√ Neither failure nor success

Updated August 22, 2022

In a long forgotten land, there lived an old man in a house far away from everything.

In forgotten land a long time ago, an old man was living all by himself in a house far from everything. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

THE OLD MAN IN A FORGOTTEN LAND
In a land long time forgotten, there was a wise old man who was said to know the way to the enlightenment of that which is One. A young man, who dreamed about this, travelled for months through the country until he finally found the old man in an obscure place far from everything. He asked the old man if he could show him the way to the enlightenment of that which is One, and the old man answered: »No problem if you are willing to work for it.«

»Of course,« said the young man, who was very eager to get started, but a little surprised when the old man asked him to dig a ditch around his house. He assumed the old man was poor so that if he did it for free, all secrets would be revealed.

He, therefore, did his best to impress the old man, but it was not easy. The old man kept saying the work was not good enough. It could be much better, and the ditch should be much deeper. When the old man finally seemed satisfied, the young one thought he would be rewarded for all his hard work.

EXPECTING SOMETHING FOR SOMETHING
For about a week, the young man patiently waited for the old man to show his appreciation. Though the old man said nothing, he treated the old man with much respect, thinking the more he could make the old man feel good, the more he would reveal. For weeks the old man did not approach the young man at all until one day, he quietly asked him to fill up the ditch again.

The young man freaked out and started to wonder if the old man was a wise man, but he decided to see what would happen if he did what he was told. And so he filled up the ditch so that you could hardly see, there ever had been one.

A SHITTY AWARD
The young man was very proud of his work, and when the old man asked him to meet at his house precisely one hour later, he thought, now all secrets will be revealed. So he opened the door to the house with a big smile. But it did not last because the old man threw a bucket of cow shit on the young man from his hiding place above the door. The young man got angrier than ever before in his life – especially as through the shit, he saw how amazed the old man was.

Furiously he left the old man, thinking he had wasted months of his precious life with this sadistic man, who knew nothing about the enlightenment of that which is One. After some time, however, he felt like coming back, and so one more time, he asked the old man to teach him the secret way to the enlightenment of that which is One.

Again the old man said yes and gave him one meaningless assignment after the other. A year or more went on like this, and when the old man one day again threw a bucket of cow shit on the young man, he quietly looked at the old man with a happy smile beneath the shit.

The young man did not feel young anymore, nor old. And he was no more looking for secrets to be revealed in the future. He was not looking for anything at all, neither did he assume that he in any way had done or was anything special. All his ideas were gone. He was empty, and in the emptiness, he saw nothing. Thus there was not something to hide the enlightenment of that which is One.

FAILURE CAN BE THE BIGGEST SUCCESS
In the above, Alexius might have mixed old stories he heard in his 20s. He considered them spaced out and not in touch with modern life, which he assumed was about being recognised as somebody, like when he entered a disco, and the DJ turned down the music to greet him through the speakers. Nowadays, though, he is not swimming in success. But since Alexius is to be compared to the Enlightenment of that which is One, he is the perfect medium for Alexius’ Enlightened Non-Teachings. And since it is not about success, he cannot fail. 


NOTE: This article is part of hack 6.4, Enlightened or not.

Meditation is a con trick

Updated September 20, 2022

Whether your eyes are open or not, whatever you experience is a symbol of that which is life. If that is not what you see, meditation will not change that. On the contrary, it will confirm the belief that there are good and bad things to experience.

There is only a need to relax through meditation because you always are on the way to a better moment than the present one. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Traditional eastern meditation seems to be about emptying the mind for thoughts, whereas western meditation founded on Christianity wants to fill it with ideas of god. However, the mind is not a fact but make-believe. Thus both an empty mind and one full of god is imagined. This you suppress because you need to think you can alter the mind to prove you are in control. If you did not believe that, you would not try to be purified, changed or transformed via meditation.

Who but those perceiving themselves as dirty, needs to meditate to become pure.

Instead, you see that meditation is a con trick thought up by the rogue consciousness of the self.* It promises you that thoughts, at least the disturbing ones, will disappear when you meditate so that there is nothing to prevent you from being at peace. Nevertheless, most have the opposite experience. They experience more thoughts when they start to meditate. But if they dare to complain to their teacher, they are told it is part of the healing process.

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You have what it takes. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Meditation does not give you lasting peace or transform you into a higher state of being, and the teacher does not have something, you do not have yourself. You do not need help from anybody. All what is needed is that which makes it possible to experience a the world where there seems to be more than one, namely that which is One, and since it is formless, thus endless, you have nothing but that.

However, there is nothing to heal other than the sick belief that it is possible to be and have more than that which is One. Unfortunately, meditation does not change that. On the contrary, it enhances this belief because you meditate to fix its problems. So if anything should be stopped, it is the belief in being and having more than that which is one.

Since that which is you is the formlessness of oneness, being centred, balanced or anything else requiring a shape is an illusion.

In short, what you believe in being is nothing because it requires more than one to be something, and there is no more than that which is One since it is formless, thus endless. Therefore, since oneness is all-inclusive and meditation is exclusive, to meditate is a denial of oneness.

Meditating to make thoughts and feelings go away confirms the belief that they are something, whereas experiencing them as they are, reveals they are nothing because the experience does not last.

The belief in an illusion is undone when you look closely at it. Hence you will not have the belief in being some definitive undone with eyes closed but wide open. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Therefore, since being inclusive confirms oneness, you do not reject something you judge as disturbing, such as hatred. Instead, you include it by completely being it. And since hate is defined by its contrast, you cannot be hateful without acknowledging love. Thus it is also included.

And since a contrast cancels itself when both sides meet (read more about that here), the feeling perceived as disturbing is gone. Therefore, since it cannot define you, you become less defined the more you include. Inevitable, you enter a state of not-knowing. Read more about that in hack #5.2 The empty breath and the bliss of nothing.

Thoughts have no power unless you exclude particular ones to establish you as someone definitive because this makes you a victim of thoughts.

However, you may have suppressed some thoughts and feelings so much that you cannot find them and therefore not include them by experiencing them as they are. In that case, do not distract yourself by looking for explanations of the discomfort the suppression has caused somewhere in the body but experience it as it is. This may seem unbearable, but if you do not try to stop or change it, the experience fades away because it cannot be defined when included. This also includes what you once suppressed even though you cannot remember what it was. Consequently, you are set free from your imprisonment. Read about not being exclusive but inclusive in hack #3.1 Inclusiveness is freedom.

Meditating to get rid of duality is a con trick to fool you into believing duality is real. There is nothing but non-duality since it is formless, thus endless. Consequetly, there is not something to change other than the belief that duality is real. That you undo by pretending to be someone in a world of duality because what and where you pretend to be is unreal. In other words, to get rid of duality, you neither have to restrain nor transform yourself – you just change your perception of what and where you appear to be.

Thoughts only seem disturbing when you believe they are yours. This you do because you need them to prove you are what you want to be. Therefore, when there is no wish to be something, thoughts are uninteresting, hence no need to get rid of them. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

APPENDIX:
Those meditating would be better off switching to SSRIs or beta-blockers and using the time saved to explore the world where they appear to be. By doing that, they acknowledge their belief in being there. Thus they can correct it.

If you meditate to find peace inside, you perceive inside and outside as separated. Hence you enhance what prevents you from being at peace.

The correction does not come from having insights, being at peace, going deeper or something else founded on the belief in being someone definitive. Instead, it comes from not being someone. That is the correction. This does not mean you cannot have a house, for example. But since you are nobody, it is not perceived as yours, thus not attesting to you as someone.


*) Read more about the rogue consciousness of the basic self in


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