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Leaving the Matrix
Leaving the Matrix (for Linda)
By Peter Farley

The movies are a wonderful way to get across spiritual messages, to show us things which reflect on the very lives we are living. Sometimes a reality, sometimes a metaphor, sometimes a very blunt and effective mirror for the things we know or are living through.

However, when we watch The Matrix movies, and something inside ourselves says these movies are true, a metaphor for the lives we are living, the society in which we are living, it is only our Souls that recognize the deepest truths. For our minds it is easy to say well this is true, but . . .

When it actually comes down to being the NEO –or any other hero of any other movie we watch and relate to—we cannot comprehend the courage it takes to be that hero, nor find our own courage to do the things they do.

When NEO chooses the pill that removes him from all illusion of what life is really like, he finds out the alternative to the Matrix is not very pleasant. Another character in the movie actually wants to reverse the whole process and climb back into the Matrix because he feels so alone outside what all the other people are experiencing in their 3-D hologram. It’s the most difficult thing in the world to leave everything we think we know and have been taught and that all our ‘friends’ think they know—even if it is a lie.

And of course when NEO makes his way outside the Matrix he finds out that it is a constant war to stay alive and battle the forces which keep these people locked into their little illusory worlds –no fun—constant work—constant danger—little support—little comfort. So why did he make that choice? Why did we all so relate to what it is NEO did in leaving the Matrix? Because we have locked deep within ourselves, trapped somewhere in our Higher Self not present in our body but captive in the etheric grid surrounding the planet, some memory of what it’s like to be free. And our Souls yearn for that freedom. In most people it does not yearn loud enough, but in some it is unbearable to think of living without it. Too many lifetimes spent fighting the darkside, fighting the New World Order in its mission to enslave all this corner of the Universe.

Any real reading of the works of those who know explains the war going on—the war that has encompassed this corner of Creation for oh-so-long. Movies can only reflect the reality of what’s going on – V for Vendetta, V—the Miniseries, The Devil’s Advocate, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Truman Show—and hundreds and hundreds more. Just like the books of Huxley or Orwell that most of us should have grown up with, they try to portray the reality of what it is we are living with. Unfortunately, when we watch many of these movies, especially on television, they also have a placating effect on us, something gets resolved in our psyche that says we don’t have to do anything about things in real terms because the movie has satisfied that desire within us. This is the difference between ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ mediums for getting out a message that Marshall McLuhan talked about in the 1960s; one which the propagandists know so well how to manipulate.

Leaving the Matrix takes more courage than most of us have. It is as Morpheus tells NEO, this prison, this Matrix does not need guards for it is the other prisoners inside the Matrix who will keep you in line. The power of peer pressure to keep us in line is ingrained in us from childhood and only grows more and more intense the older we get. It’s called ‘keeping up with the Jones’. For many it’s just a matter of staying alive. The only problem is that this culture—this Matrix of Lies we are trying to keep up with, the violent, war-mongering, child killing, environment destroying, everything about sex and getting more toys culture we are trying to keep up with and be a part of is the reptilian culture ingrained even into our own primitive reptilian brains. And it is all about to end, whether we like it or not. Our only choices are to be ahead of the game and more firmly ensconced into the understandings of the new paradigm, or to wait until perhaps it is too late and, like Floridians crowded onto a freeway trying to escape a hurricane at the last minute, caught up in a traffic jam from which we may or may not escape.

In one of the worst movies ever made, the recent version of The Alamo, the Mexican general is worried that the Texicans surrounded at the old mission will fight like men resigned to dying. He knows it is the attitude with which men fight their opposition which makes all the difference in the world.

Surrender is a better word than resignation, but perhaps the former begins with the latter—with the one thought and admission, “What have I got to lose?”

In love and service, Peter