“Without Your Story, What Are You?” new MJ article for Collective Evolution

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“This moment, just THIS, however it’s appearing, when it’s for no one, is always more than enough. But when it’s for a “someone” we imagine ourselves to be, then it’s never enough, for the energy of seeking is never satisfied.”
–Michael Jeffreys

“The mind” (the reason for the quotation marks is because the mind, if investigated, is ultimately unfindable and thus a concept) has a story about who it thinks “you” are based on everything that has apparently ever happened in your past. I.e., the family your body was born into, where that body grew up, where it went to school, jobs/titles it has held, friends it has had, traumas it has appeared to suffer, how it’s been wounded and needs to heal, etc. (Btw, note that all stories exist in the mental realm only, as the body itself has no story!)

And these stories, when believed, are very convincing! However, is this the absolute TRUTH of your being? In other words, is “your story” what you actually, as in literally, are? And if so, which story are you prepared to go “all-in” on and claim is the real you? I’ve looked, and I can’t find one. Can you? Really look.

Actually taking the time to really look for yourself is what sets the direct path teachings apart from every other philosophy/spiritual path. It’s allowing your own direct experience to have the final say, rather than what a book, video, friend, family member, or guru tells you. It’s a knowing that is not second hand or mediated, but unmediated, direct, and obvious.

 

my story

 

What if there is just THIS? (THIS being whatever is presently happening). That despite the mind’s never ending attempts to label and define everything—including you!, Life is completely and utterly unknowable, and thus defies all attempts to label it!

How do you define or accurately label something that is never static, but always in a state of flux, forever changing? It’s like trying to define a raging river… as soon as you say, “I’ve got it figured out; it’s this way!” it’s no longer the case as it’s already moving on to becoming something else.

The mind’s nature is to seek, but never actually find. Which is why the story of “as soon as I get all my ducks in a row,” i.e., as soon as I have enough health, money, love, friendship, security, etc, then I will be happy is a fantasy. Because it is coming from the assumption that happiness is not located here and now, but somewhere in the future. But the thing about the future is that it only exits as a linguistic concept, and not as an actuality.

Can you actually find, as in touch, the future? No, because as Eckhart Tolle reminds us, all you have ever experienced is NOW. And the thing about the NOW is that it’s not located anywhere, because it’s ALL that IS. And because it is ALL that IS, it doesn’t require any story.

you have never had a story

You can read the rest of the article on the Collective Evolution website by clicking the link below.  -Michael

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2014/07/31/without-your-story-what-are-you/

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3 Responses

  1. Hey Mike,

    Brilliant post. I have always liked these concepts. What would you say on ” why is it so difficult to let go ? why do we cling to experiences that have so to speak hurt us, betryal, rivalry, hate, animosity etc ” . Why and who has invested so much in it. What is it that preserves this ” pain body ” ? Any thoughts ? Thank you much. Vinay

  2. Thank you Vinay.

    You write: “why do we cling to experiences…”

    You don’t and never have. If it were really You, wouldn’t you know how/why you do it?

    • Good one ! learning to observe this conspiracy of pulling me out and swaying back and forth from the HERE & NOW ! And, hopelessly justifying the conspiracy as ” clinging, raging, intrusive etc etc “. I am reminded of a line from Osho’s – The way of a white cloud ” From NO WHERE to NOW HERE ” Thank you much.

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