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

Updated September 27, 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. However, if the consciousness does not accept being a product of the brain, it composes a perception of the self as independent and part of something better than the brain. But 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 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 that, it is entertaining pretending to be a basic self for a while. This hack explores that.

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, the game’s creator has prearranged the subsequent events. Likewise, when you appear to be someone in a world of duality.

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 in being is in the brain and entirely managed by it.

In other words, you only exist as a fantasy in the brain. And it only seems real because the experience of a world of duality outside of you is confirmed as genuine, so you seem to be someone in it.

Syncing with the brain’s script happens effortlessly when you serve it. However, most want to be independent of it, so they spend much time and energy excluding the script elements that do not fit into their ideas of 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 perceived independence makes them feel they are not good enough.

Ultimately, independence is an illusion because non-duality is oneness, and it takes more than one to be independent. But it is also an illusion in a world where there seems to be more than one. The brain makes all the experiences of it. Therefore, like in a dream, everything is in the brain. See Duality is a simulated reality on top of non-duality.

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.

And also, like in a dream, the thoughts the brain uses to construct the experiences of a world where there seems to be more than one are beyond your control. However, metaphorically, the brain has made a pool of thoughts from which you can freely pick the ones you want to use to perceive the brain’s experiences. By making a perception that substantiates the experiences coming from the brain, its world is confirmed as tangible instead of intangible. Thus it feels like you are someone substantial in a tangible world where there seems to be more than one.

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

This pool of thoughts sounds like a fountain. But not when you interfere with the automatic perception and invent one yourself in which you, not the brain, are in control. Then the pool becomes noisy.

To escape that and establish your perception as the truth, you focus on internal conversation distorted to confirm your story of greatness. However, this makes you confused because your inner talk does not correspond with the experiences created by the brain, and they are the ones in effect. But instead of correcting your internal discussion, 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 perceive your reaction to it as ‘it is what it is,’ the sound of thoughts becomes insignificant jabber in the background that you hardly notice.

You can take this a step further and perceive your reaction as ‘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. You also get this bliss of nothing 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 nothing about a state of not knowing and the bliss of nothing.

When one’s perception is in sync with the experiences created by the brain, there is nothing to worry about because they are made for entertaining you. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

From the above, you cannot conclude you are out of sync with the brain when you feel stressed because this may also happen if you are in sync. But you can conclude that when one’s perception is in sync with the brain, it also feels entertaining to be stressed. And it does not require any effort to be in sync 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.

Seeking specific thoughts, they seem to multiply, so you have 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 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 idea of being in charge. The only thing that will help is not overriding the brain’s default perception, ‘it is what it is.’

Although a movie with superheroes is unrealistic, it is enjoyable when you accept its premise. So are 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. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

What and where you believe in being is based on the experiences scripted by the brain. That 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’ by replacing it with ‘I know what it is.’ Therefore, since this perception is not twofold but singular, it goes against the script of duality. Hence you consider yourself free from the brain. However, having a singular perception, you always feel something is missing because you must exclude sadness to only feel happy, for example.

But even though your singular approach seems to destroy the set-up of duality in pairs of opposing elements, the duality pairs remain intact – just like a layer of lipstick does not alter what is beneath it – because, without contrast, you cannot see a world of duality. Read more about that here.

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 the basic one is hard work because the pool of thoughts does not have enough 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 the generated ones that do not fit into the perception you want to make. 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 feel complete.

You do not have to like the brain’s script, but if you want to feel entertained by it, you have to relate to it as it is – like you have to relate to a plot in a movie if you want to feel the thrill of it. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

The perception of your experiences automatically created by the brain does not establish you 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, there is no night without day, and vice versa. Accepting this duality, you feel complete.

Constantly feeling fulfilled, you do not need to hang onto something from the past to feel happy. But neither do you need to be in the present. Time is a construction, so 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 thinking 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 trying to do something about it, you do not interfere with the brain, which immediately corrects the perception. But since the main reason for being out of sync is that you want to be in control, not doing anything is probably not an option.

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

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

The brain’s script is a collection of experiences made from nothing to appear as 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.

That 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 a specific ideology. 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 will change them into something better.

Trying to figure out whether your perception is in sync with the brain’s script or not, you are out of sync. Because if in sync with the manuscript, you do not need to figure out anything but trust the brain to do it. 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.

To clarify the above. You are not in charge of the script, so you cannot change what and where you appear. That does not mean you cannot choose between going right or left, for example, but that the following experiences play out as scripted by the brain. Like in a computer game, you can only move within the script’s limitations. 

But also, like in a computer game, you are free to perceive the brain’s script as you like. However, chaotic thoughts accompany a perception out of sync with the script. You may try to eliminate them 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.