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The Path of Contemplation
by Regis Auffray   
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Last edited: Monday, November 19, 2007
Posted: Monday, November 19, 2007

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An article by Sha'Tara...

The Path of Contemplation


 [from the shadow worlds - Sha'Tara]


Wisdom:  "One is fortress only when one.  Two is breached."


In the movie "The Matrix" the unaware and reluctant "Avatar" Neo is faced with a choice should he wish to enter the path of truth: to take the blue pill or the red one.  The red one tears him out of his semi-comfortable illusion of reality to be confronted by the truth of the Matrix.  The blue pill returns him to his comfort zone where he comes to realize that he really does not want answers to his annoying questions. 


He takes the red pill.  Everything changes.  He enters a world where all but a few misfits are his enemies, or better put, his enemy.  All but the half-dozen survivors on Morpheus' ship (and others in some city they dub Zion) are elements of the Matrix, feeding it; protecting it; defending it.  Its agents, masquerading as human beings, filled with fear and hate, are capable of only one thing: to destroy whatever won't let itself be used as fodder for the Matrix. 


Well, surely that is just science fiction?  This bears no resemblance to Earthian life on this planet, how could it?  Utterly ridiculous.  How could our religious, legislative and financial systems be other than benevolent institutions installed by God - or whomever you wish to substitute for that sobriquet - to look after life on earth, particularly the life that belongs to those who support these institutions?  Come on, we're in good hands.  As the sign on a church proclaimed yesterday:  "I want to hold the hand of Him who holds the world."  Why belabor the obvious you silly pedagogues?  Aren't you already holding that hand? 


What happens when you take the red pill?  All of that wonderful illusion shatters.  Behind the smoke and mirrors stands a very vulnerable and miserable little wizard whose only power lies in lies!  What happens when you confront the soldiers, the fire, the noise, all that bluster?  When a George Bush no longer holds the scepter to the most powerful empire-kingdom on the planet, but is an ordinary Earthian with all the advanced debilitating symptoms that characterize the aging programmed performer whose stand-up comedy routines are followed by a cheap and scratchy old laugh track? 


The first thing that happens is, you want to laugh, out of sheer relief.  That is, until you realize that unmasking the wizard changes nothing in the fabric of the Matrix.  It has a life of its own and the people who depend on it are all out there fervently following, imitating and defending.  The wizard is really no longer necessary.  You can take "God" out of the Earthian equation anytime: so many facets of it have penetrated into the various institutions, it cannot be destroyed at the source: it no longer needs one.  Now you are in a Quixotic world where each windmill flays its arms to the streaming of the Matrix.  Each windmill is God.  And every grain of cereal bagged and carried to the mill for crushing into meal and flour will, in an instant, jump from the bag to defend the mill.  Once you've seen this, you don't feel like laughing anymore. 


I have seen it and I don't feel like laughing at all.  I feel an overwhelming desire to run and hide.  To somehow pretend I never took the red pill.  I want to go to sleep, encounter no dreams, and wake up in a normal world where everything is exactly as it seems.  But..."If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me, even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.   [...]

And let's not omit the dreadful corollary to this awareness: "Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD, and abhor those who rise up against you?  I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies." " [excerpts from Psalms 139 - The Bible] 


Substitute "Matrix" for "LORD" and what do you see?


So it is within the Matrix.  Wonder not religious people cannot live in peace, cannot fulfill the simple commands of their Avatars; cannot, ever, understand the concept of universal compassion.  For the Matrix drives them to protect, defend, and attack.  All that is not of their belief; all that would oppose their particular windmill, is of the Enemy.  Everybody is a recruit for Homeland Security, Inc.


Of necessity, as long as earth is within the tentacles of the Matrix, it remains a war zone.  The only way out of this dilemma is by taking the red pill.  But the problem with that is, this is not a drug of denial but a universal antidote for all the drugs the Matrix put in the blue pill.  The sudden clarity caused by taking the red pill quickly turns the stark and harsh reality that springs to the mind's eye to excruciating sorrow. 


Contemplation is the red pill that opens the mind's eye.  It creates an awareness of the One.  It does not empower.  It does not do miracles.  It opens a channel for the truth that cannot be closed.  A path that only the self-empowered can walk, and that, only, and ever, alone.


Then why, you will ask, do you insist on sharing these thoughts with us?


And I say to you, because I have seen the heart of compassion and whatever good thing I find, I will share with as many as will let me. 


Because you are entitled to encounter other points of view than those that come through your normal Matrix-programmed channels. 


Because with these shadow-thoughts you remain free to make your own choice when you are confronted with Morpheus and his damned pills of truth or consequences.


Because if I do not share these thoughts then your power to choose shrinks considerably, for what  reality do your choices contain within the thought-web of the Matrix?


Because you can shut me off any time you desire and no one will chase you to re-open this link. 


Until you also partake of the communion of the red pill.  Then everything will change.  Then you will have our own thoughts and I will disappear.  You will be alone, standing among a multitude that cannot see you.  And they will be to you as a sword in your heart and yet you will love them.  From the deepest parts of your being, because you understand them better than they understand themselves. 



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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 12/30/2007
enjoyed the read
Reviewed by Ch'erie de Perrot 11/21/2007
Its painful to wake up and see the realities of this world, but it will be a HELL of a sight more painful to stay asleep, when one can help others to escape...It's a choice, we all get one, and we have to live with it too.

Ty for your most intellectual throught provoking analogies here, though I find the comparison of the Matrix to that of God our Creator Redeemer pulling up rather short. But lets face it, mortal man can never comprehend the mysteries of God, so his imagination can only grasp that which is of mortal value about him, and create Movies such as the matrix to follow suit.
I'm just Glad that God has the Universe under control, man is just fumbling around in the dark, stuck somewhere between the mircoprocessor, and the R.A.M...running out of virtual memory about to be dumped. AHHHHHHHH Blue screen blue screen. Crrrrrrrrraaaaaaaaaaash.
:) Love Ch'erie
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 11/20/2007
Regis, this is an excellent article with valid points. I admire the way you've linked the "Matrix" to real life. I think doing so is a skill that not too many possess. I took a course in mythology in high school. We were told to pick a movie and show the links to life and point out the mythological messages. I picked "Flatliners", and I took on the assignment just as passionately as you've written this article. "The Path of Contemplation" is an intelligent write that stirs thought. When one walks a certain road, often times...there's no going back. You can not shield yourself from truth once you've seen its true identity. (check last paragraph "(y?)our own thoughts") This article links real world to complicated movies with exceptional ease! Bravo~ Take Care of You. -Sheila
Reviewed by Debby Rosenberg 11/20/2007
anyone who has studied areas of higher consciousness will find many subliminal messages within the Matrix series...for something less violent - "the last mimzy" is worth seeing too...i appreciate that opportunities to grow come from any and all artistic mediums, including Hollywood.. reaching audiences that may not even know yet they are on their path of awakening

and is a single path, no one can do it for you
Reviewed by Staci Gansky-Wagner 11/20/2007
Good article. I did watch the Matrix movies and found them very interesting.
Reviewed by Morning Star 11/20/2007
Awesome article complicated but informative
I did watch the movie the Matrix I dint quite
Graped it was kind of confusing but after a few times
I finally understand there's a lot of greediness in this world
I love to shared my blessings I agreed with Ron review
Excellent article it gave me somting to ponder
Wishing you my friend a happy Thanksgiving Day
Love peace and hugssss.....Yolie
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 11/20/2007
Deep complicated offering Regis!!

Love TinkaSweets
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 11/19/2007
Who is this Sha'Tara?
Sharing of one's good and great things is not hard
People are just too self centered or greedy to share.
Giving brings more peace than one can stand.
All anyone, not everyone, cares about anymore is the
almighty dollar and how many they can get regardless
of the starving children in the neighborhood.
Millions are just too jolly to help themselves.
I got off the beaten path again.
Stay safe Regis...
Reviewed by Tom Hyland 11/19/2007
REG... some deep thoughts, as usual. Good analogy!

While I did enjoy the action of the several MATRIX movies, I really didn't quite GET IT... and was often confused - not unlike real life!

If "IT" ( the REAL WORLD ) looketh like BS, soundeth like BS, smelleth like BS, then more than likely IT IS BULLSHIT! Or more aptly, as E L-T has labeled it, BUSHIT - he, his minions, the infamous 535, the semi-quasi-not-quite SUPREME COURT, the entire not-so-justice court system, gestapo-like police departments, spoonfed Lilliputian media industry, poison-pushing chemical lobbyists, pill-pushing-NON-CURING pharmaceutical manufacturers, illegal-alien & islamo-fascism promoters, ARAB-SLEEPING-AVARICE-RIDDEN OIL BARONS & CEO's, and more - More - MORE! ALL LYING, GOD-KILLING PAWNS OF THE MATRIX...

Would you please pass me the BLUE PILLS - MORPHEUS? PRETTY PLEASE?

Reviewed by Malcolm Watts (Reader) 11/19/2007
Complicated but insightful thoughts Regis. Thanks for sharing. Malcolm
Reviewed by Pierre Ortega 11/19/2007
We need to wake up and believe in ourselves. Inside our souls we know what is good and right and what isn't. We need to "disconnect"
from anything that seeks to teach us otherwise. Excellent thoughts.

Reviewed by LadyJtalks LadyJzTalkZone (Reader) 11/19/2007
Well said at the end. As always interesting take. Lady J
Reviewed by Kathy Armijo 11/19/2007
"... And I say to you, because I have seen the heart of compassion and whatever good thing I find, I will share with as many as will let me. ..." You give me much to contemplate. I choose truth, regardless of the path that is ahead.

God bless you. Kathy

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