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The Inevitable Awakening of the Savior
By Sue Bell
Neo is the most unlikely candidate for a savior that we’ve seen in over 2000 years! There was no star above his crib when he was born, no wise men nor angels to herald his birth – but there was “the prophecy”.
Enter the average man. Thomas Anderson. A person who, when found on the window ledge of his office building trying to escape to a scaffold, says “Why is this happening to me? What did I do? I'm nobody.”
Nobody, huh? Isn’t that what we all think? That I am nobody? That I am so small and of such little importance that no one has ever taken notice of me, and indeed, never will?
Yet just a moment earlier, in his boss’s office, he was grilled for being late to work. His boss said, “You have a problem with authority, Mr. Anderson. You believe that you are special, that somehow the rules do not apply to you.”
Moving from homo sapien to homo
requires the recognition that there is nothing in your world, as you have
defined it that is meaningful. Neo comes to this recognition when he meets
with Trinity, Switch and Apoc in the car under the bridge. When confronted
with a seemingly unreasonable request, he balks and is prepared to leave
the car, when Trinity reminds him “…you have been down there, Neo. You
know that road. You know exactly where it ends. And I know that's not
where you want to be.” This is key. There is only one road in the dream.
You play it over and over and over again. It looks like it’s many
different roads. This one a country lane, that one a downtown city street.
But they all end in the same place. Death. What ever you get can only be
lost. In the end you always die. Becoming the savior is to look for a
completely different path – one with a completely different end. Life.
Morpheus: This is your
last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill,
the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to.
You take the red pill, you stay in wonderland, and I show you how deep the
rabbit hole goes.
Neo reaches for a pill.
Morpheus: Remember, all I'm offering is the truth, nothing more.
Neo selects the red pill, and swallows it with the glass of water that was sitting on the table between them.
Morpheus: Follow me.
Neo has made the choice to wake up,
that he wants to know what the truth is. It is a choice because he has
told Morpheus that he does not believe in fate. Prepared to see how deep
the rabbit hole goes, he is seated in a chair, waiting to wake up.
Morpheus: Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real. What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world, and the real world?
He looks beside him, there is a
mirror, cracked so the perception is distorted, and everything reflected
in it seems separate. This is the world as the savior asleep sees it. As
the pill he has taken starts to take effect, the mirror unifies, his
perception is no longer distorted, everything becomes singular – and he
reaches out to touch it – because the last thing a homo-sapien includes in
his view of singularity, on the path to awakening, is himself – the mirror
sticks to his finger and slowly engulfs him, totally – and as his view of
himself is included into the mirror, he dies to the dream world.
Morpheus: What is real? How do you define real? If you're talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste and see, then real is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.
Morpheus: Do you believe that my being stronger, or faster, has anything to with my muscles, in this place? You think that's air you're breathing? Hm. Again.
Neo starts to realize that it is how these signals are interpreted that determines being awake or asleep. It is the understanding that everything in the dream world is an illusion that allows for a new paradigm to immerge. Neo, like all of us, have a thought structure that is based on our past experiences. He has to unlearn what he has learned. He has to become aware of what he infers on the present from his past experiences and detach that inference – he has to free his mind.
Morpheus: What are
you waiting for? You're faster than this. Don't think you are, know you
Neo at this point is borrowing
Morpheus’ belief in him. Morpheus almost has him convinced that he is The
One, when he is taken to see the Oracle, but convinced or believing is not
knowing. The trip to the Oracle covers a lot of ground. Let’s look at it
point by point:
Spoon boy: Do
not try and bend the spoon. That's impossible.
Instead... only try to realize the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Spoon boy: There is no spoon.
Neo: There is no spoon?
Spoon boy: Then you'll see, that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.
How can we have an article about the
awakening of a savior and not include this dialog? There is no spoon.
Everything you see is an illusion. It is of your own making and does not
exist. Here we jump right straight away from any possibility that what we
are speaking of is some kind of psychological mumble jumble and straight
into the certainty of the unreality of the apparent physical world that
seems to be all around you. Not only is there no physical world around
you, but everything that you think is outside of you IS YOU. There is only
you. The spoon does not bend, you do.
Neo enters the kitchen of the
Oracle, who is sitting in front of an oven. 'Beginning to See the Light'
plays faintly in the background.
Neo turns to look at the vase
because of what the Oracle said. In turning, he breaks the vase. Cause and
effect are not separate. The Merovingian makes the same point in the part
two. “We are all victims of causality.” What the savior must realize is
that he is cause of his effects. (This becomes clearer in part three – but
I won’t spoil that for you, here)
Here’s the crux of the problem – he doesn’t KNOW. He is still looking outside of himself for the definition of who he is. He looks to Morpheus, Trinity, the Matrix, even the Oracle to be shown who he is. But the only one who could possible KNOW is him. That’s why he is The One. He is the only one who could know who he is. Homo sapiens define themselves by what they PERCEIVE their environment tells them they are. The shift to homo illuminate occurs when you stop looking outside yourself for that definition. Your certainty of who you are allows your light to shine so that the light is what is reflected back to you, and this reflection you RECOGNIZE as Yourself.
Not knowing who you are, you have tried to define yourself. This definition is always shifting, you are always changing your mind about who you want to be and who you think you are, so there is no substance upon which to base your knowledge And you know this. It may not be in your conscious awareness, but you know it. It's there, like a splinter in your mind. Therefore there is always an element of uncertainty in that definition, in fact, it is nothing but uncertainty. True self knowledge starts only when you admit that you don’t really have a clue who you are.
Oracle: Are you sure you want to hear this? Morpheus believes in you, Neo. And no one, not you, not even me, can convince him otherwise. He believes it so blindly that he's going to sacrifice his life to save yours. You're going to have to make a choice. In the one hand, you'll have Morpheus' life. And in the other hand, you'll have your own. One of you is going to die. Which one will be up to you. I'm sorry, kiddo, I really am. You have a good soul. And I hate giving good people bad news. Ohh... don't worry about it. As soon as you step outside that door, you'll start feeling better. You'll remember that you don't believe in any of this fate crap. You're in control of your own life, remember? Here, take a cookie. I promise, by the time you're done eating it, you'll feel right as rain.
Neo has been told of a choice he
must make. Morpheus’ life or his own. And then, reminding him that he
doesn’t believe in fate, the Oracle has alluded to another possible
outcome. But that alternative is not available at THIS point, because he
does not believe that he is The One.
Tank: Neo, this is
loco. They've got Morpheus in a military-controlled building, even IF you
somehow got inside, those are agents holding him. Three of ‘em. I want
Morpheus back too, but what you're talking about is suicide.
He has come to the realization that
this other alternative exists. All he has to do is… KNOW. His
certainty of himself will allow him to overcome having to make that
difficult choice of which the Oracle spoke.
|The final step in the awakening of the Savior occurs when Neo resurrects. Having been shot dead by Agent Smith, he finds he has not died. And standing back up, he now has a totally new perspective on EVERYTHING.||
Enlightenment does not bring about a
change in the construct. The change has to come from within, the mind must
change. Then it becomes apparent that the construct is neutral, and it is
the programming of the mind that colors the construct. It is then that
truth can be seen in the construct. And peace shall replace conflict.