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PART 4, WHAT IS THE MATRIX?

 

THE EASY WAY OUT

 

JULY 5, 2011. Point one: The basic fact to remember about the first Matrix film was that a hero had to be chosen. ONE MAN. A person who would function beyond the rules of the space-time continuum.

 

Not a group. Not a committee.

 

Real power would accrue to an individual.

 

Point two: in real life, the reason the real Matrix endures is that there is an audience for it.

 

And audience is fascinated by, and glued to, STORY.

 

There are certain kinds of stories that are particularly effective at maintaining audience in a state of being audience.

 

For example, the hero is faced with a problem which turns into a mystery, and he then penetrates the mystery after much work and danger—during which time his friends lose faith in him—and finally the hero does away with the villain at the heart of the mystery…

 

WHATEVER KEEPS AUDIENCE BEING ONLY AUDIENCE KEEPS THE MATRIX IN PLACE.

 

For the most part, audience wants to remain being audience, and it will search for and rationalize ways to do just that.

 

Religion can be an excellent way to remain being audience on a cosmic scale.

 

The power to exit from being audience is real and significant. Without it, you stay in the Matrix.

 

Story has beginning, middle, and end. This pattern, so obvious and universal, is rarely thought about, but it creates a trance. Try writing a story without that sequence and see how many people want it.

 

I’m audience, and I want beginning, middle, and end, over and over.”

 

Part of being audience is experiencing the letdown that happens after the story ends. This depression stimulates the need for another story. And on and on it goes. But the letdown, at a deeper level, is really about a dissatisfaction with the WHOLE PATTERN of story—people want to break out of that. They want to conquer that addiction.

 

And how is that done?

 

Well, the first step is being able to invent a story of your own.

 

And this is where people balk.

 

I recently received an email from a reader who expressed, in a vague way, his dissatisfaction with “my story.” As if he had been looking for a “master story teller”–which was an idea in HIS own mind—and since I didn’t fulfill that ideal, he was unhappy.

 

This was a perfect illustration of what I’m talking about. He wanted to remain being audience, and he was looking to me to supply material for his trance.

 

BEING AND REMAINING AUDIENCE magnetizes people to Matrix.

 

At a conference, I once gave a talk about freedom. In the middle of the talk, I told the audience we were going to do a few exercises that would possibly enhance their sense of freedom. The very notion that I was asking them to DO something, to come out of their audience-trance…which they hadn’t expected, caused a stir, a sense of apprehension. They were programmed for beginning, middle, and end—and I was suddenly shredding that.

 

They had planned on being entertained with the notion of freedom.

 

After the lecture, a friend of mine came up to me and said, “Did you catch what happened there, when you told them you were going to have them do exercises?”

 

Sure,” I said. “That was on purpose.”

 

THE MATRIX EXISTS BECAUSE THERE IS AUDIENCE FOR IT.

 

On the level of mind, Matrix IS whatever keeps audience being audience.

 

Consciously or unconsciously, every salesman knows this.

 

I knew a quite successful salesman who revealed his secret to me. If he had told this secret to a psychiatrist, he would have been diagnosed as bipolar or schizoid in two seconds.

 

He said he knew he had been a salesman in many past lives, and therefore he knew exactly how to act and speak “in the role” of Salesman. If he followed the role exactly, his prospects would buy whatever he was selling. If he didn’t, they wouldn’t. There was a beginning, middle, and end to his pitch.

 

He had the knack of keeping his audience in a state of being audience. In a trance. And part of the trance was signing the check and the contract. It was a piece of cake.

 

AUDIENCE DOESN’T INVENT.

 

THEY EXPERIENCE.

 

AND THAT’S WHAT THEY WANT.

 

MATRIX.

 

JON RAPPOPORT

www.nomorefakenews.com

qjrconsulting@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jon Rappoport