Strangers in the night

Updated November 1, 2022

The world is fabricated by bits and pieces.

The world is fabricated by bits and pieces, so it seems substantial. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

In old scriptures, being someone in a world where there seems to be more than one is often compared to being in a world of darkness. It was a metaphor, Alexius does not know, but he knows there is no light in a world where there seems to be more than one. It is something we have learned to imagine so that we can navigate in a world of darkness. The below story illustrates this:

There ar
e no streetlights outside Alexius’ home, so when he wakes up in the middle of the night, the only thing to ‘light’ up his bedroom is the stars or the moon. Hence one may conclude that he cannot find the way to the toilet unless he uses a torch or turns on the electric light.

But it is easy for Alexius to find the way without the help of electrical light because he has learned where everything is and can use certain things as navigation points so that they seem to ‘light’ up the way. It is all imagined, though and put together by trial and error. Actually, he stumbled quite a few times, learning to ‘see’ the way.

But he cannot ‘see’ anything else in the night than the way he has fabricated to the toilet because he has not learned to ‘see’ more than that. Maybe he can pick up ‘seeing’ beyond what he knows if he studies how to do it. But what he learns to ‘see’ will be another fabrication, as the rooms next to his bedroom are also entirely in the dark.

The way from his bed to the toilet can be compared to everybody’s way in a world where there seems to be more than one. You seem to see something and then navigate from that to what you interpret as something else. But you move in the dark, and whatever you think you see is an image you have learned to perceive (read more about that here). Without having learned that, there is nothing to see. Neither is there anything hidden or something to be understood except that everything you believe to see is a construction of thoughts (read more about that here).

When you do not care to find a way through the darkness, what you have learned to see disappears – also darkness because is just as imagined. Without this imagination – or rather the belief in it – there is nothing but unimaginable light. Not a light like that can be compared to the sun or similar artificial sources of light. And not a light that lights up something to see. There is nothing to light up.

When the enlightenment of that which is One is welcomed, the belief that there is something to see cannot survive. And when there is nothing to see, there is not something to hide that which is One.

You can compare welcoming the enlightenment of that which is One to a video call from your computer to that which is One. There is so much light on the computer screen that you cannot see it or the world around it until the call is over, and the screen again simulates something familiar in a world where there seems to be more than one. Yet you know, it is not real because there is no more than that which is one. And then you go on like before, except that you do not believe what and where you appear to be is real but something you pretend. Read more about that in hack #1.3 Pretending to be someone definitive is liberation.