Perceiving everything as ´it is what it is,´ any experience feels good enough [DRAFT]

When you do not look for anything to make you feel better, your reaction to everything automatically is perceived as ´it is what it is.´ Therefore, there is not something to upset you. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Thanks for passing by. Alexius is still in the process of exploring how to communicate this hack. Hence, you might be better off reading another. But you are, of course, welcome to take your chances.

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In most cases, you do not have to read Alexius´ Enlightened Non-Teachings in a particular order. But in the case of this article, you may benefit from reading about the perception ´it is what it is.´ This perception makes you in tune with the brain’s script. Thus you feel satisfied. See hack #4.2 The brain´s script and how to perceive it to feel happy.

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Since oneness is formless and therefore endless, there are no feelings at all unless you believe it is possible to be and have more than that which is one. In the context of that belief, Alexius´ Enlightened Non-Teachings talk about physical and psychological feelings plus a feeling of emptiness, which is pure bliss (see hack #5.3 ´The empty breath´ and the bliss of not believing to be someone.

In this hack, we take a closer look at the combination of physical and psychological feelings. That combo brings about a psychosomatic disorder, which feels like being in a cage made of grievances, fear and anxiety.

The fastest way to repair a psychosomatic disorder is to not perceive it as ´I know what it is´ but ´it is what it is.´ The first view is categorical, whereas the second one does not have a monocratic but dualistic approach. Hence the second view brings you in alignment with dualism, and since you are in a world of duality, this is the way to go if you want to feel good.

Suppose it seems impossible not to go on as conditioned and rationalise a psychosomatic disorder into something you seem to know. In that case, it may be helpful to split it into psychological and physical issues. Hence each of them can be approached on their own term. But then again, you have distanced yourself so much from the psychological problem that it seems to have vanished, so you cannot split the psychosomatic disorder.

No problem, it is not about how you deal with the disorder but how you perceive your reaction to it. When you perceive that as ´it what it is.´ your response is revealed to be dual. Hence the disorder has no specific effect on you. And since there is no cause without an effect, there is no psychosomatic disorder. Instead, there is a psychological and a physical problem that you can approach in an immaterial and material way.

In other words, to start the healing of a psychosomatic disorder, there is nothing you need to change but your perception of your reaction to it. Read more about that in The body is made to deal with physical issues, not psychological ones.

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If you feel rejected, there is no reason for the body to suffer. Nor is there any reason for not feeling good if the body suffers from an illness. That is, if you do not mix a psychological problem with a physical one into a psychosomatic disorder. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

When you perceive your response to an experience as ´I know what it is,´ you have quickly chosen between different points of view to see which one proves ´I know what it is.´ Meditation cannot stop this hectic and unpleasant movement of thoughts required to appear as if you are in the know. But if your reaction to an experience is perceived as ´it is what it is,´ you do not need to look for explanations that seem to confirm you are on top of it. Consequently, you are at peace.

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Everything comes in pairs of opposites in a world of duality. That is why singular opinions and feelings are fake, and you need to make them real by imagining that holding back the breath breaks up the duality pairs into particular elements independent of each other, so you are someone definitive instead of relative to duality. The suffering of the body that this separation from duality entails cannot be solved by breathing exercises. On the contrary, they seem to confirm the belief that you are in charge of who you are, although you would die quickly if you were to manage the breath because you would not remember it.

However, if you perceive your single-minded opinions and feelings as ´it is what it is,´ each of them is revealed to be paired with its opposite. Since your views and feelings, therefore, are twofold, you are in the duality flow. Read more about that in hack #4.4 The duality flow goes to non-duality. Hence, there is no need to imagine being in charge of the breath and thus able to set up a particular image of yourself.

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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 your mouth sealed. In most cases, that is an attempt to prevent feelings from coming out. And keeping the shoulders back is often 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 or not having a specific emotion, so you, for example, feel love but not hate or the other way around.

This separation of love and hate makes you feel fragmented, whereas you feel complete when they are paired. In other words, when hatred and love are coupled, they support each other and give you a genuine feeling of togetherness, contrary to the uncertainty you get when separated.

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When your reaction to something is perceived as ´it is what it is,´ the specific meaning you decided your response had opens up and reveal it is not singular but twofold. Thus lust, which is paired with being pure, does not make you feel ashamed but joyful. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Whatever is perceived in the psyche to affect the body or in the body to affect the psyche is made-up connections. Fortunately, they are undone when you perceive your reaction to the effect as ´it is what it is.´ Since the connection was purely mental, you feel relieved in the psyche. Hence you have no need to force your ideas of balance, wholeness and whatnot on the body. Therefore, it is free to deal with itself materially. Should it need help from healthcare professionals, it will let you know.

If you have been heavily invested in the idea of a body-mind connection, you may feel empty when that idea goes down the drain. No worries. Soon you realise how laid-back life is in the absence of this fake unity.

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When perceived as ´I know what it is,´ an emotion seems definable. Hence you think it can be compared to a physical feeling that you perceive to be similar. And since a physical feeling is denser and therefore last longer, the emotion also seems to go on if you hold onto this comparison. However, if the experience of an emotion is prolonged, it becomes heavy.

Fortunately, an emotion is not definable as something specific when perceived as´ it is what it is.´ Consequently, it is just a fleeting moment of nothing disguised as something.

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When something felt in the body is perceived as ´it is what it is,´ the feeling is not defined by you, wherefore it cannot be linked to something psychological or spiritual. Hence the body is free to deal with itself as it is made to do. But, unfortunately, it can be too late, even with the help of a healthcare professional, to heal the problems coming from your ideas of integrating the body with something non-physical.

In that case, you may end up with chronic inflammation, for example. But if you do not combine the psychological sphere with the physical reality anymore, the irritation that seems to arise from the chronic inflammation is not linked to the physical feeling of it. Thus the body can help you living with the sickness as it is.

When perceiving a problem as ´it is what it is,´ you step back from the idea of being in control and thus of fixing it. Therefore, both the psyche and the body can deal with their problems in their own way without being interrupted by your foolish idea of unity.

This does not mean that you do not assist the body by keeping it warm, supplying it with a place to sleep and, supporting it with medicine and vitamins – perhaps prescribed by a healthcare professional. In the case of Alexius, he uses the internet to find something that supports his body, for example Blackroll for massage, nootropics for boosting the brain and far-infrared heating pads for relieving pain.

But it means that you do not pump up the body through fitness or try changing the rhythm of the breath, for example. Believing that you are in charge of yourself is absurd. You do not even know who you are. Besides, going down the stairs is such a complicated process that it would take at least a day if you had to control every movement.

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You hold back your breath to block thoughts and feelings which do not fit into the image you have constructed of yourself. Then you do exercises to correct the disrupted breath. But manipulating it further only makes it worse. The problem is not the breath but that you think you can manage it. It needs to flow freely. Thus you a problem with the breath is not solved by exercises. Instead, step back and do nothing, so the breath flows unhindered by your ideas of balance, wholeness and whatnot. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

If you enhance the sense of pain in a broken rib by combining it with the fear of destruction, you expect to feel severe pain when the breath moves through the broken rib. However, do not try to overcome that by pushing the breath through that area. It is natural to hold back breathing if you expect it to be hurtful when it expands the rib.

Unfortunately, the breath is often held back to perceive particular spots in the body as problematic. This is not healthy, nor is pushing the breath. Both approaches imply you believe to be in control of breathing. But you would quickly die if you should remember to breathe.

The way out of this is not to let the breath be. This idea comes from the belief that you are in charge. The key is to step back, so you are out of the way. That is done by perceiving the fear your problem seems to cause as ´it is what it isThis reveals fear is not alone. It is complemented by confidence, which is defined by fear that is determined by confidence.

In this interplay, called the duality flow, you feel complete and therefore free. Therefore, as there is no attempt to interfere with the breath, it runs freely despite physical issues. Read more about the duality flow in hack #4.4 The duality flow goes to non-duality.

That being said, it might hurt in the broken rib when the breath is not regulated to avoid pain. Still, this is less painful than imagined and compared to the joy of an unrestricted breath, it is nothing. Especially because that lays the foundation for the healing of the rib.

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Your disgust for others, based on the assumption that you know better, keeps the body tightened. This does not mean you should try to stop your grievances but that you should perceive your reaction to them as ´it is what it is.´ For example, if your grievances make you shameful, you see that this single-minded feeling actually is twofold. Shame is complemented by praise, and since they define each other, acknowledging this matchup makes them so authentic that you feel great. Hence there is no need to know better.

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Projecting unpleasant feelings onto the body and expecting them to go away when the body is fixed is like projecting feelings onto your smartphone and expecting them to go away when the phone is repaired. Just like feelings cannot be mixed with the mechanical parts of a smartphone, they do not blend with the physical nature of the body.

In other words, no matter what you project your unpleasant feelings onto, they remain in the psychological sphere. Hence it is there they must be dealt with.

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Most do not feel and see the body as it is. Instead, they have a vision of what it will feel and look like in the future when they have succeeded in imposing their ideas of perfection upon it.

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When you drive a car, you do not try to change how its engine works or looks. Instead, you use the wheel, gear, gas and brake pedal and trust the machine to do what it is supposed to. But moving around in a body, you try to bypass the biological system so you can shape the body per ideas of mindfulness and wellness.

The application of one or more of the duality hacks reestablishes the connection between the body and the brain. Not by healing the body, though, but by undoing the foolish belief that you are connected with the body. Hence it becomes like a coat you wear. It follows you but there is no connection.


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