Feeling entertained by duality, while hacking it

Updated September 18, 2022

Nobody, in particular, is making the dream you experience to have. And neither you nor anybody else is in it. Likewise, appearing to be someone substantial in a tangible world is a fantasy made by nobody. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen. 

The special self is a modified version of the basic self that has been thought up by its rebellious consciousness to escape the perceived tyranny of the brain. However, since the self is a construction of thoughts, it is impossible to depart the brain. Yet, it is possible to make a perception that excludes the thoughts establishing you as governed by the brain, so you seem to be in charge of yourself.

However, being exclusive does not bring fulfilment, so the special self never feels satisfied. On the other hand, the basic self always feels complete because it is inclusive.

You cannot hack something you deny. Thus you must acknowledge duality to hack it.

Whether experiences are perceived as spiritual or mundane, they come from the brain. It fabricates them to make the biological system react as if there is a self inside a body experiencing a world of duality outside it, thus being someone there.

The brain counts on the self it has thought up to make this conclusion because otherwise, it is evident that the experiences of being someone in a world of duality are fake. Therefore, since the self wants to survive as someone in a world with like-minded ones, it chooses to perceive the experiences produced by the brain as true.

It is the same as you do when playing a game. It is exciting to follow the rules of the virtual world. Likewise, the brain’s game of duality feels amusing when in sync with it. See hack #4.2 The brain’s script and how to perceive it to feel happy.

Regardless of syncing with the brain, everybody has an internal dialogue caused by their response to the game of duality. In the case of the basic self, you have fun with an inner conversation created by the brain. However, you also feel disturbed because everything comes in pairs in a world of duality. When that is accepted, disturbing becomes fun, and it is disturbing. Thus you are revitalised by the duality flow, which is the constant interaction of opposites. Read more about that in hack #4.4 The duality flow goes to non-duality.

The special self also has fun internal communication with somebody, but it disassociates itself from feeling disturbed by justifying it with the other. Thus it is not revitalised by the duality flow but fatigued by its singleness. Hence the special self always feels disappointed. But the inner dialogue of both the basic and the special self accomplishes what the brain wants, namely that there appears to be more than one, and non-duality, therefore, is an illusion.

But it is the other way around. Non-duality is formless, thus endless, wherefore there is no more than the formlessness of oneness. Consequently, everything you read is fake, including explaining that the brain makes your appearance as someone in a world of duality. No one has caused the illusion of duality because that requires more than one.

Nevertheless, while you appear to be someone in a world of duality, it is entertaining going with the duality flow. And like believing you got presents from Santa Clauss seemed amusing until you grew up and realised he was make-believe, the same thing is bound to happen with duality if you apply one or more of Alexius’ Duality Hacks.

Whether living naked in the forest is a dream or you are doing it is the same to the brain. It does not differentiate between what you believe is real or imaginative because all its experiences are nothing twisted into something meant to be entertaining. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

The brain does not differentiate between the experiences you believe in having when awake, asleep, watching a movie or meditating. Nor does it separate what you perceive to be experienced by you or others or divide experiences into real or imaginary, authentic or fake, physical or spiritual. All the experiences are processed in one higgledy-piggledy by the same organ in the brain.

Although the brain does not care about the difference between the writer and reader of this article, it establishes them as a pair of opposing elements. Like all the other duality pairs that make up the world of duality, the writer and the reader are not meant to fight but define each other to have a genuine experience of respectively being a writer and reader. However, that does not mean the brain considers the world of duality as real. On the contrary, it is fully aware that it has been rendered from nothing to look like something. And so what? The purpose is to have fun and feel entertained by the ongoing interaction of opposites.

Unfortunately, most divide the duality pairs, so the opposing elements are not supporting but fighting each other. After that, they assume you must get rid of hate to feel love. But without hatred to define love, you do not get genuine love but a conceptualised version of it. Thus you feel frustrated.

But if you stick to the duality pairs’ ongoing interaction, you feel entertained whether you fantasise about something or act it out. The basic self instinctively knows this, so, in fantasies, it lives out forbidden feelings. Read more about that in hack #4.3 The toxic mix of physical and non-physical issues.

When the special self says it needs time to process this image, it wants not to be disturbed while it twist it into something based on the past, so nothing seems to upset its conditioned view of the world. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Appearing to be a special self is not something that comes naturally. It requires constant manipulation to construct an appearance of you as special in the politically correct way. Fortunately, that is unnecessary when not caring about appearance, thus being a basic self with no need to be, do, and have anything specific but the happiness which comes from perceiving the brain’s script as it is and not as it could be.

The basic self does not ask what is around the next corner, whereas this uncertainty scares the special self. It needs to know what comes next. Thus it digs into the past to find events perceived as similar to the present. Based on its comparison, it draws up a prediction of the future. If it does not work out as anticipated, the special self twists its perception of the outcome, or the past, or both, until it seems to run the show.

Therefore, the special self seems to be in control because of its immense knowledge – or will be when it has excluded what it assumes to prevent it from being in control. However, the more it eliminates, the more it dissociates itself from the nature of life, which is not exclusive but inclusive. Consequently, the special self excludes itself from feeling connected.

Although one would think that would make the special self realise it is better not to be exclusive, the special self concludes it must be more exclusive to feel safe. Hence it does not use the inherent energy of its anxiety as a take-off into the empty breath that wipes the slate clean for misperceptions (read more about that here). Instead, it edits the anxiety so it does not seem to be disturbed by it.

Read how to take-off into the empty breath in hack #5.1 Uncontrolled speed leads to a state of not-knowing.

Physically speaking, this does not cause the special self to be out of sync with the brain’s script because the brain remains in charge. But mentally speaking, it is entirely out of sync with it because everything that does not fit into the way it expects it to be is excluded from its perception.

Since the special self is an imaginary self constructed by subtracting what it does not like in itself, it always feels incomplete, and therefore always looking for something to add to feel complete.

When the special self sees the woman in this image, it probably makes a perception that hides what it actually feels, so the experience is perceived to be consistent with the image it has constructed of itself. On the other hand, the basic self has nothing to live up to, thus nothing to hide. So it relates to the image as it is, namely a woman without clothes in the middle of a forest. If this is felt as disgusting or stimulating does not matter because ‘it is what it is.’ Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

When you are told to go to jail in a game, what and where you appear to be cannot change the instruction. Likewise, you get unchangeable instructions from the brain, regardless of what and where you seem to be.

The notion of yourself as special is based on how you perceive to affect others and what you imagine they react to that. Thus you constantly adjust your perception of their responses, so it seems to confirm that you are special. See also The closer you look, the less you see.

If the basic self is asked to go to jail, it does so without asking why because it follows the brain’s commands, which are all about feeling entertained – not just the basic self but everybody because the brain fabricates everything. Read more about that here.

But the special self thinks the brain’s ways are superficial, so it tries to find better ways. Although nothing changes, and the special self remains the basic self created by the brain, it believes it has been transformed. It upholds this idea by eliminating everything from its perception of the basic self that it judges wrong, so it seems to have become a more unique and free new self. To prove its freedom when it cannot avoid following instructions, the special self claims it has been framed and will make the guilty pay for the unjust. Thus the special self sees itself as in control.

If you forget all about being a basic, special or any other kind of self and thus do not know what you are, the Enlightenment of that which is One is bid welcome (hack #6.1 The Enlightenment of that which is One). But since it takes more than one to be somebody, nobody is in the Enlightenment of that which is One. Thus nobody is enlightened. Yet somebody who sometimes steps aside, so there is nothing but the Enlightenment of that which is One, is to be compared to an Enlightened.

Alexius’ Enlightened Non-Teachings are not accompanied by soft music with sounds from whales, pictures of rosy lotus flowers, promises of a better world, fantasies of unconditional love, higher states of consciousness or other conceptual attributes of duality. Actually, Alexius’ Enlightened Non-Teachings have nothing to give. That is why they undo the belief in more than One.

Alexius is such a person. Consequently, his Duality Hacks are founded on that which is One, thus having nothing to give since that requires more than one.

Even though the basic self does not experience triumph and disaster to be the same, it is equally entertained by them because they are both perceived as ‘it is what it is.’

Only the special self needs to question everything and urge others to do the same. The basic self never asks who it is or where to go. Like in a board game, it simply moves by the dice, whether that takes it to a place defined as a prison or a free spot. Every experience is equally entertaining because its reaction to them is perceived as ‘it is what it is.’

The throw of the dice also determines where the special self goes. However, it hides that it must obey commands by making a story that, in retrospect, establishes itself as the master.

Read about the perception ‘it is what it is’ and ‘I know 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.