Silent Being… New MJ Awakening Blog
July 14, 2020

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SILENT BEING

Hang on to Nothing…
Let go of Nothing…

Michael Jeffreys

Awareness… New MJ Awakening Blog
July 4, 2020

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AWARENESS

What’s aware of seeing isn’t seeing.
What’s aware of hearing isn’t hearing.
What’s aware of thinking isn’t thinking…

Michael Jeffreys

The quieter the mind… the louder the SILENCE. New MJ Awakening Blog
June 19, 2020

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The quieter the mind… the louder the SILENCE

Michael Jeffreys

Being present with whatever is here/now. New MJ Awakening Blog
November 26, 2019

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BEING PRESENT WITH WHATEVER IS HERE/NOW

It’s our inability to be present with what is, however it’s appearing, that’s the cause of our suffering. This includes thinking. You can either drift off into past-future with thinking, i.e., go along with the thought, or you can be present with whatever thought is currently arising. See the difference?

As Awareness you’re clear that you’re simply witnessing a thought, which came and will go. Whereas as the imaginary “me” you go along with the thought and into another dream of what’s not happening. When you catch yourself getting lost in thought, simply bring your attention back to here/now.

Awareness never goes anywhere. Mind is always changing. Stay home. Be present with whatever is here. It’s ALL you… give your love to everything and see what happens.

Michael Jeffreys

When we identify with/as ANYTHING we suffer. New MJ Awakening Blog
November 23, 2019

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BEING, You, has no identity.

Thus when we identify with/as ANYTHING we suffer. We are imagining we are something we are not.

Michael Jeffreys

 

p.s. FROM MIND TO HEART: RECONNECTING WITH OUR INNER-BEINGNESS

“What is always True?” -MJ

One-on-one 30 min. private session with Michael via Skype or phone by donation. You can email me at: mjeffreys1@roadrunner.com if interested.

“We make time for what is most important to us.” 

“You will tire of everything but the joy of God.” -Sri Yukteswar. New MJ Awakening Blog
November 22, 2019

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“You will tire of everything but the joy of God.” -Sri Yukteswar

MICHAEL: If every person in the world loved you, but you did not know God’s love directly, pure love that’s not personal in any way, love that comes only and wholly from your inner Beingness, you’d still be miserable deep down inside.

We are addicted to COMPLAINING. New MJ Awakening Blog
November 19, 2019

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WE ARE ADDICTED TO COMPLAINING

As a species we are addicted to complaining. Have you noticed this?
Unlike animals, complaining seems so natural to human beings that we continually engage in it without much thought.

We learned to complain when we were young children and haven’t stopped since. We picked up the habit from our parents who in turn picked it up from their parents. And we are passing it on to our children who will then pass it on to their children. Society is built on complaining… practically everyone does it pretty much nonstop.

This doesn’t mean you can’t ask the cashier at Ralph’s to remove the extra item he inadvertently charged you for. It just means you have no interest in complaining about it to him or yourself. You simply ask for what what you want, sans complaining. For many, they don’t know how to ask for what they want without complaining, as if you can’t do the one without the other.

Complaining is so ingrained in us, so part of the apparent human condition, that to not be able to complain almost feels wrong. Complaining has become our identity. Who would I be without my complaints?

And yet it’s this compulsive need to complain that keeps us stuck in a perpetually unfulfilled life. How can we love life if we are constantly complaining about it? The answer is we can’t. We can’t be truly free until we are free from complaining… about anything.

What would it be like to go one day without complaining inwardly or outwardly about anything? What would it be like to go one hour without complaining inwardly or outwardly about anything? What would it be like to go one minute without complaining inwardly or outwardly about anything? What would it be like to live a complaint free life? Heaven on Earth.

Michael Jeffreys

WRONG VIEW: Happiness is located in objects. New MJ Awakening Blog
June 16, 2019

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WRONG VIEW: HAPPINESS IS LOCATED IN OBJECTS

“All disturbing attitudes are based upon the innate assumption that happiness and pain come from outside of us. It seems that other people and things make us happy or miserable.

Thus, we rely on external objects that we contact through our five senses–seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching, to make us happy.

We have the notion that happiness is located “out there,” in that object, place or person. Consequently, we try to procure certain things and be near certain people.

Similarly, we try to avoid all objects and people that make us unhappy, because it appears that our unhappiness is coming from them.

The view that happiness and unhappiness come from external things and people puts us into a predicament, because we can never completely control the people and things around us.

We try to obtain the possessions we want, but we never have enough.”

-Ven. Thubten Chodron

Open KNOWING, not open CLINGING. New MJ Awakening Blog
May 31, 2019

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“Just be open, openly knowing… which includes everything, not just the object that you’re fixated on, normally, like thoughts or whatever.

Look now… there’s only here and now knowing.”

-Salvadore Poe

MICHAEL: Notice thoughts may arise that argue that it can’t be as simple as Salvadore is making it. Because he’s pointing to the fact that you already are what the thoughts are so desperately seeking for!

Not stopping long enough to fully realize this, and instead going back into believing our empty thoughts, is what allows the seeking to continue. Thus the admonition is to stop now and just be open to everything, yet attending to nothing. Open knowing here now. Being. Nothing to seek, nothing to push away. A thought comes, fine, let it come… it will go. Open knowing, not open clinging.

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

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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
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