Friday, June 3, 2011

You've Taken the Red Pill--What Now?

In the movie The Matrix, there is a famous scene where Neo, the character played by Keanu Reeves, is given a choice. Morpheus, played by Laurence Fishburne, offers Neo two pills and says, "You take the blue pill and the story ends. You wake in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill and you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes. Remember -- all I am offering is the truth, nothing more." In the end, Neo takes the red pill, and his life is altered forever.Some of us feel as though we have taken the red pill and are now in Wonderland. The veil has been lifted, the blinders have been taken off, and we are left to deal with a new reality we never expected. What now?

The world Neo found himself in originally was a world created within his own mind. Our world is the same! We perceive a world of the physical, but quantum physicists tell us this is illusion. Now that technology has advanced to the point of being able to observe the behavior of subatomic particles, we know that what we think of as solid actually has space within it! What we perceive about our world and the reality of it are two very different things!

Armed with this new insight, Neo is actually able to overcome the conventional rules of nature within the Matrix, which is the world of illusion. The exciting thing about this notion is, it has already happened in this world! One of the best examples came to the world in the form of Jesus. Jesus was able to bend the rules of nature--walk on water, heal the sick, curse a fig tree to death, etc.--all because he understood that the world he found himself in was merely an illusion. We still hear about "miracles" from time to time. This is exactly what Jesus meant when he made the statement, "Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father." (John 14:12 NIV) According to Jesus, we all have the ability to do the things he did! 

The key to overcoming this illusion we live in begins with our thoughts--in our own imaginations! To give you a concrete example of what I am referring to, I remember a story I read when I was studying psychology years ago in college. It was about a man with cancer who imagined his white blood cells (the disease destroying parts of your blood) to be armed knights roaming through his body and attacking the cancer cells. His doctors were apparently amazed as his cancer began to fade away, eventually into nonexistence. This is the power of the mind! This is the law of attraction at its best! Your power is only limited by the limits of your own imagination.

When the world tries to tell you, "This is the way things are and you are going to have to live with them," you can come back with the simple answer, "I don't have to play this game." Granted, if you flout the laws of the place where you live you run a strong risk of punishment. Still, most of the time the game of life we choose to play has no such stakes. You can either accept something as truth or not. You can play the game or change the rules and play your own game. You always have a choice! It's that easy.

The rules we choose to live by are not often truth. They are more often illusions of the mind. You have chosen to be informed. Now it's time to see what you can create with this new understanding. When you take the red pill, your eyes have been opened. Choose to use the knowledge to create the life you want.

1 comment:

  1. Great post!

    I did an interview with Jerry Katz from a while back where I simply asked him, "The red pill or the blue pill?" You might find his answer interesting. It's one of the earlier post on my blog.

    Also just to add a bit to your post. It's been my observation that thoughts become concepts. We organize what we're thinking into logical patterns. Once we have these concepts we then create beliefs or sometimes assumptions based on the patterns of thoughts. When this whole process is complete (and it may happen in a matter of seconds) it looks something like a operating system. I call it 'Ego 1.0, 2.0' etc. You see once we turn the code (thoughts) into beliefs we sort of run on autopilot taking this reality we've fashioned to be truth.

    We've reasoned ourselves into a certain interpretation of the world we experience. If our beliefs and assumptions don't jive with a new experience we update our OS to account for the new experience. Hence we install Ego 2.0. But the problem isn't necessarily with our organizing and reasoning, it's all starting with our thoughts. Before you get bogged down in sorting out your world ask youself where your thoughts come from? Are you thinking your thoughts? Or do they simply arise in your awareness? In "The Matrix" the vegatative humans are fed a dream by the Matrix. Is to far out to believe we are being fed thoughts by Maya and hence living the dream we take to be real?

    Again great post!