‘I know what it is’ vs ‘it is what it is’ vs ‘dunno what it is’

Updated May 21, 2022

Suppose you perceive yourself to be on top of it and know what is happening. In that case, try to perceive you do not understand what is going on. Then see which of the perceptions make the body relax. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

In most cases, you do not have to read Alexius’ Duality Hacks in a particular order. But in the case of this article, you may benefit from having read hack #4.1 The basic self versus the special one.

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When the brain’s script is perceived as ‘it is what it is,’ your dark feelings are not excluded but included. This perception, therefore, is not a way to the dullness of detachment but the vitality of involvement. But it is very close to the nothingness from where the brain scripts its story of duality. Not as close, though, as you get with the perception’ dunno what it is’ because it exposes all experiences of something as nothing.

That is why you get the bliss of nothing from perceiving your reaction to an experience as ‘dunno what it is,’ whereas you get the sadness of something from ‘I know what it is,’ and the happiness of duality from ‘it is what it is.’

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Since the self-perception of the special self is built upon the perception ‘I know what it is,’ it rejects what would make it relax, namely the bliss of nothing.

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The stories the special self makes about its greatness are not always consistent. Thus it often feels disorganised and wishes to be like those it perceives as organised. On the other hand, the basic self has no need to be anything other than in sync with the stream of thoughts coming from the brain by perceiving its reaction to it as ‘it is what it is.

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When your reaction to something is perceived as ‘it is what it is,’ there is no need to make anything disappear. But when the perception is ‘I know what it is,’ everything unknown must be avoided to keep you feeling on top of it.

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It feels like something is missing when you perceive your reaction to an experience as ‘I know what it is’ because the perception is based on excluding what you cannot explain. Instead, if an experience is perceived as ‘it is what it is,’ you feel complete because the perception is all-inclusive. The perception, ‘dunno what it is,’ nor exclude or include something. Thus you are in the bliss of nothing.

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The special self does not want to perceive the experience of itself as ‘it is what it is.’ Instead, it wants to change it into something imagined to make itself more beautiful than others, even though it feels ugly inside. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

The basic self and the special one are bound to follow the GPS coordinates it gets from the brain without making any side trips of their own. They do not have the power to change the journey – only how to perceive it. Their perception of that, though, is very different. The basic self basically perceives everything as ‘it is what it is,’ and the special one as ‘I know what it is.’

That is why it is easy for the basic self to be someone and hard work for the special one. It has to make a special perception of each experience, reflecting that ‘I know what it is.’

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Only the brain can make you feel good enough because nobody else knows what you are. To get its approval, all you need is to perceive your reaction to the experience it processes of you in a world where there seems to be more than one as ‘it is what it is’. Actually, you do not even have to do that. If you do not interfere in the brain’s workings, it automatically makes this perception.

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You feel happy when your reaction to the experiences the brain makes for you is perceived as ‘it is what it is’ because that reveals they are twofold, so you are in sync with the brain’s script of duality.

But suppose you, in an attempt to be free and independent of the brain, insist ‘I know what it is’ that goes on now. Then you are out of sync with the brain because everything comes in pairs in its world of duality. Therefore, since nothing is specific, you cannot know what goes on.

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Since making a specific perception takes a long time, it is often delayed, thus out of sync with the present moment. The frustration this entails only worsens if you try to solve it by using more time to process your experience. In contrast, using the brain’s default perception, ‘it is what it is,’ you are in sync with the present moment. Hence everything feels good.

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What is Wincent thinking about? Alexius cannot really know, but he becomes stressed from trying to make it true if he reckons that he does. On the other hand, if he perceives his reaction to Wincent as’ it is what it is,’ there is nothing to prove and thus no stress. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

For many years Alexius’ cat, Wincent, has more or less had the same routine. He leaves the house very early every morning and returns when Alexius is still in bed. First, Wincent says something. Then he lays down next to Alexius and waits for him to get out of bed and give him food. At least that is the obvious conclusion because as soon as Alexius takes the first step out of bed, Wincent runs out in the kitchen, where he, with big eyes, sits and waits for Alexius to give him food.

If Alexius, therefore, believes he knows what is going on, he goes from the perception of the basic self, which is ‘it is what it is,’ to the perception of the special self, ‘I know what it is.’ Doing that, he most likely stresses to get out of bed and feed his beloved cat, although this is not going to happen any sooner than if he, as the basic self, had perceived ‘it is what it is’ because the brain’s script runs its course, no matter how it is perceived.

In other words, when you stick to the perception of the basic self, life is effortless. But having the perception of the special self, life seems stressful because you must always look like it goes on as expected.

There is a third option, to become selfless. This is brought about when you choose the perception’ dunno what it is’ because it brings you in a state of not knowing.

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When your reaction to something in the body is perceived as ‘it is what it is,’ there is not something specific to bother or amuse you. Hence you are free to go with the flow of thoughts as it comes from the brain. In other words, you are in the happiness that comes from being synced with the brain’s script.

But when you perceive what you feel in the body as ‘I know what it is,’ you are not in sync with the flow of thoughts because nothing in the brain’s script of duality is definitive. Everything comes in pairs of opposites. Thus being specific, you are in the misery of believing to know something definitive.

If how you react to something in the body is perceived as ‘dunno what it is,’ you are not in the misery of being out of sync with the brain’s script because you do not know of a body that feels something. Consequently, you are in the bliss of nothing.

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If what you do makes you feel bad, it does not indicate you should do something else because that is not your choice. But you can choose how to perceive your reaction. Deciding to perceive it as ‘it is what it is,’ the bad feeling is complemented with a good one. Therefore, since they as a team define each other, you also feel good when you feel bad and vice versa. you feel just as good as bad  Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Triumph and disaster are not perceived as equally entertaining by the special self. Yet, this is precisely what they are if one of them is perceived as ‘it is what it is’ because it reveals there is no triumph without disaster and vice versa.

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The special self constructs a perception of every experience, so it does not seem to endanger its default assumption, ‘I know what it is.’ Hence it can go on believing it is in control. But since that is a lie, it is bound to suffer emotionally, mentally and physically.

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You do not try to be someone definitive in a dream but naturally, go with the flow. And if you, in retrospect, do not try to arrange your memories of a dream, so it seems coherent and meaningful, you are ready to be relative instead of definitive.

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The basic self does not assume something will go on in a specific way because every experience is perceived as ‘it is what it is.’ Thus getting old and unable to do what it used to do is not a loss.

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No emotion needs to be escaped when every feeling is perceived as ‘it is what it is .’ Thus you are at peace.

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Since the perception, ‘it is what it is,’ arises from not focusing on something specific, the technique for the taste of life will get you there if used gently. Applied more passionately, you get the perception’ dunno what it is.’ See The four aspects of Enlightenment and how to sample them.

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Nobody, nor Alexius, is solely the basic self. The special self will exploit the innocence of the basic self. Fortunately, this is not a problem for the basic self because it perceives its reaction to everything as ‘it is what it is.’ Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Perceiving a movie as cheap because it uses furniture from Ikea, you are probably out of sync with the plot. Hence it does not seem entertaining as it does when your perception is in sync with the story. However, this does not mean you must do something about your condemnation of Ikea to get in sync with the movie’s script.

All you need is to perceive your reaction to the furniture from Ikea as ‘it is what it is.’ By doing that, the response is revealed to be twofold, wherefore, there is no specific reaction to prevent you from being in sync. Hence both the script and your misperception of it seem enjoyable. Likewise, when you perceive your response to the brain’s manuscript as ‘it is what it is.’

If you internally or externally had reacted to the movie as indicated by the director’s use of dramatic music, for example, you would automatically be in sync with the plot and feel entertained by it. The same applies to the brain’s script. Not perceiving your reaction to it as ‘I know what it is,’ but ‘it is what it is,’ you are in sync with the script’s ups and downs. Thus it feels equally entertaining to go up as down.

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Roughly speaking, the perception of the special self is ‘I know what it is.’ In contrast, the basic self sticks to the brain-generated perception ‘it is what it is.’ The non-self in a state of not-knowing simply says ‘dunno what it is’ because it does not perceive the apparent differences in the experiences produced by the brain to make a difference.

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When the perception of your response to an experience created by the brain is ‘I know what it is,’ you feel important but also exhausted because it requires much manipulation to make it look as if you are in control. Hence the special self always needs more energy, whereas the basic self needs nothing because it is controlled by the brain. And since its response to that is ‘it is what it is,’ it feels free even though it depends on the brain.

Science says what we seem to feel and see consist of 99.9999999 per cent empty space. And the rest, despite it also is empty space and like a dream does not contain something substantial, is what we perceive as elements of matter making up a tangible world.

If the basic self changes its perception to ‘dunno what it is,’ no definitions hold it back from seeing, it is nothing twisted by the brain into something. Thus it is nobody in the bliss of nothing. You can read about that in the below hacks

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Since the brain’s script contains every possible experience, being in sync with the brain, you are the past, the future and everything else but the formlessness of oneness, as it cannot be experienced. Thus all you need to cross the apparent barrier to oneness is not to experience anything.


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