Happiness comes from not interfering with thoughts and emotions, whereas sadness comes from trying to do that [draft]

Updated May 17, 2022

The brain has installed an awareness in the self it has created, so the self can feel entertained by having conscious experiences of itself in a world of like-minded beings. But if the consciousness does not accept it is a product of the brain, it composes a perception of the self as independent and part of something better than the brain. However, since this perception is developed with the thoughts produced by the brain, independence is self-deception. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Hack #4.2 The brain’s script and how to perceive it to feel happy is not about transforming yourself or realising the real you, but that what you believe in being or becoming is an illusion, as it requires more than one to be someone and there is no more than that which is One since it is formless, thus endless. However, when acknowledging, it is entertaining pretending to be a basic self. This hack explores that.

Syncing with the stream of thoughts that constitute the brain’s script happens effortlessly when you do not interfere. But most want to be independent of the script, which they think is simpleminded. That is why they spent much time and energy excluding the script elements that do not fit into their ideas being in charge. However, since everything comes in pairs in a world of duality and their exclusion destroys them, they mess up the duality flow. Thus their independence does not result in feeling good but not good enough.

Ultimately speaking, independence is an illusion because there is no more than that which is One. But it is also an illusion if you experience being in a world where there seems to be more than one. The brain makes all experiences, so, like in a dream, everything is in the brain. See Duality is a simulated reality on top of non-duality,

And also, like in a dream, the thoughts the brain uses to construct the experiences of a world of duality are beyond the control of the self. However, metaphorically speaking, the brain has made a pool of thoughts from where the self freely can pick the thoughts it wants to use for its perception of the experiences fabricated by the brain.

Both the creator and the created, namely the brain and the self, need this perception because it establishes them as something, thus preventing them from being exposed as nothing.

Regardless your perception is in sync with the brain’s script or not, you cannot plan for something to happen that is not scripted. Fortunately, there is no urge to plan for anything when your perception is in sync with the script. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

There is nothing spontaneous about the basic self – like a violinist is in sync with the notes of the classical composition it is playing, the basic self is in sync with the brain’s script. Nor the violinist or the self has room for improvisation, nor any regret because everything is already set.

Should you wonder, if you are in sync with the brain’s libretto, you are out of sync because you have no doubts when in sync.

A computer game player has no power to change what and where it appears to be in the game. And no matter what the player chooses to do, the game’s creator has prearranged the subsequent events. Likewise, when you appear to be someone substantial in a world defined by time and space.

Every experience unfurls according to the script made by its creator, which is the brain. But unlike the computer game player, the one experiencing being someone in a world defined by time and space is not outside it. What and where you experience being is in the brain and entirely managed by it. In other words, you only exist as a fantasy in the brain. And the brain only seems real because the experiences it produces of you as someone substantial in a tangible world outside it, you choose to perceive as real.

That is why the brain, metaphorically speaking, has made a pool of thoughts you can use to perceive your reaction to its experiences of a world defined by time and space. By doing that, you confirm the brain’s fantasy of you as someone living in a capsule of time and space is real, thus also its maker.

In other words, if you do not confirm your experiences are real, you are disclosed as a fantasy created by the brain. Hence there does not appear someone to hide, there never was or will be anything other than the formlessness of oneness. But if you make a perception that substantiates the experiences coming from the brain, it feels like you are someone substantial in a tangible world.

Having a perception in sync with the brain’s script is like being in a silent movie. There is no noise of busy thoughts making up a special perception. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Actually, you do not have to make this perception. The brain has programmed the consciousness it has built into you to automatically construct it from the pool of thoughts created for a perception establishing its fantasy as tangible.

This pool of thoughts sounds like a fountain. But not when you stop the automatic perception of your response to the experiences made by the brain and invent one yourself in which you, not the brain, are in control. This makes the pool noisy.

To escape that and establish your story as the truth, you focus on internal conversation with somebody in your fable. However, this makes you feel confused because it does not correspond with the experiences created by the brain, and they are the ones in effect. But instead of correcting your story, you seek out more thoughts to justify it. And since that speeds up thoughts, you feel stressed from the noise of their acceleration.

No worries. If you do not try to solve this in your way but say, ‘it is what it is,’ the sound of thoughts becomes insignificant jabber in the background. Hence they do not disturb the satisfaction from the perception ‘it is what it is.’

You can take this a step further and say ‘dunno what it is’ (see ‘I know what it is’ versus ‘It is what it is’ versus ‘Dunno what it is’) and thus enter a state of not-knowing and its bliss of emptiness. You also join this state if you do not do anything about your stress because its unedited energy automatically ignites a take-off into the empty breath. See hack #5.1 Uncontrolled speed leads to a state of not-knowing, and see hack #5.2 The empty breath and the bliss of not believing to be someone about a state of not knowing.

When one’s perception is in sync with the experiences the brain creates, there is nothing to worry about because they are all about being entertained. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

From the above, you cannot conclude that you are out of sync with the brain when you feel confused and stressed because this may also happen when you are in sync. But you can conclude that when one’s perception is in sync with the brain, it feels entertaining to appear as someone in a world defined by time and space. And it does not require any effort to make this perception because it happens all by itself when you do not seek out particular thoughts to build a perception where you, not the brain, appear to be in charge.

The latter calls for more thoughts than there is in the pool of thoughts, the brain has made for this. But when you concentrate on specific thoughts, they seem to multiply, so there appears to be more than enough to construct a special perception. However, the speedy and chaotic behaviour of the leftover thoughts disturbs the communication between the brain and the body, so it always seems to lack energy. Hence everything is experienced as burdensome. Read more about that in hack #4.3 The toxic mix of physical and non-physical issues.

Meditation does not fix this. Its purpose is to generate thoughts for special concepts, such as inner peace or higher consciousness (read more about the false promises of meditation here). Nor will it help if you give up or let go of your particular perceptions because that enhances the perception of being in charge. The only thing that will help is not overriding the brain’s default perception, ‘it is what it is.’

What and where you believe to be is based on the experiences scripted by the brain. This does not mean you cannot choose between going right or left, for example. But no matter what you choose, your next step is prearranged – just like whatever you decide to do in a computer game, the subsequent events are predetermined.

Nevertheless, you can deceive yourself into believing to have free will if you override the brain’s automatic perception of your reaction to its script of duality, namely ‘it is what it is.’ This perception reveals your response to its manuscript is twofold and thus in sync duality. Read more about this twofoldness in hack #4.4 The duality flow goes to non-duality.

On top of ‘it is what it is,’ you make a perception that says, ‘I know what it is.’ Therefore, since this perception is not twofold but singular, it goes against the script of duality, so you consider yourself free. However, having a singular perception, you always feel something is missing because you must exclude sadness to feel specifically happy, for example.

If there is no attempt to alter the thoughts from the brain by making a perception of them that does not relate to them as they are, thoughts always produce joy. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

But even though your singular perception seems to hide the dualistic one, just like a layer of lipstick does not alter what is beneath it, it does not change what you are in a world of duality because nothing is definitive. Everything comes in pairs.

Nevertheless, you may like the bold expression of lipstick. Thus you search the pool of thoughts that the brain, metaphorically speaking, has made for you to compile thoughts for a perception of your response to its experiences. But creating a special one that covers up the basic one is hard work because the pool of thoughts does not have enough thoughts for an extraordinary perception. Hence you stir the pool to make the thoughts multiply.

Later you try to meditate or something else that seems to imply you are in control of thoughts and, therefore, can stop those generated that do not fit into the perception you wanted to fabricate. But trying to stop specific thoughts makes them speed up.

So if you want peace of mind, you step back and have the brain perceive your response to your troubles as ‘it is what it is.’ As already said, this reveals that your reaction is not singular but twofold. Therefore, since you are in sync with the world of duality rendered by the brain, you automatically get shots of happiness.

It is not entertaining to participate in roleplay if not aligned with the gamemaster. Likewise, when you appear to be someone in a world of duality. It feels troublesome if out of sync with the brain because it is the one producing your experiences of duality.

In other words, in the perception automatically created by the brain, you do not stand out as specific but as dual, thus in sync with the brain’s script of duality. But in the perception made by the special self, you appear definitive, wherefore you collide with the brain’s script of duality in which everything comes in pairs. For example, you cannot be positive without being negative, and vice versa.

You do not have to like the brain’s script, but if you want to be entertained by it, you have to relate to it without trying to change it – like you do not have to like everything in a plot of a movie but have to accept it if you want to feel the thrill of the film. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Therefore, without acknowledging your negativity, your image of yourself as positive is fake  Read more about that here. That is why it results in feeling negative. To solve that, most project their negativity on others to feel solely positive themselves. And so they are back where they started with a conceptualised feeling of positivity, thus unaware a genuine one is defined by negativity.

But fortunately, the brain knows this. So accepting its script, in this case, that you complain about others, you can perceive the negativity it makes you feel as ‘it is what it is,’ which reveals negativity is coupled with positivity. The interaction of this polarity, and the others it generates, results in feeling connected with duality, thus fulfilled.

Constantly feeling completed, you do not look for something special to make you feel good, nor do you need to hang onto something from the past to feel happy. Consequently, no feelings get sticky. Instead, they pass on as soon as their counterpart has defined them.

This does not require that you stick to the present version of the brain’s script. First of all, what you believe to read now, you read in the past because it takes one second for the brain to process the experience you seem to have now (read more about that here).

Secondly, this experience is made from nothing and not from the info the brain receives from your sensory system because, according to science, it is empty space. Therefore, since time is a construction, it makes no difference to the brain what point in the timeline of its script you relate to.

That is why you are in sync with the brain’s script if you walk down the street and think of something from the past that you relate to per the script’s timeline – just like you are in sync with a movie when you link to its plot, regardless it is an event in the past or the future you watch. See also All experiences are equally unreal.

But if you do not feel entertained, you are out of sync with the script. Not doing anything about it, you do not interfere with the brain, which immediately corrects the perception. Since the main reason for being out of sync is that you believe to be in control, not doing anything is probably not an option.

No worries, perceive feeling frustrated as ‘it is as what is’ you get in sync with the script because this perception reveals frustration is not single-minded but two-fold. Thus you are in sync with the script of duality.

The brain’s script is a collection of experiences made from nothing to appear something when believed to be experienced by someone, also created from nothing by the brain. In other words, when what you believe to experience is perceived as something, it seems to confirm you are a substantial being in a tangible world.

Although a movie with superheroes is unrealistic, it is enjoyable when you accept its premise. So is the experiences produced by the brain of being someone in a world where there seems to be more than one, even though there is no more than that which is One since it is formless, thus endless.

This is very entertaining when the script is perceived as it is and not as it could be – just like it is amusing to watch a movie when you accept the plot and very frustrating if you expect it to be in line with spiritual ideas, for example. Read more about that here.

In other words, you feel fine when you choose to perceive the experiences coming from the brain for what they are instead of what they could be. Thus you do not have to meditate or something else you assume can change what comes from the brain into something deemed as better.

Trying to figure out whether your perception is in sync with the brain’s script or not, it is out of sync. Because if it is in sync with the manuscript, you do not try to figure out something but trust the brain to do that. No worries, being out of sync is easily corrected. For example, if you perceive your reaction to reading this as ‘it is what it is,’ you are in sync. You could also decide not to make a perception because then the brain automatically makes one in sync with its script.

That Alexius is on the best of terms with the brain does not mean it spares him for tragic experiences. Fortunately, there is no need to do that because being in sync with the brain, every experience is entertaining. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

To clarify the above. You are not in charge of the script, so you cannot change what and where you appear to be. This does not mean that you cannot choose between going right or left, for example, but that the following experiences play out as scripted by the brain. Just like in a computer game, you can only move within the script’s limitations. Therefore, if your movements seem to cause a transformation, it is as illusionary as anything else in the game.

Should the thoughts that come from the brain seem to upset you, it is not because of them but the way you perceive them.

But also, like in a computer game, you are free to perceive the brain’s script as you fancy. However, the brain has already made the thoughts for your perception. Metaphorically speaking, it has placed them in a pool where you can select those that suit your choice of perception. But if you want to perceive the script as you, not the brain, are in charge, you need to seek out the most remarkable thoughts for this. However, when you try to control thoughts, they multiply to escape your domination. See also The basic self cannot be changed, but it can be perceived as special.

Even though chaotic thoughts accompany the making of a perception out of sync with the script, you do not want to change the perception to one in sync with the brain’s script because then you cannot uphold the image of being unique. Instead, you try to eliminate the clutter of thoughts that disturbs this special image of you by meditating. But, again, like in a computer game, troubles are not solved by meditation or detachment but by participating in the plot as it is. You know you do that when you feel entertained because that is the sole purpose of the brain’s script.

NOTE: The above article is part of hack #4.2 The brain’s script and how to perceive it to feel happy.