‘A state of not-knowing’ and how to get there

Updated May 23, 2022

Everything considered a fact is made up by the brain. It is, for example, not a fact that you see this picture now. It has taken the brain one second to fabricate this experience. Hence what you believe in seeing, you saw in the past. And then again, there was no picture one second ago. It is a fantasy of the brain made from nothing to make it look like you are something. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Your experiences are
not founded on info coming from the sensory system like the brain wants you to believe, which you gladly do because otherwise, it is evident that the world you experience does not consist of tangible elements but intangible thoughts.

You may have noticed the brain does not need your eyes to be open to producing vivid images that look like the world you see with open eyes. Nor does it require you to be awake or sexually stimulated by something in the physical world to produce an orgasm. It can make it happen in a dream. And after watching several movies in a row, the brain fuses their different plots into one continuous story.

The substantiality of what and where you believe to be is a fantasy made by the brain from out of nothing. Since this also is a fantasy, what you experience is nonexisting – like a dream you experience to have is not inside you but nowhere.

This is because whether experiences are perceived as yours or others, real or imagined, authentic or fake, fabrication or factual, physical or spiritual, they are processed by the brain in one higgledy-piggledy by the very same organ. It views everything it processes as another construction of thoughts that needs to be shaped into something which seems so exciting that you do not notice it is a fantasy created from nothing.

Since every experience that someone is aware of has taken the brain one second to manufacture, the origin of what you believe to be experiencing right now is one second away (read more about that here). Therefore, if you go back one second from your present experience, you return to the nothingness the brain used one second to twist into something you perceive to happen now. Since the brain has used one second to twist a perceived gap between oneness and nothing into your present experience of something (read more about that here), it only takes one second to get back to the nothingness of a state of not-knowing.


The apparent transition from something to nothing may feel like being in a cage that cannot be escaped. Not because there is a cage. But because what you believed to be is not disguised as something anymore, you cannot escape the feeling of claustrophobia, nor any other emotion, by hiding it in something. Fortunately, by accepting that, all feelings are exposed as nothing. Therefore, eventually, there does not appear to be something to hide that which cannot be felt because it is formless, namely oneness.


Entering a state of not-knowing* is like falling down into the body. Not in the sense that you become more physical or it is integrated with higher frequencies. You do not become more of anything, nor do you incorporate something, because falling down in the body, you grasp it is nothing and that the experience of it as something substantial in a tangible world is a fantasy. However, this is not sensed while in a state of not-knowing,* because there is nobody to be aware of this, nor how blissful it is to not be conscious of something specific.

Hence everything said in Alexius’ Duality Hacks about a state of not-knowing* is based on the memories that pop up after Alexius returns to the consciousness of being someone definitive. Though a state of not-knowing* is impersonal, the memories of it are not, so his memories can be different from yours. Just like two persons drinking the same tea may describe it differently, although the tea is the same.

If you remain in this nothingness, the subsequent experiences produced by the brain are not perceived as something because you are in a state of not-knowing.* However, they look like before a state of not-knowing,* but the experiences are not perceived as separated from you. In the case of having glimpses of enlightenment in a state of not-knowing,* which is not uncommon, the experience of the physical world, however, fades out proportionally with the intensity of the glimpses.

In this state, the experiences of a world where everything seems separated are still going on. But since what you believed in being cannot be recalled, there is nobody to perceive the apparently different experiences to make a difference. Hence you are in the bliss of nothing, which is nowhere because the brain has not rendered it into something.

There is no awareness of being someone in this state, so there is nobody to know that the emptiness of not believing to be someone is pure bliss until you return to the conscious experience of being someone definitive and vague memories of it pop up.

You may not be in touch with this bliss, but just like you wake up feeling refreshed after a good sleep, regardless you remember your dreams or not, you start over with a clean slate when you return from a state of not-knowing* to the experience of being someone. And that feels wonderful.

In a state of not-knowing,* your eyes may be closed or open, perhaps you sit in a bus or a park, walk down a noisy street, talk a lot or are silent. Everything is as normal, and thoughts go on as usual since what and where you appear to be is a construction of thoughts. There is one difference, though. Before, thoughts were perceived to be something and now as nothing. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

However, if the brain for more than 20 minutes, 45 at most,* is not kept busy by someone experiencing an ongoing conversation inside or outside with somebody perceived to be someone else, it falls into a coma. There is more about that in the following article.

To keep the brain going, thus what you believe in being, you must repeatedly talk with someone seen as separated from you. It makes no difference to the brain if the conversation seems internal or external because both ways confirm its world of separation to be real. But if not doing that for more than 20 minutes, 45 at most,* the brain falls into a coma, wherefore it cannot process more experiences of you as someone.

The brain feels it has failed if you do not participate in its tale. Thus it stops telling it and falls into a coma.

In other words, if separation is not continually acknowledged as real, the brain falls apart. Thus you cannot come back to the consciousness of being someone substantial in a tangible world, nor can you continue in the bliss of emptiness as the fantasy about something made from nothing has stopped. Actually, it never began because there is no more than that which is One, and it takes more than one to make something.

But most likely, you will leave a state of not-knowing* a long time before that revelation. And since you are returning to the consciousness of being someone definitive as the basic self which you originally were meant to be in the fantasy of the brain, you are in sync with the thoughts of the brain. Being that, you support it, and the brain, in return, gives you happiness.

Therefore, since you become so satisfied that you do not need anything in particular, you happily apply one or more of Alexius’ Duality Hacks, again and again, and enter a state of not-knowing* for brief moments of bliss until this gets so intense that you cannot help bidding welcome the enlightenment of that which is One. See hack #6.3 The inward-facing senses, the Enlightenment of that which is One and glimpses of it.

No reason to blame yourself for leaving a state of not-knowing. It is not possible to remain there, because the brain falls into a coma if not engaged in continous conversation about something.  Besides, you return to the conscious experience of being someone with a clean slate so you automatically serve the brain, which is adventurous.

This state of not-knowing lasts from a split second to 20 minutes, 45 at most, whereafter you either bid welcome the Enlightenment of that which is One (see hack #6.1 From the inward-facing senses through a black hole into that which is One) or return to the consciousness of being someone in a world where everything seems separated.

In the latter, you return as the basic self, which serves the brain and thus everybody because the brain has no personal preferences. Consequently, you feel good. And to enhance this feeling, the brain keeps injecting you with shots of happiness. This after-effect of a state of not-knowing can last from a few seconds to several years. See more about that at the end of this article. And see how you can prolong the after-effect by applying hack #4.4 The duality flow goes to non-duality.

Being a servant, however, feels humiliating to the special self. It wants to be in control, so it tries to exclude anything unknown by quickly making a perception where everything that does not fit into its concepts of living in the now, for example, is excluded. But since exclusion is founded on separation, which is the root of all problems, excluding something does not make you present but distant. That is, of course, until you choose not to make a perception where everything that does not fit into your belief system is excluded. See hack #4.2 The brain’s script and how to perceive it to feel happy.

However, let us not get ahead of ourselves. You probably go back and forth between the consciousness of being someone definitive and a state of not-knowing* many times before you remain in the latter and forget about being someone at all.

Alexius’ Duality Hacks gladly admit that they nothing. Thus applying the empty breath, there is not anything to perceive the present moment as something. Hence you do not get the frustration of something but the bliss of nothing. Read here how to connect with the empty breath.

When you hike, you need to take a break after a while. And so do you from the conscious experience of being someone by being in a state of not-knowing. Just like you start afresh after a break from hiking, you start renewed – or rather re-established  – after a state of not-knowing because it wipes the slate clean. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Though the empty breath has no need to be remembered by you, doing so is beneficial for your well-being as someone definitive and the undoing of believing to be that.

It is not easy to explain about the transparent flow of bliss, that the empty breath entails, because it comes from the absence of the conscious experience of us as somebody.

But you cannot remember it for more than 20 minutes, 45 at most, at a time, if you want to continue the experience of being someone definitive in a world where there seems to be more than one. Read more about that here. Thus a great way of almost always remembering it is to quickly change between the conscious experience of being someone definitive and a state of not-knowing, which the empty breath entails and in which the slate is wiped clean and you, therefore, return to the conscious experience of being someone as the basic self. Read more about the basic self in hack #4.1 The basic self versus the special one.

This can be done by following the rhythm of the breath so that when it expands the body, you are in the conscious experience of being someone definitive and in a state of not-knowing when it contracts the body. Click here for a more detailed explanation of how to quickly go back and forth between the conscious experience of being someone definitive and a state of not-knowing.

Returning to that which is one is not a matter of going anywhere. Oneness is formless and therefore endless, so it is impossible to leave it. But nevertheless, it seems possible to believe that it is. Fortunately, the empty breath undoes this belief so gently that we can enjoy it while having it undone. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

It is not a matter of letting go or surrender since doing so enhances the belief in being someone definitive. And so does trying to figure out if it would be better to follow the rhythm of the breath the other way around. As long as you are not in charge but follow the flow, it makes no difference which way you experience it.

What you believe in being is gently falling apart, when rapidly going back and forth between the consciousness of being someone definitive and a state of not-knowing, because in a state of not-knowing all definitions are errased.

Since you, therefore, do not perceive yourself to be special when returning to the conscious experience of being someone, there is no need for something specific to define you, so it is easy returning to a state of not-knowing. Read more about the perception of yourself as special or not in hack #4.1 The basic self versus the special one.

When in the flow of going back and forth between knowing and not-knowing, the belief in being someone undone is one day undone. You do not wonder when because you enjoy being in the flow.

Besides, time is an illusion, and every experience is bound to end, as in a state of not-knowing the apparent differences in a world where there seems to be more than one do not appear to make a difference, so one by one, they are cancelled out.

The empty breath cancels out the apparent differences in a world where there seems to be more than one. This does not mean that they are not perceived, but that they are not judged to make a difference. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

When every so often connected with the empty breath, nothing remains a problem, because the differences, that appear to have caused it, are cancelled out the very moment you return to the empty breath, so they cannot be used to make a perception of you as someone making a difference.

That is, if you do not prevent the empty breath from cancelling out the differences and insist on some of them makes a difference, for example if you are in a friendship or a romantic relationship. Fortunately, the frustration that seems to arise from claiming to know what is right can be used to ignite a take-off into ‘the empty breath’.

In short, the rapid on and off connection with the empty breath will sooner or later end all experiences because it cancels out differences. Without them, there is nothing definite to encounter. And thus, not something to hide there is nothing but that which is one as it is formless and therefore endless.

Only in a world where there seems to be more than one, does there appear to be levels, so if you are experiencing to be advancing through levels, the belief that there is more than that which is not being undone but enhanced.

This does not mean oneness is revealed. It is not possible because that requires more than one. But what appears to hide it can be exposed as nothing. That is what Alexius’ Duality Hacks is about, namely revealing that what you perceive to experience as something is nothing, including what you believe to be. Since realising this requires more than one, it is only possible in a world where there seems to be more than one, and since it is a world of linear time, this is a process in time.

The willingness to realise this is often initiated by admitting that you are not willing to recognise that what you believe to be is nothing because by acknowledging this, you agree that what you appear to be is make-believe and, therefore, not that which is you.

About willingness, see The empty breath and the bliss of not believing to be someone and Willingness to not exclude but include undoes the belief in a world where there seems to be more than one

To see that your hidden grievances are nothing disguised as something is as simple as recognising the nothingness of this haze. You do not need to analyse or understand it but go into it with your eyes wide open. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Although what we believe in being seems to come across somewhere, it is nowhere because it is an experience created by the brain from out of nothing. The brain is as immaterial as the experiences it fabricates. Still, it uses them to make itself appear as a material thing in a physical being, who seems to have the experiences of a tangible world that the brain fabricates and, therefore, believes to be a substantial being in a world made of solid elements.

In the context of this illusion, where nothing seems to be something, a state of not-knowing is a version of nothing that has not been processed by the brain into an experience of something. Read more about that here. In a world that is experienced to be something, a state of not-knowing may, in an abstract way, appear to originate from the back of the head, when all the grievances that have been stored there are acknowledged as old friends and, therefore, do not appear to create pressure in your head but sheer bliss. Yet, the whole brain will never be in a transparent bliss of nothing.

The way to become friends with old complaints is not to get rid of them or understand them, nor to forgive those you resent for having caused them, but to acknowledge what the grievances make you feel by being that and nothing else, so there is not something to contrast what you feel, wherefore neither you nor what you feel is definable. Hence you are in the bliss of not knowing what and where you appear to be.

Read more about how to approach grievances in the below articles:

You could also choose to approach grievances as described in these articles:

Read more about where the bliss of nothing is in Where to find the bliss of the empty breath

You can apply one or more Alexius’ duality hacks wherever you are with your eyes open or closed. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Being inclusive, which you automatically are when not exclusive, is an incredible hack to apply when you feel confused. If not excluding and thus including fuzzy thoughts, sharpness and fuzziness meet. And since any contrast cancels out itself when its opposing sides are not kept apart, you are neither defined as fuzzy nor sharp. The more you stay in a perfect moment like this, the less you are somebody. Read more about that in HACK #3 Not being exclusive but inclusive is freedom from being someone definitive. Therefore, eventually, you are nobody, so you enter a state of not knowing.

A more direct way to this state is connecting with the empty breath – especially if you feel speedy and restless (see hack #5.1 Uncontrolled speed leads to a state of not-knowing). However, when feeling tired, pretending to be that is perhaps the better choice of a hack because what you pretend to be is not you (see hack #1.3 Pretending to be someone definitive is liberation).

If you tend to justify everything unpleasant with somebody or something, perceiving everything as symbols of oneness is most likely the hack to go for. Alone together could also be a good hack in this case. Read more about these hacks in hack #2.1 Everything experienced is a symbol of life, and hack #7 ‘Alone together’ is the key to that which is One. However, except for hack #5.1 Uncontrolled speed leads to a state of not-knowing, those mentioned above are more geared towards enjoying duality than having a break from it.

Please be aware that the purpose of Alexius’ Duality Hacks is not to heal the body but the sick belief that you are in it. So if the body is sick, consider consulting a healthcare professional.

That being said, the more this sick belief is healed, the more the body is set free from your dominance. Hence the biological system is not blocked from repairing the body. Nevertheless, sometimes it may be helpful to kickstart this with nootropics for boosting the brain, Blackroll for self-massage, and far-infrared heating pads for bodily relaxation. Read more about setting the body free from your domination of it in hack #4.3 The toxic mix of physical and non-physical issues.

Read more about a state of not-knowing in the below hacks:

Whenever you think you know something, you have eaten from the tree of knowledge to turn you and those you consider like-minded into the good ones and others as bad. However, the result of this knowledge is not surety. You always feel something is missing when you have projected what you judge as wrong in yourself onto others to feel good at their expense.

In the context of the belief in being someone in a world of separation, the solution to this is to bring back the projection of what you experience in being so good, and evil can meet where they were separated, namely in yourself. Hence they cancel out each other (read more about that here), so there is nothing to define you. And consequently, nothing to distract you from happily following the commands of the brain and, therefore, being in sync with the present as it creates it. Read more about that here.

Having glimpses of enlightenment, you stick to one aspect of it at a time. So if you are feeling it, you do not try to see it as well. Yet, if the visions of it start to take over, you go with that. Suppose you do not try to divide your vision into different shapes. In that case, you will not see patterns and colours in the visual glimpses of enlightenment but one bright light. It sucks out everything you believe to be so that there is nothing to gracefully fall through a black hole into that which is One. Read more about that here. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

In a state of not-knowing, you may have glimpses of the enlightenment of that which is One. But they are not the enlightenment of that which is One – just like a movie trailer only is a glimpse of the movie. It is impossible to see the enlightenment of that which is One, as it requires more than one. Yet, it is possible to see glimpses of it. Their intensity is proportional to how much you prioritise the inward-facing senses. The more you see, hear, feel or taste glimpses of the Enlightenment of that which is One, the less you see, hear, feel or taste the world of the external senses. Read more about that here.

In the case of Alexius, the visual glimpses of enlightenment are often so bright that he wonders if he has forgotten to turn off the electric light when he closes his eyes to go to sleep. In the morning, he wakes up to the sounds of ethereal harmonies. Read more about that here. This is not to be understood that the glimpses of enlightenment blend in with the physical world. They are experienced with the inward-facing senses and the physical world with the external ones. Read more about that here.

In other words, the visual glimpses of enlightenment do not lighten up the room. On the contrary, it makes it impossible for Alexius’ to see where he is physically speaking. And the ethereal harmonies do not mix with the sounds of the birds from the trees outside Alexius’ bedroom but drown them out, even though the ethereal harmonies are the most subtle polyphony of bell-like sounds. That is why you better block out glimpses of enlightenment when driving a car or something else that calls for the external senses.

Since we are used to perceiving experiences as if they come from a world outside of us, we probably perceive glimpses of enlightenment to come from inside. But this is not so. They come from the world of the inward-facing senses, and it is in the gap between oneness that the brain perceives as something. However, it has not rendered the world of the inward-facing senses into something. Consequently, it is nowhere.

So when Alexius’ Duality Hacks say that glimpses of enlightenment come from the inward-facing senses and the experience of the world outside of us comes from the outward-facing ones, it is not because the senses actually are divided into inside and outside, but that is how we tend to perceive it. See The empty breath syncs the inward and outward-facing senses.

Anyway, if you forget to perceive the splashes of light in different shapes and colours or the ethereal harmonies to differ from each other, the glimpses of light or sound fuse into one light or sound in which you graciously keep falling through empty space until it has emptied you out and there is not something to reunite with that which is One. The same applies to feeling or tasting glimpses of enlightenment. This occurs by itself if you remain in a state of not-knowing for more than 20 minutes, 45 at most.

It is not normal, though, to stay that long in a state of not-knowing, nor to forget to perceive the glimpses of enlightenment differently. Instead, you, relatively quickly, leave a state of not-knowing to be in the after-effect of it.








The changeover to a state of not-knowing may seem unpleasant. This is because the brain tries to distract you from leaving its definable world by producing very tangible and disturbing experiences, as if ants crawl on your body, for instance, so that you feel attacked and thus being someone definitive. See also If included irritation undoes the belief in duality.