Our Quest for Psycho-spiritual Freedom,
Authentic Sacredness & Profound Connection
Installment two in this seven-part article series will address the pervasive spiritual hunger in our world by making a case for the necessity of unveiling fundamental truths about the design and framework of our current Earth existence.
To uncover the veiled truths and obtain answers to questions like is there something wrong with the way in which current Earth existence is designed Let's reference the film, The Matrix, written and directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski and work with it as a modern myth.
We have many misconceptions about myths, mostly because they have been demeaned and labeled as fables or fairy tales, when in actuality myths are the product of revelation. We tend to regard revelation as something achieved from arduous study. However, it is most often the fruit of an openhearted contemplative desire to uncover truth. Furthermore, myths work with information that is encoded. The codes come in the form of symbols, metaphors, and allegories. In many ways, an allegory is an extended metaphor in which objects, persons and actions in the narrative are equated with underlying moral, social, religious or political significance and characters are often personifications of abstract ideas, like charity, greed or envy. Myths are parables and parables are stories containing profound teachings with two meanings, a literal meaning and a symbolic meaning. Myths therefore deliver implicit messages. Because it is our right and responsibility to decipher encoded messages, the study of myths is a search for information.
Let's consider that The Matrix is an encoded myth or parable, the product of revelation describing indispensible, rudimentary truths about the design and framework of our Earth existence. The word "matrix" is synonymous with a surrounding substance or prevailing conditions of a milieu.
The basic premise of The Matrix is that the world is not objectively real but rather a computer simulation or virtual reality (the matrix), a complex virtual reality wired into human minds by a species of artificial intelligence (aka/machines). The species, who emerged victorious over humans after fighting a war for generations that virtually destroyed the world, have taken over and done two things: they have used human's technological expertise to create a computer simulation and have bred humans for use as fuel. Millions of humans sleep within pods attached to vast, complex structures while their bio-energy is drained to fuel the machine world. While asleep, the virtual reality (the matrix) is inputted into the minds of humans to keep them occupied. Morpheus (whose name means from Merriam-Webster "the God of Dreams') describes what took place - "they built a prison out of our past, wired it to our brains and turned us into slaves."
Morpheus is a member of a small colony of humans who have managed to survive and remain independent from the machines in a location below Earth's surface, called Zion. Their prophecy includes a messiah ("the One") who will aid in their triumph over the matrix, restoring human dominion to the world. A woman named Trinity leads the foretold messiah, an extremely talented computer hacker named Neo (an anagram for "the One"), to Morpheus who is convinced that Neo is "the One". As part of an invitation to extract Neo from his enslaved existence, Morpheus offers Neo two options: the red pill or the blue pill. The choice of pills illustrates our right to choose between truth and illusion or ignorance. The red pill will answer the question "what is the matrix?", a question that can be answered only by removing Neo from it. On the contrary, the blue pill will ensure that his life or illusion of life will go on as before. As Neo reaches for the red pill, Morpheus warns him "remember, all I'm offering is the truth. Nothing more." Once extracted, Neo awakens to the real world, a ravaged wasteland where most of humanity is held captive by the machines that live off their bio-energy and imprison their minds. "The Matrix is everywhere," Morpheus informs Neo. "It's all around us, even here in this room. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth."
The species or machines have the capacity to shape shift, inhabiting physical form as sinister agents. As a rebel against the machines, Neo must return to the Matrix and confront the agents who are devoted to obliterating the entire human rebellion. Neo's training for his return to the Matrix is a type of technical/digital meditation. Just as meditative practices are intended to transform one's perception and experience of reality, the software utilized in Neo's training produces a transformation of his mind. However, Morpheus and his team can only give Neo tools to embrace his identity and fulfill his destiny. He must complete his own rite of passage for himself.
One of the rebel group members eventually betrays Morpheus and Neo to the machine agents, resulting in Morpheus' capture. Neo rescues Morpheus, battles the virtual agents, is killed and resurrected and is finally able to conquer the Matrix. His final words - "I know you're real proud of this world you've built, the way it works, all the nice little rules and such, but I've got some bad news"I've decided to make a few changes" are a warning to the entity controlling the Matrix.
The choice between the red and blue pill entreats us to grapple with the question: is truth worth pursuing? Taking the red pill represents the risk and discomfort that comes with freedom. Why should we choose to pursue truth, particularly if we either believe we already know the truth or we are doing well under the current system? Besides, by accepting what we are told, our experience of life can seem easier. In addition, there is a social pressure in nearly all cultures on Earth to fit in, and for many, questioning the status quo bears the danger of ostracism and persecution. Furthermore, how do we know that the status quo is not the truth? Within the system of the matrix, one has a path to follow and this removes much of the risk and discomfort experienced by a trailblazer.
Why go anywhere else when the matrix will provide us with everything? Why risk our current beliefs for the promise of truth even if it brings freedom? The red pill is an unknown quantity, and although we are told that it can help us uncover the truth, by taking it we risk trading our reality for something we've never experienced. In the film, Morpheus says to Neo, "you have to understand that many people are not ready to be unplugged, and many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it."
If the arguments for the blue pill are so numerous and compelling, why take the red pill? First of all, because not risking the freedom that truth brings is tantamount to mere existence, and mere existence reduces humans to the level of useful objects divorced from their true purpose. Secondly, questioning our selves and our experiences is fundamental to the human condition. Children ask a seemingly never-ending stream of questions from early age, and it is only with education and socialization that many stop asking questions.
I believe that in the undercurrent, beneath either fleeting change or quotients of change that almost satisfy; below the temporary gratification garnered from the voluminous quantities of information this spiritual renaissance constantly delivers; beneath the excitement and hope accompanying the history of sixty years of paranormal experiences; under the waves of repeated opportunities for rapid spiritual awakening that we ride in expectant seeking, our hunger for a clear, resounding experience of truth, for unadorned and unambiguous seeds of unequivocal new beginnings drives us to courageously uncover and face whatever has been shrouded in a conspiratorial mystery so that, at last, we might be released, liberated and infused with glory.
I believe that we, the ordinary people, are ready to take extraordinary steps in the direction of re-examining the condition of our current Earth reality. I believe we are ready to accept that we are living in a matrix and most of us, like nearly all the humans in the film, don't know it. We are the unwittingly compliant servants of forces we want to pretend do not exist.