‘What if…?’ versus ‘it is what it is’ [draft]

Updated May 24, 2022

Spirituality is that which is one. And since it takes more than one to become something, you cannot become spiritual unless you believe it is possible to be and have more than that which is one. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

This article is a continuation of Sadness is a close friend of gladness. Hence it is about the perception ´it is what it is.´ It reveals every experience is dual. Adjusting to that, you feel complete. Actually so much that you, eventuality, forget to remember duality.

You need to be fully anchored in the belief that you are someone in a world of duality if you want to undo this belief – just like you need to play a game to finish it.

Hence this article is written within the context of duality. In such a world, psychological and physical issues do not mix. So if you conclude your worries are caused by something physical or what you feel in the body is caused by your anxiety, you deceive yourself.

Maybe you do that by interpreting your present pain in the foot as fatal and imagining this physical problem is linked with a worrisome psychological issue from the past. Consequently, the psychological aspect appears to have caused the physical one.n

Hereafter, the physical and psychological issues seem to have a significant impact on each other, the more your imagination runs wild on a loop set off by envisioning ‘what if…?’ However, since your reaction to your specific thought-up outcome is revealed as two-fold when perceived as ‘it is what it is, there is no specific reaction to confirm your alleged cause and effect connection between non-physical and physical issues. Hence it is no more and never was except in fantasy. Read more about cause and effect here.n

In hack #4.3 The toxic mix of physical and non-physical issues, you can read more about the unfortunate belief that physical and non-physical issues can be mixed.

Therefore, the physical problem can be dealt with in a material way and the psychological one in an abstract way. Naturally, this is much easier and less scary when not fantasising about a connection between them – just like daily life feels less complicated when not mixing it with fantasies.

You cannot change physical reality. But if you perceive it so it makes you suffer, you can change that perception to make you feel good.

You probably will be diagnosed with vertigo* if you experience the world spinning around you. This does not mean the doctor believes your experience is real. On the contrary, you are hallucinating. The world cannot revolve around you. Nevertheless, do not deny this is your experience. But deny that it is real. When you do that, the fear goes away. Thus you realise the whirling sensation is only going on inside you. Outside of you, the world goes on as usual. So just like when you look at the horizon and experience the earth as flat but correct it, you correct that the world outside of you spins around you when you have vertigo. Eventually, you realise that nothing experienced is real, as it takes more than one to be aware of something, and there is no more than that which is One since it is formless, thus endless. See also Everything that appears to be more than one is an illusion. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Having vertigo* is a glaring example of believing that an experience of something beyond the bounds of possibility is authentic. The world is not spinning around you. It is an inner adventure made to suppress your horrifying response to a psychological problem. But since iot makes it difficult to uphold a definitive image of yourself, you project the whirling sensation onto the world outside of you.

That is until you stand by your one-sided reaction to your psychological issue, so it can be perceived as ‘it is what it is.That makes a crack in horror. And out of it comes something which, at first, feels pretty abstract. But as soon as it has been defined by horror, it settles as the opposite, namely delight. Next, this redefines horror. In this interplay, none of the feelings is singular because they are constantly exchanging. Thus there is no distinct feeling to prevent you from having the suppressed psychological problem exposed.

Another way of explaining the outcome of the perception it is what it is is that your initial response feels like an air ball of sadness somewhere undefinable. But when not attempting to explain this vacuum, it literally feels like it balloons outward in a swelling bubble of gladness. Read more about this experience of the duality flow here.

Since everything in a world of duality is twofold, upholding a single-minded point of view makes you feel disconnected. In other words, when you are reluctant toward the togetherness of duality, you feel alone.

This gladness does not give you peace of mind because that is a singular experience, thus a notion of apathy. But since gladness constantly interacts with sadness, you feel whole in their togetherness.

Should this procedure seems too complicated, and you forget what to perceive as ‘it is what it is,’ you perceive your reaction to this confusion as ‘it is what it is.’ Therefore, since your response is revealed not to be singular but twofold, you are in the duality flow. And since you are in a world of duality, you feel fulfilled.**

You could also approach your vertigo very practically by doubting your experience and asking the brain to correct it so the world does not seem to move around you.

Always perceiving your response to something as ‘it s what it is,’ you do not have to control your reaction to avoid feeling wrong because it will be complemented by feeling right. This does not mean right and wrong is going to be balanced. Dualism is not about balance because that cancels out contrasts, thus a world of duality (read more about that here). Instead, duality is about the dynamic interaction between opposites, for example, breathing in and out. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

But if your vertigo is caused by a physical problem, such as tiny crystals of calcium that have gotten loose in the inner ear, you, of course, deal with it materially. Maybe you consult a healthcare professional or do the Epley exercise. If, however, your reason for doing that is to get it over and done with, you are most likely fixated on going back to things how they were.

The experience of duality is kept together by the constant interaction of opposing elements, for example the past and the future. Acknowleding this, you get the satisfaction of togetherness, whereas you get the loneliness of separation when you split the pairs of duality into specific elements.

Thus you do not feel fine regardless of the outcome like you do when your response to the problem is perceived as ‘it is what it is.’ As aforementioned, this perception replaces a singular interpretation with a dualistic one. In this case, for example, instability/stability, doubt/confidence, fatigue/health or disappointment/contentment. Of course, many other duality pairs could be in play. But this, you must explore yourself because this article is almost finished.

If this is experienced as abrupt, and your reaction is astonishment, please perceive it as ‘it is what it is.’ Doing so, astonishment is no longer excluded from its counterpart, calmness. Thus you are in the duality flow where you move on to other duality pairs, such as abrupt/gradual, beginning/ end, or expectation/surprise. If you do not stop the duality flow by avoiding or enhancing one part of a duality pair, you, eventually, are blown away by the interaction of duality. Thus nobody walks the path with no distance, direction or destination to that which is everywhere since it is formless, thus endless, namely non-duality.

It is impossible to experience something because it takes more than one to do so, and there is no more than that which is One. But since you are reading this, you believe it is possible to be and have more than one. Hence you must feel what and where you believe in being, to undo this belief.

When you do not hide what you do not like in yourself from your awareness by projecting it onto the body, you become likeable. This is the first step in healing a psychosomatic disorder. See hack #4.3 The toxic mix of physical and non-physical issues. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

APPENDIX
Those who assume they suffer from a psychosomatic disorder have projected politically incorrect feelings like sexual lust, power strivings, greed, envy and anger onto vulnerable parts of the body, in the same way, some project offensive feelings onto the world.

However, since these emotions are abstract, they cannot be hidden in something that is substantial. Hence the projection of abstract feelings onto something tangible only conceals them from your awareness. Nonetheless, most believe their problems are gone when out of sight. Just like an ostrich, according to myth, believes danger disappears when it buries its head in the sand.

Many of those believing negativity should be avoided like to use crystal stones for healing. But lots of the stones, Amethyst for example, does this by emitting negative ions which produce biochemical reactions which create positive vibes/mood and relieve stress.

This myth, though, is not valid. If an ostrich buries its head in the sand, it dies from lack of air. And you wither from the lack of collaboration between positivity and negativity if you hide the latter from yourself with a head-in-the-sand approach. Consequently, you cannot have the belief in duality undone before your negativity is acknowledged as paired with positivity.

Exposing your negativity, as described in The YOU finger and the three ME fingers, you feel so vitalised by the duality flow that it, eventually, blows you away. Thus you are on a happy journey without distance to non-duality.

To be continued in Alexius’ childhood.


*) In the article, Psycho-Physiological Dizziness Syndrome, approaching vertigo as a psychological problem is described in more detail than in this article. It is not in line with the foundation of Alexius’ Duality Hacks, though.

**) Alexius does not write about something he has not encountered himself. So he knows the perception ‘it is what it is’ works in the way he put forth. In his case, though, he does not only use the fulfilment that comes from the duality flow to deal with the world of duality in a relaxed way but as a stepping stone to glimpses of the enlightenment of that which is One. Thus he goes to sleep bathed in light and wakes up in the morning hearing ethereal harmonies. Read more about that here


NOTE: This article is part of hack #4.4 The duality flow goes to non-duality.