To be is to be entertained

When the brain supplies you with thoughts of fury, and you give it your best shot to perceive yourself as angry, you cannot help but feel happy. The same applies to any other so-called negative feeling, as long as you do not justify it with the world. By doing that, you distance yourself from it and, therefore, also the joy of exploring it. Hence you do not feel happy but lost. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

In most cases, you do not have to read Alexius´ Enlightened Non-Teachings in a particular order. But in the case of this article, you may benefit from having read hack #4.1 The basic self versus the special one.

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The goal of the duality hacks is not to prolong life. It is not possible. Life has no end. The purpose, therefore, is to undo the belief that you are someone with a beginning and end. Fortunately, believing to be limited is such a funny idea that you can enjoy it while in the process of having it undone.

As this belief is based on the experiences produced by the brain, it is not by opposing the brain but by supporting it that you feel good. You support the brain and its experiences by perceiving your reaction to them as ´it is what it is.´ This syncs you to the brain´s script of dualism. Therefore, as nothing is experienced, to be specific, you cannot be sad but happy/sad, which feels fulfilling.

Read more about the perception ´it is what it is´ in ´I know what it is´ vs ´it is what it is´ vs ´dunno what it is´

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Whether somebody wants to be transformed, live in the moment, get a new car, spouse or whatnot, they want to feel entertained. This you can always count on the brain to deliver as dreamy, physical or spiritual experiences. All you need to feel entertained is to perceive your reaction to them as ´it is what it is´ and not as ´I know what it is

Actually, the brain automatically makes the perception ´it is what it is,´ if you do not oppose it by making the perception ´I know what it is.´ In the latter case, you will not feel entertained by the experiences created by the brain because they do not live up to your expectation. But instead of acknowledging that your perception is off, you probably try to change the brain’s system of duality via meditation or something else that seems to prove you know what is best.

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Maybe you are on a quest for what you imagine to be the real purpose of life. Searching for it, however, you will never find it because the only meaning of experiencing to be someone is to enjoy it as it is.

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Since one feels lonely when perceiving itself as disconnected from the brain, the special self always tries to make itself feel as if it is part of something bigger. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

The brain is the sole director of a dream. What is believed to be you in or outside of it have no say in its course, except how to perceive it.

If this perception confirms that you are someone in the world of the dream, it feels as if it is real. But if what and where you experience being is perceived to be a dream, it is felt like a fantasy. Just like the thoughts and feelings during a movie, usually do not ratify the world in it as real because you know it is an illusion meant to entertain you.

The same applies to the experience of what and where you appear to be when you believe to be awake. Every experience is fabricated by the brain. You have no say in that except how to perceive it and, therefore, how you will feel about it.

If your perception results in feeling entertained, it is in sync with the experience produced by the brain. But if it results in feeling unjust, the perception is out of sync because no experience created by the brain is personal. Just like a self-driving car managed by The Cloud never gets a private message.

Not perceiving an experience to be personal, thoughts and feelings regarding it are momentary. Thus it is just as entertaining to experience sorrow as joy. But when an experience is perceived to be personal, thoughts and feelings regarding it keep coming. If not externally, then internally, the experience seems to drag on until you feel so depressed that you meditate or do something else to disassociate you from feeling down.

In the latter case, you are the special self, and in the former case, the basic self, which, contrary to the special one, is just one second away from the nothingness of bliss. Read more about that here.

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Going back to the basic self seems to be the goal of many gurus. They seem to think it is without ego and therefore live in the now, coming from the heart and whatnot. They are right to assume that it is without ego because the basic self does not pretend to have its own thoughts. But it does not know about living in the now, coming from the heart or anywhere else but the brain. Like a self-driving car is managed by The Cloud, no matter what and where the vehicle appears to be, the basic self does not come from anywhere but the brain.

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For the special self, it is always about becoming better and bigger. Also, when disguised as a do-gooder, it sends love and healing to someone judged to have less than itself as that shows the special self has more than the other one. Read more about that here. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen

Some confuse the basic self for being enlightened, but since the experience of being someone is a fabrication of the brain and that all experiences are erased by the enlightenment of that which is one, what you believe in being cannot be enlightened. You can think so, but then you are not the basic but special self.

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The special self always looks for a permanent state of mind. But that is not possible. In a world defined by time and space, everything has a beginning and an end. You cannot have one without the other.

Fortunately, the end feels just as entertaining as the beginning when your perception is in sync with the brain´s script. Hence there is no need for something to last for the basic self.

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When you do not want anything, in particular, you do not need to fabricate an image of yourself as someone who has something special. Thus the perception of yourself remains in sync with the brain´s manuscript for you. And since the script is made for entertaining you, you feel entertained no matter what you get.

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If the special self has to wait for something, it starts to think about what it could have done to prevent that because doing so enhances its perception of control. But, on the other hand, the basic self perceives the waiting time as ´it is what it is.´ Hence it does get stressed but rest assured that the rest of the day will be as it is.

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The basic self does not need to make a perception that seems to alter or transform the brain’s script into something made by the basic self. Unlike the special self, it has no need to create, modify or change anything. Although it may feel frightful when the script takes it down, it also feels joyful because it perceives its reaction to it as ´it is what it is.´ That reveals there is no fear without joy and vice versa, as everything comes in pairs in a world of duality

Diving deep into the thrill of this, or another, polarity, it feels fulfilled. But the special self does not get the thrill of polarity because it insists on separating the pairs of duality. Thus it only feels frightened when going down. And very much, indeed, because it has no idea of how to get up again, although it is supposed to be all-seeing and knowing.

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Most of all, the special self refrain from being in sync with the brain´s script because it fears this will contradict the special perception it has made of being spiritual, for example. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Being on your own makes you feel small, which the special self expects to fix by getting the power it imagines come from riches, going deeper or find something higher, for example.

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The more the special self can convince others that it can make the world better, the more powerful it appears to be, and the less it doubts itself.

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If you think your car in a game like Monopoly actually can drive, your perception is out of sync with the play’s script. Consequently, the game does not seem to amuse but frustrate you. Likewise, if you believe what you appear to in a world of duality is alive.

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One thing that really contributes to the well-being of the basic self is that it perceives everything to happen by itself. Just like in a book, one is reading. Another thing that contributes is that it devotes itself to the present chapter in the book. Not in an attempt to live in the now, though, as it perceives the past and the future chapters of the book to be of equal importance for the story.

Contrary to the special self, who finds many mistakes in the book and thus feel disappointed, the basic self really enjoys it as it is. And it feels grateful that someone has taken the time to write this adventure where it can participate without worrying about the future because every part of the story has been written for its entertainment.

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Being the basic self is like being in intensive care in a hospital, except that you are not sick, and still somebody is watching out for you. Actually, it is the same for the special self, but contrary to the basic one, it does not enjoy it because it perceives itself as an independent being who can take care of itself. This perception is even more illusionary than believing to be someone because, within this belief, everything experienced is a product of the brain, including the experience of being independent of it.

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It is pretty entertaining to imagine something you are not. But believing the imagination is real and that you are a butterfly, the experience becomes depressing. And even though you do not like that, the feeling seems so tangible that it appears to be a fact you are a butterfly. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

If the egoistic purpose of the special self is exposed, it will either deny it or say it is sorry and then go on precisely as before.

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Every time you get the impression, thoughts are doubting each other, you can be sure you are out of sync with the brain´s script. Not in the way you act, because you are not free to change that, but in how you perceive it.

Fortunately, this is easily corrected. Try different perceptions. The one that makes you feel entertained is in sync with the brain´s script. And as it is never too late to change your perception of the past, you can have the best childhood ever. Read more about that in hack # 1.3 You cannot change the world, but you can change your perception of it.

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The basic self always perceives its reaction to an experience made by its maker, the brain, as ´it is what it is.´ Since that reveals the response to be twofold, the basic self is synced with the brain´s script of duality. Therefore, the basic self has no need for approval by others.

On the other hand, the special self needs to be in relationships where it can lay down the basic rules, namely that everything said and done by others should approve its uniqueness.

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The special self basically feels wrong. That is why it hides behind an image of superiority. But appearing to be on top of it is hard work when you actually feel wrong. Denying that requires so much justification and/or displacement activity that you get stressed.

The straightforward solution to this is to acknowledge you are mistaken. Then you do not have to work hard to be right.

So, be grateful if you feel somebody makes you wrong because this is your chance to acknowledge that you feel like this and thus be set free from having to find mistakes in others to hide feeling mistaken yourself.

The basic self does not perceive itself as definitive but relative to the stream of thoughts coming from the brain. And since what and where it experiences to be is an embodiment of that, the basic self is as entertained from feeling wrong as right or anything else. Read more about that here.


NOTE: This article is part of hack #4.2 The brain´s script and how to perceive it to feel happy.