Archive for January, 2012

Brightness knows not darkness
January 31, 2012

“Brightness knows not…darkness…” – Em Be

Sometimes someone’s post on facebook will spark something in you. For example, after reading Em Be’s words above, it somehow hit me very clearly/deeply that ANYTHING that appears to you can ONLY be fully WHAT IT ALREADY IS. So, in Em Be’s example above, Light can ONLY be light. It can never “know” darkness because it can only be what it is. It sounds so obvious now as I write this, but somehow seeing this clearly eluded me for a long time.

Looking back (oh, now I am in trouble! ;), I can now see that there was this tendency active within me to try to immediately change a feeling or perception that โ€œIโ€ felt/was perceived as negative or painful.

Again, what “landed” for me after reading Em’s quote, was that whatever I am experiencing in the moment can ONLY be, fully, whatever it is. It was in fact my urge to try and change something “mid-stream” that was causing so much pain and suffering. Let everything be as it is, without needing it to do anything except be fully whatever it already is… as YOU rest in the changeless awareness that you have never not been.

-Michael Jeffreys

The Biggest Lie Your Mind Will Ever Tell You
January 22, 2012

The biggest lie your mind will ever tell you:

“THIS shouldn’t be happening.”

As I write this my neighbor’s dog is barking away incessantly in his apt. which shares a wall with mine… and has been for several hours this AM. However, it dawned on me that it no longer creates suffering in me… in fact, there are periods when I don’t even notice it.

And I asked myself why? And the answer that came was because I was no longer telling myself that IT should not be happening. It is as it is. Barking apparently is what is suppose to be happening right now. The diff. is now I choose not to turn “what already is” into a problem… to not mentally engage in the mind’s story about it. And pretty soon the mind’s story goes away by itself… until all you are left with is this perfect, alive, shining moment, as it is.

-Michael Jeffreys

Emotional Freedom
January 12, 2012

Until one awakens, the emotions will always be a problem. One minute you are up, the next you are down. The mistake all of us make (until its clearly recognized) is that we place our happiness on something outside of us. “If I could get a boy/girlfriend like that (fill in with the image in your head), then I will be happy. That has not happened yet, therefore I cannot allow myself to be happy!” And so, in essence, we are punishing ourselves because the image in our mind of success or happiness has not occurred in “real life.”

Is there an alternative to this insane way to live? Yes. Simply to be happy for no reason!! None. Turns out you don’t need one! I’m serious. Why in the hell should you wait for a reason to be happy when you can just decide to be happy right now!!? The only thing stopping you is the BELIEF that you need a reason to happy.

Emotional Freedom means that you realize that whatever is going to happen is going to happen, and so you might as well enjoy the show with a genuine feeling of love, gratitude and joy, rather than as a grumpy, miserable sour face!! ๐Ÿ™‚ It means that you are no longer jerked around by the good opinion of others. It means that at your center, love, peace, stillness, and joy is your experience, regardless of what particular emotion may be arising.

โ€“Michael Jeffreys

You Don’t Need a Reason to Be
January 9, 2012

Life does ALL. What does this mean? ALL appearances/sounds happen spontaneously including the sense of “I” we take ourselves to be. To test this, notice that “You” need do NOTHING (don’t move, don’t make a sound, don’t make any motion, nothing) and Life still goes right on dancing, fully expressing itself, ever changing, nothing appearing long enough to grasp onto… but WHY the mind asks? What does it all mean? If you get quiet enough at center, you may hear the silence reveal her sweet secret: LOVE DOES NOT NEED A REASON TO DANCE, just as the Sun does not need a reason to shine, nor the wind a reason to blow, nor the rain a reason to fall, nor YOU a reason to BE… aaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh.

-Michael Jeffreys

Your Happiness and The Mind Do Not Have to Be Connected
January 5, 2012

Once you have made up your mind that come what may, your Happiness is NON- NEGOTIABLE, than WHO cares what the mind thinks?? Seriously. The problem is that as soon as we feel the mind become unhappy or agitated, WE become unhappy/agitated. That would be like a doctor walking into a room, seeing the sick patient, and thinking he should be sick too!… How sick is that!!? ๐Ÿ™‚ Only by staying healthy can the Doctor be of any benefit to the sick. Is it possible to let the mind believe its often intense stories of worry, stress, fear, anxiety, low self-esteem and lack AND still be happy, peaceful and content? Yes, as soon as resting in the timeless intrinsic peace that is already present within you becomes more important to you than whatever your mind thinks.

-Michael Jeffreys