Perception is everything when it comes to feeling happy

Updated May 18, 2022

When the brain supplies you with thoughts of fury, and you give it your best shot to perceive yourself as angry, you cannot help but feel happy. The same applies to any other so-called negative feeling, as long as you do not justify it with the world. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

In most cases, you do not have to read Alexius’ Duality Hacks in a particular order. But in the case of this article, you may benefit from having read hack #4.1 The basic self versus the special one.

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Going back to the basic self appears to be the goal of many spiritual seekers. They seem to think it is without ego and therefore live in the now, coming from the heart and whatnot. They are right to assume that it is not egoistic because the basic self does not pretend to have its own thoughts. But it does not know about living in the now, coming from the heart or anywhere else but the brain – like a self-driving car is managed by The Cloud, no matter what and where the vehicle appears to be.

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Some confuse the basic self for being Enlightened. However, since the experience of being someone is a fabrication of the brain and all experiences are erased by the Enlightenment of that which is One, what you believe in being cannot be enlightened. For example, Alexius is not Enlightened but to be compared to the Enlightenment of that which is One. Only the special self thinks it is Enlightened.

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The special self always looks for a permanent state of mind. But that is not possible. In a world defined by time and space, everything has a beginning and an end. You cannot have one without the other.

Fortunately, the end feels is just as entertaining as the beginning when your perception is in sync with the brain’s script. Hence there is no need for something to last for the basic self.

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Being on your own makes you feel small, which the special self expects to fix by getting the power it imagines comes from riches, going deeper or finding something higher, for example.

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Maybe you are on a quest to find your purpose. However, searching for it, you will never find it. The only meaning of experiencing to be someone is to enjoy it in the present moment.

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For the special self, it is always about becoming better and bigger. So disguised as a do-gooder, it sends love and healing to someone it judges to have less than itself. Read more about that here. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen

The more the special self can convince others that it can make the world better, the more powerful it appears to be, and the less it doubts itself.

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If you think your car in a game like Monopoly actually can drive, your perception is out of sync with the play’s script. Consequently, the game does not seem amusing but frustrating. Likewise, if you believe what you appear to be in a world of duality is alive.

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Being the basic self is like being in intensive care in a hospital, except that you are not sick, and still somebody is watching out for you. Actually, it is the same for the special self, but contrary to the basic one, it does not enjoy it because it perceives itself as an independent being who can take care of itself. This perception is even more illusionary than believing to be someone because, within this belief, everything experienced is a product of the brain, including the experience of being independent of it.

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If the self-centred purpose of the special self is exposed, it will either deny it or say it is sorry and then go on precisely as before.

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The special self thinks it creates its reality. But factually speaking, it is not different from the brain’s script because it cannot be changed. However, the special self assigns everything a new meaning. For example, somebody who dies is not seen as done for but as going on a new journey – or maybe it is karma, wherefore the dead soon return in another form. If someone questions those explanations, they are seen as attacking a higher truth. And if science proves this truth is wrong, the special self says their facts is a hoax. And if it has the power, it punishes them.

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As long as you relate to the brain’s script as it is and not as you think it should be, a relation between you and the brain is established. And since it confirms the foundation of the script, namely that there is more than that which is One, the brain is grateful. Hence it rewards you with shots of happiness. Read more about that here.

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When you do not want anything, in particular, you do not need to fabricate an image of yourself as someone who has something special. Thus the perception of yourself remains in sync with the brain’s manuscript. And since the script is made to entertain you, you feel amused no matter what you get.

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Most of all, the special self refrain from being in sync with the brain’s script because it fears it will contradict the special perception it has made of being spiritual, for example. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

The basic self does not need to make a perception that seems to alter or transform the brain’s script into something it has made. Unlike the special self, it has no need to create, modify or change anything. Although it may feel frightful when the script takes it down, it also feels joyful because it perceives its reaction to it as ‘it is what it is.’ That reveals there is no fear without joy and vice versa because everything comes in pairs in a world of duality

Going with the interaction of this pair, or another, it gets the thrill of the duality flow. But the special self does not get the thrill of that because it insists on keeping the elements of a duality pair separated. Thus it only feels frightened when going down but in a conceptualised way that seems never to end. Especially, because the special self has no way to get up again, as up and down have been separated.

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The goal of Alexius’ Duality Hacks is not to prolong life. It is not possible. Life has no end. The purpose, therefore, is to undo the belief that you are someone with a beginning and end. Fortunately, believing to be limited is such a funny idea that you can enjoy it while in the process of having it undone.

As this belief is based on the experiences produced by the brain, it is not by fighting the brain but by supporting it that you feel good. You back the brain and its experiences by perceiving your reaction to them as ‘it is what it is.’ This syncs you to the brain’s script of dualism. Therefore, since everything is experienced as two-fold, you will never be sad or happy but in the interaction of those opposing feelings, which makes you feel complete.

Read more about the perception ‘it is what it is’ in ‘I know what it is’ vs ‘it is what it is’ vs ‘dunno what it is’

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Whether somebody wants to be transformed, live in the moment, get a new car, spouse or whatnot, they want to feel entertained. This you can always count on the brain to deliver as dreamy, physical or spiritual experiences. All you need is to perceive your reaction to the experiences as ‘it is what it is’ and not as ‘I know what it is.’

Actually, the brain automatically makes the perception ‘it is what it is,’ if you do not oppose it by making the perception ‘I know what it is.’ In the latter case, you will not feel entertained by the experiences created by the brain because you know what is best. But instead of acknowledging that you are mistaken, you probably try to change the brain’s system of duality via meditation or something else that seems to prove you know what is best.

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For the special self, a relationship is not about sharing but expanding its image of itself in an imperialistic way by invading somebody else. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

For the special self, happiness comes from having the best, whereas for the basic self, it comes from having a perception in sync with the brain’s script.

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It is not what happens but what you make out of it that makes you feel sad. In other words, suffering is your choice.

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The special self is bound to get angry because even though it perceives itself as in charge, it hardly ever gets what it sets out to obtain. And if it does, it gets restless because it always wants more. The basic self, on the other hand, never looks for more. Why should it? It is in sync with the brain’s script, so no matter what, it feels happy.

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The basic self perceives everything that happens to be in the best interest of everybody because the brain’s script includes everybody. But the special self perceives everything as a means to get more for itself at the expense of others. That is why it is out of sync with the whole and thus the brain, as it creates the experiences of everything.

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Like the instructions, a self-driving car gets are based on what is in the best interest of the whole, so are all the experiences the basic and special self seem to have. Officially, the special self may agree with this, but it has its own selfish plan behind the scenes based on the perception that it is better than others. Thus it does not get the satisfaction of feeling connected with the whole but the dissatisfaction of being alone.

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The special self assumes happiness comes from being in control. Therefore, if something does not happen as planned, it upholds the idea of being in control by thinking, I have changed my mind.

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Since the basic self does not do anything independently, it neither does something wrong nor right. Thus anything makes it happy. On the other hand, the special self wants to do everything right because it believes it is the way to feel fulfilled. When that does not work, it likes to imagine that it has done something wrong because that reinforces the perception that it is in charge of its happiness.

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It is impossible to forget something because the brain is in charge, and it always makes sure you act as planned. But it is possible to think you sometimes forget something, thus establishing yourself as independent of the brain. In other words, when you are in sync with the brain, you do not feel guilty or proud of making it. Instead, you feel happy regardless of the outcome.

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

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Your special ideas block you from feeling good because that does not require anything but being in sync with the stream of thoughts coming from the brain. After all, making you feel good is their purpose. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Satisfaction comes from having a perception in sync with the brain’s script of duality for the basic self. But the special self does not like duality because it wants to be singular. As that makes it feel alone, it spends much time adjusting its perception of itself, but on its terms, so it remains feeling separated and abandoned.

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Since the special self always feels something is missing in the present moment, it looks forward to finding it in the next.

The basic self does not get afterwards, nor before. Not because it lives in the now, it does not get that either. All it gets is the flow of thoughts that come from the brain. Since it always results in happiness, it never feels like anything is missing.

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The sole purpose of the thoughts streaming from the brain to the basic self is to make it feel entertained. And as the stream is full of natural pauses, the basic self enjoys the experiences it brings about in a laid-back way. But, on the other hand, the special self feels frightened by the breaks. Thus it imagines they are full of pure love. But the special self never finds the love, so it concludes it is hidden.

This conclusion, however, is out of sync with the brain’s script. Like in a motion picture, it is all about exposing something, so you forget it is an illusion. Hence the purpose of the breaks is to make you feel relaxed before you go on to the next scene. However, to make it appear as if something is hidden, the special self engages in dialogues with others about this ‘mystery.’ (read more about that here).

None of these conversations, which are often internal and start with what if …, solves the sense of something missing, nor do actual discussions with somebody because nothing lives up to the special self’s expectation. It is as unrealistic as believing it can arrange its life in its own way, although it does not even know who it is.

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The special self wants to outdo everyone perceived to be better than itself, so it can take what it perceives to be its rightful seat as the master of the universe. On the other hand, the basic self perceives itself as ‘it is what it is,’ which feels good enough. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Being in sync with the stream of thoughts as it comes from the brain, the exchange of happiness and sadness is like going up and down a rollercoaster. Hence feeling sad confirms feeling happy.

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You are not necessarily out of sync with the brain’s script having grievances. But if you justify your feeling of being unfairly treated with selected fragments of the script, you do not perceive your grievance as ‘it is what it is’ but as something that emphasises you are special. Hence you do not get the satisfaction of being in sync with the script. The same applies to the justification of any other feeling.

In other words, if you feel love and justify it with your spouse, love seems to be shaped, so instead of feeling free in the ever-changing flow of the brain’s script, you feel imprisoned by your justification.

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When you binge-watch your favourite TV show, you end up so blown out that there are no perceptions left but those in sync with the show’s script – just like when the basic self happily participates in each episode of the adventure produced by the brain.

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Do not expect the basic self to have a merry-go-round life in the sense that all events are pleasant. If they were, you could not see that happiness does not come from a special set-up but from having a perception in sync with the brain’s script.

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The special self is always worried about the future, whereas the basic self lives in joyful ignorance of time.

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It is much cheaper to be the basic self than the revised and more special version because the basic self does not have to buy something extraordinary to feel special.

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Being the basic self does not mean that you love yourself and everybody else. There is also hatred because everything in a world of duality comes in pairs. However, when hate is perceived as ‘it is what it is,’ you feel happy. And then again, you cannot be happy without being sad. But since ‘it is what it is,’ it is not a problem. Read more about that here.

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No matter if the self is perceived to be basic or special, it is a construction of thoughts compiled by the brain in such a way that the nothingness of the self seems to be something when it reacts to another fabrication of nothing in the world that appears to be outside of it. But It is like when you have an orgasm in a dream and conclude it must have been caused by the dream, although there is nothing in it.

This is not to say that the experience of nothing as something should be avoided. On the contrary, that would confirm it is something. But if your reaction to something is perceived as ‘it is what it is,’ your response is not definitive. Therefore, since it does not confirm something has caused it, you can enjoy seeing nothing as something, as you do when watching a movie.

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Like anything else that can be experienced, Alexius’ Duality Hacks are, of course, an illusion. However, they do not try to hide that but expose the fallacy of everything experienced, so what you believe to experience does not appear to hide what cannot be experienced, namely the formlessness of oneness.

How long time this takes does not matter. Time is an illusion. Still, the more the illusionary process of undoing the belief in more than one progresses, the less there seems to be to hide you are nothing that appears to be something. Hence you can relax and have fun believing in seeing something while the belief that it is real gets undone.


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