We are conditioned to experience life as a perpetual struggle. A struggle to get our needs met. Our needs for food, shelter, love, connection, belonging, comfort, status, fame, etc. in a presumed hierarchy that eventually takes us to a place where we can finally take a deep breath and start to strive for self-actualization - whatever that means. And woven into this matrix of unmet needs is pleasure seeking; in search of unfulfilled desires that become programmed as entitlements. As Morpheus succinctly states – “The matrix has us.”
This conditioning is all a ‘con job’ that keeps us operating within scarcity and believing that we lack something that only exists outside of ourselves. A con job making us believe that we are not enough and not worthy of love just the way we are, in this exact moment. A con job that keeps us in fear and suffering and constant pain. So, who or what group is responsible for this diabolic con job? How do we find them? Look in the mirror.
It is you conning you. It always has been.
What if I were to tell you that the way out of this paradigm is entirely within your control? You are in a prison cell of your own making, but you hold the key in your hand. Would you want to leave or is the illusion of safety too addictive and comfortable? Do you need to face annihilation like I did in order to change, or has the suffering of it already become enough that you are willing to look? Do the transformative stories of others give you faith in what is possible? What will it take for you? This life or next – it is only a matter of ‘when’.
There is only consciousness – what you really are. There is only existence – who you think you are. They are one in the same, even though they are expressed as opposites. Only by becoming consciously aware of your own existence (your unconscious programmed patterns of behaviour that you think is your unique personality) do you become free. Only by becoming consciously aware of every thought that arises and seeking to investigate the exact nature of that thought, do you become free. And only by consciously striving to live every moment of your life to a high standard that demands rigorous honesty with yourself and others, do you become free. Simple in words but bloody hard in practice.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” – Matthew 7:13-14
Progress not perfection. And we don’t need to do any of this alone.
We are with you.