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

Updated May 19, 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.

When you hit a nail into the wall, you get an immediate physical effect, not caused by the past but by the present moment. 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 just 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.

To suffer from bodily pain because you accidentally hit your finger does not sound like you have an adventurous life. But 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 special and, therefore, to have a great purpose.

Since the oneness of life is formless and therefore endless, nothing else could have caused it, nor can it cause something else. Consequently, everything created is lifeless and thus 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 invention of cause and effect makes it possible to justify any thought, emotion or action as ´caused´ by something in the past. Hence the concept of karma can be used to legitimise everything you think, feel and do, so always appear to be innocent. The result of this fabrication of cause and effect is not something you feel in the future, but in the same moment, you get rid of specific feelings from yourself by justifying them as caused by something judged to be separated from you.

If you do not construct such a connection, thoughts, emotions and actions have no cause. And since there is no effect without cause and vice versa, you have no thoughts and feelings, nor are you doing anything. Your existence is make-believe. And so is the whole universe.

You do not reap as you sow. It is a childish fantasy like getting Santa Claus and the Fairy Tooth. It only seems real when you are young and have not developed common sense yet.

Fortunately, this misperception of what causes an event is easily corrected. 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 that created something out of nothing. But it sounds as ridiculous as it resulted in a world where there seems to be more than one. It is impossible because there is no more than that which is One since it is formless, thus endless. 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, for example, your boss, spouse or cat. You cannot see what has caused them. Hence the cause is thought up. And since only what is not genuine needs to be imagined, the cause is unreal. 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.