NZR+++ The basic self versus the special one [under development]

Though the special self never is open, as that could endanger its control, it likes to show off as being open by having a relationship with somebody who is just as close as itself, and therefore can be blamed for holding it back. The basic self on the other hand has nothing to control. On the contrary, because it is just following the steam of thoughts as they come from the brain, just like a self-driving car follows the commands coming from the cloud. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

The basic self enjoys the process of doing something, whereas the special self looks forward to the result and the joy it imagines that this will bring. So if the special self paints a door, for example, the process is just something it needs to get through, so it can enjoy the result or rather the imagination of how others will admire it.

This, however, is not of any concern for the basic self. Hence the joy of the moment is not disturbed, if small splashes of paint ends on the wall next to the door. In the future they just reminds it of how joyful it was to paint the door.


The basic self never tries to be professional, so if it appears to be so, it is the way the brain has set up its personality. The special self on the other hands always try to be professional, because it is not carried by the thoughts of the brain but the rules of society, which it thinks it has to please to survive.


Deadlines are not something the basic self cares about, because just like a self-driving car follows the instruction coming from the brain, it follows the stream of thoughts coming from the brain and thus does what is in the best interest of everybody, because the experience of everybody is fabricated by the brain.

But the special self always edits the stream of thoughts coming from the brain into something that makes itself more important than others, for example by being someone who always meet a deadline.

Should it fail in this, it will lay the blame on somebody else and state it as a fact by saying »Look what you made me do.«


The special self always waits for something special and therefore stuck in a prison of its own expectations. The basic self on the other hand has no expectation and thus nothing to wait for. This does mean it is free to do anything but to follow the stream of thoughts as they come from the brain. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

As the basic self just like a self-driving car never goes anywhere on its own but only go where it is told to, it has no will of its own, no soul or anything but mechanical parts arranged like the ones and zero in a stream of binary code, so that its body can move in alignment with the commands coming from the brain, which are based on what it has received from the sensors of the body. Read more about that here.

Since all the commands are based on what is in the best for everybody there are no conflicts to solve, until the consciousness implemented in the basic self by the brain goes rogue and imagines, it is independent and has the power to change the world and itself into something better.

But this is like playing Monopoly and imagine you can change its world and its cars into something else. It is not possible, because the way the game is set up is fixed . Besides that, it is not real, so there is no need to change anything. Hence you may as well enjoy appearing to be a very basic car in the world of Monopoly exactly as it is made.


Because the special self has disconnected itself from the brain, it is always in search of something, that makes it feel connected with something bigger, which it may feel by joining special mundane or spiritual communities or philosophies – or maybe it settles with the instant gratification from getting personal messages, likes and followers on for example Facebook.


The special self splits up other persons in accordance with its concepts of right and wrong and then expect them them to hide or correct what it has judged as wrong, so that they do not upset the special self.


The special self is constantly on the look out for more love, realisations or whatever makes it appear to be more than others. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

The special self has to believe there is something bigger than itself, that will relieve it from its troubles. Otherwise everything seems to be hopeless. Yet hopelessness is what sets it free from the future and thus from having troubles.


Within the context of a world where there seems to be more than one, the basic self is everyone and no-one, and thus without a self to doubt, whereas the special self, that insist on being different from everyone, always doubts what it is.

In general though it is firmly convinced that it is more self-assured than others and to prove this it may deduct from the reading of Alexius´ Enlightened Non Teachings, that there is a real self choosing between the basic or special self. But just like there is nothing real choosing what we appear to be in a dream we have, nothing real is choosing what we appear to be in a world where there seems to be more than one

In other words, regardless what you believe to be, it is nothing, because it takes more than one to be something and there is no more than that which is one, since it is formless and therefore endless.

For the same reason there is not something to hope for, so feeling hopeless from reading this you are on the journey without distance to that which is one. See also the hack No Hope = Oneness, which you can find in Extra Duality Hacks.


When there is nothing to hope for, what you believe to be is no more, because it is built on the hope there is more than that which is one, which is an illusion, as oneness is formless and therefore endless, so there is no more than that which is one.


The special self likes concepts like ´letting go´, because it seems to confirm, that it is a special and independent person, who decides itself what and when to do something, wherefore it does not risk loosing its control by ´letting go´. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

If thoughts do not seem to result in anything specific, you are rooted in the basic self. But if they seem to create confusion and uncertainty, you believe to be special. And as there is no belief without doubts, appearing to be special is not easy.

Ultimately though it does not matter what you appear to be, because appearances are equally illusionary. Yet your appearance as someone definitive in a world where there seems to be more than one is much easier handled, when going with the thoughts produced by the brain for the basic self, than going against them and compile fragments of it into a special self. Just like playing football is much easier when dressed for that and not for partying.


Every time there seems to be a thought doubting the previous one, you can be sure you are following the special self – especially if that also is doubted.


The thoughts of the basic and special self are fundamentally the same, because there are no other thoughts than those produced by the brain, which are to be compared to the chance cards in Monopoly, for example. They simply tells you where to go. That is all. There is no deep messages to be found in them, although the special self rearrange the messages into something that appears to be more special.


It is only the special self, who has a need to question everything and urges others to do the same. The basic self has no such need. It is to be compared to a car in Monopoly, that never ask who it is, but goes where the throw of the dice makes it go. And if it has to a place considered to be a prison or a free parking spot is all the same. Everything is fine as it is. Read more about that here.


The special self does not survive torture, but the basic self does, as It has not added something special to itself, so there is nothing to take away. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

The goal of the special self is the same as the goal of the game Monopoly, namely to drive everybody into bankruptcy, so that the special self has everything and others nothing. This goal the basic self does not relate to, as it has no intention of being or having something, that sets it apart from the whole.

This is not because it is better than the special self. It does not know of such concept, and neither does it know, that the special self thinks, it has its own agenda, because that is not possible. Just like in Monopoly everybody regardless of the colour of their car have to move in accordance with the dice. Read more about that here.

So to prove that it is possible to be on its own, the special self always invents stories that in retrospect seems to show it is in charge of its own life, although nobody but the brain is in charge, because the plot of a world where there seems to be more than one is its construction.


To make nothing appear as something, the brain constructs a self with a conscious of its own by, so that it can be attentive to the experiences the brain repeatedly fabricate of it as someone substantial in a tangible world. Read more about that here.

The illusionary world in this plot of the brain includes everything you are experiencing, realising or being conscious about, regardless it seems to be spiritual or mundane, because doing so requires more than one, and there is no more than one, since it is formless and therefore endless.


The basic self fabricated by the brain seems quite boring compared to what its consciousness imagines it can be, if it is in control of it. But as nothing imagined is real, there is no real difference between the basic self and the imagining of an improved self. They are both made from out of nothing.

And yet the improved version seems to have lots of worries – especially about dying – whereas the basic self has no worries, because it follows the one who has made it and the world where it appears to be, namely the brain, wherefore it also follows the brain when it dies, Thus it returns to the nothingness from which a thought of something once seemed to arise and materialise itself as a brain capable of making thoughts and from them render a tangible world with substantial appearances, that make it all seem real by confirming the brain as something and thus also themselves.

But returning to nothing there is not something appearing to hide there never was and never will be anything but that which is one, since it is formless and therefore has no beginning and end.

NOTE: This article is part of hack #4.3 The basic self versus the special one.