The 3 components to PERCEIVING ANYTHING. New MJ Awakening Blog
May 22, 2019

bird on branch

“Now in order for any perception to happen or any aspect of consciousness to take place there are three main components that must come together, the object of perception, the presence of the sense faculty and the presence of that particular aspect of consciousness. When these three components are present at the same time the perception can take place, can operate.”

-Topga Rinpoche

MICHAEL: So for example, when we hear the sound of a bird chirping, although we may not be aware of it, in order for the experience to take place there must be a bird, the capacity to hear the bird chirps (a working ear) and the awareness that both holds and “connects” the two, as well as understands what is apparently happening, i.e., a bird chirp is registered and what that means.

Suddenly, a process that we’ve always taken for granted is realized to be much more (profoundly more) complex than we first thought. And these three components of one seamless process applies to all 6 of our senses (5 senses + thinking = 6 gates with which we perceive content.)

 

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What if the Truth is not findable in mind and that’s the Truth? New MJ Awakening Blog
May 7, 2019

red onion peeled

WHAT IF THE TRUTH IS NOT FINDABLE IN MIND AND THAT’S THE TRUTH?

When I seek yet do not find, my mind tells me it’s because I haven’t found “it” yet. But what if finding nothing is what I’ve been seeking all along? That at the center of everything is nothing. Like when you peel an onion all the way down and find its core to be empty. What if the core of every apparent object is empty?

What if that’s the Truth, yet my mind finds it unacceptable. What then? Do I stay with nothing and celebrate my good fortune even if it wasn’t what I was expecting to find? Or do I reject what I’ve discovered in my own experience and go back into mind?

Michael Jeffreys

p.s. Emptiness dancing…

WHAT NOTICES? New MJ Awakening Blog
April 17, 2019

noticing

WHAT NOTICES?

Notice your current thought. Now notice your current feeling. Is that which notices your current thought different from that which notices your current feeling? Now notice these words. Now notice your body. Is that which notices (is aware of) these words different from that which notices (is aware of) your body?

-Michael Jeffreys

Nothing about “you” is personal because there is no person there. New MJ Awakening Blog
November 28, 2018

tree

It’s not that there has ever been a separate, solid “you.” It’s that the same thoughts have been IDENTIFIED WITH repetitively for many years/decades by the impersonal light of ever-present formless Consciousness.
 
Nothing about “you” is personal because there is no person there. Feelings, yes. Thoughts, yes. Sensations, yes. But an actual separate entity, no.
 
Thus, any rejection of anything that arises is to fight oneself. A self that doesn’t exist. Being is being with whatever arises without judgment.
 
Can you imagine if a tree believed the thought, “I like my leaves, but my bark is so ugly!” The tree would be rejecting a part of it self out of sheer ignorance. However, trees don’t do this. Just humans.
 
Michael Jeffreys

Is it possible for AWARENESS to be DISTURBED? New MJ Awakening Blog
July 31, 2018

emotional pain not mandatory

Is Awareness ever disturbed? Or is it aware of disturbance? In other words, which actually changes, Awareness or that which it is presently perceiving?

For example, you seem to be upset about something. But look closer. Is Awareness actually upset or is it aware of a feeling of being upset arising? The mind may claim, Who cares, I’m suffering!” But noticing this subtle but crucial distinction can make ALL the difference!

Once you realize you are what is aware of the feeling, then you are not attached to it, no longer taking it personally in any way, and are free to allow the feeling to be as it is.

And through your loving total acceptance of it, the lack of making it into a problem, the willingness to allow it as much time and space as it needs without any kind of agenda whatsoever, the contracted pain energy is healed/transmuted back into its natural stateless state, ever free boundless Awareness.

Michael Jeffreys

 

AWARENESS is the only ever-present constant regardless of the experience. New MJ Awakening Blog
July 6, 2018

time in awareness

AWARENESS is the only ever-present constant regardless of the experience.

All experiences have a duration.

All experiences come and go.

What doesn’t come and go?

Now.

Michael Jeffreys

Is that which is aware of every thought itself a thought? New MJ Awakening Blog
June 4, 2018

red flower

Presence IS and is not attached to thoughts, which come and go.

Presence is timeless… thoughts are time.
 
Notice this.
 
Keep silently noticing.
 
What is aware of every thought that arises?
 
Is that which is aware of every thought itself a thought?
 
Michael Jeffreys

What I actually AM, and have always been, has no need of anything. New MJ Awakening Blog
April 28, 2018

matches

Salvation is the mind’s idea of the journey to self-realization based on the belief that I am broken/incomplete as I am and need saving.

But can I actually find this broken/incomplete entity that needs saving? Or has it always been an imagining that was innocently being believed, but was never true. That what I actually AM, and have always been, has no need of anything.

Michael Jeffreys

All human beings are mummers… New MJ Awakening Blog
April 19, 2018

there's nothing behind the mask

 

All human beings are mummers.

Does not the baby mimic the sounds it hears?

Do we not all mimic words from someone else’s language we were taught to mimic?

What do you know that nobody taught you?

For that you cannot use any word. 

 

Michael Jeffreys

What is aware of THOUGHT? New MJ Awakening Blog
April 14, 2018

Just-Float1

As I tune into/feel my mind’s attention, I notice it jumps around like a frog from one water lily to the next, i.e., one thought to the next. Endlessly.
 
What does this have to do with me? Do I jump around? Have I ever moved? Or is everything else moving but me?
 
Michael Jeffreys
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