“You have to see it for yourself. This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill and the story ends. You wake in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill and you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.” –Morpheus to Neo in the movie The Matrix
A few people—very, very few—have awakened accidentally and instantly.
Many never have the insight that there is a possibility beyond the mind—a joyous, flowing possibility, the highest possibility. However, in recent years, more and more people have had this insight and started the journey—thanks to people like Eckhart Tolle, who have taken away the mysticism around awakening, and presented it in simple and contemporary language.
But for those who have started the journey, the journey hasn’t been easy. It is full of frustration and confusion—’three steps forward, two backwards’ kind of a thing. Many people get trapped as soon as they start. They get enchanted with traditions, teachings, particular methods, spirituality, religion, and new-age-y stuff like the Law of Attraction and such. Awakening is seeing through the ‘me’ but it quickly morphs into a story about advancing the ‘me.’
Many say this is the way it has to be. People are frequently upset when I say Awakening is simple, and usually these are people who have not had an easy time with awakening. People who are attached to meditation will say meditation is absolutely necessary; people who are spiritual get a great deal of ego validation from spirituality and will defend their spiritual approach; people who have been to India, who’ve joined ashrams and traditions, who’ve become Buddhists—these people usually dig in their heels and say Awakening isn’t simple. And for them, it isn’t.
I am certain that awakening is much simpler than all of these complicated and exhausting movements. There is not a bit of doubt about that. There is absolutely nothing accomplished about awakening; indeed, awakening is letting go of all knowing and doing and efforting.
Awareness techniques are time-tried and true, and they work. Combining awareness with release techniques makes the whole thing easier—it’s much simpler to get into the flow of awakening with the combination. Often, when we come to awakening, we are miserable. Life isn’t working for us. There is absolutely no reason for you to be miserable, and this is why I suggest release techniques first. Then add awareness techniques. Let go of beliefs and concepts. And then life does all the work for us, if we simply get out of the way.
Awareness and release can help us dance into the flow of awakening. But still, this dance is not the red pill.
The red pill is instant awakening.
Does it exist? Is there such a thing as the red pill of awakening?
Many advances in human endeavor start with an impossible dream. This is my impossibility. There exists a red pill of awakening.
Is there resistance coming up in you about this? How can there be a red pill of awakening? We must suffer—it’s a necessary part of awakening, isn’t it? Awakening must take a long time. Right? We must develop honesty, integrity, forgiveness, gratitude and acceptance. We must meditate. We must learn the various stages of consciousness and the complicated theories of existence and bliss and oneness.
The resistance is the ego. The ego loves the struggle. The ego has no intention of awakening. The ego cannot awaken. But it loves to try. Forever.
One can argue that the classical method of learning to play the piano is the best way. It is the hardest and the best way, because that’s the only way to develop a comprehensive skill and understanding. This may be true for the learning that goes on in the mind. Awakening, however, is not like learning to play the piano or any other mental learning.
Awakening is not of the mind, rather it is coming out of the mind.
It is beyond, or prior to the mind. Awakenedness is easy, light, and joyful. Intuition tells me the process awakening can be as just easy and simple as being. The only obstacle to awakening is the continued accumulation and clinging to ideas and concepts. When we come to awakening, we don’t drop the compulsion to accumulate ideas, we just change the chase. We continue accumulating, possibly with even more fervor, and our baskets overflow with concepts and ideas about awakening, spirituality, meditation and so on. Perhaps the red pill is the thing which would help us let go of the tendency to accumulate.
Let’s discover the red pill.
What do you think? Has awakening been difficult for you? What is your idea of awakening? What is it that you do to awaken?