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

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“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 NOTICES? New MJ Awakening Blog
April 17, 2019

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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

What are YOU awakening to? New MJ Awakening Blog
March 19, 2019

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What are You awakening to? The clear recognition of the ONE GREAT REALITY within all things… impersonal, ever-present, timeless Consciousness.

-Michael Jeffreys

p.s. Knowing/Awareness/Consciousness is King, because how can there be objects w/o the knowing of them? An object can’t know itself.

And Knowing can never become anything because knowing is not in time. If it was, what would know it?

It’s the clear (beyond a shadow-of-a-doubt) Conscious recognition that TIME has nothing for you. If it did, You would no longer be TIMELESS.

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

“I searched for God and found only myself…” -Rumi. New MJ Awakening Meditation
October 15, 2018

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Awareness effortlessly holds all bodies/everything in the SPACE OF NOW. New MJ Awakening Blog
March 24, 2018

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Hi beautiful being!!

In case you were wondering what an after-school chess teacher who teaches at 6 schools a week does during spring break…

Well, one of the things I do is wash off hundreds of grimy chess pieces to get them back to their original clean condition! 

After draining the dirty soapy water, I refilled the sink with clean water when I suddenly noticed that the water was “holding” or providing the “space” for all the pieces… just like Awareness effortlessly holds all bodies/everything in the space of now!! 

Michael Jeffreys

That you are PRIOR to any object, anything knowable, is indisputable… New MJ Awakening Blog
February 28, 2018

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That you are PRIOR to any object is indisputable, as how would you know of or be aware of the object if YOU were not here previous to it showing up?

What’s an object? Anything knowable. Then I AM prior to even “me” or “myself,” since I am always aware of that one. Yes? Regardless if it’s feeling up or down, happy or sad, are you not AWARE of exactly how it’s feeling right now?

This is how to begin to break the lifelong habit of identifying with this mental object called, “me” or “myself” and realize, Oh, I’m PRIOR to that appearance and all stories related to that appearance. And to realize this has always been so, but was never clearly noticed. What was not noticed? That YOU have never come or gone or changed or moved. 

Michael Jeffreys

The way the illusion of “selfing” works is thusly… New MJ Awakening Blog
November 12, 2017

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The way the illusion of “selfing” works is thusly: the brain processes information non-stop 24/7 and has to decide what is a threat and what is useful. But to whom is all this info. relevant to??

The answer is to the fictitious, purely mental “me” that I have mistakenly identified myself as. But, where did this “me” come from in the first place? Was it there at birth? No. It didn’t show up until around the age of 1-1 1/2 years old.

Once this sense of a separate self shows up, Consciousness automatically identifies with it, and our suffering/confusion/sense of separation/seeking begins. Thus, awakening is realizing that you, Consciousness, are intrinsically whole and cannot be this sense of separation, regardless of how “real” the illusion may feel/seem. Note that the brain did nothing wrong; if it wasn’t suppose to create this sense of a “false me,” it would not appear to happen.

Remember, an appearance is NOT the actual. The actual is changeless. An appearance changes, and thus cannot be your true nature. The good news is that just because an illusion arises doesn’t mean it can’t be seen through and recognized for what it is; an apparent modification of that which is eternally unmodifiable.

Michael Jeffreys

Whatever is presently happening, does it not first have to be registered by “something”? New MJ Awakening Blog
November 1, 2017

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Another word for Awareness is REGISTERING. So whatever is presently happening, does it not first have to be registered by “something”? What is that “something” that registers our present experience?

Normally the mind jumps right into evaluating the moment, and overlooks the fact that the moment must be registered (by “something”!) before it can be evaluated. What is silently registering this moment? And does that which is registering this moment come and go? Or is it the objects/content of the moment that comes and goes in the eternally present “registering” Awareness.

Michael Jeffreys

Realizing the Inseparableness of Consciousness: “There really is no line which separates hearing from seeing.” -Marie S. Watts. New MJ Awakening Blog
October 30, 2017

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“We hear much about the five physical senses. Actually there are no physical senses. There is but one Sense, and that one is Consciousness. This one indivisible Sense may appear as seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, or smelling; but these are only certain aspects of Consciousness.

It is important to realize the inseparableness of Consciousness. There really is no line which separates hearing from seeing. Neither is there a line of demarcation between hearing, seeing, tasting, ‘touching, or any other of the distinct aspects of Consciousness.”

-Marie S. Watts

MICHAEL: This quote by Marie on the surface appears to be quite radical. However, if one actually takes the time to NOTICE, it may be discovered that there is indeed no line between seeing and hearing or smelling and touching, etc.

While they may have been traditionally thought of as being separate senses, is it not Consciousness that is aware of seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, and smelling? It is NOT the nose that is actually aware of smells, but Consciousness. It is not the eyes that is aware of these words but Consciousness.

What is aware of everything You are aware of, regardless of its apparent form? Ever present Infinite Consciousness.

 

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