From non-duality to duality and back

Updated January 6, 2022

It is not possible to drink the water from the bottle in this pic, because the bottle is a simulation – but it is possible to imagine to drink the water. The imagination will never quench your thirst though.

It is impossible to drink the water from the bottle in this image because it is a simulation. Nevertheless, it is possible to imagine drinking it. However, this fantasy will not quench your thirst. Likewise, it is impossible to be fulfilled in a world where there seems to be more than one because it is a simulated reality on top of that which is One. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

That which is One

… is no different from the formlessness of that which is you. But as formlessness has no size, it is nothing. Yet, it is also everything because formlessness is endless. In other words, there is no more than the formlessness of oneness, also called non-duality.

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Nothing in the world is what is seems to be. The graphic is grabbed from the web.

Since it takes more than one to see something, you must tricked yourself into beliving you are in a world where there seems to be more than one. You may also have tricked yourself into seeing convergent red lines in this image, when, actually, all lines are parallel, and it is the blue boxes that are offset.

What if that which is One …

… could be divided into more than one? It is impossible. Firstly, because it is formless. Secondly, its speed is infinitely fast. Hence there is no time and space to differentiate anything. Nevertheless, it seems possible to imagine slowing down its speed until it is so slow that there appear to be separated appearances in the distance.

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The still photo of Scarlett Johansson in ‘Lucy’ is grabbed from the internet.

Think of the movie Lucy, where Luc Besson via Scarlett Johansson demonstrates that if you speed up time infinitely, any object in motion disappears – or in the context of this article becomes one. A world where there seems to be more than one is a reverse example of that. A slowed-down movie of oneness, you could say.

One of these separated appearances in the distance is imagined to be you. Both you and everything else, though, are as flat as this article’s images because formlessness has no dimensions. But when the formlessness of oneness is observed from different angles and distances, it appears to get smaller and bigger. Therefore, since it seems to exist in time and space, you conclude you are someone substantial in a tangible world.

Graphic by Clive Gifford.

Movements that do not exist. The graphic is grabbed from the web.

The book ´Eye Benders: The Science of Seeing and Believing´ written by Clive Gifford explains, the brain sees movements that do not actually exist, and it also fabricate images to fill what it perceives as gaps in the world. You can read more about this in the article The closer you look, the less you believe what you see is real.

To make long short, a world where there seems to be more than one is built from an imagined slowed down version of oneness. The fata morgana is layered on top of oneness to hide that there is no more than that which is One. Read more about that here. It is not done with any other purpose than the thrill of being and having more than that which is One. See hack #4.2 The brains script and how to perceive it to feel happy. It is a bit like the excitement you get when AR (augmented reality) modifies the physical world and builds a layer on top of it, so a simulation of the physical world is mixed with the actual physical world.

You probably experience, that you see two differently sized orange circles in this pic, because that is what the part of the brain, that measures perspective and scale, will tell you. Due to the blue circles it appear as they are not the same size. But you are wrong. Each orange circle is the same size. You are also wrong, if you think persons are different, and that they are in a world of duality. It is an illusion. Everything is sizeless.

You probably experience two differently sized orange circles in this image because that is what the part of the brain that measures perspective and scale will tell. Due to the blue circles, it appears that the orange circles are not the same size. But you are mistaken. Each orange circle has the same size. You are also wrong if you experience a world of different sized objects. It is an illusion. That which is real is formless. The graphic is grabbed from the web.

When writing this article, the most well-known AR (augmented reality) example is Google glasses. A digital simulation of the physical world is mixed with the actual physical world via the internet. You can read about another kind of AR glasses, changing your appearance, in the article What is unreal, is right in front of you.

Since then, Pokémon Go has become the most well-known example of AR. However, it is not only when playing Pokémon Go that many people live in augmented reality. They look at their smartphone, where a layer of digital info flows on top of the physical world, while they hear music from cyberspace in one ear and listen to friends from the physical world with the other ear.

This image – like any other digital image – consists solely of pixels added in different combinations to make them appear as something, they are not. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Integtating the body with an imagined god or superworld has been a longtime human fantasy. Imaginative fiction, transcendental meditation, aura-transformation and psychoactive drugs can be seen as early efforts to trick you into assuming, the body can be integrated with something not physical. VR (virtual reality), as it is envisioned by Oculus Rift, may be able to fool you into beliving such a blend is real.

That which is One is replaced by the belief in more

The first step away from that which is One to a world where there seems to be more than one can be compared to AR (augmented reality), which is a mix of real and unreal. The second step can be compared to VR (virtual reality), where an illusion replaces reality. Yet, the delusion that seems to replace reality can only be experienced due to it.

In a virtual world everything is possible and that seems very exciting, even though it is all an illusion. The graphic is grabbed from the web.

»This (virtual reality) is a state where you are totally transported into another world and immersed in the digital interactions of the virtual environment you’ve entered … the feeling that you are truly visiting another space that is wholly distinct from what you can see and hear without the platform … a platform like Oculus Rift is an alternative to reality, supplying entirely new, virtual experiences: true VR.« From Our Forward March Across the Reality-Virtuality Continuum in Wired.

Why do we choose to appear as somebody definitive in a world where there seems to be more than one when that which is we are is oneness. Because it seems exciting to be and have more than that which is One.

The world of duality can only be experienced by contrasts – like black and white, space and empty space. The experienced contrast of inanimate and animate, you judge as proof for you to be alive.

A world where there seems to be more than one can only be experienced by contrasts, such as black and white, space and empty space. The experienced difference of inanimate and animate, you judge as proof for you to be alive. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

In a world where there seems to be more than one, there is so much to experience. However, it comes with a price because such a world – contrary to that which is One – is built of contrasts, so you cannot have happiness without sadness, for example.

Nothing can be experienced without its contrast. You would not be able to experience darkness, if not for knowing light.

Yet you may think it is possible to surpass this and be in one state of mind based on vague memories of oneness. But your memories have been twisted by the desire for more. This can only be accomplished through separation. And the different parts can only be experienced as something specific if they have a contrast. For example, you could not read this if white or something else opposing black did not contrast the black.

All contrasts in the world are like two sides of a coin. This twofoldness, though, can never replace the peace of oneness because it is formless, thus endless, so what is not one is not real.

So as long as you believe you are someone definitive in a world where there seems to be more than one, the formlessness of oneness seems hidden by your wish for more.

In a world where there seems to be more than one, it is always about being and having more the fastest and cheapest way. The animation is grabbed from Ello.

In a world where there seems to be more than one, it is always about being and having more, the fastest and cheapest way. The animation is grabbed from Ello.

A world where there seems to be more than one does in no way function like the formlessness of oneness because it does not work at all, as it takes more than one to function.

A person always find ways to deny or change appearances in the world that is judged to be wrong, so that it appears to better. But no matter how happy being better may seem to make you, you cannot escape its contrast, sadness, because happiness cannot be experienced without it. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

A person always finds ways to deny or change appearances that are judged wrong so that it seems to have become better. But no matter how happy being better may seem to make you, its contrast, sadness, cannot be escaped because happiness cannot be known without it. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

What we believe in being is constructed by imagining, it is possible to be separated from the formlessness of oneness and be more than that. This is not only how you became someone definitive, but also this appearance is upheld. Therefore, you never feel good enough since you always look for more.

There is always an urge to separate from what excites you and replace it with something better to hide the memories of the old one. The only thing that seems constant in a world where there seems to be more than one is the fear of not being and having enough.

In a world where there seems to be more than one, it is always about getting more, the bigger the bette. Thus the eyes are always focused on contrast, preferable the biggest ones, that in the case of reading this article is the contrast between black and white. This should not be understood as you actually see what Alexius has written. What you believe to read is your interpretation of it. See Eyes do not see. They translate.

Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Alexius knows there is nothing to hope for because there is no more than that which is One, and it takes more than one to hope for something. Thus he has nothing to fear. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

The Enlightenment of that which is One undoes the belief in more

One who is to be compared to the Enlightenment of that which is one knows that there is no more than the formlessness of oneness and that a world where there seems to be more than one, therefore, is fake. Nobody else knows this. Their knowledge is based on speculations about their existence in a world where there seems to be more than one. Thus it enhances the belief in being there, instead of bidding welcome the Enlightenment of that which is One to erase this belief.

Believing that a world where there seems to be more than one is real is to be compared to sitting in a cinema, where you project yourself onto the world on the screen, so that it appears to have an effect on you, and therefore is experienced as real.

The Enlightenment of that which is One can be compared to the movie roll in the cinema suddenly breaks, wherefore there is nothing but bright white light on the screen. The world is no more and never was. It was an illusion fabricated by your interpretations of fragmented light.

This is the enlightenment, Alexius is to be compared to. It is not something that you see, because it is the Enlightenment of that which is One, and it takesmore than one to see something.

When the movie roll is fixed and Alexius again appear to be in the simulated world on the screen, the Enlightenment of that which is one has not turned him into a wiser man or changed anything in the world. But he knows, that the world is an illusion that can only be experienced due to that which is real, as it is oneness which is formless, thus endless.

The enlightenment of that which is One you can read about in hack #6.1 From the inward-facing senses through a black hole into that which is One.

The animation is grabbed from the web.

If everything you see is perceived to be symbols of that which cannot be seen, namely the formlessness of that which is one, the apparent difference between happiness and sadness does not make a difference. The animation is grabbed from Ello.

To see symbols of that which is One in that which is not one

Even though you may have been told that a world where there seems to be more than one is an illusion, your conditioned belief in such a world compulsively produces experiences of more than that which is One.

You can speed up the process of undoing this belief by not perceiving these experiences as real but symbols of that which is, namely the formlessness of oneness.

Pretending to be what is not one confirms that which is One

Pretending to be someone definitive in a world where there seems to be more than one is another way to speed up the process of not believing to be there, as what you pretend to be, you are not. So the more you pretend to be there instead of believing it, the more the belief that it is possible to be and have more than that which is one, cannot hide that there is no more than the formlessness of oneness. See hack #1.3 Pretending to be someone definitive is liberation.

That which is one cannot be known in a world where there seems to be more than one – neither anywhere else, as it takes more than one to know something. So rather than pointing to that which is one, Alexius’ Enlightened Non-Teachings point out that there is no more than that which is one.

That which is One is one perpetual present

When you return to the formlessness of oneness, everything is the same. It is as if you have been there all the time, which you also have because there is no more that which is one. Thus the phrase ‘when you return to non-duality’ should be taken as a metaphor. In reality, you can never return, to the formlessness of oneness as you never left it.


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