+ Happiness comes from being in sync with the moment as it is and not as it ought to be [draft]

When one’s perception is in sync with the present experience as it is and not an edited version of it that has adjusted to spiritual or socialistic concepts, for example, one is happy. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

PREFACE to HACK #4.3 THE BASIC SELF VERSUS THE SPECIAL SELF
Alexius´ Enlightened Non-Teachings do not bring you the truth. They do not bring you anything at all because that requires more than one and there is no more than that which is one since it is formless and therefore endless. In other words, since the experience or consciousness of something involves more than one, it is an illusion no matter what and where you experience to be.

This includes, of course, the current experience of reading Alexius´ Enlightened Non-Teachings. Just like any other experience, it is a load of rubbish. It does not, however, participate in the collective agreement of making rubbish look like the truth.

Alexius´ Enlightened Non-Teachings have no truth to reveal and nothing to give because they are nothing. They know of nothing but that which is one and since it takes more than one to know something, what they know is as unreal as everything else that is to know. And that is the purpose of them, to expose that they are as unreal as anything else known.

When the reader reveals this, it is also exposed as nothing. Thus there does not appear to be something hiding there never was or will be more than the formlessness of oneness.

There is no reason though not to enjoy the belief in being someone while having this belief undone. That is the purpose of hack #4.3 The basic self versus the special one. Be aware, though, it is just an illusion to make you feel good having it undone, and it only works if not mixed with other illusions. This is not to say, that hack #4.3 The basic self versus the special one is more real, but that when heading towards oneness it is best to follow just one illusion.

The basic self of Alexius is not a hiker but an academic-minded store manager, who likes to hike and store the most exciting routes in his memory with the purpose of returning there with friends. Since this is not done to show off but to follow his basic nature as a store manager, being occupied by this while hiking does not seem exhausting but relaxing. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

HACK #4.3 THE BASIC SELF VERSUS THE SPECIAL SELF
The basic self of Alexius is to be compared to a storeroom manager with an academic mind, or to an app that automatically looks in its database for how to efficiently organise the things dragged onto it (read more about that here). If it is not Alexius´ Enlightened Non-Teachings that the basic self-organises in different hacks, it may be his music library, kitchen or something else.

The brain, which is in charge of the basic self, does not care what it organises, nor if relates to the past or the future. As long as the basic self arranges something, the brain is satisfied, which it shows by rewarding the basic self with shots of happiness, dopamine for example (read more about that here).

The basic self, however, is not able to write Alexius´ Enlightened Non-Teachings. They are wordless harmonies that Alexius in a state of not-knowing hums along until words hasty and unorganised stream from them into his hands that type them down (read more about that here). In a state of not-knowing, the brains rendering of a world where there seems to be more than one is bypassed (read more about that here) so that its apparent differences are not perceived to make a difference.

Thus the basic self is not able to sort out the words from the stream into categories that fit into its well-established view of a world where there seems to be more than one instead of that which is one. But since the writing often turns out to be too chaotic for such a world, the talent of Alexius´ basic self to organise things often comes in handy afterwards.

Only someone who is to be compared to the enlightenment of that which is one can write Alexius´ Enlightened Non-Teachings. Not because such a person knows what to write but what not to write, so no personality interferes with the non-teachings being written by themselves.

And since Alexius´ Enlightened Non-Teachings keep writing themselves, the basic self is always held busy fine-tuning them, so they fit into the different duality hacks, that the non-teachings have evolved into over the years of writing them.

This seems to be one of those moments where the basic self of Alexius takes a holiday from organising the duality hacks. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Lately, this article and the other ones making up hack #4.2 The basic self versus the special one were received in bits an pieces. Often the basic self of Alexius compiles them into ´real´ articles, but with this hack, it seems to have had a more casual approach, so feel free to aimlessly browse the pieces of it.

Should that seem confusing to you, it could be, you believe to be a special self, and thus expect everything to be set up in a special way. No worries.

This confusion can be used to ignite a take-off to the empty breath (read more about that in hack #4.3 Uncontrolled speed leads to a state of not-knowing), which brings you into a state of not-knowing where there is nobody to care about anything (read more about that in hack #4.4 ´The empty breath´ and the bliss of not believing to be someone).

If that is what you want, you do not need to learn more. To connect with the empty breath does not require knowledge. On the contrary. The less you know, the less effort is required to connect with it. So if you go on reading, it should not be to learn but to unlearn what you believe to know.

By reading Alexius´ Enlightened Non-Teachings in this way, the duality hacks apply themselves along the way, so you have a happy time undoing the belief in duality. Just like the joy of binge-watching a TV show applies itself along the way, and you end up with an empty head. In fact, that works just as well for you to get to the point of being a zombie perceiving that shit happens, and thus being ready to disregard the belief in duality.

The basic self, as well as the special one, can be divided into many subcategories. The basic self of Alexius, which is to be compared to the self of a store manager, can also use these qualities as a party goer. For example as a DJ, who organises the music so that the beats build up from track to track. He did that many years ago when he played House and Techno at the discos and R&B on the radio. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Hack #4.2 The basic self versus the special one takes a look at two main ways of appearing to be someone definitive, namely either as a basic or a special self. Both of them are made of the same construction of thoughts assembled by the brain in such a way that we seem to be different persons with each our own personality. There is no way to change the self, but the consciousness that the brain has installed in it so it can be aware of itself is free to perceive the self as it sees fit. If this perception is in sync with the stream of thoughts coming from the brain to uphold the experience of being someone in a substantial body, the self feels at home.

But if the consciousness chooses to perceive the self in such a way that it seems to be independent of the brain, it feels disconnected and incomplete. Especially because the choice is carried out by judging parts of the basic self to be wrong and then exclude those parts from the perception of itself, so it is as if something is missing.

The special self does not understand, that negativity is as important as positivity. Both the negative pole and the positive pole are needed in an electric wire, for example (read more about that here).

Thus the special self always looks for ways to become perfect. But since the ways, in general, are based on judging more thoughts and feelings to be negative and then exclude them, the sense of being incomplete is enhanced (read more about that here).

Contrary to the basic self, the special one, therefore, always is frustrated. And as what it has excluded from its awareness remains hidden in the body, it feels heavy and in lack of energy.

Any time you get an idea that tightens up the shoulders or makes you hold back the breath, you can be sure the idea is coming from the special self because it needs this disruption of the body to block off the flow between it and the brain, so the special self can enforce its mental ideas of how to be spiritual, holistic, healthy, athletic, fit, or whatever it think is the right way to be. The tension in the sholders is relieved, the moments you stop insisting in knowing what is going on.

The special self has an ambivalent approach to the tightening up of the body. It would like to be without it but then again the tension in the body – often in the lower back, shoulders, neck and jaw – caused by the suppressed feelings, blocks the natural flow of info between the brain and the body. Thus the special self imagines to take over and manage the body with mental its ideas of wellness. But as that prevents the brain from injecting the body with shots of happiness, it tightens up, even more.

Hence the special self must look for relaxation itself, which it does by rewriting everything – also this article – into something that can be perceived as familiar and thus seems to bring back the good old days of happiness. But as nothing is good enough for the special self, this is not how it turns out.

Just like Guinevere – a cat staying with Alexius – is happy following him wherever he goes, he happily following the commands of the brain. Especially because this makes it so easy to forget what and where he is and thus float in the bliss of not-knowing. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Still, the special self insists it has lots of exciting experiences because it is in charge of its own life, contrary to the basic self whose life it perceives to be boring since it has settled for the simple happiness the brain injects into it as a reward for following it (read more about that here).

Still, the special self insists it has lots of exciting experiences because it is self-sufficient, contrary to the basic self, which the special self perceives to be drugged by shots by the shots of happiness that the brain inject into it, so it does not object to being its slave (read more about that here).

The special self loves to have special experiences, for example near-death or out-of-body experiences. If it does not have such experiences itself, it fancy to read about others who have had them and who interpret them as if they are a transition to something better and more real.

There is much emphasis on transition, because that seems to imply, the special self can be even more special. But since being something requires more than one and oneness is formless and therefore endless there is no more than that which is one, so regardless what you appear to be, you are nothing.

Although happiness also is an illusion, appearing to have it, you do not look for special experiences to magically lift you out of sadness. Hence there is no concept of a better future to hold you back from being in the bliss of not-knowing.

Alexius´ Enlightened Non-Teachings does not provide any hope of something better to come in the future. That is why you are set free from the future. And as there is no past without future, you are also set free from that. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

In other words, if you are not happy, it is because you perceive yourself to be a special and independent being. If you want to uphold this perception, it is best not to read Alexius´ Enlightened Non-Teachings. But if you are fed up by being special and independent, go on reading about the duality hacks or have your fear of  not being good enough ignite a take-off to the empty breath, so you in one second enter a state of not-knowing and thus the bliss of nothingness (hack #4.4 Uncontrolled speed leads to a state of not-knowing).

Be aware though that the application of the duality hacks will not transform you or the world into something better. On the contrary, just like death, they are the end of everything, you believe to be and have or can become and have. But unlike death, that seems to take your life away, the duality hacks do not take anything away but the belief that you are someone living in a capsule of time and space.

Apart from the enlightenment of that which is one, the duality hacks undo this belief over time, so there is time to enjoy it while having it undone.

Be warned, in this period there may also be moments where you feel sad about leaving what once seemed so special and be afraid of the unknown. If so, remember that you are not leaving anything behind but the foolish belief that there is more than that which is one. So metaphorically speaking you are leaving nothing for everything.

APPENDIX:
Since there is no more than that which is one and it takes more than one to leave it, nobody has left it. The purpose of Alexius´ Enlightened Non-Teachings is not to bring you back to that which is one but undo the belief that you are someone in a world where there seems to be more than one.

That does not require anything but to keep reading Alexius´ Enlightened Non-Teachings until you do not know who is reading them. In the context of this hacks, it starts off by having a conception in sync with the script of the brain, for example shit happens (read more about that here), so you remain as a happy and basic self.

As that is very close to a state of not-knowing, sooner or later you will be in the bliss of not knowing what and where you are, so that is nobody to reinforce the belief that a world where there seems to be more than one hides that which is one. Thus there is no such world and never was since oneness is formless and therefore endless.

And that is why the above steps, or anything else in Alexius´ Enlightened Non-Teachings, are not meant to be taken literally. They are simply pointers, not to that which is one, of course, since it takes more than one to point to anything, but to that which is not one, as when seeing the nothingness of it, there is nothing to see and thus not something appearing to hide there is no more than that which is one.


NOTE: This article is part of hack #4.2 The basic self versus the special one, which is still in the process of being written.