Is this a coincidence that you read these lines at this very moment? You could be everywhere else to do everything else, but you are right here. And you keep reading it. Let’s check this with a quick test that you are in the right place.
Close this article if:
– For you, life is a string of random events, and you don’t seek the point in them
– You sense indifference about the topic of personal and spiritual development
– You have no interest in finding harmony, overcoming limitations and self-discovery
Continue to read this article if:
– You believe that life is more than that, which can be seen and touched
– You sense that you have power and potential, which you can develop
– You seek a more profound sense, a path towards yourself, and freedom out of the limitations of your mind
What exactly is the Matrix?
Matrix is the world with which you are accustomed—the conventional. The Narrow comfort zone, in which everything is secure because it is well known, but nothing new or remarkable doesn’t happen—the limitations with which you have chosen to live with, and you don’t dare to transgress.
The Matrix is a system of persuasions, thinking patterns, templates of behavior, which work in any one of us under one or another form.
Our ego is pushing them to us with the idea that they will protect us from the dangers of the big world, and they will make our life easier. Still, as a side effect – these are the same limitations and barriers that prevent us from realizing our dreams, from living at our full, from being in harmony with ourselves.
We have inherited some barriers; others we took with our education, third are the result of our social expectations, which dictate how we must live (how to look like, how to behave) or social stereotypes as which is right, acceptable, useful, beautiful or expected, but other we have built all alone as protection from painful experiences. While some models are somewhat necessary or even beneficial, then others are incredibly harmful, restrictive, paralyzing our development and our full life.
The usual suspects are: fears, suppressed negative emotions such as shame, guilt, and anger, deeply rooted negative beliefs like “I don’t deserve to be happy, healthy or rich…”, “I will never be able to cope alone…” or “I am just a loser…” – the list is endless.
I will give you a simple example. People who believe that they aren’t beautiful enough, smart, or valuable, most frequently attract individuals, facts, and circumstances, to reaffirm their beliefs. Even if they fall into a situation, which proves the opposite, they somehow twist what happened or downplay it, to be in synchrony with their own beliefs and attitudes. They are not beautiful, smart, or valuable; they live in this frame.
Take a look at your life and find where something is wrong. Probably these are the spheres in which you have negative thinking patterns. All barriers of the mind delineate a narrow space for life without development, and mostly they remind us as prison walls – a prison cell to the mind and a soul cage.
Morpheus: The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work… when you go to church… when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Morpheus: That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage. Into a prison that you cannot taste or see or touch. A prison for your mind. “ The Matrix Movie
The Matrix is the invisible limits of the mind: your fears, thinking models, systems of beliefs, templates of behavior, different roles and masks, unconscious defense mechanisms: invisible prison, which you can’t smell or touch, a prison of the consciousness.
The Matrix is the status quo – the established models of thinking and behavior. In its final degree, this is the individual who lives like a “brick in the wall” of impersonal socium, or people who lost their individuality in “what person should I be” role models.
The Matrix is the convenient statistical average life of man, who lives as the way which is expected of him, instead of following the impulses of his soul. He plays a role in which his relatives, social environment, and society expect of him, instead of allowing himself to discover what is his real mission, calling, or path.
The Matrix has Us
The outside world is a projection of the inside. Some people believe that their life is entirely the result of conscious decisions, but man is 90% unconscious of what he thinks, feels, and makes. Deeply ingrained thinking patterns, systems of beliefs and opinions, influence how we think, feel, act, and create our life. You know that there is an emptiness, which you are continually trying to fill. But do you seek it where you should? The question is not to look around you, but to look inside you.
There are different signals which our soul is sending to warn us that we move in unfavorable directions: from anxiety and restlessness, trough depression, health problems, diseases, and life failures—the most common: dissatisfaction. Don’t take it as a punishment – this is the signal of your internal GPS, which can lead you to the most complete and harmonious life as long as you are following it.
Often people don’t rely on those signals, and they accept the event for an accidental or coming from the outside, instead of recognizing it as a message with a purpose for looking deeply inside their selves and releasing the thing which prevents them from being in harmony. We don’t need to wait for the signals to become screaming; the idea is to act in advance and be free of self-sabotaging feelings, restrictive fears, and emotional blockages.
Morpheus: I’m trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You’re the one that has to walk through it.” The Matrix Movie
No one can save us from this invisible prison, which is inside us. This can be done entirely by us. It is useful when there is someone to show us the path – the door, through which we can pass by and get to the real savior inside us. But remember this: you and only you can make this step.
Find a way to look deeply inside yourself and understand which thinking patterns are constructive and helpful for your growth and meaningful life, and which – destructive, robbing, and mind chilling. Which models draw your path forward and which illustrate the narrow walls of a prison cell. Which models resonate with your personality and are fed of fear, the role of a victim, or a painful experience? Find out if you live your life, or you are refracted to be something else that you are not.