What it is

Updated November 2, 2022

There are many parallel universes in the brain. Like in a computer game, they are in the code that determines the subsequent events caused by your choices. Since this is encrypted, you cannot know the outcome of your decisions. Yet, they play out as arranged in advance by the brain. In other words, you can decide which way to go but not the result. However, you are free to perceive your reaction to the outcome as you like. If the perception is singular, you are out of sync with the brain’s script of duality, thus feeling frustrated. But if it is twofold, it is synced with duality, wherefore you feel entertained – just like you do when synced with a movie’s plot. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

When your reaction to the brain’s script, for example disgust, is perceived as ‘it is what it is,’ you feel disgust is complemented with love. And just like going up and down in a rollerskater is amusing, so is the constant interaction of disgust and love. But perceiving your disgust response as ‘I know what it is,’ you do not feel entertained but frustrated because this perception establishes disgust as definitive. Therefore, both going up and down feels terrifying.

If your response is perceived as ‘dunno what it is,’ you do not care about establishing disgust as a distinct feeling or complementing it with love because you are in the bliss of nothing. It is like watching a movie where you do not get the plot. Therefore, as its progress does not seem to add up to something, you are not troubled by anything. Thus after 20 minutes, 45 at the most, you do not experience anything. Consequently, nothing hides there never was or will be anything but that which cannot be experienced, namely the formlessness of oneness.

Since this is the end of the illusion that someone is experiencing something, you should not maintain the perception of ‘dunno what it is’ for too long at a time if you want to return to the experience of being someone. In that case, you better cycle between ‘dunno what it is’ and ‘it is what it is.’ That is a shift between being nobody in the bliss of nothing and somebody in the twofoldness of something. You can read more about going back and forth between the experience of being a non-self and a self in Going everywhere and nowhere with the empty breath.

In conclusion, the perception ‘it is what it is’ rules out egoistic behaviour and ‘I know what it is’ endorses it. Yet most people prefer the latter because it makes them feel in control. However, since it requires much self-discipline to maintain the claim ‘I know what it is,’ they feel imprisoned. That goes away when the perception ‘I know what it is’ is replaced with ‘it is what it is.’ Nevertheless, hardly anybody wants this change because it endangers their sense of being unique. Hence they stick to ‘I know what it is’ by never being in the present moment but dreaming up the next one, so it seems to support ‘I know what it is.’

Even though a dream is made of nothing, it is experienced as something. Likewise, the world you believe to see with open eyes. According to science, it became something when nothing exploded in the big bang. In other words, no matter how you interpret your experiences, they are nothing disguised as something. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

The perception, ‘dunno what it is’ rules out the brain, which many claims they want, but few choose. Probably because, without the brain’s support, there is no self. After all, it is a creation of the brain. So almost everybody continues their ambivalent relationship with the brain’s experiences of something instead of entering into the bliss of nothing. Read more about selflessness in hack #5.2 The empty breath and the bliss of nothing.

No matter what perception we select, the brain’s script goes on as scheduled. That does not mean you are bound to go a specific way. You are free to choose directions. But no matter what you decide, the brain already has arranged the subsequent events – like you cannot do anything in a computer game that is not part of the script. Read more about the brain’s script here.

When you do not share experiences of love or anything else with someone perceived to be different from you, separation gets undone.

But as mentioned above, the script does not go on if you stick to the perception’ dunno what it is’ for more than 20 minutes, 45 at the most. When you do not participate in an ongoing conversation in your head, separation is not confirmed. Therefore, since oneness does not seem to be split into more than one, the brain has no elements to bunch up into a world with more than one. Thus it falls into a coma.

Those who claim to be spiritual are often looking for special experiences, which they will have plenty of when they forget about spirituality because it cannot be experienced. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

As soon as your perception changes to ‘dunno what it is,’ all perceived tensions in the body lie down. Therefore, since the natural flow of info between the body and the brain is not blocked anymore, the body can get the information it needs from the brain to heal itself. Read more about that in hack #4.3 The toxic mix of physical and non-physical issues.

That is, of course, until you interrupt the healing by insisting on ‘I know what it is.’ That is not to say that you cannot help the brain restore the body. Nootropics, for example, may kickstart the process. A healthcare professional knows how to deal with zoonotic diseases like HIV, Mers and COVID-19, or other sicknesses caused by human interference with the world’s ecosystems – and, of course, problems like a broken arm or heart-related issues.

However, if you want to bid welcome the Enlightenment of that which is One is (read more about that in hack #6.1 The Enlightenment of that which is One), and, thus, the complete undoing of the belief in being someone, the condition of the body is not essential. But a sound body seems crucial to have a satisfactory experience of being a substantial being in a tangible world.

Should you not like to use the perception’ dunno what it is’ to disintegrate tensions, you can use the technique described in the paragraph The taste of life in The four aspects of Enlightenment and how to sample them. In this context, there is no need to focus on the taste. Actually, you use the technique for its capability to defocus, thus disintegrating tensions. Applied only for that, you can use it as much as you like whenever you are not engaged in talking and eating.

A little friend of Alexius. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Alexius started to apply the technique for The taste of life about 50 years ago. But he cannot remember when he became aware of its side effect of defocussing and thus dissolving psychological problems projected onto the body. So maybe this takes a while, or he did not notice it at first.

Anyway, getting the tongue as close to the uvula as you can is good enough when the purpose is to defocus. See The four aspects of Enlightenment and how to sample them.

Implementing the technique may feel like taking tranquillisers without side effects and expenses. You can also use far-infrared heating pads on tight areas if you like. And sometimes music is helpful. In this regard, Alexius likes Hanan Townshend, but you may prefer somebody else.

Be aware, though, that the release of tensions may, at first, feel like a descent into hell because, without the blockages to stop the natural flow in the body, it casts out everything you have inflicted on the body to support your self-glorifying vision of mastering it. See also Sadness is a close friend of gladness.

If you try to see reason, coherence, purpose or something else that makes your life seem spiritual, you will never get the relaxation and satisfaction that comes from the perception ‘it is what it is.’ Instead, you get the stress and despair that derives from seeking out thoughts to confirm ‘I know what it is.’

If every comment popping up inside of you about your impression of this photo is perceived as ‘it is what it is,’ nothing has been added or subtracted from the experience of the image. Thus you are in sync with your experience of it. But you are not in sync if you rearrange the comments, so they seem to prove ‘I know what it is.’ However, like parents also love their naughty kids, the brain loves you just the same. But only the basic self feels the love. The special self is so busy looking for something better that it does not notice the love gently flowing from the brain. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

It can be pretty challenging to change one’s perception from ‘I know what it is’ to ‘it is what it is’ because the former perception is secured by massive muscle tension. And although you may like to get rid of them, you hold back because the tensions block off the communication between the body and the brain, wherefore you think you can integrate the body with your ideas of spirituality by forcing it into unnatural positions via yoga, for example.

But that is not possible. Spirituality is non-duality, and it requires more than one to combine something. Besides, there is nothing but non-duality since it is formless, thus endless. Consequently, the experience of being someone in a world of duality is fake. However, while you believe it is real, the body should be handled within the context of duality – just like you deal with the experience of being someone in a computer game within its parameters.

Everything in duality comes in pairs, so being in sync with it does not mean you only have the experience of an external world but also an internal one. See hack #6.2 The inward and outward-facing senses, the Enlightenment and its glimpses. Going with their interaction, you are in sync with the limitations of duality as orchestrated by the brain.

Since non-duality is formless, thus without beginning and end, it is everything. This does not mean, it includes the experience of duality. On the contrary. Formlessness cannot be experienced, so everything experienced is fake. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Alexius´ Enlightened Non-Teachings are written within concept of duality. They do not claim to be non-dual or to know what it is, since that requires more than one. But they claim to know what is not non-duality, namely everything experienced because it takes more than one to be conscious of something.

Regardless of being in sync with duality, the brain injects you with shots of happiness because it loves all its creations. But the special self does not feel it because it rejects everything not perceived to be made by itself. And the basic self gets so ecstatic that it eventually perceives duality as ‘dunno what it is.’ That may happen while you walk in the city, sit on a bench in the park, watch a movie, or are about to fall asleep. You do not have to stop or do anything in particular to enter the bliss of nothing. Read more about that here.

When you again return to experiencing a world of something, you know it is made of nothing. Thus you can turn it off like you leave a dream, namely, by recognising there is nothing in it, nor you, because you are in your bed. T

Therefore, metaphorically speaking, from your bed, you can have fun appearing as someone in the dream of duality by shifting between the perception ‘it is what it is’ anddunno what it is’ until you suddenly remember that you are not in the dream of duality, nor anywhere else because that takes more than one, and there is no more than One since non-duality is formless, thus endless.

NOTE: The above article is part of hack #4.2 The brain’s script and how to perceive it to feel happy.