses distracted.

If you stopped and listened to that little voice in your head…

If you asked yourself how you actually wanted to live, you’d get an answer.

You’d know exactly what to do.

And it probably wouldn’t be how you’re living within this system right now.

Is This Reality?

The internet used to be an escape from the real world.

Now the real world is an escape from the internet.

If you didn’t have artificial stimulation in your life, would you be okay with living your current life without it?

Would you be happy with rushing to your job, getting told what to do all day, and then going through the cycle of eat, sleep, rinse, and repeat?

Where would your stimulation come from?

It would have to come from the real world.

It would have to come from real human connections.

It would have to come from genuine interests and hobbies.

And you would realise that this is what truly matters and that you want a lot more of it…

Artificial stimulation isn’t just about the magic rectangles mesmerizing you via Netflix & social media either…

It comes in other forms too:

  • Alcohol
  • Weed
  • Processed food
  • Coffee
  • Music
  • News etc

The Principle of Polarity

Polarity presents itself across all realms of life.

There are good aspects to all of the things listed above…

They can all enhance your experience when used correctly.

However, when you actually think about it, you are using them to escape and to make your life more bearable. 

Using coffee for some extra energy and focus is great, but not when you are reliant on it and can’t function without it. 

For most people, it’s the most stimulating part of their mornings…

Just like the screens we are all addicted to. They are truly incredible. 

You can see things you would never see even if you wanted to, directly from your living room.

It’s absolute sorcery. 

Social media and technology as a whole have given us access to the whole world in an instant. 

But it is artificial socializing. 

It has contributed to the current anti-social world we live in.

Most people wouldn’t feel good about their lives if they couldn’t go home and stare into the black mirror or sit down with a beer.

It numbs the pain and distracts you from your thoughts.

I’ve been there myself with weed.

Smoking weed made me feel happy about my situation when I shouldn’t have been.

It stopped me from looking around and thinking…

“Wait, what the fuck is happening here, what am I doing with my life?”.

What Would You Do?

Most people only feel okay about their lives because they can indulge in some form of escapism at the end of the day.

But what if you didn’t have access to it?

What would you do?

Would you feel okay with your job stealing all of your precious time and energy?

Or would you inevitably sit down with your family and say…

“Fuck this, why are we spending our lives completing tasks for other people?”

If you are like most…

You are only able to keep pushing through because you have a way to escape reality and push your dopamine button at the end of each day.

If you don’t believe me, 

Stop smoking weed in the evenings.

Stop drinking alcohol every night.

Hide the TV remote and put your phone on airplane mode.

You’ll find out fast enough that this is where your pleasure comes from.

And that you, like all of us, are a modern-day slave.

The slaves of the past would be rewarded with food and a roof over their heads…

The modern-day slaves are rewarded with food and a roof over their heads (plus all the other shiny objects that come with modern living).

The only way to keep this system running is by keeping the slave force permanently distracted and fearful.

Otherwise, people will start asking questions…

The Roman circus never ceased its operation.

It just got a whole lot smarter.

Is There A New Way? A New System?

Could you spend more of your time and energy doing what you wanted?

Could there be fruit trees everywhere that provide free food?

Could there be more community vegetable gardens all over the place?

Could there be rainwater collection systems implemented in every house?

Could your solar system supply energy directly to your house? (not just subsidise your bills).

Could you share a chicken coop with your neighbour?

Could the advancements in technology and civilisation as a whole lead to more freedom?

Could there be a super sweet middle ground between the desk worker and the tribesman?

Could we all focus on what is actually important and get rid of the rest?

Most people can imagine the complete destruction of the current world we live in.

The end of the world…

But can’t imagine a world outside of the system that currently dictates how we live.

Have you ever thought about a different way of life? A different system?

One that facilitates freedom, happiness, and purpose?

Sit down and think about it. It won’t take you long to see how possible it is…

A change in the collective consciousness is so powerful.

If enough people questioned these things, the world would change completely. 

The system just wants you to be a cog in the machine.

Artificially pushing your dopamine button so that you stay distracted enough to never think about a different way of life.

Dopamine Detox

Dopamine (the feel-good chemical) is a part of our built-in reward system.

If you are constantly stimulating your senses in an artificial manner, the real world seems grey and uninteresting…

You have to make a conscious thought to step away from the screen, or anything you are addicted to, and come to your senses.

If you can begin to limit your screen time, start to remove unhealthy habits, and focus on your life…

The colour in your world will start to come back.

Limit or avoid (for a specified period of time):

  • Social media
  • Netflix
  • Coffee
  • Alcohol
  • Weed
  • Gaming
  • Processed sugar

Swap your nighttime social media use for an interesting book.

Swap the processed sugar for a pineapple.

Swap the weed for an evening run, a martial arts class, or some painting.

Your body will resist the change.

Anyone who has been addicted to something knows this all too well.

Just remember…

You are in complete control of your thoughts and actions.

Awareness is the precursor to change.

All you have to do is keep going and progress is inevitable.

Try a dopamine detox for 7 days. It’ll change your life.

With energy,

DH

Improve Your Health.

Expand Your Mind.

Raise Your Vibration.

If I can help you see your life and the world around you in a unique and interesting way as we progress along the path of betterment together, I’ll be a happy man. 

Join me as I explore the different aspects of self-improvement across the fascinating realms of the mind, body and spirit.

If I can help you see your life and the world around you in an unique and interesting way as we progress along the path of betterment together, I’ll  be a happy man.