Life is one perpetual present

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On a vacation in a foreign country you are not the one you know from your daily life. Instead you pretend to be a tourist. Likewise you pretend to be what you are not in a world of duality. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

When an electric bulb dies, it cannot go to the power station, which until then has been its source of life. It cannot go anywhere – and it never could. It only seemed to be alive due to the light it projected in the dark, which was only possible due to the electricity supported by the power station.

Reality is that which is one
The power station was there, when the bulb began to give out light, and it is still is there when it stops spreading light. It does not know, however, that it has been used by a bulb, because it only know that which lasts, namely electricity.

If a bulb is identified with its appearance or realisations of truth, consciousness and whatnot there is nothing left when it cannot function as a bulb anymore. It is dead, and that is it. Period.

But if the bulb is not identified with the experiences of itself and the world where it appears to be – including alternative ones – but only pretend to be a bulb, then it does not die, but become that which was there before it and still is there, namely electricity. This pretending though has to be accomplished while it still experiences a world, that seems to be illuminated by its power – otherwise the fear of dying as a bulb will arise when it fades out, and so it will try to hang onto the image of being a bulb.

How to pretend to be a bulb
To pretend being a bulb can be compared to having a vacation in another country, where you pretend to be a tourist and maybe speak a little of the local language even though it is not yours. All the time you know, it is not your real home and that you soon will return. It seems to be fun for a while being somewhere else, but a relieve when you finally go back to your home.

To be a tourist in the world
Nothing in the world lasts. That is how you know it is not real, because what is real lasts. So if you identify with the world and the person you appear to be ´there´, you will die, when the body breaks down. But if you only pretend to be a person in a body nothing real dies, when the body is terminated.

How to choose pretending to be a person
You cannot really choose pretending to be a person, but if the world bores you, you feel there is nothing to live up and there is nobody or nothing to save, indifference will take you there. And so pretending to be a person the world suddenly becomes a comedy.

Now you as an entity defined by time and space falls apart.

When the body stops to function you fall apart as someone defined by time and space. Well, it is rather the belief that you were someone definitive that falls apart, because that which is you is the formlessness of life. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Now you die
In the oneness of life you cannot miss anything, because it is formless and therefore endless, so everything is there. In the world you can miss many things. That is how you know, you are not in the oneness of life. As soon as there appear to be more than one, there is fear of not getting enough and if getting it, there is fear of loosing it.

Fear is the prime mover in the world where there seems to be more than one. None of your solutions for peace will help you, when the body stops to function. All what is left is the irrational fear of loosing, what you believe to be and have. Nothing can cover that up. This is the moment of truth. This is now as you have never experienced it before and never will again, because now what you believe to be dies.

How not to die
In a world of duality every experience involves more than one. There must be at least three to experience something. The one who is believed to be the experiencer and then two sides of a contrast, because an experience needs to be contrasted in order for it to be recognised. You cannot recognise love without knowing hate for example. Therefore the experiencer must always choose between the opposites of a contrasts.
If you for example want to experience love you must choose to exclude hate, so that hate can define the feeling of love.

But as non-duality is formless and therefore endless, there is nothing to contrast it, so it cannot be experienced – least of all in a world of duality. In such a world you can only know what is dual and therefore not one, because it takes more than one to know somethingThis means you can know, that what you appear to be in a world of duality is not real.

Whatever appears to have an end is an illusion. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Whatever appears to have an end is an illusion. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

If something is real one moment and not the next one, it is an illusion, so if what you appear to be has an end, it is not real. In other words, you are not the person you appear to be in a world of duality. It must be must be something you pretend to be.

As mentioned above this must be fully grasped before the body stops to function or you will fear its termination and fight to remain what you are not, which is not possible as what you believe to be is not real. Only that which is real, namely the oneness of life, remains, because – as already said – it is formless and therefore endless.

When – in the context of the above metaphor – a bulb cannot light up anymore it is forever dead, if identified with the ability to light up. But if it knows, it is not what it can do, but that which makes it possible to do it, it remains as electricity.

That a bulb is not identified with its appearance does not mean, that it knows its source. It cannot be known by a bulb. But it means that the bulb does not know, what and where it is. Not knowing that, the bulb is nothing, and so there is no blockage to stop electricity from going on, when the game of pretending to be a bulb is over. Consequently there does not appear to be anything else than electricity – and so nothing is missing. This is one perpetual present.


NOTE: This article is part of hack #1.5 Pretending to be a person.

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