BS3 Up and down is equally enjoyable for the basic self [draft]

The one you believe to be is not in control of a dream you seem to be having, nor are you in it. You are in your bed. Likewise, you are not in a world where there seems to be more than one because that which is one is formless and therefore endless. Thus appearing to be in such a world is like experiencing being in the world of a dream. It is beyond your control, so trying to manage your appearance feels frustrating, whereas going with the flow makes you feel good. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

The special self attempts to take over the control of the body by eliminating its self-sustaining system inflicting with ideas of a mental and not physical nature. And since the biological system only knows how to deal with physicality, it cannot heal the psychosomatic disorders this attack causes on the body.

When you have attacked somebody, you unconsciously wait for their retaliation to prove it had an effect and that you, therefore, exist. So even though the body cannot fight back, when the special self forces it to live beyond its expiry date, hold back ejaculation and whatnot, the special self always perceives the resulting psychosomatic disorders as revenge.

The immune system gets so confused from the mental ideas of how to be centred and in balance, for example, that is inflicted upon the body, so it starts to attack it, which makes the special self conclude that its problems come from the body and not the way it deals with it. Thus it fills the body with all kind of medicaments prescribed by a doctor to resolve the problem. But since the course of the problem is in the way the special self perceives the body and not in the body, the source of the problem is not healed, so the symptoms remain no matter if they are treated by traditional or alternative health professionals.

To make long short, the problem must be resolved where it is, namely in the perception that the special self has of itself as a unique being in control of its own life. This is as foolish as to believe you control what and where you appear to be a dream you experience to have. The only thing you are in control of is how to interpret it.

For example, in a video game, what and where you appear to be is designed by the creator of the game. So the only choice you have is to perceive it, so you have fun playing it as it is or being frustrated trying to change it. The same applies to the tangible world where you appear to be someone substantial. What and where you seem to be is a fiction made by the brain, and it cannot be changed – only your interpretation of it.

The special self finds it especially exciting to be high up, whereas the basic self does not consider up to be better than down, but two equally exciting ways of experiencing a world where there seems to be more than one. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

If this is in sync with how the brain has scripted the fiction, you feel entertained by the idea of being someone substantial in a tangible world. It is a bit like going up and down on a rollercoaster. You scream of fear when going down and shout of joy when going up. But it is equally entertaining. Hence there is no need to judge part of the entertainment as wrong. Fortunately, because in the script of the brain, everything comes in pairs, so you cannot have one without the other.

When the special self says it needs time to process something, it means that it needs time to make a perception of it based on the past, so nothing seems to have changed.

That it is up to you to choose a perception that makes you happy is not evident for the special self. It has made the image of itself by excluding all the fragments of its basic self judged as wrong.* Thus, its fundamental instinct is to perceive everything divided into right and wrong and exclude from its awareness what is judges to be wrong. And as going down is judged to be bad, it is definitely not entertaining for the special self.

Consequently, it tries to always control events, but since its appearance is what matters the most, controlling its body is essential. And though it never works out as planned, it insists that doing things in its own way and pace, everything will eventually get better. On the other hand, the basic self has nothing to make better as it is happily being managed by the brain.

When the consciousness of the basic self goes rogue,* it starts to respond like a spell checker. It automatically corrects every thought received from the brain into something that it judges to be better, so the self, which initially was administered by the brain, is perceived to be self-made and thus independent of the brain.

That is, of course, if the basic self accepts this correction of the thoughts coming from the brain, which not only produces a perception that is out of sync with them but also seems to multiply them into endless possibilities of what the special can become and have.

As this looks very exciting, the basic self, in most cases, gladly accepts the corrections made by its rogue consciousness.* However, the price is a constant flow of hectic and chaotic thoughts that no longer are geared towards what is in the best interest of everybody but only how it can become and have more at the expense of others.

When the brain wants you to run, it uses the biological system to signal this to the body, which starts running regardless it is believed to belong to a basic or special self. The basic self, as always, feels entertained by following the commands of the brain. On the other hand, the special self loathes the brain and its simple ideas of entertainment, so running does not make it smile but angry about the silly world of the brain, which it believes could be much better. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

In other words, when the basic self accepts the spell checking performed by the rogue consciousness,* it seems to have been transformed into a special self, which is in charge of itself and thus able to do things independently of the brain, contrary to the basic self which is not in control, nor able to do anything on its own, but just like a zombie follows the commands of the brain.*

Yet, being a follower is uncomplicated and relaxing, whereas believing to be independent is complicated and requires much effort to establish. Exhaustion arises from the latter and vitality from the former. So if you want to have an easy time while appearing to be someone substantial in a tangible world, use one or more of the duality hacks to enter a state of not-knowing. It restores the basic self by wiping out every perception that is out of sync with the brain.

The essential sorrow, that we all feel when believing to be what we are not, and the wish to avoid feeling sad, often leads to the fabrication of the special self.

But the sorrow can also be used to ignite a take-off to the empty breath in which it is not sorrow you sense but compassion with everybody that just like you seem to be what they are not. Hence you stop perceiving them to be separated from you.

This, however, may at first seem disappointing because the basic self is coupled with the essential sorrow that comes from the belief in being a limited being and not of the formlessness of oneness. The easy solution to the consuming sense of hopelessness that this entails may, therefore, be to go with the hectic and restless stream of thoughts making up the special self because it seems to imply there is something to hope for.

Both the basic and the special self is a construction of thoughts. But whereas the basic self is a simple construction made for entertaining, the special self is a very speculative construction made to sow discord by insisting on socialism, nationalism or another ism to be the best and those adhering to it as better than others. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

That is until you do not try to get rid of feeling hopeless because then the unedited energy of it ignites a take-off to the empty breath and its bliss of not-knowing. Most duality hacks will take you there, for example hack #3.2 Inclusiveness is pure bliss or hack #5.2 Uncontrolled speed leads to a state of not-knowing). The first one because you include your sorrow, and the second one because its inherent energy is used to ignite a take to the empty breath.

When you, this time, return from a state of not-knowing to the conscious experience of being someone definitive, you probably are more willing to do that as the basic self. But you probably go back and forth between the basic and special self many times before you settle with the fact that as long as you believe to be someone in a world where there seems to be more than one, it is in your own best interest to be in sync with the stream of thoughts that the brain produces to entertain the self it has made.

If you are confused about what you are, you are well on the way to not knowing it, which is the invitation, the enlightenment of that which is one patiently has been has been waiting for.

If you do not want to be in such a world and want to have the belief that you are there undone, it is not necessary to be the basic self. But it is much easier because not being special, you sooner or later forget to remember what and where you are, which is what the enlightenment of that which is one patiently is waiting for. Read more about that here.

If you perceive the brains basic rendering of you as someone in a world where there seems to be more than one to be a bit boring, the special self sets in by offering you more exotic ways of perceiving it, for example, by coming from the heart (read more about that here), living in the now or having direct experiences.

But since all experiences – no matter where you believe they come from or how they seem to be experienced – are construction of thoughts (read more about that here) fabricated by the brain, the perception of having your own special experiences is nothing but a reconstruction of the thoughts made by the brain.

As the basic and special self is equally illusionary, the differentiation between them in Alexius´ Enlightened Non-Teachings is only meant to point out that, as the basic self, you, just like in a self-driving car, can sit back and enjoy the ride and step out when you like. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

To be living in the now is a concept used by the special self to make itself appear more genuine than others. But since all experiences are processed by the brain and it always needs one second to produce an experience, what you believe to be conscious of now took place in the past. Read more about that here. In other words, living in the now is not genuine but fake.

Should you be sick and tired from trying to make this or other concepts of the special self appear to work, and just want to enjoy the belief in being someone, you can apply hack #3.1#4.2 and #4.3 (this hack) that are about how to be entertained by this belief, namely by supporting the brain that in return supports you with shots of happiness.

They will sooner or later guide you to those duality hacks that bring you into a state of not-knowing from where you can bid welcome the enlightenment of that which is one or return to the consciousness with the slate wiped clean, so you continue as the basic self until you are glad that there is no more to ask for and thus not something that seems to hide there is more than that which is one.

Whether you believe to be a basic or special self, the future is the same. You cannot change that. Just like you cannot change anything in a movie you are watching, except your perception of it.

But if you make an interpretation of a movie you are watching based on selected parts of it, so it seems to be similar to another one, you cannot enjoy the rest of it as intended by the director because you will overlook the parts that are not in alignment with your interpretation.

This is the reason the special self, which is made from the perception of selected elements of the basic self, needs to continually modify something to feel unique. In contrast, the basic self enjoys everything as it is.

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

NOTE: This article is part of hack #4.3 To be a basic self is to be good enough. It is a rough draft that will be continuously updated.


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