Archive for August, 2013

“Is this a site for Christians or can anyone preach? Just asking.” Here’s my Response
August 20, 2013

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Someone from my Awakening Community on facebook asked: “Is this a site for Christians or can anyone preach? Just asking.”

And here was my response:

It’s a good question. Having traveled down many paths, including christianity,(even though I was born jewish and bar-mitzvahed… you can imagine the look on my grandparents face when I told them!) lifespring, metaphysics, new-age spirituality, law of attraction, Abraham, Bashar, ACIM, zen, buddhism, etc.

Needless to say, I have been a lifelong seeker. The only path for me today is no path. Advaita Vedanta… non-duality. The pathless path. YOU already ARE what you are seeking. You just have to see this clearly–Full Stop. Thus, I really appreciate much of what our members post on this topic, such as those posts by Mike Loween, Kari Schratz, Satish Kumar, and Oz Coronel, just to name a few.

So, this site is really about only one thing: the dissolution of the “self” you always took yourself to be. You realize that Life doesn’t need a “you” in order to do its thing, and in fact the “you” only becomes a huge burden. As Paul Hedderman once said, “The party doesn’t get good until after ‘you’ leave.”

All that said, I appreciate Patty Barentine’s heart and love for god/jesus. Some have made not too kind remarks to her, which makes me wonder just how awake they really are.

The Peace that Passeth all understanding means it cannot be found in words. Words must be transcended because they are the realm of the mind, where beliefs, concepts, labels and seemingly plausible stories are all created out of thin air! Perhaps every THOUGHT should come with a warning label: FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY! 

The stillness that you are is always present. It doesn’t matter whether you call it Awareness, Consciousness or my old brown shoe…. “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” -Shakespeare. But you still have to see it directly for yourself… no one can do it for you.

When Jean Klein was once asked what would happen if the whole world awakened, he paused for a moment and then smiled and said, “Why then, there’d only be dancing!!”

-Michael Jeffreys

 

Michael Jeffreys’ Awakening Community:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/415496431893041/

“I am the doer,” and “I am NOT the doer” (meditation picture quote)
August 13, 2013

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Your Original Nature is Label-less
August 7, 2013

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We usually refer to ourselves by two names: the name our parents gave us and ‘I’ or ‘me.’ What is almost always overlooked is that ‘your name’ is not unique to you; others also were given that name by their parents. And ‘I’ and ‘me’ are even more ubiquitous, as they are universally used by every human being to refer to themselves.

So you cannot actually BE any of these labels. Which label IS you? None. Your original nature is label-less… it knows nothing of labels. Just like the sun does not know itself as ‘the sun.’ It doesn’t ‘know’ itself as anything… yet continues to shine brightly. If the sun were called, ‘darkness,’ would it shine any less brightly?

–Michael Jeffreys

Join Michael Jeffreys’ Awakening Community on Facebook
August 2, 2013

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My new Awakening Community on Facebook is about ONE thing: authentic FREEDOM. How does one ‘become FREE’? By seeing that you were never bound. And how does one do this? By confirming for yourself that YOU were never born. Yes, the body was born, but are YOU your body?

This is something you have to discover for yourself. Be patient with yourself; the years and decades of conditioning took time to acquire, so naturally it usually takes time for them to fall away as you remember or ‘wake up to’ your original, pure, unconditioned Self more and more. We all have a longing to come home to our True Self, which is Wholeness, Freedom, Peace, and Love itself and is not dependent on ANY concept, belief or philosophy. It simply IS.

That which you inherently are has never come or gone, which is why almost everybody overlooks it. We are conditioned to notice change and so we miss the changeless. But it’s right HERE, right NOW! (Where else!?) Think of it this way… if everything changed, there would be nothing that noticed the change! (Please confirm this for yourself).

Let’s let Bodhidharma, who brought Zen to China 1500 years ago, have the last word:

“It has never lived or died, appeared or disappeared, increased or decreased. It’s not pure or impure, good or evil, past or future. It’s not true or false. It’s not male or female. It doesn’t appear as a monk or a layman, an elder or a novice, a sage or a fool, a buddha or a mortal. It strives for no realization and suffers no karma. It has no strength or form. It’s like space. You can’t possess it and you can’t lose it.”

-Michael Jeffreys

p.s. Currently we have 383 members. If the above resonates with you, we would love to have you join us:

Michael Jeffreys’ Awakening Community

https://www.facebook.com/groups/415496431893041/