We are the matrix
When “The Matrix” is mentioned we automatically are drawn to thinking of AI or machines versus humans. If we realize how the technology of language, the hard-wiring of human neurology and the structures of civilization over time mesh with the human gestalt then we are in a matrix already. Whether you are a billionaire, a pauper, a capitalist, a communist, live in a democracy, an oligarchy or an anarchy we are slaves to the mechanisms that create and define this reality.
I had a brief conversation with a friend about living in the matrix who said we live in a corporate world and that we’re consumerists – our schools don’t teach us to think and while this may be true – it doesn’t matter, because they are systems within reductive matrices. If we were taught to think, the context of that thinking about whatever “-ism” would still fall within the constructs of thought, language and perception, which are constructs of the matrix. Put forward whatever “-ism” you’d like and its still recycled material that forces us to think within the constructs of a commonly perceived reality.
Within the framework of civilization we think that we have and can exercise free will. Free will appears to exist within the context of our lives because we are so immersed within the mechanistic structures we cannot or don’t realize that our actions are mechanized and subject to actions that are habits and beliefs anchored in the past and tied inexorably to our biology. Thus we act as if we have free will when it is an illusion that serves to keep us stuck in the slavery of mechanized actions of the matrix. By ignoring the systems that keep us enslaved and remaining inside a world of mechanization we perpetuate our slavery within the matrix. There is no evil machine outside of us that controls everything. We are the machines.
A working definition of mechanization is that which is happening or done without thought or effort. Mechanized actions streamline how tasks are completed and assist in the formation of habits. For example when we learn how to drive a car especially if the car has a manual transmission we learn a series of actions, which quickly become habit and are forgotten by the conscious mind. The ease of this form of learning is automatically assimilated into all manners of mastering tasks under the rubric of habit. Habits both good and bad allow for many tasks to be completed without conscious thought. Society requires many tasks to be completed in this fashion due to the enormous complexity of its demands. Mechanical doing serves to put us to sleep and is under the cover of illusion. Mechanical actions and subsequent habits are essential for the completion of the tasks within societal systems. As society and civilization grows in its complexity over the eons mechanical actions and habits that put us to sleep also tend to create conditions where dysfunctional lifestyles are formed, reproduce and become increasingly dysfunction as the world grows more complex. The illusion of free will is created when our slavery to the dysfunctional patterns passed on to us by our parents and our own actions and reactions predicated from familial learning is completely repressed. Our egos try always to see the best through the filter of family perceptions and beliefs. It feels familiar, known and good even when the familiar is dysfunctional or negative because its what we know based on what we have learned. Sleep is encouraged as a systemic function of societal systems to allow smooth functioning of the larger world. Sleep precludes free thought or free will because it protects the constructs of ego-consciousness within societal structures.
Recently there have been those that have said we are living a virtual reality created by people in the future or AI. Given that both the future and the past don’t exist except as theoretic constructs of an invention – linear time; a virtual reality superimposed over an existing matrix is superfluous.
According to Sri Aurobindo human beings are not the originators of thoughts only the organizer of thoughts. Thoughts exist interdependently of humans and are constantly being recycled according to the dysfunctional patterns passed on from previous generations. These patterns are the thoughts get trapped in loops due to likes and dislikes, identifications, judgments and the whims of ego and this is our self-concept. Thoughts themselves are constructs that need the modes of language to be expressed. Language can be words, pictures or a combination of both. If we can conceptualize the matrix that is both outside of us and inside us then the flow of thought that binds humans together also keeps us in the confines of slavery.
The flow of mechanized thought occurs within a system.
The patterns of thought are further confined by the limits of perception. These perceptions are projections which are already inside our neurological structure imposed on “the outside world” creating the reality we are perceiving.
Once we begin to recognize these mechanical actions we can begin a path of mastery that can help us find a way out of the slavery to freedom. The problem inherent in recognizing mechanical actions is a circular proposition. There is no facility within us that can see the mechanical actions because mechanic actions are made in finding other mechanized actions. This is a good analogy of the loop in mechanical thinking: Often times teachers have said – define a word without using the word you are trying to define. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines attention: “1b -a condition of readiness for such attention especially a selective narrowing of consciousness and receptivity.”
To recognize mechanical actions we must recognize that we exist in a sea of them. Intermediary steps need to be initiated to begin to build a bridge to the essence – under developed by almost everyone, to form the Witness within (more on this later).
Turning to Sri Aurobindo – who informs us that inspiration comes when the mind is quieted allowing for the portion of a thought outside the streams of recycled thinking that have been around us for eons to enter into consciousness. Through this we can infer that thoughts outside the stream of thoughts are real because they stick with us while the dysfunctional and /or negative thoughts seem unreal due to our repetition of them. Part of how negative thinking gets stuck in us connects with our earliest beginnings. Expectations of negativity and the associated fears that reinforce negativity originate when we lived in caves as hunters and the hunted. Fear and expectation of negative outcomes helped guarantee survival. Why? Fear is about recoiling and protecting what you already have obtained – the knowable. Fear of the tiger that enters your cave at three am correlates to hormonal cycles in men that often awakens men at this hour in modern life. If the tiger is attacking you while you sleep in the cave awakening at 3 am can allow a better defense. Fear when correlated with an identifiable danger allows a fight or flight response to be activated. When a past unconscious association triggers fear usually we are automatically drawn to a familiar negative reaction. Our brain is hard wired to react to fears indiscriminately whether the fears are knowable or unknowable dangers.
Recognizing that we are the matrix and some next steps…
It could be that healers (especially those that rely on interdimensional modes of healing), shamans, Spiritual Masters, Masters of Wisdom and others have the capability to see beyond the dysfunctional patterns of thought that has defined and trapped humanity in the Matrix and perceive a wider consciousness. This also may have been true of those that approached psychedelics such as LSD, Peyote, Mushrooms, etc. from a reverence of the spiritual journey into consciousness. Spiritual traditions that speak to reincarnation especially those like the Fourteenth Dali Lama have a bigger more inclusive self that exists beyond ego. Perception from a wider perspective arises from a core or developed essence that transcends ego.
G. I. Gurdjieff spoke of a person’s Kesdjan or Light Body. A specific kind of conscious work makes light (and energy) that coats the light body. This kind of work enables this temporary body to deposit its light into the Soul’s Body after the husk of the physical is thrown off as in the death process. When enough light is made and the Soul’s Body is completed the individual has choice whether or not to return to the Earth Plain.
If a person lives on the planet from a place of fear and / or anger they may not have enough light for the Kesdjan Body to pass to the realm of life after death. I encountered this when my Father was about to pass. My Guides informed me though not in English or through written or spoken language that my Father did not have enough light to pass to the realm beyond. Would I give him an infusion of light? I did and infused his light body (personal auric field) with sufficient light. The essence light that flows through the pranic tube along the spine is a different frequency than the auric field. When the tissues of the physical body lose their life force the frequency of the essence makes contact with the auric field or Light Body and creates “the tunnel of light” that individuals have described in NDE (Near Death Experiences). Growing our Essences allow us wider perspectives that transcend not only the traditional perceptual filters and sometimes human perceptions themselves.
A Wider Consciousness
Moving beyond the Matrix which is us and civilization into free will and free thought can carry us to the potential human and to a consciousness beyond the human experience. Ordinarily when we think of consciousness we think Human Consciousness and this is a matrix effect. As humans we are mired with the tech of language as a way to define consciousness.
Explaining a wider cosmic consciousness defeats to the purpose of an experience of a wider cosmic consciousness. Nevertheless we strive for higher consciousness. In my experiences of higher consciousness I know that consciousness exists with or without human participation. If the Human Species were to expire on Earth, consciousness will continue to exist and evolve [humans have survived extinction events in the past sometimes with the help of higher vibrational humans from invisible realms woven into the being of Earth].
Shamans both touch and enter wider consciousness that transcends the human realm. This is elementary. All life has consciousness – plants, trees, animals, air, stone, water and Earth. The connective tissue of all consciousness is light and there are many frequencies and harmonics of light. Light is the connective tissue of oneness in which we live, it is only our egos that deny this love through the wages of fear. Light is synonymous with love.
In 1984 I was in leadership training. Our group was team building on a Ropes Course near Woodland, California. One of our teammates was up in the trees preparing to jump onto a wobbly platform, supported in a safety hares by two burly fellows on the ground and two support people in the trees. Our support consisted of us yelling like rabid cheerleaders at her. It made no sense to me so I projected the supportiveness of my heart energy into the trees and towards her.
Something happened that I hadn’t expected.
I saw light coursing through the trunks and branches of the trees. The fear she felt blocked the light from completion through her to her destination. Looking at the light streaming so quickly through the trees was intense.
I looked down. I looked at the ground and then at the bare skin on my left arm.
I saw inside my arm. Where blood was pumping through the arteries and veins I saw light pulsing. I felt alarmed.
Was I going crazy?
I was standing between the tree and a four foot high green leafy bush who had a soft white light all around it. The light extended down and covered my arm.
I closed my eyes…
A few months later I had fourth spontaneous experience of all Earth and Space beings as one.
Below is a link to the movie “Lucy”. About 1 min 42 seconds into the clip Lucy sees a tree with light moving through it – similar to my experience. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oed3WLnhF6c
Other Links for exploration:
On Struggle – Its Not What You Think https://psychesweather.wordpress.com/2016/05/09/struggle-its-not-what-you-think/
And on Autogenic Training: https://psychesweather.wordpress.com/2016/12/01/a-primer-autogenic-training/