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Matrix and the Human Journey: Self-Realization

Updated: Apr 20

"The author of the book 'The Inward Turn,' the founder of analytical psychology, C. G. Jung, stated that 'the greatest danger awaiting humanity is "Psychic Danger," and it will come from the human subconscious.' The planet Earth is increasingly falling under the dominance of a type of human who leaves aside their consciousness and tries to sustain their existence and relationships with the accumulations of the subconscious...

When the calendars showed May 15, 2016, it was a cool spring evening in the district of Söke in Aydın, Turkey. I was standing right in the middle of the 6,500-seat amphitheater next to the Temple of Athena in the ancient city of Priene, where Alexander the Great had provided financial support for its construction. In the theater play "Anatolian Gods," directed by Ayla Algan, I was embodying the sea god Poseidon. Unaware that thousands of years ago, one of the Seven Sages of Greece, Bias, had uttered the same words in Priene as I spoke the most striking words from my own script, "Know Thyself"...

The phrase "Know Thyself" resurfaced in the modern world in 1999 through the science fiction film "The Matrix." In the film, there is a hero in search of truth, "Neo." Our hero is a corporate employee paying his taxes during the day and an illegal computer hacker earning money at night. He is in search, yet still asleep. He is seeking his guide to wake him up. Jesus said, "Seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you." The universe will open the door for the hero in pursuit of his desire. Which of us would give a stone to our child asking for bread? Or if they asked for fish, would give them a snake?

Neo is sincere in his search. Because he is no longer satisfied materially or spiritually. Nothing gives him what he is looking for. When the servant is not in distress, Khidr will not come to rescue. It is precisely at this point that our character, who dares to leave his safe zone and confronts his fears, meets his guide who will give him the necessary knowledge and courage, "Morpheus." Nothing will be the same after this encounter.

Morpheus: You're here because you know something. What you know you can't explain. But you feel it. You've felt it your entire life. Something's wrong with the world. You don't know what it is, but it's there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad. Do you know what I'm talking about?

Neo: The Matrix?

Morpheus: Do you want to know what it is? The Matrix is everywhere. It's all around us, even now in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work, when you go to church, when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.

This will only be a beginning for Neo... As it is known, Neo takes the red pill to embark on an irreversible journey. Contrary to what is expected, this journey is destruction, annihilation. According to Kabbalah, it is a journey towards "Ayn," according to Sufism, towards "Nothingness." Only a "Nothing" will remain of Thomas Anderson. Morpheus has told him this, "Remember, all I'm offering is the truth, nothing more..."

From the death of Thomas Anderson will be born "Neo." At the beginning, of course, this is not a real death. It is the death referred to in Sufism's often cited phrase, "Die before you die." "Neo" is created from the letters of a word meaning "One" in English. The process of being one here is to be one with the creator of the hero who is on a spiritual journey. Being one with existence means seeing everything as One, seeing everything from One. Neo has not yet reached this level. At this stage, he has made the choice to leave behind everything he knows and believes. There are places to go and tests to pass.

Neo, who has crossed the threshold, retreats to his own cave at the deepest point of the journey. This cave is the kitchen of the Oracle. The character referred to as the Oracle is actually the wisdom goddess known in mythology as "Sophia." In the kitchen of the Oracle, there is a figure in the form of a "Mother" cooking. At the door of the kitchen, there is a sentence indicating the place where our hero, who is on the path to becoming one, should look to overcome the obstacles ahead, "Nosce Te Ipsum"...

"Nosce Te Ipsum," or "Know Thyself." The most effective sentence in history repeated for thousands of years in every geography. It points to the place where the person fighting the enemy in the illusion of the modern world should look for the intelligence that will bring victory in his struggle... That is, "Thyself." So, what does it mean to know oneself? That's the real issue..."

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