BM3 ROG [+] Up and down is equally enjoyable for the basic self [draft]

What you believe to be are 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 appearing to be in the world of a dream. As that world is controlled by the brain not trying to stop or edit the thoughts it produces but following them as they are is what makes you feel good appearing to be someone there. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

The special self attempts to eliminate the basic self by inflicting the physical body with ideas of a mental nature. And since the biological system only knows how to deal with problems of physicality, it can neither prevent or heal the psychosomatic disorders this mental attack brings about in the body. See also the hack No Body-mind Connection in Extra Duality Hacks.

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 basic self does never fights back, the special self always looks for something to perceive as if it did.

The immune system gets so confused from the mental ideas inflicted upon the body that it starts to attack it, which makes the special self conclude that the body is the course of its problems. To solve this, it fills it with all kind of medicaments prescribed by a doctor. 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 and the symptoms remain. Thus the special self may consider having them cut away or be replaced or trying alternative solutions like homoeopathy, aura transformation, and whatnot.

It is you, and nobody else, that creates problems when you perceive yourself to be in charge. If this believe is undone you have no problems.

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

If you do not believe to be somebody, there is nobody to save. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Since the special self perceives itself and not the brain to be in charge, the special self is out of sync with the experiences produced by the brain. That is why the experiences seem to be frustrating.

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 based on selected parts of the movie makes an interpretation that relates to a plot in another movie, you cannot enjoy the rest of the movie you are watching as intended by the director, because you will overlook the parts that are not in alignment with your special interpretation.

To make long short, the special self, which is a modified version of the basic self, needs to constantly modify something to feel special, whereas the basic self enjoys everything as it is because it is what it is.

No worries. In a video game, for example, you cannot change or transform what and where you appear to be there. Everything plays out as planned by the creator of the game. So you can either choose to have fun playing the game as it is or quit it. The same applies to the tangible world where you appear to be someone substantial. What and where you appear 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 like going up and down in a rollercoaster. Though you scream of fear when going down and shout with joy going up, 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 and 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 up an interpretation of it based on its past, so that nothing seems to have changed.

As it, therefore, is just as fun to go down as up, there is no need to judge part of the entertainment to be wrong.

That this is so is repressed by the special self, which is built on excluding what it judges to be wrong

That it is up you to choose an interpretation that makes you happy is not evident for the special self. It has been made by excluding the fragments of the basic self, that the rogue consciousness of it judged as wrong. Thus its fundamental instinct is to perceive everything divided into right and wrong and exclude what it judges as wrong from its awareness – and going down is judged as wrong

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 it judges to be better so that the self which initially was administered by the brain is perceived to be a special self governed by itself.

That is of course if the basic self accepts this correction of the thoughts coming from the brain that does not only produce 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, although 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 on 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. The special self, on the other hand, 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 control 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 thing on its own, but just like a zombie follows the commands of the brain.*

Yet being a follower is uncomplicated and relaxing, whereas being independent is complicated and requires much effort. 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 it.

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

Yet 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 different from you and thus not to be separated.

Returning to the basic self, however, may at first seem disappointing because it is coupled with the essential sorrow that comes from the belief in being a limited being instead of the formlessness of oneness. The sense of hopelessness may, therefore, make you choose to again accept the hectic and restless stream of thoughts because it seems to imply there is much more 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 to entertain, 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 exclude the frustration coming from endless speculations about what to do but include the feeling as it is without trying to fabricate a perception of it that distance yourself from feeling it (see hack #3.2 Inclusiveness is pure bliss) or use the restless energy of it to ignite a take-off to the empty breath (hack #4.3 Uncontrolled speed leads to a state of not-knowing).

As those duality hacks, like all the others, entail a state of not-knowing, all your perceptions that are out of sync with the script of the brain will again be wiped out, so there are no special perception to obscure the basic self

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 basic self.

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.

But 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. Yet it is 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 is patiently waiting for. Read more about that here.

If you perceive the brains basic rendering of you as someone in a world defined by time and space 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 that they come from or how they seem to be experienced – are a construction of thoughts (read more about that here) fabricated by the brain, your perception of having your own special experiences is 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.

Living in the now or coming from the heart are concepts used by the special self uses to make itself appear more authentic than others. These concepts, however, cannot be experienced because the brain, and nothing else, processes all experiences. And as 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.

Should you be sick and tired from trying to make these or other concepts of the special self work, but do not want to have the idea of being someone undone at once by the enlightenment of that which is one, you can apply one or more of the other duality hacks. They make you feel entertained by the idea of being someone while slowly but surely undoing the belief that this is possible.

If for example HACK #3, Not being exclusive but inclusive is applied, you will automatically shift from the confusion of the special self to the quiet happiness of the basic one, because the special self cannot survive inclusiveness. In other words, the satisfaction of the basic self is not achieved by avoided something but by following the stream of thoughts coming from the brain without excluding the parts judged to be wrong.

When they no longer are excluded by justifying them with somebody else, others are not defined as negative and you as positive. As the apparent difference between others and you, therefore, is not perceived to make a difference, the belief in being someone in a world where there seems to be more than one cannot be upheld.

No worries, if you cannot remember what you excluded to appear as someone special, because what you imagined to eliminate by projecting it onto others never left you. You hide it from your awareness by storing it in the body, so you can just include the pain this has caused the body. Read more about how to be inclusive in hack #3.2 Inclusiveness is pure bliss.

You do not have to know about the basic and special self to not be exclusive but inclusive. Neither do you need to be inclusive, because if not making a perception that alters the feel of confusion that believing to be special brings about, the uncontrolled energy of it will automatically ignite a take-off to the empty breath, which wipes out any perception, so that there is no perception to confirm the experience of being someone in a world where there seems to be more than one as real.

This can be compared to listening to the Ukrainian pianist Lubomyr Melnyk playing extremely rapid, complex patterns of notes, which produce overtones so trance-inducing, that a cascade sound of purity makes you forget, it is ignited by the speed and complexity underneath it. Read more about that here.

You can learn how to make speedy and complex thoughts ignite the bliss of the empty breath in hack #4.3 Uncontrolled speed leads to a state of not-knowing. See especially the article How to ignite a take-off to ´the empty breath´.

Whenever you think you know something, you have eaten the fruits of good and evil from the tree of knowledge, so that you and those you consider as like-minded can be perceived as good and others as evil. The result of this is uncertainty because it always feels as something is missing when you project what you judge to be wrong onto others so you can feel good in a group of specially selected people.

Not being exclusive but inclusive, there is no good and evil.

The solution to this, in the context of the belief in being someone in a world where there seems to be more than one, is to bring back the projection to what you experience to be there so good, and evil can meet where they were separated, namely in yourself, and thus cancel out each other – read more about that here – so there is nothing to define you as special. And consequently, nothing to distract you from happily following the commands of the brain, so you are in sync with the present,* as it is established by the brain. Read more about that here.

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.