+[+] The basic self versus the special one

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. Just like a self-driving car follows the commands coming from the cloud, the basic self follows the stream of thoughts as they come from the brain. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

For the basic self, it is the process of doing something that is enjoyable, whereas the special self look at it as something that must be endured until the result is achieved. So when the special self paints a door, for example, it does not find joy in doing that but from imagining others admiring the result, so it works very hard to make it look perfect.do

As the opinion of others is of no concern for the basic self, the joy of the process is not disturbed by splashes of paint on the wall next to the door. They are going to be future reminders of how much fun it was painting the door.

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Being process and not result minded has nothing to do with the speculative concept of living in the now. During a process, you look at what was done in the past so you can plan what to do in the future, whereas being in the now excludes the past and the future plus other things judged to be disturbing for being in this numb state of mind.

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The basic self never tries to be professional, so if it appears to be so, it is the way the brain has set it up to be. The special self on the other hands always tries to be professional, because it does not believe it is the thoughts of the brain that carries it but the rules of society, which it must please if it wants to be recognised as special.

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The special self is to be compared to a con man. It will do anything to make others believe its story of glory. And the more it can convince others about it, the less it doubts it itself.

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The special self is always looking for mistakes in itself or the world to correct, whereas the basic self has no errors to fix because it does not doubt the flow of thoughts coming from the brain.

Following the flow of thoughts as it is, does not mean that you stop being a faultfinder if that is an integrated part of the personality, the brain has fabricated for you. But it means that you find it genuinely joyful to find faults.

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The basic self cares takes no personal pride in meeting a deadline. Like a self-driving car, it follows the instruction that it receives, and as they are without private preferences, it pursues what is in the best interest of everybody.

The special self, on the other hand, always perceives the stream of thoughts coming from the brain so that it appears to be personal and that it, therefore, is the reason a deadline, for example, is secured.

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

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The special self always waits for something special and therefore is stuck in a prison of expectations. The basic self, on the other hand, hopes for nothing and therefore nothing to wait for. This does mean it is free to do everything but to follow the stream of thoughts as they come from the brain. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

What you believe to be consists of nothing but mechanical parts arranged like the ones and zero in a stream of binary code so they can move in alignment with the instructions based on signals coming from the sensors of the body. Read more about that here.

Even though all the instructions are based on what is in the best interest for everybody, the consciousness, the brain has implemented in you, may twist them so it looks like you can become an individual who has what is in its own best interest.

And it may look like it achieves this, but just like driving the streets in a game like Monopoly is make-believe so is accomplishing anything there. That nothing is real in the game will not seem frustrating if you follow the rules of it and go where the throw of the dice tells you to go instead of trying to make it look like you are in charge.

Just like nations is a mental concept, so is being Spanish, English or anything at all.

And since our experience of the world, where we appear to be somebody, is fabricated by the brain – read more about that here –  we feel connected when we follow the rules of the brain and alone if trying to change them.

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That you,  just like in a dream, have no will of your own is not something new. Just like a self-driving car, you go where you are told and nowhere else. But unlike a self-driving car, you can choose how to perceive where you experience to go.

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The special self wants to compare everything new with something old so that the present seems to be conditioned by the past, which has been edited to its liking to make it look like it is in control of the present.

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When there is nothing to fix, the special self feels sad because it thinks happiness comes from making things right.

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Because the special self has fabricated a story of itself as independent from the brain, it feels lost if not feeling connected with something else. This is why it feels better when getting likes on Facebook, for example. But no matter how many likes gets, it is not enough because its independence is based on the idea that there must be more

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Social media is much appreciated by the special self because there those posting opinions that enhance separation get the most attention.

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

As there is no more than that which is one, only that can be the source of the belief in separation. Hence by being true to this belief, you confirm what it denies. In other words, the belief in separation is a positive confirmation of that which is not separated, so upholding this belief will undo it.

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The special self splits up its perception of others per its concepts of right and wrong and then expect they hide or correct what it has labelled as wrong to spare it from it.

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According to the special self, there must be something bigger, that will relieve it from its troubles because if not, everything seems to be hopeless. Yet hopelessness is what sets it free from the future and thus from worrying about it.

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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 that means its self is relative, there is no definitive self to doubt, whereas the special self, that insists on being someone definitive who is different from everyone, always doubts itself.

That is probably why it shows off as more self-assured than others. To prove how special it is, it may deduct from the reading of Alexius´ Enlightened Non-Teachings, that there is a real self choosing between the basic and special self. But just like there is nothing real choosing what we experience to be in a dream, nothing real chooses what we appear to be in a world where there seems to be more than one

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

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, and that is an illusion since oneness is formless and therefore endless.

For the same reason there is not something to hope for, so if reading Alexius´ Enlightened Non-Teachings seems to result in hopelessness, they are working. And you are on the journey with no road and distance to the formlessness of oneness. See also the hack No Hope = Oneness, which you can find in Extra Duality Hacks.

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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 losing its control by ´letting go´. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

If the special self has to wait for something, it might start to think about where it had failed and if there is something it could have done to prevent it, because that enhances its belief in being someone who is in control of its own life. But as the basic self has no need to believe it is something special, it has nothing to control, so it simply perceives the waiting time as it is, namely another present from the brain.

Hence it does get stressed but lie back and enjoy it as it is, assured that the rest of the day will be taken care of. Not in the sense that it does not need to do anything, but that it does not have to worry about it.

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When thoughts do not seem to result in anything but happiness, you are rooted in the basic self. But if they seem to create confusion and loneliness, you believe to be special, which is heavy because there is no belief without doubts.

Ultimately, however, it does not matter what you appear to be. All appearances are equally illusionary. Yet it feels more comfortable to appear in a world where there seems to be more than one when going with the flow of thoughts that the brain generates for the self it has made than going against them and compile fragments of the flow into the appearance of self that is more special. Just like playing football is much easier to play when dressing for that and not for partying.

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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 questioned.

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The thoughts of the basic and special self are fundamentally the same because there are no other thoughts than those produced by the brain. They are very simple and like game cards purely meant to entertain you. But as the special self is looking for a deeper meaning, it rearranges them, so there appears to be something more.

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It is only the special self, who has a need to question everything and urges others to do the same. The basic self does not have such a need. It is to be compared to a car in Monopoly, that never asks who it is but goes where the throw of the dice tells it to go. And it is all the same whether it is told to go to a place considered a prison or a free spot. Everything is fine as it is. Read more about that here.

The throw of the dice also determines where the special self goes, but it always makes up stories so that it in retrospect always seem to be charge t is in charge of its own life, although nobody but the brain is that, because it is the game master.

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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.

A game like Monopoly has the same goal as the special self, namely to win by taking everything from everybody else. This is not the goal of the basic self, however, because it has no intention of being or having something, that sets it apart from the whole.

It does not know the concept of individuality. Nor does it know, the special self thinks, it can do things in its own way and pace because it is not possible. Just like in Monopoly everybody, regardless the colour of their car, has to move as the dice say. Read more about that here.

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To make nothing appear as if it is something, the brain constructs a self with a consciousness of its own by, so it can be attentive to the experiences of itself as someone substantial in a tangible world, that repeatedly fabricated by the brain. 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 appears to be spiritual or mundane because any appearance requires more than one, and there is no more than that which is one since it is formless and therefore endless.

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The self fabricated by the brain seems quite dull compared to what its consciousness imagines it can be if it is in control of it. But as nothing imagined is real and as it is a manipulated version of the self, the brain has fabricated from out of nothing – read more about that here – it is just as illusionary.

And yet the apparently improved illusion seems to have more worries – especially about dying – than the initial self, who full of confidence follows the brain to the very end. 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 more thoughts out of nothing that seems to render a tangible world with substantial appearances, which must bear witness to this world as if it is something, because otherwise, they remain as nothing.

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.

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There is not something in this article, that you need to remember. Alexius´ Enlightened Non-Teachings is not about learning but unlearning everything, which automatically happens when reading them so go on until you do not know what they are and what it is that seems to be reading them.


NOTE: This article is part of hack #4.2 The basic self versus the special one.