I had a 25 year breakthrough this week…in 1 awesome moment.
Here’s how it went down.
Someone made a intro, “David, I want you to meet this guy, He just sold his company for an unGodly sum…9 figures. And he’s fascinating. Just trust me. Take the meeting.”
They warned me, “But prepare for the meeting by watching the movie The Matrix. This guy swears that The Matrix changed his life and he attributes his success to The Matrix.”
So in very brief moments of freedom between changing diapers, I’ve been re-watching The Matrix, the 1999 movie with Keanu Reeves. It’s one of the top-grossing movies of all time.
And this movie very clearly spells out what the yogis refer to as “maya” or the illusion of the world.
To remind you about the movie, Keanu Reeves is a computer programmer with a boring job in a cubicle…and he’s sent a message to WAKE UP.
He is pulled from the illusion of his boring life, and finds himself AWAKE in another world, as a real person.
He learns that everything he thought was real, his job, the food he ate, his clothes, all of it, was an illusion, part of a computer program called The Matrix.
He is now one of a rare few people, the revolutionaries, who have awakened to their true selves.
The vast majority of people are asleep, slaves to their impulses, and just another part of the computer program.
As the head revolutionary says to Keanu Reeves, “What you know you can’t explain, but you feel it. You’ve felt it your entire life, that there’s something wrong with the world. You don’t know what it is, but it’s there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad.”
These revolutionaries recognize they don’t have to play by the rules of the matrix because they learn how to free their mind.
And they can reenter this computer program, the matrix, with unbelievable powers.
It’s the essential lesson of all people who have made quantum leaps in life.
Let me reiterate “quantum” leaps. Not slight growth over many years, building your resume, and accumulating wealth over time.
I mean overnight LEAPS of massive growth.
Here’s the catch that keeps most of us asleep.
Being AWAKE is not necessarily comfortable.
Ignorance is bliss.
A life of email and social media and even the flu and the achey back and delicious red wine and exotic chocolate is all part of the matrix.
It’s relatable and easy to find others who will talk about the same stuff. So there’s comfort there. You’re not alone.
When you are AWAKE, you’re pretty much alone. There will not be many others like you.
But they are out there and here’s how to find them and learn from them and become one of them (note to self):
1. AWAKE PEOPLE DON’T GIVE A SHIT WHAT OTHERS THINK
They don’t care if you agree with them.
They don’t need your approval.
They don’t need your love.
Their sole mission is to love you relentlessly, to awaken you, and to awaken others.
2. AWAKE PEOPLE BELIEVE COMPLETELY IN THEMSELVES
Once you believe completely in yourself, you override the illusion…the matrix.
Awake people have made the decision to be powerful, to be beautiful, to be healthy, to be rich, and they never look back.
They realize they don’t need the permission of the matrix to be all they want to be.
And so, awake people are no longer susceptible to violent news, and low grade TV shows, and all the stuff that causes us to give up our minds and attention to an outside belief system.
3. AWAKE PEOPLE ASK OF THEMSELVES THESE 3 QUESTIONS
When Gandhi was leading the peaceful revolution to overthrow the British Empire, once each week he would have a sabbath, a day of rest.
It was incredibly inconvenient for the millions depending on him. And they would say, “Gandhi, you can’t rest right now. We need you today. We have all these issues and questions.”
And Gandhi would say, “You may need me. But today, I need to listen to something deeper and bigger.”
He would ask himself on his day of rest, “What can I do that is purest, most genuinely helpful, and most honorable with my life?”
Sit with those questions today…and everyday.
What can you do that is purest, most genuinely helpful, and most honorable with your life?
It might take you and me another 20 years before we Awaken to our awesome powers.
But maybe, for one of us, it might just happen… right NOW.