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

Happiness does not result in relaxation for the special self, because it always looks forward to becoming more authentic, spiritual and whatnot and thus to get something as quickly as possible to make this happen. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

For the special self, happiness comes from getting the best deal. But for the basic self, it comes from having a perception in sync with the script of the brain.

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Not wanting anything in particular, you do not need to fabricate a perception of having gotten something special. Thus your perception remains in sync with the script of the brain. And as that is made for entertaining you, you feel entertained no matter what you get.

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The special self is bound to be angry because even though it believes to be in charge, it hardly ever gets what it sets out to obtain. And if it does, it is not enough. The basic self, on the other hand, never wants anything in particular. Why should it? It is in sync with the script of the brain, so everything it gets entails happiness.

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The basic self perceives everything that happens to be in the best interest of everybody because the script of the brain does not differentiate between the experience of the basic self and others. The special self, on the other hand, perceives everything as a means to establish a difference between itself and others so that it appears to become more important than them. That is why it is out of sync with the whole and thus the brain as it is the one that creates all experiences.

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Regardless of being a basic or a special self, everything that 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 selfish agenda based on the perception that it is better than others. Thus it does not get the satisfaction of feeling connected with others, but the dissatisfaction of being on its own.

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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.

As the basic self does not do anything on its own, it never does something wrong, nor right. The special self, on the other hand, likes to imagine, it has done something wrong because that reinforces the perception, it is in charge of its happiness.

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Since 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 off the hook when somebody else is judged for stealing and, therefore, can be used as a scapegoat.

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For the basic self, satisfaction is something that comes from having a perception that is in sync with the stream of thoughts coming from the brain. The special self, on the other hand, seeks comfort from the perception that it is independent of the brain and in charge of its own life. Since that makes it feel alone, it spends much time on adjusting its perception but only in its own way and pace, so it remains feeling separated and thus abandoned.

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When somebody triggers an old feeling of rejection in the special self, it first interprets this as an attack on its entity, next it justifies feeling rejected with the attacker. Since the focus, therefore, seems to be on the attacker, the feeling appears to be there as well and thus to have left the special self. Should the attacker expose this projection, the special self makes the attacker feel guilty of something in its past. In this way, the special self succeeds in feeling good by making others look bad.

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It is all the reasons the special self makes up for others being wrong, that traps it into believing it is doing the right thing.

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Being the basic self does not mean that you love yourself and everybody else. There is also hatred because everything in a world of duality comes in pairs. When a feeling, however, is perceived as it is what it is, you feel happy regardless of the feeling. And then again, you cannot be happy without being sad. But since it is what it is, that is not a problem. Read more about that here. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Those starting on a new diet often try to twist it into something that has a familiar taste, instead of exploring it on its own terms. The same usually applies to those perceiving themselves to have started on a spiritual path. They are afraid of the unknown, so they twist it into something well-known.

But since spirituality is that which is one and it takes more than one to define something, nothing that can be known is spiritual. In other words, you are fooling yourself if you perceive anything in a world where there seems to be more than one to be spiritual.

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The experience of being a self inside a body is fabricated by the brain (read more about that here) with the purpose of making the self feel good. 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 (read more about that here). No matter where experiences appear to come from, and if they seem to be mundane or spiritual, they are produced by the brain (read more about that here).

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The special self does not want to go back to being the basic self, least of all, to not being someone so there is nothing appearing to hide there is no more than 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 loneliness that this entails, it talks about loving everybody or to be at one with them, which fools itself and others into perceiving it as spiritual, although to like everybody or be at one with them presumes separation, which has nothing to do with spirituality.

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The special self wants to follow something that promises it can get rid of all negative experiences and only have positive ones. But that is not possible because, in a world of duality, everything comes in pair. Thus you cannot have positivity without negativity. Actually, you can only know an experience is positive when you contrast it with a negative one.

Though the basic self may have no intellectual knowledge about this duality, it knows the nature of from experience because when it is happy, for example, the feeling is highlighted by sadness. And as negativity is highlighted by positivity, it has no need to exclude negativity. Read more about that here.

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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 on a rollercoaster. Thus you feel as entertained from being happy as sad.

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The special self always looks for something that can fix what it perceives to be wrong. But it does not want, the solution, which 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 produce experiences that makes it feels 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 which 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, there is plenty of time for the basic self to feeling self-assured. The special self, on the other hand, does not feel assured but restricted by the flow because when it perceives it in a speculative way, the thoughts of the flow seem to multiply and thus to suggest, there is more than what they appear to manifest for the basic self.

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 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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Speaking of being grounded, the basic self always experiences the thrill of travelling with the Earth around the sun at 67.000 miles an hour without 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 go around it.

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If you need to meditate to relax, it is 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 flow 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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There is nothing to realise or worry about unless you believe to be special because then you need to realise or worry about getting something unique to uphold this image. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

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 ignore egoism.

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The happiness that comes from having a perception which is in sync with the script of the brain does not require that it is in agreement with the script but that it relate only to that and not to speculative concepts of how to be spiritual or socialistic, for example.

But when you now know the script cannot be altered, it is not a problem if you by mistake interpret something in relation to socialism or another ism instead of the script as it is made by the brain. This just makes you smile and thus adds to the happiness of being a basic self.

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If you binge-watch a favourite TV show of yours, you end up like a zombie with all perceptions of something better than being in sync with the script of the play is blown out of the brain. Just like when your perception is in sync with the script of the brain, and you like the basic self happily participate in each episode of its adventure.

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If the way that the script of the brain is launched involves you to drop something on the floor repeatedly, you can perceive that as you are clumsy, not grounded or simply that it is what it is.

The first two perceptions are not in alignment with the scrip but respectively, with the concepts of society and New Age philosophy. Thus they do not bring about happiness but sadness for not being good enough. But as the third perception accepts the script as it is, so are you and that feels good.


*) Read more about the rogue consciousness of the basic self in


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.