The Fear of Death. New MJ Awakening Blog
January 25, 2018

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“The fear of death is the beginning of understanding. Seeking is simply clinging to various concepts, goals, things, methods, and paths that seem to promise relief from death, from the knowledge of death, and from all suffering, which is separation and death.

THE MAN WHO KNOWS THERE IS NO RELIEF FROM DEATH UNDERSTANDS. HE KNOWS THAT THAT WHICH SEEKS RELIEF FROM DEATH MUST DIE. THUS, HIS SEEKING COMES TO AN END.

His fear, which is resistance to death, ends. He ceases to operate as the one who must die and who seeks release from death. He abides in understanding, which is prior to the one who must die.”

-Adi Da Samraj

MICHAEL: Sometimes we have to go on a “journey,” only to end up back where we started, but with new eyes. I was familiar with Adi Da, but the essence of his teaching escaped me the first time around (which is understandable, as he put out many books on many topics over his lifetime).

However, I now realize what his profound and almost unheard of core teaching was: that all our gestures, every activity the mind/body concocts is for the single purpose of distracting oneself from the elephant in the room: DEATH.

Death hangs like a sword over our neck every second, yet because that thought is so terrifying, the mind does everything it can to divert our attention to “creating a life for ourselves” so as to avoid dealing directly with it. Thus, it seeks distraction via entertainment, food, sex, money, relationships, a spiritual journey, etc. virtually non-stop.

However, this does not resolve the core fear, but rather just attempts to cover it up. Much like a child who covers their own eyes in hopes that this futile gesture prevents the “boogeyman” from seeing them. We are only fooling ourselves.

It turns out that our starting assumption, that we are the body who was born and will die, MUST be challenged one way or another. Meaning, either you are the body and you will die, or you are not. Which is it? Are you sure? And if you are not sure, why assume you are the body?

I capitalized the 2nd paragraph in the Adi Da quote above, because it’s the realization that there is nothing to be done about death of the body that, paradoxically, brings unfounded peace, joy and liberation. In other words, you finally, for the first time in your life, stop running from death.

This is an energetic experience, not just mental. Something in you physically relaxes. It’s a total surrendering. It’s a giving to death what belongs to death because it is seen that death has nothing to do with you… and never did.

When Words Fall Far, Far Short. New MJ Awakening Blog
December 24, 2016

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So I just came back from my dentist. After 6 visits over the past two months and a lot of prep work, my permanent bridge was finally ready to be installed. Although, like many of us, I don’t have insurance and didn’t have the money to pay for it, a dear client gave me a generous Christmas check which helped cover it.

As I was getting up out of the dental chair, feeling grateful that I would soon be able to chew hard food again, I casually asked my dentist how her twenty-something year-old son was. I had not seen him around the office lately, but I used to see him quite often last year when I would come in, sitting at the computer playing video games. We would chat and he would tell me which games he liked to play as well as his passion for bike riding. A very friendly and outgoing young man.

Well suddenly, the energy in the room shifted and my dentist’s eyes began to tear up, and she said, her voice choking-up, “He passed away in a biking accident…. why did God take him!?” And overcome with emotion, she went into her office and closed the door behind her, leaving me and her assistant standing there in silence. The assistant also had tears in her eyes, as did I.

During a moment like this, all words fall far, far short. My dentist had transformed into a grieving mother right before my eyes, and there were no words to console her broken heart. Her assistant told me she doesn’t really talk about it to patients, but in this moment, my innocently asking how he was, two days before Christmas, was too much for her to keep it all inside. And so out poured a mother’s profound sadness and grief for the loss of her only son.

She didn’t come out of the office, and so the assistant and I exchanged a few words of compassion, and then I hugged her good-bye and left. I was deeply touched by what I had just unexpectedly witnessed. I drove home in the LA rain in silence. I had gone in to have work done on my teeth, but it was my heart that was transformed.

Michael Jeffreys 12/23/16

Death is for the body, not you. New MJ Awakening Blog
December 16, 2016

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Death is for the body, not you. The body has been endlessly growing old and changing since its birth, yet have you not been the unchanging witness throughout? And cannot the same be said for the “self” you take yourself to be. Has not that one also been endlessly changing since it first manifested in your mind? So, if the body and self are ceaselessly changing, where are you in all this?

No where! You are not. That’s the point… there’s isn’t a you!! Seeing this is freedom... for no one. It’s liberation from what was never so, but as long as it was believed seemed to be so. The “tooth fairy” is a made up story and is no different from the story of “me.” Both are illusory, but seem real if believed.

The story of “me,” like the “tooth fairy,” is a fiction, and not your essential nature. Now it’s time to awaken from that imagined limitation. To shed our ignorance and see that you were never that bound one, because you now know/realize/understand with your entire being that you have always been eternally free. 

Michael Jeffreys

Death is for the body, not You. New MJ Awakening Blog
November 13, 2016

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mirror

empty-mirror

Death is for the body, not You. Only that which is born can die. You were never born so You can never die. Even if you identify as the body, it does not make you the body. The body changes, you do not.

Death is another change. And even after death the body continues to change, decompose, etc., while the eternal You remains ever untouched and unchanged. Death is for objects; You are not an object, but the knower of all objects. You are like an ever-present changeless mirror that exists whether or not an object appears in it.

Michael Jeffreys

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