The basic self is relative to the brain and thus without an egoistic drive [draft]

Dialogue is avoided by the special self. It prefers monologue because it ratifies the feeling of being someone who is in charge. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

When you perceive yourself to not be basic but special, you constantly look for somebody you can manipulate into ratifying this (read more about that here). That is why you constantly need to be with others and have a calendar full of appointments. But as closeness may reveal the misery behind your story of specialness, you prefer to follow the conventional rules of being together at a traditional dinner party, for example. It is set up so you appear to be together. But if you adjust to the table manners, you do not risk being close to anybody.

The basic self, on the other hand, has no need to be acknowledged as special. Hence it does not try to fit into the collectively agreed concepts of how to be together, nor does it use these concepts to manipulate others to do and say something that attests to its importance. It has no need to be important or something else other than being a tool for the brain.


The special self expects others not to question its story of greatness but to adapt to it so they appear to be ordinary and itself to be original. This is a way to hide that it feels inferior.


Those who believe that they are special and independent beings with free will are easily manipulated by one of the worlds many doctrines of how to be spiritual, socialistic, capitalistic or whatnot because they think they cannot be manipulated.

More importantly, a human, just like a car, functions by following the commands it gets and as those perceiving themselves to be special avoid following the natural impulses coming from the brain, they are bound to follow one of the worlds many speculative doctrines instead. Or rather to perceive that they do so because, just like a car, they cannot choose the direction themselves. They are bound to follow the driver, namely the brain.

Yet, unlike a car, a human has a consciousness that is free to perceive the direction as it sees fit, so in the case of the special self, it makes a perception, where everything that does not fit into the concepts of socialism, for example, are excluded and it, therefore, seems to be following that and not the brain.


The special self is always trying to escape something, but it does not know what. Neither will it ever know, because there is nothing to escape. It is an illusion that only seems real because it always looks for something to exclude, so it can appear to be more special. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Having one´s perception in sync with the stream of thoughts as it comes from the brain is like having the brain blown out for any unnecessary thought. It feels like being wholly absorbed by a TV show after having binge-watched it.


To serve the brain is not a choice, because what you believe to be is the brain and what you experience as others is a creation of it, so there is nothing else to serve.


Since the basic self does not perceive itself to be different from the brain, and since everything it experiences to be, see, think and feel is made by the brain, the basic self does not belong to anyone but everyone.


If one’s perception is in sync with the flow of thoughts coming from the brain, experiences seem relative. Not being in sync with that flow, they appear to be definitive. The former results in feeling free and the latter in feeling imprisoned.


Watching a TV show, the brain is in its right element, which is to continually pass remarks and predict what comes next as if the show is not fictional but real. When not doubting or altering these comments but going with the flow of them, you are also in your right element, namely to be a follower of the brain. Being that, you do not perceive to be different from it because the brain contains the sum of your most significant memories, and that is what you believe to be. Hence you are not just a follower but a leader as well.

As it takes more than one to experience something, the brain renders a world where there seems to be more than one so it can entertain those appearing to be there by experiencing to be someone there. There is not something deeper to learn or attain, because it is all a fantasy – including that a brain renders something that someone experiences as well as there is anybody making this fantasy. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Not being in your right element, however, you always search for something special to follow that will make you feel better. Maybe you imagine a specific school of thought will help you peel off the layers that prevent you from being more authentic and thus in your right element. But no matter what you believe to be, it is only experienced to be so, because thoughts, like a binary code of nothing, are put together in a perception of yourself that seem to manifest that.

This is not to say that following the brain is more real. Everything experienced is make-believe. Just like to be someone in a role-play. However, following the instructions of the game master, that can be quite fun. Likewise, believing to be someone in a world defined by time and space is quite entertaining when you do not add or subtract something from the instructions you get from the brain.


The basic self is not a definitive entity but relative to the brain and, therefore, without an egoistic drive. The special self is also relative to the brain but not without ego, because contrary to the basic self, it makes a perception of the thoughts coming from the brain as if it is in charge of them and consequently of itself. It is a wonder though, how it can go on believing this when it does not even know who it is.


If you make a perception of the thoughts coming from the brain that seems to make you more important than the thoughts imply, you are not in sync with the brain. If you insist your perception is correct, the thoughts coming from the brain do not make you a happy but stubborn self. Instead, perceiving the thoughts of the brain as suggestions to how you can respond to something, they do not seem to make you definitive. Thus you remain relative to the brain, which is the nature of the basic self.

Alexius, for example, basically is programmed to organise. This does not mean, however, that the brain expects him to do it in the rigid way of society, where everything is organised in squares and straight lines. It is only those, who have disconnected themselves from their basic nature, which is to have a perception in alignment with the brain, that needs to organise everything, so they appear to live by the right rules (read more about that here).


If you do not make up a perception that avoids, corrects or replace the script of the brain, you confirm that you miss nothing and that the script supplies you with everything you need. Thus you feel safe. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Being relative, the basic self does not perceive itself to be constant, but whatever is best to be to get a loan, for example. The special self, on the other hand, needs to stick to its image of being someone definitive, and convince the bank that it is special enough to get a loan.


The basic self never gets disappointed by somebody because they are not the ones perceived to be the reason for what it is going on. The brain is, and as it always rewards the basic self with happiness for making a perception that relates to the experiences it produces as they are and not as they could be, the basic self has no reason to be disappointed. Especially because it does not expect anything but what the brain has planned.


Within the context of a world where there seems to be more than one, the basic self is everyone and no one. As it, therefore, is relative, there is no self to doubt, whereas the special self, which insists on being someone definitive always has doubts about itself.

That is probably why it likes to show off as self-assured and in a wise fashion point out there must be a real self choosing between being the basic or special self. It is, however, only within the reality of a world where there seems to be more than one, there appears to be a choice. But there is no more than that which is one, since it is formless and therefore endless, so such a world is not real. It is like a dream. There is nobody in it.

When there is nothing to hope for, what you believe to be in a world where there seems to be more than one is no more, because it is built on the hope that there is more than that which is one.

In other words, regardless of what you believe to be, you are nothing and therefore not something to hope for. That is why the reading of Alexius´ Enlightened Non-Teachings works for you if it seems to result in a consuming sense of hopelessness. See also the hack No Hope = Oneness, which you can find in Extra Duality Hacks.


You do not enter the stress of being someone definitive when you perceive your response to an experience as ´it is what it is.*  Instead, you remain without a centre and focus. Thus you automatically play the role set up by the brain for the present moment. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Within the context of believing to be someone in a world where there seems to be more than one, you do not have a definitive self but one that is relative to the fleeting experiences produced by the brain. And since the brain makes sure your response to the experiences is perceived as ´it is what it is,´* you feel satisfied by all of them.

That is if you do not override this basic perception and make a special one in which you seem to be someone definitive who is in control of its life. In that case, you get frustrated because things do not work out according to your ideas but the brain´s script. Although it allows you to choose between going right or left, for example, it is the brain that decides your decision’s subsequent experience – just like in a computer game, where every outcome of your choices is prefixed.


Most relate to their children in one way, another way to their spouse, and a new one to their boss. Their problem, though, is that they try to find a definitive self in their different approaches to others. Yet there is no other self than the basic one created by the brain. It is without a centre and ever-changing with the fleeting experiences it receives from the brain. So if you try to define yourself in a definite way you are on an endless quest.

The basic self cannot be altered. Only the perception of it can be changed. To do that, so you seem to be someone definitive, you must exclude everything from your perception that does not fit into the special self you want to become. A common way to exclude a psychological feeling from the awareness is to disguise it in a physical feeling. But since immaterial and material issues are incompatible, you deceive yourself when you believe in having gotten rid of a psychological problem by hiding it in a bodily feeling.

It is a bit like when you have visualised winning the lottery and concludes it has happened, wherefore you start living like you are free from economic restraints. The problems that this entails needs to be solved at the root, namely that you believe to be someone definitive who is in charge of your life. Thus the resolution is not mindfulness or something else that seems to ease the stress coming from your suppressed problem. You need to be freed from the perception of being someone definitive, so you can be a floating self with no centre and ever-changing with the fleeting experiences produced by the brain.

Being in this flexibility of attitude relativism, you feel entertained by any experience generated by the brain, regardless of it seems to bring you down or up. Consequently, there is no specific feeling you need to avoid or enhance to feel happy and, therefore, no psychological feeling decrease or increase by combining it with a physical sensation.


If you generally feel irritated or confused, you are not in sync with the script of the brain because all of its feelings are fleeting, and the lightness of them entails happiness. In other words, if irritation is sticky, you have chosen to be independent of the brain, and perceiving to be on your own does not feel good.


When you really feel something you are nothing but that. Consequently, there is nothing else to contrast what you feel and thus not something to define you. That is why most avoid to really feel something by mentally understanding and/or justifying the feeling. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

In a state of not-knowing,* every sound is an entirely new experience because there is nobody going down memory lane to find a comparable experience, so it is not shaped by the past. The same applies to sights, feelings, and tastes.

This is not something you are aware of though, and you will never know if it is so because you are in a state of not-knowing.* Yet it seems likely because this state is over when you search your memory bank for something to help you categorise what you hear, see, feel or taste.

Yet, the after-effect of it is that what you categorise into something is synced with the nothingness of a state of not-knowing, so although you experience to be somebody, you know you are not.


The duality hacks do not detach you from feelings. They may seem more distant when you are in a state of not-knowing* but when you return from that to the consciousness of being someone definitive, they seem very close. Since they are no longer perceived as something but nothing, you enjoy the intimacy of nothing, regardless of it takes the shape of sadness or happiness. In other words, you are indifferent to the supposed difference between the contrasts making up a world of duality and thus to the belief in separation.

Should you forget that feelings are not something but nothing and focus on the apparent tangibility of them, the worries that this seems to cause can be used to ignite a take-off to the empty breath,* provided the anxiety is unedited. And since this brings you back into a state of not-knowing,* where there is nobody to judge the apparent differences in the world of duality to make a difference, the slate is wiped clean, so you return to the consciousness of being someone definitive in a such a world, based on the sense that nothing there makes a difference. Thus it all seems entertaining.


If the special self perceives somebody to be stupid, it is most likely meant to condemn them. When the basic self, on the other hand, has the same perception, it is not to condemn somebody but to avoid a relationship that the brain instructs you to avoid. In other words, it is a way to respect the signals of the brain. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Extraordinary experiences, for example glimpses of the enlightenment of that which is one, seem to be at a premium for the special self. Yet it seldom experiences anything but the ordinary, because to prevent its special image from cracking, it fences off unfamiliar experiences.

If something uncontrollable, like glimpses of enlightenment, should enter into the controlled world of the special self, it will ignore it, wait for it to be over, then suppress the memories of it, and resume life as it used to perceive it.

If a glimpse of enlightenment accidentally slips through a crack in its armour of specialness, the special self immediately compares the unfamiliar experience to familiar memory, so the unknown becomes well-known and therefore seems to confirm what it believes to be.

You can read about how to have glimpses of enlightenment in Perceiving the world as symbols of the four aspects of enlightenment – or how to have glimpses of enlightenment.


Binge-reading Alexius´ Enlightened Non-Teachings you become a basic self who happily reads until it forgets to perceive itself as someone reading something and, therefore, enters the bliss of not knowing what and where it is. That is until it forgets to return from this state of not-knowing to the consciousness of being someone and thus remains selfless so long – more than 20 minutes, 45at most** – that nothing appears to hide there never was or will be more than that which is one since it is formless and therefore endless.

This does not happen step by step as that requires more than one. For the same reason, it does not happen at all. Nor has you ever been someone in a world where there seems to be more than one.

*) You can learn how to ignite a take-off to the empty breath and thus be in the bliss of a state of not-knowing in hack #5.2 Uncontrolled speed leads to a state of not-knowing.

**) See hack 20 minutes, 45 at most in Extra Duality Hacks.

NOTE: This article is part of hack #4.1 The basic self versus the special one, which is a draft that is updated continuously.


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