Escape Rat Race: The Value of Accumulating Wealth and Opting Out of the System

The World We See Won’t Be Healed As Long As We Keep Playing the Game: Escape Rat Race Now

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I’ve mostly given up driving in favor of working from one of my two homes as a location-independent entrepreneur

I saw an interesting comment from someone that may have been an indirect response to yesterday’s article. He was criticizing wealth accumulation. I have accumulated wealth to some degree. And it got me thinking about the values wealth accumulation serves for me. The greatest value it serves is empowering me to opt out of the system. Or to put it bluntly: Escape Rat Race.

Although most of my assets are not liquid, I have a solid amount of cash in the bank and I am very careful not to spend into it. In fact, I tend to put the money in places where there are downsides of taking it out so that I won’t spend into it. Perhaps I play it too safe. I don’t put it in the market anymore. Ultimately it is true that my cash reserve is no more “real” than anything else we see in this world. Wealth accumulation is simply a symbol. But what it symbolizes is very important to me right now. And what it symbolizes is: escape rat race

This past few weeks, I have not wanted to focus on sales in my business. I have been delving deep into the Shadow Self and recording dozens of videos. Increasingly, I am opting out of everything.

Escape Rat Race. We also call this, fondly, getting off the hamster wheel.

I deactivated my Facebook account and page and have greatly reduced the amount of time and engagement I’m having on social media or anywhere else for that matter. I don’t socialize anymore. I don’t have sex. I don’t eat meat and I very, very rarely eat other animal products of any kind. I rarely eat out at restaurants. I don’t attend events and I don’t advertise.

Escape Rat Race. Join me in the chorus now :)

These choices are very intentional. I am opting out of the system. It has been given me to see that the system cannot be fixed. It simply must be deconstructed and dismantled. Its “reality” must be denied. And that’s what I’m working on in the videos. I am going through the catalog of everything in this world that upsets me, and disappearing it. Systematically.

Given that I still have not yet disappeared all my bills, and there are complex belief systems to dismantle in that regard … what wealth accumulation gives me is this

Escape rat race. Escape rat race.

Even with bills continuing to roll in every single month … and big bills too because I’m running two households as well as some very sophisticated websites … I don’t have to get a job. Even if no money were to come in any time soon … I won’t have to get a job tomorrow, or next week, or next month, or next year.

That means I don’t have to compromise. I don’t have to accept offers on my rental property that are not fair value for what I’m giving. I just say no. I don’t have to get married or kiss any man’s ass to be financially supported. I just say no. I don’t have to lower my coaching rates and keep an exhausting 40 hours a week coaching schedule. If people don’t want to pay my rates, I just say no. I don’t have to prostitute myself on Facebook or trying to become more popular by offering useless articles that are not helping anybody. I just say no. I don’t have to “network” and attempt to “fit in” to an insane world. I just say no.

Accumulated wealth means opting out of this entire system to a great degree. It means freedom. It means integrity. It means the ability to follow my intuition even when almost nobody else understands yet what I’m talking about or where this is all going …

It means: escape rat race.

We are here for one reason and one reason only. We are not here to become famous. We are not here to become popular. We are not here to get married and have children. We are not here to pontificate about what this world means when it doesn’t mean anything. All of those are just illusions that lead to the same place: death.

We are here to Awaken from the Dream.
That means opting out of this whole crazy world entirely. It means not placing any value of any kind on this world’s offerings. Nothing in this world has any value whatsoever.

And so accumulated wealth has no value either. Unless it is being used in service of Awakening from the Dream.

And then it is priceless.

Join me in the chorus now. We are escaping the rat race. Let’s blow this joint.

Escape rat race.


Erika Awakening, Teaching People How to Create Everyday Miracles at TAPsmarter

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Erika Awakening is a Harvard Law School graduate and former practicing attorney. She left the rat race to become a location-independent entrepreneur, holistic life coach, blogger, speaker, healer, and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT tapping) expert. Erika Awakening is one of the world's foremost experts on eradicating limiting beliefs and lifestyle design on your own terms. Learn more about Erika Awakening

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  1. Thank you! I love your article.

  2. Kenneth Parrish says:

    We are here for one reason and one reason only…..? your both right and wrong we ARE here to to breed and produce offspring so our species can continue to survive everything else is an illusion…only reason u are here now is because your ancestors thousands of years ago endured everything mother nature could throw at them and partnered and birthed children from caves so don't talk about were not here to get married and have children that's how our species survives did you even learn anything at that overpriced school? And kiss a mans ass for financial support? you sound like a whinny ass spoiled brat that was raised by a single mother who had poor taste in men.

  3. I always wonder why people who have amassed large amounts of money continue to work at miserable jobs. I’m trying to escape as fast as I can.

  4. Did you know I thank God every single morning in my prayers for taking us out of the rat race. Every. Single. Morning. Freedom to come and go and do as I please by His authority. It’s amazing.

  5. Jakub Kolčář says:

    Very good. Agree Erika, and you are my inspiration, really.

  6. Todd Lamansky says:

    I really enjoyed thisto article, aas well as your most recent one in which you reccognized there is no problem. My buddy turned me on to your blog a while back, and I've really enjoyed reading it. We are both on similar paths, and I liked how your most recent articles have sense of evolution to them. Granted, your blog is about evolved thinking, but it feels as though you've had some more "a-ha" moments recently, and that is a wonderful thing.

  7. Erika Awakening says:

    testing this

  8. I totally get what you’re saying Erika….it’s freedom! However, many times “accumulated wealth” can be slavery in of itself, especially in our present culture. We need to master the emotions behind our motives with money and treat it with the respect it deserves to achieve the freedom we’re seeking. This requires self reflection and deep inner work, accumulating wealth will never achieve this…which is why most lottery winners are worse off than before they won the lottery. Thank you for this post…it gave me some more insight!

    • Erika Awakening says:

      Hi Faith,

      Thanks for commenting. Yes, I agree. Accumulating wealth can become the same hamster wheel as the people who “don’t have enough to pay this week’s bills” … That’s why this article is all about the VALUES that are driving how we set our lives up.

      The fundamental problem people have is that we do not know what anything is really for. Most of the world is still chasing ego goals, which have no meaning. So everything must be understood in a new light and with clear non-ego values before it can be useful.


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