What it is

Updated June 27, 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 of that. However, you are free to perceive your reaction to the outcome as you like. But if the perception is singular, thus out of sync with the brain’s script of duality, you feel frustrated rather than entertained – just like a movie is not fun to watch if not aligned with the 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 completed because disgust is complemented with no love, and their constant interaction is fulfilling – just like going up and down in a rollerskater. But perceiving your response of disgust 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 horrific.

If your response is perceived as ‘dunno what it is,’ you do not care about establishing disgust 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 the way it moves forward 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 something at all. 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.’ This 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 these articles, From the bliss of not-knowing to the happiness of servingThe bliss of nothing, and To be nobody, yet somebody.

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. Although feeling constrained goes away, the moment the perception is replaced with ‘it is what it is,’ hardly anybody wants this change because it puts an end to their sense of being in charge. 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 often experienced as something. Likewise, the world you believe to see with your eyes open. However, according to science, the universe is not created of something but nothing. This appeared to happen when an explosion, called the big bang, came out of nothing through a black hole. In other words, no matter how you interpret your experiences, they are not something, least of all spiritual, because you are nothing, and spirituality is everything since it is formless, thus endless. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Despite 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 instead 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 not believing to be someone.

No matter what perception we select, the brain’s script goes on as scheduled. This 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 arranges 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 that seems to consist of more than one. Thus it falls into a coma.

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

The perception’ dunno what it is’ lies down all the tensions you have perceived in the body to prevent it from communicating with the brain, so you, in an imperialistic way, could make it a serve your perception, ‘I know what it is.’ In other words, as soon as your perception changes to ‘dunno what it is,’ tensions are relieved, and you, therefore, are prevented from blocking the natural flow of info between the body and the brain. Consequently, 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 process by again insisting on ‘I know what it is.’ This is not to say that you cannot help the brain in its restoration of the body. Nootropics, for example, can 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. A healthcare professional is also helpful for more trivial problems like a broken arm or severe issues in the heart.

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 at all, the condition of the body is not essential. But it seems crucial for having a satisfactory experience of being a substantial being in a tangible world.

Should the perception’ dunno what it is’ seems a bit too much in your daily life for the disintegration of tensions, you can, instead, 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 flavour. Actually, you use the technique for its capability to defocus and thus disintegrate 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. Unfortunately, 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 was just not aware of it in the beginning.

Anyway, getting the tongue as close to the uvula as you can is good enough when the purpose is to defocus. See Perceiving the world as symbols of the four aspects of Enlightenment.

Implementing the technique may feel like taking tranquillisers but without any side effects and expenses. You can also use far-infrared heating pads on the tight areas if you want. Sometimes music is helpful too. 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 those 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. But you are not in sync with the brain’s script if you rearrange the comments popping up about the photo, so they seem to prove a point of yours, thus the perception ‘I know what it is.’ However, like parents also love their naughty kids, the brain injects you with shots of happiness, whether you are in sync with its script. Only the basic self feels this. The special self is so busy looking for something better that it does not notice the gentle flow of happiness coming from the brain. If your perception is ‘dunno what it is,’ you do not need the happiness from the brain because you are in the bliss of nothing. 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 tensions in the muscles. 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, so you can integrate the body with your ideas of spirituality by forcing it into unnatural positions, for example yoga.

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 an illusion. However, while you believe this experience 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 the limits of its virtual world.

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 of an internal one. See hack #6.3 The inward-facing senses, Enlightenment and its glimpses. If you go 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 an illusion. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Alexius´ Enlightened Non-Teachings are written within the reality 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. However, the special self does not feel this because it rejects everything not perceived to be made by itself. But the basic self gets so ecstatic that, eventually, it perceives duality as ‘dunno what it is.’ This 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 this bliss o 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. If you, metaphorically speaking, do not wish to realise you are in 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.’

Hence, as already mentioned, you go back and forth between the happiness of something and the bliss of nothing until you suddenly remember, that you are not in the dream of duality, nor anywhere else as that takes more than one, and there is no more than One as non-duality is formless, thus endless.

Every moment is the perfect moment when your perception includes all thoughts and feelings popping up, regardless they are about the past, the future and whatnot. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

HACK #4 When you begin to live by duality, it is going to end, uses the perceptions ‘I know what it is’ vs ‘it is what it is’ vs ‘dunno what it is.But hack #3.1 Every moment is the perfect moment uses ‘it is included.’ This perception is similar to ‘it is what it is,’ as they are both based on the experience of duality. ‘It is included’ does not exclude the past and the future to make it appear as if you live in the now. It includes everything presenting itself in the present moment. Therefore, since their apparent differences do not seem to make a difference, every moment is the perfect moment.

Since ‘dunno what it is’ does not recognise duality, it leads to a state of not-knowing. But in this state, you do not last as someone in a world of duality for more than 20 minutes, 45 at most. So if you want to go on with the experience of being someone, you better go with the duality flow (see hack #4.4 The duality flow goes to non-duality), which is revealed by the perception ‘it is what it is.

You could also go with a perfect moment, brought about by the perception ‘it is included,’ which, like the duality flow, is based on the acknowledgement of duality. Hence, contrary to a state of not-knowing, it lasts as long as it takes. In other words, a perfect moment is not measured by time but by inclusiveness. This makes you feel relieved, whereas you feel vitalised by the duality flow, which lasts as long as you do not split up the duality pairs but goes with the interaction of their opposing elements. See You undo the belief in duality by enjoying it.

That said, if you read hack #3.1 Every moment is the perfect moment, you do not see the perception ‘it is included.’ Alexius did not use this expression when he wrote about a perfect moment. However, someday he will update the hack. He will probably also update hack #3.2 Inclusiveness is freedom, so it is based on the perception ‘it is cancelled,’ as in this hack, the opposing elements in a duality pair do not interact but cancel out each other. Hence you immediately enter a state of not knowing like you do when using the perception’ dunno what it is.

If it seems complicated to choose a hack, forget it and read Alexius’ Duality Hacks until nothing makes sense. Then the hack you need applies itself. 

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