Archive for May, 2015
In the following excerpt, Arian is pointing out something that most people never realize: everything is a concept, a symbol, because that’s how the mind works. For example, think of a pine tree. Now there is no actual pine tree inside your brain, rather there is only and ever an image or symbol that communicates to you, “pine tree.” And this is true for every thought image you know! When we forget this, we end up arguing (with ourselves or others) about whose concept is most right. We are forgetting that the idea of whose concept is “most right” (mine or yours), is also a concept!
That which is AWARE of all concepts is itself not a concept. It just IS… and You are THAT. In fact, You can’t be anything else, which means that no concept actually touches you. -Michael Jeffreys
“It has already been stated that our concepts are inseparably linked with our perception. Everything we see is ultimately a concept. This is because the mind can only process all of the sensual data it receives in a conceptual manner. It functions in this manner in order to try and gain understanding of all of the phenomena in the world.
Our senses are very limited; no one has ever seen what is truly there. All that can be seen is an interpretation of the world that is subject to the limitation of the senses. This data that is seen is then interpreted by the mind . Different organisms can see different things due to the varying capability of senses. One organism’s perception is no more valid than the other. Despite what your senses tell you, no one has any proof that what is seen and experienced is truly how it is beyond one’s limited perception.”
-Arian Herbert (from The God Behind The God)
Stillness is always here… it’s your attention that is elsewhere – new MJ Awakening Blog
May 19, 2015
In a way, thoughts are like hollow colored easter eggs with little tiny prizes in them. And because the ego seeks prizes, it is attracted to thoughts like moths to a flame. And while attention is on ANY thought or movement, STILLNESS remains hidden in plain sight. It’s never not been HERE… it’s that your attention has been elsewhere.
“The eye cannot see…” new MJ Awakening pic quote
May 15, 2015
From facebook: A few days ago, I posted: “The eye cannot see. The ear cannot hear. The tongue cannot taste. The nose cannot smell. The finger cannot feel.” Meaning You, Consciousness, are what is seeing, not the eye, etc.
Today I would like to add: “Thought’s cannot think.” Meaning You, Consciousness, are what is aware of thoughts, not the thought itself. Thoughts are like billboards in that they contain information, but ARE NOT SELF-AWARE. In other words, you are aware of the billboard, it’s not aware of you. Same with thoughts. Awareness, the boundless space in which everything comes and goes, is aware of whatever is presently happening, but is itself no thing.
A Dance of Impermanence… new MJ Awakening Blog
May 12, 2015
Alan Watts points out that just like sound arises from silence, stays for a duration, and then goes back into silence, so do objects. They are appearing from nothing and will go back to nothing, just like sound. They are just slower to go away then sound, so we impart a permanence to objects which they don’t actually possess.
The Space You See From Never Changes Regardless of the Body’s Location – new MJ Awakening Blog
May 3, 2015
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