“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. This programming installs 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. Do you want to know how to unplug from the Matrix? Or, would you rather stay plugged into the system?
The Matrix is any sectarian worldview that dominants the cultural narrative and injects harmful bias and prejudice. It maintains control by denying science and any evidence that contradicts its mythology and superstition. This Matrix is another name for the 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.
How 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.
These religions don’t you to know how to unplug from the Matrix. They want to keep you a paying customer. How do they do it? They use groupthink manipulation techniques to keep people in a “perpetual state of hypnosis” or sleep. It’s an effective tool to use fear to keep you from asking questions or exploring other options.
The Analogy of Someone Who Has Never Slept
Imagine if you met a person that has never slept. And, since they have never slept, they have never dreamed. How would you explain sleeping and dreaming to them?
So, you start by telling them that sleep is natural. When tired, you lay down, get comfortable, close your eyes. After a few minutes, you simply drift off to sleep.
While you are sleeping, you are unaware that time has passed. While you sleep, you may shift positions, but you don’t remember doing it. Then after several hours, you wake up refreshed.
Now, when you sleep, you may also dream. Some people dream a lot; some don’t remember their dreams, and some do. Dreams are an imaginary landscape, but you don’t know you are dreaming. It seems “real.” The only thing that happens sometimes is your dream becomes a nightmare. These are scary dreams, and they will cause people to wake up.
So, have you convinced them sleeping and dreaming are something they should do? Well, that depends. Some people might be hesitant to be asleep since they aren’t aware of what’s going on while they are sleeping. The part about dreams seems interesting until you mention nightmares and bad dreams. To many, it will seem like a waste of time.
These are, of course, the same reasons people do not want to try meditation or other spiritual technologies. They have been made to fear the unknown. But why are they so afraid of their minds? It’s the programming of our demented cultural folklore.
Let’s review the language tools used by cultural folklore. These innocent communication tools help keep people plugged into dangerous religious ideologies. These people don’t want to know how to unplug from the Matrix; they are content to live as mental slaves to organized religion.
So, what exactly are the tools religion uses to gain such control over the thinking of otherwise rational people? Groupthink manipulation tactics are another name for brainwashing. It uses communication tools like analogy, metaphor, simile, and word pictures to create a believable narrative. These tools keep you plugged into their skewed and sectarian beliefs. Let’s look at these otherwise innocent tools.
Basic Mind-Programming Tools
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 that 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.
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.
Tools for Unplugging From the Cultural Narrative
Spiritual Technologies Free the Mind
Spiritual technologies are the processes that help people unplug from the Matrix. They are keys that unlock our potential.
They may be ancient processes, but they stand up to the science test of modern science. These methods are repeatable and measurable. We use the analogy of baking a cake to describe how they work. If you want to make a cake, it’s best to follow a recipe. If you follow the recipe and put the ingredients together as suggested, you’ll get a delicious treat.
There are several ways to group these tools. Here’s one way to do it:
- The first group of methods we recommend is critical thinking tools. These tools include Logical and Rational Thinking Skills and its companion tools, 10 Common Logical Fallacies, and Spiritual Axioms. These tools help us make better decisions. Along with the analytical tools, we also include “Inner work” methods, The Enneagram Personality Profile, and Comparative Analysis. So, together these help us think more rationally and address the programming of the mind and mechanisms of Ego, personality, and instincts.
- The next progression is meditation. Seated meditation is the core technology of spiritual practice. This group has techniques ranging from a basic Two-Step Beginning Mediation through Mindfulness Meditation, Japa Meditation, and advanced techniques like the Siddhis of Patanjali. Moving meditation helps us strengthen the mind-body connection. It also includes energy collection methods and grounding techniques like Forest Bathing, the Tree Grounding Exercise, Qigong, and Tai Chi.
- Last are healing modalities, such as Reiki and Shiatsu.
Learning how to unplug from the Matrix, the dominant cultural narrative, is the healthiest thing you can do for yourself. It also has a positive impact on everyone in your circle of influence. Are you ready to unplug?
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(1) Abrahamic Religions, Wikipedia
(2) World Religions by Population, Wikipedia
(3) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia
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