“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
Don’t let this be you… Instead, now is the time embrace unplugging from the cultural narrative. As long as you are part of the system, you will not be ready to unplug.
What is the system?
The system is the cultural narrative. This is the thread of power that controls societies. The organized religions of Christianity, Islam and Judaism dominate the cultural narrative in the West. Combined they boast 3 billion members worldwide.
So, even if you do not consider yourself a believer of one the sects of this system, you still feel the effects of its reach. It makes its way into governments and infects the laws of the land with its racial, ethnic and religious prejudice. It promotes discrimination of people and gender. It justifies harmful and destructive behaviors with its bias and prejudice.
The system certainly includes your beliefs about reality. More importantly, it’s the beliefs you’ve been taught to protect. People are indoctrinated from an early age and brainwashed into the unbelief of any facts that contradict it. This is why many people are not ready to be unplugged. But, if you are reading this, maybe you are.
Getting Ready to Unplug
However, your beliefs about reality are simply one of the symptoms of the system—the cultural narrative. And, more importantly, this is why you fight for the mythology behind the belief system. And, 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 cultural narrative uses some innocent communication tools. These tools include analogies, metaphors, word-pictures, and stories. We use these tools to help us talk about things when we don’t have a direct reference to the subject matter.
Imagine trying to explain to someone how to fall asleep and what it’s like to sleep for someone who has never slept. They would have no frame of reference for the consciousness we call sleep, they only know “awake.” You’d have to explain using things they could relate to that would help lead them to the state of consciousness outside of their frame of reference. So, it’s well worth some review of the tools that are used by the cultural narrative. These innocence communication tools are used to keep people plugged into religious ideologies. Many people are not ready to unplug from their cultural narrative. It’s well worth the time to review these tools.
An analogy infers that if something is similar in some respects, they probably agree in others. And, so it compares things to show a similarity. It’s an effective selling tool.
For example, the operation of a computer presents an interesting analogy to the working of the brain. So, the analogy goes something like this. Computers work just like our brain does. This becomes an image or word-picture making the analogy easy to remember.
Analogies play a significant role in problem-solving, decision making, perception, memory, creativity, emotion, explanation, and communication. Analogies help us with basic tasks such as the identification of places, objects, and people. For example, in face perception and facial recognition systems. Some argue that analogy is at “the core of cognition”.
But, analogies are not factual. An analogy is an attempt to convey a concept or idea through a metaphorical word in place of something else. For example: “Her eyes were like glistening jewels”. This makes it 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 the underlying premises are understood as a metaphor, then it is a valid 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.
Mistaking metaphor for facts is one of the main tactics religions use to keep you plugged in. So, learning to see them as metaphors is a major step toward unplugging from the cultural narrative.
A simile is a combination of metaphor and subtle type of analogy. It is a figure of speech that compares things to infer something. The simile is a tool to infer or project an idea without being direct. The most common use of with the words, “as” and “like”, but 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 the landscape that houses analogies, metaphors, and similes. The word-picture becomes a powerful theme that links different aspects of a story. The word-picture is the major theme of many ancient traditions. The life stories of Buddha, Mohamed and Jesus are major word-picture themes. So, it’s the perfect vehicle for programming the cultural narrative.
Don’t Confuse Facts with Fiction
What’s important is not to confuse analogies, metaphors, and word-pictures with facts. Get ready to unplug and see facts from the fiction. The fact is, these are all simply fictional representations. By the way, many see the “Matrix” as an analogy, a metaphor for religion. Some people think the Matrix is really a documentary of sorts. Perhaps it’s a literal reference.
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Unplugging From the Cultural Narrative
Spiritual technologies are tools for exploring consciousness. They result from generations of research by cultures around the world. These processes stand up to the test of science. They are repeatable and measurable. They do not require belief in religious doctrine. So, everyone who can follow a process can use them. We call the practice of these processes spiritual exploration.
You can list these tools in several ways. Some fall into more than one group. We like this simple method.
- Tools to enhance critical thinking. This study of basic logical reasoning along with spotting logical fallacies and logical axioms. Then we also use a comparative analysis. This is a step-by-step way of comparing beliefs between different worldviews. Above all, these tools will help sharpen your ability to discern fact from fiction.
- The Enneagram Personality Profile. This is mostly an analytical tool. It provides insight into the mechanisms of ego, personality, and instinct.
- Seated meditation is often the heart of your spiritual practice. This includes a range from Beginning Meditation and Mindfulness Meditation through Japa Meditation and more advanced Siddhis of Patanjali.
- Moving meditation helps us strengthen the mind-body connection. It is also an important key to our health and wellness. This progression includes several methods of energy collection, such as Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi.
- Pathways for expanding and exploring awareness. This progression includes a range of processes from lucid dreaming, the Shamanic Journey and Guided Meditation to third-eye awakening and soul memory awareness. Practical tools to guide your path, a spiritual journal, and automatic writing.
- Healing practices are the final group. This branch includes Pe Jet, Reiki, and Shiatsu. Self-care is also a part of this group and is vital to our overall health and wellness.
You can use these tools for unplugging from the cultural narrative. This isn’t their primary purpose, but it is is a positive side-affect.
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