Notes on perceptions [draft]

When there is nothing judged to be something, there is not anything to be excited about. Hence there is no expectation of something that can prevent the bliss of nothing. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

When you perceive every experience you seem to have as ´it is what it is,´ you are in sync with the brain’s script.* But when you start to wonder what you experience and conclude ´I know what it is,´ you are out of sync with the brain’s script,* because you do not know it.

There is no meaning to be found in your experiences, nor are they yours. That is an illusion created by the brain, which generates all the with only one purpose, namely to entertain the self it has made, and you believe in being as otherwise you obviously are nothing.

If you expect happiness to come when your hayfever is over, you will not feel the happiness that comes from being with the present experience.

The experiences you seem to have will continue as scripted by the brain,* regardless of how you perceive them. If, however, your perception is in sync with the brain’s script, it injects you with shots of happiness. Actually, it also does that if your perception is out of sync with the script,* but because this is based on you believing to know what is best, you expect happiness to come from something you categorise as right. Thus you do not notice the happiness that comes from the brain because it is not caused by anything in particular but that you are with everything as it is.

Maybe there are times when you do not want to be happy because being that, you do not care to avenge the unjust you perceive somebody has inflicted upon you and thus should be punished for. But not being happy and thus sad, you are the one being punished.

In other words, it is in your own best interest to be in sync with the script of the brain.* That is as long as you partake in its game of being somebody. If you do not mind being nobody, you perceive the experiences it produces as ´dunno what it is´. Hence you enter a state of not-knowing and its bliss of nothing.

This does not mean that the brain’s script* changes, but that you are indifferent to it because there is no need to be confirmed as somebody by it.

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If you want the satisfaction of duality, it is essential not to be focused on anything in particular. The same applies if you want to undo the belief in duality. Since the perception ´it is what it is´ cancels out anything specific, you kill two birds with one stone by applying it. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

In a video game, everything is predetermined. No matter what you choose to do, the subsequent events have already been arranged, likewise, in a world of duality. You can choose between different stories going on inside your head. No matter which one you settle for, your next step is decided in advance by the brain. It cannot be changed. You can, however, choose how to perceive your reaction to that step.

When you choose to perceive your reaction as ´it is what it is´ it is experienced to be two-fold, and since you are in a world of duality, the result is satisfaction. But if you perceive your reaction as ´I know what it is,´ it seems singular and, therefore, incompatible with duality. Hence you do not feel satisfied but frustrated by duality. Unfortunately, most think the solution is to get rid of duality. Yet it is the other way around.

Playing the game of duality you confirm non-duality because it is formless and therefore endless, wherefore it is the sole reason for the experience of duality. And also the reason, duality is not real. Read more about that in HACK #4 When you begin to live by duality, it is going to end.

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Not storing thoughts and feelings in the body or projecting them onto the world, they are in you but nowhere specific, so neither are you. Hence you are not stuck as someone definitive in a world of duality. This does not mean you need to bring back all the thoughts and feelings you have disassociated yourself from. The willingness to do so is sufficient. It is set forth by perceiving your reaction to any present thought or feeling as ´it is what it is

The result of this is not that you know who you are because it requires more than one to know something and there is no more than that which is one since it takes more than one to have a shape, wherefore it is formless and therefore endless.

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Do not hide your reaction to something by making a story in which you are unimpressed or detached. Instead, feel your response, so you can decide what it means and perceive that as ´it is what is.´ This expands the interpretation of your reaction, so it is not limited to you being angry, for example, but complemented with being calm. Since twofoldness makes you feel fulfilled, you have no urge to uphold a single-minded image of yourself. Thus, sooner or later, you forget what and where you are, which is the invitation the enlightenment of that which is one has been waiting for. Read more about that in hack #6-7.1 From the inner senses through a black hole into that which is one, Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

The purpose of assigning a singular meaning to an experience is to appear as if you are in the know and thus in control of your life. But insisting on that, you miss the joy of togetherness because it does not come from a singular but twofold point of view.

Just like you feel alive from the twofoldness of breathing in and out, you feel fulfilled when psychological pairs of duality, love and hate for example, are not separated but dynamically interact with each other. This interaction, however, takes away the feeling of control, so most split it up. They separate hate from love by projecting a romanticised version of love on somebody and hatred on a vulnerable part of their own body.

When they perceive what they have decided that hate or love is as ´it is what it is,´ they undo this separation. If they have classified hate as weakness, it reveals that it is paired with strength. Since the interplay of this polarity, like any other, brings about the relaxation of duality, you may not notice, you have no need to hold onto a pretty image of love outside of yourself by hiding hate in your body.

Others, therefore, are set free from your romanticised projections of love. And your body is no longer used as a means to hide your hatred, wherefore it stops defending itself against your attacks. In other words, the parts of the body you have kept tight to hide specific feelings of hate there are healed by the dynamic interaction of love and hate. 

If those parts suffer from physical illness as well, they must be attended to materially. Perhaps with the help from a health care professional. But if the body is not occupied by fending off your psychological issues, it can often restore itself. That is why physical illness starts with withdrawing the non-physical matters you have projecting onto it. Read more about psychosomatic disorders in hack #4.3 To be a basic self is to be good enough.

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Since non-duality is formless and therefore without beginning and end, it is everything. This does not mean it includes the experience of duality. On the contrary, formlessness cannot be experienced, so everything experienced is an illusion. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Alexius´ Enlightened Non-Teachings are written within the reality of duality. They do not claim to be non-dual or know what it is, since that requires more than one. But they claim to know what is not non-duality, namely everything experienced because it takes more than one to be conscious of something.

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You do not have to use the exact same words for the perceptions described in this article to play the game of duality, deny it, take a break, or totally leave it. Instead of saying ´it is what it is,´ you could say ´shit happens,´ or ´so what,´ for example. As long as the essence is alike, they work the same. That being said, the perception ´I know what it is´ only works in the sense that it makes you feel special. You are still what, and where the brain wants you to be, which you do not try to change when you rest with the perception, ´it is what it is

Choosing the perception ´dunno what it is,´ you leave the script* behind. Not in a sense, that you are not what and where the brain has planned, but you do not perceive your experience of it as something, since you are in the bliss of nothing.

To uphold the perception ´I know what it is,´ you must suppress your actual experience and thus your feelings about it. The two other perceptions do not involve denial. On the contrary, an experience cannot be perceived as ´it is what it is´ or ´dunno what it is,´ if you deny it.

In other words, suffering cannot be avoided  because, without acknowledging the experience of it, you cannot perceive it as ´it is what it is.´ Doing that, however, the experience is no longer definable, wherefore there is no suffering. To spell it out, when perceiving everything as ´it is what it is´ no feeling last. So, like a little child, you go from one mood to the other, and none of them settles down. Since this abstractness is in the world of the inner senses, it leads to glimpses of enlightenment. See hack #6-7.3 The inner senses, the enlightenment of that which is one and glimpses of it.

Neither the perception ´it is what it is´ or ´dunno what it is´ works if the intention is to get over and done with something. Unless you perceive this motive as ´it is what it is´ because that flushes out any idea of achieving something specific. If it is perceived as ´dunno what it is,´ there is not something to accomplish because you are in the bliss of nothing.

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Reality is that which is one because it is formless and therefore endless. And as it takes more than one to give or take something, the duality hacks have nothing to give or to take from you. That is why they reveal the bliss of nothing. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

The more you perceive an experience as ´it is what it is,´ the more carefree you feel. Perhaps so much that the perception automatically changes to ´dunno what it is´ and bring about glimpses of the enlightenment of that which is one because it is nowhere.

Read here how to see, hear, feel or taste the glimpses of enlightenment. Check out the enlightenment of that which is one versus glimpses of it in hack #6-7.2 The enlightenment of that which is one cannot be found in a world where there seems to be more than one, but glimpses of it can. Find out about the bliss of nothing in hack #5.3 ´The empty breath´ and the bliss of not believing to be someone.

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Living in the now is based on excluding the past and the future. Maybe also negative thoughts and other things judged to be wrong. But the experience that every moment is the perfect moment is not based on excluding something. Feelings from the past, thoughts about the future, and anything else that pop up are included unedited in the moment, which may last a split second or as long as it takes to finish a daydream.

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When you have perceived a singular opinion of yours as ´it is what it is,´ it reveals itself to be twofold. And since you appear to be in a world of duality, and everything in such a world operates in pairs, you feel complete. If that is perceived to be good enough, every moment is the perfect moment. Nothing is wrong or missing. Read more about that in hack #3.1 Every moment is the perfect moment.

So if you do not feel complete, you have decided something is wrong or missing. Since that is your own choice, you can undo it and again sense that feeling complete is good enough. Having made this decision a few times, you have established, that every moment is the perfect moment regardless of what and where you appear to be.

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Since the perception ´it is what it is´ reveals every experience is dual, it brings about amusement and completeness because that is what you get in the flow of duality. However, being in that flow amusement and completeness is complemented with boredom and incompleteness, so that you neither feel entertained nor depressed but fulfilled by the flow of duality.

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When something has been perceived as ´it is what it is,´ the specific meaning, you decided it has, opens up and reveals it is not alone. It is paired with its opposing element. Thus hate, which is complemented by love, does not make you frown but smile. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

If you wonder how to differentiate between physical and psychological feelings, you can count on the former being annoying, the latter overwhelming and the perceived combination of them worrying.

And if you do not know when you hide specific feelings, you can be almost sure this is what you do if you generally keep the lips tight together because it is most often a physical attempt to not letting feelings out. Keeping the shoulders back is generally a physical expression of attack, whereas keeping them forward may be an attitude of defence. Thus you, either in an offensive or defensive way, insists on having and not having a specific emotion – for example having love but not hate. Read more about that here.

This separation of love and hate makes you feel fragmented, whereas you feel completed if they are kept together as a pair. This does not mean you must change your physical appearance to feel fulfilled. It is a separation symptom, so it automatically goes away if you go with the duality flow. This you do by perceiving your singular reaction to your physical appearance as ´it is what it is

That reveals your response is twofold. Thus love and hate, like the two elements in any other pair of duality, can support each other and give you a genuine feel of their interaction.

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Since your internal comments about the world in most cases only have one meaning and, therefore, are cut off from their complementary part, you appear to judge yourself and/or others for being incomplete. Hence you get the urge to improve yourself and/or others so you can feel complete.

But it is nobody than yourself who has made the single-minded comments that seem to make the rules for what you and others can do. Fortunately, there is no need to identify these rules to set yourself and others free from your confinement. You simply perceive your present opinion about something, for example what you are reading right now, as ´it is what it is.´

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What you need to do comes automatically when you are in the duality flow. Should it not happen as you expect, you are not afraid of getting upset because you know everything comes in pairs. Thus your concern is complemented with unconcern, and the flow of duality goes on. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

You usually do not think about how to digest the food you eat. It happens by itself. In the duality flow, you do not even need to plan the preparation of your meal.* However, the preparation may not happen in a systematised way but in the apparently chaotic way of nature. It does not plant seeds in rows to get the most in return but enthusiastically throw them here and there to see what occurs.

Although making food, therefore, probably appear to be more chaotic than you are used to, you can count on having fun and to experience something new. That being said, there may be a period of transition where you try to hold unto your old single-minded ways of doing things. When it does not work out and thus triggers old feelings of despair, you are about to cry.

The solution is not to stop the discomfort but to stand by it so what you decide it means can be perceived as ´it is what it is,´ and thus be revealed to have a dualistic meaning. This is how you are going feel whole in a world of duality. Eventually, so wholly that you fully see, you are nothing but appearance. Thus there does not appear to be something to hide that which cannot be seen, namely that which is one.

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Everything in Alexius´ Enlightened Non-Teachings is fictitious. There is no similarity to reality because it is that which is one, and it takes more than one to read Alexius´ Enlightened Non-Teachings. However, since they do not claim to be real, you turn into nobody appearing to be somebody the more you read them. Therefore, the undoing of the belief in being someone seems quite fun.


*) Read about the brain’s script in hack #4.1 The basic self versus the special one.


NOTE: This article is part of hack #4.2 Being a self or no-self, and it is still in the state of a draft.

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