(ROG) + The reward for being the basic self comes effortlessly [draft]

Everything is always going your way. If it does not seem so, you are not going your way. Not in the sense that you are going a wrong way. That is not possible. But in the sense that you perceive it in a way that is not beneficial, namely as if the world revolves around you. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Although it is easy and straightforward to be in sync with the stream of thoughts that make up the script of the brain – especially since doing so you are rewarded with shots of happiness – most do not want that. They want to be independent and do things in their own way and pace, so they choose to perceive the script of the brain in such a way, that it seems to have been made by themselves.

As the stream of thoughts is made for the entertainment of the basic self and they think it is stupid, they spent much time and energy on creating a perception that excludes those elements from the stream that do not make them appear to be better and in charge of their own life. Their apparent independence, however, does neither result in feeling happy or better but not feeling good enough.

It is not just ultimately speaking that the concept of being independent is an illusion. Also in the context of where it is made, because nobody is able to make thoughts themselves. They receive them from the brain – just like a self-driving car does not make the instructions, that it uses for driving, but receives them from the cloud (read more about that here).

The thoughts that the brain uses to construct the script for your appearance in a world where there seems to be more than one are beyond the control of any other than the brain. But it has made a pool of thoughts that the consciousness of the self can control and put together into its own perception of the script, so there is continuous communication between the brain and the self it has created.

The special self, however, does not make a perception that relates to the script as it is but how it thinks it should be. It makes up a story that is adjusted to the concepts of nationalism, capitalism, spiritualism or another ism, that makes the special self appear to be in charge of its own life and at the same time part of something bigger.

In this way, it has a predefined concept that it can use to censor its perception so anything that does not fit into the concept it believes to live by can be excluded from how it perceives the experiences made by the brain, and they instead seem to be coming from the heart, for example.

But you are not free when you follow a specific concept. Thus you fool yourself when you claim to be an independent being, which is free to do things in its own way.

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Regardless your perception is in sync with the inputs from the brain or not, you cannot plan for something to happen, which is not already scripted by the brain to take place. But if you sense the inputs, as they come from the brain through your biological system without interpreting them as if it is you who are in control, they are perceived for what they are, namely shots of happiness. And feeling happy you have no need to plan for anything.

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It is said, that when the native Americans in the last century were out hunting, they once in a while stopped, so their self could catch up with them because if not being in synch with it they became disoriented instead of oriented.

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All your special ideas block you from feeling good because that does not require anything else than being in sync with the stream of thoughts coming from the brain, as making you feel good is the purpose of them. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

The basic self perceives everything that happens to be in the best interest for everybody because the script of the brain always takes the whole into consideration. The special self, on the other hand, perceives everything as a means to make others realise how important it is. That is why it is out of sync with the whole and those also the brain because it creates the experience of the whole.

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Regardless of being a basic or a special self everything, what you appear to do is geared towards what is in the best interest of everybody. Officially the special self may agree with this, but behind the scenes, it has its own egoistic agenda based on the perception that it is better than others. This is why it does not get the satisfaction from being connected with others, but the dissatisfaction of being on its own.

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The basic self never does something on its own. Thus it never does anything wrong, neither right. The special self, on the other hand, likes to imagine, it has done something wrong because that reinforces the perception that it in it in charge of what to do.

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As the special self always feel guilty for trying to get as much as possible for as little as possible on the expense of others (read more about that here), it feels relieved when somebody is exposed for stealing and, therefore, can be used as a scapegoat.

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For the basic self, satisfaction is something that comes from being in sync with the stream of thoughts coming from the brain. The special self, on the other hand, seeks comfort from being independent of it. And since that is not fulfilling, it spends much time on justifying its choice with the world so something that seems to be outside of itself can be blamed for the dissatisfaction, that comes from not being in sync with the script of the brain.

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Those starting a new diet often twist it into something that reminds them of the past, instead of actually exploring the new food on its own terms. The same usually applies to those who believe to be on a spiritual path. They twist it into something familiar, which has new names but remains the same. A spouse, for example, is called a soulmate. But since spirituality is that which is one and it takes more than one to define something, nothing familiar is spiritual. In other words, you are fooling yourself, if you perceive anything in a world where there seems to be more than to be spiritual.

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For the basic self, happiness does not come from how others perceive you but from how you perceive what you believe to be. That is all. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

The experience of being a self inside a substantial and/or spiritual body is fabricated by the brain (read more about that here) with the purpose of making the self happy. The brain, therefore, gets confused, when the consciousness of the self goes rogue and try to replace the experiences coming from the brain with something perceived to be coming from the heart because no matter where something appears to come from and what it appears to be, it is produced by the brain (read more about that here).

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The special self does not want to go back to the basic self, least of all to that which is one. The first option, it perceives as plain boring and the second one as a lonely path towards oblivion. So to remain unique, it chooses to understand everything it receives from the brain as a confirmation of its independence.

And to disguise the sense of separation that this entails, it talks about loving everybody or to be at one with everything, which fools itself and others into perceiving it to be spiritual, although to love everybody or be at one with them presumes separation, which has nothing to do with spirituality.

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In a world of duality, everything comes in pairs, so there is no happiness without sadness. But being in sync with the stream of thoughts as it comes from the brain, the exchange of happiness and sadness is like going up and down in a ride on a rollercoaster. Thus you feel just as entertained from being happy as sad.

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The special self always looks for something to fix its problems. It does not want, however, the solution, that in the context of a world where there seems to be more than one, would fix them all at once, namely to not perceive the brain as an enemy but a friend (read more about that here), who does its best to make the self feel good.

Ultimately speaking, the solution, of course, is to undo the belief that you are someone who experiences something. As this is the end of being anything at all, the special self avoids that by meditating or something else, that seems to imply it is real and will become even more real when it is transformed into a higher being that is a part of something greater.

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Being at one requires more than one, as do any other kind of being and since there is no more than that which is one, whatever you believe to be is an illusion. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

The sole purpose of the thoughts streaming from the brain to the basic self is to entertain it. And as the stream is full of natural pauses the basic self can lie back and enjoy the adventure that the stream seems to embody. The special self, on the other hand, considers this amusement to limit it because when it perceives the flow coming from the brain in a speculative way, the thoughts seem to multiply and thus to suggest there must be more than what they appear to manifest.

For the special self a relationship is not about sharing but to expand the image of itself by invading someone else.

But since this speculative perception is out of sync with the very simple stream of thoughts and the quiet joy of connectedness that it entails, the special self tries to establish a constant connection with others by extending the communication with them into a speculative inner dialogue that never seems to stop (read more about that here).

Yet it always feels like something is missing. And this does not change when there is an actual meet because nobody can live up to the expectations of the special self. They are as unrealistic, as believing it is possible to be independent of the thoughts coming from the brain, as they constitute what and where you appear to be in a world where there seems to be more than one.

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Feeling stressed by the stream of thoughts coming from the brain and trying to slow it down by meditation does not solve the problem, because the stream of thoughts only seems speedy or confusing when your perception of it appears to confirm you are unique and independent. In other words, the solution to your discomfort is not to stop or change the flow of thoughts but to change your perception of it so that you do not appear to be in control but to be controlled, which basically is to perceive the stream of thoughts like it is what it is.

The brain is like Spotify in the sense that it has many playlists to choose from. But no matter what playlist you decide to stream, it will not bring happiness unless you are in sync with it.

The happiness that comes from being in sync with the brain can be compared to the joy, you feel when singing along with a song that you like. And not being in sync can be compared to feeling disturbed by the very same song, because you want to concentrate on something you perceive to be more important.

Fear does not prevent you from going on when in sync with the flow of thoughts. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Disturbed is also what you feel if you keep thinking about going on a hike when your leg is broken, whereas you feel happy if not thinking about doing anything but the laid-back things, the adjustment to your current situation gives you so much time to enjoy. That being said, to be in sync with the brain may at first seems to scare, but as you do not feel alone when in sync, fear does not prevent you from going on.

Being in sync with the stream of thoughts you are connected with the brain and all the experiences made by it. Thus you are the body and everything else you experience. Not in a sense, that you are at one with everything, but that the apparent difference between the experiences and the experiencer is not perceived to make a difference.

In that which is one, no one is at one as that calls for more than one.

But if the special self talks about experiences of wholeness, it is only meant to make itself appear more special and thus to be different from the experienced, so that it appears to make a difference.

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Speaking of being grounded, the basic self always experiences the thrill of travelling with the Earth at a speed of about 1600 km/hr without not falling off it (read more about that here). For the special self, however, this is just an intellectual idea because the speed cannot be felt when you perceive yourself and the Earth to be static and the sun to be going around it.

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If you need to meditate to relax, it is probably because you fight the stream of thoughts that come from the brain so you can uphold a consistent image of yourself. Not fighting the ever-changing stream of thoughts but perceiving it for what it is, you do not have a fixed but relative personality, so hating what you hate feels just as good as loving what you love.

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The basic self has no need to find itself through meditation and whatnot because being in sync with the stream of thoughts coming from the brain it is rewarded with shots of happiness. And being full of happiness, it has no need to find out who it is. The special self, on the other hand, thinks it exists to learn, that it is a unique being who is part of something greater.

When you think, you are in the world to learn who you are, you do not want that, because learning requires more than one and there is no more than that which is one.

And as it strains every nerve to accomplish this, it is in constant need for more energy. That is why the gurus, who praise humans as unique beings, always promise that those following them will not only realise their uniqueness but also be part of something greater, which supplies them with all the energy they need. See also The function of ´the empty breath´ is to not take the ego seriously.

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There is nothing to realise or worry about unless you believe to be special because then you need to realise or worry about something unique so you can to uphold the image of being special.


NOTE: This article is part of hack #4.2 The basic self versus the special one, which is still in the process of being written.