Life is neither a cause nor an effect. There is no karma!

Updated August 21, 2022

If the car in this image seems to make you feel something specific, you are constructing this effect yourself. The picture has no power to cause you to feel anything at all. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

You get an immediate physical effect when you hit a nail on the wall. This is not caused by the past but by the present. Should you bang your finger while hammering on the nail and remember you once hit somebody else, it has nothing to do with that. Slamming the finger is an accident. Nothing in your past caused it, nor is there anything set in motion for the future, apart from going to the doctor if the finger is severely damaged.

If you want causal connections to imply, what and where you believe to be has a special meaning, you must invent them.

But to suffer from bodily pain because you accidentally hit your finger does not sound adventurous. So if you somehow connect the suffering with something from your childhood, you have a basis for a story of cause and effect in which you seem to be part of something greater, thus having a special purpose.

Since life is oneness which is formless, thus endless, nothing else could have caused life, nor can it cause something else. Consequently, everything a world where there seems to be more than one is lifeless, hence meaningless.

Whenever you look for something that seems to justify your current state of mind, you fabricate cause and effect – also called karma. As it is all an imagination, you feel its impact in the exact moment you imagine this connection. There is no other karma than this imagined connection. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

On top of that, this construction of cause and effect makes it possible to justify any thought, emotion or action as ‘caused’ by something in the past. Therefore, the concept of karma can be used to legitimise everything you think, feel and do, so you always look innocent. But if you do not construct this connection, there is no special cause, not an effect that makes you attractive. You appear to be nothing, thus not an effect of something.

Hence you are like life because it is formless, thus endless, wherefore it is not caused by something else. Consequently, you are not of a world defined by time and space but of the formlessness of oneness.

You do not reap what you sow. It is a childish fantasy like Santa Claus and the Fairy Tooth, which only seems real until you have developed common sense.

Fortunately, this misperception of what causes an event is easily corrected when you perceive an apparent effect of something as ‘it is what it is.’ Doing that, the effect is not something specific and thus not the cause of anything in particular. Read more about this perception in hack #4.2 The brain’s script and how to perceive it to feel happy.

You cannot know why this picture is here. Therefore, since any reason is made up, the cause is fictional, thus the effect. In other words, what you see is make-believe – likewise, the experience of a world where there seems to be more than one. Nobody knows the cause of it. There is a theory about a big bang which created something out of nothing. But there is neither nothing nor something because it requires more than one to be anything, and there is no more than that which is One. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

The foundation of Alexius’ Enlightened Non-Teachings is that the world is unreal. And since you are real, you are not there. One way to know this is to look at the actions of others. You cannot see what has caused them. Hence the cause is thought up. And since only what is unreal needs to be imagined, the cause is fake. Consequently, the effect it seems to cause is an illusion.

You could also say that since these effects do not seem to have a cause and there is no effect without a course, what appears to be an effect of something is an illusion. And since nobody knows the cause of the world – apart from the weird claim that an explosion of nothing, called the big bang, created a universe of something – the experience of being in it is an illusion. It is something you pretend. Read more about that in hack #1.3 Pretending to be someone definitive is liberation


  • The above article is written within a world where there seems to be more than one. Karma, therefore, is discussed in that context. However, ultimately, there is no sense in discussing karma because there is no more than that which is One, and it takes more than one to have karma.
  • This article is part of hack #1.2 You cannot change anything but your perception of it.