BM5 ++ Happiness comes from not interfering with thoughts and emotions, whereas trying to control them brings sadness [draft]

If you do not perceive feelings in a way that wholly or partly suppresses them, you feel good no matter how you interpret them. In other words, seeing something as negative feels just as good as to perceiving it to be positive. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

The brain repeatedly rewards the basic self for being in sync with its script by injecting it with shots of happiness. This it cannot do for the special self because its perception of the script is based on excluding everything it judges to be wrong from its awareness of the manuscript by hiding the supposedly bad things in the body. This suppression tightens up the body, especially the shoulders, neck, and jaw with the result that the flow of communication between the body and the brain is broken.

The special self uses drugs, meditation and whatnot to perceive the world in a way so that it seems to be the centre of it and, therefore, able to handle it.

Instead, the body is administered by the special self who inflicts the mental idea of a body-mind connection upon it via fitness, yoga, tai chi*, a balanced diet, aura transformation, and whatnot. The special self believes it is in control of the body and able to transform it with such speculative ideas. But to the body, it is an attack on its integrity.**

Read more about the unhealthy belief in a body-mind connection the articles Nothing to heal but the sick belief that you are here and ´The empty breath´ sets the body free and in the hack ´No Body-mind Connection´, which you can find in Extra duality hacks.

It fights back by creating pain or allergic reactions in the body, in the hope that the intensity of this prevents the special self from interfering with it. It may even try to distract the special self into falling, so it breaks a leg if that is where the suppression of unpleasantness has turned into an unhealthy pattern of holding back.

The brain is happy when you do not block the information going to or from it – and so is the body, because then the biological system works in its favour. And since what you believe to be is a construction of the brain, you are also happy when not blocking the information going to or from the brain by using the body as a means to hide unpleasant feelings. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

If you are tired of making up stories, that hold back the natural order of things, namely that the brain and not what you believe to be is the boss of the body, acknowledging that you do not know what is in your own best interest. This sets the body free to get through to the brain with its pain.

The brain, therefore, can use the biological system to suss out the sickness that you brought about by interfering with the natural flow of communication between body and brain. Thus you are finally feeling relieved from the burden of being the boss. This is not to say, that there is no gain without pain, but that if you are stuck in a self-destructive pattern of perceiving yourself and the world, it may at first seem quite painful to break it.

Not wanting anything, you do not need to fabricate a perception of getting something or complain about not getting what you want. Thus you remain in sync with the script of the brain, which delivers nothing but happiness.

As it is the fear of pain, that withhold your natural state of well-being, facing it without mentally justifying and/or explaining it but totally feeling it even though that may not be politically correct, the tensions in the body are released. This reestablishes the free flow of communication between the body and the brain, which, therefore, is able to inject the body with shots of healing.

To make nothing appear as if it is something, the brain constructs a self with a consciousness of its own by, so it can be attentive to the experiences of itself as someone substantial in a tangible world, that are repeatedly fabricated by the brain (read more about that here).

No matter how you experience the appearances on a computer screen and where you believe the experience to come from, what you experience is not there. Every part of it is an illusion generated by the computer, and it only seems to be real because this is how you choose to perceive it.

The illusionary world in this plot of the brain includes everything experienced, realised or being conscious about, regardless it appears to be spiritual or mundane because to experience, realise or be conscious of something requires more than one, and there is no more than that which is one since it is formless and therefore endless.

Any change in the script of the brain that you believe to have been made by you or higher forces is nothing but a perception of it that you have layered on top of the original script. But just like a layer of lipstick do not alter what is beneath it, nor do your perception.

When you feel entertained, your perception is in sync with the script of the brain. But if you blame the world for what you feel, you distance yourself from it and thus the script of the brain.  Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

In other words, the script of the brain cannot be changed but your perception of it can. You can within the script choose to go left or right, for example. But what happens further on the way you decide to go is already written into the manuscript – just like no matter what you choose in a video game the subsequent action is predetermined. And also like in a video game, it is not essential to escape death because you are not there. Yet to be entertained by the plot, you relate to it as if you are there.

Doing that does not necessarily mean you will be provided with the best business deal, holiday or dinner, for example, but that you will feel entertained in the best possible way no matter what you appear to get seems to entail happiness or sadness. See also Every moment is the perfect moment – also for dying in the rainforest.

Always feeling entertained, you are not looking for something special to make you happy, nor are you trying to hang onto anything in specific. So if anger is one of the feelings that entertains you, it does not become sticky.

To have your perception coordinated with the script of the brain does not require that your perception is in alignment with the present. First of all, what you believe to happen right now happened in the past because it takes one second for the brain to process the inputs it gets from your sensory system. So what you appear to read now, you read one second ago. Read more about that here. Secondly, the experience of any point in linear time is made by the brain from out of the same empty space since what it claims to receive from your sensory system actually is nothing rendered into something.

Thus it makes no difference to the brain what point in the linear time of its script that your perception matches. In other words, though you are walking down the street and hardly notice it because you think of a specific moment from the past, you are in sync with the script of the brain if your perception corresponds with that past moment of the script. Just like you are in sync with a movie when relating to its plot, although you are not in its world or timeline.

You do not have to like the script of the brain, but if you want to be entertained by it, you have to relate to it without trying to change it. Just like you do not have to like everything in a plot of a movie but have to relate to it if you want to feel the thrill of the movie. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Nor does it make a difference to the brain, if you agree with its script. All that it wants is that you do not try to change the thoughts and feelings arising in relation to its script, so your response to it also includes sexual lust, power strivings, selfishness, greed, envy, anger and rage or other politically incorrect feelings, because everything in the script comes in pairs. As darkness, therefore, is just as crucial as lightness, you will not feel entertained by the script when that is excluded from your perception of it.

If in doubt whether your perception is in sync with the script or not, you are not entertained by the script of the brain and thus out of sync with it. But the moment you say »It is as what is,« your perception is in sync with the script.

Being that you will never make yourself ill with annoyance because you feel entertained whether something seems to be a success or a fiasco.

To connect with the empty breath,*** however, you must not be out of sync with the script of the brain. Not in the sense that you, like the special self, go against it and try to make it better but that you say »Dunno what it is.«

If your perception of the natural flow of thoughts is synchronised with it or not makes no difference in regards to what you experience but how you feel about it. If in sync, any experience makes you happy, whereas you feel troubled if your perception is out of sync because it never feels good not being connected. The perception is out of sync with the script of the brain, when it does not relate to it as it is but to a version based on spiritualism, capitalism, socialism or any other ism of the world. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Following the natural flow of thoughts as it comes from the brain can be compared to following the flow of a movie. Everything is set up so you can just relax and enjoy the plot.

The director of the movie has added emotional music leading up to exiting scenes in which the bad guys drive in black cars, so you know who to like or not. In other words, when you follow the hints of the director, the movie automatically set in motion what you based on your past would think and feel yourself.

If you follow the hints built into a movie you are in sync with it.

Thus you can just relax and have a good time watching the movie. That is if you do not think you know better than the director and imagine to edit the storyline or change the characters so that everything fits into the concepts of spiritualism, capitalism or some other ism you believe is gonna make you and/or the world.

In other words, when you do not question the director or doubt the storyline of the movie, but jump into the adventure as it is, the experience of being engaged in a world where you are not is entertaining.

On a practical level in the world where we appear to be this means that if you live in Germany, for example, you most likely speak German and vote for Angela Merkel. But as a world of duality cannot be experienced without contrasts, this does not hold good for everybody.

Maybe you are an immigrant, who does not want to be integrated into the German system. And perhaps you do not vote for Angela Merkel, although she may be the reason you were allowed into Germany. Perceived in a rational way the script is neither logic or consistent and least of all fair, but if your perception is in sync with it, you feel good no matter how it plays out.

Everybody makes up their own version of a movie, and they believe everybody else has seen it the same way. Likewise, the special self always twists the script of the brain into a story where it is on top of it. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

The reason that it is in your best interest to coordinate your perception of the world with the stream of thoughts coming from the brain is the same reason for why you should follow the rules of a game, namely to be part of its world. If not following the basic law of Monopoly, for example, which is to egotistical profit on others, you will not feel entertained by playing it.

If your perception of a movie is in sync with the flow of thoughts that the brain produces in response to it, you feel entertained. If one of these responses is a feeling of lust and you suppress it by perceiving the object of your desire to be too young, old or something else judged as wrong, you are out of sync with the flow of thoughts that the brain produces in response to the movie. Hence you do not feel entertained but frustrated.

The same applies when you watch a movie. It is meant to invoke familiar emotions so that you feel involved. The brain searches your memory bank for something to support the plot. And if you do not start doubting the subsequent interpretation of the characters and try to make it better but follow it to the letter, you feel entertained by the movie, whereas it seems to bore you if you break up its story by judging the characters by concepts unrelated to the film. See also To be in sync with the natural flow of thoughts.

To be in sync with the scheme of a movie or to ignore it and go with its flow of colours, for example, you feel excited to be part of its flow but not of it. Likewise, following the stream of thoughts setting up a world of duality, it seems entertaining to be part of it, although there is no duality since non-duality is formless and therefore endless.

This is to illustrate, that if you do not try to alter the stream of thoughts coming from the brain, the subsequent experience of you as someone in a world where there seems to be more than one brings about happiness because that is the meaning of the thoughts that the brain produces.

*) Returning from a state of not-knowing to the consciousness of being someone definitive (read more about that here), one´s first movements are very slow. And as the special self is used to mimic what it wants to achieve, it thinks a state of not-knowing will magically arise by imitating these motions in an organised way like Tai Chi or Qi Gong. A state of not-knowing, however, does not arise from focusing but defocusing. See the hack No Focus = No World Defined By Time And Space, which you can find in Extra Duality Hacks.

**) Read more about the unfortunate belief in a body-mind connection in the other articles of this hack and in the hack No Body-mind Connection. The latter you find in Extra Duality Hacks.

***) In the below hacks you can read about the empty breath and its transparent bliss of nothingness

NOTE: This article is part of hack #4.2 The basic self versus the special one.