Institutional Thinking – The Matrix, 1984 and The Allegory of The Cave

I saw this and thought it would be a perfect follow up to my last post. Thanks Ethan, and Waking Times for all the awesome information you put out there. (groovy picture below from google images). Keep in mind this was written around 380 B.C. so sadly, it’s safe to say enlightenment seems very slow in coming to the collective we. Does mankind really prefer to look at the shadows rather than look up at the light of the sun?

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Ethan ‘Indigo’ Smith, Contributor
Waking Times

Some philosophical work is so profound as to be influential for thousands of years. Plato’s ‘The Republic‘ is one such series of dialogues. It explains and explores the relationship between state institutions and individuals, and has provided humanity with lessons in politics, philosophy and individual enlightenment since it was penned some two thousand years ago.

One of the central dialogues in The Republic is called the Allegory of the Cave. The lessons the Allegory of the Cave provides to today’s world are numerous, and its depiction of our insidious societal structure is extremely accurate and insightful — despite often going unacknowledged as such.  Through its exploration of our political outer states, it also explores our psychological inner state as well.

The Allegory of The Cave proposes that what people take to be ‘reality’ in total is only a partial reality, or an all out illusion.  As is all similar philosophy, the allegory is layered, but it is partially about breaking from mainstream thinking and seeking individual knowledge; the ascension of  perspective; being in a cave and coming out of a cave. It’s about how we can ascend from the bottom to stand face-to-face with the golden Sun.

Socrates begins:  “Let me show you in a figure how far our nature is enlightened or unenlightened Behold! Human beings living in an underground cave”.

The 4 Characters of the Cave

In the Allegory there are four character types.  Most people are chained, forced to watch images on a cave wall. Some however, the second character type, are unchained. They need no force; they are so transfixed with the imagery on the wall that the shadows are all they care about, and remain in the cave by choice. The images are cast on the wall by the third character type, the captors, who use a fire behind them to produce various shadows, to keep the prisoners entertained. The prisoners interpret the shadows and whatever noises are made as reality in total, for it is all they know. The fourth character type is the freed prisoner.

The narrative of The Cave hypothesizes what happens after the prisoner is released from the false imagery to which his society is subjected. In the film The Matrix, Neo is the freed prisoner; in 1984, Winston Smith dreams of being the freed prisoner.

The Freed Prisoner

The story of the freed prisoner goes that, after initial shock and distress, the prisoner learns to distinguish between reality and shadows, and sees the fire producing the shadows. When exiting the cave, he is first blinded by the light but eventually learns the basics of nature. He learns what is real, and what is shadow and reflection. He learns of Earth and Water and that all is dependent on the Sun, seasons and all life. After learning of the true reality outside the cave, free of the false images of his captors, the prisoner is inclined to return and inform those still confined to the cave of their present predicament… with unexpected results.

Similarly, the story of 1984 by George Orwell  takes place within an imagined dystopian future;  the allegorical cavern. The Telescreen, which constantly transmits as well as oversees, is equivalent to the shadows on the cave wall cast by the unseen captors, the Inner Party. Most people in 1984 are Proles; they are equivalent to the people chained in the cave, forced to accept false imagery as their reality. They have been prisoners their whole lives and do not notice the fact they are chained. The Outer party are the unchained, remaining totally transfixed on the party line told by the Telescreen. They are so loyal to the imagery and  narrative created by their captors that they will believe whatever they are shown, rather than observe for themselves. They will believe two plus two is five, as the saying goes, as long as it is presented as such on the Telescreen.

In the  dystopian world of  The Matrix, the same futuristic Allegory of The Cave is again explored. Neo is freed and seeks to free the others, and encounters the same archetypes and challenges.

Moreover the return of the freed prisoner can also be related to the ‘return of the prophet’ described in many theological constructs.

The Freed and the Scorned

The experience of the freed prisoner who returns to the Cave to free his fellow captors  is depicted in all three narratives; the Allegory of the Cave, 1984, and The Matrix.

In 1984  Emmanuel Goldstein (Emmanuel = God is with us, Goldstein = gold rock)  is a character who figuratively left the cave, or understood the Inner Party’s images were lies and attempted to get others to understand the institutional lies. Emmanuel is the supposed leader of the elusive Brotherhood in 1984, and is scorned, even hated by society. His attempt to enlighten his community to its captivity is met with disbelief,  resistance and scorn.

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The character of Winston Smith in 1984 is that of a person who attempts to leave the cave. He is privy to certain Inner Party lies and begins to question the Inner Party line  and seek alternate facts and perceptions. Winston’s end is not a happy one; akin to the return of the prisoner hypothesized in The Allegory of The Cave, he  attempts to leave the cave only to be shut in and beaten down – made to hold the party line by both prisoners and captors alike.

Similarly, today, individuals can transmute from dull repetitive ‘thought’ into ascended golden thinking, but as our minds are freed, one at a time, we ultimately find that our broader society is embedded with a series of norms and structures – of Matrices and Caves – that perpetuate false imagery, preserving the status quo from the ‘threat’ of  individual thinking.

Individuals and Institutions

Some fictional literature is so profound as to be relevant for decades (and centuries) and serves to expand humanity’s language and thought; its understanding of itself. George Orwell’s  1984 is one such literary work. It is a post WWII interpretation of the relationship between individuals and institutions, using the archetypal Allegory of the Cave.

The Allegory of the Cave, 1984 and The Matrix contain corresponding layers. Each explores a diabolical form of societal control; the control of thought through the presentation of selective information and images,  in combination with physical constraints of  strict surveillance and imprisonment. Sound familiar? In fact, the original title of 1984 was proposed as The Last Man in Europe. Certainly that is the way many of us feel – as if we are the last lone person – when we first become aware of lies and partial-truths that are presented as reality by those in control, and accepted in totality by seemingly everyone else.

George Orwell’s 1984 spawned new language for age-old structures of manipulation presented in the Allegory of the cave – the word “Orwellian” being one among many. This all-encompassing term is reflective of lies made to be truths, unlimited institutional surveillance, and logic so distorted as to not only convince the masses that two plus two equal five, but that war is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength; and also to deny the very basic elements of nature… Just as we do today.

In reality, individual ignorance is strength to institutions. Everyone has their own personal caves and we are all figuratively held in larger societal caverns. Coming up with your own questions is the way get out of the cave and gain enlightenment. Questioning what seems like a lie, or an illusion in the cave, is the first step outside the cave.

The solid world exists, its laws do not change. Stones are hard, water is wet, objects unsupported fall toward the earth’s center. With the feeling that he was speaking to… and setting forth an important axiom, he wrote: “Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows”. ~  George Orwell’s 1984

Ethan Discusses ‘The Allegory of The Cave’ on Aquarian Radio

Click here  to listen to  Ethan discussing the Allegory of the Cave, and much more, with Janet and Sasha on the Planetary Oligarchy series (presented by Aquarian Radio).

About the Author

Activist, author and Tai Chi teacher Ethan Indigo Smith was born on a farm in Maine and lived in Manhattan for a number of years before migrating west to Mendocino, California. Guided by a keen sense of integrity and humanity, Ethan’s work is both deeply connected and extremely insightful, blending philosophy, politics, activism, spirituality, meditation and a unique sense of humour.

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Human Consciousness and the Anunnaki

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V. Susan Ferguson

The idea that we are alone in the universe is totally absurd when we consider that there are now 176 billion observable galaxies. There are trillions of stars, each of which in all probability may have at least one inhabitable planet awaiting life forms. There is no reason to assume that the numerous extra terrestrial races have no part in the seeding and colonization of planets. Indeed the idea that earth was seeded by various off-planet beings is not in conflict with the metaphysical traditions of consciousness and enlightenment found in the Sanskrit texts. Surely it is simply logical that throughout the galaxies the more highly advanced races, either in technology or wisdom metaphysics, do seed and colonize planets that have potential for life.

Consciousness is the Key to our Liberation

All beings in this manifest universe have time as our construct, the warp and weave of time and space. We are limited by time, even though our allotted lives may vary in terms of years, eventually even the more advanced overseers who colonize the galaxies will die. The secret in the ancient Sanskrit text the Rig Veda was misunderstood, misconceived, and turned into elaborate rituals, which promised to give mortals the same numbers of years of life as their ‘gods’ — the colonizing families.  The real secret, the amrita, the nectar of immortality was in consciousness, Becoming that which is never born and never dies, the eternal immutable imperishable One, the effulgence that permeates and supports All. This understanding of immortality is found in the Chandogya Upanishad, Chapter III where the true meaning of amrita, the honey nectar of immortality is revealed:

The yonder Sun [within] verily is the gods [the sense apparatus] honey. Of it, heaven is the cross beam, the middle world the honeycomb, and rays the eggs.

Of that Sun, the eastern rays are its eastern honey cells, The Rik verses are the honeybees, and the Rig Veda the flowers. The watery [apas] honey [madhu] in them is the immortal [amrita] ambrosia.

Wisdom liberates us from our perceived state of mortality. One might consider our human history of an endless mad search for immortality through science, wealth and power in the external appearances of temporal solidity time/space as mildly amusing. Everything and everyone in this world is temporal, subject to death and birth, the ocean of Samsara. Yet the secret has always been waiting within each of us, in the Heart – not the physical heart, but the metaphysical Heart.

“If a man worships another, he does not know…”

In 2013, Gerald Clark published his research in The Anunnaki of Nibiru and by chance, I recently came across the book on amazon.com. I do not know if Clark read my book. He does not cite me, nor do I care. In fact I am hoping that he came to his ideas regarding the importance of consciousness in the Anunnaki story all on his own.

While I cannot confirm Clark’s conclusions about historical details, connections to other world myths and religions, or his various personal assumptions — what did interest and impress me was his understanding regarding the suppression of the human consciousness. My research has focused on traditional ancient metaphysics and the vast implications of the loss of this Wisdom-Knowledge. Truly our enslavement, or bondage as it is commonly termed in the Sanskrit texts, is the result of our ignorance of primordial metaphysics, Wisdom-Knowledge, jñana yoga.

Those who have reached God-Consciousness, meaning their own Enlightenment, understand and experientially Know that the Oneness, simultaneously our Source and what we are, pervades and permeates All. God is everything and everyone, each of us. Therefore no one should or would bow down and worship another. This is clearly stated in the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, I.iv.10:

And to this day, [those] who…know the Self as I am Brahman [the One], become all this universe.
Even the gods [any other dimensional beings] cannot prevent his becoming this, for he has become their Self. …if a man worships another deity thinking: He is one and I am another, he  does not know.
He [who does not know] is like a sacrificial animal to the gods. As many animals serve a man, so does each man serve the gods. Even if one animal is taken away, it causes anguish to the owner; how much more so when many are taken away!
Therefore it is not pleasing to the gods that men should know this [that they are the One].

Gerald Clark has understood the profound implications of consciousness in connection with our colonizers, the Anunnaki, when he says, “Recall that consciousness had the stinging side effect of empowering the enslaved [the Igigi] to rise up casting off their oppressors…” Clark elaborates on the seven chakras and suggests that the intentional suppression of human consciousness in the race created by the Anunnaki was part of the fraternal conflict between Enki and his brother Enlil. I assume that the reader has some knowledge of the Anunnaki story.

Enki was of course the master geneticist who with his half-sister Ninhursag created us. The cuneiform tablets say that Enlil found the increase of humans ‘noisy’ and sought to periodically reduce the population. Enki naturally felt more sympathetic towards us as his creations and intervened on our behalf on more than one occasion, including one of the catastrophic Great Flood events. Enlil saw no reason to activate consciousness and the chakra system in beings needed as obedient slaves.

Visions of the colonization of planet Earth

For many years I have sought to reconcile my visions of the colonization of planet Earth by the Anunnaki and my deepening understanding of the eternal metaphysical Wisdom-Knowledge in the Sanskrit texts.

In 1995 I wrote ‘Inanna Returns’ based on six months of visions that were triggered by reading Zecharia Sitchin. In 1989 I read the Sitchin books. Many of my friends were also reading Sitchin and most were complaining, struggling with the names, and Sitchin’s style of laying out endless often seemingly unrelated facts. But for me it was as if I was reading the story of my own family. I felt as if I personally knew the family of Anu – Ninhursag, Enki, Enlil, and the others. I began explaining their family relationships to my friends, who were a bit bewildered by my deep grok. I am not a scholar.

Then the visions began. As I continued to read Sitchin, I felt as if I were in Inanna’s body watching the entire colonization, hybridization, radiation wars, etc. process. The visions were quite intense, incredibly amazing, but I was completely comfortable with the experience and never felt unbalanced or frightened. However over time, I shut the visions down, which wasn’t so difficult and went on with my smaller life.

All of this resulted in my writing ‘Inanna Returns’ in 1995. I self-published, went on the lecture circuit, and when the books stopped selling eventually closed up shop. I understood that the colonizing beings were far more advanced and powerful than we humans. Therefore the best, and indeed most practical recourse for me was to seek my Enlightenment, in other words alter my own limited human consciousness. Over the years, I stopped reading the many Sitchin spin-offs as I found them too confused and confusing. Instead I chose to concentrate on metaphysics and the Sanskrit because of what Inanna had revealed to me about the Indus Valley civilization. I was especially drawn to the Mahabharata and naturally the Bhagavad Gita contained within.

In my book Inanna Returns she tells her story. Inanna was given the already existing province of the Indus Valley as a way to appease her. She wanted Egypt, but was given the Indus Valley as compensation — with the added value of getting her out of and away from Mesopotamia. Exiled to the hinterlands, Inanna devised a plan of her own, as usual, to even things up. In Chapter VIII…

‘Inanna Returns’ Chapter VIII, The Temples of Love:

Watching Ninhursag’s lonely life, coupled with my own experiences, was beginning to give me a feeling for women. As time passed on Terra, the men in my family were becoming more and more dominating. It was as if the very atmosphere of this remote planet was somehow changing us all.

In the Pleiades, women are revered as symbols of the Great Goddess and treated with respect. It is strongly forbidden by Pleiadian law to strike or rape a woman. Earth’s frontier frequencies seemed to bring about a shift in this tradition. Our men were developing a new attitude to the female half of the species. The sons of Enki, led by Marduk, created laws forbidding women certain freedoms in their territories. I was naturally angry and upset by these ridiculous laws, so in my lands, I emphasized the empowerment and enhancement of female energy, and I decided to teach the Lulus some of the Pleiadian Mysteries.

When Ninhursag and Enki created the Lulus, they left a few key components inactivated. Although the Lulus and all the humans born of them, including the present-day inhabitants of Terra, possess our genes, some of these genes don’t work because some had been purposefully unplugged. The Lulus were taught to call my family “divine,” but we were hardly that. The children of Anu are the eternal adolescents, and words like ambitious and greedy might describe us more accurately.

We had intentionally left the genetic codes of our worker race only partially functional so they would be easier to manage. I knew I could not interfere with the workings of the Lulus’ DNA, but no one could stop me from teaching them certain secrets. And since thought creates reality, I hoped a few of my priestesses or priests might fire up the “divine genes” present in all the Lulus and thus instigate their latent evolution through hormonal secretion.

In your present time, the Samkhya is all that remains of Pleiadian wisdom. Samkhya is a Sanskrit word meaning “to enumerate.” The concept of Samkhya suggests that matter is organized out of two primary components, consciousness and energy, which interact to create the universe.

It is conscious focused thought that moves the frequencies of energy to form themselves into the myriad, infinite Play of all the Worlds! Physicists in your present time are approaching this understanding, but they are missing one component, and that is Love. Not the kind of love you have experienced as humans, something limited and unpredictable, but Love as a primary force. It would never occur to a modern-day scientist to quantify a state of consciousness such as Love, but that is the secret. Love is the missing piece in all of the unified field theories.

It is the Love from Prime Creator that is the first cause of this Universe and all other dimensional realities in existence. Do not your great ones say that Love is the greatest of all qualities? Yet, it is too simple, too obvious for most.

So, I taught this Samkhya in my temples. I taught my girls and some of the men who wanted to learn how to use their beautiful minds and bodies to bring this force, the force of divine Love, onto Terra, into our cities, our fields, and our children.

It was a wonderful time for us all. Business thrived, and the women were allowed to own property and to keep their wealth separate if they so chose. Thus, no one owned them. Both sexes were sovereign unto themselves, and the men were equally happy. There was a flowering of civilization and the arts. Our fields were abundant, trade with Sumer and Egypt was booming, and the arts of dance, song, painting, and sculpting soared to new heights. Reports of Maya’s architectural achievements spread around the world.

The intentional suppression of human consciousness…

The knowledge that the war between those who took part in seeding and colonizing this planet, Enki and Enlil, has been about the activation of human consciousness reveals to us the way to freedom. The mystery of thousands of years of suppression from tyrannical religions demanding that we humans bow down and worship gods, or even one who is vengeful blood-thirsty war-loving, is solved. Religious wars that have repeatedly destroyed great civilizations, and the freedom of enquiry that often got close to Truth, must come to an end.

We free our consciousness from bondage and delusion, when we seek the ubiquitous One that pervades All and dwells within the Heart of every man, woman, and child. The eternal One waits patiently for each of us to again turn inside and recover our own divinity and Source. Who then can force us to worship any thing outside of us? The One permeates and pervades All. It manifests this woven universe with Love, created by the effulgence of It’s own Delight! We are That. TAT TVAM ASI. Perhaps that time has come, time to return Home — but the outcome remains in our hands, or should I say in our Hearts.

Thus we may begin to understand that all this Anunnaki business, the truth of our ancient origins, the prophets and profits of doom, the threat matrix of Fear Incorporated, all melt down to consciousness, our human consciousness.

“Consciousness shines in various external and internal forms.
There is no existence of objects apart from consciousness.
Therefore the world is simply a form of consciousness.”
Kalikakrama, as quoted in the Shiva Sutras translated by Jaideva Singh

The future remains up to us, each individual to choose Liberation or bow-down & worship tyranny. No one can do this for you. I’m not saying Truth is easy, although for some it may be. We do walk the proverbial Razor’s Edge, the abyss on every side. But Home is the Oneness we all emerge from, the eternal, unmanifest immutable imperishable — and inevitably all of us will return to and dissolve back into That. There is only one Soul forever dancing in crazy Love, Its mad blissful Joy across thousands of universes.

Resources:

The Anunnaki of Nibiru, by Gerald Clark, MSEE PSI; 2013.

Chandogya Upanishad, Translation and Commentary, by Swami Muni Narayana Prasad; D.K. Printworld, New Delhi, 2006.

The Upanishads, A New Translation, by Swami Nikhilananda, Volume Three, The Brihadaraynaka; Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Centre, New York, 1956, 1990.

SIVA SUTRAS, The Yoga of Supreme Identity, translated by Jaideva Singh; Motilal Banarsidass Publishers, Delhi, 1971, 1991.

Swami Lakshmanjoo: Shiva Sutras, The Supreme Awakening, With the Commentary of Kshemaraja, Revealed by Swami Lakshmanjoo, and edited by John Hughes; Universal Shaiva Fellowship, 2002.

Reflections on ‘Inanna Returns’ and Zecharia Sitchin

http://www.metaphysicalmusing.com/articles/2012/irandzch.htm

About the Author

V. Susan Ferguson is the author of Inanna Returns, Inanna Hyper-Luminal; her own commentary on the Bhagavad Gita and the Shiva Sutras; and Colony Earth & the Rig Veda. Her website is Metaphysical Musing.

This article is offered under Creative Commons license. It’s okay to republish it anywhere as long as attribution bio is included and all links remain intact.