Happiness comes from not interfering with thoughts and emotions, whereas editing them brings sadness

If you do not interfere with thoughts and emotions, feeling good is your reward. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

PART 1:
The brain repeatedly rewards the basic self for following its instructions by injecting shots of happiness into its body. This is not how it is for the special self, however, because it always believes it has a better way itself, to come from the heart, for example.

But as this and its other ways are based on excluding the thoughts and feelings judged as wrong by burying them in the body, it tightens up – often in the shoulders, the neck and the jaw – with the result that the flow of communication between it and the brain is broken.

After watching a movie everybody has their own version of it to tell, because they have all made a story of their own on top of it. This is the way of the special self.

Instead, the body is administered by the mental ideas of the special self, that are supposed to improve the body via fitness, yoga, health food, aura transformation and whatnot, so that it seems to be shaped in accordance with the speculative ideas of the special self, which therefore believes to be in control.

As everything the brain receives from the body through the biological system has been twisted by special self, the brain only has fake info to work on. To solve that it starts creating pain in the body – not necessarily in the blocked parts – in the hope, that if the pain is intense enough, the special self is not able to uphold its control of the body. The brain may even try to distract the special self, so the body falls and break a leg – or rather break the pattern of holding back, that is stored there.

The brain is happy when you do not block 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 anything going to or from the brain. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

So if you are tired of always having to make up special stories, that support you as being in control, set the body free so its signal of pain reaches the brain, so it though the biological system taking can care of all the mess from you having interfered in the natural flow between body and brain. The brain will be so grateful, that it showers you with feelings of wellbeing.

This is not to say, that there is no gain without pain, but that if you are completely stuck in a self-destructive pattern, it may at first seem very painful to break it. As the pain, however, is just a way of denying your natural state of well-being, the denial stops working when the feeling of pain is not blocked by mentally justifying and/or explaining it, but instead experienced as it is in all its apparent horror.

The same applies to rage or any other strong emotion, that is sent to or from the brain to the body without being filtered by you.

A cat does not try to change its nature in order to please others, nor does it try to be part of something better or bigger. In fact, it does not try to be part of anything at all. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Going with the flow of thoughts does not mean that you will get the best business deal, holiday or dinner, for example, but that your experience of it will be the best. See also Every moment is the perfect moment – also for dying in the rainforest.

Nor does it mean that you are watching the flow but that you consciously are being it and thus what you already are, namely the unedited sum of thoughts produced by the brain. Any changes of this, that you believe are made by yourself or higher forces, are simply layers on top of the original self fabricated by the brain. But just like a layer of lipstick do not alter what is beneath it, nor do they.

PART 2:
The reason the stream of thoughts coming from the brain should be followed unedited is when appearing to be someone in its world is the same reason for following the rules of a game in that world, namely to be part of it. In the case of Monopoly, for example, you are only part of it if you follow its unwritten rules of being an egoist profiting on others, although there is no profit to get because nothing is real.

Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

When going with the flow of thoughts as they come from the brain while watching a movie, it is as if you are part of its world although you are not in it. The same applies to appearing as someone in a dream. You are not there. It is just an experience you have from going with the flow of thoughts as they come from the brain.

Likewise you are not in a world where there seems to be more than one or anywhere else for that matter, because being somewhere requires more than one and there is no more than that which is one since it is formless and therefore endless.

The same applies when you watch a movie. If you distance yourself from it by judging its plot to be wrong, you are not laid-back but busy improving the plot and thus forgetting you are not in it. Accepting the scheme as it is or ignoring it but going with its flow of colours, for example, you will be taken on a ride of excitement as if you are in the movie but not of it. Likewise, if you choose to follow the stream of thoughts as it comes from the brain.

Happiness is a feeling that the brain rewards you with when certain parameters, that depends on how you have chosen to be conditioned, are met. These conditions, however, can be bypassed by for example drugs or meditation, but still happiness is just a mechanical product of the brain, which needs to be counteracted with sadness, so that you know when you are happiness or sad. This is the way of duality and there is no solution to this ongoing change of contrasts than to undo the belief in duality, which does not result in something, because in non-duality there is no more than that which is one and it takes more than one to be or have something. The graphic is grabbed from the web.

Happiness is a feeling that the brain rewards you with when certain parameters, that depends on how you have chosen to be conditioned, are met. These conditions, however, can be bypassed by for example drugs or meditation, but still, happiness is just a mechanical product of the brain, which needs to be counteracted with sadness, so that you know when you are happy or sad. This is the way of duality, and there is no solution to this ongoing change of contrasts than to undo the belief in duality, which does not result in something because in non-duality there is no more than that which is one and it takes more than one to be or have something. The graphic is grabbed from the web.

PART 3:

»The moment when you stop worrying about what’s going to happen, you start to enjoy what’s happening.«

The above quote is found somewhere in cyberspace, where there are lots of similar ones for those hoping to found everlasting happiness. But in a world of duality, nothing can be experienced without its contrast. Night, for example, needs to be contrasted by day in order for you to know whether it is night or not. And without knowing the contrast of joy, you will not know when you enjoy something. Besides, without contrasts, there would be no separation and therefore no world of duality to experience.

As long as you believe to be in a world of duality you will worry, because it is upsetting to believe there is more than non-duality.

The whole experience of duality though is an illusion because non-duality is the formlessness of that which is one and what is formless is endless, so there is no more than that which is one. Yet it is possible to believe, there is more. Hence, all that is needed to stop worrying about what is going to happen is to undo this belief. The result though is not happiness, because to be or have something requires more than one. In other words, there is nothing happening, because there is no more than that which is one.


NOTE: This article is part of hack #4.3 The basic self versus the special one.