Ever see the Matrix?
There is a pivotal scene in the Matrix that many people have used to demonstrate the idea of choosing to wake up. The scene I am referring to is when Morpheus offers Neo the choice between the red pill or the blue. Morpheus tells Neo that in one had he holds the red pill, which will cause him to wake up and see just how far the rabbit hole goes, and in the other hand the blue pill, which will allow him to remain asleep and unaware, and then instructs Neo to make a choice.
Like the concept of the Matrix, many people today are asleep, unaware, and oblivious to the reality that exists just beyond the horizon of their own current paradigms and limiting beliefs.
We have been hypnotized or as don Miguel Ruiz calls it “domestication” – we are domesticated into being nice controllable and complacent followers who are fine with being less than what we truly are.
Dr. Eldon Taylor, a man I greatly admire and respect, who I refer to as a mentor and friend of mine has written abundantly about the mass hypnosis of our society by TV, video games, advertising, education, and more. At the recent Hay House “I CAN DO IT Conference” held in Washington DC, Sept 7-10, he made it quite clear to the participants how easy it is to move the mind and dare I say to manipulate the mind in a few easy steps. Through his presentation, we the participants were advised to reassess our beliefs in order to make the shift from asleep to being awake.
The pills are before you, red in one hand and blue in the other, what do you choose? Do you really want to know the truth of who and what you are or do you find it easier to live in a state of unknowingness? Do you want to, like the character Cypher in the film, live in a state of unknowingness. Cypher had been semi awake but decided that it was far better to go back to sleep and so he did what he could to return to a state of unknowingness; however, as Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. said, “Once the mind has been stretched by a new idea, it will never again return to its original size.” Once you have taken the pill to awaken, you cannot return to sleep. This is the reason so many choose to remain unaware; it is far easier to remain complacent and comfortable. It is far easier to blame others than to take responsibility for self. It is far easier to pray to a God in heaven than to do as Jesus said and connect to the God within. The comfort zone is called that for a reason. It is comfortable!
Ever woken up on a cold winter morning and opted to stay in your nice warm cozy bed rather than get up and face the cold? This spiritual journey is similar in that there are many times we must face the “cold” discomfort of the day in order to live, move, and have our being in an active and conscious manner. We cannot remain in bed while thinking the tasks of the day will get done as we snuggle and sleep.
Are you often lulled to sleepiness? What can you do to remain awake? Engage in your spiritual practice more actively and consciously. Daily affirm that you are alive, awake, and aware and hold that in your consciousness as you go about your day. The people at the market, the drivers on the road, and the telemarketer on the phone will be unable to lure you to a state of sleepiness where you react and respond from the place you once did; that place of domestication, lack and limitation, competition, aggression, blame, shame, guilt, and separation. Now that you are alive, awake and aware, you are responding and reacting from the new paradigm of love, unity, oneness, compassion, understanding, forgiveness, and joy.
The choice is yours, always has been and always will be; so what do you choose today?
Live long and prosper my beloveds!