META ++ What to follow [draft]

When the special self sees the woman in this image, it may need to make up a perception of her, that hides what it actually feels, so the experience of the image is perceived to be consistent with the one it believes to be. The basic self, on the other hand, has nothing to live up to, so it does not need to make a special perception of the woman that is consistent with a specific concept of, for example, spirituality. Hence it relates to the image as what it is, a woman without clothes in the middle of a forest. This it may or may not find disgusting or stimulating. It does not matter, because it is what it isPhoto © Alexius Jorgensen. 

Appearing to a special self is not something that comes naturally. It requires constant speculation about how to adjust yourself, so you appear special in the politically correct way. Not wanting to be special and thus being basic, this is not necessary, because the basic self has no need to be, do and have anything special. Thus it follows the instructions of the brain without questioning them.

As it has no desire to know these instructions beforehand, it may not know what is around the next corner before it is there.

Nobody but the special self, which is made by subtracting what it does not like in its perception of the basic self, needs to have something added – love and peace for example – to feel complete.

This is not good enough for the special self. It needs to know everything in advance so it can feel that it is in control. Hence it digs into the past and combines its perception of that and the present into a mental image of the future. In most cases, however, its prediction is not entirely correct, so it twists its perception of the present or the past, or both until they seem alike and its prediction, therefore, to be exact.

Hence the special self appears to be in control due to its immense knowledge – or at least is going to be when it has excluded what it assumes to prevent it from being perfect. The more it eliminates though, the more it dissociates itself from the nature of life because that is not exclusive but inclusive – read more about that here. Consequently, the special self excludes itself from feeling connected and thus from feeling safe.

Although one should think that common would make the special self realise, it would be better not to be exclusive, the special self concludes that it must be more exclusive to feel safe – just like those hitting their children to teach them a lesson, conclude that they must beat their kids harder if they have not learned the lesson.

When the apparent difference between you and the experienced is not perceived to make a difference, there is nothing but the bliss of not knowing what and where you are. This does not require closed eyes or anything else but the willingness to not be someone definitive. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Thus the special self excludes more and more instead of using its anxiety as a take-off to the empty breath,* which is inclusive and therefore not able to perceive the apparent difference between the special self and its experiences to make a difference. Read more about that here.

Should you wonder, if your perception is in sync with the present, it is out of sync, because if in sync you have no doubts.

In other words, the empty breath* brings you into a state of not-knowing, where there is nobody to perceive anything, so when you return to the consciousness of being someone definitive, the slate has been wiped clean.

As nothing, therefore, is excluded you automatically become the basic self and since its nature is inclusive, there is nothing to stop you from going back and forth between the consciousness of, being definitive and the blissful state of not-knowing, instead of trying to become special when it seems dull to be basic.

Even though the body of the special self cannot be anything but in sync with the present moment,** mentally speaking the special self is entirely out of sync with it because in its perception of the present moment it excludes the parts, that do not fit into what how it wants to appear.

Being nobody there is not somebody to perceive the apparent differences in a world where there seems to be more than one to make a difference. Hence there is nobody to feel excited about something special or to be bothered by anything. That is total bliss. Yet there is nobody to know this before you again become somebody and remember the bliss of not being somebody. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

The basic self is not that far from forgetting what and where it is and therefore be in a state of not-knowing* in which the apparent different experiences continuously generated by the brain of a world where there seems to be more than one is not perceived to make a difference. As you, therefore, cannot be defined as somebody, there is nobody to make up perceptions, that seem to confirm the brains rendering of a world where there seems to be more than one.

If this goes on for more than 20 minutes, 45 at most, the brain falls into a coma and not able to render any experiences at all.

But as most have replaced the basic self with a special one, they never forget to affirm the experience of themselves as special by having an ongoing conversation inside themselves with one or more, who they judge to be separated from them. See also No talking is needed to come back to that which is one.

Should the special self come close to forgetting this – for example by reading Alexius Enlightened Non-Teachings – the brain threatens it with total destruction. Thus the special self comes to heel and does its best to maintain an internal conversation.

As its conversation relates to its special perception of the experiences created by the brain and not to the experiences as they are, the special self is out of sync with the brain. So though it is keeping it busy through inner dialogue, it cannot feel the happiness that comes from being in a conversation with the brain like the basic self is, as its perception solely relates to the experiences created by the brain as they are.

Whether living naked in the forest is an experience you are daydreaming off or actually is having is the same to the brain, because it does not differentiates between what you believe is imaginative or real. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

The brain processes all experiences in one higgledy-piggledy by the very same organ, because it does not differentiate between the experiences you believe to have when at sleep or awake or watching a movie.

Practically speaking this means you do not have to avoid fantasies of for example sexual lust, power strivings, selfishness, greed, envy, anger, rage or something else you perceive to be wrong or unattainable, because indulging in the fantasy is no different to the brain than actually doing it. The basic self instinctively knows this, so without holding back, it devotes itself to the fantasies popping up, and thus makes the brain happy by its interaction with it. See also Far from Home.

The special self, on the other hand, suppress the fantasies popping up because it is afraid of losing control if it indulge in them. So whereas the basic self feel released by devoting itself to fantasies turning up, the special self feels imprisoned from holding itself back.

The above also applies to any kind of uneasy feeling in regards to sickness, sorrow and whatnot. Indulging in it sets you free.

When negative and positive thoughts are not kept apart, they cancel out each other. Hence there is nothing left but the bliss of emptiness. Read more about that here. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Make no mistake, in the world of appearances what and where you appear to be will remain the same, whether you as nobody are connected with the empty breath and its bliss of nothingness,* or you as the basic self have a perception is in sync with the script of the brain and, therefore, are injected with happiness, or you as the special self is on quest for something better and bigger. It is just like when you in Monopoly, for example, are commanded to go to jail, the colour of your car or state of mind does not change the instruction.

The notion of yourself as special is based on how you perceive to affect others and what you imagine they think about it. Thus you constantly adjust your perception of their responses, so what you believe to be seems to be confirmed. See also The closer you look the less you see.

If the basic self has to go to jail, it does so without asking why because it is it used to follow the commands of the brain, which always knows what is in the best interest of the basic self and everybody else since the experience of being someone amongst others is fabricated by the brain. Read more about that here.

This is not so for special self, that is an altered version of the basic self. Not in the sense that something has actually been changed. It is not possible to change the self created by the brain. But it is possible for the consciousness of it to change the way it perceives itself, which it does by eliminating everything from its perception that it judges to be wrong in the basic self so that it is perceived to be a special self who is maintained by itself and not the brain.

To keep up the feeling of independence, it always tries to bend a command. Thus it spends much time figuring out how to avoid going to jail. When the special finally realise going to jail is unavoidable, it makes up stories in which it is a misunderstanding that it soon will fix.

Everything the special self does is by the flow of thoughts that it receives from the brain. That is why it has no need to explain or defend itself. The special self, on the other hand, does not want to follow anything but what it judges to be its own decision. It does not come easy though, because it always doubts what it is.

These stories it shares with everybody in the hope they support them and therefore confirm the special self is in charge of its own life. Should there be a wish for revenge, it is suppressed if the special self is into transforming itself and the world to something better because revenge and hate is not part of that concept.

Following the empty breath* does not change anything in regards to how the world appears except that none of its appearances is perceived to be real but as characters in a play. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Following the empty breath* and thus being in a state of not-knowing,* there may also be feelings of injustice and wishes of revenge for being jailed, but as there is no consciousness of being somebody in that state, there is nobody to act upon them.

Searching for something, you can never bid welcome the enlightenment of that which is one, because it takes more than one to search for anything.

If you are not a follower of the brain, or the perceptions of the special self, or the empty breath, or something else, the enlightenment of that which is one is bid welcome. But as it terminates the belief in being someone – see hack #5-7.1 From the inner senses through a black hole into that which is one – nobody is enlightened. Yet somebody who at times steps aside, so nobody seems to hide the formlessness of oneness is to be compared to the enlightenment of that which is one.

Alexius is such a person. That is why his non-teachings are founded on that which is one and, since it requires more than one to offer something, have nothing to give, unlike those teachings based on the belief that there is more than that which is one. They have much to offer that appears to make you more special, for example, more energy, power, wealth, wisdom, love and freedom. Read more about that here.

Continuously following the empty breath* or the basic self, it sooner or later becomes so automatic, that nobody follows anything and the enlightenment of that which is one, therefore, is bid welcome. This does not happen for the special self. It never goes with the flow, whether it is the flow of love, sex, socialism and whatnot because it needs to be in control to keep others at such a distance, that they do not see the frailty behind its image of perfection.

If you do not try to alter your feelings, the uncontrolled energy of them will automatically ignite a take-off to the empty breath and its transparent bliss of nothingness. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

No worries. If the special self for just one moment does not try to live up to its ideal of perfection, the uncontrolled energy of its frailty automatically ignites a take off to the empty breath.* In its state of not-knowing, there is not somebody with shortcomings because there is nobody to judge anything.

As this at first seems to be a failure for the special self, it may regret that it lost its control and therefore quickly return to its idea of being special. But if it does not attempt to get rid of the confusion this entails, the uncontrolled energy of it ignites a new take off to the empty breath.*

The more you go back and forth between the unbounded flow of the empty breath* and the restricted self-concept of the special self, the more the slate is wiped clean for all your misperceptions of what you are. Thus you do not have to make a special perception of the stream of thoughts coming from the brain, and as the basic self, you sooner or later forget that this stream makes you appear to be someone definitive, wherefore nobody bids welcome the enlightenment of that which is one.

Alexius nature is not to exclude but include, so since a special self is made by excluding what is judged to be bad in the basic self, he is not able to perceive himself like that. Yet he is able to simulate it by imitating the behaviour of racing for more – just like he is able to simulate to be someone in the world of Monopoly, who wants to grab everything for himself.

At times he is so successful in appearing to be special, that he starts to believe he is, and thus feels as confused like others appearing to be special.

But since he does not exclude the confusion and its chaotic energy, it is free to ignite a take off to the empty breath* so he again is indifferent to what and where he seems to be and as nobody can pretend to be somebody. Read more about that in hack #1.4 Pretending to be someone definitive.

Since the perception of the basic self is in sync with the instructions coming from the brain, it does not perceive the end of its appearance to be different from the beginning. And since that which is one is formless, and therefore without beginning and end, the basic self is not far from that which is real – or rather to know that everything that appears to have a beginning and an end is unreal. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Since no belief can be upheld without an effort, you undo the belief in being a basic as well as a special self by not making an effort to create a perception of you as if you are someone definitive. And not believing to be somebody, there does not appear to be anybody hiding the constant flares of enlightenment. They are at first experienced as something to be seen, heard, felt or tasted with your inner senses, which do not work like the outer ones. Read more about that here.

But since the enlightenment of that which is one cannot be experienced, as that requires more than one, this experience only last the split second it takes to erase every bit of what you believe to be. After that, there is nobody to experience the glimpses of enlightenment spiralling into one light, one sound, one feeling or one taste, that graciously slips the nothingness of you through a black hole with no dimension to the formlessness of oneness. See The ins and outs of a black hole.

This is not to be understood like all of the inner senses merge into one. It is either different aspects of lights, sounds, feelings or tastes that merge into one. And yet that is neither so. Nothing is different and nothing merges. It is you who stops believing to be someone in a world where there seems to be more than one. Hence there is nobody to perceive any differences. That is why just one inner sense is needed.

The one sense that will do for you is the one similar to the one you prefer in the world of the outer senses. In other words, if you are a very sensitive person whose experience is that the world is rather sensed than seen, the enlightenment of that which is one is not a visual but emotional thing for you. You can read more about the inner senses and how they are different ways to the enlightenment of that which is one and thus the end of a world where there seems to be more than one in Perceiving the world as symbols of the four aspects of enlightenment – or how to have glimpses of enlightenment.

It is not quite correct, however, that the enlightenment of that which is the end of a world where there seems to be more than one. As there is no more than that which is one, since it is formless and therefore endless, the enlightenment of that which is one is not the end of anything but the belief, that there is more than that which is one.

If ending this belief feels scaring, you probably hold onto something that seems to confirm it is possible to be and have more than that which is one. No worries. You can have your cake and eat it too because all the duality hacks, except the enlightenment of that which is one, undo this belief over time. In the process of it, you become so indifferent to it, that you enjoy it.

*) In the below hacks you can read about the empty breath and the bliss of nothingness arising from a state of not-knowing 

**) The present moment has nothing to do with the popular concept of being in the now, because that excludes the past and the future, and the present includes every thought, feeling and action that appears to be in it, regardless of where the thoughts and feelings seem to come or if they are so-called negative or positive. Read more about that in hack #3.3 Life is inclusive and not exclusive.

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.