What is unreal is right in front of you

Updated August 21, 2022

A world of duality can be compared to what comes out of the box in the Augmented Hand Series. When you stick your hand into it, an app changes the hand on the screen, and the brain fools you into feeling it happens to you.

DUALITY IS A SIMULATION:
Even though a fairy tale is built with elements from the physical world, there is nothing material in the tale. Everything is a simulation fabricated by a writer. The characters have no free will. They cannot leave the story and be part of the physical world because they are not physical but symbols of it.

A world of duality can be compared to a fairy tale. Nothing is real and never will be, whether you believe in living in the now, coming from the heart or whatnot. The Augmented Hand Series called Flong by Golan Levin and Collaborators illustrates this through interactive art.

In the Augmented Hand Series you can watch your hand take on a life of its own. Here your fingers grow to varying lengths.

In the Augmented Hand Series, you can watch your hand take on a life of its own. Here your fingers grow to varying lengths.

When you stick your hand in a small box – see the above animation – you see it moving on a screen beyond your control. Instead, the hand is controlled by a preprogrammed app to change the length of your fingers.

The small box and the screen on top create a disconnect between what the eye sees, the body feels and the brain processes. Some even look into the box to check if what they see on the screen happens to their hand because, even though the hand on the screen is not part of them, the brain tells them to believe it is.

It is impossible, but yet you feel it is happening.

These movements are not possible. Yet you feel it is happening to your hand – like you feel duality is happening, although it is impossible because non-duality is formless, thus endless.

Likewise, a world of duality is a simulation. Nothing happens in it. But it feels so because you, metaphorically speaking, have put non-duality in a small box, where an app called the brain twists it into a world of duality. Since it is an illusion, it is only the belief that it is real that needs to stop. You can do this by interpreting every experience of duality as a symbol of non-duality. Therefore, since your apparent different experiences do not seem to make a difference, there is no separation, thus no duality to distract you from non-duality.

THERE IS NO SELF:
Believing in being an individual in charge of its life can be compared to a machine that thinks it has a self, deciding what to do. There is no ‘I’, self, or soul in a machine. It is all mechanics, and even though the device may have been built with AI (artificial intelligence), it cannot think itself. All thoughts are preprogrammed possibilities. Nobody makes them, and nobody sees what the machine claims to see.

If you are visual-minded, you may have an Aha! moment seeing the below screen dumps from an article in Wired. They illustrate how a machine with AI ‘sees’ the world. It simply registers data or frequencies by how it is programmed. The captions are not from that article but from Alexius.

The machine has been programmed to perceive this point of frequency as cute, so it searches its database for an image to illustrate this.

The machine translates this point of frequency as eyes and concludes it sees the cute image that has been fabricated based on the info from its database.

Founded on past decisions, the machine reckons the cute image consists of a dog.

But it also seems to see a female. Thus it has to search its database to know if it is the female or the dog that is cute so that the appropriate feeling can be fabricated.


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From non-duality to duality and back (in the process of being updated)

Updated September 11, 2022

It is not possible to drink the water from the bottle in this pic, because the bottle is a simulation – but it is possible to imagine to drink the water. The imagination will never quench your thirst though.

It is impossible to drink from the bottles in this image because it is a simulation. Likewise, it is impossible to be fulfilled in a world where there seems to be more than one. It is simulated because there is no more than that which is One since it is formless, thus endless. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

THAT WHICH IS ONE
… is no different from the formlessness of that which is you. But as formlessness has no size, it is nothing. Yet, it is also everything because formlessness is endless. In other words, there is no more than the formlessness of oneness, also called non-duality.

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Nothing in a world where there seems to be more than one is what is seems to be. The graphic is grabbed from the web.

Since it takes more than one to see something, you have tricked yourself into beliving you are in a world where there seems to be more than one. You probably also have tricked yourself into seeing the red lines in this image as crokked, when, actually, all lines are straight, and it is the blue boxes that are offset.

WHAT IF THAT WHICH IS ONE …
… could be divided into more than one? It is impossible. Firstly, because it is formless. Secondly, its speed is infinitely fast. Hence there is no time and space to differentiate anything. Nevertheless, it seems possible to imagine slowing down its speed until it is so slow that there appear to be separated appearances in the distance.

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The still photo of Scarlett Johansson in ‘Lucy’ is grabbed from the internet.

Think of the movie Lucy, where Luc Besson via Scarlett Johansson demonstrates that if you speed up time infinitely, any object in motion disappears – or in the context of this article, becomes one. A world where there seems to be more than one is a reverse example. A slowed-down movie of oneness, you could say.

One of these separated appearances in the distance is imagined to be you. But you and everything else are as flat as this article’s images because formlessness has no dimensions. However, when the formlessness of oneness is observed from different angles and distances, it appears to get smaller and bigger. Therefore, since it seems to exist in time and space, you conclude you are someone substantial in a tangible world.

Graphic by Clive Gifford.The book ‘Eye Benders: The Science of Seeing and Believing’ written by Clive Gifford explains, the brain sees movements that do not exist, and it also fabricates images to fill what it perceives as gaps in the world. Read more about that here.

In short, the experience of being someone in a world where there seems to be more than one comes from an imagined slowed-down version of oneness, layered on top of oneness to hide that there is no more than that which is One. Read more about that here. The purpose is to feel entertained by the illusion of more than one. See hack #4.2 The brains script and how to perceive it to feel happy. It is a bit like the excitement you get when AR (augmented reality) modifies the physical world and builds a layer on top of it, so a simulation of the physical world is mixed with the actual physical world.

You probably experience, that you see two differently sized orange circles in this pic, because that is what the part of the brain, that measures perspective and scale, will tell you. Due to the blue circles it appear as they are not the same size. But you are wrong. Each orange circle is the same size. You are also wrong, if you think persons are different, and that they are in a world of duality. It is an illusion. Everything is sizeless.

You probably experience two differently sized orange circles in this image because that is what the part of the brain that measures perspective and scale will tell. Due to the blue circles, it appears that the orange circles are not the same size. But you are mistaken. Each orange circle has the same size. You are also mistaken if you experience a world of different-sized objects. It is an illusion. That which is real is formless. The graphic is grabbed from the web.

When writing this article, the most well-known AR (augmented reality) example is Google glasses. A digital simulation of the physical world is mixed with the actual physical world via the internet. You can read about another kind of AR glasses, changing your appearance, in the article What is unreal, is right in front of you.

Since then, Pokémon Go has become the most well-known example of AR. But many people live in augmented reality not only when playing Pokémon Go. They look at their smartphone, where a layer of digital info flows on top of the physical world, while they hear music from cyberspace in one ear and listen to friends from the physical world with the other ear.

This image consists solely of pixels added in different combinations to make you see something that is not there. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Integtating the body with an imagined god or superworld has been a longtime human fantasy. Imaginative fiction, transcendental meditation, aura-transformation and psychoactive drugs can be seen as early efforts to trick you into assuming, the body can be integrated with something immaterial. VR (virtual reality), as it is envisioned by Oculus Rift, may be able to fool you into beliving such a blend is real.

THAT WHICH IS ONE IS REPLACED BY MORE THAN ONE
The first step away from that which is One to a world where there seems to be more than one can be compared to AR (augmented reality), which is a mix of real and unreal. The second step can be compared to VR (virtual reality), where an illusion replaces reality. Yet, the delusion that seems to replace reality can only be experienced due to it.

In a virtual world everything seems possible. It feels very exciting, even though it is an illusion. What you get is nothing. The graphic is grabbed from the web.

»This (virtual reality) is a state where you are totally transported into another world and immersed in the digital interactions of the virtual environment you’ve entered … the feeling that you are truly visiting another space that is wholly distinct from what you can see and hear without the platform … a platform like Oculus Rift is an alternative to reality, supplying entirely new, virtual experiences: true VR.« From Wired.

Why do we choose to appear as somebody definitive in a world where there seems to be more than one when that which is we are is oneness. Because it seems exciting to be and have more than that which is One.

There is so much to experience In a world where there seems to be more than one. However, it comes with a price because such a world – contrary to that which is One – is built of contrasts, so you cannot have happiness without sadness, for example.

A person always find ways to deny or change appearances in the world that is judged to be wrong, so that it appears to better. But no matter how happy being better may seem to make you, you cannot escape its contrast, sadness, because happiness cannot be experienced without it. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

A person always finds ways to deny or change appearances that are judged wrong so that it seems to have become better. But no matter how happy it makes you feel, its contrast, sadness, cannot be escaped because happiness cannot be known without it. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen

Most assume they can surpass this twofoldness and be in one state of mind by recollecting memories of oneness. But they have been changed by the desire for more than one, so they do not bring one state of mind. Thus many conclude there are levels of consciousness leading to oneness. But nothing leads to it. Besides, there is no oneness in a world where there seems to be more than one. Its reality is twofoldness – the interaction of opposing elements – is the reality. For example, you can only read this when white or something else opposing black contrasts the black letters. Read more about that here.

And you cannot exclude hate only to be in a singular state of love. Doing that results in imitated love because there is no love without hate. Therefore, since excluding hate makes you feel phoney, you try to make love purer by excluding selfishness to get unconditional love. But again, you get a feeling of being wrong – and on it goes.

You never feel good enough because your whole being is based on avoiding twofoldness to feel you are at one. However, there is no oneness in a world where there seems to be more than one. Such a world is based on the interaction of opposing elements. Going with them, you do not feel something is missing. Therefore, since someday, the need for more is gone, wherefore the belief in a world where there seems to be more than one does not seem to hide there is no more than that which is One. See hack #4.4 The duality flow goes to non-duality.

Following the duality flow to non-duality is a process. But if you welcome the Enlightenment of that which is One, it takes no time.

Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Alexius knows there is nothing to hope for because there is no more than that which is One, and it takes more than one to hope for something. Thus he has nothing to fear. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

THE ENLIGHTENMENT OF THAT WHICH IS ONE UNDOES THE BELIEF IN MORE
One who is to be compared to the Enlightenment of that which is one knows that there is no more than oneness, wherefore a world where there seems to be more than one is fake. Nobody else knows it. What they believe to know is based on speculations about their existence in a world where there seems to be more than one. Thus it enhances the belief in being there instead of undoing it.

Believing that a world where there seems to be more than one is real is to be compared to sitting in a cinema, where you project yourself onto the world on the screen so that it appears to have an effect on you, thus experienced as real.

A world where there seems to be more than one can be compared to the movie roll in a cinema. Suddenly it breaks, wherefore there is nothing but bright white light on the screen. Read more about this metaphor here. This is the Enlightenment, which Alexius is to be compared to. It is not something that you see because it is the Enlightenment of that which is One, and it takes more than one to be aware of something.

When the movie roll is put together, and Alexius appears in the simulated world on the screen again, the Enlightenment of that which is One has not turned him into a wiser man or changed anything in the world. But he knows that the world is an illusion that can only be experienced due to oneness. More about that in hack #6.1 The Enlightenment of that which is One.

The animation is grabbed from the web.

If everything you see is perceived to be symbols of that which cannot be seen, namely the formlessness of that which is One, the apparent difference between happiness and sadness does not make a difference. Thus you enjoy them both. The animation is grabbed from Ello.

TO SEE SYMBOLS OF THAT WHICH IS ONE IN THAT WHICH IS NOT ONE
Even though you may have been told that a world where there seems to be more than one is an illusion, your conditioned belief in such a world compulsively makes you see more than one.

You can undo this belief in a laid-back way by perceiving what you see as symbols of that which is One. Actually, all of Alexius’ Duality Hacks, except the Enlightenment of that which is Oneundo the belief in being and having more than one over time while enjoying that belief.

That which is one cannot be known in a world where there seems to be more than one – neither anywhere else, as it takes more than one to be aware of something. So rather than pointing to that which is One, Alexius’ Enlightened Non-Teachings point out that there is no more than that which is one.

A SYMBOL OF ONENENESS TURNS THE MOMENT INTO A PERFECT MOMENT
If you perceive everything as symbols of oneness, there is no separation to hide that which is One when. But since you do probably do that little by little, and since you cannot get fragment of oneness, you get a taste of it. Therefore, every time you perceive something as a symbol of oneness you are pulled into the perfect moment.

If you have conditioned yourself within the concepts of living in the now, you may think a perfect moment is a point squeezed in between the past and the future. However, this idea of living in the now is based on exclusion, whereas a perfect moment is inclusive and therefore includes both the past and the future. A perfect moment may last a split second, or as long as a kiss lasts, or a daydream lasts. There are no rules but to be inclusive. Should you forget that, you just include your forgetfulness.

A perfect moment has no limitations, contrary to the popular idea of living in the now, which is something you forever can try to achieve but never obtain, as it is based on having to keep on excluding the past and the future.

A perfect moment can last a split second while you say »A ha,« – or it can last an hour while you have a daydream about tomorrow or the whole night being with your lover. It includes the past as well as the future as long as it is perceived as a symbol of oneness.

In a perfect moment, anger is not a disturbing feeling, pushed away into the dark. Instead, it is taken into the light, so the hidden memories of the past that seemed to have caused it is no more. Not by going back into the past to fix it, neither by denying it, but by including the pain and anger of the past as it is experienced in the present.

Any thought or feeling passing by is part of the totality that makes a perfect moment. It is not flawless like a music video, though. There are ups and downs, but they are comparable to the thrill of riding up and down on a roller coaster.

 

A perfect moment though is not a sensation like falling in love but rather the relief of not being exclusive, as that means problems vanish. This is not limited to the period called now.

If you have an expectation of a perfect moment, it will not be perfect until the expectation and its opposite – desperation – are included exactly as they appear to you. And as said in the previous articles, inclusion is not to exclude, so when desperation is not excluded in an attempt to enjoy the thrill of expectation, it is included.

 

Every moment is the perfect moment. Nothing is wrong or missing when it is perceived as a symbol of oneness.

 

There is no more than the formlessness of oneness since it is formless and therefore endless. Thus a world where there seems to be more than one is not real, regardless of how the moment appears to be. However, while you seem to be someone in a virtual world, it feels better to have a perfect moment.

 

To stop or to control thoughts is not the way to a perfect moment but numbness. The inclusion of confusion and uncertainty but most of all, the extreme speed of thoughts leads to a perfect moment. When everything is fast-moving, the mind does not have the time to divide everything into categories.

Well, anything that is devoid of what you have defined as meaningful leads to a perfect moment. Therefore, if you do not try to express yourself as someone significant, you will be meaningless, so every moment is perfect!

 

The idea about living in the now is, like most so-called spiritual ideas, based on exclusion. Hence the belief in separation is enhanced. In this case, the past and future are excluded to highlight a separate point in between them called now. On the other hand, a perfect moment is not based on separation. It includes any memory of the past and expectations of the future. It has no rules but to be inclusive, which you automatically are when not exclusive.

 

If you have an expectation of a perfect moment, it will not be perfect until the expectation and its opposite – desperation – are included exactly as they appear to you.

 

Life’s formlessness includes everything because formlessness is endless, so there is nothing but that. Since a perfect moment is inclusive, it confirms the formlessness of life, whereas living in the now denies it, as it excludes thoughts of the perceived future and past.

A perfect moment can last the whole hour you bravely make your way through bushes of thorny lianas, or the second you feel the horror of going through thorny bushes replaced with the relief of getting out, or the minutes you see a helicopter circling to find you. Or a whole day where you forget everything about the perfect moment and hate the rainforest.

Any thought or feeling passing by is part of the totality that makes a perfect moment. It is not flawless like a music video, though. There are ups and downs, but they are comparable to the thrill of riding up and down on a roller coaster.

THE WORLD IN A GAME IS VIRTUAL AND ONLY APPEARS TO EXIST WHEN YOU PLAY IT
A virtual reality game player is often nauseous because the body is tricked into believing it moves in the virtual world. But you are not there even though it feels like you are fighting for your life. Actually, you are sitting in a chair with your eyes covered by a set of goggles. An app fills it with a simulated world, and per your response, it seems to create feelings in you as if you are in the real world.

If you, in this description, replace the app with the brain, it becomes a description of appearing to be someone in a world where there seems to be more than one, where you always feel a bit off because you are not there. Nevertheless, it is possible to feel good while you experience more than one when you know it is an illusion. However, there is nothing real in a virtual world, so do not mistake this article for the truth, but merely a suggestion to take off the goggles simulating a world that is not there. Of course, this is a metaphor. That which is One is not covered by a simulated world but the belief that there is more than that which is One.

THAT WHICH IS ONE IS ONE
When you return to oneness, everything is the same. It is as if you have been there all the time, which you also have because there is no more than that which is One. Thus the phrase ‘when you return to oneness’ is a metaphor. In reality, you have never left it.

If you experience a flow of beauty, love, sex or colors in this pic totally depends on the perception you have fabricated of yourself as a person. But no matter what you perceive, if you include it all, the moment of watching this pic is perfect – nothing is wrong or missing. Consequently you need no more and therefore are ready for that which is one.

Whether you experience love, sex, or the beauty of a sunset in this image totally depends on how you have conditioned yourself. But no matter how you experience it, if it is perceived as a symbol of oneness, the moment of experiencing this image is perfect – nothing is wrong or missing. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

 


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