Pretending to be someone definitive is liberation

There is no petrol stations in the game of Monopoly, so it is quite unrealistic to drive around there. Yet it can be quite fun choosing to pretend to be in a make-believe world, when you know, it is not real.

There is no petrol stations in the game of Monopoly, so it is quite unrealistic to drive around there. Yet it can be much fun pretending to be in a make-believe world when you know, it is not real. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

PART 1:
You are too big to drive a car in Monopoly.
 Besides that, it has no steering wheel, the wheels cannot move and the car has no petrol or any other things to make it drive. But it does not matter, because it is all make-believe when you choose to have fun pretending to be driving in a specific coloured car in the world of Monopoly.

You cannot choose* to pretend to be that which is real, because it is that which is you. But you can choose to pretend to be that which is not real and appear as one of many in a world where there seems to be more than one.

Glimpses of the enlightenment of that which is one** can be compared to looking through a keyhole to that which is real is. Bidding welcome the glimpses of enlightenment cannot be pretended, because it is not of a world where there seems to be more than one. You can compare glimpses of enlightenment to a video call to oneness. The call is from that which is not you to that which is you, and as that cannot be seen, the screen is filled with non-definable visions of light.

But that which is real is not just light. In fact, it is not light, although it seems like that in the video call. That which is real is one perpetual present without time and dimensions. As it is formless it cannot be described, neither experienced – nor is there any room for you as long as you believe to be someone definitive. There is literally nothing in that which is one. Yet that is everything because what is formless is endless.

In a world where there seems to be more than one, you are not everything. You are separated from what you experience to be there, which is an illusion, as there is no more that which is one. In other words, separation is not possible, but it seems possible to pretend that it is.

If you as someone appearing to be in a world where there seems to be more than one choose to include everything as it is, you also included, what you excluded, namely that you are that which is one – and so having excluded it become a confirmation of it. You can read more about inclusiveness in

So if you pretend to be, that you are not that which is one but a person in a world where there seems to be more than one, you are still that which is one and only appear to be a person in such a world. In other words: Wholly pretending to be that which is not one, namely a person in a world where there seems to be more than one, establish you like that which is one. Partly pretending will not make it, because you cannot partly be that which is one – it formless and cannot be broken or divided.

Watching part of the evening movie on the sky outside my door in my former house.

Alexius is watching part of the evening movie in the sky outside the door in his former house. Sometimes he follows it to the end and sometimes not. It really does not matter, because every part of it is a symbol of that which makes it possible to experience it. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

PART 2:
When you know that which is you is not incomplete, you do not need to watch a whole movie or have a whole intercourse or to complete anything at all, because all experiences symbolise that which is whole.

No experience in a world of duality though is whole, except in the sense that it is a complete illusion. Knowing that, you also know that you as the experiencer is also a whole illusion – and what the fuck then does it matter, if you experience an illusion to the end or not.

That being said, while one appears to be in an illusion, it is best to fully pretend to be there. It is an even bigger illusion to think, that you are at one with everybody there. It is an experience based on the judgment that there are others to be at one with, so you are acknowledging separation and not oneness. Hence you confirm duality while fooling yourself into believing you are detached from it – instead of enjoying the game of duality.

In this game, there appears to be a loss, but it is just like playing Monopoly, where no matter how much you appear to lose, nothing has been lost. It is not possible, but pretending that it is can be quite fun – just like it is exciting to pretend, that it is dangerous going down the hill in a rollercoaster.

To do the whole trip might be even more exciting. That is if every part of it is perceived as if it is a symbol of the wholeness of that which is one.

To be happy in the world or to experience happiness there. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

You cannot be happy in a game like Monopoly, because you are not there. Yet you can experience to be happy there. The same applies to a world of duality. That which is you is non-dual so you cannot be there. But you can pretend that you are. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

PART 3: You can only be desperate if you believe you are someone in a capsule of time and space. This applies to be happy and whatnot as well. But if you do not believe to be there, experiences of desperation or happiness will not make you desperate or happy – just like losing money in a game as for example Monopoly will not really make you poor.

It really does not matter, if you experience this or that while pretending to be a car in Monopoly. You are not the car. You are not in Monopoly at all. It is not possible. Yet it is possible to pretend to be there, so the ups and downs – from experiencing happiness to experiencing desperation – can be explored.

But if you believe to be there, you feel as if you are desperate or happy instead of just experiencing it.

You may ask how to pretend? No need. You already know. You are already pretending. You have just forgotten it. Here is an example that is taken from the tv-show The Big Bang Theory:

»When did you guys start feeling grown up?«

»Honestly, I thought when I got married I would, but I still kinda feel like I´m pretending.«

If you are do not try to fool yourself, you will see, that not only feeling grown-up is something you pretend to be. Also being a parent, a teacher or whatever you appear to be in the world is something you pretend after having played it out in your mind. 

Pretending to be someone in the world, you are free, because what you pretend to be, you are not.

Consequently, you are not a person in the world, so you are free from being desperate, happy and whatnot. Yet while pretending to be a someone in the world, you are free to experience desperation, happiness and whatnot.

Even though a lotus flower is nourished by the mud, it is not of it but effortlessly shines regardless of where it appears to be. The image is grabbed from the web.

Even though a lotus flower is rooted in the mud and is nourished by it, its brightness is not of it. The image is grabbed from the web.

PART 4:
Why do so few live effortlessly, when they say that is what they want to do?

Because it is not something, you can do. To live effortlessly, you do not do anything, but something is done through you. This cannot work if you want it, as to want something is already an effort!

But you can want not to make an effort, which of course also is an effort, but the result of it is that they are no more efforts … and so you are effortlessly appearing as a person in a world where there seems to be more than one – just like you within the context of such a world effortlessly appear to be in a video game. In other words, when you pretend to be in the world, you appear to be there but are not of it.


*) Suggesting to choose is, of course, an illusion. You are that which is one, and choosing requires more than one  – but in a world where there seems to be more than one, it may be a beneficial illusion.

**) You can read about the enlightenment of that which is one and glimpses of it in hack #5-7.3 The inner senses, the enlightenment of that which is one and glimpses of it.


NOTE: This article is part of hack #1.4 Pretending to be someone definitive is liberation.

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