Going up and down with ‘the empty breath’ [draft]

Updated May 24, 2022

Although being in the bliss of nothing is straightforward, it may seem complicated if you assume thoughts must be controlled or stopped because focussing on them is impossible in the nothingness of bliss. Neither is focussing beneficial for getting there. But when not hot holding onto thoughts by concentrating on them, they speed up until the explosion of their unedited energy ignites a take-off into the empty breath and its blissful state of not-knowing. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

When you connect with the empty breath, it may feel like you have two kinds of breaths. The well-known one that you probably, out of habit, struggle for by taking quick gasps of air or maybe slow down to take deep breaths. And then the empty breath, which may seem not to supply you with enough air. But that is because it has a slower pace than you are used to, with a more extended break between breathing in and out. It keeps a healthy balance between breathing in oxygen and breathing out carbon dioxide in a laid-back way.

It does not feel like you bring about breathing, but a ‘generator’ in the abdomen. Very gently, it first expands the abdomen, secondly the belly and lastly the chest. Then, after a short break, it goes the other way to contract the body. And then on and on. It feels like there is hardly any air coming in and out of the nose. That is because it is experienced with the inward-facing senses, and since that requires the outward-facing senses to be turned down, so are physical movements. But as long as you do not compare the experience of the empty breath with the physical one, it feels as if you get sufficient air from an inner breath.

Read more about the inward-fencing senses in hack #6.3 The inward-facing senses, the Enlightenment of that which is One and glimpses of it.

For that reason, the physical breathing may be through the mouth if that suits you better than through the nose. However, when it is through the nose, you can simultaneously do the technique for the taste of life to get its side-effect of defocussing, thus supporting the empty breath. See the paragraph The taste of life in The four aspects of Enlightenment and how to sample them.

Please be aware that this is not a factual description of breathing when the empty breath is in the driving seat, but a description of how it may feel, physically speaking. This is not to say, though, that the empty breath is experienced with the outward-facing senses. On the contrary, you experience it with the inward-facing senses.

Therefore, the empty breath goes on undisturbed by the physical condition of your body, In other words, if you have an inflammation in the lungs that hinders a full physical breath, the experience of the empty breath is unhindered as long as you stay with the inward-facing senses but patiently wait for the empty breath to fill your lungs with the bliss of nothing.

Practically speaking, you follow a flow from the abdomen to the top of the head when the breath expands the body from the abdomen to the chest. At the same time, you stick to the thoughts and/or feelings popping up without editing them. At the top of the head, the gentle explosion of the unbounded thoughts and feelings erases the perception of your experience as something so that you are in the bliss of nothing, thus indifferent to being someone definitive.

Following the rhythm of the breath as described here and elsewhere in HACK #5, A state of not-knowing is nothing but bliss is hypnotising. Thus you forget to experience yourself as someone separated from others by time and space. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

This state of not-knowing remains while breathing out and following a flow down to the abdomen. From there, you start over again, so going up and down keeps you in a state of not-knowing, provided you do not perceive an appearance, like your spouse, to make a difference.

This should not be understood as a state of not-knowing resides in the flow of the physical breath. It is nowhere in particular. That is why it is obscured by the experiences of time and space that seem to confirm you as someone definitive in a tangible world.

However, if you stay in a state of not-knowing 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, entailed by the empty breath, in which the slate is wiped clean. Hence, you return unconditioned to the conscious experience of being someone. We take a closer look at that after the box.

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. Hence 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 by insisting on some of them making a difference, for example in your work. 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.

Instead of remaining in a state of not-knowing after going down to the abdomen when the breath contracts the body, you can return to the conscious experience of being someone definitive when you leave the abdomen and with the expansion of the body goes up to the head again. You leave a state of not-knowing by perceiving yourself to make a difference.

From the conscious experience of being someone definitive, you can again return to a state of not-knowing. You do that by not perceiving the thoughts and feelings constituting the experience of being someone as something. Thus you leave the head as nobody and go with the flow of the breath down to the abdomen when the body contracts. There you go up with the flow to the head, having a conscious experience of you as someone definitive – and so on.

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 erased. Therefore, since you do not perceive yourself to be special when returning to the conscious experience of being someone, it is easy go back to a state of not-knowing.

Having been in this flow for a while, it becomes automatic. However, you cannot know when you are connected with the empty breath because you are in a state of not-knowing. Nor can you know who follows the breath up and down because the contrast of up and down quickly cancels itself out (read more about that here). Thus you appear to be nobody who, as somebody, goes nowhere. In other words, it is like a movie: you seem to be there, but nobody is in it.

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 since it is formless, therefore endless.

Suppose you think you find something better around the next corner. In that case, you will probably not notice the empty breath because it is not behind anything but before everything that the brain has twisted from nothing into an experience of something. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

In this article, we have talked about breathing from the abdomen. But if you prefer a more metaphysical approach, you can begin to breathe from the third eye.

This is not to say that it is you who initiate the breathing. You defocus on the third eye. Then you wait patiently, and the breath starts by itself. But you do not go with the flow of the breath. Instead, you rest in the space it seems to have opened in the third eye and filled with the transparent sound of the empty breath. From there, you probably sense the swing of the empty breath in the upper part of the body, and when breathing in, you see glimpses of Enlightenment. See What does the empty breath feel like?.

Whether breathing from the abdomen or third eye and going with the flow of the empty breath, the streaming of thoughts is called off. However, now and then, it may come back. But it disappears in the next breath. Thus you cannot hold onto something specific. No worries. You are in the bliss of nothing. And although it is very energetic, you have no urge to achieve something. Therefore, since you do not hope to get anything, the world feels transparent, regardless of looking the same.

You do not need to remember every detail of this photo to get a sense of stormy weather. Likewise, you do not need to remember all the explanations about the empty breath to connect with it. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Connecting with the empty breath is not a matter of letting go or surrendering since doing so enhances the belief in being someone definitive. And you keep it at bay if you try to figure out which way to follow the rhythm of the breath or if the empty breath follows the physical breath because the empty breath has nothing to do with bodily preoccupation. Actually, you will never know if the physical and empty breath are aligned because you are in a state of not-knowing when connected with the empty breath.

It is a matter of speech when Alexius’ Duality Hacks say the empty breath fills you with emptiness. It does not supply you with anything. Instead, it replaces your experience of the body as something with nothing. Hence the body is acknowledged for what it is. The same applies to every other experience you have. They are all nothing disguised as something. Seeing that, there is not something to bother you. That is why it is so blissful to be connected with the empty breath.

The apparent difference between a boy and a girl, for example, must be upheld as real to sustain the belief that it is possible to be and have more than that which is One. The differences appear precisely the same when connected with the empty breath, but they are not judged to make a difference due to its indifference. Hence the belief in being someone definitive fades out.

Should you forget to go up and down, there is no reason to condemn yourself because there is no self. It is an illusion because it takes more than one to be or have a self, and there is no more than that which is One since it is formless, thus endless. For the same reason, being with the empty breath is also make-believe. Nevertheless, since the empty breath gives you nothing, it does not establish you as something. On the contrary, what you believe in being is exposed as unreal.

Since the empty breath sees nothing but emptiness where you believe to see something, it has no need to be free from anything or be recognised as something. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

It may be easier to remind yourself about the nothingness of the empty breath by relating to it via something. For example, Alexius’ name for it is the same as his beloved dead cat. Although it is not a substance anymore but has turned into nothing, thus the same as the empty breath, the memory of it hooked up with the empty breath is like a laser of nothing going through his perceived obstacles of something in the body. Thus nothing stops him from feeling the connection with the empty breath.

NOTE: This article is part of hack #5.1 Uncontrolled speed leads to a state of not-knowing.