The Space You See From Never Changes Regardless of the Body’s Location – new MJ Awakening Blog

May 3, 2015 - 2 Responses

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Following a nice lunch with my friend Tom, as we were standing on the sidewalk saying good-bye, we took a moment to notice/become aware of that which is always present and never goes anywhere, regardless of where the body may be located in time-space. Says Tom:

“Michael and I had a nice lunch on my brief visit back to LA and when we left he stopped me on the street and turned to me and said: 

“I’m going to ask you a question but I don’t want you to answer. Just take it in…
So now you’re in the familiar surroundings of West LA and tomorrow you will be back in your new home in Las Vegas. What will be the same?”

My mind searched for a label or response but I remembered his admonition and the depth of the mystery hit me. Very nice moment.” – Tom Bunzel

-Michael Jeffreys

“Regarding self-improvement…” new MJ Awakening Pic Quote

April 17, 2015 - Leave a Response

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“Oh, I see. Thought and the space of awareness co-exist together!” new MJ Awakening Blog

April 13, 2015 - Leave a Response

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Last night my girlfriend and I were meditating together and out of nowhere she says, “Oh, I see. Thought and the space of awareness co-exist together!” And when I looked at her, suddenly she looked about 10 years younger and completely relaxed and at peace. Like an enormous invisible weight had been lifted off her shoulders.

Apparently she had been going back and forth between the space of awareness and its contents, and wasn’t sure how to reconcile the two (meaning how both could exist simultaneously, as she would either be caught up in thoughts or totally resting as awareness, but couldn’t seem to have thoughts AND stay in that space of total openness, if you know what I mean). In that “ah-ha” moment she suddenly realized that they are not actually two, nor are they separate. That they co-exist!

Later as I was walking her to her car, I pointed up at the sky which was filled with white clouds, and said, “Honey, look at the sky… see how it co-exists with the clouds. In fact it doesn’t matter whether it’s raining, or snowing or 100 degrees out… the sky remains un-disturbed by its contents… just like the space of awareness.

-Michael Jeffreys

COMMENT: This was a great insight but it leaves me a bit confused Michael.. I am either in thought or in awareness and Presence.. I can’t understand them overlapping.. What am I missing?

MICHAEL: “You” are neither IN thought or awareness simply because there is no “you.” Thoughts appear in awareness, for no one. It turns out there doesn’t have to be someone there and in fact there ISN’T anyone there!! As a baby, there was no “you” there to differentiate between self and thought, self and other, etc. No “I” to have a problem with any thought! They just came and went on there own…

I think this is what my girlfriend saw. She thought she had to be one or the other (sort of like you said: “I am either in thought or in awareness and Presence”), but really thoughts (clouds) simply come and go within the ever present space (sky) of awareness…

“I want what you have.” new MJ Awakening Blog

April 4, 2015 - Leave a Response

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At last weds. night’s deconstruction class at my place in west LA, someone said, “I want what you have.” However, she had it backwards. It’s not that I have something she doesn’t, she seemly has something I don’t: a SELF. I look directly here, now, in my present experience, and I find no SELF. Everything else is the same. Thoughts come, thoughts go; feelings come, feelings go. But for whom? I cannot find an owner.

And yet, somehow, seeing this clearly has made all the difference! It’s as if the believing that you are separate self is so heavy, so riddled with never ending discontent, that when it falls away you literally feel lighter, happier and freer.

-Michael Jeffreys

How can a THOUGHT control an appearance…?? new MJ Awakening pic quote :)

April 3, 2015 - Leave a Response

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Mind doesn’t realize it too is an appearance… new MJ Awakening pic quote

March 28, 2015 - Leave a Response

MJ mind too is an appearance pic quote

Nothing IS Happening & Turning Within… new MJ Awakening Blog

March 26, 2015 - One Response

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Nothing IS happening, i.e., it is appearing to happen. But that is not the same as actually happening, in a solid, permanent kind of way. ALL is an appearance, not an actuality.

-Michael Jeffreys

P.S. I recently heard Paul Hedderman say on an mp3 of one of his talks that his girlfriend showed him a cartoon that featured two doors. Over the first it said “HEAVEN” and over the second it said “Lecture about HEAVEN,” and all the people were cued up in front of the second door!? :)

When it comes to your own awakening, go directly for it. Don’t let talking about it or reading books or watching videos be enough. They can be useful up to a point, but eventually you have to turn within and see it for yourself. See what? That the wholeness you seek is not “out there,” but always available right where you are, here and now… in fact it’s not available anywhere else.

The weight of identifying as “self” is like walking around wearing… new MJ Awakening Blog

March 21, 2015 - Leave a Response

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The weight of identifying as “self” is like walking around wearing a 90lb backpack THAT YOU ARE NOT EVEN AWARE OF.

-Michael Jeffreys

“Nothing you perceive has ever been you…” new MJ Awakening Blog

March 20, 2015 - Leave a Response

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Your true face in the mirror

You will never have a bigger shock then the moment you realize that you have never been anything you have perceived. It is beyond mind blowing… oh, the mind is still there (when it is), but it’s no longer mistaken (mis-taken) for you. You are prior to any thought or appearance. Nisargadatta said, “You are nothing perceivable or conceivable.” However, these are just words until you see it directly, for yourself. It’s an intuitive knowing that comes and goes, until finally it settles. Once this happens it becomes impossible to take yourself as anything.

-Michael Jeffreys

For your consideration: Darryl Bailey awakening quote with MJ Commentary

March 19, 2015 - One Response

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All that’s ever known are descriptions of form where no form actually exists. These descriptions may be helpful at times, but they’re ultimately meaningless. There can be no true description of anything. -Darryl Bailey


In other words, if EVERYTHING is constantly changing and thus never static (including a sense of you!), what exactly is there to label?

By the time you define it, it’s already not that… ALL definitions are too late!

Thus there can be a letting go of the attempt to define anything, and simply resting in the immediacy of what IS.

-Michael Jeffreys

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