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I realize that the term "the Matrix" is corny but it's a simple way to express "five sense reality" and simultaneously the prison of societal mental patterns and the overall "reality" of society. When I use the term "the Matrix" in this post, I'm referring to both simultaneously.
you cant live outside of it and you cant pretend you can.
This attitude really bothers me. What makes people think they have the right to put limitations on what others can accomplish?
The best hope that I believe we have of breaking free from "the Matrix" is described in this "joke" of an article...
… If you want to break free from "the Matrix", you have to go inward.
The opinion above is based on a limited understanding (as we all have). How can one with a limited understanding think that they know the limits of reality? What an egotistical worldview to believe that you have a grasp of what's possible for every human on earth.
originally posted by: zackli
a reply to: Profusion
They have a name for people who cope with their problems by shutting themselves out of life. It’s called Schizoid Personality Disorder, and in case you haven’t done any research in the area, it’s not the most fun of personality disorders. You don’t even get to have sex with numerous emotionally problematic individuals.
I don't think that he is currently suffering the type of mental illness you have cautioned him against developing, so he could be open to benefit from your greater maturity and insight.
A bold call for the “insane” to reclaim their rightful role as prophets of spiritual and cultural transformation
• Explains how many of those diagnosed as schizophrenic, bipolar, and other forms of “madness” are not ill but experiencing a spiritual awakening
• Explores the rise of Mad Pride and the mental patients’ liberation movement
• Reveals how those seen as “mad” must embrace their spiritual gifts to help the coming global spiritual transition
Many of the great prophets of the past experienced madness--a breakdown followed by a breakthrough, spiritual death followed by rebirth. With the advent of modern psychiatry, the budding prophets of today are captured and transformed into chronic mental patients before they can flower into the visionaries and mystics they were intended to become. As we approach the tipping point between extinction and global spiritual awakening, there is a deep need for these prophets to embrace their spiritual gifts. To make this happen, we must learn to respect the sanctity of madness. We need to cultivate Mad Pride.
Exploring the rise of Mad Pride and the mental patients’ liberation movement as well as building upon psychiatrist R. D. Laing’s revolutionary theories, Seth Farber, Ph.D., explains that diagnosing people as mad has more to do with social control than therapy. Many of those labeled as schizophrenic, bipolar, and other kinds of “mad” are not ill but simply experiencing different forms of spiritual awakening: they are seeing and feeling what is wrong with society and what needs to be done to change it.
Farber shares his interviews with former schizophrenics who now lead successful and inspiring lives. He shows that it is impossible for society to change as long as the mad are suppressed because they are our catalysts of social change. By reclaiming their rightful role as prophets of spiritual and cultural revitalization, the mad--by seeding new visions for our future--can help humanity overcome the spiritual crisis that endangers our survival and lead us to a higher and long-awaited stage of spiritual development.
originally posted by: BlueMule
Here is a chart illustrating the hero journey out of the Matrix.
Note the return. Of course, you don't have to return, but a hero does.
It's not quite a full circle. It's more of a spiral that keeps going up and up...
*insert inspirational music*
I'm sure your heart is in the right place
Maybe 'normal' society is entirely backwards about mental illness, mysticism, and enlightenment...and maybe our insane backwardness is slowly destroying us.
originally posted by: Oannes
Dimethyltriptamine. Its already within us (and almost every other living thing). The ancients were well aware that you don't need a spacecraft to traverse the stars. The universe is within you and without. The red pill.
'___' is exerted by the body only during the REM part of sleep as well as when the body is under enough stress to cause death. That is why when people almost die they talk about hallucinations and seeing #, they are actually just tripping the hell out on '___' - T.Labonte
originally posted by: hearows
a reply to: BlueMule
That's the Joseph Campbell monomyth template. Jesus, Luke Skywalker, Harry Potter, Frodo, Neo, King Arthur. All reasonably parallel stories. Why it has resonated with so many cultures is an interesting discussion. I think folks latch onto the Matrix is because it's laden with psychologically significant (by Jungian standards) archetypal figures and concepts. The idea of "breaking out of the Matrix" is analogous with "seeing the light" or "using the force". Just a function of human beings seeking out greater wisdom...
originally posted by: rickymouse
I am sure that the reality we live in is being steered or controlled but identifying the ones or thing doing it is hard.
If you want to break free from "the Matrix", you have to go inward. There's no other way I can see. Anything going outward is feeding the "five sense reality" in my opinion and with that comes the "reality" and mental patterns of society as well.
This attitude really bothers me.