The basic self is relative to the brain and thus without egoistic intentions

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

When you perceive yourself not to be basic but special, you constantly look for somebody you can manipulate into ratifying this (read more about that here). That is why you always need to meet others and have a calendar full of appointments.

But as closeness may reveal the misery behind your story of greatness, you prefer to follow the conventional rules of being together. For example, a traditional dinner party is set up, so you appear to be together. However, 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 unique. 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.

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

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Independent choices are generally made in retrospect when you compile elements of the past into a story that seems to prove you are in control. This self-deception can be compared to when a dream is over, and you interpret what you remember, so it seems to establish you as special, although you were not in the dream at all.

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Those who believe they have free will are easily manipulated by the many doctrines of how to be spiritual, socialistic, capitalistic or whatnot because they think they are independent.

But a human, just like a car, is made to serve. And since those perceiving themselves to be independent 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 this is what they choose to do, as you cannot actually avoid the commands of the brain – just like a car cannot choose the direction itself. It is in the hands of the driver. Likewise, you are in the hands of the brain.

Yet, unlike a car, you have a consciousness that is free to perceive the direction as you want to see it. In the case of the special self, it makes a perception in which it has excluded everything that does not fit into the special doctrine it believes will make it more unique and, therefore, independent of the brain.

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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 more unique. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

When the brain decides you should have a cake and you fight it due to ideological reasons but, eventually, have a cake, you say it was your choice to give in. In this way you fool yourself into thinking, you do things in your own way and pace.

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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 unnecessary thoughts. It feels like being wholly absorbed by a TV show after having binge-watched it.

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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.

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

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

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The special self wants self-government, but its ideas of how to govern itself do not work because the brain is the master, except when it comes to perceiving its rulings. However, your perception of the brain´s management only changes how you feel about it. And since the brain loves you, your perception is out of sync with it, if you feel unappreciated.

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What you believe in being is based on memories stored in the brain. The experience of something coming from somewhere else is a creation of it. So there is nothing else to serve other than the brain.

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As it takes more than one to experience something, the brain needs to render a world where there seems to be more than one, so the self it has created can experience to be someone there. There is not something deeper to learn or attain for the self because it is all a fantasy – including that there is a brain and something beyond it. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Within the apparent materialisation of a world defined by time and space, your most defining experiences of being someone are stored in the brain, and as they constitute what you believe to be (read more about that here), you cannot have this belief undone without honouring the brain.

So although the experiences fabricated and stored in the brain are made from nothing, you should not dismiss them as something because they ratify the choice you seem to have made to establish you as someone in a world defined by time and space. If not honouring your choice, it cannot be undone.

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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 their flow, you are also in your right element, namely to be a follower of the brain. Being that, you do not perceive yourself 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.

But not following the brain, you are neither servant nor master and never feel like you are in your right element. On the contrary, you always search for something special to follow to make you feel better. Maybe you imagine a specific school of thought will help you peel off the layers that you imagine prevent you from being more authentic and thus in your right element. But no matter what you believe in being, it only seems so because thoughts, like a binary code of nothing, are put together in a perception of yourself that appears to manifest that.

This is not to say that following the brain is more real than this apparent manifestation. Every experience is make-believe – just like in a role-play. However, following the instructions of the game master can be pretty 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.

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You can compare the basic self to a cat. It does not plan to do Pilates at a specific hour but, naturally, stretch out when its biological system tells it to do that. Nor does it attend special seminars to learn who it is or how to be transformed into something else. There is no ´I´ with a need to be anything else than a cat.

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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 perceives the thoughts coming from the brain as if it is in charge of them and, consequently, itself. It is a wonder, though, how it can go on believing this when it does not even know who it is.

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

Being in tune with the present experience created by the brain, the basic self does not perceive itself as definitive, but relative to that. On the other hand, the special self needs to believe it handles everything in its own way so it can uphold the image of being someone definitive.

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The basic self never gets disappointed by somebody because they are not the ones perceived to be the reason for what is going on. The brain is, and as it always rewards the basic self with happiness for perceiving the experiences it produces as they are and not as they could be, the basic self has no reason to be disappointed.

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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. On the other hand, the special self always has doubts about itself because it insists on being someone definitive.

That is probably why it likes to show off as self-assured and wisely point out there must be a real self choosing between being the basic or special self. However, it is only within the reality of a world where there seems to be more than one, there appears to a choice. In reality, there is no more than that which is one since it is formless and therefore endless. And as it takes more than one to choose something, choosing anything is an illusion.

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 have nothing 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.

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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. Read more about this perception in hack #4.2 The brain´s script and how to perceive it to feel happy.

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, the brain decides your decision’s subsequent events – just like in a computer game, where every outcome of your choices is prefixed. Or like a flight to New York continues as planned, regardless of your whereabouts on the plane.

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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 so many avoid facing their feelings by mentally understanding and/or justifying the feeling.

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Most try to discover a definitive self in their different approaches to the world. 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 the brain develops. So if you try to define yourself in a definite way, you are bound to feel unfulfilled. But you always feel fulfilled if defined by the fleeting experiences produced by the brain. In this flexibility of attitude relativism, any experience generated by the brain amuses you, regardless of what and where you appear to be.

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If the special self perceives somebody to be stupid, it is most likely meant to condemn them. But when the basic self makes the same perception, it is not to blame somebody but to fend off a relationship that the brain instructs you to avoid. In other words, the basic self respects the signals of the brain. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Alexius´ 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 to the consciousness of being someone definitive, they appear very close. But since they are no longer perceived as something but nothing, you enjoy the intimacy of nothing in whatever shape it seems to take. Thus 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 into the empty breath. 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, you return to the consciousness of being someone definitive in such a world, based on the sense that nothing there makes a difference. Thus it all seems equally entertaining.

You can learn how to ignite a take-off into the empty breath and thus be in the bliss of nothing in hack #5.2 Uncontrolled speed leads to a state of not-knowing.

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The self is created by the brain, and it cannot be changed by you. But that does not mean it is definitive. It is relative to the present experiences created by the brain. »The brain is constantly reconfiguring every second of your life. Even by the time you get to the end of this paragraph, you’ll be a slightly different person than you were at the beginning.« David Eagleman, an American neuroscientist, in The working of the brain resembles drug dealers in Albuquerque.

That is why the more you read Alexius´ Enlightened Non-Teachings, the more Alexius´ Duality Hacks start to apply themselves.


NOTE: This article is part of hack #4.1 The basic self versus the special one.

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