Red Pill

Morpheus: You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill - you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes. ~ from “The Matrix”.

The Matrix has long been one of my all time favourite movies. My daughter took me to see it for the  first time, a great action movie she said. When it was finished screening, I said to her “Action movie eh? That too, but do you have any idea what you just watched, what was entrained in your mind?” When she replied “No, what do you mean?”, I outlined the metaphysical threads in the story.

It was a light bulb moment for her, and she began taking her friends to watch the movie and “explained” it to them also. My daughter still references Matrix quotes, so it made an impact. But the red pill experience is not something she has chosen …yet!

It’s easy to do the blue pill trip, it’s comfortable, there’s companionship there, the “known”, persons of like thought etc, and there are ways to ease the pain of that existence, or to block it out completely.

Then there’s the “red pill” trip down the rabbit hole. It’s not comfortable, it’s the unknown. You can only do it on your own. You get to meet the red queen and the white queen (different movie now!), the duality constructs that reflect the nature of the ego mind. You get to slay the jabberwocky, the shadowy fearful aspects of your own mind. And eventually you emerge again into the same world that was left behind.

The world is the same, pain can still be found, but you are changed and will never vision it or experience it in the same way again.

Initiation, in its many forms, all through humankind’s existence has been the doorway to changes in awareness, and for some …the entrance to the rabbit hole.