Feeling entertained by duality

Updated May 19, 2022

Nobody, in particular, is making a 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 exclude those thoughts that establish 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.

Just like the night excludes the day and vice versa, spirituality excludes consciousness and vice versa.

Whether perceived as spiritual or whatnot, all experiences come from the brain. They are fabricated to make the biological system react to them as if there is a self inside a body, thus appearing to be a substantial being in a tangible world.

The brain counts on the self it has created to make this conclusion because otherwise, it is evident that the experiences of being someone in a world amongst like-minded beings are unreal. In other words, since the self wants to survive as a substantial being separated from others, it chooses to perceive the experiences produced by the brain as tangible.

It is the same as you do when playing a game. You decide to participate as someone within the framework of its virtual world, although you are not there. But that is why it feels entertaining. Likewise, the game of the brain feels amusing when you are in sync with it. See hack #4.2 The brains script and how to perceive it to feel happy.

Regardless of being synced with the brain, everybody has an internal dialogue caused by their response to the game. In the case of the basic self, there is an inner conversation with someone from the world of duality created by the brain. This is fun, but since everything comes in pairs in a world of duality, it also feels disturbing to include all experiences unedited.* However, when there is a willingness to do that, disturbing becomes fun, which is disturbing. Thus you are revitalised by the duality flow. Read more about that in hack #4.4 The duality flow goes to non-duality.

In contrast, the special self has an internal communication with an idea of somebody perceived to support or fight its view of how the world should be (read more about that here). But not being in sync with the world of duality, the frustration arising from the internal discussion of right and wrong is not complemented with pleasure. Hence the special self always feels disappointed. Nevertheless, 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 oneness, therefore, is an illusion.

But it is the other way around. Oneness is formless, thus endless, so there is no more than that which is One. Consequently, everything you read is fake, including explaining that your appearance as someone in a world where there seems to be more than one is made by the brain. No one has caused the illusion because that requires more than one.

Nevertheless, appearing to be someone in a world where there seems to be more than one, you have fun when synced with the brain’s experiences of it while you hack them by applying one or more of Alexius’ Duality Hacks. It is like you had fun getting presents from Santa until he was exposed as make-believe.

Whether living naked in the forest is an experience you are daydreaming of or actually have is the same to the brain because it does not differentiate between what you believe is real or imaginative. It makes all experiences from the same nothingness into something entertaining. This also applies to reading this. Nobody is doing that, as it requires more than one to do something, and there is no more than which is One since it is formless and therefore endless. Yet, it is fun to imagine someone having this experience when you live by the rules of duality. 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. Instead, all the experiences are processed in one higgledy-piggledy by the very 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 or reader. This 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.

However, most divide the duality pairs, so the opposing elements are not supporting but fighting each other. After that, they assume one 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 do not feel entertained but frustrated by duality.

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 it devotes itself to its fantasies without holding back. Therefore, even though you, due to the rules of society, or yourself, must hold back politically incorrect feelings, you do not have to repress them – instead, you can live them out in fantasies – also the feelings you in the past hid from your awareness by projecting them onto your body or others. 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 to twist it into something based on the past, so nothing seems to disturb 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 being special in the politically correct way. This 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 ought to 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 this 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 the special self seems to run the show.

Consequently, it seems to be in control due to its immense knowledge – or will be when it has excluded what it assumes to prevent it from being entirely in control. The more it eliminates, though, the more it dissociates itself from the nature of life, which is not exclusive but inclusive (read more about that here). Consequently, the special self excludes itself from feeling connected.

Although one would think this 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, which wipes the slate clean, so nothing is excluded (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. 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 of it.

Nobody but the special self, which is made by subtracting what it does not like in its perception of the basic self, needs to have something added to feel complete.

When the special self sees the woman in this image, it may need to make up a perception of it that hides what it actually feels, so the experience of the woman is perceived to be consistent with how it thinks it should be. On the other hand, the basic self has nothing to live up to, thus nothing to hide. So it does not need to make a special perception consistent with a specific ideology. Thus 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 like Monopoly, your car’s colour or state of mind cannot change the instruction. Likewise, you will get unchangeable instructions from the brain, regardless of what and where you appear to be on Earth.

The notion of yourself as special is based on how you perceive to affect others and what you imagine they think about it. 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 must go to jail, it does so without asking why because it follows the brain’s commands, and they are all about feeling entertained – not just for the basic self but for everybody else because they are all fabricated by the brain. Read more about that here.

But the special self does not like the brain’s easygoing entertainment. So it tries to make something it interprets as more weighty and meaningful. Although it changes nothing and remains the basic self as created by the brain, it believes that through meditation, for example, it will become independent of the brain in the future, thus a better self. However, that is impossible. But it is possible to change the perception of itself from basic to special.

This is done by eliminating everything from its perception of the basic self that it judges wrong, so it seems to have become a new self that is more special and free. To prove this, when it has to follow instructions and go to jail in Monopoly, the special self claims it was framed and will make the guilty ones pay for the unjust. Working on accomplishing that, the special self sees itself as in control.

If you forget all about being a basic, special or any other kind of self, thus do not know what you are, the enlightenment of that which is One is bid welcome (hack #6.1 From the inward-facing senses through a black hole into that which is One). But since it takes more than one to be somebody, nobody is in the enlightenment of that which is One, wherefore nobody is enlightened. Yet somebody who at times steps aside, so the Enlightenment of that which is One is bid welcome, is to be compared to an Enlightened.

Alexius is such a person. That is why Alexius’ Duality Hacks are founded on that which is One and have 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 urges 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 throw of the dice, regardless it must go 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. But it hides it must follow 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.