(SH) NOTE+ The basic self is intensely present

Intensely watching the dolphins. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Those who think they are special have much need to meet with others so they can use them to witness their story of specialness. But as too much closeness may reveal the misery behind their story of greatness, they live by the conventional rules of how to mimic being together and still keep a distance, for example by arranging a dinner in such a way that everybody feels wrong if not minding the table manners.

The special self expects others not to question its story of specialness but to adapt to it.

There are even books about what to say in specific situations so you can trick others into believing you care about them while you manipulate them to give you what you want, which always is the same when you think you are special, namely to be acknowledged for that.

The basic self, on the other hand, has no need to be acknowledged for anything. It follows the flow of thoughts as it comes from the brain, and since nothing is excluded from that, it has no need to be included in anything, so it does not try to fit into collectively agreed concepts of how to be together.


Dialogue is avoided by the special avoid. It prefers monologue because it upholds the feeling of separation and therefore of being an individual, who is in charge of its own life.


The special self is always trying to escape something, but it does not know what. Neither will it ever know, because there is nothing to escape. It is all an illusion. But it seems to become real when trying to fix or escape something. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Extraordinary experiences, for example, glimpses of the enlightenment of that which is one, seem to be at a premium for the special self. Yet it seldom experiences anything but the ordinary, because to keep up its special image, it must always prevent unfamiliar experiences to crack it up.

If something uncontrollable like glimpses of enlightenment should enter into the controlled world of the special self, it will wait for it to be over, then suppress the memories of it and return to its old life.

Should it accidentally happen, that a glimpse of enlightenment cracks open the armour, the special self compares the unfamiliar experience to its familiar memories, so the unknown becomes well-known and therefore seems to confirm what you believe to be.

Read about how to have glimpses of enlightenment in Perceiving the world as symbols of the four aspects of enlightenment – or how to have glimpses of enlightenment.


A movie is meant to invoke familiar emotions, so you feel involved. The brain searches your memory bank for something to support the plot. And if you do not start doubting the subsequent interpretation of the characters but follow it to the letter, you feel entertained by the movie, whereas it seems to bore you if you break up its story by judging the characters in accordance with concepts unrelated to the movie. See also To be in sync with the natural flow of thoughts.

This is to illustrate, that if you do not try to alter the stream of thoughts coming from the brain, the subsequent experience of you as someone in a world where there seems to be more than one brings about happiness because that is the meaning of the thoughts the brain produces.


To be conscious is to separate. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

The purpose of the brains rendering of a world where there seems to be more than one is for you to be entertained through the experience of being someone amongst others. That is all.

There is not something to learn, because there is no more than that which is one, so every bit of a world where there seems to be more than one is a fantasy – including that a brain renders something out of nothing which someone experiences as real.

In other words, there is neither somebody making this fantasy or being conscious about it.


Following the stream of thoughts precisely as it comes from the brain is like having the brain blown out. It is comparable to feeling wholly absorbed by a TV show after having binge-watched it.


Watching a TV show, the brain is in its right element, which is to continually pass remarks and predict what comes next as if the show is not fictional but real. If you do not doubt or alter this but relax in the flow of it, you are also in your right element, namely to follow the brain. But since it is the sum of your most significant memories and that is what you believe to be – read more about that here – you are not just a follower but a leader as well.

Likewise in a world where there seems to be more than one. The brain continually makes comments about it, so there appears to be an awareness of a self who experiences what it comments on. Thus both you as the self having this experience and as the brain producing a self having it are in your right element.

The purpose of the brains rendering of a world where there seems to be more than one is for you to be entertained by having the experience of being someone amongst others. There is not something to learn, because it is all a fantasy – including a brain rendering something that someone experiences as well as anybody making up such fantasy.

Being in your right element, the illusionary wall in between a world where there seems to be more than one and that which is one seems very thin. So thin that you easily fall into a state of not-knowing, where the apparent difference between the flow of thoughts coming from the brain and the one being entertained by them it is not perceived to make a difference. Hence there is nobody to experience something, which is pure bliss. Read more about that here.

Not being in your right element you always search for something better – capitalism, socialism or spiritualism, for example – wherefore you continuously add new layers on top of the basic self made by the brain from out of nothing. The special self, therefore, thinks it will return its real self after peeling off layers, but there is no self at all.

The special self, as well as the basic one, is nothing, and they only seem to be something because of a particular construction of thoughts – or rather the belief that thoughts represent something substantial. In other words, it is not layers that need to be peeled off, but the belief that there is something beneath them.


If you take the comments of the brain seriously, they will sooner or later start to annoy you. Trying to change the comments into better ones, you turn into the special self, but not caring too much about them, they will seem to make happy.


Whenever you feel something completely, there is nothing to contrast it and therefore not something to define it, nor you. That is why most always try to escape their feelings by mentally understanding and/or justifying them. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

In a state of not-knowing, everything sounds different because nobody tries to categorise anything by going down memory lane to find similar experiences to compare the present with and thereby shaped it by the past. Thus every sound, sight, feeling or taste is an entirely new experience.

This is not something you are aware of though, and you will ever know if it is so, because you are in a state of not-knowing. Yet it seems likely because this state is over when you start to search your memory bank for something that can help you categorise what you hear, see, feel or taste.


The duality hacks do not detach you from your feelings in the sense that they are experienced as distant. On the contrary. When you return from a state of not-knowing to the consciousness of being someone definitive, they will seem so very close. But since you do not consider them to be something but nothing, you enjoy this intensity of nothing, regardless it appears in the shape of sadness or happiness. In other words, you are indifferent to the supposed difference between the contrasts in a world of duality.

Should you forget that everything experienced is nothing and focus on the apparent tangibility of feelings, the unedited energy of the restlessness that this seems to cause can be used to ignite a take off to the empty breath, so you again are in a state of not-knowing and therefore not judges sadness to be different from happiness.

You can learn how to ignite a take-off to the empty breath in hack #4.3 Uncontrolled speed leads to a state of not-knowing.


Feeling happy sad. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Since the basic self is not exclusive but inclusive, and since everything in a world of duality comes in pairs, black and white, for example, the inclusion of happiness contains sadness and vice versa. Feeling unhappy, therefore, is not a clear-cut state of sorrow. If you, for instance, feel depressed because your cat is dead, you are also in touch with the happiness you experienced in its presence. In fact, happiness is the reason you feel sad.

This does not apply to the special self though. It is not inclusive but exclusive, so it is not able to feel sadness and happiness simultaneously. Nor is it able to feel any of those emotions on its own, as it suppresses sadness to feel happy, and happiness cannot be felt without it. The special self does not know that it has distanced itself from its feelings, because it has replaced them with speculative explanations of what is going on and it is lost entirely in justifying this.

Should the intensity of a feeling manage to surpass its speculations, the special self is devastated. Yet that is nothing compared to the annihilation it faces by experiencing happiness and sadness simultaneously, because when two opposing feelings meet they cancel out each other – read more about that here – so that there is not something to define it as someone, which is the death of the special self.

The basic self does not have this problem because it does not exclude life from death – so should it fear death, it will meet life as well, and since opposing elements cancel out each other when not kept apart, there is nothing left but emptiness, which is pure bliss.


The special self keeps on finding find something that it can judge to be wrong in the world so it can justify distancing itself from what it is it by holding on to its grievances. The basic self may also have grievances, but it is not to distance itself from what it is but to emphasise it. In the happiness that comes from that, it is not possible to hold onto the grievances.


the basic self does not belong to anyone but everyone because the basic self is the brain and it is everything that the basic self experiences to be


You are not reading this, and it has been not written. It is not possible, because there is no more than that which is one. Yet it seems possible to believe, that there is more than that which is one. And since you appear to be reading and Alexius to be writing this, you are one this belief. Consequently, this belief is a positive confirmation of oneness.

In other words, even though appearances may seem to hide that which have no appearance, namely the formlessness of oneness, it cannot deny it, because there is no more than that.

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.