The Matrix: An Allegory of Consciousness

The movie The Matrix involves humans living their entire lifetimes in a computer generated mental grid in which they think they are alive and living out their human existence. There is much speculation and even evidence that we are indeed living in matrix of some sort.    In Author Gregg Braden’s book, Divine Matrix states:

“In 1944, Max Planck, the father of quantum theory, shocked the world by saying that this “matrix” is where the birth of stars, the DNA of life, and everything between originates. 

Recent discoveries reveal dramatic evidence that Planck’s matrix – The Divine Matrix – is real. It is this missing link in our understanding that provides the container for the universe, the bridge between our imagination and our reality, and the mirror in our world for what we create in our beliefs.”

 In the movie The Matrix,  the physical bodies exist in a vat of looked hooked up a huge computer/machine and are utilized as power generators for the AI that controls the planet.    There are some who have managed to escape the vat existence and live outside the matrix in the world as it currently exists. They move in and out of the matrix trying to change it for their own benefit and to free others.   The main character, Neo, who already has some awareness of what may be really going on,  is given a Red Pill by the leader of the freed people, which wakes him physically and “unplugs” him from the matrix.

Seen as an allegory to consciousness, there are strong parallels to the world today. Born in to the world in an unplugged state, indoctrination in to the matrix can begin at an early age, if not immediately for many individuals.   As we grow we are “plugged” in through medication, religious dogma, TV, news, sports, video games, even the food we eat and water we drink. Indoctrination takes consciousness further and further from the heart self and traps one in to the ego self.  Living from the ego self creates a looping cycle of living from fear, feeding the machine of negativity and fear that shroud the planet keeping humanity stuck in lower vibrations somehow providing benefit to the unseen forces that exert greater control over the matrix we live in.

Spiritual Masters who have walked the planet are like Neo, those who have mastered the matrix and can be among it but not of it, completely unplugged from the matrix.  These masters have taught us how to take the Red Pill and how to evolve to mastery ourselves once we have.   However, the character Cypher in The Matrix, who was living among those who were awake and outside the matrix, was unhappy and disillusioned with living in less comfort and isolation, to the point where he betrayed and murdered members of the group.    He did so to earn favor with those in control to be put back in to the Matrix, in to a nice cushy life of money, possessions, and prestige.

To that point, it’s not an easy to take the red pill and step out of the drama of ego self consciousness.  People around you feel threatened by ideas that vary from their own, causing them fear, making them angry to the point of fighting and even war.  It can be isolating. Unplugging from the matrix often entails a life that is extremely different from what you have previously lived and usually involves a different way of eating, significant self introspection, and self awareness.  Those of the matrix and those that benefit from you being hooked in from the matrix don’t’ want you to unplug, they will do what they can to keep you plugged in to the matrix.

The payoff is living a heart centered life, inside the matrix but not of it, free from unhealthy attachments and entanglements, feeding energy to yourself and to the universal flow that feed growth and change.  Unplugging from the matrix allow you to develop towards greater enlightenment and to use the matrix as your heart and soul truly desire.  As Gregg Braden indicates, learning to utilize the matrix  brings “ the power to create joy, to heal suffering, and bring peace to nations”.

Seems plausible to me.  Comments and thoughts always welcome.

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