The after-effect of ‘a state of not-knowing’

Updated May 23, 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.

You need to return from a state of not-knowing to the conscious experience of being somebody after 20 minutes, 45 at most. If not, there is nobody to repeatedly confirm that the experiences fabricated by the brain from nothing into something are real. Therefore, since there is not something to disguise that the makings of the brain are fake, they fall apart.

So if you do not want the experience of being someone to be terminated, you return from a state of not-knowing to the consciousness of being someone relatively quickly. Since the slate has been wiped clean in a state of not-knowing, you automatically come back as the basic self. This is a bit like a chicken whose reflexes go on even though its head has been cut off. But in your case, it is not the head that is cut off but the silly idea that you are independent. Thus you do not have to figure out where to go. The brain will let you know.

Returning from a state of not-knowing as the basic self, the relationships you used to perceive as special most likely fall apart because you do not look for something special anymore (read more about that here).

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 – as you depend on it to make the experiences of you as someone in a dream you have.

Going along with the experiences as they are, and not as you think they should be, feels like you are sleepwalking. You just cannot speed up to get something definitive. That is unless you break the magic by repeating specific thoughts and feelings, which is very stressful. But fortunately, the stress can be used for a new take-off into the empty breath and the bliss of nothing, from where you again return renewed to a conscious experience of being someone.

You will probably go back and forth between this consciousness and a state of not-knowing many times before you forget to return and instead bid welcome the enlightenment of that which is One.

When you return from a state of not-knowing to the belief in being someone definitive and have forgotten the bliss of not believing that, the empty breath remembers it for you – also if you only remember the empty breath once in a while. And just like it syncs being nobody with being somebody in a state of not-knowing, so you can move around in nothing as if it is something, it also does that in the after-effect of it. The ratio is different, though.

In a state of not-knowing, there is so little consciousness of being somebody that there is nobody to perceive the apparently different experiences to make a difference. This is in the bliss of nothing. In the after-effect, the empty breath syncs the bliss of nothing with the conscious experience of something, so emptiness is forgotten when you need to be aware of something like driving a car. In other words, in a state of not-knowing, you are, first of all, nobody, and in the after-effect, you are mostly somebody.

When someone is hurt in a movie you watch, you may also feel hurt. That is why the movie seems real. But since the film is not perceived as real, it seems entertaining to be hurt. This is how it is to be connected with the empty breath. Though the world appears to be real, you perceive it as unreal. Hence its apparent ups and downs are equally enjoyable.

But since your slate is wiped clean in a state of not-knowing, there are no misperceptions of being special in the after-effect of it. Thus you are the basic. It perceives every experience as it is what it is. Hence, no matter in which ratio nothing and something is synced by the empty breath, each experience makes it equally entertaining to appear as if you are someone definitive. This after-effect lasts from a few seconds to several years if you do not hold onto specific thoughts and feelings. An excellent way to prevent this is to apply hack #4.4 The duality flow goes to non-duality.

This is often done with new-age concepts of being in balance, the now and whatnot. That is until you are so frustrated from trying to make these concepts work, and you do not attempt to fix the disappointment but have the unedited energy ignites a take-off into the empty breath, so you again have your slate wiped clean in a state of not-knowing and return to the consciousness of being someone as the basic self. Read more about the basic and special self in hack #4.1 The basic self versus the special one.



The basic self is not that far from not remembering to be somebody. Thus it easily connects with the empty breath that brings it into a state of not-knowing,* where the apparent different experience of you and others is not perceived to make a difference. Since this means you cannot be defined as separated from others, there is nobody to confirm the brain’s rendering of a world where everything appears to be separated by time and space.

If this goes on for more than 20 minutes, 45 at most, the brain falls into a coma because if there is not more than one having a conversation inside or outside, it is out of work. It is not very often, though, that someone falls into a state of not-knowing,* least of all that they remain there for more than 20 minutes. Everybody wants to be somebody, so they make sure to have an ongoing conversation with somebody perceived to be different from themselves. See also No change is needed to come back to that which is One.

Should they come close to forgetting this, for example by reading Alexius Enlightened Non-Teachings, the brain threatens them with total annihilation. This makes them come to heel and do their best to maintain a conversation with someone experienced to be different from themselves, so, just like in a dream, it seems that there is more than you, although there is nobody at all.


Alexius’ Duality Hacks do not detach you from feelings. They may seem more distant when you are in a state of not-knowing, but when you return to the consciousness of being someone definitive, they are very close. But since they are no longer perceived as something but nothing, you enjoy the intimacy of nothing in whatever shape it seems to take. Therefore, since you are indifferent to their supposed difference, the belief in separation vanishes.

Should you forget that feelings are not something but nothing and focus on their apparent tangibility, the worries that this seems to cause can be used to ignite a take-off into the empty breath. This brings you back into a state of not-knowing, where there is nobody to judge the apparent differences in the world of duality to make a difference, so you return to the consciousness of being someone definitive in such a world based on the sense that nothing there makes a difference. Hence everything seems equally entertaining.

You can learn how to ignite a take-off into the empty breath and thus be in the bliss of nothing in hack #5.1 Uncontrolled speed leads to a state of not-knowing.

Be aware that there is absolutely no will to perceive anything in particular 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 was not somebody to be aware of being nobody in a state of not-knowing. Nor do you not know that the bliss of nothing has wiped the slate clean, so new 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.

But suppose the happiness this entails feels too basic compared with the vague memories of bliss that eventually pop up from nowhere. In that case, you may try to twist the automatically generated perceptions of the brain into something that seems to extend the memories of bliss. Hence, you appear to have something more exciting to tell the world than being a servant of the brain. And since the world wants to be fooled, they do not see that this is a show to hide you feel inferior.

To make long short, if not altering the brain’s game automatically generated perception of your reactions to the experiences it fabricate, it injects you with shots of happiness as a reward for playing its game of duality. And if not messing with the memories of bliss, you know that duality is not real, so playing the brain’s game, there is nothing to lose.

Should you forget that and, therefore, start perceiving duality as real, the frustration this causes can be used to ignite a take-off into the empty breath, so you again have the slate wiped clean and return to the consciousness of being someone with the perception in sync with the brains fantasy of you as someone in a world of duality.

This does not necessarily mean the slate remains clean. Your conditioned way of reacting may be so deeply rooted that you return to a familiar way of responding to something. But, no worries, a quick visit to a state of not-knowing, and you start over with a clean slate in the brain’s fantasy of duality.

Sooner or later, you feel so entertained by this fantasy that you forget to remember being someone. Thus there does not appear to be anybody hiding non-duality.




NOTE: This article is an appendix to the previous one, Sadness comes from being special, happiness from being basic, and bliss from not being, and they are both parts of hack #5.2 The empty breath and the bliss of not believing to be someone