Life is neither a cause or an effect, there is no karma!

If the car in this image seems to make, you feel in a specific way, you are constructing this effect yourself. The picture has no power to cause you to feel anything at all. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

When you hit a nail into the wall, for example, you get an immediate physical effect, which is not caused by the past but present. Should you bang your finger while hammering on the nail and remember you once hit somebody else, it has nothing to do with that. Slamming the finger is just an accident. Nothing in your past caused it, nor is there anything set in motion for the future, apart from going to the doctor if the finger is severely damaged.

If you want causal connections to imply, your appearance as someone definitive has a special meaning, you must invent them.

To suffer from bodily pain because you accidentally hit your finger does not sound like you have an adventurous life. But if you somehow connect the suffering with something from your childhood, you have a basis for a story of cause and effect in which you seem to be part of something special and, therefore, to have an extraordinary purpose.

You do not reap as you sow, and you do not get presents from Santa Claus, unless you are superstitious.

On top of that, this invention of cause and effect makes it possible to justify any thought, emotion or action as ´caused´ by something in the past. Hence the concept of karma can be used to justify everything you think, feel and do, and you, therefore, always appear to be innocent. The result of this fabrication of cause and effect is not something you feel in the future, but in the same moment, you get rid of specific feelings from yourself by justifying them as caused by something judged to be separated from you.

Every time you look for something that seems to justify your current state of mind, you fabricate cause and effect – also called karma. As it is all an imagination, you feel the effect of it in the very same moment you imagine this connection. There is no other karma than this imagined connection. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

If you do not construct such a connection, thoughts, emotions and actions have no cause. And since there is no effect without cause and vice versa, you have no thoughts and emotions, nor are you doing anything. Your existence is make-believe. And so is the whole universe.

Since the oneness of life is formless and therefore endless, nothing else could have caused it, nor can life cause anyhing else. Consequently, everything created by something is lifeless and thus meanigless.

According to science, the universe has not been created by something. The explosion called the big bang came from out of nothing. And as there is no effect without a course, there is no universe. It is a fantasy.

You cannot know why this picture is here. You have to make up the reason. Since the cause, therefore, is fictional, so is seeing the image. Likewise, the experience of a world where there seems to be more than one. Nobody knows the cause of it. There is a theory about a big bang that created something from out of nothing. It sounds as ridiculous as the effect of it is a world where there seems to be more than one. That is not possible because there is no more than that which is one since it is formless and therefore endless. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

APPENDIX:
The foundation of Alexius´ Enlightened Non-Teachings is that the world is not real, but that you are, and therefore cannot be there. One way to know this is so is to look at the actions of, for example those of your boss, spouse or cat. You cannot see what is causing them. Even if they tell, you cannot know if they are making it up. Hence you can only ´know´, what has caused their actions, by imagining it. And since only what is not real, needs to be imagined, the cause is not real. From this follows, the effect it seems to cause is an illusion as well.

You could also say that since these effects do not seem to have a cause and since there is no effect without a course, what appears to be an effect is an illusion. And since nobody knows the cause of the world, the experience of it is an illusion. So if you are real, you are not there. It is something you pretend to be.

Read more about that in hack #1.3 Pretending to be someone definitive is liberation. And read more about cause and effect in the hack No Cause = No Effect = No Karma in Extra Duality Hacks.


NOTES:

  • The above article is written within the framework of a world where there seems to be more than one. Karma, therefore, is discussed in that context. Ultimately speaking there is, of course, no sense in discussing karma, because there is no more than that which is one and it takes more than one to have karma.
  • This article is part of hack #1.2 You cannot change the world, but you can change your perception of it.

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