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The 6 Grand Illusions That Keep Us Enslaved to the Matrix

swirl optical illusionSigmund Fraud, Staff Writer
Waking Times

“In prison, illusions can offer comfort.” – Nelson Mandela

For a magician to fool his audience his deceit must go unseen, and to this end he crafts an illusion to avert attention from reality. While the audience is entranced, the deceptive act is committed, and for the fool, reality then becomes inexplicably built upon on a lie. That is, until the fool wakes up and recognizes the truth in the fact that he has been duped.

Maintaining the suspension of disbelief in the illusion, however, is often more comforting than acknowledging the magician’s secrets.

We live in a world of illusion. So many of the concerns that occupy the mind and the tasks that fill the calendar arise from planted impulses to become someone or something that we are not. This is no accident. As we are indoctrinated into this authoritarian-corporate-consumer culture that now dominates the human race, we are trained that certain aspects of our society are untouchable truths, and that particular ways of being and behaving are preferred. 

Psychopaths disempower people in this way. They blind us with never ceasing barrages of suggestions and absolutes that are aimed at shattering self-confidence and confidence in the future. 

Bansky, the revered and elusive revolutionary street artist, once commented:

“People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you.” – Banksy

Advertising is just the tip of the iceberg. When we look further we see that the overall organization of life is centered around the pursuit of illusions and automatic obedience to institutions and ideas which are not at all what they seem. We are in a very real sense enslaved. Many call this somewhat intangible feeling of oppression ‘the matrix,’ a system of total control that invades the mind, programming individuals to pattern themselves in accordance with a mainstream conformist version of reality, no matter how wicked it gets.

The grandest of the illusions which keep us enslaved to the matrix, the ones that have so many of us still entranced, are outlined below for your consideration.

1. The Illusion of Law, Order and Authority

For so many of us, following the law is considered a moral obligation, and many of us gladly do so even though corruption, scandal, and wickedness repeatedly demonstrate that the law is plenty flexible for those who have the muscle to bend it. Police brutality and police criminality is rampant in the US, the courts favor the wealthy, and we can longer even lead our lives privately thanks to the intrusion of state surveillance. And all the while the illegal and immoral Orwellian permanent war rages on in the background of life, murdering and destroying whole nations and cultures.

The social order is not what it seems, for it is entirely predicated on conformity, obedience and acquiescence which are enforced by fear of violence. History teaches us again and again that the law is just as often as not used as an instrument of oppression, social control and plunder, and any so-called authority in this regard is false, hypocritical, and unjust.

When the law itself does not follow the law, there is no law, there is no order, and there is no justice. The pomp and trappings of authority are merely a concealment of the truth that the current world order is predicated on control, not consent.

2. The Illusion of Prosperity and Happiness

Adorning oneself in expensive clothes and trinkets, and amassing collections of material possessions that would be the envy of any 19th century monarch has become a substitute for genuine prosperity. Maintaining the illusion of prosperity, though, is critical to our economy as it is, because its foundation is built on consumption, fraud, credit and debt. The banking system itself has been engineered from the top down to create unlimited wealth for some while taxing the eternity out of the rest of us.

True prosperity is a vibrant environment and an abundance of health, happiness, love, and relationships. As more people come to perceive material goods as the form of self-identification in this culture, we slip farther and farther away from the experience of true prosperity.

3. The Illusion of Choice and Freedom

Read between the lines and look at the fine print, we are not free, not by any intelligent standard. Freedom is about having choice, yet in today’s world, choice has come to mean a selection between available options, always from within the confines of a corrupt legal and taxation system and within the boundaries of culturally accepted and enforced norms.

Just look no further than the phony institution of modern democracy to find a shining example of false choices appearing real. Two entrenched, corrupt, archaic political parties are paraded as the pride and hope of the nation, yet third party and independent voices are intentionally blocked, ridiculed and plowed under.

The illusion of choice and freedom is a powerful oppressor because it fools us into accepting chains and short leashes as though they were the hallmarks of liberty.

Multiple choice is different than freedom, it is easy servitude.

4. The Illusion of Truth

Truth has become a touchy subject in our culture, and we’ve been programmed to believe that ‘the‘ truth comes from the demigods of media, celebrity, and government. If the TV declares something to be true, then we are heretics to believe otherwise.

In order to maintain order, the powers that be depend our acquiescence to their version of the truth. While independent thinkers and journalists continually blow holes in the official versions of reality, the illusion of truth is so very powerful that it takes a serious personal upheaval to shun the cognitive dissonance needed to function in a society that openly chases false realities.

5. The Illusion of Time

They say that time is money, but this is a lie. Time is your life. Your life is an ever-evolving manifestation of the now. Looking beyond the five sense world, where we have been trained to move in accordance with the clock and the calendar, we find that the spirit is eternal, and that the each individual soul is part of this eternity.

The big deception here is the reinforcement of the idea that the present moment is of little to no value, that the past is something we cannot undo or ever forget, and that the future is intrinsically more important than both the past and the present. This carries our attention away from what is actually happening right now and directs it toward the future. Once completely focused on what is to come rather than what is, we are easy prey to advertisers and fear-pimps who muddy our vision of the future with every possible worry and concern imaginable.

We are happiest when life doesn’t box us in, when spontaneity and randomness gives us the chance to find out more about ourselves. Forfeiting the present moment in order to fantasize about the future is a trap. The immense, timeless moments of spiritual joy that are found in quiet meditation are proof that time is a construct of the mind of humankind, and not necessarily mandatory for the human experience.

If time is money, then life can be measured in dollars. When dollars are worth less, so is life. This is total deception, because life is, in truth, absolutely priceless.

6. The Illusion of Separateness

On a strategic level, the tactic of divide and conquer is standard operating procedure for authoritarians and invading armies, but the illusion of separateness runs even deeper than this.

We are programmed to believe that as individuals we are in competition with everyone and everything around us, including our neighbors and even mother nature. Us vs. them to the extreme. This flatly denies the truth that life on this planet is infinitely inter-connected. Without clean air, clean water, healthy soil, and a vibrant global sense of community we cannot survive here.

While the illusion of separateness comforts us by gratifying the ego and and offering a sense of control, in reality it only serves to enslave and isolate us.


The grand illusions mentioned here have been staged before us as a campaign to encourage blind acquiescence to the machinations of the matrix. In an attempt to dis-empower us, they demand our conformity and obedience, but we must not forget that all of this is merely an elaborate sales pitch. They can’t sell what we don’t care to buy.

About the Author

Sigmund Fraud is a survivor of modern psychiatry and a dedicated mental activist. He is a staff writer for where he indulges in the possibility of a massive shift towards a more psychologically aware future for mankind.

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  • HadesBaby04

    Unity is the key to break the chains of mental enslavement.
    If you don’t work for the system the system can’t operate.

  • Anonymous

    Get in the matrix of love not fear and hate simples

  • mike

    Pretty good piece, but I have to point out two glaring vocabulary errors that made me wince. In the first paragraph the proper word to use would be “divert,” not “avert,” and in your fourth point I think the word you wanted to use was “demagogue” not “demigod.” These are important topics to write about, but it undermines your arguments and your intellectual credibility when you misuse words.

    • :WM David :Jones-Cook

      LOL Your assessment is perhaps predicated on the belief that the reading and comprehension level today, and for so time now, exceeds that of a upper primary school child

    • Emanuele

      Demigods is definitely correct in the context of the sentence.
      It refers to VIPs and celebrities, influencers portrayed like creatures of godly nature or half gods ( demigods ) : .
      Also Avert is correct :

  • pol

    Like all ideological rants, this relies upon exaggeration, hyperbole, black and white dichotomy — and yet I agree with the general sentiment. I do find it over the top and silly when couched in these extremist terms like “the matrix.”

    Scrolling down to the comments, however, we’re not in Kansas anymore. Cue some Oompa Loompas. Train’s flown off the rails.

  • winston

    Anarchy=Feudalism. We just cannot seem to escape our human nature. The sensual;[satanic] world we live that determines our desires;[lusts]. There is no escape from the absolutes of this creation. God is a spirit. God is love. I can only hope to learn to please Him;[Him being the dominant pronoun in the English language, not a gonad.]. My question to all that read this comment is; are you in this battle? If so, let us be encouraged that others are in the battle against wickedness in the high places, our own minds. Winston

  • One thing that would make certain that youre under evil secret societies control is that you say incest as you humans name it is wrong, sick and sinful in itself if you say that youre actually the sick ones actually it makes you bullys and rapists if you intend to push others and i do not tolerate bullys and rapists in heaven and others like those molest specially the girls and women forcefully i do not tolerate those kind od humans either to you who cant redeem yourself learn to accept things as they truly are you will then go to hell and purgatory only no heaven for you heres a question if YAHWEH/GOD and i (as LUCIFER/JEHOVAH) really fell in love with each other despite being mother and son and we many million years laters started a family together and eventually after i became 1 billion years old YAHWEH/GOD and i (as LUCIFER/JEHOVAH) conceived JESUS CHRIST i think you do be surprised if it was actually true everything i said and that Mary did feel surprised herself when heard the truth about her sons real father me and how he was conceived would it shock you if my youngest son JESUS did become little like me and Mary became little like YAHWEH/GOD but maybe its just me talking alright i have said all i wanted to that came to my mind thats all farewell you foolish, blind, naive and misguided mortals.

    • I like to see your reaction to what i say if you think im right or wrong im not a heartless guy i can be sensitive too at times whenever you want to believe it or not so do reply or give comments after me do not be scaredy-cats and whimps just because i made a long argument thats all i had to say farewell you foolish, blind, naive and misguided mortals.

    • b-dawg

      try re-writing it using paragraphs, it’s hard to follow otherwise 🙂

  • 1. CHAOS: That which is born of chaos will never
    ESTABLISH its own order.

    2. BLING: The bling of the world is quick to lose
    its luster.

    3. CHOICE: FREE WILL in REALITY has been reduced to
    limited choice in the world.

    4. COMPLEX: TRUTH IS SIMPLE. Illusion is complex.

    5. NOW: NOW is the only aspect of time that
    reflects ETERNITY.

    6. REUNION: REUNION is the function of LOVE within
    a world of separation.

  • 7. Great Illusion of the Personal Self

    ‘Myself’ is illusion. It is nothing. Understand the mind and then it doesn’t remain. Not remaining as ‘I’ is the highest understanding.

    When you see the illusions as illusions you will stop being fooled by it…

  • xxxx

  • Dave

    Good article, this applies to any country and every person worldwide, its just that most don’t recognise it.cheers i enjoyed this one.

  • Daniel tremblay

    5. The Illusion of Time
    ‘IS THAT’ “TIME” doesn’t exist! It’s a reference &/or schedule for sync-necessity. The past ‘IS’ un-veritable, the future hasn’t happened. Your INN THE MOMENT.
    Time is… 1daze = one rotation +/- [earth’s circumference] divided into 1hour = 1,000 miles. [approx. 24thousand] A year is ONE rotation around the Sun +/-
    How else can you explain “EVENT HORIZON” or “BIG BANG?
    •Like measurements’… ‘IT’S’ THIS LONG or THAT FAR. It’s not inches, meters, light years, story boards. They built pyramids without ‘TAPE MEASURES OR LAZERS!’

  • Daniel tremblay

    ‘AS A MATER OF FACT'[Bansky] This is absolutely “TRUE!” In sales it’s called “Fear Of Loss!” In advertising it’s “you save, for a limited time, second one is free, scratch cards… etc.”
    The idea’s are that ‘YOU NEED!’ or YOU LOSS! consumerisms’ or your a spasmodic/re-treaded failure. Fact ‘IS’… the intimacy of cooking [soup] IS pretty phucking easy! So prepared is what? Boil chicken part… add vegies or [whatever] noodles/rice = BING-GO!
    Too roast chicken/turkey is 20 minuets per/lb. Cover with olive oil + season too taste.
    Then there is “STATUS”… What you ARE/have, isn’t quite good enough. Why is LAZY/Useless royals. so much MORE & better than ‘YOU?’
    Loved the article BTW. BUT… there is no matrix! That’s just coined programming, cliché, media POP-Cultures. But your not ‘HIP’ if you expressed it any other way.

  • marco polo

    “If time is money, then life can be measured in dollars. When dollars are worth less, so is life. This is total deception, because life is, in truth, absolutely priceless.”

    I find it interesting how you chose paper currency in this analogy vs. another form a money like Gold.

    Perhaps because your narrative doesn’t work as well in your analogy if you had.

    Time is whatever a person chooses to believe it to be. We often exchange our time for money so wouldn’t that support the idea that time = money.

    I am not saying that time has to always equal money but it often does. You can believe whatever you want about what time equals.

  • Clarkee

    It’s easy to nod and agree with a lot of what’s in the article – and *some* of the comments.

    However, much of ‘our’ current ‘state of reality’ is overthought. The human tendency to overcomplicate and the need to make noise (rather than signal) coherent, with a feasible narrative, is half the problem.

    Some things are hidden from us due to the way human brains are wired according to our evolutionary heritage. We neither have to understand everything nor should we expect to. Even if we simplified what we know and boiled it down to a few simple axioms, what point is there in knowing something if you don’t use or do something about it?

    It’s like the doctor who every day dispenses expert opinion but never applies the same advice to his or her own children. Or the financial advisor who has only upside and no direct risk when selling lottery-style ‘expert’ portfolios, when their money is put safely elsewhere. It’s no different with all these link-the-dots top-down consumer-marketing terrorist spotters who talk an Earth-centric future but constantly worry that their house price hasn’t inflated enough, drives BMWs (or aspires to) and shop on the internet for the best priced China-made bargain but bemoan the demise of local economies…

    Hypocrisy? Maybe not the right word. In Roman times it was the bridge-builder who was made to sleep under his creation with his family – rather than talking about its safety. In ancient Greece, the man, or prophet, who actively preached a lesson but lived in contradiction of it would be ostracised or stoned to death for what was evidently spreading of lies – the logic being an obvious lie if you warn/advise others but do not heed the advice yourself (the logic of it is sounder than modernity’s information age).

    Humans are self centred and adverse to loss. Everyone will want the upside (happiness, ‘true’ wealth, etc etc) but no one will give up what they have. ‘Why can’t everyone else give up what they have to make the world a better place for me…’ The exact sentiment that keeps the current bemoaned reality in place.

    An apology: if it turns out that all these wonderful internet authors, website owners and commenters were writing/posting from a straw hut in a small piece of free woodland, after foraging for nuts, berries and other natural foods, where they are living what they preach, then I sincerely apologise.

    However, If you are sitting in a modern building consuming power off the grid, driving a fossil-fuelled car, shopping in supermarkets, wearing clothes made in factories, constantly fighting to earn more money – like the rest of us – then it’s just more ‘cheap tawk’ – a la bankers, doctors, politicians, magnates…

    Be judged by your actions, not your words. Talk is cheap.

  • The greatest illusion ever is the legal name fraud.
    Read the site
    Stop energizing evil legal.

  • neil

    The Irony of this post.about waking people up to the current enslavement to the promoted ads of new enslavement via This site.Greed is the weapon and the wound is deep. the only new thing here is TV is now the internet and ADS are still there in facebook, instagram Your apps this site , they, can now get to you individually at a fraction of the cost they spend on mainstream Outernet Busess magazines billboards etc. the internet is targeted to your specific problem it knows you better than you know yourself. in conclusion don’t be afraid embrace it all.. Theyre here>>>>>>>>Cant beat the system just go with the flo. until you die…. xxx

  • Brent Street

    Very coherent article; consciousness derives from Nature whereby sensation evolves into anticipation, yet the goal remains survival. That is the foodchain paradigm that ultimately evolved into society and civilization. Sensation is receptive, hence Ego is effectively complacent, compliant and concerned with security. Id is more reactive and complicit, being aggressive and ambitious, ultimately psychopathic in the name of extremity and addiction. Superego is the reward-system that hierarchy and patriarchy promise will make you a winner. These elite steer and define what is best to support the status quo of exploitation. Wake up Neo! The agenda of evil has you. The hermit hacker learns that the Divine Feminine is an alternative paradigm to human enslavement. She enables the true Source, the Hologram as a resource of her benevolence and beneficence. Her image is the Full Moon as indicative of how we can reflect her connection and become optimized, having peace of mind, not the false trinity. It all begins with initiation, derided as her siren-song, whereby Female Inspiration is the guide that her fools/dreamers follow, forsaking convention and empowerment. The Hologram inverts everything, hence the Hanged Man is enlightened. He sees that hyerlocality can replace spacetime-context; that conscience replaces consciousness, that optimization is balanced and healthy not greedy and habitual; he sees that truth is feminine not patriarchal; and that mankind is destined not doomed.

    • Brent Street

      In the Trilogy, the gap whereby consciousness previews the future several seconds before it refreshes as the present-tense, is called Seraph. He protects seconds-sight from being shut down. His name means set-apart, and he is Wendel’s son, the ironic offspring of Father Time. For from that “traitorous” Judas-point, one might take the Leap of Faith in Fate called Destiny, familiar in the construct as the Jump Program. That prodigal action connects one with the possibility of contact with the Hologram as the hyper-local functionality alternative to spacetime. It is launched by Female Inspiration and leads to the Divine Feminine. Her paradigm is benevolent and beneficent, figured as the Full Moon that lights the darkness of delusion and deception. Sati, as Beauty, is the Last Exile from programming, offering a lovely sunrise, for Neo, indicative of hope that human Destiny might awaken.

  • carol

    It’s good for me to be reminded that Siggi stardust Fraud was a significant influence in much of my earlier reading.
    Welcome back Sigmund. A most interesting and illuminating script.

  • Pssst – – Babylon is Fallen , Directed by you!

  • Anglo Saxon

    Quoting Axiom: Mass compulsory schooling started in Prussia c1800 to “produce more soldiers and more obedient citizens”.

    Yes, I have read this anti-German jibe a thousand times … mostly penned by brainwashed Jewmericans.

    If it wasn’t for the Prussians, Napoleon Bonaparte would have won the Battle of Waterloo.

    Compulsory schooling existed in China 1,000 years before the Prussians existed. As it did in countless other cultures.

    So cut the crap and stop peddling silly anti-German propaganda at every opportunity.

    Sigmund Fraud’s excellent article (his 6 grand illusions) has absolutely NOTHING TO DO WITH “THE NAZIS” AND “ADOLF HITLER.”

    Unless you are a brainwashed Jewmerican. :~)

  • Rekhaa

    Wow! post. …”the they” are in sync to destroy “we the people” so “We the people” must find a way out of this matrix, but the question is how? when? and who will lead this?

    • Alex Reid

      What a load of bucolic matrix rubbish. there is no matrix really. The way for the people to take back control is through unity with the kiosk project at

  • Axiom


    Governments are merely middlemen serf farm managers acting on behalf of the owners and the top-down pyramidal money system.

    Intel services began as spies for royalty. They still exist to protect the establishment, not us.

    Mass compulsory schooling started in Prussia c1800 to “produce more soldiers and more obedient citizens”

    Theism and religion are man made tools of control exploiting man’s existential vulnerability.

    Military are nothing but duped whore cattle fighting lie-based wars of piracy for the establishment.

    Police are the serf farm dogs, never pursuing highest level crime.

    Society is ordered by a top-down pyramidal money system.

    Mass media is plantation radio, owned by the establishment.

    REALITY is we live on free range serf farms structured via a top-down pyramidal money system , maintained by mass conditioning schooling and mass programming media.

    • Anonymous


  • Sayre

    Excellently written and I couldn’t agree more wholeheartedly. I think that more and more are slowly seeing the magician behind the curtain and questioning what they’ve been taught. At some point, things will undoubtedly reach a tipping point. I hope.

  • Eddydee

    the ideas in this article are so well said – and exactly why I work to create a new world and new order shown in … hard to figure out we are born into broken and disease causing systems, we follow because tend to move towards trusting what has been placed before us … but ew grow and see the injustices and how so many are suffering, all my actions now are to help create less suffering and more justice

  • desertspeaks

    Everyone has been told that the CONstitution and law automatically apply to everyone. everyone feels it applies, everyone believes it applies, everyone assumes and presumes it applies. HOWEVER;
    hearsay, opinions, feelings, beliefs, assumptions and presumptions aren’t proof of a damn thing.

    What factual, first hand, irrefutable evidence can anyone offer that proves that their CONstitution and laws apply to the private person simply because they are physically in what we commonly refer to as a state.

    Keeping in mind that slavery and involuntary servitude is illegal “per their own laws”. Further, no private person is a party to their CONstitution nor is any private person a signatory to their CONstitution, nor has any private person sworn an oath to be bound by or to obey the CONstitution and laws, nor has any private person “knowingly and willingly” CONSENTED to any of it!

    Your proof MUST be factual and first hand, your proof/evidence shall not be comprised of hearsay, opinions, beliefs, feelings, assumptions, presumptions, hypotheticals, conjecture, sophistry, fraud, lies, scenarios or what if’s.

    Good luck!

  • Jacques Xxyyx

    My suspicions about our conditioning were first aroused after reading Heideigger’s Being and Time. I suggest it for thinkers interested in investigating “The they’s” effect on us (read: other people, the media, your culture). I now think that If WE as people don’t collectively shine our conscious power of awareness upon real normal realities as Fraud suggests, we are doomed to unfulfilling lives, a sick, polluted environment, and an absurd incongruency in global wealth distribution (andddd – therefore effective power distribution, since cash is effectively capital in our modern economic system. might i even call it an effective plutocracy? you tell me). As a person living now, in the age of waged hours, of hyperrationalization, I especially liked what Fraud wrote about this ‘illusion of time.’ Call it an existential wakeup. Thx Waking Times, we must all become aware of “the they” and their normalizing condition upon our expectations, our desires, maybe even our dreams (as Zizek’s cynically suggests the ideology can even pervade :(). If you feel unfulfilled, question your assumptions!

  • Christianity deals with conformity very wisely.
    It suggests we conform to the likeness of His son.
    Now, that is the type of conformity I can live with.
    Living under illusions is stressful.
    Being inauthentic takes a lot of wasted energy.
    I am looking forward to receiving one of Gary McGee’s books this week.
    Don Levit

  • hp

    Obviously I meant #7

    (reaching for the zig zags)

  • hp

    #6) the yellow stripe running down the middle of the back.

    I don’t think they have a pill for that..

  • mpk

    This is almost entirely nonsense.

    • Alyana

      Your comment IS complete nonsense.

    • booker t rasisz

      all you dope smoking millennial with an iPhone growing from your hands are all talk. You look like idiots with all those tattoos you pint on your skin and god you smell like shit cause of all that dope you smoke. Millennial are the smelliest creatures on the planet.

      • Stay classy booker.

      • joey

        hey booker, your just afraid of the truth, I pity people like you haha its sad, I can understand that some people have inferior minds and your clearly one, how about you do some research and determine an actual opinion, oh yeah by the way an opinion is a development of an idea based on others ideas, conclusions, and a little imagination can help, let me guess you probably sit on your fat ass watching football and stuffing your snout with pizza haha
        you typical fucking American, your were bred from them, you have a brain so use it dip shit

    • The Welsh Dragon

      I can fully understand how you might interpret the article that way, however it was written by an individual and directed towards an audience that has more than one brain cell.

  • Your article has come the clowest to an honest picture of the 3D reality we experience. Nevertheless the cold hard truth of human enslavement must take us beyond the stark traumatic despair to see and move to the Light of infinite Love and all its possibilities. That Light is in and around all of humanity and this galaxy. So help open our minds and hearts with real hope, with initiatives that will raise our consciousness beyond the enslavement of the matrix, so that we can achieve true freedom. Show us the power we have within, the infinite Love that is ours all around us.

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