The basic self cannot be changed, but it can be perceived as special

The multiplication of thoughts required to construct an image of you as an independent being results in stress, and thus a tired body. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

When you do not suppress your feelings by holding back the breath or alter its natural rhythm through yoga, for example, you are effortlessly in sync with the basic self, the brain has made to appear in the experiences it continuously creates of a world where there seems to be more than one. Moreover, since very few thoughts are required to maintain this fantasy, their flow does not seem disturbing but entertaining.

That is until the consciousness, the brain has installed in the basic self to be aware of itself, thinks it knows better than its maker and plots to become independent. However, changing the basic self into a special one requires a more complicated construction of thoughts than the simple one accumulated by the brain to uphold the basic self.

To achieve this, the rogue consciousness perceives one of the experiences created by the brain to be so fearsome that you hold back the breath long enough for the thoughts flowing with it to be imprisoned in the gap from where they force their way out by multiplying themselves.

In reality, nothing is missing because reality is that which is one, and it takes more than one for something to be lost.

When the thoughts in this way have escaped the gap, they continue their frantic movement. That makes the special self feels more energetic than the basic one but also less relaxed. But the rogue consciousness does not want to slow down the restless stream of thoughts to get the rest that comes from being in sync with the basic self because that would stop the thoughts from multiplying. Hence there are not enough thoughts to make up a plausible story of why it is more exciting to be a master of itself than a servant of the brain.

To make this story, the special self organises the hectic thoughts into pairs. But not the nonjudgmental pairs of duality where the opposing elements support each other (see hack #4.4 The duality flow goes to non-duality). First, the special self constructs a pair that consists of a judge and an executioner. The judge determines which thoughts are good and bad, and the executioner excludes the thoughts that have been sentenced as bad, so the thoughts deemed as good can be compiled into a construction that showcases the special self as better than the basic one.

Second, the special self decides that the judge and the executioner are in charge of all the combinations generated by their cooperation. Read more about this setup in the paragraph The world is a construction of fragmented thoughts in Every moment is the perfect moment – also for dying in the rainforest.

You cannot make the world better, but you can perceive it in a way that makes you feel good. Such perception is automatically generated by the brain if there is no interference from you. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

This image of a self, perceived as special and independent of the brain, the rogue consciousness keeps together by hiding the excluded thoughts in obscure parts of the body. Therefore, since the suppressed energy messes up the body, the natural flow of the breath is interrupted and thus, the stream of thoughts used to keep the body healthy. However, the special self is willing to pay this price because the disruption of the breath results in more thoughts. And it believes they will make it more clever than the brain, so it can keep the body healthy itself.

As you can see, to be special and independent requires much work. And since it is not rewarded with a sound body but one with psychosomatic disorders, the special self does not feel entertained but depressed, contrary to the basic self who is happily tuned into the brain´s script. Read more about psychosomatic disorders in hack #4.3 The unfortunate belief in a body-mind connection.

This does not necessarily mean that the basic self has a perfect body, but that if it gets sick, it is not caused by a psychological problem but a physical one. And this the body knows how to deal with. However, the script for the body may have been stitch together so that parts of it do not function so well. In that case, it is not possible to completely restore the body.

But this makes no difference to the basic self because its happiness does not depend on appearance. On the contrary, sometimes a weak body may even be helpful. The poor condition of Alexius´ body, for example, helps him to take it easy physically and in an effortlessly way, use his energy to write Alexius´ Enlightened Non-Teachings.

Please be aware, you cannot be anything but the basic self. It is impossible to change it. But it is possible to perceive, so it seems to be special. But since perceiving yourself as unique is out of sync with the brain´s script, you feel confused and not entertained.

Fortunately, if not editing the confusion, its unbounded energy ignites a take-off to the empty breath. That makes you indifferent to the extraordinary experiences that seem to come from perceiving yourself as special. Thus you feel entertained by the brain´s script as it is. Read more about the empty breath in hack #5.3 ´The empty breath´ and the bliss of not believing to be someone.

The special self keeps coming back to Facebook or a similar media, where messages and likes seem to confirm its specialness. If not continually established as unique, it starts doubting itself and thus loses its sense of control, which it fears more than anything else. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

What you appear to be is a construction of thoughts compiled by the brain so that it feels as if you have a conscious experience of being someone in a world where there seems to be more than one. In that thought construction of the brain, everything has a counterpart, so it can be defined by that and experienced as something authentic by someone. Therefore, as every experience comes in pairs, you cannot have love without hate, for example. In other words, you must know hatred to experience love and vice versa.

When your perception is in sync with this thought construction of the brain, separation is not seen as a means to make you better than others but to experience a world where there seems to be more than one. Thus hate and negativity, for example, are not considered as something to avoid but to help you experience love and positivity. Read more about that here.

But if your perception is out of sync with this dualistic thought construction, negative thoughts are seen as something that should be excluded from one´s perception of itself, so one appears to be only positive. This is accomplished by projecting one´s negative thoughts onto others and/or obscure parts of one´s body. But without negativity, there is no positivity in you. Thus you are never turned on. It is like trying to turn on a TV without the negative pole of the electrical wire. Nothing happens.

Being out of sync with the brain occurs when the consciousness that the brain has installed in the self goes rogue and makes a special perception of the present moment based on frustrations of the past or hopes for the future, so there seems to be something wrong or missing in the present.

Though the disharmony between the story the special self has made up and the actual events of the present is due to the phoney perception of being independent of the brain, the special self condemns the brain for the discrepancy and praises itself for opening up to new ways, such as coming from the heart. But what the special self actually blames the brain for is its own inadequacy. And since it fundamentally is a product of the brain (read more about that here), the disapproval of the brain is a condemnation of itself.

No matter what you believe to be, you are mistaken because it takes more than one to believe something, and there is no more than that which is one since it is formless and therefore endless. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

That is why perceiving to be special entails feelings of depression and stress instead of the happiness and relaxation that comes from not making a special perception but one in sync with the experiences the brain produces. But, unfortunately, hardly anybody knows how it feels to perceive the experiences as they are.

Should they accidentally discard the perception that makes them appear special and stand bare as the basic self, they feel humiliated and unimportant. Were they not so eager to make a difference, they would instead discover the satisfaction of being in sync with their maker, namely the brain.

That said, as it takes more than one to be a basic, special or any other self, and there is no more than that which is one since it is formless and therefore endless, there is no self at all. So if you believe that you are someone reading this, you need to undo the belief that it is possible to be and have more than that which is one. The enlightenment of that which is one fixes that right away. See hack #6.1 From the inner senses through a black hole into that which is one. But you can also enjoy this belief for some time while having it undone.

By being in tune with the basic self the brain has made, the experiences it creates make you feel so good that you, sooner or later, forget to look for more than one. Therefore, since you do not confirm the brain´s rendering of separation, it is out of work, wherefore it falls apart. Thus there are no experiences to hide, there never was or will be more than that which is one.

You are in tune with the basic self when you automatically perceive its experience as ´it is what it is.´Read about that in hack #4.2 The brain´s script and how to perceive it to feel happy. You are also in tune with it when you follow the duality flow. Read about that in hack #4.4 The duality flow goes to non-duality.

When the brain wants you to run, it uses the biological system to signal this to the body, which starts running regardless it is believed to belong to a basic or special self. The basic self, as always, feels entertained by following the commands of the brain. But since the special self loathes the brain and its simple ideas of entertainment, running does not make it smile but angry. It believes it has much better ideas to feel good, such as running should be done at a certain speed. But all its totalitarian ideas are restricting and therefore not entertaining. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

When the consciousness of the basic self goes rogue, it starts to respond like a spell checker. It automatically corrects the interpretation of the thoughts coming from the brain, so the self, which initially was administered by the brain, appears to be self-made and thus independent of the brain.

That is, of course, if the basic self accepts this special interpretation that produces an image of itself out of sync with the thoughts coming from the brain. But that is probably not a problem because, when out of sync, thoughts seem to multiply into endless possibilities of what you can become and have.

Thus most gladly accepts the corrections made by the rogue consciousness, although the price is chaotic and hectic thoughts that no longer are geared towards what is in the best interest of everybody but how you can become and have more.

In other words, when the basic self accepts the spell checking performed by the rogue consciousness, it seems to have been transformed into a special self, which is in charge of itself and thus able to do things independently of the brain, contrary to the basic self which is not in control, nor able to do anything on its own, but just like a zombie follows the commands of the brain.

Yet, being a follower is uncomplicated and relaxing, whereas believing to be independent is complicated and requires much effort to maintain. Exhaustion arises from the latter and vitality from the former. So if you want to have an easy time while appearing to be someone substantial in a tangible world, use one or more of the duality hacks to enter a state of not-knowing., which restores the basic self by wiping out every perception that is out of sync with the brain.

The essential sorrow, that we feel when believing to be what we are not, and the wish to avoid it, often leads to the fabrication of the special self.

But the sorrow can also be used to ignite a take-off to the empty breath in which it is not sorrow that you sense but compassion with everybody who just like you appear to be what they are not. Hence you stop perceiving them to be separated from you.

However, this may at first seem disappointing. The essential sorrow that comes from being limited by time and space being and thus alienated from the formlessness of oneness is a basic aspect of it. The easy solution to the consuming sense of hopelessness that this entails, therefore, often seems to go with the hectic stream of thoughts making up the special self because it seems to imply there is something to hope for in a world defined by time and space.

Both the basic and the special self is a construction of thoughts. But whereas the basic self is a simple construction made for entertaining, the special self is a very speculative construction made to sow discord by insisting on socialism, nationalism or another ism where those adhering to it are better than others. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

That is until you do not try to get rid of the hopelessness because the unedited energy of it ignites a take-off to the empty breath and its bliss of not-knowing (hack #5.2 Uncontrolled speed leads to a state of not-knowing). You could choose to apply hack #3.2 Inclusiveness is pure bliss to include the sorrow. That also brings you to a state of not-knowing.

When you, this time, return from a state of not-knowing to the conscious experience of being someone definitive, you may be more inclined to accept the basic self. But you probably go back and forth between the basic and special self many times before you settle with the fact that as long as you believe to be someone in a world where there seems to be more than one, it is in your own best interest to be in sync with the stream of thoughts that the brain produces to entertain the self it has made.

If you do not want to be in such a world and want to have the belief that you are there undone, it is not necessary to be the basic self. But it is much easier because, not being special, you sooner or later forget to remember what and where you are, which is what the enlightenment of that which is one patiently is waiting for. Read more about that here.