´I know what it is´ vs ´it is what it is´ vs ´dunno what it is´ PART 1 [draft]

In a situation where you perceive yourself to be on top of it and to know what is going on, try for a moment to perceive that you do not know what is going on. Then see which of the perceptions make the body relax. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

When the script of the brain* is perceived as ´it is what it is´, it does not exclude your feelings about it but includes them. This perception, therefore, is not a way to the dullness of detachment but the vitality of involvement. It is as close as you can get to the nothingness from where the brain has scripted its story of something from out of nothing while still appearing to be somebody. Not as close though as the perception ´dunno what it is,´ because it exposes the experience something as nothing.

Thus the bliss of nothing comes from ´dunno what it is,´ whereas the happiness of something comes from ´it is what it is.´ The happiness, though, is not depending on something specific. It can come from anything.

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The stories the special self* makes up about its greatness are not always consistent. Thus it often feels disorganised and wishes to be like those it perceives to be organised. The basic self, on the other hand, has no need to be anything than in sync with the stream of thoughts coming from the brain, which it perceives as ´it is what it is,´ regardless it seems ordered or whatnot.

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When any experience is perceived as ´it is what it is,´ there never is a need to make something go away. But when the perception is ´I know what it is,´ everything unknown must be avoided to keep the feeling on top of it.

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When you perceive every experience as ´I know what it is,´ it feels like something is missing because the perception is based on excluding everything unknown. If every experience, on the other hand, is perceived as ´it is what it is,´ one feels complete because that perception is all-inclusive. The perception, ´dunno what it is,´ nor exclude or include something. Thus you are in the bliss of nothing.

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The basic self,* as well as the special one, is bound to follow the GPS coordinations it gets from the brain without making any side trips of its own. It does not have the power to change the journey – only how to perceive it. Their perception of that, though is very different. The basic self* basically perceives everything as ´it is what it is,´ and the special as ´I know what it is.´

That is why it is easy for the basic self* to be someone and hard work for the special one. It has to make a special perception of each experience, which reflects that I know what it is.

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Only the brain can make you feel good enough because nobody else knows what you are. To get its approval, all you need is to perceive the experience it processes of you in a world where there seems to be more than one as ´it is what it is´. Actually, you do not even have to make this perception. If you do not try to interfere in the workings of the brain, it makes it automatically, also the shots of happiness you get from feeling good enough.

No worries if you cannot help but interfere. In that case, happiness bids you welcome when you make a perception of that which says ´it is what it is

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The special self* does not want to perceive the experience of itself as ´it is what it is.´ Instead, it wants to change it into something imagined to make itself more beautiful than others, even though it feels so ugly. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

When one perceives to be a victim of circumstances, one is out of sync with the script of the brain,* because it has neither victims or culprits. Fortunately, all that is needed to correct this is to change the perception to ´it is what it is

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You feel happy when every experience made by the brain is perceived as ´it is what it is´ because then they all appear to be entertaining.

But if you in attempt to be free and independent of the brain make a perception of the experiences as if they are about capitalism, socialism or spiritualism, for example, you are out of sync with them and thus the world because it is a manifestation of them. Hence everything appears to be very complicated and not as straightforward like when perceived as ´it is what it is

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As long as a perception relates to the script of the brain* as it is, you are in sync with it. Thus you do not have to hang onto the perception, ´it is what it is,´ that the brain automatically generates. But since the making of a specific perception takes a longer time, it can be a bit delayed and, consequently, out of sync with the present moment. The frustration that this entails only gets worse if you try to solve it by using more time to process your experience of it, whereas perceiving the moment as ´it is what it is,´ there is no dissatisfaction because you are in sync with the script of the brain.*

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When the perception of an experience created by the brain is ´I know what it is,´ you feel important but also exhausted because much energy is required for upholding this perception. Hence the special self* always needs more power contrary to the basic self,* who needs nothing. Its perception is not demanding because it merely is that ´it is what it is.´ So even though it is dependent on the brain, it feels free.

Science says that what we seem to feel and see consist of 99.9999999 per cent empty space. And the rest, despite it also is empty space and just like a dream does not contain anything substantial, is what we perceive as elements of matter making up a tangible world.

If it changes perception to ´dunno what it is´, no definitions hold it back from returning to the emptiness from where it is conceived to be someone and thus to be no-one in the bliss of nothing.

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What is Wincent thinking about? Alexius cannot really know, but if he reckons that he does, he becomes stressed from trying to prove he is right. If he, on the other hand, perceives the expression of Wincent as´ it is what it is,´ it does not stress but please him. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

For many years, the cat of Alexius, called Wincent, has more or less had the same routine. Every morning, very early, he leaves the house and comes back when Alexius is still in bed. First, Wincent says something. Then he lays down next to Alexius and waits for him to get out of bed and give him some food. At least that is the obvious conclusion to take based on the past because as soon as Alexius takes the first step out of bed, Wincent runs out in the kitchen where he with big eyes sits and waits for Alexius to give him food.

If Alexius, therefore, believes he knows what is going on, he goes from the perception of the basic self,* which is that ´t is what it is,´ to the perception of the special self,* that is ´I know what it is.´ Doing that he most likely stresses to get out of bed and feed his beloved cat, although this is not going to happen any sooner than if he as the basic self* had perceived ´it is what it is´ because the script of the brain* runs its course, no matter how he perceives it.

In other words, when you stick to the perception of the basic self,* your life seems to be taken care of, and you can relax. But having the perception of the special self,* you feel stressed because you believe you are in charge of your life.

There is a third option, namely to become selfless, which is the result when you choose to perceive ´dunno what it is´ because that brings you in a state of not knowing.*

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The basic self* has not anything to look forward to. Not because it is living in the now, but because its perception is in sync with the script of the brain,* which contains every possible experience. Hence the basic self* is in the past as well as the future and everywhere else but the formlessness of oneness because it cannot be experienced.

Being everywhere but in that which is one, the basic self* is nowhere and therefore, very close to that which cannot be experienced. All it needs to cross the apparent barrier is to not choose to do that or anything else because only in a world where there seems to be more than one can you choose to cross something.

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Nobody, nor Alexius, is solely the basic self.* And nobody can remain in a state of not-knowing** for more than 20 minutes, 45 at most, at a time if they want to continue as someone substantial in a tangible world. Fortunately, it makes no difference when perceived as ´it is what it is.´ Read more about the duration of a state of not-knowing in the article To be in sync with the natural flow of thoughts. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Roughly speaking the perception of the special self* is ´I know what it is,´ whereas the basic self* sticks to the perception automatically generated by the brain, which basically says ´it is what it is.´ The non-self in a state of not-knowing** simply says ´dunno what it is,´ because it does not perceive the apparent differences in the experiences produced by the brain to make a difference.

Read about a state of not-knowing in the below hacks

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The basic self* does not experience triumph and disaster just the same. Yet it is equally entertained by them because they are both perceived as´ it is what it is

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When something is perceived as ´it is what it is,´ it neither excite or upset you. Actually, it makes you so relaxed that you automatically know if something should be done about it. Perhaps you need to change your diet, talk with your spouse or consult a healthcare professional. Being at ease could also be enough.

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Since the basic self* perceives every experience as ´it is what it is,´ none of them seems to endanger what and where it appears to be. The special self,* on the other hand, needs to edit the perception of every experience, so it does not seem to endanger its default assumption, ´I know what it is,´ and thus can keep up the feeling of being in control  But since that is not so, it is bound to suffer emotionally, mentally and physically.

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In a dream, you do not try to be someone definitive but naturally, go with the flow. That is the way of the basic self.* And if you do not, in retrospect, try to arrange your experiences, so they seem to be coherent and meaningful, you remain in a state of constant change instead of being someone definitive.

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The basic self* does not assume something will go on in a specific way because every experience is perceived as ´it is what it is.´ Thus getting old and unable to do the things you were used to is not a loss.

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When every feeling is perceived as ´it is what it is,´ no emotion needs to be escaped. Thus you are at peace.

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Since the perception, it is what it, arises from not focusing on something specific, the technique for the taste of life will get you there if used in a gentle way. Applied in a more passionate way, you get the perception ´dunno what it is.´ See Perceiving the world as symbols of the four aspects of enlightenment – or how to have glimpses of enlightenment.

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When the way you feel something in the body is perceived as ´it is what it is,´ there is not something specific to bother or amuse you. Hence you are free to go with the flow of thoughts as it comes from the brain. In other words, you are in the happiness of being synced with the script of the brain.*

But when you perceive what you feel in the body as ´I know what it is´ you are not free to go with the flow of thoughts as it is, because the script of the brain* is never permanent but fleeting. Hence you are out of sync with the script, and thus in the misery, it seems to be someone definitive who knows something specific.

If the way you feel something in the body is perceived as ´dunno what it is,´ you are not in the misery of being out of sync with the script of the brain* because there is not a body to feel. Consequently, you are in the bliss of nothing.

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If you perceive a movie as cheap because it uses furniture from Ikea that you do not approve of, you are out of sync with the script of the film. Thus it does not seem entertaining, which it does when your perception is in sync with the plot. This, however, does not mean you must do something about your condemnation of Ikea to get in sync with the script of the movie. All you need is you perceive your mistake as ´it is what it is.´ Doing that, there is no judgment to prevent you from being in sync. Hence both the script and your misperception of it seems enjoyable. Likewise, when you perceive the script of the brain* as´ it is what it is

If you had not misperceived the movie but commented it like hinted by the director via dramatic music, for example, you would automatically be in sync with the plot and feel entertained by its ups and downs. The same applies to the script of the brain.* Not perceiving it as ´I know what it is but ´it is what it is´ you are in sync with its ups and downs. Hence you feel them equally entertaining.

The belief that everything is something specific vanishes when you ´dunno what it is.´ Since that means, there is nothing to define you as someone definitive, you are momentarily in the bliss of nothing. This may at first comes from the desperation of figuring out what and where you are, but after realising that this is nothing, it is not desperation but the relief that you do not have to pump yourself up to be someone which takes you back to the perception dunno what it is.

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To be continued in ´I know what it is´ vs ´it is what it is´ vs ´dunno what it is´ PART 2.


*) Read about the basic and the special self plus the script of the brain in hack #4.1 The basic self versus the special one.


NOTE: This article is part of hack #4.2 Being a self or no-self, and it is still in the state of a draft.

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