The Matrix Movies and A Course in Miracles

Someone (who will remain unnamed) has been asking me repeatedly whether I really think we are living in the Matrix.

Rather than answer the question directly (where would be the fun in that?), I offer you these brief vignettes, first from the Matrix movie and then from ACIM:

Dialogue between Morpheus and Neo in the Matrix

Morpheus: Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?


Morpheus: I imagine that right now, you’re feeling a bit like Alice. Hmm? Tumbling down the rabbit hole?

Neo: You could say that.

Morpheus: I see it in your eyes. You have the look of a man who accepts what he sees because he is expecting to wake up. Ironically, that’s not far from the truth. Do you believe in fate, Neo?

Neo: No.

Morpheus: Why not?

Neo: Because I don’t like the idea that I’m not in control of my life.

Morpheus: I know *exactly* what you mean. Let me tell you why you’re here. 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, that there’s something wrong with the world. You don’t know what it is, but it’s there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to me. Do you know what I’m talking about?

Neo: The Matrix.

Morpheus: Do you want to know what it is?

Neo: Yes.

Morpheus: The Matrix is everywhere. It is 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.

Neo: What truth?

Morpheus: That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage. Into a prison that you cannot taste or see or touch. A prison for your mind.


Passage from A Course in Miracles

Judgment is but a toy, a whim, the senseless means to play the idle game of death in your imagination. But vision sets all things right, bringing them gently within the kindly sway of Heaven’s laws. What if you recognized this world is an hallucination? What if you really understood you made it up? What if you realized that those who seem to walk about in it, to sin and die, attack and murder and destroy themselves, are wholly unreal? Could you have faith in what you see, if you accepted this? And would you see it?

Hallucinations disappear when they are recognized for what they are. This is the healing and the remedy. Believe them not and they are gone. And all you need to do is recognize that you did this. Once you accept this simple fact and take unto yourself the power you gave them, you are released from them. One thing is sure; hallucinations serve a purpose, and when that purpose is no longer held they disappear. Therefore, the question never is whether you want them, but always, do you want the purpose that they serve? …

Vision is the means by which the Holy Spirit translates your nightmares into happy dreams; your wild hallucinations that show you all the fearful outcomes of imagined sin into the calm and reassuring sights with which he would replace them. These gentle sights and sounds are looked on happily, and heard with joy. They are his substitutes for all the terrifying sights and screaming sounds the ego’s purpose brought to your horrified awareness. They step away from sin, reminding you that it is not reality which frightens you, and that the errors which you made can be corrected.

When you have looked on what seemed terrifying, and seen it change to sights of loveliness and peace; when you have looked on scenes of violence and death, and watched them change to quiet views of gardens under open skies, with clear, life-giving water running happily beside them in dancing brooks that never waste away; who need persuade you to accept the gift of vision? And after vision, who is there who could refuse what must come after? Think but an instant just on this; you can behold the holiness God gave his Son. And never need you think that there is something else for you to see.

Remember how in the final Matrix movie the entire world turns into a paradise? That is where we are headed. We just need to keep on waking people up, and we will get there.


Morpheus: I’m trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You’re the one that has to walk through it.

About the Author:

Erika Awakening is a Harvard Law School graduate and former practicing attorney. She left the rat race to become a location-independent entrepreneur, holistic life coach, blogger, speaker, healer, and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT tapping) expert. Erika Awakening is one of the world's foremost experts on eradicating limiting beliefs and lifestyle design on your own terms. Learn more about Erika Awakening

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  1. What a neat site. I am a big matrix fan. How exciting.

  2. I was thinking about your post this morning, and I thought about something in the Matrix that may be of interest.

    Remember when the Oracle tells Neo that he is not the One… that he is waiting for something… a next life maybe? When ego is gone what remains? When what we think of as “I” is no longer “I”, what is left over? I thought that it was interesting… and I had never really understood why that line stood out in my mind.

    I think that Neo was indeed not the One. I don’t think it was what he needed to hear… I think he was actually not the One. He had to die in order for the One to arrive. I have thought the same thing about the crucifixion as well. Why was the death so important? I know that for me the act of surrender, the actual happening of it (which seems to be a continual coming to grips with my own inability to control) changes me in ways that I am not sure I really even understand.

    I think the Neo that got up was a different Neo than the one that died. I have felt the same with the death of Jesus. Why would the disciples not recognize him? U.G. Krishnamurti has some really interesting things to say about this very thing. He called it a cellular change… the final act of relinquishment.

    Just something I thought was interesting this morning.

  3. There is a book called “The Matrix and Philosphy.” It is a really interesting read. It realtes parts of the matrix to different philosophies.

  4. Erika said in an old article she is celibate cause she says she wants out of the matrix, this proves she has not been out SO SHE CLEARLY IS JUST ASSUMING things.

    HA! Believing in the matrix is just like believing in SANTA CLAUS….or HELL…or HEAVEN.



  5. The Matrix Trilogy is something that I watch more times than I can imagine. I actually wrote an article on my site titled, “Free Your Mind.”

    The world that we live in is based on actions that people take. Whether or not it affects your perception of reality is up to you.

    You have to have total control of your life and your reality. No one has the power of determining what your reality should be.

    The Matrix ends up being a construct of the mental images that we create in our minds. There is no limit to what is possible to the Matrix and that’s what makes me love the movie.

    It helps me realize that there isn’t any limit to what is possible. And if President-elect Obama isn’t proof of that then maybe someone needs to “free your mind.”

    Your world and vision opens up and you’re able to see things you wouldn’t believe.

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