++ Happiness comes from not interfering with thoughts and emotions, whereas editing them brings sadness [under development]

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

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 that it has a better way itself, for example coming from the heart.

But as this and its other ways are based on excluding specific thoughts and feelings – generally those it judges to be negative – which is carried out by burying them in the body, it tightens up – often in the shoulders, the neck and the jaw – with the result that the body cannot communicate with the administrator of the it, namely the brain.

After watching a movie everybody has their own version of it to tell, because all the time they made a story of their own on top of the movie. 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 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 the self you believe to be is a construction of the brain, you are also happy when not blocking anything going to or from the brain.

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.

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