+ Pretending is a way to reality

Pretending to be a special place in the world of music.

Pretending to be together in a world of music. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Pretending is in many ways considered to be bad – as if not being authentic. But since oneness is formless and therefore endless, there is no more than that which is one. Thus nothing in a world where there seems to be more than one world is authentic but just as illusionary as anything else that seems to be separated from that which is one.

It is easy enough to know, there is no more than that which is one, because no matter how hard you have tried, you have never really been together with somebody else, except in your fantasy. In other words, there is nobody but you.

If that which is you is real it is not possible to be in a world that is not real. Yet it seems possible to pretend being ´there´ – just like an actor pretends to be someone he/she is not in a movie, or as you pretend to be someone you are not in a video game. In other words, everything you appear to be in a world where there seems to be more than one is something you pretend to be.

In reality it is not possible to pretend being someone you are not, because reality is that which is one and it takes more than one to pretend anything. In other words, a world where there seems to be more than one is a fantasy of yours. And then again it is not, because it takes more than one to have a fantasy.

Thus nobody is making a fantasy about a world where there seems to be more than one and nobody believes or pretend to be there – just like within the context of such a world nobody is making the dreams, you seem to be having while at sleep, and nobody including yourself is in those dreams, although they appear to be in you. If you want a further explanation of this see the next article Why you appear to be someone definitive is not explainable, because there is no more than the formlessness of oneness.

Being partly aware of this is a way to reality. To be fully aware of it, however, there is no way or awareness anymore and never was, because that which is you is no different from that which is one, and as that is formless it is endless, the existence of you as someone in a world defined by time and space is an illusion – just like within the context of such an existence, the appearance of you in a dream is an illusion.

As a musician, you quickly learn, what you need to pretend in order to get success. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Examples of unconsciously pretending to be someone definitive
When you look for a new place to live and you see different possibilities, you may imagine what kind of person who used to live there and what kind of person you could be if living there.

What you pretend to be depends on what you imagine to be expected from you and what you believe to be in it for you.

At work you probably pretend to be the kind of person that fits in there socially and/or professionally, but when at work-out you probably pretend to somebody else. And going to the disco you may pretend to be yet another one.

When you make a pass on someone you probably start adjusting your behaviour in accordance to what seems to turn the other on so that you can pretend to be the exact person the other one has been looking for.

Suggesting to pretend being a person is to suggest something that everybody already are doing – so it may be more correct to suggest being aware about it.

So although you may not be aware of it, you are already pretending to be someone definitive. And being aware of it, you know that what you pretend to be, you are not. Hence the door to that which is you has been opened.

You may have a hard time accepting that there is nothing authentic about the person you have believed to be. But for sure you know that the energetic people in an advertisement for Coca-Cola pretend to be something they are not – also the actors in a theatre or a rock star on the stage. And the work associates who always agree with the boss. Plus all the beautiful people on social media. You probably also know, that you assure your kids that everything is fine, you are pretending this.

Maybe only your body is having sex with your partner. And you pretend to be there, while you think of somebody else.

Maybe only your body is having sex with your spouse, and you just pretend to be there, while think of somebody else. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

An example of consciously pretending …
… that you may already know from your way as a person in a world where there seems to be more than one. You are having sex with your spouse but only your body is there. With eyes closed, you imagine it is somebody else you are having sex while pretending to be with your spouse.

Knowing that you pretend to be in a world where there seems to be more than one, no problems are real
Since what you pretend to be is not that which is you, it remains unchanged, whether you pretend to be compassionate or merciless.

To search for truth in a game like Monopoly is meaningless. There is nothing to realise there, because you are not ´there´. Yet that you can realise.

You already know this from playing games, for example Monopoly. You are not ´there´ but pretend that you are. It is all the same if you pretend to be a red or a blue car or how many scratches the car gets. It is not real and does not change that which is.

What you think you realise, only results in you pretending to be a new person. Nothing has really changed, because whatever you pretend, you are not. That is alright – and it is also alright to pretend being someone, who thinks it is alright.

To leave the illusion of the world,you first have to see,that you believe,you are ´there´. Thisyou can see by knowinglypretend to be a person andwhen you´ve had enough ofall the hard work it isto concentrate on pretendingto something you are not,you´re ready not to focus.If you don´t focus theworld will disappear andmake place for something,that cannot be focused at.Namely that what you are: One.This pic is not what you are,but a pic of the worlddisappearing due to lack of focus.What you are cannot be seen.

To leave the illusion of the world, you first have to see, that you believe to be ´there´. This you can see by knowingly pretend to be someone definitive, and when you have had enough of all the hard work it is to concentrate on pretending to be something you are not, you are ready not to focus on being what you are not. And without focus, there is no world to experience. Hence there is no experiencer hiding that which cannot be experienced, namely the formlessness of that which was, is and always will be you. This image though is not the formlessness that which is you, but a simulation of that which is not you, when it is about to fade out due to lack of focus. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

That which is one cannot be experienced
You may imagine, while you read this, what kind of person you should pretend to be, if you follow Alexius´ Enlightened Non-Teachings, and what kind of person you would pretend to be if we met – or the kind of person you are, who would not follow something like this.

To appear as if you are someone definitive in a world where there seems to be more than one demands much focus and control*, so if you are fed up with being someone in such a world, you simply cease to focus and control. This is done by being aware of what you already do, namely pretending to be what you appear to be, since that exposes what you are not, namely someone definitive in a world where there seems to be more than one.

There is no more than that which is one, so you are not in a world where there seems to be more than one. Hence the way out of such a world is to not know what and where you are.

It does that so clearly, that without further ado you cease to focus. In reality, this means that the experience of a world where there seems to be more than one is over. But as the experience of such a world seems to happen in linear time, it appears to happen so gradually – probably over several years – that you are not even aware of not experience a world where there seems to be more than one focus – or anything else at all anymore. Because when there is nothing to experience, there is nothing to confirm you as someone definitive.

Thus nobody appears to hide there never was and never will be more than that which that which cannot be experienced, namely that which is one, as it is formless and therefore endless.

The contents of this photo cannot be explained, because it is not real. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

APPENDIX:
When you do not perceive anything in the empty space**, that seems to be outside of that which is one, there is nothing but the idea of you as someone in charge of its own life. But without the perception of a world where there seems to be more than one to be outside of you, there is nothing to confirm your existence as someone definitive.

Thus this idea about being someone specific disappears in the nothingness of empty space. And as that means nobody is watching it, the apparent existence of something outside of that which is one is over.

Consequently, there is nothing to hide, there has never been anything outside of that which is one, neither inside, since it is formless and therefore without sides as well as beginning and end. Thus a world where there seems to be more than one has neither been created or terminated.

So in case you experience to be in such a world, it is not explainable, because it is not possible – just like within the context of such a world, it is not possible for a physical being to be in the world of a dream since that world is an illusion.


*) See the hack No Focus = No World Defined By Time And Space in Extra Duality Hacks.

**) In the below articles you can read more about what and where you believe to be is something you imagine to see in empty space:


NOTE: This article is part of hack #1.3 Pretending to be someone definitive is liberation.

+ Pretending is freedom from self-deception

Any interaction will do to make you seem alive as a person in the world – also if you are only looking at others. This relation confirms you to be ´there´.

Any interaction will make you appear as if you are someone definitive in a world where there seems to be more than one – also if you just observe others. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

PART 1:
Interaction is needed in order to uphold the belief, that you are someone definitive in a world defined by time and space. But whether the interaction is judged to be negative or positive does not matter, because in spite of you feeling rejected or loved, the belief that you are someone definitive in a world defined by time and space has been confirmed.

If your lover leaves you, there are many opportunities for discussing this with somebody, who appear to be different from you, and if not you can always have an inner discussion with what you judge to be others, so that your identity as someone special is confirmed.

As long as you believe there is an interaction with others, it seems to confirm you are someone definitive, regardless this interaction seems to be imaginary or real because all experiences are an illusion fabricated by the very same organ in the brain. See Eyes do not see, they translate.

Problems are needed to keep a conversation going, so if you are happily together with someone, you can always create a drama about your apparent differences. In a drama the importance of you as someone definitive is enhanced. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Problems are needed to keep a conversation going, but you can always create a drama about the apparent difference between you and somebody else and thereby enhance the importance of you as someone definitive. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

You can only feel alive in a virtual world if you imagine being someone there
The whole world is built upon the idea of being together – especially as a family. Belonging to a special group you appear to be accepted as if you are special too. That is if you also confirm others in the group in the way dictated by the group. If not you will be expelled. See also the article Coming from the heart is a denial of that which is one.

This is not a problem though if it is OK with you to be an outsider, because as an outsider you are also confirmed as being someone special.

Interaction and joining communities are basically what social media is about. The purpose of this is to be acknowledged by one or more groups, so that you are defined as someone special through your communication with the ´right´ ones..

Nowadays, contrary to the days before the internet, young ones do not have an urgent need for a girl/boyfriend. The interaction needed to be confirmed as someone special, they get from social media, where they join specific groups in which they build an image of themselves as a very interesting person.

The imagination of somebody else, that has done something specific for you to see, makes you feel alive as someone definitive. And the more interaction a post of yours seem to cause on Facebook, the more you seem to be part of something special, and being that is the way to appear as if you are a real person in a virtual world.

In the virtual world of Facebook, the participants believe, that there are other persons than themselves ´there´. The belief is based on the assumption that what they read on the screen is written by somebody else although it may as well have been written by a robot. Read more about that here.  Besides, the eyes cannot read. They just transfer the info of the light hitting them to the brain, that translates it in accordance with its conditioning, which basis is that you are someone definitive in a world of like-minded ones. Read more about that here.

The man appearing in this pic with his daughter is hardly ´there´ anymore, but the daughter by his side wants to imagine him as a person in the world, the way he used to be, even though he himself may not remember that, or that it is his daughter by his side helping him to appear in the world.

The man appearing in this image with his daughter is hardly able to make it´there´, but the daughter by his side wants to imagine him as a person in the world in the way he used to be, as that person is the proof of her being someone. Her father though may not remember what he was like, or that it is his daughter by his side. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Only that which is not real needs to be imagined
Interaction is the name of the game if a virtual world is to be felt as if it is real. The interaction is facilitated by you imagining what other people think. Hence what they appear to be is an imagination of yours, and since what you believe to be is based on this imagination, any interaction between you and others is your own fantasy.

To pretend is a way to set yourself free from this imagination of interacting with others as if there is more than that which is one, because what and where you pretend to be you are not.

Pretending to take part in for example the world of Super Mario or Monopoly, even though you are not really there, can be quite entertaining. But to belief that you actually are there is imprisonment.

Pretending is freedom from the imagined
Freedom is to pretend, you are someone definitive in a world defined by time and space, even though that which is you is no different from the formlessness of that which is one and therefore cannot be in a world defined by time and space.

Doing so you are free from the need of joining with others in a special group of two or more – and so you are free to pretend to be someone who is with others in a special group of two or more or whatever seem to fit the person, you pretend to be.

What you appear to be is nothing but empty space, where you catch a glimpse of something from which you make up a story about a world defined by time and space, although this is not possible since that which is one is formless and therefore endless, so there is no more than that which is one and it takes more than one to make up anything. Yet the constant repetition of imagining to be and have more than that which is one seems to create much more than one agreeing to this so that the collective belief in this seems to hide, what is not one is non-existing. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

PART 2:
As the experience of something requires more than one and that which is you is no different from that which is one, it is the belief that you are someone definitive experiencing a world defined by time and space, that hides there is no more than that which is one. Hence you have to be totally emptied out in order to not block out that which is you.

Fortunately, this is already so, because what you appear to be is nothing but empty space. In other words, there is nothing about your appearance in a world defined by time and space that needs to be changed or transformed. On the contrary, because any changes enhance the belief that you are someone definitive – and it is this belief that seems to hide there never was or will be more than that which is one.

To be free from what you are not is to not be anything at all, because it takes more than one to be something, and there is no more than that which is one, since it is formless and therefore endless.

Thus the undoing of this belief, that nobody has started is what seems to free you from what you have never been – just like within that belief system nobody causes a dream and nobody has ever been in it.

This is not about opening up or surrender to a higher power, because it takes more than one to be a higher power and there is no more than that which is one since it is formless and therefore endless. For the same reason neither is there anybody who can open up or surrender – or accept this. So if it seems so, you just pretend to be someone experiencing this, because what you pretend to be, you are not.

What´s casting a shadow is not in the shadow.

That which is casting a shadow is not in the shadow. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

PART 3:
A shadow only seems to have a life of its own due to light being blocked by something shaped in a similar way. In other words, the apparent existence of a shadow having a life of its own is an illusion. To see what is not an illusion, you must look for what the shadow reflects.

The same applies to the universe. It is a shadow – a hologram you could say. Regardless of how you experience yourself and the world that appears to be outside of you, it is make-believe.

Grasping this you are free to pretend to be any kind of person. Maybe you like to pretend to be a committed person, and so you do until you like to pretend to be a careless person or a person who loves everybody. Whatever you fancy you can pretend to be.

If you feel bad about something you seem to think, remember that thoughts are like shadows. They are not you.

By pretending to be somebody, you remain that which is you and therefore detached from what you pretend to be. A shadow is of course always attached to whatever is casting it, but that which is casting it is detached from the shadow because it is not in the shadow.

The world of shadows.

The world of shadows. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

PART 4:
Would you make love to a shadow? Probably not, it is not real and you want the real thing.

What seems to be real in a world of duality does not give you the satisfaction you want – at least only temporarily and after much hard work.

Such a world can be compared to a shadow and a shadow cannot give you anything – not even dissatisfaction, so if that is how you seem to feel, it is an imagination. All that you seem to get from a shadow is imagined, so why not choose to imagine, that you get something satisfactory.

This is possible if your choices are within the limits of the shadow – just like when pretending to be someone in a game like Monopoly you can be happy with what you have within the limits of that game, and should you lose it nothing has really happened to you. So why not give it your best shot within the game of the shadow world? You have nothing to lose. It is not real, and when it is over that which is you is all the same.

In a world of duality you cannot know what is real. But you can know, that what you appear to be is not real – and knowing that, you are free to pretend what to be and enjoy the adventurous thoughts and feelings this person appears to have.

To spell it out, do not try to be spiritual. There is no spirituality in a shadow, only in that which is casting it, namely non-duality, so have fun pretending to be that you are not spiritual while appearing to be in a world of duality and instead taste the sweetness of pretending to be what you are not.


NOTE: This article is part of hack #1.3 Pretending to be someone definitive is liberation.

Positive thinking is bullshit

A computer can only work, when both the negative and the positive pole in an electrical wire is used.

A computer only functions, when connected to both the negative and positive pole in an electrical wire, because in a world of duality negativity is just as needed as positivity. This does not apply to non-duality though. Nothing does, because non-duality is the formlessness of that which is one, and what is formless has no contrasts. Yet, as someone reading these black words contrasted by a white background, you believe to be in a world of duality, and so you must follow the rules of duality, which is to always confirm differences to be real. In other words, as much as you want to be happy, as much you must be willing to be unhappy. If tired of this play of duality, all you need to undo it is to be happy and unhappy without acknowledging the apparent difference to make a difference.* Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Though there are lots of books and courses about self-realisation and transformation of it nobody has ever realised or transformed it. The reason is very simple: the self is not a fact but a belief. So any realisation or transformation of it results in nothing but a new belief, which is just as fragile as the old one, as doubt is the companion of any belief.

Self-realisation or transformation is a rosy dream of becoming a better person in the future for those who cannot accept how they appear to be today.

This replacement of one belief with another some call awakening, but as awakening has a beginning, it also has an end – and when it ends, you cannot use the happiness of being this new and better self to suppress the suffering, believing to be a self always seems to cause. Again what you judge as bad must be transformed in order for you not to appear bad but good. This is how it goes in a world of duality. It is a constant fight between good and bad, that never stops as long as you believe to be someone definitive because that cannot be experienced without contrasts.

You cannot experience something as positive without having judged something else as negative, so to think positive is a confirmation of negative thoughts and vice versa.

If you try to exclude negativity, darkness, anger or other things, that do-gooders judge as bad and therefore as obstacles for becoming someone better you confirm duality, whereas if you include them there are no contrasts to define anything, because when for example negativity is included positivity is also included, as it cannot be experienced without its contrast.

It is not possible to leave non-duality, as to leave something involves more than one, and non-duality is that which is one. But it is possible to imagine there is more than one, and doing so it seems non-duality is replaced by duality. To undo this imagination, all what is needed is to stop believing, the apparent differences of duality make a difference*.

In other words, if not exclusive but inclusive* duality ceases to exist and without it, there is neither happiness or suffering, neither is there someone definitive, and so there is not something hiding that which has no contrasts, namely non-duality.


*) This is covered especially in hack #3.2 Inclusiveness is pure bliss.

 


NOTE: This is article is part of hack #1.1 The world is make-believe.