The self and the brain

Updated May 8, 2023

Alexius’ Enlightened Non-Teachings does not provide hope for a better world. But that is why you are set free from the future. And since there is no past without it, you are not bound by time. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Alexius’ Enlightened Non-Teachings have nothing to offer because they do not know of anything but that which is One, and it takes more than one to give something. However, it also requires more than one to know something, so this statement is as deceptive as anything else you know.

Nevertheless, if you read Alexius’ Enlightened Non-Teachings and realise that anything you are aware of is an illusion, they have fulfilled their purpose. But there is no reason not to enjoy the belief it is possible to be conscious of something while simultaneously having it undone. That is what Duality Hack #5 The worry-free life of the basic self is about.

The basic self of Alexius is to be compared to a storeroom manager or an app that automatically searches its database for how to organise everything dropped on it. The brain, which is in charge of the basic self, does not care if Alexius arranges his music library, Duality Hacks, kitchen, or something else. As long as he sets something in order, he fulfils his function, thus in sync with the script of the brain (read more about in Duality Hack #6 Happiness is to be in touch with the brain).

However, Alexius’ Duality Hacks comes in a flow of wordless harmonies, which would be disrupted if arranged into a system. Thus Alexius bypass the storeroom manager by going into a state of not-knowing, where he hums along with ethereal harmonies until words, hasty and unorganised, flow out of his hands into the computer. More about that here.

You can read about a state of not-knowing in A state of not-knowing and the after-effect. But, for now, suffice to say that in a state of not-knowing, the brain’s rendering of a self, conscious of itself as someone definitive, is bypassed. 

Alexius’ basic self is not an adventurous hiker but an academic-minded storeroom manager who stores the most exciting sceneries of his hikes so that he can return later with friends. Since this is not done to impress them but to follow Alexius’ basic nature, memorising the beauty spots does not seem exhausting but relaxing. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

But since the combination of words arising from humming along with the ethereal harmonies often seems too chaotic for a world of duality, Alexius’ basic self comes in handy to arrange them into something coherent. The brain happily assists with that, even though it is the end of it and its story of duality. But after all, it is just a fantasy, so nothing ends but the belief that it is real.

That said, Alexius has not realised non-duality. It is impossible since it calls for more than one to be aware of something. But because he is to be compared to the enlightenment of that which is One, he knows there is no more than that which is One, thus no duality.

Lately, when Alexius was humming along with the ethereal harmonies, hack #5-8 came through. It is about the basic self vs the special one (Duality Hack #5), the brain’s script (Duality Hack #6), mixing physical and non-physical issues (Duality Hack #7) and the duality flow (Duality Hack #8). But since Alexius’ basic self had a casual approach to organising the bits and pieces he received, those hacks partly have remained like that. Hence feel free to browse them aimlessly.

Should this seem confusing, it could be because you believe in being a definite self, thus expecting everything to appear orderly and consistent. No worries. That confusion, if not edited, will ignite a take-off into the empty breath (read more about that in Duality hack #9 In the bliss of nothing with the empty breath), which brings about a state of not-knowing, where there is no awareness of being someone. Hence nobody is conditioned to look for order.

If that is what you want, you do not need to learn more because a state of not-knowing requires no knowledge. Therefore, if you keep reading hack #5-8, it should not be to learn but to unlearn what you believe to know.

The basic self of Alexius, like a storeroom manager, helped him DJing by organising the music he played into a continuous flow of beats many years ago. The same quality is utilised for fine-tuning Alexius’ Enlightened Non-Teachings. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Duality Hack #5 The worry-free life of the basic self looks at the two main ways of appearing as someone: a basic or special self. The basic self, a construction of thoughts assembled by the brain, cannot be altered. But the consciousness the brain has installed in the self to make it aware of being someone in a world of duality can perceive itself as changed into something special and independent of the brain.

However, since this perception is out of sync with the brain’s script, the special self feels disconnected and incomplete. In contrast, the basic self feels connected and complete because it is synced with the brain. Hence it does not ask, ‘Who am I?’ like the special self keeps asking.

But there is no answer to that question other than you are a fantasy of the brain progressing per its playbook, regardless of what you perceive yourself to be. Nevertheless, the special self insists on being what it perceives to be. It upholds this self-deception of independence by excluding everything from its awareness that does not fit the perception of a unique being.

The special self does not understand, that negativity is as important as positivity and it is their interaction – the positive and negative pole in an electric wire, for example – that releases their inherent energy.

The mental sense of disunion this entails, the special self often hides from its awareness by projecting it onto vulnerable parts of the body. But the suppressed energy breaks out sooner or later, diagnosed as a psychosomatic illness. Read more about that in Duality Hack #7 Physical & non-physical issues do not mix.

When one’s perception is in sync with the present experience and not an edited version, adjusted to a specific philopsophy, one feels happy. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

The special self likes to think the brain has messed up the body, wherefore the special self better take over. But the it is not able to control the body. For example, if the brain has scripted the body to have a cake, no matter how much the special self fight it, the body will have its cake because the brain is in charge.

This does not mean you cannot choose what cake to take. But no matter what your choice, the subsequent experience is scripted by the brain to make you feel entertained. Feeling that is effortless but not if you want to interpret it as a spiritual experience, for example. It requires more thoughts thoughts than the brain has made available to feel entertained.

Therefore, if you want to perceive your cake experience as a spiritual lesson, you must meditate or something else that implies, you are in charge and thus able to create thoughts. Read more about meditation here.

Since the special self is unaware it is the cause of the problem, it assumes the brain is to blame. Consequently, the special self can justify it should deal with the body per ideas of mindfulness instead of the brain’s physical approach.

But having an immaterial approach to the body is like sending positive thoughts to a car out of gasoline. It will not make the car drive. The nature of a vehicle and a body is material. Thus they must be taken care of materially and not mentally. In other words, the combination of physical and psychological issues is wishful thinking. There is more about the unfortunate belief in a body-mind connection in Duality Hack #7 Physical & non-physical issues do not mix.

The special self loves to read about otherworldly events like near-death or out-of-body experiences and interpret them as a transition to something better and more real. But being something requires more than one and since oneness is formless, thus endless, there is no more than that which is One. So regardless you appear spiritual, powerful, full of love or whatnot, you are nothing but fantasy.

Consciousness is a fabrication of the brain made to keep you occupied by the awareness of something so you do not realise it is nothing. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Be aware that, just like death, Alexius’ Duality Hacks is the end of everything familiar. But unlike death, which feels like life is over, the duality hacks do not finish anything but your belief in being someone in a world of duality. However, they do not do that by pointing to oneness, but to what is not one, so you see that more than one is a fantasy that, like any other hallucination, disappears when you look closer at it. Hence uncovering there is no more than that which is One.

NOTE: This article is part of Duality Hack #5 The worry-free life of the basic self.