The basic self cannot be changed, but it can be perceived as special

Updated May 19, 2022

The multiplication of thoughts required to construct an image of you as an independent being results in stress, thus a tired body. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

When not suppressing feelings by holding back the breath or altering its natural rhythm through yoga, for example, you are effortlessly synced with the basic self. And since very few thoughts are required to maintain the synchronisation, they do not seem disturbing but encouraging.

That is until the consciousness, the brain has installed in the basic self to be aware of itself, decides it knows better than its maker, and plots to change the basic self into a special one. However, shaping and maintaining a special self requires a more complicated construction of thoughts than the simple construction accumulated by the brain to create and uphold the basic self.

Therefore, the rogue consciousness perceives an experience as so scary that you hold back your breath long enough for thoughts to be imprisoned in the gap, where they force their way out by multiplying themselves. Having escaped, they continue their frantic multiplication, which pleases the rogue consciousness because it needs lots of thoughts to make a special self, free from the brain, come into being.

But in a world of duality, all thoughts cone in pairs of opposing elements, such as right and wrong, to define each other (see PART 2). Therefore, since you cannot have one without the other, you are never only right but also wrong, hence in sync with duality as the brain generates it. The rogue consciousness does not like that because it wants to create a self who is specifically right, contrary to others being definitely wrong.

The rogue consciousness first imagines a judge to determine which emotions are definitely good and bad to establish this black and white division of the duality pairs. Afterwards, an executioner separates them and excludes the bad ones from the new self, so it looks uniquely good and has that feeling of being special.

Read more about the setup of a judge and executioner in the paragraph ‘The world is a construction of fragmented thoughts’ in Every moment is the perfect moment.

In reality, nothing is bad because reality is that which is One, and it takes more than one for something to be wrong. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

However, when good and bad are separated, they cannot define each other, as they do in a duality pair. Thus you do not get a genuine but conceptualised experience of good and bad. But that suits the rogue consciousness fine because, with emotions cut off, the special self can mentally decide what good and bad feels like, thus appearing in control.

It is hard work, though, to constantly suppress the feelings standing in the way of feeling good or bad in a specific way – or twisting the current experience into a collectively agreed concept of, for example, a merry Christmas. Besides, the suppressed emotions mess up the natural flow of the breath, thus the stream of thoughts used to keep the body healthy, so the body seems inflicted with psychosomatic illnesses. Therefore, although the special self probably appears as good as planned, it feels entirely bad. On the other hand, the basic self feels just as good as bad because it follows the brain’s script of duality, where everything comes in pairs.

This does not necessarily mean that the basic self has a perfect body, but its problems are not approached as psychological but physical issues, wherefore the body knows how to deal with them. That said, if the problems are genetically related, the body may not be completely restored.

But fortunately, the happiness of the basic self does not depend on appearance. Sometimes a weak body may even be helpful. For example, Alexius’s poor condition helps him slow down physically and speed up writing Alexius’ Duality Hacks.

When your perception is in sync with the few thoughts, the brain keeps circulating for you to have a continuous experience of being a basic self, you remain this self. But if it is perceived as down-market and you believe in being more special, you want to add thoughts to the construction of the basic self to spice it up.

But just like you cannot add something to a television show, nothing can be added to the way the brain has programmed you. Nor is it necessary because if you do not try to interfere, the brain automatically makes a perception of yourself in sync with the basic setup. And as you, therefore, perceive all experiences of the world like you are perceived, you feel complete.

On the other hand, suppose you interfere with the flow of thoughts making up this perception by holding back your breath. In that case, you will not feel complete but inflated because the blocked thoughts multiply to escape your control. Hence the few thoughts the brain has made available to perceive its experiences expand into a chaos of rapidly moving thoughts.

In hack #4.3 The toxic mix of physical and non-physical issues, you can read more about making a special perception by using fear or exercises to hold back your breath.

In a world of duality, you must always choose something to uphold the belief that there is more than One. Therefore, not choosing anything, the belief falls apart. This might be easier if you stick to being the basic self because it houses so much happiness that sooner or later, you forget to choose. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

At first, this is much appreciated by the special self because extra thoughts are needed to make up a perception where you appear to be independent and more special than in the automatically generated perception of the basic self. Later, however, the number of thoughts seems troubling (read more about that here), so you start to meditate to control them and thus uphold the perception of yourself as free from the brain.

But it is a vicious circle. First, control interrupts the natural flow of breath. Then thoughts are caught in the breaks where they multiply to escape, which also happens in meditation (read more about that here). Hence the way out of this is not to exercise more control but to have the uncontrolled energy of chaos ignite a take-off into the empty breath, and go on with a clean slate. Therefore, since you breathe freely, perceptions in sync with the experiences of the brain are automatically generated. Consequently, you and the brain are best buddies.

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. This 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.

This, 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.

The special self keeps coming back to Facebook or a similar media, where messages and likes seem to confirm its specialness. But, if not continually established as unique, it starts doubting itself and thus loses its sense of control, which it fears more than anything else. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

What you believe in being is a construction of thoughts compiled by the brain into pairs of contrasting elements, such as happiness and sadness, to define each other. When in sync with the ongoing interaction of opposites, you do not want to separate happiness from sadness because the interaction makes you feel complete.

But you are not in sync with duality if negative thoughts are judged as wrong, thus excluded from the perception of yourself to appear solely positive. Without the awareness of negativity in yourself, there is nothing to define your positivity. Hence, you will not be turned on by anything – like a TV cannot turn on without the negative pole in the electrical wire.

Being out of sync with duality occurs when the consciousness the brain has installed in the self goes rogue and makes a special perception of the present moment where the elements in the pairs of duality do not collaborate to define each other. Instead, they separate into individual aspects, so you can decide to only feel love, for example.

However, since love is not defined by hatred anymore, you do not feel genuine love but a speculative version of it. And since you believe this single-minded notion is real, you clash with the world because it is dualistic. Everything comes in pairs in a world of duality, so to sync with duality, you must include hate to feel love and vice versa. But instead of accepting that, you accuse the brain of ruining love. However, you are a product of the brain (read more about that here), so your disapproval is a condemnation of yourself. On the other hand, when you approve the brain, you are in the duality flow, thus feeling complete.

You get to the duality flow by perceiving your single-minded reaction to something as ‘it is what it is’ because this reveals your response is twofold. Read about this perception in hack #4.2 The brain’s script and how to perceive it to feel happy. And read about the duality flow in hack #4.4 The duality flow goes to non-duality.

When the brain wants you to run, it uses the biological system to message the body, which starts running regardless of belonging to a basic or special self. The basic self, as always, feels entertained by following the commands of the brain. But the special self loathes the brain and its simple ideas of entertainment, so running does not make it smile but frown. The special self believes it has much better ideas of feeling good. But all its totalitarian ideas are restricting, thus not entertaining. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

When the consciousness of the basic self goes rogue, it responds like a spell checker to the thoughts coming from the brain. It automatically corrects their interpretation, so the self, which initially was made and administered by the brain, seems self-made, thus independent of the brain.

That is, of course, if the basic self accepts the special interpretation made by the rogue consciousness. But since the explanation is single-minded, thus out of sync with duality, thoughts do not feel at home, so they start to move about. The rogue consciousness interprets this turbulence as endless possibilities for being special.

Therefore, most gladly welcome the corrections made by the rogue consciousness transforming them into a special self with unlimited ways of realising itself, contrary to the basic self who is limited by the brain, which it blindly follows.

Both the basic and the special self is a construction of thoughts. But whereas the basic self is a simple one, the special self is a complicated construction made to sow discord by insisting on being special. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

However, following is uncomplicated and relaxing, whereas appearing independent and special is complicated. Exhaustion arises from the latter and vitality from the former. So if you want to have an easy time while appearing as someone in a world of duality, use one or more of Alexius’ Duality Hacks to enter a state of not-knowing. It wipes the slate clean of all misperceptions, thus restoring the basic self. Read more about that here.

But you probably go back and forth many times between the basic and special self before you realise that as long as you believe to be someone in a world of duality, it is in your best interest to remain as the basic self, thus in sync with duality.

Should you not want to be in a world of duality and have the belief that you are there undone, it is not necessary to be the basic self. Nevertheless, it is much easier because, not being special, you sooner or later forget to remember what and where you are, which is the invitation the Enlightenment of that which is One waits for. Read more about that here.