In sync with duality or not – or taking a break

Updated July 23, 2023

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 it 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 what it entails. Nevertheless, you can perceive your reaction to the outcome as you want. If the perception is singular, you are out of touch with the brain’s script of duality, thus feeling frustrated. But if it is twofold, it is synced with duality, so you feel entertained. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

When your reaction, for example, disgust, to something is perceived as ‘it is what it is,’ you see your response is complemented by feeling loved, and the opposing feelings interact. That feels as amusing as going up and down on a rollercoaster. However, perceiving your disgust response as ‘I know what it is’ does not amuse but disappoint you because this perception establishes disgust as a definitive feeling by suppressing its partner, love.

In other words, 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 endangers their sense of being unique and in control. Hence they stick to ‘I know what it is’ by editing the past and never being in the present but dreaming up the next moment, so it seems to support ‘I know what it is.’

But if your response is perceived as ‘dunno what it is,’ you do not care about establishing it as a distinct feeling or complementing it with its partner because you are in the bliss of nothing. That is like watching a movie where you do not get the plot. Therefore, since the script’s progression does not seem to add up to something, you are not troubled by anything. But after 20 minutes, 45 at the most, in the bliss of nothing, you do not get that anymore because the brain falls into a coma when you stop confirming its world of something.

Since that is the end of the illusion of being someone who experiences something, you should not maintain the perception of ‘dunno what it is’ for too long at a time if you want to return to that. Instead, you better cycle between ‘dunno what it is’ and ‘it is what it is,’ which is a shift between being nobody in the bliss of nothing and somebody in the twofoldness of something.

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 a big bang. Thus no matter how you interpret your experiences, they are nothing disguised as something. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

The perception, ‘dunno what it is’, bypasses the brain. It feels like taking tranquillisers without side effects and expenses. As soon as your perception changes to ‘dunno what it is,’ the body is freed from all psychological issues projected onto it. Therefore, since the natural flow 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 Duality Hack #7 Physical & non-physical issues do not mix.

That is, unless you interrupt the healing by insisting on ‘I know what it is’ and inflict the body with non-physical ideas of wellness. That is not to say you cannot help the brain restore the body. For example, Nootropics may kickstart the process. A healthcare professional can 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 and heart-related issues. You can also use far-infrared heating pads on tight areas.

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, you feel everything you have inflicted on the body to support your self-glorifying vision of being in command. See also Sadness is a close friend of gladness. But if you are not focused on them, the blockages feel like they generate joy instead of pain. See the end of the article.

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 from seeking thoughts that seem to confirm, ‘I know what it is.’ Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

But if you want to bid welcome the Enlightenment of that which is One (read more about that in Duality Hack #10 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. However, a sound body seems crucial for a satisfactory experience of being someone in a world of duality.

Although many claims that is what they want, very few choose the perception ‘dunno what it is.’ Probably because, when you override the brain, there is no self – after all, it is the brain’s fantasy. Hence almost everybody continues their ambivalent relationship with the brain’s experiences of something instead of entering the bliss of nothing. Read more about selflessness in Duality hack #9 In the bliss of nothing with the empty breath.

Nevertheless, no matter what perception we select, the brain’s script plays out as scheduled. That does not mean you cannot choose between going up or down, for example. But no matter what you decide, the brain already has arranged the subsequent events – like everything you do in a computer game is part of its script.

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

It can be 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 attention towards muscle tension. And although you may like to get rid of them, you hold back because the pressures seem to block off the communication between the body and the brain. Consequently, you assume you can integrate the body with your ideas of spirituality by forcing it into unnatural positions via yoga, for example.

But that is impossible. 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. That is why the experience 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.

If every comment inside you regarding 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 the brain’s rendering 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. Unfortunately, only the basic self feels the love. The special self is so busy looking for something better that it does not notice the love coming with each thought from the brain. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

In duality, everything comes in pairs of opposites. So going with their interaction, you are in sync with duality as orchestrated by the brain. But regardless of being in sync with the duality flow, the brain injects you with shots of happiness because it loves you as you are. However, the special self only wants what it believes is created by itself, so it enhances its experiences of bodily tensions by projecting psychological problems onto them, thus blocking out the brain’s love. (see Duality Hack #7 Physical & non-physical issues do not mix).

Even though the basic and special self may have the same bodily problems, the basic self does not blend them with psychological issues. Therefore, since the biological system works uninterrupted by non-physical matters, the brain’s happiness flows through the body’s tightened areas, which feel like shivering with joy instead of screaming in pain. That is why the basic self often is so ecstatic that it reacts to the experiences of duality as ‘dunno what it is,’ thus entering the bliss of nothing.

This can happen while you walk, sit on a bench in the park, watch a movie, or are about to fall asleep. In other words, you do not have to refrain from something or do anything in particular to get the bliss of nothing. While satisfied by nothing, you follow the brain’s script of something, which goes on as usual. Hence it is like being in a world of duality but not of it.

When you again return to the conscious experience of duality, you know it is made of nothing. Therefore, you can turn it off like you leave a dream by recognising there is nothing in it, nor you, because you are in your bed. Metaphorically, you have fun appearing as someone in a vision of duality while in your bed, perceiving your response to the dream as ‘it is what it is.’

And by perceiving it as ‘dunno what it is,’ you take a break from duality until you do not forget 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.

Alexius´ Enlightened Non-Teachings are written within the 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-dual, namely, everything experienced, because it takes more than one to be conscious of something.

NOTE: The above article is part of Duality Hack #6 Happiness is to be in touch with the brain.