The Power of the One: An Eternal Mystery
As mentioned in our introductory material, there are five worlds of existence that correlate to five levels in the Matrix trilogy. The uppermost of these is “beyond existence” and the’ capacity of human beings to even imagine. In the Matrix trilogy, this correlates to the level of the Source, and the power of the One.
Not Seeing Past Choices You Don’t Understand …
In The Matrix Reloaded, the Oracle related a concept of deficiency within everyone, to Neo.
The Oracle: We can never see past the choices we don’t understand.
Although Neo had advanced in his understanding to this point, rectifying much within himself in the initial movie, he still had a long way to go. This applies to all those on the ‘path’ of truth. There are no “short cuts.”
For example, we see how Morpheus‘ own limited understanding was behind his confusion around Neo not having brought the prophecied peace:
Morpheus: I don’t understand it. Everything was done as it was supposed to be done. Once The One reaches the Source, the war should be over.
Morpheus’ miscalculation is actually rooted in what the Architect told Neo would happen when he would go through the door on the right, to the Source:
“The function of the One is now to return to the Source, allowing a temporary dissemination of the code you carry, reinserting the prime program. After which you will be required to select from the Matrix 23 individuals – 16 female, 7 male – to rebuild Zion. Failure to comply with this process will result in a cataclysmic system crash, killing everyone connected to the Matrix, which, coupled with the extermination of Zion, will ultimately result in the extinction of the entire human race.”
The Architect was not ‘lying’ to Neo. As the Oracle said to Neo in Matrix Revolutions, the problem is that even his understanding does not go far enough.
Neo: The Architect told me that if I didn’t return to the Source, Zion would be destroyed by midnight tonight.
Oracle: Please… You and I may not be able to see beyond our own choices, but that man can’t see past any choices.
Neo: Why not?
Oracle: He doesn’t understand them – he can’t. To him they are variables in an equation. One at a time each variable must be solved and countered. That’s his purpose: to balance an equation.
The Architect’s Limited Understanding
Architect: I have since come to understand that the answer eluded me because it required a lesser mind, or perhaps a mind less bound by the parameters of perfection. Thus the answer was stumbled upon by another – an intuitive program initially created to investigate certain aspects of the human psyche.
There are two interesting things in the above quote:
- The Architect “corrects himself, regarding his words of the Oracle being a ‘lesser’ mind
- He mentions her mind as being “less bound,” which in this case, is an asset.
The Architect’s “parameters of perfection” are, by his own admission, a limitation. This is because they relate to the ‘oneness’ of Wisdom/Chokhmah as discussed in our post on the Architect.
As has been mentioned, the Architect may be the creator of the Matrix, but he was a creation himself, one made by the Machine World. The latter is not directly involved with the Program and Matrix worlds however, so he does not have a clear connection ‘back’ to where he emanated from.
The Source is ‘nothingness’ in relation to anyone, including the Architect.
The concept of ‘before’ and the idea of ‘receiving,’ elude him. He’s a “one-way vessel.” Thus, he cannot fully understand the concept of ‘change,’ or the ultimate function of the One, as it something that pre-existed him.
This is why the ‘father’ of the matrix must be balanced by the ‘mother’ – the investigative aspect of ‘Understanding/Binah’ – the Oracle.
The Oracle’s Advantage
Though the Oracle was called a “lesser mind” by the Architect, she has something he does not. She comprehends the idea that ”the Architect came before her.” She thus has the ability to understand both “before and after” things.
This ability enables her to find ‘truths’ that no one else can. She can probe and attain some insight into what is beyond (before) the Architect – outside of existence. (Kabbalistically, this is an ‘advantage’ Understanding/Binah has over Wisdom/Chokhmah).
Whereas the Architect simply viewed “the One” as having a ‘function,’ like everything else ‘below’ him, the Oracle sees this as much more – a direct connection to the origin of its power.
As she reveals to Neo in The Matrix Revolutions:
Oracle: The power of the One extends beyond this world. It reaches from here all the way back to where it came from.
Oracle: The Source.
Her ability to better understand the ‘source’ of Neo’s power, gives her the insight into where Neo himself must go:
“I’m interested in one thing, Neo, the future. … Where you must go. Where the path of The One ends..”
A Clue to the Future of the Power of the One
The situation between humans and machines was never the “intended plan.” The Matrix is a temporary reality imposed on humanity for its abuse of the machines they created.
On the surface, it seems like simple enslavement, but the hidden purpose to the story is humanity’s redemption.
Neo (to Kid): “You saved yourself.”
This entire process follows the masculine-feminine dynamic. It began with the respective functions of the Architect and Oracle, as “father and mother” of the Matrix. This created the construct of the Matrix with the worlds of existence and ten emanations.
Within this reality was formed the concept of the “groom and bride,” expressed through the relationship between Neo and Trinity. Their union, in multiple phases, brings about the completion of the “path of the One,” extending from Keter (the Source) to Malkhut (the Matrix world.)
A result of this is the temporary peace between the worlds … for now.
There remains however a final correction that will bring an end to the Matrix and creation of a new existence for humans and machines. As always, the ‘action’ (which originates from Keter at the top) has to take place in the lowest world of the Matrix.
Whereas the current state of affairs has come from the ‘masculine’ aspect of the six emanations between Binah/Understanding (the Oracle) and Malkhut/Kingdom (Trinity), the seventh will see a greater feminine dimension to it.