I’ve heard Mark talk about movies that are portrayals of the hero’s journey. One of my favorites is the Matrix series because it contains so many great metaphors for so many things in life! I went back and rewatched them all just so I could remember all the fantastic details.
One line from the first Matrix movie that immediately stood out to me was, “Do it! Do it now!” I didn’t realize this line was even in the movie until I watched it again and obviously it’s a tool we use everyday in MKE. Another great exchange is when Neo is about to give up and get out of the car in the pouring rain and go home (refusing the call).
Trinity: “Neo, you have to trust me.” (Like Mark asked us to trust him)
Trinity: “Because you have been down there. You know that road. You know exactly where it ends. And I know that’s not where you want to be.” (We know our old patterns and peptides have not gotten us to where we wanted, which is why MKE appealed to us in the first place. And Neo could have easily stayed in his comfort zone, but he chose to act and move forward.)
Then there’s the famous scene where Morpheus offers Neo a choice between a red pill and a blue pill. The blue pill will erase his short term memory and he can go back to life as he knows it. The red pill allows him to see the matrix for what it is and be freed. Neo answers the call on his hero’s journey and takes the red pill knowing he can never go back to his old life. When Morpheus first shows Neo what the matrix is, Neo is in denial and wants out (to go back to his comfort zone). Morpheus warns Neo that he can only show him the door, but Neo is the one who has to walk through it. (MKE can teach us the tools, but we have to use them.) Eventually, Neo accepts his new reality and learns how to bend rules and get desired outcomes (natural laws, daily habits, and tools for expanding). I feel this whole process is similar to when we found out about the cement on us and then getting to make a choice whether to stay in that cement (matrix) or be free (unplugged) by becoming self-directed thinkers.
As Neo is practicing his Jujitsu training against Morpheus inside the matrix, he takes numerous major hits to his body. When he’s finished and unplugs from the simulation, Neo notices that his mouth is bleeding and is confused and says, “I thought it wasn’t real” and Morpheus says, “Your mind makes it real.” Neo comments, “If you’re killed in the matrix, you die here?” and Morpheus replies “The body cannot live without the mind.” (This reminds me how powerful and creative our mind is and how our thoughts affect our body.)
The Oracle has a sign in her kitchen written in Latin and it translates to “Know thyself.” They come back to that sign another time in the series and it serves as the answer to many of Neo’s questions. Our whole Master Key Experience is a journey of self-discovery so we can do just that – know thyself (DMP and color code) and answer our own inner questions (our world within).
One scene in the Matrix Reloaded shows Neo fighting off hundreds of Agent Smith’s in an abandoned lot. They just keep coming and coming and Neo is doing everything he can to keep them off him. (I think Agent Smith is a great way to personify the old peptides and negative thought patterns that come at us and sometimes it seems like there are hundreds all at once! Don’t worry, Neo gets away and so can we by using our MKE tools). In another interaction with Agent Smith, he asks Neo: “You must know it by now. You can’t win. It’s pointless to keep fighting. Why, Mr. Anderson? Why? Why do you persist?” Neo responds with, “Because I choose to.” Morpheus reiterates Neo’s persistence when he is telling the other captains, “I don’t know what he can do to save us. But I do know that as long as there is a single breath left in his body he will not give up and neither can we.” (“I persist until I succeed. I persist. I win. Og”)
Later on in that movie, there is a character called the Key Maker. He can make any key to serve as a shortcut to various places within the matrix. Neo, searches to find the Key Maker so he can get a key to access the backdoor to the creator of the matrix, the Architect, and save humanity. The Key Maker is heavily guarded (reminds me of the guardsman at the gate of our mind). Once they find the Key Maker and rescue him, he ends up in a hallway of doors with Neo. There is a very specific door they must go through to get to the Architect and they Key Maker made a special key by hand for that door. They make it through the door and Neo meets the Architect who explains that there have been others before him that have failed. The Architect tells him, “Hope, it is the quintessential human delusion, simultaneously the source of your greatest strength, and your greatest weakness.” Well, Neo focuses on his strength of hope (magnifying glass, law of growth) and persists until he saves Trinity’s life and the world.
I love that concept of keys and doors! I think all humans are looking for that “special key” that will open the doors (opportunities) that lead them to where they want to go. We know what it’s like to metaphorically have a huge janitorial key ring with dozens of keys (what we think are the right tools, self-help etc), but none of them open the doors we want; until now. Now, we are learning the “Master Key” that bring us true success and happiness and can open any door we desire. The best part is, we’ve had the ability to make that “special key” all along, we just had to bring awareness to it (sits). I AM the Key Maker and so are you! (As nature’s greatest miracle, I can access infinite intelligence and manifest whatever I choose, 7 laws). Go open some doors! (Do it now!)