Strangers in the night

Updated May 31, 2022

The world is fabricated by bits and pieces.

The world is fabricated by bits and pieces, put together, 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. If they meant it literally, Alexius do not know, but he knows there is no light in a world where there seems to be more than one coming from the stars, the sun or anything else. It is something we have learned to imagine so that we can navigate in a world of darkness. The below story illustrates this:

There are 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. Therefore, 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 will pick up ‘seeing’ beyond this if he studies how to do it. But what he learns to ‘see’ beyond his way to the toilet 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 that you have learned to perceive as real. Without this fantasy, there is nothing to see. Neither is there anything hidden or something to be understood except that everything believed to see is made up.

When you do not care to find a way through the darkness, what you imagined to see in it disappears – also darkness, which is just as imagined. And 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.

Everything is one when the enlightenment of that which is One is bid welcome. 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 bidding welcome the enlightenment of that which is One to a computer call to that which is one. There is so much light on the computer screen that you cannot see it or the world until you hang up the phone and find yourself back in a world where there seems to be more than one. Yet you remember, there is no more than that which is one, and it is no different from that which is you. Consequently, it is impossible to be in a world where there seems to be more than one. Yet you can pretend to be ‘there’.

In other words, you pretend to be someone definitive, but what you pretend to be, you are not. That which is you is the formlessness of oneness.