Movies have always fascinated me with their ability to pull you in emotionally and to elicit a sense of identification with a character or situation. One of my favorite films of all time is the Matrix movies in which, as many of you know, the lead character Neo wakes up to the fact that his entire experience is just a simulation.
That movie, while radically innovative with its special effects, was more importantly an existential paradigm shift for a lot of people, myself included. It genuinely caused me to stop and consider the nature of reality.
When you think about it, watching any movie is itself a sort of plugging in to an alternate reality. All you do is hit the play button and in just a short period of time you can find that your heart starts racing, your muscles tense up or you’re in complete tears. The experience on screen becomes, on some level, your own experience.
Why is it that we are so easily affected by what is put in front of our eyes? Is it because we are hard-wired to be empathetic creatures with mirror neurons always on the ready…or because our nervous system simply craves input and experience?
I believe that yes of course it is these things but that they are actually just the hardware that supports the true capacity of the human mind. We CAN learn to move our bodies just by watching someone dance in front of us. We DO feel the sadness when our friend has lost someone close to them.
But the real question is WHY? Why do we have this capacity and even more importantly how do we use this capacity to effect the trajectory of our lives or to change a present experience?
Before getting into the mind’s role in our experience, were you aware that according to quantum physics we are actually 99% energy and not made up of hard physical matter as was previously thought? Much like in the Matrix movies, when you look at your hand, is it really a hand or is it actually just frozen light energy? As surprising as it may be the latter is the real truth.
Another profound consideration is the idea that many scientists increasingly believe that the universe is a hologram. To keep this simple, imagine a single cell within your body. That single cell contains the information for you as an entire organism, otherwise known as your DNA. Each of your trillions of cells contain this same information. In holograms all divided parts contain the whole. Our DNA and consequently our physical makeup is in fact an analog for our energetic and holographic self. That’s quite a spoon-bending concept if you ask me.
When you think about it, energy is information and while your brain is the hardware it is actually your mind that manages this information and energy. Much of your mind operates subconsciously and unconsciously and it does this by managing programs holographically. These are your movie scenes or your past experiences that summate to create your beliefs and then elicit an automatic action or reaction from you.
When you think of it in these terms, the movie you watched that scared the living day lights out of you is stored somewhere within your body/mind as a hologram. It also means that the time you were stranded alone at the mall as a child is stored holographically within you. All of the scenes of your life are stored within you.
If you are unconsciously going through the motions of life, it is likely that in any given situation you are literally functioning in a trance state. You find out that your boss wants to have a meeting with you and immediately you hit the play button of that holographic movie where you were yelled at by an old boss. Your body tightens, your blood pressure rises and all of those same emotions start to show up again. Your actions that follow are then very predictably part of that same old scene.
You and your spouse have an argument about how to parent your child and you go on the defensive getting angry as you press play on the ‘old movie’ of hearing your parents argue about you as a child. This replaying of old movies can go on for a lifetime if you let it.
But in these unprecedented times we have been given a Great Pause. An opportunity to step out of the matrix and to become conscious of our patterns and perpetual trances. As the entire planet has been told to stop what they are doing and sit at home in time-out, you have been given a choice. The blue pill or the red pill?
You take the blue pill and you continue to be unknowingly tossed around by the chaos of the world, repeating the same patterns and old scenes that have carried you to this moment in history.
Or you can take the red pill and step out of the movie and become the director of your life, deleting old scenes and rewriting the script of your future life. I can tell you from my own experience that if you do decide to start using your conscious mind to author a new chapter in your story that you will discover a world of infinite possibilities and a new sense of self empowerment.
If you’re ready to stop the unwanted trances you’re experiencing, here are 3 simple steps that I use for myself:
Identify Your Patterns
Grab a journal and write down all of your repeated patterns. Do you always end up in a relationship with the same type of person? Do you always run into the same glass ceiling no matter where you work? Do you have a fear or phobia? Do you have the same friend ‘drama’ over and over?
Examine these closely because they are hints at the original programming that you have been operating within for all of these years. After identifying the patterns, spend some time going back to determine when you had the first instance of that action, reaction or drama. This first step is kind of like realizing that you have been in the Matrix. It allows you to start identifying the programs as they are running which opens the door for a rewrite.
Monitor & Change Your Thoughts
Now that you are aware of some of your trances, you can begin to catch them in the act. It’s estimated that we have upwards of 60,000 thoughts per day, the majority of which are the same thoughts we have been having for days or even decades. However, armed with the awareness of your patterns and their origin, you can begin to change your unconscious thought patterns as they occur.
Specifically pay attention to the negative thoughts that seem to be linked to a past story. For example you might catch an unconscious thought like “I can’t believe she didn’t call me back after all I’ve done for her”. You can then quickly realize that this thought has more to do with you than her because you’re already aware of your childhood induced trance of not feeling acknowledged. So instead you acknowledge your own self worth and start to have thoughts more like, “she must be really busy and overwhelmed right now”.
Bringing the light of awareness to your thoughts will always give you the power to change them.
Clear Your Past Traumas & Dramas
This final step is a bit more involved but will really have a profound effect because you are essentially going to delete and rewrite the holographic program from which you have been operating. Due to the fact that we are made of energy and so are these holographic programs, there are actually a number of different methods for doing this. But what follows is process I’ve adapted from other methods that you can do yourself without the need for a practitioner of any type.
Enjoy the process and embrace being the director of your own life!
Danny Maresca considers himself a philosopher, scientist and teacher but most of all a humble explorer of this reality. This blog covers topics he finds fascinating as they relate to his own interpretation of his own experience of life. He hopes that you will find value in what you read but openly invites deeper and different perspectives to his own.