Perception is everything when it comes to feeling happy

The special self wants to outdo everyone perceived to be better than itself, so it can take what it perceives to be its rightful seat as the master of the universe. On the other hand, the basic self perceives itself as ´it is what it is,´ and that fees good enough. 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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For the special self, happiness comes from having the best, but it comes from having a perception in sync with the brain´s script for the basic self.

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The special self is bound to be angry because even though it perceives itself to be in charge, it hardly ever gets what it sets out to obtain. And if it does, it does not feel good enough because it is always looking for more. The basic self, on the other hand, never looks for more. Why should it? It is in sync with the brain´s script, so no matter what it gets, the result is happiness.

The special self is bound to be angry because even though it perceives itself to be in charge, it hardly ever gets what it sets out to obtain. On the other hand, the basic self never plans for anything specific. Why should it? It is in sync with the brain´s script, so no matter what it gets, the result is happiness.

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The basic self perceives everything that happens to be in the best interest of everybody because the brain´s script includes everybody. But the special self perceives everything as a means to get more for itself at the expense of others. That is why it is out of sync with the whole and thus the brain, as it creates the experiences of everything.

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Like the instructions that a self-driving car gets are based on what is in the best interest of the whole, so are all the experiences the basic and special self seem to have. Officially the special self may agree with this, but behind the scenes, it has its own selfish agenda based on the perception that it is better than others. Thus it does not get the satisfaction of feeling connected with the whole, but the dissatisfaction of being alone.

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Your special ideas block you from feeling good because this feeling does not require anything but being in sync with the stream of thoughts coming from the brain. After all, making you feel good is their purpose. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Since the special self always feel guilty for trying to get as much as possible for as little as possible at the expense of others (read more about that here), it feels off the hook when somebody else is judged for stealing and, therefore, can be used as a scapegoat.

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Since the basic self does not do anything on its own, it does not do something wrong or right. On the other hand, the special self wants to do everything the right way because it believes this is the way to feel fulfilled. When that does not work out, it likes to imagine, it has done something wrong because that reinforces the perception that it is in charge of its happiness.

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The explanations the special self makes to prove others are wrong trap it into believing it does the right thing.

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The special self believes everything would be much better if others would listen to it and follow its lead. Yet, it seldom has a solution to the things it points out as wrong – at least not one that can be implemented. Its primary focus is to find faults in others so they can be blamed for having caused its negative feelings, which, therefore, are disassociated from the special self, so it appears to be positive.

Since blaming others makes the special feel guilty, it is relieved when somebody else is convicted for a crime as that makes it look like the guilty one has been found. Thus it does not need to fear being punished for making others wrong to make itself look right.

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For the basic self, satisfaction comes from having a perception in sync with the brain´s script of duality. But the special self does not like duality because it wants to be singular and not dual. As that makes it feel alone, it spends much time adjusting its perception of itself, but on its own terms, so it remains feeling separated and abandoned.

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Getting something specific does not result in happiness if perceived to make you more special because more wants more. But if getting it or not is perceived the same way, namely ´it is what it is,´ happiness is what you get. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Instead of exploring the unknown, those starting a new diet often turn it into something that has a familiar taste. The same usually applies to those starting on a new spiritual path. They are afraid of the unknown, so they twist the new way into something they know.

But since spirituality is that which is one and it takes more than one to define something, something that can be known is not spiritual. In other words, you are fooling yourself if you believe to know anything at all about spirituality because only that which is not spiritual can be known.

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The experience of being a self inside a body in a world defined by time and space is fabricated by the brain (read more about that here) to make the self feel entertained when it is perceived as ´it is what it is´ and not as it ought to be.

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Since the special self always feels something is missing in the present moment, it looks forward to finding it afterwards.

The basic self does not get afterwards, neither before. Not because it lives in the now. It does not get that either. All it has is the flow of thoughts that come from the brain. It always results in happiness, so it never feels anything is missing.

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Being the basic self does not mean that you love yourself and everybody else. There is also hatred because everything in a world of duality comes in pairs. However, when hate is perceived as ´it is what it is,´ you feel happy. And then again, you cannot be happy without being sad. But since ´it is what it is,´ this is not a problem. Read more about that here.

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For the special self, a relationship is not about sharing but expanding its image in an imperialistic way by invading somebody else. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Being in sync with the stream of thoughts as it comes from the brain, the exchange of happiness and sadness is like going up and down a rollercoaster. Hence feeling sad is as entertaining as feeling happy.

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The sole purpose of the thoughts streaming from the brain to the basic self is to make it feel entertained. And as the stream is full of natural pauses, the basic self enjoys what it is in a laid-back way. On the other hand, the special self feels frightened by the pauses. Thus it imagines they are full of pure love. But since it never finds anything special in the breaks, it concludes there is something hidden.

This conclusion, however, is out of sync with the brain´s script. Like in a motion picture, it is all about exposing something, so you forget it is an illusion. Hence the purpose of the breaks is to make you feel relaxed before you go on to the next scene. But to make it appear as if there is something hidden in the gaps of thoughts coming from the brain, the special self engages itself in dialogues with others about this ´mystery.´ (read more about that here).

None of these conversations, which often are internal and starts off with what if …, solves the sense of something is missing, nor does actual discussions with somebody because nothing lives up to the special self´s expectation of reality. It is as unrealistic as the belief that we are free to arrange our life in our own way because what we believe in being is a fantasy that the brain has conceived from nothing.

To make long short, no matter what we believe to be, it is an illusion because reality is that which is one, and it takes more than one to be anything.

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There is nothing to worry about unless you believe in being special because you need to worry about something to confirm you are unique. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Having grievances, you are not necessarily out of sync with the brain´s script. But if you justify your feeling of being unfairly treated with selected fragments of the script, you do not perceive your grievance as ´it is what it is´ but as something that emphasises you are special. Hence you do not get the satisfaction that comes from being in sync with the script. The same applies to the justification of any other feeling.

In other words, if you feel love and justify it with your spouse, love seems to be shaped, so instead of feeling free in the ever-changing flow of the brain´s script, you feel imprisoned by your perception.

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To be rewarded with the happiness that you are entitled to when having a perception in sync with the brain´s script is not a matter of agreeing with it but relating to it. You can, therefore, perceive the brain´s script to be outright insane, and the brain will still reward you with happiness because all it wants is to communicate with you.

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When you binge-watch your favourite TV show, you end up so blown out that there are no perceptions left but those in sync with the show’s script – just like when the basic self happily participates in each episode of the adventure produced by the brain.

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If the brain´s script is set up for you to repeatedly drop something on the floor, you may perceive yourself to be clumsy or not grounded.

This perception, however, is not in alignment with the brain´s script but concepts of society and/or New Age philosophy. In the brain´s script, dropping something is entertaining. If that is not how you feel, you correct it by perceiving it ´it is what it is.´ That reveals your feeling is twofold and therefore in sync with the brain´s script of duality. Thus you do not feel sad about dropping something, but happy/sad. And that is entertaining.

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There only seems to be a self because the brain has planned, that based on the experiences of a world that appears to be outside the self and affect it, the self will conclude it exists. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Speaking of being grounded, the basic self always experiences the thrill of being entrenched on the Earth while travelling around the sun at 67.000 miles an hour (read more about that here). However, this is just a philosophical idea for the special self. It cannot feel this speed because it perceives itself as solid as rock.

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Do not expect the basic self to have a merry-go-round life in the sense that all events are pleasant. If they were, you could not see that happiness does not come from a special set-up but from having a perception in sync with the brain´s script.

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The special self is always worried about the future, whereas the basic self lives in joyful ignorance of time.

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It is much cheaper to be the basic self than the revised and more special version because the basic self does not have to buy something extraordinary to feel special.

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No matter if the self is perceived to be basic or special, it is a construction of thoughts compiled by the brain in such a way that the nothingness of the self seems to be something when it reacts to another construction of nothing, namely the world that appears to be outside of it. But It is like when you experience having an orgasm in a dream and conclude it must have been caused by the dream, although there is nothing in it.

This is not to say that the experience of nothing as something should be escaped. On the contrary, that would confirm it is something. But if your reaction to something is perceived as ´it is what it is,´ your response is not definitive. Therefore, since it will not confirm something has caused it, like watching a movie, you can enjoy seeing nothing as if it is something.


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