+ To be nobody and yet somebody (in the process of being updated)

Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

It is the brain that and nobody else that tells you to experience someone as stupid or bright, for example. If you accept this to be a fact, the brain will go on suggesting how you should with that. Whether you consider or reject the suggestions, you are well entangled in the game of the brain, which is to make you believe that you are separated from what you experience so you appear to be someone definitive in a world that seems to be outside of you.

This is not to say, that there are ways to escape that game, except, of course, to die. So if you want to go on as if you are someone in a world where there seems to be more than one, you play the game of the brain, which is actually quite fun because when you do that, it supports you with shots of happiness.

And like all other games, the end is built into it, so you do not have to feel stuck. When your time is up, you forget everything about a world where there seems to be more than one and thus about you being someone, so nobody appears to hide there never was or will be more than that which is one.

Until then, you have much fun appearing to be in the game if you perceive the experiences the brain fabricates of it as they are, and not as they ought to be according to a special belief system like socialism, capitalism, Buddhism or any other ism.

In the case, your perception relates to the experiences as they are, regardless it is a negative or positive perception, you are not someone definitive but someone relative to the brain (read more about that here), that supports you with shots of happiness. If your perception does not relate to the experiences as they are but to a belief system of yours, this system seems to establish you as someone definitive in charge of its own life. But since it never turns out as it ought to be, you do not feel happy but frustrated. Read more about that here.

If you connect with the empty breath you are not relative to the brain anymore, nor independent of it because you are nobody and thus not somebody in the experiences that the brain creates, although you appear to be in them. In other words, you are in the world of the brain but not of it. This, however, is only possible for 20 minutes, 45 at most (see the end of this article). Fortunately, it is possible to get around that by quickly shifting between the conscious experience of being somebody and having no consciousness of what and where you appear to be. This is what we explore in the below:

When not concentrating, you ´see´ the appearances in this image simultaneously. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

It is easy to connect with the empty breath when not looking for something
If not suppressing specific experiences by making a perception of them that seems to make sense according to a particular belief system like socialism or capitalism, for example, the uncontrolled energy of them will ignite a take-off to the empty breath.

Connecting with it may at first feel as if you have two kinds of breaths. The one that you are used and that you probably out of habit are forcefully doing until you stop interfering so the empty breath can take over at its own pace, which may be slower than you are used to and with a longer break in between breaths and not deep at all.

Physically speaking it is like breathing in gently starts from a generator in the abdomen without any emphasis on the nose and when breathing out there is a little push of air out the nose. That being said, this is not something you need to remember and strictly follow. The empty breath does not know what you believe to do. The only thing needed for the connection to work is a willingness to go with the flow.

Although the empty breath has nothing to give but emptiness, it feels like you get more energy. Probably because the lack of something dissolves the tensions in the body that restricts a full breath. When it flows freely, every moment is the perfect moment. Nothing is missing or wrong.

As emptiness is powerless, it cannot do this without your permission, and if you are not ready for this, it may take some time before you see, nothing is missing or wrong. No worries. As time is an illusion, every moment is the perfect moment. But let us get more practical and talk about how to get there:

When breathing in, you follow thoughts and/or feelings all the way to the top of the head without making a perception of them that excludes what you judge to be politically incorrect. At the top of the head, the gentle explosion of their restless energy brings back the clarity of nothing, so you are in the bliss of being indifferent to something and thus also being someone definitive.

Following the breath down to the abdomen, you are therefore in a state of not-knowing. You remain in this state by continually going up and down with the breath, and you leave it when perceiving an appearance to make a difference.

This should not be understood as a state of not-knowing is in the flow of the physical breath – just like the music you turn on by hitting a button is not in that action. A state of not-knowing is nowhere in particular and therefore obscured by the experiences of time and space, that seems to confirm you as someone definitive in a tangible world.

Following the rhythm of the breath as described above or in the other articles about it (see the below box) fascinates the brain, so it forgets to continually produce a conscious experience of you as someone separated from others by time and space. As this is the primary purpose of following the breath, it is not essential to do it in the exact same the way you interpret it should be done according to Alexius´ Enlightened Non-Teachings.

Check out the below articles about how to ignite a take-off to the empty breath

If you think you will find something better around the next corner, you will probably not notice the empty breath, because it is not behind anything but before everything. It is the frequencies of nothingness hitting the senses, that the brain uses to fabricate an image of you as someone definitive in a world defined by time and space. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Looking for something, you do not notice the empty breath because it is nothing
Although being in the bliss of the empty breath is simple and straightforward, it may seem complicated if you are conditioned with the ideas of controlling and/or stopping thoughts because controlling or preventing something is not possible in the nothingness of bliss.

Neither is that beneficial for getting into it. On the contrary. It is when you do not try to stop thoughts or in any other way focus on them, that they are free to speed up until the explosion of their restless energy ignites a take-off to the empty breath, and thus to the blissful state of not-knowing. In short, it is not focussing but defocusing that will get you to a state of not-knowing in which thoughts may go on, as usual. Yet there is not someone definitive to be conscious of that.

The apparent difference between a boy or a girl, for example, must be upheld as real to sustain the belief, that you are someone definitive in a world defined by time and space. This appearance remains precisely the same when connected with the empty breath, but due to its indifference, your appearance is not judged to make a difference. Thus the belief in being someone definitive fades out. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

The flow of the empty breath is flexible
Being defocused, you may forget the above description of going up and down in alignment with the rhythm of the breath and instead go the other way around. Or the distance of going up and down may be diminished or enlarged, so when going up you pass the top of the head and going down, you go below the abdomen. No worries. There is nobody to notice the apparent difference. Thus it makes no difference.

Going up and down is very much like described in the paragraphs The swing of ´the empty breath´ and Surfing ´the empty breath´ in the article What does ´the empty breath´ feel like?).

The brain will try to process a state of not-knowing into an experience of something instead of nothing by babling about awakening, coming from your pure essence, heart (read more about that here) or whatnot, so the image it has fabricated of you as someone definitive is confirmed as real and thus obscure it is made from out of nothing. Read more about that here.

Do not worry if the above seems a bit complicated. You do not have to remember it. Just connect with the empty breath and go with the flow as it comes. Having done that a few times, you automatically return to the empty breath, whenever you prefer to perceive grievances as nothing instead of something. Read more about that in the below articles:

When not perceiving the contrast of up and down to make a difference, the world is not experienced to make sense and thus not to hide that both the senses and what they seem to pick up are nothing but empty space. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

The flow of going up and down
Instead of remaining in a state of not-knowing after going down to the abdomen when the breath contracts the body, you can return to the conscious experience of being someone definitive, when you leave the abdomen and with the expansion of the body goes up to the head again. This you do by perceiving yourself to make a difference.

But from the conscious experience of being someone definitive, you can return to the connectedness with the empty breath. Not perceiving the thoughts and feelings constituting this experience to be something specific they ignite a take-off to the empty breath. Thus you leave the head with no specific thoughts and feelings when the body contracts and go with the flow of the breath down to the abdomen where you reconnect with the empty breath until you again go up with the flow to the head and the conscious experience of you as someone definitive – and so on.

Having been in this flow for a while it becomes automatic. Thus you appear to be someone who is conscious of itself but does not know what it means. In other words, you are in the world but not of it.

When not in the connectedness with the empty breath, grudges and so-called negative thoughts keep popping up as before. But as the after effect of the connection is happiness you do not bother.

You cannot know when you are connected with the empty breath because being it you are in a state of not-knowing. Nor can you know who it is that is following the breath as when the contrast of up and down eventually cancels out itself (read more about that here), there is not someone going up and down or anywhere else. Until then, blissful memories of not knowing will pop up and sweeten what you believe to know.

As time is an illusion, the contrast making up the flow has already canceled out itself or more to the point, nor this or any other contrast has ever existed because there is no more than that which is one since it is formless and therefore endless. But while you believe there is, enjoy the flow of going up an down until it cancels out itself and thus you as well.

As reality is that which is one and as it takes more than one to go anywhere, it has nothing to say except I am here. But if you believe that it is possible to be and have more than that which is one, here does not seem to be enough. Yet it makes no difference, as there is no more than here because oneness is formless and therefore everywhere. That is also why that which is here cannot be known. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

No more than that which is one
Should you forget to follow the flow and thus forget about the empty breath, there is no reason to condemn yourself for that, because there is no self. It takes more than one to be or have a self, and as there is no more than that which is one since it is formless and therefore endless, any kind of self is make-believe. For the same reason remembering the empty breath is also make-believe. Read more about the illusion of experiences here:

Nevertheless, remembering the empty breath makes it easier not to believe, it is possible to be and have more than that which is one. And sometimes not believing this, you are aware you are nothing and thus in the bliss of emptiness. But since it also requires more than one to be blissful, it is of course also an illusion.

Yet if you stay in this illusion for 20 minutes, 45 at most, the brain falls into a coma and unable to make the experiences that seem to manifest you as someone definitive. As the nothingness of the experiences it used to produce, therefore, is exposed, there does not appear to be something hiding there never was and or will be more than that which is one.

See the hack 20 minutes, 45 at most, in Extra Duality Hacks or read the below articles

PS: You should not enter a state of not-knowing, not even briefly, if doing something that requires your full attention in the world where you appear to be as a state of not-knowing reset your short time memory.


NOTE: This article is part of hack #4.3 Uncontrolled speed leads to a state of not-knowing.

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