[+] To be in a good or bad fantasy

Experiencing to be someone doing something in a world defined by time and space, you are in the domain of the brain because that is where the experience of that is fabricated. So the more your perception is in sync with the thoughts that the brain uses to render this experience, the more you enjoy appearing to be in its world. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

The special self believes things would be so much easier if everyone just listens to it and follows its lead. Most often though even its own family have other ideas.

And it is not that the special self actually has a better solution to anything, but that it wants to keep everything at a distance by always finding faults that can be used to justify its dissociation from what it is feeling. Read more about this in The belief in a body-mind connection ruins everything and the subsequent articles.

Since this makes it feels guilty, it is relieved every time someone is convicted for a crime, because that means the guilty one has been found and will be punished.

And it also means its opinion, that something is wrong, is proven right and thus is itself.

The above should not be understood as the special self must change its behaviour, as that would mean it is real, but that it would be better off, for example, that it pretends to be someone who has a solution, because what you pretend to be and have you do not have or are.

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Hack #4.2 The basic self versus the special one is not about realising your real self, nor finding a higher one, but that there is no self at all because it requires more than one to be someone and there is no more than that which is one. In other words, any kind of self or consciousness is make-believe.

Having been in a state of not-knowing*, however, you stop believing to be someone in a world where there seems to be more than one, or that you are someone at all. Thus the nothingness of you can have fun pretending to be each and every one. See hack #1.4 Pretending to be someone definitive.

A word of warning though, being free to pretend that you are someone in a world where there seems to be more than one requires a body, and as there is a tendency to forget how slow it is, the body will fall apart if you expect it to be able to play along with everything. In this context, it is therefore important to respect the limits of the body.

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Nor the basic or special self makes any thoughts themselves. They are all produced by the brain in accordance with the adventure it wants to make of a tangible world with somebody substantial in it. The thoughts making up the script for this adventure cannot be altered. Although you, like in the universe of a video game, can choose to go left or right, for example, the effect of your choice is already scripted by the brain. In other words, the further developments of any decision are prefixed.

There only seems to be a self when you assume there is one inside the body and you use what is experienced to happen to it to prove there is someone inside it. And there only seems to be a body when you believe that someone who is real, namely you, are having them. But just like a dream is make-believe, so is being someone in a body. And just like no one is making a dream, nor does anyone make the experience of being in a body.

This does not mean that it is important if you go left or right, for example. It is equally illusionary because there is no self. But to have fun in the fantasy of being one, it is important how it is perceived. In other words, it is not about stopping or changing the thoughts produced by the brain but choosing a perception that is in sync with them. And if there is no wish to be in the fantasy the brain makes of a world where there seems to be more than one, thoughts should not be perceived at all, because then nobody confirms the brains fantasy world as real, wherefore there is nothing to confirm you are someone definitive.

To not perceive the flow of thoughts from the brain is easier said than done. You have to go back in time to do it. The brain has used one second to produce the experience of reading this, so if you go back one second there is nobody yet who is having a having a conscious experience of reading this now. Going back you enter a state of not-knowing, which is easy since all the duality hacks, except the enlightenment of that which is one, facilitates that when you keep reading Alexius´ Enlightened Non-Teachings. For example, the empty breath, that you can read more about in the next hacks:

But the subject of hack #4.3 The basic self versus the special one that you are reading now is about how to feel good in the fantasy the brain makes of a world where there seems to be more than one, so we return to the brain:

Besides from the fixed thought construction of its fantasy world with the appearance of somebody definitive, that seems to be you separated from others, the brain has also made a pool of thoughts from where the consciousness built into those who experience to be in its world can pick up the thoughts they like to use for their perception of the fantasy world made by the brain.

If this perception is aligned with the thought construction making up the fantasy, you are the basic self and thus happily following the instructions of the brain. But if the perception is not in alignment with the script of the fantasy but one of the many speculative ways to be someone, for example, a socialist or capitalist, it mirrors the belief that you are a special self, who independently of the brain is in charge of its own life.

And as it is not possible to be independent of the script, perceiving to be that does not result in happiness but sadness and thus an endless quest for something believed to result in a better perception. This quest, however, seems to produce a lot of thoughts, but not in the stream coming from the brain to keep up the fantasy of you as someone substantial in a tangible world. It is fixed and not many thoughts are needed for that. But in the pool of thoughts from where you compile your perception – or rather from your perception of it.

So if you feel bothered by thoughts, it is because you are composing perceptions that are out of sync with the script of the brain. And instead of getting in sync with it, you try to make adjust your perceptions better to the collectively agreed ways of being someone, for example, a capitalist, socialist, or Buddhist. Since that requires much speculation, you grab more thoughts from the pool of thoughts, the brain has made for you to compose a perception of its adventurous world and add them together, so it looks like you are a happy capitalist, socialist, or Buddhist, for example.

That being said, the above is not an attempt to explain the ways of duality. There is nothing but non-duality since it is formless and therefore endless. Thus no matter what and where you experience to be is an illusion, as it requires more than one to experience something.

Fortunately, the illusion of being someone reading this will undo itself, and everything else that appears to hide non-duality is all there is, when you go on reading Alexius´ Enlightened Non-Teachings until you forget what and where you believe to be.

In other words, you should not be reading them with the purpose of learning something but unlearning everything.

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Being in sync with the script of the brain does not make you better, nor does it make you do the right thing. It is only the special self who feels so wrong, that it always try to do the right thing. There is no right thing in the script of the brain because being wrong is just as entertaining as being right when your perception of it is in sync with the script. Nor is there something to make better. The script is the only option you have if you want the experience of being someone definitive in a world where there seems to be more than one.

Should you not want that, all you need is to not be in sync with the script. Not as the basic self, who revolts against and makes a better perception of itself in which it does not seem to depend on the brain but in an independent being in charge of its own life. But anything you revolt against is totally dependent on what you revolt against because without it there would be no revolt.

So to not be in sync with the script you simply ignore it. Doing that, it cannot confirm your appearance to be real, and you not being real there is nobody to confirm the script. Thus there is nothing but the emptiness from which is was conceived. And when nothing is believed to be there, there does not seem to be something outside of that which is one and thus nothing inside it. Consequently, everything is as it always has been and will be, namely that there is no more than that which has no beginning, namely the formlessness of oneness.

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No matter what you experience to be or have in a dream, it is not real but make-believe. And so is the appearance of you as someone in a world where there seems to be more than one because there is no more than that which is one since it is formless and therefore endless. In other words, as it takes more than one to experience something, any kind of experience is an illusion.

As the brain is the sum of your most defining memories and as they constitute the self you believe to be – read more about that here – you cannot have this belief undone without honouring the brain.

That being said, you should not dismiss your experiences because they ratify the choice to believe that you are someone in a world where there seems to be more than one, and if not honouring you have made this choice, you cannot undo it.

The undoing of it, however, does not come from doing or not doing something specific or from stopping thoughts, because that is within the realm of the belief that there is more than that which is one.

The undoing comes from the willingness to remain in the nothingness, that the brain continuously renders into a world where there seems to be more than one. As this takes the brain one second to do, what is experienced now as something was nothing one second ago. Thus something never happens, if not in the experience of now but remaining one second behind. Read more about that here.

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There is no meaning to be found in a world where there seems to be more than one, nor anywhere else, because it takes more than one to find something, and there is no more than that which is one since it is formless and therefore endless.


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.