Archive for December, 2019

The illusion of Control: You can’t stop what you’re not doing. New MJ Awakening Blog
December 31, 2019

the illusion of control calvin and hobbes

You can’t stop what you’re not doing.

-Michael Jeffreys

LINDSAY: Do you mind elaborating?

MICHAEL: It’s pointing to the illusion of control. Almost everyone assumes that the thoughts in the head are “theirs.” But if you really could control your thoughts, you could tell them to stop and they would instantly stop. Or, you could tell them to only be positive and they would instantly obey. But the fact is we do not control our thoughts. That being the case, what to do?

The answer is something most find unacceptable. Do nothing. Simply let them be. Realize that like a dream, all is happening spontaneously, by itself. Thus we become a witness rather than a doer. Like watching a movie. You can’t crawl inside the screen and change anything about the movie that’s playing at your local cinema, likewise you cannot change whatever is presently appearing. By the time its showing up, it’s already on it’s way to changing into the next frame…

What’s more, if you take the time to look, can you actually find the one who is reacting to the thoughts in the head? And if you can’t find anyone, than “who” is reacting to the thoughts in the head?Β 

LINDSAY: Thank you! I can witness and then I feel like I forget and am caught up in movie again. Will I ever get it??Β 

MICHAEL: Will “who” get it!?Β 

LINDSAY: no doubt!! πŸ˜€Β 



You are not “you” and I am not “I”… My conversation with Vani. New MJ Awakening Blog
December 30, 2019

michael and vani

“What you think of yourself is not yourself and what you think of others is not the other, as there is only ever the One.” -Michael Jeffreys

From my conversation with Vani on Facebook:

MICHAEL: You see, you are not Vani and I am not Michael. These are simply words, names that were given to us as a baby. And this is true for every baby! Take away the thought of names from all babies from all over the world and what’s left?

VANI: Yes. Nobody is the Body, nobody is the Name. We are all programmed and named. The words that we name to the body and words that we give to the mind are all illusions. But it’s the same words from you that made me turn in too. Hahaaa… Illusions can be used as a tool to know the truth then!

MICHAEL: Yes, exactly. Those are called pointers. So most are using words to create more illusion. At satsang with use words to point to truth, which isn’t a word! Words are the currency of the mind.

VANI: Very nice, words are the currency of the mind.. More words, full mind. Less/no words, empty mind. πŸ™‚

THOUGHTS are definitions and You are undefinable. New MJ Awakening Blog
December 27, 2019

frozen soap bubble

When we believe our THOUGHTS we suffer. Your essence is not definable, and a thought is a definition of something, yes?

Michael Jeffreys

Awakening: The End of Fighting with Yourself. New MJ Awakening Blog
December 24, 2019

fighting yourself


The problem with identifying with/as your ego is that it brings with it an intolerable sense of division. There’s “me” and “the World.” And with this sense of separation comes fear. “What’s going to become of me?” “How come my life isn’t going the way I want it to go?” “What will happen to me after I die?” etc.

So naturally the egoic identity sets about trying to get rid of/eliminate this elusive sense of anxiety, dread and fear. Drugs, money, sex, power, fame, alcohol, eating, and numerous other addictions/distractions keep our mind occupied so as not to have to deal with this nagging sense that “something is off.”

Yet, as much as we try to ignore this little voice within, it won’t go away. This often leads to confusion/depression in the seeker as they can’t really put their finger on why they are so unhappy deep down inside.They just know they are despite trying to present a happy and socially acceptable face to the world.

Awakening is the realization that there’s no solution for the ego’s plight. That as long as you believe yourself to be separate from the Totality, you’re going to suffer. Thus, the only thing that actually works is to see the Absolute Truth. Not your mind’s relative version of the truth, but the actuality of Reality: You’ve never actually been this separate person you’ve imagined yourself to be.

That in fact Consciousness is one unified Whole which doesn’t leave anything out. In other words, everything’s the Tao because there’s only the Tao.

It’s the mind that attempts to break the Tao into parts and label them, i.e., “this is good, this bad” “this is pretty, this is ugly” “this is me, this is not me” etc.That’s it, that’s the mind’s one magic trick. Appearing to create duality out of nonduality. And without this sense of separation, there would be no dream. However, at a certain point Consciousness wants to come out of the dream and wake itself up.

The key is earnestness. Not giving up. You must have a burning desire in your heart for liberation, “As much as you want your next breath” as goes the story about the zen master holding the seeker’s head underwater until he was about to pass out. In other words, a 9 on a scale from 1-10 isn’t good enough. Liberation must be a white hot 10 otherwise, in my experience, whatever else your mind believes is more important will always take precedence.

Again, it’s ALL the Tao leaves nothing out. Nothing. Every thought, every sensation, every breath, every word, every movement is IT.

One of the things that strikes me about awakening is how obvious it is after you see it. Kind of like learning to ride a bicycle or swim as a small child. At first it seems incredibly difficult and frustrating, finding the balance point on the bike or keeping yourself from drowning in the water. But eventually you get the hang of it and once you do, you forget all about how hard it was and simply get on the bike and go or jump in the water and swim. No thought required!

With awakening, at first letting go of all of our concepts and beliefs about “the way things are or should be” seems incredibly difficult. But if you hang in there, and don’t give up, eventually you will see that you’ve only ever been fighting with Yourself.

Michael Jeffreys

Q: Why is separation an illusion? New MJ Awakening Blog
December 22, 2019


Q: Why is separation an illusion?

A: Because even the thought or feeling of separation isn’t separate from the Totality.

Michael Jeffreys

Awakening is the realization that the ocean and wave are happening simultaneously! New MJ Awakening Blog
December 20, 2019

ocean sunset waves

There is no Truth in any story as all stories are from the mind and the mind’s “thinking currency” is dualistic concepts, i.e, “me” and “other,” which is separation, and thus illusory. Truth, You, contain no separation.

When we mistake our mind, which only knows separation, for us/our true nature, we suffer.

Awakening is the realization that the ocean and wave are happening simultaneously! That what you are is neither only the wave (the relative) nor only the entire Ocean (the Absolute), but rather both as the apparently two are inseparable. This is what Nonduality is pointing to.

Michael Jeffreys


What is the source of “me”? New MJ Awakening Blog
December 17, 2019

Cardboard Package and Label

If you received a package whose contents you did not like, but there was no return address on it, who would you be mad at?

If you received a package whose contents you liked, but there was no return address on it, who would you be glad at?

What is the source of “my” thoughts?
What is the source of “my” feelings?
What is the source of “my” sensations?
What is the source of “my” moods?
What is the source of “my” actions?

What is the source of “me”?

Michael Jeffreys


Facebook Comment

Tom Bunzel : What would it feel like to have no return address. Good one!

Michael Jeffreys: You got it Tom. Seeing this removes the weight of cause and blame since you cannot find an actual source for anything you experience… there’s just the experience itself! And so everything is just spontaneously happening, like in a dream. Seeing this is freeing because it obliterates any notion of personal doership. Everything is simply happening all by itself…haunted universe indeed!

Become totally empty… -Tao Te Ching. New MJ Awakening Blog
December 15, 2019

tao te ching

Become totally empty

Quiet the restlessness of the mind

Only then will you witness everything unfolding from

See all things flourish and dance in endless variation

And once again merge back into perfect emptiness –

Their true repose

Their true nature Emerging

Flourishing, dissolving back again

This is the eternal process of return

To know this process brings enlightenment

To miss this process brings disaster

Be still

Stillness reveals the secret of eternity.


-Tao Te Ching

YOU are not any thought… New MJ Awakening Blog
December 13, 2019

frozen red leaf

YOU are not any thought, which is why looking to the mind to tell you what you are leads to confusion and suffering.

Michael Jeffreys

There is no actual separate entity in existence, because it’s the One Universe doing everything. New MJ Awakening Blog
December 10, 2019

universal intelligence

“We can never figure out the origins of the Universe because we are the Universe itself.

Whose asking the question why are we here? It’s the Universe itself asking that question and that’s the humor of it all.”

-Jeffrey Fidel, MD

MICHAEL: So the Universe itself is both the asker and answerer of every question that has ever arisen. And that is why there is no actual separate entity in existence, because it’s the One Universe doing everything.

Facebook Comments

Michael Shum: Michael, the intelligence itself is manifesting an acceleration of self-recognition, and all of us are going along for a ride! Yeehaw!

Michael Jeffreys: Because we are that intelligence! But until we realize that we cling to control which causes suffering. I mean, imagine trying to control something you are not in control of… how do you not suffer?! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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