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Reality and Illusion

Reality and Illusion

"You have to see it for yourself... Remember, all I'm offering is the truth, nothing more..."

Neo: What are you trying to tell me, that I can dodge bullets?

Morpheus: No Neo. I'm trying to tell you that when you're ready, you won't have to.

This world is an illusion. Generated by a higher dimension of reality.

Tank: Here you go, buddy. Breakfast of Champions.

In Kurt Vonnegut's novel, Breakfast of Champions, Kilgor Trout is having a drink in a bar when suddenly he feels that an awesome presence is about to enter. He begins to sweat.

In walks Kurt Vonnegut, the author, and the character finds himself face to face with his creator. Kilgor's perception of his world is changed forever. He realizes that he does not exist independently, that every moment of life requires a new stroke of the author's pen. Without the author, he ceases to exist.

He grasps that there is a higher dimension more real than the world of the novel. His entire universe is an expression of Kurt Vonnegut, who is the source of that world.

Every molecule, every detail is being created anew this moment. Nothing is static. Our entire world is an expression of a Higher Source. There is a Master Programmer, beyond the Matrix, and the universe is His program.


Olam, the Hebrew word for "world", is from the root meaning "hidden". The world is God's mask. Peel back the layer of this world and look beyond the Matrix to get a glimpse of The Programmer.

This is a sparring program, similar to the programmed reality of the Matrix.

It has the same basic rules, rules like gravity. What you must learn is that these rules are no different than the rules of a computer system.

Some of them can be bent. Others can be broken... How did I beat you?


Neo: You're too fast.

Morpheus: Do you believe that my being stronger or faster has anything to do with my muscles in this place? You think that's air you're breathing now?

The rules of Nature are just God's software.

Gravity is part of that "matrix". It's part of the illusion. A miracle is simply over-writing the program.

Beyond the Matrix, who says fire must burn? A select few throughout history have transcended the Matrix of this world, breaking the rules and rewriting the program.

When the Jews stood at the Red Sea, they didn't have to dodge the water. They went right through it.

January 24, 2010

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Visitor Comments: 6

(4) Barbara, December 15, 2012 2:49 PM

Remaining in an alert state seem so simple, but it's amazing how many times a day I catch myself dozzing off. I mean, try changing the contents of your drawers and see how many times you reach for the wrong one. I promise to never get back on anybody again, and guess what I do five minutes later? But the biggest signal of my sleepy spiritual state is to say I understand the spiritual guidance I've been reading. Yet, I wake myself up time and time again. This is my work.

(3) Anonymous, October 12, 2011 1:28 PM

Higher Reality

While I would agree that the world in which we live is REAL, I believe the emphasis here is on a "higher reality"-- the realm in which G_d and the holy angels are readily apparent. I also believe that science (observations, etc. based on our natural senses) is in the process of proving that more than 3 or 4 dimensions exist. Hence, we are parts of a whole - spirit, soul and body. In my estimation, the whole point of the Matrix series is to explain why it is important to be aware of this even while living in a world where the body and soul (mind, will and emotions) seem to be sufficient.

(2) Steve Katz, June 17, 2011 11:06 AM

no dimensions

There's no unconscious. We are fully consciousness. There's no dimensions. All is one consciousness. We are not parts, not segments.We generate reality through perception, influenced by belief systems; such that perception creates the reality of our belief systems.

Curtis Delk Rose, March 2, 2014 5:29 PM

"Lots of luck w/ that thought there, Steve!

i think the one line summary is good enough.

(1) Anonymous, March 23, 2011 8:19 PM

The World is Real

Judaism actually asserts that the world is NOT an illusion. This is quite important. This is what makes Commandments have meaning. However, our world IS a reflection of the Divine--and everything WE DO HERE does "affect" ( that's in quotes) the heavens. Meaning, our actions have an impact. To say Judaism believes this world is an illusion is incorrect and confusing. G-d does re-create the world constantly, according to Kabbalah and Chassidus. Yes. But our choice of good over evil (as defined by Torah) is what makes the world REAL.

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