FUN FACT: Your thoughts pretend to be You… new MJ Awakening pic quote
June 27, 2017

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Being Awareness only is being my true nature. New MJ Awakening Blog
June 26, 2017

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What is spontaneously, ceaselessly and effortlessly seeing out your eyes right now this very moment?? Find out! Get to know IT, for IT is YOU!!! How? By moving your attention from the content, the objects of perception, to pure perception itself.

Become consciously aware of Awareness and nothing else!!! 

Michael Jeffreys

p.s. Being Awareness only is being my true nature.

Value and importance are not “out there”… new MJ Awakening Blog
June 21, 2017

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Value and importance are not “out there” with the “thing,” but here where Awareness itself is being aware. -William Samuel

MICHAEL: The illusion is that the “person, place or thing” that we are interested in “contains” the feeling or value we are placing on it. But in actuality it is ALL coming from us. Any “person, place, or thing” is inherently devoid of meaning. It is we who “project” any meaning on to it.

For example, we are so excited about getting a new book from Amazon, sometimes even paying extra for faster shipping!, and then a few months later, the book is up on the shelf, essentially forgotten about as we have already moved on to the next “thing.”
What happened? If the excitement was actually contained in the book itself, it would always make us happy. But our own experience (if we are honest) is that a “person, place, or thing” can seem to make us happy for a little while, but then it fades.

So, was the happiness, value, importance truly in the object, or was it us all along? Other than pure Awareness, what else is present to even know or be aware of anything??

p.s. And this includes the mental object in our mind called, “me.” Its “value” too… is it not constantly fluctuating? Than the “me” (the egoic sense of imagined separate self) must also be a “thing” and thus inherently meaningless. When all identification with objects ceases, that leaves only silent, free, whole, loving, ever-present Awareness as our one and only nature.

 

There is only ever NOW. New MJ Awakening Blog
June 18, 2017

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There is only ever Now.

When are you reading these words?

Now.

If you don’t like these words, when will you not like them?

Now.

If you like these words, when will you like them?

Now.

When you leave this post to look at something else, when is that occurring?

Now.

There is only ever Now. So there is no possibility of ever escaping or leaving the now. After all, you could only do that when?

Now.

A watch or clock is an illusion that doesn’t even have space on it for the only thing that truly ever is, NOW!!!

 

Michael Jeffreys

One of the (many!) tricks of the ego is… New MJ Awakening Blog
June 15, 2017

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One of the (many!) tricks of the ego is to draw a CONCLUSION from whatever our present experience is. So for example, if we are feeling crappy or down or anxious, the ego, via intense imagination/feelings, will have us dead in a ditch in no time!!?

But let’s look a little deeper. Is this true? Does how I am feeling right now dictate how I am going to be feeling 1 min. from now? Maybe yes, maybe no… the truth is, I really don’t know. And it’s in this space of “not knowing anything” that our awareness/love/presence is most happy!

Try it and see for yourself. For 1 min., just see what it feels like “not to know anything.” I.e., get quiet and tune into your breathing. And notice how much more you instantly become aware of in the space around you!

Suddenly, you become aware of the birds chirping outside, the sounds of the traffic, the room temperature, the pressure of your bum on the chair, the voice in the head, etc. And now, from this aware space, you can effortlessly witness the passing phenomena, rather than identifying with it.

Michael Jeffreys

What observes the moving mind? When is it not NOW? new MJ Awakening Blog
May 31, 2017

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Mind is movement. What observes the moving mind? Take a look for yourself. That which observes or is aware of the moving mind pictures doesn’t move. And so we rest as the ever-present stillness/silent aware observer.

And if we get pulled back into the mind’s tumult out of habit, what then? Notice this and come back to the ever-present stillness/silent aware observer. It’s here right now as you read these words… notice this. It’s our natural state of effortless being, like when we were babies before we learned language.

With language, thinking/thought stories/concepts (and thus imagined separation, i.e., ‘me’ and ‘other’) showed up and began to dominate the naturally pure, attribute-less, luminous consciousness/presence that we inherently are.

And so we ‘return’ to the ‘place’ we never left and discover it is the same now as when our body was born. Although the mind pretends otherwise, it’s only ever now.

Like when a movie shows scenes from a character’s past, it’s actually being shown to the audience when? Now… only ever now. Likewise, if the movie character is imagining an event in the future, when is the audience seeing it? Now… only ever now. And so we rest in/as the silent awake presence that is timelessly here/now.

Michael Jeffreys

Do you recommend note taking at satsang? New MJ Awakening Blog
May 26, 2017

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Do you recommend note taking at satsang?

MICHAEL: No. What you inherently are is the wordless radiant presence here/now and thus no notes are needed if one truly sees what we are pointing at. Notes are for the jiva/ego in the hope that it will someday understand something at a future date. But what is being pointing at is already here now. It’s what’s aware of the jiva/mind trying to figure out what it is. The former a being, the latter a doing. Awareness is ever-present. It never goes anywhere. It is the only “thing” that ever truly IS… and you are THAT.

Michael Jeffreys

Any other nature being delusion… New MJ Awakening Blog
May 11, 2017

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One without a second. Not two. That which is changeless, timeless, and immortal. That which does not come or go. That which is not a thought, idea, opinion or belief. That which does not depend on thought to exist, but which thought depends on to be “known,” since a thought cannot know of its own existence. This is Your only nature; any other nature being delusion.

Michael Jeffreys

If no thought applies to the knower of thought, who do they actually apply to?? New MJ Awakening Blog
April 28, 2017

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How can ANY thought change what you already inherently are and have always been? For example, a thought shows up, “I am bad,” and then a thought shows up, “I am good.” Which is actually true for THAT that is aware of ALL thoughts? How can ANY thought apply to the knower of thought? And if no thought applies to the knower of thought, who do they actually apply to??

Michael Jeffreys

You, pure Awareness, are forever unattached, regardless of what a thought may claim… new MJ Awakening Blog
March 29, 2017

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MICHAEL: The belief that you must give up all your attachments crumbles in light of the realization that it is not possible for You to actually be attached to anything!! That’s right. The witnessing presence that You already are is pure and contains no parts, objects or impurities. Thus you are always and forever unattached, regardless of what a thought may claim. More from swamiji, who is commenting on the Astavakra Samhita:

I am not saying you SHOULD NOT be attached. Astavakra is telling us you are NOT attached. You are not attached to anything. It is the mind which develops attachments: ‘I want this to stay, I want that person to stay, I want this circumstance, this wealth, this health, this place, this environment, I want this to continue.’

This is the mind thinking. Yet beyond the mind, the Atman, the witness, You the being consciousness… you’re not attached to anything, not even to the mind itself. The mind itself disappears in deep sleep. You’re not attached to anything.

-Swami Sarvapriyananda

p.s. For those that are interested, here’s Swamiji’s powerful video from which the above quote was taken: Ashtavakra Samhita by Swami Sarvapriyananda