Archive for September, 2013

As Mental Labels fall away God’s Light Shines Brighter
September 27, 2013

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There is ONLY God. God is All. Nothing exists but God. What keeps us from seeing this? Mental labels. “That’s just a leaf, that’s not God.” Boom! In a single thought the mind no longer sees God, because it’s only looking at “a leaf.” And we do this with everything and everyone. We have taken a single, whole diamond (LIFE), and covered it up with labels and thus the diamond remains hidden. We are putting the mind’s labels ahead of God, (meaning we have come to worship the mind’s labels over God, which is why we suffer. We are choosing our concepts of reality, over reality itself!) and thus we don’t see or feel the Supreme existence which is always present!

-Michael Jeffreys

Let LOVE lead the way
September 26, 2013

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Let LOVE lead the way. Ego leading is like a blind man in the forest… it can only guess at the next step and its chances of bumping into something it doesn’t like are a constant “problem.”

LOVE puts the stars in the sky, causes the rivers to flow, the sun to shine, your heart to beat, your eyes to blink, your lungs to breath air, and this very moment to appear!

Instead of “me” (ego) arrogantly (but innocently) informing the spontaneous moment what should or should not be happening (which only leads to suffering, sooner or later), LOVE fully embraces the moment as it as, without thought. When nothing is demanded, ALL simply IS. Let LOVE lead the way.

~Michael Jeffreys

EVERYTHING is happening in YOU
September 23, 2013

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EVERYTHING is happening in YOU. The sounds, voices, pictures, images, sensations, feelings, emotions, thoughts, etc. Even these words… the voice you hear right now in the head is happening in YOU, not me! A bird’s chirp or a car’s horn… all appearing in YOU spontaneously.

There is nothing that is not you and yet, paradoxically, stunningly, nothing is you. You are both here and not here. To the mind, this makes no sense which is why trying to “figure this out” doesn’t work. It’s like using a can opener to explain water… both are 100% appearances, so neither can explain the other. We must go deeper… past all appearances to their silent source… and rest in/as that… where nothing is “known,” yet all emanates from.

–Michael Jeffreys

The Voice in the Head… (meditation picture quote)
September 21, 2013

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No one to Think, yet Thinking Happens
September 17, 2013

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Thought whispers… Who hears? The whispering does not emanate from a person (thoughts arrive unbidden, without “anybody” (any body) attached to them!)… the hearing is not a person… simply pure hearing. All spontaneous happening!

Listening without a listener. Seeing without a seer. Feeling without a feeler. Smelling without a Smeller. Tasting without a taster. Breathing without a breather.

~Michael Jeffreys

Whatever you think you are, you’re NOT
September 14, 2013

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Whatever you think you are, you’re NOT. Why? Because whatever you think you are, something KNOWS that. So, if I think I am an old brown shoe, I am claiming that I am the shoe and the shoe is me. What can slip past the radar not noticed is that SOMETHING knows or is AWARE of this claim!

 
So that which is AWARE of the shoe can’t actually BE the shoe. It can’t be anything… so whatever the mind says, you know one thing: that cannot BE you.

 
And yet, here YOU magically, effortlessly and undeniably ARE!!!

 
-Michael Jeffreys

Volition is a Secondary Illusion
September 12, 2013

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The concept of volition is a secondary illusion, which requires the belief in a primary illusion: that there is an actual separate entity capable of making its own, independent decisions. If there is no separate “self”, than who is there to be or choose anything apart from LIFE?

FREEDOM is already the case; ironically, it’s the erroneous belief that we are a separate being, apart from everything else, that causes, often intense, suffering. The reality is that nothing is broke… so there is nothing to fix. All there is is seeing reality AS IT IS, rather than through a screen of beliefs, opinions, prejudices and judgments, which were never original to us, pure Consciousness, to begin with.

–Michael Jeffreys

If it’s there, it can also not be there. -Michael Jeffreys (meditation picture quote)
September 9, 2013

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Question: What are we? Everything? Nothing? Here is My Response
September 6, 2013

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Kim Long writes: 

“Question to you Michael: Many spiritual teachers speak of “THIS” and “THAT”, but often leave out what they really mean. As we exist in a universe, it seems like they are referring to IT, the universe that is. But, are they then saying you are the universe? As if we follow the path that all is awareness, then that awareness must contain the universe. It has to contain the universe as we all can observe, measure and witness the universe. So if all is one, are we then then universes? With the focal point of experiencing being our body/mind complex?”

And here is my response:

Yes Kim…

There is only whatever is spontaneously happening in THE moment… and you are what witnesses this. And that is ALL you do. There is no separate you to have free will or choice for LIFE does/is all. It’s our conditioning, because its what we’ve all been taught and what most of the world still believes, that we keep bumping into. That’s why it’s so important that you only go by your own direct experience… anything else is hearsay, i.e., second hand info, including these words (as far as you’re concerned!)

Mind projects dreams when we sleep and when we are not sleeping… BOTH are the mind’s projections, NOT you! You are what perceives the perceptions… who else!? (meaning there is no one “in there” but YOU! Not a personal you, but a unique point-of-view of the ONE 

The way to see this is to put your attention back on itself. Most of the time we don’t even notice our attention, but only what it is noticing. So, for example, you might notice a person say something and your attention is on the meaning of what they are saying. That is not the same as noticing your ATTENTION itself. Attention is like the “focusing lens” of Consciousness that has the ability to “zoom-in” to its object of interest.

In our example, the key is to notice that your attention shifted to that person’s voice. Stay PRESENT and notice what your attention jumps to next. It happens very fast and usually goes unnoticed!

The point is you are simply noticing WHAT notices, rather than what it is noticing. Just like you have no control over your thoughts (again, upon investigation it can be seen that there is no actual separate “you,” so there is no one to control or not control thoughts!), you may come to notice that you have no control over where your attention goes. It just sort of flits from one thing to another automatically, much like your heart beats automatically, without you having to do anything.

So we can say that on a relative level that everything is you since nothing is you. And from an Absolute point of view nothing ever happened since all happenings are temporary appearances.

-Michael Jeffreys

Comment from Facebook:

Teri Osborne: “How beautiful it must be to ‘see’ this.”

Michael Jeffreys: You are seeing it too Teri (because it’s the only thing here!), but we miss IT because we are lost in the mind’s thought stories. Because it has never come or gone we miss what is always here.

EVERYTHING is YOU as THAT. -Michael Jeffreys (meditation picture quote)
September 3, 2013

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