The mind can’t tell you what you are… new MJ Awakening Pic Quote

January 19, 2017 - Leave a Response

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It’s one thing to notice that the “outside” world can’t tell you what you are, but it’s another to notice that your own mind can’t either. Why? Where did your mind get everything it knows from? That’s right, the outside world.

Michael Jeffreys

 

 

 

“You don’t have a Life, You are LIFE” new MJ Awakening Blog

January 13, 2017 - Leave a Response

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Last Wednesday night at the West LA Satsang, I said, “Right here now, look around you. Whatever is presently happening, all of it… the room, the walls, the bodies sitting in chairs, the air, the light, the sounds, etc. is LIFE happening. And there is only one LIFE, however it is appearing.”

At this point I reached behind me and pulled out from behind my desk a box of LIFE cereal to which I had glued on, in black letters, the word: ‘MY.’ I then tossed it in the middle of the circle and continued, “This being the case, the idea that there is this separate thing called, ‘My Life’ is a complete illusion and the cause of my suffering. It’s an add-on, an overlay, a redundancy that has nothing to do with reality, but only exists in my mind as an idea. And it’s this project of trying to manage, protect and grow this imaginary, separate ‘My Life’ that is the source of all my problems.

Life is all there is and all that is ever happening… and there are not two LIFE’s… as Eckhart Tolle said, ‘You don’t have a life, you are life‘.”

It’s the direct realization of this that makes all the difference.

Michael Jeffreys

Q: Why do you begin each week of the West LA Satsang with 30 minutes of silent meditation? New MJ Awakening Blog

January 9, 2017 - Leave a Response

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MICHAEL: To sit quietly and observe one’s mind for an extended period is often uncomfortable. Why? Because when we are engaged in non-stop doing throughout our day, we are not consciously aware of just how noisy/busy our mind is, bouncing from thought, to thought, to thought like a “drunken monkey stung by bees.”

Meditation gives you a chance to notice this. While some report they don‘t like meditation because it’s “too hard,” the point is that it’s not the meditation that’s causing the mind to jump around, but rather it’s already jumping around all the time, you’re just finally becoming aware of it!

What to do? Just observe it. Don’t try to stop your thoughts or change them. Simply observe them. Why? To see they are not you. This is the point. And the more you see they are not you, the less reactive you will become as they lose their hold over you and the more relaxed and peaceful you become. It can also be helpful to repeat to yourself throughout the day:

“I am not my thoughts… I am the witness of them.”

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Our topic for this Weds. night’s 1/4/17 West LA weekly Satsang is: “The Power of Noticing”

January 2, 2017 - Leave a Response

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Noticing what? Noticing how you slip into the jiva suit (your illusory identity, the narrative/story/voice in the head that claims it is you, that x,y, and z is a problem and until it gets sorted out you can’t possibly be happy/at peace, etc.) without realizing it. This fear based mind made entity is not you. As Eckhart Tolle says, “You are not the voice in the head, but the one who hears it.”

But Eckhart’s pointer is of no benefit until you see/notice IN YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE what he is saying. In other words, are you your thoughts or do you have thoughts? There is a world of difference between having something and being something. If you believe you are your thoughts, then you have to suffer because every thought is a limitation, and thus not what you truly are.

The thing about noticing is that you have to actually do it. Just reading about or thinking it sounds like a good idea won’t yield its amazing fruits. You have to actually do it, as in notice (and, imo, you cannot notice too much or too often) that there is no hope for the jiva as its death is certain. This is the fact that the jiva doesn’t want to look at head on. However, what if it’s noticed that you are not the jiva and never have been? And once you notice this you keep on noticing until it becomes more and more your direct experience.

Michael

p.s. You can get more info or RSVP here:

Weekly Satsang with Michael & Dan

Wednesday, Jan 4, 2017, 7:00 PM

Michael Jeffreys’ apartment
1516 Purdue Ave. #7 Los Angeles, 90025, CA

10 Satsang Members Attending

Hi and Welcome!The West LA Weekly Satsang is for those that are serious about awakening to their true nature. Nonduality/Vedanta is the basis of the teaching and Self Inquiry/Noticing are our tools to see that the “me” is not our true nature. That what we already are is inherently free, unlimited, timeless and changeless. It’s our ignorance to thi…

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When Words Fall Far, Far Short. New MJ Awakening Blog

December 24, 2016 - Leave a Response

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So I just came back from my dentist. After 6 visits over the past two months and a lot of prep work, my permanent bridge was finally ready to be installed. Although, like many of us, I don’t have insurance and didn’t have the money to pay for it, a dear client gave me a generous Christmas check which helped cover it.

As I was getting up out of the dental chair, feeling grateful that I would soon be able to chew hard food again, I casually asked my dentist how her twenty-something year-old son was. I had not seen him around the office lately, but I used to see him quite often last year when I would come in, sitting at the computer playing video games. We would chat and he would tell me which games he liked to play as well as his passion for bike riding. A very friendly and outgoing young man.

Well suddenly, the energy in the room shifted and my dentist’s eyes began to tear up, and she said, her voice choking-up, “He passed away in a biking accident…. why did God take him!?” And overcome with emotion, she went into her office and closed the door behind her, leaving me and her assistant standing there in silence. The assistant also had tears in her eyes, as did I.

During a moment like this, all words fall far, far short. My dentist had transformed into a grieving mother right before my eyes, and there were no words to console her broken heart. Her assistant told me she doesn’t really talk about it to patients, but in this moment, my innocently asking how he was, two days before Christmas, was too much for her to keep it all inside. And so out poured a mother’s profound sadness and grief for the loss of her only son.

She didn’t come out of the office, and so the assistant and I exchanged a few words of compassion, and then I hugged her good-bye and left. I was deeply touched by what I had just unexpectedly witnessed. I drove home in the LA rain in silence. I had gone in to have work done on my teeth, but it was my heart that was transformed.

Michael Jeffreys 12/23/16

When our actions themselves are done joyously, we no longer depend upon the results to make us happy. New MJ Awakening Blog

December 19, 2016 - One Response

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“When my happiness is the result of action, it is always in the future.”
Swami Tejomayananda

MICHAEL: If I feel I must do something to attain happiness, then I must believe my happiness is in the future, and not already present. However, what if my very actions themselves, which can only take place in the present moment, where seen as joyous? In other words, that I have a laptop on which to type these words on, what a joy! That I have hands with which to type, what a joy! That I have a roof over my head to protect this body from the cold winter temperature, what a joy!

What if our joy lies not in the future, which is uncertain and unpredictable, but in genuine gratitude for that which is already here now? How? By being grateful for all the many things which we had heretofore taken for granted. You have working eyes to read these words right now, what a blessing! You have a working mind, right now, with which to reflect on this post, what a blessing!

Byron Katie has book titled, “A Thousand Names for Joy,” and it is pointing at exactly this. Seeing the joy and miracle in every moment, just as it is. How? By shifting my focus from the results of my action (which is out of my control) to a childlike joy and gratitude of being able to perform the action itself. light-heart-icon-79859

Death is for the body, not you. New MJ Awakening Blog

December 16, 2016 - Leave a Response

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Death is for the body, not you. The body has been endlessly growing old and changing since its birth, yet have you not been the unchanging witness throughout? And cannot the same be said for the “self” you take yourself to be. Has not that one also been endlessly changing since it first manifested in your mind? So, if the body and self are ceaselessly changing, where are you in all this?

No where! You are not. That’s the point… there’s isn’t a you!! Seeing this is freedom... for no one. It’s liberation from what was never so, but as long as it was believed seemed to be so. The “tooth fairy” is a made up story and is no different from the story of “me.” Both are illusory, but seem real if believed.

The story of “me,” like the “tooth fairy,” is a fiction, and not your essential nature. Now it’s time to awaken from that imagined limitation. To shed our ignorance and see that you were never that bound one, because you now know/realize/understand with your entire being that you have always been eternally free. 

Michael Jeffreys

Awakening is not an experience. It’s a recognition. New MJ Awakening pic quote

December 13, 2016 - Leave a Response

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The only “thing” that’s conscious is YOU. New MJ Awakening Blog

December 7, 2016 - Leave a Response

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The only “thing” that’s conscious is YOU. This is what must be realized. Take a look around you… are you not surrounded by material objects, including your body? Only YOU, Consciousness, is sentient. Everything else is insentient. Without YOU, there is no world, no experience, nothing.

Our suffering comes when we are not clear on which is which. When I confuse myself with an insentient thought or feeling or experience, I suffer. Why? Because I am taking myself to be something I am not and have never been. Everything changes but Consciousness, YOU.

Michael Jeffreys

Are you the voice in the head? new MJ Awakening pic quote

December 1, 2016 - Leave a Response

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Are you the voice in the head?

Why automatically assume the voice in the head is you?

What if it’s not?

                                      -Michael Jeffreys