The Red Pill of Awakening

“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

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The Red Pill of Awakening credit: NightRPStar

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?

34 thoughts on “The Red Pill of Awakening

    1. Kaushik Post author

      Namaste Dani,
      It’s always good to see you here. You’re so cheerful, so positively present. :)

      The Matrix is an important (and fun!) movie. Another important movie about awakening is “Powder.”

      Shanti,
      Kaushik

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  1. jack

    “thanks to people like Eckhart Tolle” – I’ve read all his books. i like his message but when i hear him speak i want to kick him in his teeth.

    i’ve eaten both of your colorful jelly beans and meditated for hours. yet i still suffer.

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    1. Kaushik Post author

      Hi Jack,

      Thanks for your honesty–it will serve you well in your awakening. Often when we come to awakening, we are miserable–we become open to awakening because we are miserable. With awareness techniques, such being present which is what Eckhart Tolle suggests, the suffering can seemingly get worse. It doesn’t really, but our attention is now on it. We are no longer repressing it. And this is why I suggest release techniques, concurrent with awareness techniques. Misery may be necessary to help us realize the insight that there is a higher possibility, but once we have this insight, I don’t see any reason to continue to be miserable. Release.

      Shanti,
      Kaushik

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    1. Kaushik Post author

      Namaste Lira,

      Very well said. It is about releasing all the gunk and grime of beliefs we tend to build up. Thanks for your lovely comment!

      Shanti,
      kaushik

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    1. Kaushik Post author

      Namaste Srinivas,
      Yes, the Matrix is eye-opening. There are other movies as well, and I’ll post a list soon. Some I can think of now: Powder, Closer, Kung Fu Panda….

      Shanti,
      Kaushik

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      1. dan

        One might add :What dreams may come, Kpax, The polar Express, The great Kahuna, and Shrek 2; to name a few others that briefly come to mind.

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  2. sheepdog

    Take the red pill or take the blue one. You will awaken because you have already awakened. Awakening has no technique and cannot be done. It is already done. Has always been, is now and always will be. No difference can be applied to it. See the unawakened as awakened, then you are awake. See the awakened as not yet awakened, that is being awake. No striving is enough to reach being awake, and no striving is required either.

    It is only for one to look and it is instantly seen. There is neither joy nor sorrow in awakening, flowing or otherwise. Joy, sorrow, and all the rest are what we see when we are not looking at our awakeness. Being awake is being without sorrow and without joy, without awake and without sleeping, without light and without darkness, without motion and without stillness, without nearness and without awayness.

    All that you know, it is not. It cannot be known. All there is to do is to look upon it. Look.
    .-= sheepdog´s last blog ..Bookshelf =-.

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    1. Kaushik Post author

      Hi sheepdog,

      Great words!

      We are already awakened. We think we are not. And there is no technique…as Krishnamurti said, Truth is a pathless land. Techniques can make daily living much easier, and bring us closer to the doorway. Perhaps what slips us through is surrender.

      Thanks for a great comment!

      k

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  3. Teddi

    When you were talking about the red pill, the instant awakening, I couldn’t help but think of some of my paranormal experiences of witnessing things that I was convinced were not from this planet/physical reality I grew up in.

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    1. Kaushik Post author

      Hi Teddy,

      That’s very interesting. I have learned to be more open to all possibilities.

      I haven’t had any paranormal experiences. I have noticed coincidences and synchonicities, particularly when change is in the air. My awakening experiences have been a journey to true nature, with a deeper connection to natural joy and compassion. There is less resistance and less fear, so life flows, with a natural rightness.

      k

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    1. Kaushik Post author

      Hi Pauly,

      Surrender is it, but in the mind it is difficult to know what surrender is. The mind thinks surrender is resignation, giving up. Surrender is surrender to Essence instead of ego. It’s a tricky thing. Thanks for the insight!

      k

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  4. Bhavesh

    Hi Kaushik,

    Great post, sometimes we have no choice about awakening as it seems their is a greater purpose in the universe and that purpose is passed to us by small events opening great doors!

    May I use your post on my site please – with credit to your blog…

    Blessings,

    Bhav

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  5. voltaire

    Negativity is a tool necessary to a positive understanding of our spirituality and positive awakening. I find it interesting that we call the ego negative and then a lot of us call to distance ourselves from it. Fully understand your enemy, invite him to dinner, and you may find a friend.

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  6. Derek Bullion Grey

    Joy! I’am awakening I’m beginning to understand — I see the green grass, the message is grow! I feel the warmth of the sun, the message is I love you warmly…the ocean waves show me to persist…the rocks teach me to be unmovable in my purpose. The wind tells of powerful unseen forces; the birds call to me fly! I’am awakening, beginning to understand.
    Bullion Grey
    http://www.bulliongrey.com
    Love you all!

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  7. D. B. Grey

    Kaushik, thanks and your welcome! Heres something that I Realized…

    An Inner Thing
    It became noticed this Inner Thing, and then began to guide.
    Through years of days, and hours of time, this Inner Thing created mine.
    Then without any cue this Inner Thing made the Outer Thing new.

    Bullion Grey

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