Remember The Matrix? The scene where Morpheus tells Neo that he can take either the red pill or the blue pill? The red pill will open his eyes to what reality truly is and the blue pill will keep him living the way he is now, but never knowing the real truth. I find this to be a great metaphor for conscious living vs. unconscious living. Some people prefer to live in denial and ignorance (the blue pill), while the others choose to expand their minds and their consciousness by taking what I’ll refer to as the red pill. Which would you prefer? Which would give you the best results? Is it better to be blissfully ignorant or consciously aware? I would personally say the latter, but the choice is entirely up to you.
The truth is that most people swallow the blue pill because it is simply easier and requires less effort. It may give you subpar results, but at least you don’t have to work so hard for them. You don’t have to grow if you don’t want to because you are running the same patterns over and over, with similar results, what I would call a stagnating life. You don’t question your reality, you simply accept it and keep living as so. That hardly sounds inspiring, and it is probably rather boring to keep your life in such a small box that it doesn’t seem to change a whole lot over decades.
Taking the red pill is a risk. It is not based in security, but rather curiosity. It is like taking an adventure. You’ll learn things about yourself and your reality that simply cannot be learned from the perspective of the blue pill. It is the path of growth, where you are constantly expanding your mind, consciousness, and sense of self. It is the way of conscious evolution. You are constantly growing, constantly learning new things to aid you in your pursuit of growth. You become stronger and more intelligent through this process. You become more of a human being and realize the true greatness within all of us. This seems quite inspired, now doesn’t it? But it is far more difficult than just staying in “normal” mode. It requires courage, self-discipline, willpower, persistence, and a whole host of other qualities that will take time and effort to develop.
You can choose to take reality at face value, or you can choose to actively participate in the creation of your reality. What seems more intelligent to you? What is a better predictor of success in whatever field you find yourself in? To let the tides of life throw you around or to take control of the ship and start directing your course? Imagine if in The Matrix, Neo took the blue pill and the rest of the movie was him working in a cubicle for the rest of his tired, wretched life. What kind of movie would that have been? A lousy one at best. He would have been like an NPC in a role playing game, just sleeping through life, not really making a difference.
When you work in conjunction with the universe to manifest your goals, they will be easier to manifest. Doesn’t that make sense? Logically and intuitively? If you either don’t work at all or work against the universe in manifesting your goals, wouldn’t you imagine you’d have a much harder time getting to where it is you want to be? But what about going with the flow? That works great for water, but lousy for humans. If you ever want to accomplish anything in your life, you will need to create your own flow and work with it, not the flow of social conditioning, which is suboptimal at best and self-destructive at worst. The big question is: Which flow are you going with right now? And how can you create your own flow?
You create your own flow by going with what you are passionate about. It is easier to do something you love than to do something you don’t like. Even if the work is harder on the love side, it will be intrinsically rewarding as well as extrinsically rewarding if you become successful at it. Even if you are extrinsically successful at something you do not like, there is no intrinsic motivation to keep doing it because it is not something you are passionate about. It is better to fail at something you love than to succeed at something you hate. Succeeding at something you hate is not truly a success. It is more of a tedious waste of time. Why devote yourself to something you hate? You will be working against the flow of your passion, so it will be many times more difficult to succeed, and it will be less rewarding. Why paddle upstream when you can ride the currents of your passion?
Taking the red pill is consciously following your passion, being committed to it, becoming it. You live, breathe, and eat your passion. You do what it is you have to do to become what it is you wish to be. You ride the flow of passion and inspiration, combined with willpower and self-discipline. You may not be where you need to be in terms of success yet, but the sheer joy of doing the work you love makes success irrelevant, as you are enjoying the journey, and not just the destination. You are no longer attached to outcomes, even if you are successful, because it is simply a continuation of the wonderful journey that you are on. And the more you do the things you love, the better at them you become, and success is all but guaranteed. As long as you follow your self-created flow, you will get to where it is you wish to be.
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