Matrix Insights

19 The oracle says, "Know thy self." With the oracle's awareness of Neo preferring free choice over his fearful image of fate, she made no fateful predictions. Instead she suggested that he was in control of his own fate by the choices he made. She answered his question about being The One by stating that only he could know the answer: "If we truly know our self, we will make the right choices, and we will inevitably experience The One. Being The One is just like being in love. No one can tell you you're in love, you just know it." The oracle makes this fitting analogy not only by suggesting that "oneness" can only be attained by Self knowledge, but also with the more subtle suggestion that love has something to do with it. Of course, later in The Matrix we see that love has everything to do with it. The oracle again applies the power of suggestion by giving Neo a cookie with the words, "By the time you finish eating this cookie you will be right as rain." This power of suggestion and all others by the oracle are attempts to empower Neo's actions by engaging the higher principles of Self - perhaps the formative causation of a stronger M-field.

20 After Morpheus's capture, the Matrix agent says, "As a species, human beings define their reality through misery and suffering. Your primitive cerebrum keeps trying to wake up from this illusion." Those who are fully committed to the rational mind would refer to the intuitive mind as irrational and primitive. But those experiencing intuition know that when the rational mind is silenced, the intuitive mind produces an extraordinary awareness; the environment is experienced in a direct way without the filters of conceptual thinking. The goal of humanity is to establish the rightful balance between these two powers of mind. This is, after all, the final and most important message of The Matrix trilogy.