Perception is everything when it comes to feeling happy

Updated September 27, 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 reading 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 for many spiritual seekers. They seem to think it is without ego and therefore live in the now, come 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, it is in sync with the commands of the brain.

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Some confuse the basic self for being Enlightened. However, since the experience of being someone is fabricated by 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.

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The special self always looks for a permanent state of mind. But that is impossible. Everything has a beginning and an end in a world of duality. You cannot have one without the other.

Fortunately, the end feels 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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The more the special self can convince others that it can improve the world, the more powerful it appears to be, and the less it doubts itself.

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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

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 takes 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 are a hoax.

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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 that 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 having something special. Thus the perception of yourself remains in sync with the brain’s manuscript. And since it is made for entertaining you, you feel amused no matter what you get.

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Most of all, the special self refrains 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 better made by the basic self. Unlike the special self, it has no need to create, modify or change anything. Although it may feel scared when the script brings it down, it also feels joy because it perceives its reaction to going down as ‘it is what it is.’ That reveals there is no fear without joy and vice versa. They need each to be defined by their constant interacting.

Going with the interaction, the basic self gets the thrill of the duality flow. On the other hand, the special self does not get it because it insists on keeping the elements of a duality pair separated. Thus it only feels frightened when going down but in a speculative way that never seems to end. Especially because the special self has no way to get up again, as it has separated up and down into distinctive elements.

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

Since 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.’ That syncs you to the brain’s script of duality. Therefore, since your response to everything is two-fold, you will never be only sad or happy but, in the interaction of those opposing feelings, thus 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. That 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 believe in knowing better. 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 imperialistically by invading somebody else. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

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

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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 it perceives itself as in charge but hardly ever gets what it sets out to obtain. And if it does, it gets restless because it always wants more. On the other hand, the basic self never looks for more. Why should it? It is in sync with the brain’s script, so no matter how much it has, thus feeling happy.

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The basic self perceives everything that happens to be in the best interest of the whole 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. 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 it changed its mind.

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Since the basic self is not exclusive, thus inclusive, and since everything in a world of duality comes in pairs, the inclusion of happiness contains sadness and vice versa. However, the special self is not inclusive but exclusive, so it does not experience the twofoldness of happiness and sadness. Besides, it is not in touch with its feelings because they have been replaced with mental explanations.

If the intensity of a feeling manages to surpass that, the special self is devastated because it comes with its counterpart. Thus it cannot define itself as happy by projecting sadness on others. Instead, it is both happy and sad. But only for a moment. Then the notion of their interaction sets in, which is seen as a disaster because it wipes out the pride of being special.

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The world of the basic self is not without sadness, but as that and happiness are like two sides of the same coin, you cannot be sad without being happy. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Happiness is a mechanical product of the brain, which needs to be counteracted with sadness for you to know whether you are happy or not. That is the way of duality, and ultimately speaking, there is no solution to this constant interaction of opposites other than having the belief in duality undone. That, however, does not result in something because in non-duality, there is no more than that which is One, and it takes more than one to get a result.

For the same reason, there is nobody in non-duality, nor anywhere else because non-duality is formless, thus endless. Consequently, being someone who experiences a world of duality is a fantasy. Should you want to go on fantasising about it but not be burdened by it, you stay true to the pairs of duality. In other words, if you do not divide them into distinct feelings but enjoy their interaction, you feel integrated with duality.

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It is impossible to forget something because the brain is in charge and always makes sure you act as planned. But it is possible to think you 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 getting something. 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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Satisfaction comes from having a perception in sync with the brain’s script of duality. But the special self does not like duality because it wants to be specific. Since that makes it feel alone, it spends much time adjusting its perception of itself, but on its terms, so that it remains feeling separated and abandoned.

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Since the special self always feels something is missing in the present moment, it plans to find 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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Your extraordinary 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.

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 the special self feels frightened by the breaks. So it imagines they are full of pure love. However, since the special self never finds this love, it concludes it has been hidden.

This conclusion is out of sync with the brain’s script, which is all about exposing something to entertain you, so you forget it is a fake. But nevertheless, to make it appear as if there is something hidden, the special self engages in dialogues about this ‘mystery.’ Read more about that here.

None of these conversations, which often are internal and start with what if …, solves the sense of something hidden, 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 way when it does not even know who it is.

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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. However, if you justify them with selected script fragments, you do not perceive your grievance as ‘it is what it is’ but as something that emphasises you as 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 have a specific shape, 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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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,’ thus feeling good enough. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Do not expect the basic self to have a merry-go-round life in 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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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 it is empty.

That is not to say the experience of nothing as something should be avoided. On the contrary, that would confirm that nothing can be twisted into 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 like you do when dreaming.

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The brain renders a world in which there appears to be somebody who can vouch for its authenticity. In return, the world seems to attest to the existence of the one making this confirmation. But It is all fiction, and so is the story about the brain making it because there is no more than that which is One, and it takes more than one to make or experience something. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Like anything else that can be experienced, Alexius’ Enlightened Non-Teachings are 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 hide you are nothing disguised as something. Hence you can relax and have fun believing in seeing something while the belief gets undone.


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