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

Updated September 22, 2022

What you believe in being does not control the events in a dream where you appear to be, nor are you in it. You are in your bed. Likewise, you are not in a world where there seems to be more than one. Nor are you anywhere else because it takes more than one to be somewhere, and there is nothing but oneness since it is formless, thus endless. Nevertheless, while you believe in being someone in a fantasy world trying to control, it feels frustrating, whereas going with its flow feels good. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

What and where you appear to be in a computer game is designed by the game’s creator. You cannot change that, but you can perceive it in sync with the plot or not. The latter is frustrating and the former entertaining. The same applies to the tangible world, where you appear to be someone substantial. What and where you seem to be is a fiction made by the brain, and it cannot be changed – only your interpretation of it.

If that is in sync with the brain’s script, you feel entertained by the idea of being someone substantial in a tangible world. It is a bit like going up and down on a rollercoaster. You scream of fear when going down and shout of joy when going up. One leads to the other. It is like two sides of a coin. That is how it is in the brain’s script of duality, where everything comes in pairs.

However, this is not the way the special self sees it. On the contrary, its fundamental instinct is to perceive everything divided into right and wrong. And since going down is deemed wrong, this is not an experience it sees as equally entertaining as going up. Actually, the special self never really enjoys any experience because it is busy figuring out how to feel the next one.

And though that never works out as planned, it insists that everything will get better. But, on the other hand, since the basic self is relative to the brain, every moment is the perfect moment. 

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The special self enjoys talking about feelings speculatively, »like do I really love this person?«

But it does not love anybody because to uphold its perception of being in control, it avoids feelings of intimacy by being with people who collectively have agreed to focus on the energy of emotions and not their emotional impact.

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

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When events seem to be going in favour of the special self, it states that it is free of the brain, thus doing everything in its way. But when it fails, the special self blames the brain.

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The idea of keeping an open mind excites the special self because it seems to confirm the belief that it is possible to be and have more than that which is One. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Since feelings tend to mess up the perception that the special self has made of itself as an independent and unique being, it wants to keep them at a distance. But as this collides with its need to show off as an open person, it lays the blame for fencing off feelings on its spouse, for example, who it criticises for being closed, thus making it impossible for the special self to express its feelings.

This perceived unapproachability of others is a favourite topic of the special self. And although its feelings are unrecognised, it shows off as an expert on others’ feelings. But what it sees in others is its suppressed feelings (read more about that here).

On the other hand, the basic self rarely feels something specific. It is neither happy nor sad, but happy/sad. Whether it is the interaction of this twofoldness or another, it notices by looking at the world because it is in the eye of the beholder. Or maybe it is the other way around. The basic self could not care less because it is neither inside nor outside.

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If one of the special self’s perceptions is exposed as fake, the special self diverts the focus from itself by making up a new perception in which it is unjustly attacked.

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The special self likes to be together with others, but on one condition, namely that others accept its perception of things so that it shapes their relationship.

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By stating »we are all one,« the special self thinks it expresses spirituality. But it is separation that the special self wants to enhance when it says »we are all one« because it is the foundation of this statement.

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The special self expects to be more appreciated when recognised as positive. Thus it always excludes what it judges as unfavourable from its appearance. However, it is not positivity but exclusivity that the special self is adored for because exclusion ratifies separation, thus the belief in being important.

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The special self always tries to escape something, but it 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.

When the brain decides you must have a cake and you fight it for ideological reasons but, eventually, give in, you say it was your choice. In this way, you fool yourself into thinking that you do things in your way.

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Having one’s perception in sync with the stream of thoughts from the brain feels like being wholly absorbed by a TV show after binge-watching it.

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Watching a TV show, the brain is in its right element, continually passing remarks and predicting what comes next. When not doubting or altering these comments but going with them, you are also in your right element as a follower of the brain. However, since the brain contains the sum of your most significant memories, and that is what you believe in being, you are not just a follower but a leader.

But not following the brain, you are neither servant nor master but always look for something special you can follow to make you feel in your right element. Or maybe you imagine a specific school of thought will help you eliminate what you assume prevents you from being in your right element. But no matter what you believe in becoming, it only seems to come true because thoughts, like a binary code of nothing, are put together in a perception of yourself that appears to manifest it.

That is not to say that following the brain is more real. Every experience is make-believe – just like in a role-play. However, following the instructions of the game master is part of the fun. Likewise, believing to be someone in a world defined by time and space is quite entertaining when you do not try to add or subtract something from the instructions you get from the brain.

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You can compare the basic self to a cat. It does not plan to do Pilates at a specific hour but, naturally, stretches out when its biological system tells it to do it. Nor does it attend special seminars to learn who it is or how to be transformed into something else. There is no ‘I’ with a need to be anything but a cat.

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If you do not make up a perception that avoids, corrects or replace the brain’s script, you confirm that the brain supplies you with everything needed. Thus you feel safe. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

The dreamer can change nothing in a dream except the perception of it. So though you are not in charge of the events, you decide to interpret something as specifically frightening. By doing that, fear becomes sticky and not just a fleeting feeling like when combined with its counterpart, joy. Likewise, when you insist on being someone definitive.

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If you often feel irritated or confused, you are not in sync with the brain’s script of duality. All feelings come in pairs, and none of them last unless you split a pair into distinct feelings, so you have two independent feelings, irritated and collected, for example, instead of two feelings collaborating to define each other. In other words, if irritation is sticky, you have chosen to separate it from feeling collected.

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Within the apparent materialisation of a world defined by time and space, 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, it cannot be undone.

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What you believe in being is based on memories stored in the brain. The experience of something coming from somewhere else is created by it. So there is nothing to serve other than the brain.

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Most try to see a specific self behind their different appearances in 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 the brain develops. That is why you are bound to feel unfulfilled when you try to define yourself. On the other hand, you always feel fulfilled if momentarily defined by the fleeting experiences produced by the brain. In this flexibility of relativism, any experience generated by the brain amuses you, regardless of what and where you appear.

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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.

Within the context of believing to be someone in a world where there seems to be more than one, you do not have a definitive self but one relative to the fleeting experiences produced by the brain. And since the brain automatically helps you perceive your response to its experiences as ‘it is what it is,’ you are satisfied by all of them. Read more about that perception in hack #4.2 The brain’s script and how to perceive it to feel happy.

That is, if you do not override this basic perception with ‘I know what it is.’ In that case, you get frustrated because things do not work out according to your understanding but the brain’s script. Although you can choose between going right or left, for example, the brain decides your decision’s subsequent events – just like in a computer game, where every outcome of your choices is prefixed. Or like a flight to New York continues as planned, regardless of your whereabouts on the plane.

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If one’s perception is in sync with the flow of thoughts from the brain, experiences seem relative. Not being in sync with the flow, they appear definitive – the former results in feeling free, and the latter in feeling imprisoned.

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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 not without an egotistic drive because, contrary to the basic self, it perceives the thoughts from the brain as if it is in charge of them and, consequently, itself.

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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. It is a wonder, though, how it can go on believing being that when it does not know who it is.

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Within the context of 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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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 of the brain. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

For the special self, it is always about what others could have done to make it happy. But the basic self never gets disappointed by somebody because they are not the ones making it comfortable. The brain is. It always rewards the basic self with happiness for perceiving its experiences as they are and not as they could be per socialism or another ism. Thus the basic self has no reason to be disappointed.

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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 someone specific because it does not perceive itself as definitive but relative to how the brain renders the present moment.

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As already said, the self is created by the brain and cannot be changed by you. But that does not mean it is definitive. It 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.

That is why the more you read Alexius’ Duality Hacks, the more you have applied them.


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