The after-effect of ‘a state of not-knowing’ [under construction]

Updated October 29, 2022

The after-effect of a state of not-knowing is a certainty that the thoughts needed for being someone in a world where there seems to be more than one automatically are produced by the brain. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

This article is a continuation of A state of not-knowing, how to get there.

If you do not want to end the experience of being somebody, you need to leave a state of not-knowing after 20 minutes, 45 at most – otherwise, there is not somebody to repeatedly confirm that the experiences fabricated by the brain are something. Therefore, since they are exposed as nothing, there does not appear to be something keeping the brain together, wherefore it falls into a coma.

Since the slate has been wiped clean in a state of not-knowing, you come back to the conscious experience of being someone without the desire to be independent, thus free to follow the brain’s script. See hack #4.2 The brain’s script and how to perceive it to feel happy. That feels like you start from the ground up, moving very slowly with no other purpose than to fine-tune the body as a tool for the experience of a tangible world. That is not done systemically with coordinated movement, breathing, and meditation.

However, since most seekers look for something they can mimic to appear spiritual, they assume they magically enter a higher state by imitating these slow movements in a focused mode via Tai Chi or Qigong. A state of not-knowing, though, does not arise from focusing but from defocusing. That said, it can also occur from being deeply involved in something, as long as it is not done per a particular philosophy or to escape the present.

Returning with the slate wiped clean from a state of not-knowing to the experience of being someone, the relationships you used to stand by may seem dull, as you do not need to exploit others when not conditined to be unique.

As long as the after-effect of a state of not-knowing lasts, which can be from a few seconds to several years, you rely on the brain to produce experiences of being someone in a tangible world – just like you depend on it to compose a dream. Going along with the experiences as the brain makes them, and not as you think they should be, feels like sleepwalking. It is effortless unless you insist on doing things your way, which is very stressful. But fortunately, uncontrolled stress ignites a take-off into the empty breath and the bliss of nothing, from where you return with a clean slate, thus having an effortless life as someone in the brain’s fantasy of a tangible world.

You probably go back and forth between the consciousness of being someone and a state of not-knowing many times before you forget to return but welcome the enlightenment of that which is One. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Each time you return from a state of not-knowing to the belief in being someone, thus have forgotten the bliss of nothing, the empty breath remembers it for you. And like it syncs being nobody with being somebody, so you can move around in nothing as if it is something when in a state of not-knowing, it also does that when you return to the consciousness of being someone. But, of course, the ratio is different in the after-effect of a state of not-knowing.

In a state of not-knowing, there is so little consciousness of being somebody that there is nobody to perceive the different experiences to make a difference. That is why you are in the bliss of nothing. But in the after-effect, the empty breath syncs the bliss of nothing with the conscious experience of something, so the nothingness is forgotten when you need to be aware of driving a car, for example. In other words, in a state of not-knowing, you are mainly nobody and, in the after-effect, somebody.

Be aware that there is no will to perceive anything in a particular way in a state of not-knowing. And the transition from a state of not-knowing to the consciousness of being someone is not noticed because there is not somebody to be aware of having been in a state of not-knowing. Nor do you not know that the bliss of nothing has wiped the slate clean, so your perceptions automatically are generated in sync with the brain’s script (see hack #4.2 The brain’s script and how to perceive it to feel happy). However, you notice you are in the duality flow (see hack #4.4 The duality flow goes to non-duality) because you have no need to uphold a specific interpretation of something.

But suppose the satisfaction this entails feels too basic compared with the vague memories of bliss that eventually pop up from nowhere. In that case, you may insist on a specific interpretation of the memories that seem to extend the bliss. Therefore, since you appear to be able to integrate the bliss of nothing into the world of something and since the world wants to be fooled, they are impressed. But not you because what you did is like adding a zero to a number, so nothing has changed.

Thoughts and feelings may seem distant in a state of not-knowing, but when you return to the consciousness of being someone definitive, they are very close. However, since they are no longer perceived as something but nothing, you enjoy the intimacy of nothing in whatever shape it appears to take. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

In short, those insisting on free will, see the brain as a slave driver, so they they reject its game of something. And when they fail to make it better, they blame the brain. But those not trying to change something because they remember from a state of not-knowing that it is nothing, they have fun appearing as someone.

That does not necessarily mean it always is like that. Your conditioned way of reacting to something may be so deeply rooted that you return to a familiar response pattern. But, no worries, a quick visit to a state of not-knowing, and you start over again with a clean slate in the brain’s fantasy world of something.

Sooner or later, you feel so entertained by this fantasy that you forget to remember being someone. Thus there does not appear to be something hiding the formlessness of oneness.

To be in sync with the script of the brain does not mean you have to like it but that you have to relate to it and not as you think it should be per a particular philosophy. In other words, whether you respond with anger or joy to the brain’s script, you are in a dialogue with the brain, thus feeling its love.

But if you reject the brain’s script by responding to a story believed superior, such as socialism, you are not communicating with the brain but your fable about a better world. Hence you do not feel the brain’s love for you but are always looking for something better.

Having a perception in sync with the brain’s script is very easy. If you do not try to make a perception of your reaction to it, the brain does it automatically. Therefore, since you are in sync, you feel its love.

NOTE: This article is a continuation of the previous one, A state of not-knowing and how to get there, and they are both parts of hack #5.2 The empty breath and the bliss of nothing.


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the twofoldness of the brain as oppressing their right to express themselves as unique.

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Thus they reject the happiness the brain infuses into its creations.