“You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inert, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they fight to protect it.” — Morpheus, The Matrix
What is the Matrix?
The Matrix is an analogy for the programming of the cultural narrative which creates our national folklore. It’s the programming that supports misrepresentations and half-truths and exploits people for profit. Unplugging from the cultural mythology is the only way to live free, and it is possible.
Realize that as long as you remain under the control of this social construct, it will dominate your life. It will keep you a mental slave. Are you ready to unplug from the matrix?
The system is the dominant cultural narrative. Abrahamic religions (1) of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism control cultural folklore. They have a combined membership of nearly 4 billion members worldwide (2).
Even if you are not a follower of this mythology, you still feel the effects of its reach. It makes its way into governments and infects the laws with racial, ethnic, and religious prejudice. It’s a mythology that promotes discrimination of people and gender. It justifies harmful behaviors with its bias and prejudice.
The system certainly includes beliefs about yourself and reality. They teach you to protect what they tell you. Indoctrination begins at an early age. The brainwashing continues weekly. Now you reject anything that contradicts what they sell. It’s the reason unplugging from the cultural narrative can be a challenging endeavor. If you are reading this, maybe you are ready.
Ready to Unplug From The Matrix?
Your beliefs about reality are simply one symptom of the cultural narrative. Your self-worth and identity are a part of the system. The cultural narrative programs you to believe you are worthless and doomed unless you join the collective illusion and become a believer, servant, and follower.
When religion becomes your identity, you become susceptible to groupthink manipulation tactics. It makes people fight to maintain the mythology’s contradictions, bias, and prejudice. As long as you do so, you will never be ready, but the mythology is nothing more than analogies, metaphors, and word pictures.
That’s why it’s so important to question the cultural narrative. The programming of this construct uses some practical communication tools. These tools include analogies, metaphors, word pictures, and stories. Everyone uses these tools to help explain things when we don’t directly reference the subject matter. That’s why it’s helpful to learn how to spot their correct usage versus their misuse.
The Analogy of Someone Who Has Never Slept
Let’s imagine you met someone who has never fallen asleep, so consequently, they have never had a dream. How could we explain how to “fall” asleep and the benefits of doing so? If they asked you, “how do you know you are asleep?”
You’d have to tell them you don’t know you are asleep. That’s because when you are sleeping, you are unaware of time. Several hours pass, and you have no experience of time passing.
After you sleep, you awaken refreshed and rested. The only thing that could happen while you are asleep is that you might dream. Okay, now you have to explain what dreams are. Now, this leads to more trouble because you may have intense hallucinations known as nightmares. Yes, the most frightening things you could imagine. And, they seem real.
At this point in our discussion, the other person is becoming more hesitant. They are not sure they want to attempt sleeping. Not only is it a waste of time, but they “lose” awareness of their body. And they don’t like the possibility of having a frightening nightmare. So, the answer to the sleep experience is “no.”
These are the excuses people use for not exploring other states of consciousness. They don’t have any similar experiences to compare. So, it is scary. That’s what it’s like trying to explain the matrix of cultural folklore when they can’t see it.
Let’s review the language tools used by cultural folklore. These innocent communication tools help keep people plugged into dangerous religious ideologies. These people are not ready to unplug from the cultural narrative.
An analogy infers that if something is similar in some respects, they probably agree in others. It compares things to show a similarity. It’s a valuable selling tool.
For example, a computer’s operation is an analogy to show how our brain works. So, the analogy goes something like this. Computers work just like our brain does. It’s an analogy that becomes an image or word picture, making the analogy easy to remember.
Analogies play a significant role in problem-solving decision-making. They help us understand concepts. They even affect our perception, memory, creativity, emotion, explanation, and communication. They help us with basic tasks such as identifying places, objects, and people. Some argue that analogy is at “the core of cognition.”
Analogies are not factual. An analogy attempts to convey a concept or idea through a metaphorical word in place of something else. For example: “Her eyes were like glistening jewels.” It’s a tool ripe for confusing myths with facts.
A metaphor is a “figure of speech” that constructs an analogy between two or more things or ideas. When we understand that the underlying premises are a metaphor, they are a valuable tool for comparison.
Many people believe the real purpose of spiritual stories is as a metaphor. It’s a way of describing the unseen powers of reality. So, God is a reference for the transcendent.
Misrepresenting metaphors for facts is one of the main tactics of religions. They use metaphors as facts to keep you plugged into their storyline. So, learning to see them as metaphors is a significant step to unplug from the matrix.
A simile is a combination of metaphor and a subtle type of analogy. It is a figure of speech that compares things to infer something without being direct.
The most common use is with the words “as” and “like.” However, it can use any connecting term. For instance, “he’s acting like Mr. know it all.” Here we have an ad hominem attack as a simile.
A word picture is a tool that combines analogies, metaphors, and similes. It links different aspects of a story, and that’s why it’s the primary tool used by f many ancient traditions. The life stories of Buddha, Mohamed, and Jesus are major word-picture themes. So, it’s the perfect vehicle for programming our cultural folklore. They make unplugging from the cultural narrative that much harder.
Confusing Facts with Fiction
Some people think the Matrix is a documentary of sorts. Perhaps it’s a literal reference. What’s important is not to confuse analogies, metaphors, and word pictures with facts. The reality is, these are all fictional representations. Most people agree that the “Matrix” is an analogy, a metaphor for religion and its harmful cultural narrative.
Unplugging From the Cultural Narrative
The catalog of methods for developing and exploring consciousness is what we call Spiritual Technologies. They are processes that can alter, change, or expand our awareness. Some of these methods open doorways to higher states of consciousness.
These processes come from eons of research by cultures around the world. We use the term spiritual exploration to describe these powerful methods.
We select the best of these ancient methods for our blended learning process. These processes are time-tested by generations of use, and they stand up to the rigorous tests of science. Several of these methods produce measurable changes in our physiology. These physiological markers differ from normal waking, sleeping, and dreaming states.
Spiritual exploration is not about faith or belief in a religion. They are processes that anyone can use. All you do is follow a process. We like to think of it just like baking a cake. When you want to bake a delicious cake, you follow a recipe. If you use the right ingredients and follow the directions, you get something delicious. The processes of spiritual exploration are formulas or ingredients for exploring consciousness.
There are many ways to list these methods. We divide these tools into four major categories:
The study of spiritual things seems like an odd place to find analytical tools, but these analytical processes are vital to our spiritual quest. Their use enhances our ability to use common sense and logic. These tools improve observational skills and help us identify the roadblocks that get in the way.
We recommend you incorporate emotional checks in all of these processes. Keeping your feeling in check helps us think more clearly.
These tools help us think more clearly and make better decisions, which helps us avoid many of our path’s everyday obstacles. This group’s primary tools are Logical Reasoning, Comparative Analysis, and The Enneagram of Personality.
The study of logic is the first tool we use in our group practice, but these methods help anyone seeking the truth. We encourage our participants to create a reminder on their smartphones to review these tools every month. It’s essential to keep them fresh in our minds, and that’s when they become helpful in spotting ploys and deception.
We use a set of three related tools. The first tool is Logical reasoning, which summarizes the essential use of logic in language. It shows how people misuse language to sell us ideas and beliefs. Next is spotting logical fallacies. This module provides practical examples of the most common logical fallacies. The last module, the truth-seekers axioms, ties everything together by contrasting how science and mythology differ in their approaches to presenting the truth.
Comparative Analysis is a systematic approach to comparative religious study based on the scientific model. It is a method of comparing ideas and beliefs from different worldviews, and it is another tool we recommend for the new spiritual explorer.
Above all, the use of logical reasoning and comparative analysis will sharpen your ability to discern fact from fiction. So, these aren’t just for research. You’ll find a use for these tools every day. Besides their use in religion, politics, they are also helpful with TV and Radio newscasts.
The Enneagram of Personality
The Enneagram of Personality is a cognitive science tool that helps us understand the mechanisms of Ego, personality, and instinct. The best authors and researchers write in easily understandable language so the layperson can understand it, while it is deep enough for any clinician. It makes the Enneagram a powerful system available to almost everyone.
You will find modern psychology and the Enneagram share many of the same concepts and authors. Borrowing and then building on the work of others is a common practice. For instance, Jungian psychology parallels the structure of the Enneagram. It has nine processes of consciousness.
The core of the Enneagram Personality Profile is a series of questionnaires. If you provide honest answers, you will get an accurate personality profile. The scientific method of testing verifies the accuracy of this tool. The system goes beyond identification into deeper thought processes and beliefs. It integrates spiritual and psychological understanding. It will help you understand the source of our “personal power.”
When you say spiritual practice, many people think of meditation. Seated and moving forms of meditation are the centerpiece of spiritual exploration.
Meditation is a mind hack that often uses mantras, sutras, and affirmations as tools. These mental devices open doorways of consciousness. You could easily categorize them as awareness expansion tools, like Yoga, since it contains a range of meditative processes.
Seated meditation is the heart of the spiritual practice for many people. Meditation is an essential tool for exploring consciousness. Seated meditation includes everything from a primary two-step method, Mindfulness Meditation and Japa or Transcendental Meditation (TM). This modality also has advanced practices like the Siddhis of Patanjali.
Moving meditation is an action with a heightened level of awareness. To perform an activity while simultaneously holding a meditative state involves a high level of mind-body coordination and skill. This modality improves mind and body connection. In turn, this has a positive effect on our health and wellness. This progression includes energy collection modalities like Qigong and Tai Chi. Grounding exercises focus on our connection with nature, such as Sun Gazing, Forest Bathing, and Tree Grounding.
Awareness Expansion Tools
This category has a diverse mix of tools dealing with awareness and perception. This group includes the Shamanic Journey or Guided Meditation, lucid dreaming, third-eye awakening exercises, and techniques to improve memory (learning how to learn).
Another essential tool is the spiritual journal or book of shadows; it’s your personal life coach. This modality also includes exercises like automatic writing and exploring memories. You could list these tools among some groups. However, we like to list them separately because of their importance to awareness.
The Shamanic Journey is probably man’s first technology for exploring consciousness. This traditional method is at the core of many indigenous cultures, and it serves as evidence of the historical importance of the inner quest.
There are many variations on this theme, but essentially the same formula. Rhythm is a crucial element that regulates heart rate and breathing. Then the mind projects an inner world providing the lucid journey.
A Shaman is a person who guides people through this journey in the spirit world. However, you can take this inward journey by yourself. This tool for changing awareness uses a range of seated and moving forms.
The Shamanic Journey has been renamed or rebranded in Western cultures. They do this to make it more marketable. You will see it marketed as “guided meditation” or “creative visualization.”
Modalities for Healing
The last group is healing practices. This group includes a diverse set of tools such as Pe Jet, which comes from Indonesia, and Reiki and Shiatsu come from Japan. We teach Vedic medicine, along with other traditional healing forms. Self-care is a vital part of this group. Because to help others, we must be in optimal health. Our overall health and wellness affect every aspect of life.
Using any healing method is a natural outlet for our positive energy. Many people come to the healing arts as a secondary interest. They find it an enjoyable way of giving back and helping others.
Unplugging from the cultural narrative is the healthiest thing you can do for yourself. It also has a positive impact on everyone in your circle of influence. It’s another way to unplug from the matrix. Are you ready to unplug?
Are you interested in spiritual exploration? Check out the blended learning process at the core of our teaching process. We offer this curriculum through our individually tailored virtual learning academy and our traditional face-to-face sessions. It reflects what Joseph Campbell called the Hero’s Journey (1). Our learning options include both face-to-face and virtual learning sessions. Please consider donating and supporting our mission.
(1) Abrahamic Religions, Wikipedia
(2) World Religions by Population, Wikipedia
(3) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia