+ Life survives the experience of death

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On a vacation in a foreign country, you appear to be different person than in your native country, as you pretend to be a tourist exploring a foreign world. Likewise what you appear to be in a world where there seems to be more than one is not that which is you but something you pretend to be. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

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

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

When a bulb is identified with its appearance everything is over when it cannot function as a bulb anymore. It is dead. Period.

But if the bulb is not identified with the experience of itself, which seems to be defined by what it illuminates, but only pretend to be a bulb, then it does not die when its function as a bulb is over, but become that which always was there and still is, namely electricity. Pretending to be a bulb though must be set in motion while it still functions as bulb – otherwise fear of the end will set in when its function starts to fade out. Hence it will try to hang onto what it believes to be life, namely being a bulb.

How to pretend being someone you are not
To pretend being a bulb can be compared to having a vacation in another country. You pretend to be a tourist, who is exploring the way the locals live – maybe you also try to speak a little of their language even though it seems strange compared to yours. All the time you know, you are not at home and that it is only a matter of time before you are.

To be a tourist in a world defined by time and space
Nothing in a world defined by time and space lasts. That is how you know it is not real, because what is real lasts. So if you identify the person you appear to be in a world defined by time and space, you will die, when the body stops to function. But if you jus pretend to be a person in a body nothing real is dying, when the body ends.

How to choose pretending to be a person
You cannot really choose pretending to be a person, but if you are fed up with believing to be someone in a world defined by time and space and feel there is nothing to live up to, nobody or something that needs your help, you stop caring about what you appear to be. As nothing seems to matter, you may as well pretend to be someone you fancy – and so the absurdity of a world defined by time and space turns out to be a comedy in which you pretend to be an amusing actor.

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

When the body stops to function you fall apart as someone definitive. If not fighting this, there is not something to hide there never was and never will be anything else than the formlessness of life. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Now you die
In the oneness of life there is nothing to miss, because it is formless and therefore endless, so everything is there. But in a world where everything is divided in definable items there are much to miss. That is how you know, you are not in the oneness of life. As soon as something appears to be definable, there is fear of not getting enough of it and if getting enough, there is fear of loosing what you seem to have.

This fear of loosing what you have is all what is left, when the body stops to function.  Nothing can make that go away, if you believe to be someone definitive. It is the moment of truth. It is now as you have never experienced it before and never will again, because now what you believe to be and have dies.

How not to die
In a world where there seems to be more than one every experience involves more than one. The one who is believed to be the experiencer and the world experienced to be outside of the experiencer, and as an experience needs to be contrasted in order for it to be recognised everything is divided in contrast.
 

You cannot recognise love, for example, without knowing hate. The experiencer therefore always must choose between the opposing sides of a contrasts. If you for example want to experience love, you must exclude hate, so that the exclusion of hate defines the feeling of love. You can read more about contrasts in hack #3.2 Inclusiveness is a perfect moment and hack #3.6 Inclusiveness is pure bliss.

But as oneness is formless and therefore endless, there is nothing to contrast it. Hence it cannot be experienced – least of all in a world where there seems to be more than one. In such a world you can only know what is divided into more than one and therefore not one. This on the other hand means you can know, that what you appear to be in a world where there seems to be more than one is not real, if that which is one is formless and therefore endless.

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

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

So what is real, that which is one or a world where there seems to be more than one? When 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, a world where there seems to be more than one is not real. Hence what you appear to be there is 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 as what you are not, which is not possible as a body is needed to maintain the believe that you are someone in a world where there seems to be more than one. To make long short, as what you believe to be is not real, only that which is real and the only reason for being able to have an experience of something unreal remains, namely the oneness of life.

When – in the context of the bulb metaphor – a bulb cannot illuminate something anymore it is forever dead, if identified with the ability to illuminate something. 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 what it is that is empowering it, as that cannot be seen in the world illuminated by the bulb. But it means that the bulb has no knowledge of what and where it appears to be, so that there is no consciousness of being anything else at all.

Consequently there is not something dying, when the bulb stops pretending to be someone illuminating a world outside of itself. All what there is, is the power that made it possible to pretend being a bulb.


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

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