The basic self is relative to the brain, thus without an egoistic intention

Updated December 19, 2022

You do not enter the stress of being someone definitive when you perceive your response to an experience as ‘it is what it is.* Instead, you remain without a centre and focus. Thus you automatically play the role set up by the brain for the present moment. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Most try to see a specific self behind their different approaches to the world. Yet, there is no other self than the basic one created by the brain. It is without a centre and ever-changing with the fleeting experiences developed by the brain. That is why you are bound to feel unfulfilled when you try to define yourself. On the other hand, you always feel fulfilled when specified by the present experience produced by the brain, which, contrary to the previous experience, may define you as strong. Being non-definitive, thus flexible, any experience generated by the brain amuses you, regardless of what and where you appear.

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Believing to be someone in a world where there seems to be more than one, you are a product of the brain with no definitive self but one relative to the fleeting experiences produced by the brain. And since the brain automatically helps you perceive your response to these experiences as ‘it is what it is,’* you are satisfied by all of them.

But none of the experiences entails satisfaction if you limit them by your understanding. In that case, you get frustrated because nothing works out according to your assumptions but the brain’s script. Although you can choose between going right or left, for example, the brain decides your decision’s subsequent events – like a flight to New York continues as planned, regardless of your whereabouts on the plane.

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If you need to relax, you try to be someone specific, for example, spiritual. Because to achieve that, you must exclude the thoughts that do not fit into your idea of spirituality. And since that does not result in peace but fear of the repressed, you look for something relaxing. However, not trying to edit the ever-changing flow of thoughts but perceiving it as ‘it is what it is,’* you are not someone definitive but relative to the present experience produced by the brain. Therefore, hating what you dislike feels as pleasant as loving what you like, so there is no need to relax.

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If one’s perception is in sync with the flow of thoughts from the brain, one is relative to the brain, entertained by its ever-changing experiences. But if one edits the flow of thoughts to appear definitive, one is not free because everything has to fit into a box.

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The special self always tries to escape something but does not know what. Neither will it ever know because there is nothing to escape. It is an illusion that only seems real because it always looks for something to exclude so that it can appear unique. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

The basic self is not a definitive entity. Instead, it is relative to the brain, thus without egoistic drive. The special self is also relative to the brain. But it denies being connected with the brain and is always looking for something to manifest itself as definitive. Hence it has a big egoistic drive.

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Being in tune with the present experience created by the brain, the basic self does not perceive itself as definitive but relative to the present. But since the special self believes it handles everything in its way, it perceives itself as superior, even though it does not know who it is.

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Within a world where there seems to be more than one, the basic self is everyone and no one. And since the basic self is relative, there is no self to doubt. On the other hand, the special self always doubts itself because it insists on being someone definitive.

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The special self avoids seeing itself as the brain has made it because it wants to live its way. Therefore, since it does not sense the love from its creator, it looks for it in the world. Unfortunately, it does not live up to its expectations. Hence the special self is always disappointed. In contrast, the basic self never feels let down by the world because its happiness does not come from there but from the brain that constantly injects it with joy.

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If the special self perceives somebody as stupid, it is most likely meant as a condemnation. But when the basic self makes the same perception, it is not to blame somebody but to fend off a relationship that the brain instructs you to avoid. In other words, the basic self respects the signals from the brain. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

The special self is an expert in flattery, which it uses to manipulate others into feeling appreciated. It wants them to become so dependent on the compliments that they are willing to submit to the special self to get more.

However, this does not work on the basic self. It does not need to be approved as special because it does not perceive itself as definitive but relative to how the brain renders the present moment.

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Facebook’s algorithms calculate what kind of personality we have based on what we like and, indirectly, what we do not like.

Per the specific personality Facebook has constructed, you receive updates and ads that establish your particular character. Therefore, since you become more fixated on your views, the reality seems that you and like-minded ones are good and others bad. However, Facebook does the same for those you perceive as wrong, so, just like you, they believe in doing the right thing.

Therefore, since everybody is in the same boat, they would benefit from not having a specific but relative personality so that the boat can be managed in the best interest of everybody.

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If you read Alexius’ Enlightened Non-Teachings to enhance your belief in being unique, you probably feel put down by them. But if you read them to undo this belief, you become relative, thus free to be what the moment calls for.

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The special self is about survival, whereas the basic self is about serving.

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The crowd in Alexius’ bar, Floss, was a mix of punks, musicians and models. Although their appearance differed from Alexius’s, their content was the same nothingness. However, in their case, they tried to fill it with something special, like going to Floss, which was considered the most fabulous place to meet. The image is grabbed from the web.

In the eyes of the world, Alexius has been very successful. First, he designed several trendy restaurants and bars that he operated for 12 years. Later he was a TV producer, a designer for big and small companies and a teacher in public relations – all of it without any education. Read more about Alexius’ personal story.

Before that, he worked as a kindergarten teacher and taxi driver and was a monk for four years. Although he seems to have been doing many different things, his purpose was always the same, setting the specific personality aside. Thus, having a relative character, he could help the children in the kindergarten on their terms and make sure the people who hired a taxi had a peaceful ride. His restaurants and bars could grow in a way that benefitted the community evolving from them. And the energy of a TV broadcasting – just like his design – would highlight the content and not him as the designer.

So whether he was doing something mundane or living in a monastery for four years, it was always about ignoring the ecstatic voice telling him how important he could be if promoting himself as special. But it was easy to ignore. He does not want to fill the emptiness in him with something but remain as nothing because he knows time and space are fake. So, therefore, since what you appear to be is nothing, you must unlearn everything you have learned to perceive nothing as something.

Doing that will not change your appearance into something angelic or heavenly. Neither will it change the look of the world. But you start sensing that something is nothing, whether it seems to be inside or outside. Thus, eventually, something does not seem to hide the formlessness of oneness.

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Since the basic self is relative to the experiences created by the brain, it is not definitive. Hence the inexact flow of thoughts coming from the brain seems natural, whereas the special self tries to make it distinct to establish itself as definitive. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Your most defining experiences of being someone are stored in the brain. And as they constitute what you believe in being (read more about that here), you cannot have this belief undone without honouring the brain.

So although the experiences fabricated and stored in the brain are made from nothing, you should not dismiss them as something because they ratify the choice to establish you as someone in a world defined by time and space. If you do not acknowledge your choice, you cannot undo it.

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As stated above and in the below quote, the brain is relative to the present experiences created by the brain. »The brain is constantly reconfiguring every second of your life. Even by the time you get to the end of this paragraph, you’ll be a slightly different person than you were at the beginning.« David Eagleman, an American neuroscientist in The working of the brain, resembles drug dealers in Albuquerque. Thus the more you read Alexius’ Duality Hacks, the more you apply them.

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You do not try to be someone definitive in a dream but naturally go with the flow. If you, in retrospect, do not arrange your memories of a dream so it seems coherent and meaningful, you are ready to be relative instead of definitive.


*) Read more about the perception ‘it is what it is’ in hack #4.2 The brain’s script and how to perceive it to feel happy.


NOTE: This article is part of hack #4.1 The basic self versus the special one.