The Matrix

The Wachowskis

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Awakin Feature"Let me tell you why you're here. You're here because you know something. What you know you can't explain. But you feel it. You've felt it your entire life. That there's something wrong with the world. You don't know what it is but it's there, like a splinter in your mind driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you here."

"The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us, even now in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work, when you go to church, when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.

What truth? "That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage, born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch. A prison for your mind. Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself."

"Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?"

"Your appearance now is what we call 'residual self-image.' It is the mental projection of your digital self. Is this real? What is real? How do you define 'real'? If you're talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, taste and see ... then "real" is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain. This is the world that you know."

As long we are plugged into the Matrix, we can never be free. The Matrix is an [illusion], Neo. That illusion is our enemy. When you're aware, what do you see? The minds of business men, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. But until they become aware, these people are still a part of that illusion, and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged from the Matrix. And many of them are so inert, so hopelessly dependent on the illusion that they will fight to protect it."

Above are adapted quotes from the movie Matrix.

Seed questions for reflection: How do you relate to being unable to tell the difference between the dream world and the real world? Can you share a personal story of a time that you became aware of living in an illusion? What helps you break through the illusion and connect back to reality?

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    On Jul 31, 2019 Deepak wagh wrote:
    We got enslaved by laziness. Karma (action) is necessary for life to exist. We chose AI as our future but forgot pros and cons of it, on the other hand quantum computing is on the rise and climate change is an old news now. The new one is climate control. Zero f**ks given to environmental issues. So the matrix has shown our one possible future.

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    On Jul 30, 2019 Bill Miller wrote:
    I’ve also often thought that there’s something profound in The Matrix’ story concept. Such discussions though, seem to get tangled up in the meanings of words like reality, dream, and illusion — and which of these are “true” versus false, wrong, or delusional. “Illusion” often implies something wrong or mistaken - not what one thinks it is. Yet I read a book many years ago, “User Illusion” (Tor Norretranders) that put a more benign and practical spin on the term. In this sense, “illusion” is taking something complex, maybe even beyond understanding, and concocting a simplified model that enables one to engage with the phenomenon even without total understanding. An easy example: I am writing this on a computer screen which gives the illusion of typing letters on a sheet of paper, yet behind the illusion I am flipping digital bits in a memory core. Doing the latter directly would be an oppressive task. Fortunately... [View Full Comment]
    I’ve also often thought that there’s something profound in The Matrix’ story concept. Such discussions though, seem to get tangled up in the meanings of words like reality, dream, and illusion — and which of these are “true” versus false, wrong, or delusional.

    “Illusion” often implies something wrong or mistaken - not what one thinks it is. Yet I read a book many years ago, “User Illusion” (Tor Norretranders) that put a more benign and practical spin on the term. In this sense, “illusion” is taking something complex, maybe even beyond understanding, and concocting a simplified model that enables one to engage with the phenomenon even without total understanding. An easy example: I am writing this on a computer screen which gives the illusion of typing letters on a sheet of paper, yet behind the illusion I am flipping digital bits in a memory core. Doing the latter directly would be an oppressive task. Fortunately I have the user illusion.

    The structure of ultimate reality is certainly far, far more complex than a computer’s memory and display, but I suspect the analogy of a digital display is a useful, simplified model. A digital motion picture comes to life when, behind the white light of the projector, the millions of two-dimensional pixel display units are turned on and off in the proper pattern and sequence.

    Perhaps our experienced reality occurs similarly when, behind the white light of Source, three-dimensional cosmic “pixels” are selectively attended to or not attended to by consciousness. When enough of us agree to attend to the same pixels, we have a common experience of reality that enables a society to function. And when some attend to pixels that most others do not, we label them crazies or mystics.

    Ultimately it’s an illusion, but it is also our reality.[Hide Full Comment]

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    On Jul 30, 2019 J. M. wrote:
    I perceive my world as a holographic co- creation that's here for a purpose, and that purpose is so our light bodies can experience 3D in a 3D form. If it wasn't so manipulated by those who think suffering is necessary for growth, it would be a mostly pleasant experience. The co-created holographic Earth is a jewel in the Universe and worthy of our astonishment at its beauty. It's stunning to the human eye but there are places that require rehabilitation. We chose this Earth "matrix" for our spiritual advancement using 3D, but we are enslaved by those who are service to self (SOS) and not service to others (STO). These sts entities are the unawakened, greedy, selfish, power hungry sleep-walkers of the world. They are prominent in the news because they love power over others. Unfortunately they include both STS extraterrestrials and human counterparts. There is a battle being fought in dimensions that are primarily of thought, intentions and co creation on a spirit... [View Full Comment] I perceive my world as a holographic co- creation that's here for a purpose, and that purpose is so our light bodies can experience 3D in a 3D form. If it wasn't so manipulated by those who think suffering is necessary for growth, it would be a mostly pleasant experience.
    The co-created holographic Earth is a jewel in the Universe and worthy of our astonishment at its beauty. It's stunning to the human eye but there are places that require rehabilitation. We chose this Earth "matrix" for our spiritual advancement using 3D, but we are enslaved by those who are service to self (SOS) and not service to others (STO). These sts entities are the unawakened, greedy, selfish, power hungry sleep-walkers of the world. They are prominent in the news because they love power over others. Unfortunately they include both STS extraterrestrials and human counterparts.
    There is a battle being fought in dimensions that are primarily of thought, intentions and co creation on a spiritual plane. There is a dark side, but missiles, bombs and bullets aren't the weapons. Our job as awakened humans is to send loving compassion to all beings everywhere without judgment. This is how the battle is won, and the dark side cannot win against so much love. Even now their forces are diminishedand they are losing because humanity is beginning to awaken in large numbers.[Hide Full Comment]

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    On Jul 30, 2019 Francisco wrote:
    This topic about dreams and other realities have been explored in many, interesting and curious ways. Loved this one about the Matrix. When I went to the cinema to watch it I was amazed by the concept. In fact, resembles lucid dreaming. By that time I had read some books about lucid dreaming, but I've had a few of those dreams in my life.

    For me, Matrix movie was an invitation to explore our inner dimensions, where we have access to new knowledge and ancestral wisdom. Then, maybe I could learn more about awaking my own spirit to further realities. It's all about understanding those areas of brain and body that remain still a mystery.

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    On Jul 30, 2019 Merlin wrote:
    I loved the Matrix because I identify with how reality and illusion are created energetically, how powerful our minds are and our thoughts in creating and/or limiting our reality. I question life and what it is everyday. The Matrix brought up interesting ideas about this making life much more to do with energy and vibration, and how we shape it with the way we think, then it is a solid, absolute reality, There are huge corporations shaping our world, gathering every persons thoughts big and small,run by powerful men, mainly. They have formed huge information centers for collecting and storing data, information and ideas. All of us are in there as data, in one way or another.They are carefully manipulating, through "marketing" ideas and images, and sounds which are vibrations/energy, shaping beliefs and perceptions of huge numbers of people, to fuel their dreams and creations, and designs. They use your thoughts and emotions as energy to manage an idea, empower a person, creat... [View Full Comment] I loved the Matrix because I identify with how reality and illusion are created energetically, how powerful our minds are and our thoughts in creating and/or limiting our reality. I question life and what it is everyday. The Matrix brought up interesting ideas about this making life much more to do with energy and vibration, and how we shape it with the way we think, then it is a solid, absolute reality, There are huge corporations shaping our world, gathering every persons thoughts big and small,run by powerful men, mainly. They have formed huge information centers for collecting and storing data, information and ideas. All of us are in there as data, in one way or another.They are carefully manipulating, through "marketing" ideas and images, and sounds which are vibrations/energy, shaping beliefs and perceptions of huge numbers of people, to fuel their dreams and creations, and designs. They use your thoughts and emotions as energy to manage an idea, empower a person, create wars, design a product, create an incident, kill thousands of living things including people or just one living thing. They are so powerful due to the people they have plugged into their system. These "corporations" can make you famous in a single day or moment, or suddenly destroy your whole dream/life in a single moment or day. The more of you who "click" LIKE, the more of you who believe and direct your thoughts in one flow of energy the more that energy becomes reality. Is that a matrix. It is an energy matrix and I pity the person who wants to stand against, speak against or leave the matrix.[Hide Full Comment]

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    On Jul 30, 2019 Marc wrote:
    I’ll never forget this one time, when I was in a field with two of my brothers, and we were discussing religion and spirituality and the origin of the mind and consciousness, and suddenly I popped. I remember noticing my one brothers mind struggling to comprehend something, and then, my mind ceased. My ego/personality disappeared. I lay on the ground hysterically laughing, looking at our car and pointing, laughin, exclaiming “I’m the car”.. my one brother was laughing with me, as he got it, the other one, a bit annoyed. I laid there laughing for maybe 10 minutes. Then a sense of obligation returned. What I would give to experience something like that now, as I’m going through a difficult and painful season where work, relationships, friendships just aren’t working, laughter has all but disappeared, Joy , peace, love, all fleeting. It’s crazy to think of how “we” can go in and out like that of the matrix. But knowing that it’s ... [View Full Comment] I’ll never forget this one time, when I was in a field with two of my brothers, and we were discussing religion and spirituality and the origin of the mind and consciousness, and suddenly I popped. I remember noticing my one brothers mind struggling to comprehend something, and then, my mind ceased. My ego/personality disappeared. I lay on the ground hysterically laughing, looking at our car and pointing, laughin, exclaiming “I’m the car”.. my one brother was laughing with me, as he got it, the other one, a bit annoyed. I laid there laughing for maybe 10 minutes. Then a sense of obligation returned. What I would give to experience something like that now, as I’m going through a difficult and painful season where work, relationships, friendships just aren’t working, laughter has all but disappeared, Joy , peace, love, all fleeting. It’s crazy to think of how “we” can go in and out like that of the matrix. But knowing that it’s that there, what it is, ok such a deep and profound level, is one of the things that has kept me persisting through the dark times. Amen to that. Thanks for sharing[Hide Full Comment]

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    On Jul 30, 2019 Eric Hutchins wrote:
    The description of an all-enveloping and completely false perception of our surroundings and our identities is a compelling metaphor that brings to mindPlato's cave analogy in Book 7 of his book, the Republic. The illusion is that we are as we appear to our senses not as we truly are. In truth, we are pure, unbounded and eternal, consciousness encased for a time in these living shells. By repeatedly experiencing our true nature, we gain the flexibility to see ourselves and the world from the point of view of the transcendent and eternal Self. This is the only path ofliberation from the illusions of birth,death, and rebirththat there is. Know That by knowing which all else is known and achieved.

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    On Jul 30, 2019 Ashutosh Dixit wrote:
    Just corelating the analogy with Hindu mythology..

    Matrix = Maya

    The material world exists around us and it's difficult to get unplugged once you start getting a feel/get used to the material aspects of the world.

    In order to really breakthrough, youll beed to break the chains of this World and step into the arena of spiritualism m

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    On Jul 29, 2019 David Doane wrote:
    Your question implies the dream world is not real. As I see it, the asleep world is as real as the awake world, dreams are just as real, and dreams are part of both worlds. My nighttime dreams tend to be less controlled and more vivid, while my daytime dreams tend to be more controlled and suppressed. We tend to forget all dreams or pretend they never happened. Daytime reality and night time reality are different realities. Dreams, be they at night or during the day, are dream reality, a different reality from nondream reality. At this level of awake and asleep, it's all illusion. We live in illusion -- we are all conditioned, programmed, and hypnotized by our culture as to what to see and what is real, and to a great extent we never get over it. Important factors in my becoming aware of living in an illusion were mentors who helped me wake up to some extent, break through illusion, and be present and see what is. Now that I have some freedom from illusion I recognize illusion and ... [View Full Comment] Your question implies the dream world is not real. As I see it, the asleep world is as real as the awake world, dreams are just as real, and dreams are part of both worlds. My nighttime dreams tend to be less controlled and more vivid, while my daytime dreams tend to be more controlled and suppressed. We tend to forget all dreams or pretend they never happened. Daytime reality and night time reality are different realities. Dreams, be they at night or during the day, are dream reality, a different reality from nondream reality. At this level of awake and asleep, it's all illusion. We live in illusion -- we are all conditioned, programmed, and hypnotized by our culture as to what to see and what is real, and to a great extent we never get over it. Important factors in my becoming aware of living in an illusion were mentors who helped me wake up to some extent, break through illusion, and be present and see what is. Now that I have some freedom from illusion I recognize illusion and also see past it and see what is. I am in illusion but not of it.[Hide Full Comment]

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    On Jul 26, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
    The dream world, the world of illusion, is created and sustained by my distorted perceptions. It is like seeing a rope as a snake. The real world as it is, is created and sustained by my clear perceptions. When I live in the world of illusion or the world of unreality, I create problems for me and for others. The dream world is the world of my projections. When I am aware of my inner world and outer world, I free myself form my self-created prison. The real world is the world of inner freedom. There was a time in my life when I felt heavy duty depression.My mind was occupied with suicidal thoughts and depressive feelings. I felt compassion f and support of people who deeply cared about me.That sustained my life line.Even in the dark clouds of total despair, there was a glimmer of self-awareness that created light of seeing the world of misery and suffering I had created by my intense craving and thirst for filling my heart with love. The inner light of awareness brought me out of the d... [View Full Comment] The dream world, the world of illusion, is created and sustained by my distorted perceptions. It is like seeing a rope as a snake. The real world as it is, is created and sustained by my clear perceptions. When I live in the world of illusion or the world of unreality, I create problems for me and for others. The dream world is the world of my projections. When I am aware of my inner world and outer world, I free myself form my self-created prison. The real world is the world of inner freedom.
    There was a time in my life when I felt heavy duty depression.My mind was occupied with suicidal thoughts and depressive feelings. I felt compassion f and support of people who deeply cared about me.That sustained my life line.Even in the dark clouds of total despair, there was a glimmer of self-awareness that created light of seeing the world of misery and suffering I had created by my intense craving and thirst for filling my heart with love. The inner light of awareness brought me out of the dream world I had created and helped me see the real world. I learned a great lesson of life. Happiness comes from within and not without. I learned how my intense craving and thirst caused suffering in me. I learned how to fill the inner emptiness by me remaining awake and relate to the inner source of happiness. My experience of suffering has helped me to understand the suffering of others empathicallyand kindly.
    What helps me to break through self-created world of illusion and suffering is to give myself time everyday to be with me and explore my inner world with compassionate self-awareness. Not to sleep, but to wake up and see the inner light.
    May we cultivate self-awarenessand loving kindness for us and for others in our life!
    Namaste!
    Jagdish P Dave













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