When everything is perceived as ´it is what it is´ you are relieved

The special self is to be compared to a con man. The more it can deceive others into believing that its show is real, the better it feels about itself. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

In most cases, you do not have to read Alexius´ Enlightened Non-Teachings in a particular order. But in the case of this article, you may benefit from having read hack #4.1 The basic self versus the special one.

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The basic self never tries to look professional, so if it appears to be that, it is how the brain´s script is compounded. On the other hand, the special self always tries to look perfect because it does not believe it is carried by the brain´s script but the rules of society, which are made to suppress natural instincts favouring a spotless appearance.

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The special self always fears to miss events it perceives to be important because it wants to be part of something special. On the other hand, the basic self perceives itself as hooked up with the brain, and since it produces the experience of everything, the basic self is part of all things that can be experienced. Consequently, it has nothing to miss.

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The approach of the basic self can be compared to buying an album from an artist and listening to all of it, whereas the special self prefers to stream the album to exclude the tracks that do not fit into its special image (read more about that here).

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A participant in a game like Monopoly has the same goal as the special self, namely to take everything from everybody. This is not the goal of the basic self, though. 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 that the special self thinks it is possible to do things in its own way because, just like in Monopoly, everybody, regardless of the colour of their car, has to move by the dice (read more about that here).

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Like a self-driving car, the basic self follows the instruction it receives without favouring anybody in particular. Hence it automatically does what is in the interest of everybody.

On the other hand, the special self always perceives the instructions coming from the brain so that they appear to be about how much it can get for itself for as little as possible at anybody’s expense. Should somebody be hurt by this, it blames them and states it to be fact by saying, »Look what you made me do.«

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As the special self always waits for something better, it is stuck in a prison of expectations. On the other hand, the basic self hopes for nothing, so it feels free. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

For the special self, everything is about itself, so when a relative has been injured in a traffic accident, for example, the typical response is »How could you do it to me.«

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Just like a self-driving car follows the commands of The Cloud, the self, whether basic or special, serves the brain. But unlike a self-driving car, the self has a consciousness that can choose how to perceive itself. When this perception is in sync with the brain´s script, the self automatically has an impersonal approach to everything. But when the perception of the self is centred around its own being, as if it is more important than others, it is not in sync with the script because it favours nobody in particular.

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Just like nations is a mental concept, so is being Spanish, English, a human or any other being.

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Inside the person you believe in being, the brain has implemented a consciousness to perceive the experiences produced by the brain as something. So if the consciousness feels controlled, it is not due to the experiences but the perception of them.

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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 unconnected when we try to change them.

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The special self continuously looks for more love, realisations, or whatever makes it appear to be and have more than others. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

When you perceive yourself to fail, your perception is out of sync with the brain´s script, because according to that, you are good enough as you are. The perception is also out of sync if you believe it was due to strong willpower, you lost weight. The only reason you did so was that you were scripted to do it. But your interpretation of your new look is not out of sync with the brain´s script if perceived as ´it is what it is´. That reveals it is twofold thus in sync with the brain´s script of duality.

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Because the special self has fabricated a story in which it is independent of the brain, it feels lost if it does not experience being connected with somebody else. Thus getting likes on Facebook is very important. But no matter how many it gets, it is never enough because its independence is based on the idea that there must be more.

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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 hopeless. Yet hopelessness is what sets it free from the future and thus from the past and consequently from worries.

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Although neither the basic or special self never causes anything, the special self fools itself into believing it is in charge by perceiving past events in such a way that it seems to have caused them.

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For the special self, it is always about coming back to the way it was. This is not so for the basic self. It does not know how it was. Actually, neither does the special self. It is the story it has composed about the past that it wants to manifest in the present, so it seems everything always has been like it perceives it to be.

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The special self wants to compare everything new with something old so that the present seems conditioned by the past, which it has edited to look like it was caused by itself.

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As the concept of ´letting go´ implies, the one doing it is in charge, and as the basic self is not in control of anything, it has nothing to let go of. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

The special self splits up its perception of others per its concepts of right and wrong and then expects that they hide or correct what it has labelled as wrong, so it is not bothered by them.

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When the perception of every moment is that ´it is what it is,´ there is no future to look forward to and, therefore, no stress. That is why the basic self feels relaxed, and the special self seems tense because it never perceives the present moment like that. Actually, it does not perceive it all. Instead, it is busy making an exciting perception of the next moment, so the future seems to be better, and the special self can look forward to something exceptional.

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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.

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.

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The special self is looking for something it has never felt before. At least that is what it claims, but as it constantly compares everything to the past, it will never feel something new but remain in a dream of a better future.

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There are many articles in the news pointing out that hardly any part of the earth is untouched by the damaging impacts of humanity. But there are very few pointing out that hardly any part of a human is untouched by the detrimental ways physicists, psychologists and new agers label every nook and cranny of it so that most feel compelled to adjust their perception of themselves to these rigid definitions instead of the natural flow of thoughts coming from the brain.

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

Whether you have convinced yourself to indulge in or refrain from sex, the purpose is the same: to enhance your image of being unique.

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The special self hates being told what to do. So if it seems avoidable, it makes up a story in which it is detached from what happens and, therefore, not taking orders but going with the flow.

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When perceiving your reaction to your experience as ´it is what it is,´ you do not feel stuck. Thus there is no urge to escape or transform anything.

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Perhaps one day you are so tired that by mistake, you erase your hard disk. Unfortunately, it cannot be undone, and to hide you were out of control, you make a perception of the accident, which seems to prove you are a victim of circumstances beyond your control. Therefore, you do not perceive the moment as it is but as it could be.

Though you cannot undo what you did, you can undo how you perceived your reaction to it, so you do not feel sad but happy/sad. This is accomplished by perceiving your response to the loss of data as ´it is what it is´ because that reveals sadness is complemented by happiness.

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Everything comes in pairs in a world of duality. That is why you cannot feel the happiness of being the basic self without feeling sad as well. But as happiness and sadness are two sides of the same coin, the basic self knows that when it feels sad, happiness is included.

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As nothing ever turns out like the special self expects, it is never satisfied. But since all experiences are produced by the brain, and the perception of the basic self is in sync with them, it is equally entertained by dissatisfaction as satisfaction. Actually, you cannot feel complete without experiencing them both because everything comes in pairs in a world of duality.

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Even though the ideas conceived by the special self always result in worries, the solution is not to stop them but to perceive your reaction to the anxiety as ´it is what it is.´ This perception makes your response unimportant, wherefore there is nothing to worry about.

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There are many ways to perceive your reaction to an experience. When perceived as ´it is what it is,´ you are in sync with the brain´s script. And since the purpose of it is to make you happy, that is what you are. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Nor the basic or the special self is in charge of anything. The latter, however, believes it can change that by making a perception of the past as if the special self, not the brain, was in charge, or a victim of circumstances beyond its control. But no matter how you perceive the past, you have never been in control or preyed on. The brain runs the show, and, like parents look after their kids, it always protects you.

Both the negative and the positive pole in an electrical wire are important. The same applies to negative and positive thinking. Read more about that here.

Unlike parents, though, the brain does not protect you from evil because good and evil are like two sides of a coin. You cannot have one without the other. Thus apparently, evil things may happen to you. But when your reaction to them is perceived as ´it is what it is,´ it turns out two be twofold. Hence seemingly negative and positive things are equally entertaining – just like going down in a rollercoaster is as exciting as going up. Actually, you need them both to be entertained. That is why everything in the brain´s script is twofold.

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The special self never perceives anything as ´it is what it is,´ but ´I know what it is,´ which it believes can be proved by adding ´because of this and that

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If we, based on experience, expect that expiration will be followed by inhalation, we do not perceive the moment as it is but how it is supposed to be. Thus we will fight for the next breath when death sets in, while we are at peace when in the moment as it is.

In other words, appearing to be someone is easy when there are no expectations of balance, coherence, rationality, consistency or whatever concepts the special self needs to feel familiar with the next moment, and, therefore, can perceive its reaction to it as ´l know what it is´ instead of ´it is what it is

See the article The closer you look, the less you believe what you see is real about how the special self fills the perceived gaps in its experiences with something that attests to its perception of the world as ´I know what it is,´ instead of perceiving it as ´it is what it is

This is not to say that you cannot wish or plan for something in the future. The brain does not differentiate between past, present and future, nor reality and fantasy. Read more about that here. Everything experienced – whether perceived as spiritual, material or immaterial – is emptiness twisted by the brain into something that entertains you when perceived as ´it is what it is

See also ´It is what it is´ vs ´I know what it is´ vs ´Dunno what it is´.

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Many thoughts seem to pop up when you try to become more prosperous, spiritual, free and whatnot because more thoughts are needed to perceive yourself to be and have more. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

If you see pink – also called magenta or fuchsia – in the above image, you do not perceive the picture as it is but how it is supposed to be because pink is an extra-spectral colour that cannot be seen by the human eye.

Theoretically speaking, pink is the complementary colour to lime green, but there is a gap in the colour wheel where this colour should be. And as the special self craves order and consistency, it fixes the problem by internally imagine blending red and purple into pink each time it theoretically speaking should see that colour (read more about that in The closer you look, the less you believe what you see is real).

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When your perception is ´it is what it is,´ there is no rush to finish anything to feel complete. Should you forget that, ´it is what it is

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Since the basic self perceives everything as ´it is what it is,´ it has no personal need to meet somebody. However, just like its body must have food to survive, its psyche must participate in communication to endure.

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The legs that seem to make you run in a dream are not yours because they rest in your bed. Likewise, what you appear to be in a world where there seems to be more than one is not that which is you. It rests in that which is one, and as it takes more than one to be somewhere, it is nowhere. Yet, it is also everywhere because oneness is formless and therefore endless.

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Alexius is with you and everybody else no matter what and where you are experienced to be because he does not perceive himself to be different from his experiences.

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Those into New Age teachings may accept that they are not their body, but never that they are not someone at all. Fortunately, such acceptance is not necessary because there is not somebody to accept it because that 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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To think we are here to learn something is to limit that which we are because only as somebody definitive do we seem to be able to learn something, and we are not somebody limited by time and space but the formlessness of oneness. But, luckily, there is no need to learn anything to reveal that. On the contrary, what is needed is to unlearn everything because that which we are cannot learn something since it is that which is one, and it takes more than one to learn anything.


NOTE: This article is part of hack #4.2 The brain´s script and how to perceive it to feel happy.