Advaita or Neo Advaita… which is correct? new MJ Awakening Blog

May 29, 2016 - One Response

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The debate as to which is correct, Advaita or Neo Advaita doesn’t interest me. More mind stuff. The only question is, are “you” suffering? If so, then this “you” who is suffering needs to be seriously and deeply investigated fully, 100%, to see if it really is You!

Otherwise, like it or not, you are taking on “someone else’s” suffering!? If the suffering “belongs” to an imagined entity, then what has it got to do with You??

Since you are what is aware of the “me” and its endless stories, is it not obvious that you cannot be the imagined “me”?? Let the “one” who is claiming the problem sort it out. You stay home/still knowing in your heart that all is well.

Michael Jeffreys

The #1 addiction? Believing the talk in the head is You… new MJ Awakening pic quote

May 26, 2016 - One Response

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You are neither form nor the formless… new MJ Awakening pic quote

May 23, 2016 - Leave a Response

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What effortlessly & silently observes the endless parade of passing appearances? new MJ Awakening Blog

May 12, 2016 - Leave a Response

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Trying to fix, understand, analyze, change, improve, make go away, etc. (ANYTHING!) in regards to the me, ego, sense of separate self, etc. gets you exactly nowhere.

What to do then? Simply see it. Notice it. What is it on about in this moment? Take a look. See that. Now, if you are aware of the selfing, then you cannot be the selfing. Just like if you are watching a parade go by, then you know that you are not in the parade–you are what is effortlessly observing it.

Same with the “me” appearance. Since you are what sees or is aware of the thought, feeling, sensation, sound, etc. (any movement) then you know you are not in it, just like you are not in the parade that’s passing by.

Silent Meditation Inquiry:

What is the idea of who I take myself to be appearing to?

Are not all changes, all comings and goings, (not really here long enough to actually be anything solid or concrete) appearing to that which never comes or goes or changes?

Michael Jeffreys

 

What you are doesn’t require a thought to exist… new MJ Awakening pic quote

May 5, 2016 - One Response

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The sky remains ever unstained by anything that passes through it… new MJ Awakening Blog

May 3, 2016 - Leave a Response

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“Me” is an appearance that tries to manipulate, control, hold on to, and get involved with other appearances. It’s an activity, a verb, an energetic movement. A bird flying across the sky.

Why is noticing this so powerful? Because there can be a realization that if you are what is seeing the appearance, the appearance, regardless of what it is, can’t be you. It’s simply a passing appearance.

Bird’s, stars, comets, sun, rain, snow, airplanes, etc. pass through the sky 24/7, yet the sky remains ever unstained by anything that passes through it.

Michael Jeffreys

I saw Paul Hedderman last Saturday night… new MJ Awakening Blog

May 3, 2016 - Leave a Response

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I saw Paul Hedderman last Saturday night at Cafecito Organico in Silverlake, CA. He is like a firehose of nonduality… he just rapid fires so many direct pointers (mostly from Ramana Maharshi, Huang Po, and the big book from AA, along with his own rap) that some are bound to get through so they will be “entertained” as Paul says.

His message is simple and clear: YOU ARE ALREADY THAT WHICH YOU SEEK. You are wholeness itself. The “self” is a parasite that claims to be You, and once the “foreign installment” is believed, then comes the seeking to get rid of it.

The imaginary self lives in imaginary past-future, (in what’s NOT happening) where it claims EVERYTHING for itself. These are “my” thoughts, “my” feelings, “my” ideas, etc. A thought is just a thought until it becomes “my” thought. Suddenly, it feels totally different when those two letters are added to anything.

But if the self is seen not to exist, to be an illusion, then the problem is seen to be non-existent in which case no solution is needed. That’s the relief. You don’t need to be free because you were never bound.

btw, As we were taking this picture, Paul informed me that he doesn’t like to smile for photos. All I could do was smile at him.

Michael Jeffreys

The sense of a “me” is not personal… new MJ Awakening Blog

April 29, 2016 - One Response

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The sense of a “me” is not personal. It is simply an appearance which comes and goes. Like the hair that grows out of your skin, a bird flying through the sky, or the wind blowing, it’s 100% impersonal. It simply seems to appear until it doesn’t. No “one” is doing it. And this applies to everything.

There is nothing separate (which is another word for “personal”) in wholeness. There is only whatever is presently arising…. but it’s not happening to or for anyone. It’s simply what’s happening.

Even “suffering” can arise, but that too is never personal. It’s only ever what it is, but it’s not to/for anyone. The “suffering” doesn’t belong to anybody. 

Michael Jeffreys

Labeling the moment doesn’t clarify it, it obscures and deadens it… new MJ Awakening Blog

April 26, 2016 - One Response

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Words point to things, objects, appearances. But the word never tells you what the thing, object, appearance actually IS. Just like the word “whale” doesn’t actually tell you what that huge, black, oblong shaped being is in the ocean.

Words don’t actually mean anything. They are meaningless sounds. Thinking they do have meaning because that’s what you’ve been taught doesn’t make it so. You can’t drink the word “water,” so in reality you have no idea what it actually is!

Labeling the moment doesn’t clarify it, it obscures it. It makes you believe you know what something is, and in the process deadens it.

Michael Jeffreys

The only thing to do is to see the mind is not You… new MJ Awakening Blog

April 22, 2016 - One Response

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Thoughts are offering you a solution to a problem you didn’t have until the thought showed up. Before the thought showed up everything was fine. So the offer of the solution by the thought is actually part of the problem!! The only thing to do is to see the mind is not You; You’re not involved with the mind.

“Me” is the sense of the separate one. It is the one who imagines the arising thoughts are for. You think you are the “one” who is appearing who has thoughts, which is separation. You are always prior to ANY appearance.

Michael Jeffreys & Daniel Litvak

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