By Robert Cinque
The contexts that I use to interpret the data of my experience are my responsibility.
Adopting any and every context is extremely serious business because context determines outcome.
Humans have been conditioned to use extremely limited and, in most cases, completely useless contexts that are also very harmful, ugly and destructive.
People who use small contexts are easy to control. The threat of danger is all it takes. Combine this with the promise of rescue and you have the perfect bait and trap.
This trap is made in the human mind. Aldous Huxley pointed out that this is the best trap of all, far better than cages and police. The people control themselves through the worship of their enslavement. And, they snitch on each other for personal gain (Think George Soros telling the Nazis where the Jews kept their gold and jewels).
Therefore, the ONLY solution to suffering as a prisoner is to UNDERSTAND the nature of the prison. Even prior to that, the individual must cognize that there even IS a prison. This is a huge task for many people who have been institutionalized by the prison system. There are many cases of prisoners who were released, threw rocks through jewelry store windows, then sat down and waited for the police to take them back to prison because they were so conditioned.
It’s completely understandable. If you can’t see the prison, then freedom wouldn’t even occur to you.
It gets worse. Prisoners who accept their condition, condemn their liberators.
Morpheus tells Neo “You can’t wake these people up from the Matrix. You can show them the door. They have to walk through it”.
The Red Pill
The Red Pill is the Door, the Medicine and the Surgical Procedure for removing the Splinter, which Morpheus addresses in Neo. “You know there’s something wrong, but you just can’t put your finger on it”.
You scratch, but it still itches.
The Red Pill is the brave decision to jump off the cliff of everything you think you know and fall through free space. It requires the kind of trust it takes to jump out of an airplane with a parachute. The jumper has placed his life on the integrity of his parachute and the dynamics of atmosphere and gravity .
The Red Pill is the courageous act of Openness to Reality and the Unknown. Cour is heart, in French.
It is a Cause, and it has an Effect.
When one ingests an entheogenic compound, for example, like Amanita Muscaria, the effect is that conventional boundaries between the space/time bound body/mind/self and the Cosmic Infinity of Existence disappear.
Instead of identifying exclusively with my personal sense of an individuated self, I suddenly find myself existing as Everything. It’s quite a shock and many people have a very hard time with it, which is why shamans and authentic guides are willing to assist their brave colleagues in their Ordeal of Understanding.
Morpheus uses the effect of the Red Pill and acupuncture and tender loving care to help Neo make the journey to the Real World and get him safely back again to the underground bunkers where the Resistance to the Matrix is carried out.
Neo’s choice to take the Red Pill is what initiated the Process.
He was not shopping at the Metaphysical Market for shiny trinkets and merry-go-rounds.
He jumped off the cliff because he itched so badly, he couldn’t stand it. He knew something was not right and he absolutely HAD to find out what.
People who are fascinated by the beads and necklaces the prison guards sell them are blind to their Situation.
When we dream at night, we don’t know we’re dreaming. The dreamer is experiencing his dream exactly as we experience the waking state. When we get up in the morning, we remember the experience as a dream, one that is viewed from another reality entirely, the waking state.
We don’t have a problem making a distinction between the two states because we’re firmly planted in the one that includes them both.
One does not have to eat psychedelic plants, or take a Red Pill to Choose to become an Adult.
One only has to be unable to tolerate the Itch.
Who or what planted the Splinter in Neo’s mind?
The Splinter is caused by contexts that are too narrow, or lies that are too big. The chick outgrows the egg. The child becomes the adult.
The sub-human “people” who herd humanity into economic, pharmaceutical, political, religious, scientific, national, sexual, racial and cultural prisons understand the value of tiny contexts.
That’s why it is true that the Oppressor’s greatest weapon is the mind of the oppressed.
The Adult state and the Waking state are identical.
Children become adults through the destruction of their childish contexts. When they CHOOSE to abandon their childhood. Adulthood doesn’t happen automatically at puberty or physical maturity.
Adulthood is a Choice. One becomes an adult only by walking through the Door and Falling through the Floor into Appropriate Context. Once over the threshold, an extraordinary Realm appears, never before imagined.
In this Realm the Adult Recognizes that s/he is, as a personal body/mind/self, a literal fractal of Existence.
S/he is not disturbed or distracted by last night’s Dream of Childhood.
One is awake within an infinitely larger Context. It is easy to observe all the smaller contexts from this “perspective”. It’s not really a perspective at all; it is the Living Radiant Condition that includes all perspectives. It’s not an “It” either. Awareness, consciousness, the waking state is not an object, an “it”. We don’t know what “it” is.
We are simply aware of the Radiant Glory of Existence. That’s our Stake in the Ground, the Sanctuary of our Precious Personal Life and Cosmic Identity.
Identifying as awareness is the beginning of the possibility of Adulthood. From that Stake in the Ground comes an appreciation for freedom, something we didn’t know we didn’t have.
And for the sacred responsibility to protect that freedom.
Adults recognize the value of freedom and are willing to defend it.
Only those who can plainly see the prison bars and which side we are on, can actually comprehend the Situation. Until then, we are only blind men describing an elephant as being like a tree, or a rope.
Morpheus could not tell Neo about the Matrix because it’s impossible. One has to experience it directly and can only do so as an act of will, of free Choice.
At that Point, a crack in the Egg of the Child allows torrents of Light to Illuminate the core strands of DNA and the Caterpillar Child becomes the Butterfly Adult.
There are markers along the way and trees that bear fruit. That’s because Adults create Value and protect Life, from their heart, from Caring.
The Adult manages Heart, Mind and Body.
Without Caring about what is True, what is Valuable and Taking Action for it, no Adulthood is possible.When one becomes an Adult and can competently manage Freedom and Responsibility, the Infinite Power of Cosmic Existence becomes fully available to the extent of the person’s ability to Conduct it.
Adulthood is the Urgent Responsibility and Obligation to Care enough to be fully what we are, not just a caterpillar.
It requires exhaustive self- ownership, fierce devotion to what is real and a radical willingness to sacrifice everything that is not true in order to even to begin to meet that Obligation.
It’s easy for the Kuntrollerz to stunt our growth, because we prefer the safety of our childhood over Jumping off a Cliff.
It may be painful, but not nearly as much as not Jumping.
Do we stay in the Womb of Childhood, or do we take responsibility for our Adulthood?
Neo took the Red Pill and initiated a Process that he could not have imagined. The stakes became so high, he had no choice but to rise to the occasion and become the Awakened One, the True Adult, by realizing his always existing, already inherent continuity between Part and Whole.
The Child is not lost in the Adult, it remains as a fond memory, a Cocoon that birthed a Butterfly through a willingness to Scratch the Itch, to Open Up, to Trust Life, and to Jump off a Cliff because you care about what’s True.